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City Council Highlights - July 4, 2017

Funding approved to expand cleanup of needles & other drug-related debris

City Council approved a request from ARCHES for $32,000 to expand the response capacity and hours of the harm reduction agency's program to clean up needles and other drug-related debris from public places. The funding was approved for the 2017-2018 fiscal year to implement a needle-debris and neighborhood complaint hotline, a public education campaign, and meaningful daily employment for current and/or former drug users who will collect debris in the community.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To approve the request from ARCHES for $32,000, funded from contingencies, to implement the Environment Management Strategy.
CARRIED

J. Carlson
J. Coffman
L. Iwaskiw
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

J. Mauro
Absent: B. Hyggen, B. Mearns


Funding boosted to meet demand for downtown housing incentive

To meet strong demand, City Council increased funding in the current operating budget for an incentive program to attact new residential development to the downtown area. The $1.6-million the Heart of Our City Housing Incentive Program was already fully subscribed for the development of 53 new residential units, and with a waiting list for 16-23 more new units, Council allocated an additional $900,000 to the program in the 2015-2018 Operating Budget. The program provides $30,000 per new unit developed. The additional funding will come from the Municipal Revenue Stabilization Reserve (MRSR).

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To increase funding in the 2015-2018 Operating Budget for the Heart of Our City Housing Incentive Program to $2.5 million from $1.6 million, creating the capacity to help develop as many as 83 new downtown residential units instead of 53.
CARRIED

J. Carlson
J. Coffman
L. Iwaskiw
J. Mauro
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

None
Absent: B. Hyggen, B. Mearns

City becomes sole landowner of major downtown property

City Council approved a land purchase that will make the City of Lethbridge the sole landowner of the downtown property occupied by Park Place Mall. An agreement was reached for the City to purchase a 60-per-cent share in the property from the Province of Alberta for $12.2 million. The City and the Province have owned the property since 1984, with the City owning a minority 40-per-cent share under a joint venture established with the relocation of the CP Rail yard from downtown to its current location in Kipp. The land where the mall is situated is leased and operated by Primaris Management.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To approved the purchase of the Province of Alberta's 60-per-cent interest in the property at 501-1 Avenue South at a price of $12,222,000, with the purchase funded from borrowing over a term of 15 years.
CARRIED
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
L. Iwaskiw
J. Mauro
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
None
Absent: B. Hyggen, B. Mearns