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The Exponent History

Main Street Grandview

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                                                     SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF GRANDVIEW & GILBERT PLAINS

Vol 115, No. 15                                                   Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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A good start to revitalizing Gilbert Plains

By Jennifer Carniel
A meeting was held in Gilbert Plains on April 9, 2014, regarding the proposed plans for the new hall. Approximately 100 people attended to the meeting to hear the about the location, cost, and design of the new hall. Every citizen who attended was given a copy of the proposed floor plan, a projected cash flow, and a survey to fill out about feedback or suggestions regarding the project.
“One thing we do need to emphasize tonight is that this project is still a plan in progress,” noted Blake Price, Chairperson for the Gilbert Plains New Hall Committee. “I know for sure that whatever we do here tonight, whatever we present here tonight, that we are all not going to agree on this plan; but I think that one thing we should all be able to agree on is that as a community there is a need to start to revitalize this community.”
The proposed new hall capacity would be for approximately 180-200 people and the new Legion Clubroom would be approximately 80-100 people. The proposed size for the overall facility is 8464 square feet. Western Financial Group has put in a standing offer to rent an office space of 1000 square foot rental and the committee has received another inquiry about potential office space rental. The estimate total cost of the project has been projected to be between $1.3 and $1.5 million dollars. The committee has proposed that the location of the new facility be on Highway 5 and Main Street South.
Once the facility is built, the previous existing Legion Clubroom would become the Legion’s responsibility. The committee hopes to see construction of the new facility to begin in the spring of 2017. The committee did not want to start the project until they had the funds readily available. The committee would like to see an ownership agreement between the three parties, the Municipality, the Legion and the rental tenant. All parties would be responsible for their own operating costs.
How the committee came up with the estimated project cost of between $1.3 and $1.5 million is as follows: 8464 square feet times a cost of $150.00 per square foot equals a cost of 

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The staff and students at GPCI held a Day of Pink on Friday, April 11, 2014 as a stop bullying campaign. Students and staff shared a pink pancake breakfast. 

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CFP hires new GM 

By Jennifer Carniel
Community Futures Parkland hired a new General Manager to spearhead their team. Tom Barnett, from Grandview, has accepted the position and started Monday, April 14, 2014. 
“I’m excited by the opportunity to work with the Community Futures staff and Community Futures Parkland communities,” noted Barnett.
Since Sept 2012, Barnett has acted in a management capacity in the Roblin and Gilbert Plains offices of Western Financial Group. 
“During this time I have developed knowledge in Human Resource Management and Insurance,” explained Barnett. “ I will be able to use the insurance knowledge to assist communities and businesses with risk mitigation. Human resource knowledge is always valuable in helping the staff to plan and meet their goals.” 
Prior to 2012, Barnett worked in financial services for 20 years. He developed skills in financial statement analysis, business development, effective communication and coaching, in which these 

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