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City Council Highlights - May 8, 2017

Key to the City presented to former Hurricanes captain Tyler Wong

Mayor Chris Spearman presented the Key to the City to Lethbridge to Tyler Wong, the former captain of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Bestowed at the discretion of the Mayor, the Key to the City is a municipal government's highest honour and is given to recognize the outstanding civic contributions of each recipient.

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Rainbow & transgender crosswalks approved, Pride Fest to pay associated costs

City Council members approved two separate resolutions regarding a request from the Lethbridge Pride Fest Society for permanent rainbow and transgemder flag crosswalks to be painted at a downtown intersection. The first resolution calls for temorary rainbow and transgender flag crosswalks to be painted this year downtown at the 3 Avenue South/6 Street South intersection, with the Pride Fest Society covering any associated costs. The second resolution directs that if City Council approves the 3 Avenue South Reconstruction Project in the 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Program, permanent rainbow and transgender flag crosswalks will be included in the project at the 3 Avenue South/7 Street South intersection, with the Pride Fest Society covering any associated costs.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

Resolution 1: To approve the request from the Lethbridge Pride Fest Society and that temorary rainbow and transgender flag crosswalks to be painted this year downtown at the 3 Avenue South/6 Street South intersection, with the Pride Fest Society covering any associated costs.
CARRIED

Resolution 2: That if City Council approves the 3 Avenue South Reconstruction Project in the 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Program, permanent rainbow and transgender flag crosswalks will be included in the project at the 3 Avenue South/7 Street South intersection, with the Pride Fest Society covering any associated costs.

J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
L. Iwaskiw
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

J. Mauro
Absent: None

Business recycling 2016 report presented to Council

A continued decline in waste disposal from construction and demolition was the main factor in slight drop in overall business waste disposal in 2016, according to a report to Council on the first-year results of the City's five-year implementation strategy for business sector waste diversion. The report highlights that a new option in 2016 for roofing businesses to recycle asphalt shingles resulted in a total of 2.3 million kg of them being diverted from the landfill in just the first year, City Council heard today.

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2017 property tax rates approved

City Council set property tax rates for 2017, which will result in an average increase of $5.65 per month on the overall property tax bill for a typical single-family home in Lethbridge. When residential property tax notices are mailed out on May 17, they will reflect an overall average increase of 2.5 per cent for a typical single-family home valued at $262,500. Multi-family properties will see an overall average increase of 2.3 per cent in 2017 while commercial and industrial properties will see an overall average increase of 2.4 per cent.

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Implementation strategy approved for new single tourism entity

City Council members voted 7-2 to approve an implementation strategy and board structure for new single entity to promote tourism in Lethbridge. The tourism functions currently handled by the Chinook Country Tourism Association, Economic Development Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Sport Council will instead by handled by single new tourism entity. The strategy stems from Council's approval in 2016 of the Destination Management Plan to guide the development, management and marketing of Lethbridge's tourism industry in the coming decade.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To approve the implementation strategy and amended terms of reference for the Lethbridge Destination Management Organization.
CARRIED

J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker

L. Iwaskiw
C. Spearman

Absent: None