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City Council Highlights

​​Welcome to City Council Highlights, a concise digest of newsworthy decisions and issues from City Council meetings. CLICK ON A DATE TO VIEW HIGHLIGHTS. 

Most Recent Council Meeting

  • 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Program officially approved
  • City and County to pursue new joint governance for Lethbridge Airport
  • Council votes against putting curbside recycling to plebiscite in 2017 election

Previous City Council Meetings

  • Key to the City presented to former Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong
  • Rainbow & transgender crosswalks approved, Pride Fest to pay costs
  • Business recycling 2016 report presented to Council
  • 2017 property tax rates approved
  • Board structure approved for new single tourism entity
  • 2015-2018 downtown housing incentive program fully subscribed
  • Council updated on mobility improvements
  • New addressing requirements approved
  • 2016 Annual Report approved
  • Decision postponed on request for permanent rainbow and transgender crosswalks
  • Uber seeks bylaw amendments for ridesharing
  • Transit to work with U of L  and student union to develop UPASS
  • Dates, locations and hours set for 2017 municipal election
  • Council ratifies new collective agreements with police associations
  • Lethbridge is taking a run at hosting the 2022 Can-Am Police-Fire Games
  • Galt Gardens Master Plan presented to City Council
  • Council briefed on successful mission to Asia
  • 2016 Tour of Alberta Committee reports event was a success
  • Funding extended for Rent Supplement Program

February 13, 2017

  • Fee assistance program helps 1,000+ recipients in its first full year

January 30, 2017

  • Lethbridge Police Service budget request approved
  • City receives full value on remaining $22.3-million in ABCP replacement notes
  • Historic Resource designations approved for two downtown buildings
  • Council commits $15,000 to help host 2017 W. Canadian U-16 Football Championships
  • City to seek provincial grant funding for planning & design of 62 Ave N
  • 150 trees to be designated & planted in major parks in 2017 to mark Canada's 150th birthday

December 12, 2016​​

  • Approval of expansion of Sherring Business and Industrial Park. 
  • Council approves largest land sale in Lethbridge's history - 116 ha to Cavendish Farms.

November 28, 2016

  • Diversion Outreach gets extended funding
  • License bylaws change for taxi services
  • Southern Alberta Summer Games wrap-up​
  • Citizens' Assembly shares final report
  • Approval of residential​ curbside recycling program
  • Update on Henderson Pool

November 14, 2016

  • Letter of support for grant to Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society 
  • $50,000 approved to support U of L's 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Update from Youth Advisory Council
  • Approval of Destination Management Plan and new governance of tourism
  • Yates renovations expanded 

October 31, 2016

  • U of L presents plans for music festival as part of 50th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Re-zoning of land on Stafford Dr. N.

October 17, 2016

  • New curling club lease
  • Support for Los Amigos project
  • Fostering diversity and inclusion
  • Lots of lots to Habitat for Humanity
  • Borrowing approved for west Lethbridge road construction on Whoop-Up and Metis Trail
  • Continued bridge funding for SAAG


October 3, 2016

  • Funding allocated for homelessness

September 19, 2016

  • New parking technology approved for downtown
  • Community engagement plan presented for the Capital Improvement Program 
  • Letter of support approved for Henderson Lake Golf Course to aid in grant funding opportunities

September 6, 2016

  • City to help University of Lethbridge recognize 50th anniversary
  • Nikka Yuko receives hosting grant for local celebration next summer
  • City will now provide dispatch services to regional peace officers
  • Amendments to water agreements in Lethbridge County will give developments flexibility in the number of water connections available.

August 22, 2016

  • Vital west Lethbridge road construction advanced to 2017

August 8, 2016

  • Success of Skate Canada International
  • Galt Museum and Archives Annual Report

July 25, 2016

  • Designation begins to make Burns Block a historic resource.
  • Approval of Royal View Area Structure Plan

July 11, 2016

  • Trevor Stuart receives Key to the City Honour
  • Sustainival, a green carnival is coming to Lethbridge in June 2017.
  • City seeks grant funding for potential transit terminal and regional park 'n ride.

  • Administration tasked with exploring options to accelerate major road construction in west Lethbridge.

June 27, 2016

  • City to host 2016 U16 National Soccer Championships

  • 2016 Lethbridge census results

  • Sale of downtown Oliver Building

  • Capital Improvement Program prioritization approved

June 13, 2016

  • City Council approves new funding and resources towards fighting European Elm Scale.
  • Over 740,000 awarded to eight community organizations through the Community Capital Project Grant.
  • A bid for the 2018 National Trampoline Championship will go forward with funding from the City's Major Event Grant.
  • City Hall to be lit up purple in honour of World Elder Abuse Day.
  • Three new Municipal Historic Resources designated.
  • City finalizes contract with Galt Museum to operate Fort Whoop-Up.

May 30, 2016

  • A section of 43rd St. S. approved to be paved and reopened to connect neighbourhoods.
  • Fire & Emergency Services presented their quality management plan.

May 16, 2016

  • Approval of Southeast Area Structure Plan
  • Reclassification of land use for Oliver Building


May 2, 2016

  • 2016 tax rate set.
  • Water Rationing Action Plan approved.
  • Citizens Assembly to be established to review Councillor hours and pay.
  • Southeast Area Structure Plan second and third reading postponed two weeks.
  • Portable sign bylaw defeated.

April 18, 2016

  • 2015 Annual Report approved.
  • Alberta 55 Plus Winter games presents $25,000 in legacy funding.
  • Southminister United Church designated Municipal Historic Resource.
  • Portable sign bylaw postponed two weeks.


April 4, 2016

  • In recognition of National Volunteer Week April 10-16, Volunteer Lethbridge presented to Council.
  • City Council approved a strategy for the future of 6 Avenue South
  • Council approved recommended allocation for additional Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding

March 21, 2016
  • Three city residential sites to begin municipal historic designation
  • Tax penalties to be reduced
  • Rainbow crosswalks around Galt Gardens will help celebrate Lethbridge Pride Fest.

March 7, 2016

  • Sweeping support for World Curling Championships
  • Letter of support approved for the Town of Taber to complete a feasibility study on building a MRF
  • Construction approval to prepare Waterbridge community for new westside school
  • New lighting system will illuminate City Hall

February 22, 2016

  • Council supports YMCA's grant application process for facility upgrades.
  • New agreement ratified with Library employees

February 8, 2016

  • Council receives cheque for $175,000 from Rotary.
  • ATB Financial approved as naming sponsor for Crossings Leisure Complex.
  • New events moving forward for Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens.

January 25, 2016

  • Council votes 5-4 against a resolution to begin residential curbside recycling.
  • Lethbridge will host the 2016 Southern Alberta Summer Games July 6-9.
  • Progress continues on the new Legacy Park in North Lethbridge with the approval of a new construction contract.
January 11, 2016
  • Emergency traffic plan for Whoop-Up Drive approved.
  • Five ambulances to be replaced over the next two years.
  • Construction of change rooms at North Lethbridge Sports park move ahead.
  • Historic portion of the Galt Museum to get a facelift


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