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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NB Power Gives Update on Point Lepreau

NB Power releasing their latest update in the Point Lepreau refurbishment.

Technicians completing the polishing and inspection of 760 calandria tube sheet bores -- the next step is cleaning and taking the final measurements of each one which is slated to be competed by the end of the month. 

Training on the installation of the tubes is also complete.

The tubes are scheduled to be installed in August with Lepreau set to go back online by the fall of next year.

City Police Looking For Missing Teen

City police are looking for a missing teen.
14-year-old Amber Mitchell was reported missing yesterday.

She is 5 foot 9 and about 130 pounds.

If you have seen her, please call Saint John Police at 648-3333.

Province's Flood Assessments Done By Summer

Of the 900 claims made to the provinces' Disaster Financial Assistance Plan in the wake of the Charlotte County floods, about half of them have been processed.

Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors tells CHSJ News the rest of the assessements should be wrapping up by the summer.

As for infrastructure repairs, he says assessments will be done this spring and the repairs will probably be completed by the fall.

The province estimates that the total bill for disaster relief and repairs will be about 30 million dollars.

Work On Metal Shredder To Begin Soon

American Iron and Metal are waiting on a permit to operate from the Environment department and to finalize a lease agreement with the Port before construction can begin on their metal shredder.
The proposed 30 million dollar facility is due to be built on the west side at Pier 10.
Camilla Wierpszo of American Iron and Metal tells CHSJ News construction was supposed to start last month.  She says their plans are the same and they plan to start construction soon.
The facility will recycle old metal from cars and will create 23 jobs.  Residents that live nearby expressed concerns in the fall about noise from the facility but President Herb Black said he was comfortable with the noise levels and expects they will be too.

Pothole Repairs Coming Sooner Than Later

Good news for commuters tired of dodging potholes -- road repairs are coming sooner rather than later. 

General Manager of Debly Andrew Giberson tells CHSJ News their asphalt plant is opening tomorrow.

He says the plant usually opens in May but the demand for asphalt has been incredibly high, especially with the giant crater on the Mackay Highway that needs immediate attention.

He adds orders are alredy coming in from numerous municipalites abd private businesses.

Inmate Found Dead Will Not Be Indentified

The identity of a Pocologan man found dead in a provincial jail cell will not be released at his family's request.

The inmate was discovered early Tuesday morning at the facility on the Old Black River road.    The 37-year-old had on-going health issues.

An autopsy is being performed but, Government spokesperson Meaghan Cumby tells CHSJ News the department of public safety never releases the results.

Union Urging People To Buy Moosehead Despite Lockout

The lockout continues between Moosehead and some of its workers over a pension dispute with no end in sight.

The company has always covered the cost of post-retirement benefits but due to the escalating costs of many prescriptions drugs, they want the workers to cover some of the cost.

Vice-President of Public Affairs Joel Levesque tells CHSJ News things have been fairly quiet and it's business as usual at the brewery.

Members of the Union are assuring the public they want people to keep buying Moosehead products and in no way do they support a boycott of any kind.

The workers continue to walk the line everyday outside the west side brewery since the lockout began on February 20th.