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City Council Highlights - May 23, 2017

2018-2027 Capital Improvement Program officially approved

Following week-long deliberations as Finance Committee May 15-19, City Council formally approved the new 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP sets out priorities for municipal capital projects for the next 10 years, but only approves funding for projects within the plan's initial four-year window. Projects approved in the next four years include an additional west Lethbridge fire station, Southern Alberta Art Gallery expansion,  a new programming and community facility for Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, twinning of University Drive West, downtown reconstruction of 3 Avenue South, and planning and design of a Performing Arts Centre as well as design of a Trade and Convention Centre and Agri-plex for Exhibition Park.

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City and County to pursue new joint governance model for Lethbridge Airport

Lethbridge City Council voted to approve a resolution to move forward in principle with pursuing implementation of an airport commission governance model, as recommended in an independent consultant's report entitled the 2016 Airport Financial Assessment and Governance Update. Lethbridge County Council approved a similar resolution at their regular meeting on May 18.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That the City of Lethbridge move forward in principle with the recommendation to pursue implementation of an Airport Commission Governance model; and

Further, that City Administration be directed to work with the County of Lethbridge to seek available capital grants for improvements at the Lethbridge Airport
CARRIED

J. Carlson
B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
None
Absent: J. Coffman, L. Iwaskiw

 

Council votes against putting curbside recycling to plebiscite in 2017 election

A majority of City Council members voted against a request from a community group to put curbside recycling to a plebiscite in the 2017 municipal election this fall. In November 2016, City Council voted to introduce a municipal curbside blue-cart program for collection of unsorted recycleables every two weeks. The new curbside recycling program is to roll out with an initial pilot program in 2018 in select areas of the city followed by a full, city-wide rollout in 2019.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To approve the request by the Lethbrige Committee for Government Affairs to put the curbside recycling question to a plebiscite in the October 2017 municipal election.
DEFEATED

B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
R. Parker

J. Carlson
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
C. Spearman

Absent: J. Coffman, L. Iwaskiw