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City Council Highlights - June 19, 2017

Bylaw change coming to allow Transportation Network Companies to operate in Lethbridge.

City Council voted in favour of making bylaw amendments that will pave the way for Transportation Network Companies (TNC) such as Uber to operate in Lethbridge. City administration consulted eight other Alberta cities and also sought input from 17 local taxi business owners. The bylaw changes are expected to come to Council for approval later this year.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To approved the recommendation from administration to proceed with amending the Business Licence Bylaw to allow Transportation Network Companies (TNC) to operate in Lethbridge without requiring a municipal business licence for individual drivers.
CARRIED
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
L. Iwaskiw
J. Mauro
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
None
Absent: B. Hyggen

Agreement reached with ACCESS-A-Ride staff

City Council ratified a new three-year collective agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 987, which represents approximately 45 local ACCESS-A-Ride staff. The agreement covers City of Lethbridge employees who deliver accessible transit services and are separate from the Lethbridge Transit employee group. It provides wage increases of 2.5 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2017 and 2018, an additional 0.5 per cent on July 1, 2018, and an increase on Jan. 1, 2019 that matches any increase negotiated with Transit employees.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To ratify the new 3-year agreement between the City of Lethbridge and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 987 - ACCESS-A-Ride employees.
CARRIED
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
L. Iwaskiw
J. Mauro
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
None
Absent: J. Coffman, B. Hyggen, R. Parker

Reconciliation Implementation Plan presented to City Council

A 10-year Community Reconciliation Implementation Plan received approval from City Council to guide the local community in responding to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network is to provide annual progress updates to City Council. Reconciliation Week is Sept. 18-23, 2017.

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Public art commissioned to commemorate 50th anniversary of twin-city relationship with Saint-Laurent, QC

City Council unanimously supported commissioning a public artwork entitled "coyote2coyote" as a gift to be installed in Saint-Laurent, Quebec to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the twin-city relationship between our communities. The City of Saint-Laurent has similarly commissioned a public art piece which will be unveiled in Lethbridge in mid-July, 2017.

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Matching grants awarded for community projects

A City Council awarded matching grants to 16 local non-profit groups to support capital enhancement projects for community-use facilities. This year's recipients of the annual Community Capital Project Grant (CCPG) include local organizations involved in cultural, youth, arts, recreation and family support activities. Organizations are eligible to apply every two years for up to $200,000 per project to fund one-third of the total project cost.

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