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City Council Highlights June 13, 2016

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Ramping up fight against European Elm Scale

City Council voted unanimously to increase the funding and resources needed to treat local elm trees for European Elm Scale. Up to 3600 elms on City land will be injected with a pesticide to help control the spread. The public is urged to do the same for any elms on private property.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That City staff implement an aggressive European Elm Scale injection program to inject upwards of 3,600 public trees; and that Council approve $380,000.00 for the program, with funding coming from Contingencies ($220,000) and Environment Committee ($160,000).

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

Community Capital Project Grants Awarded

Eight community organizations were awarded over $740,000 as part of the City's 2016 Community Capital Project Grant (CCPG). The CCPG assists community non-profit organizations to expand or upgrade their community-use facilities. The grants are awarded on a one-third basis, subject to the recipients securing the remaining two-thirds funding from other sources.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That the funding allocations to the eight qualifying applications for the 2016 Community Capital Project Grant Program for a total of $740,184.46 be approved for the following projects:  

  • Lethbridge YMCA renovations  - $143,602.00
  • Lethbridge Family Services renovations and upgrades - $148,995.33
  • Lethbridge Speed Skating Association retrofit - $6,861.66
  • Lakeview Community Park Society of Lethbridge playground replacement - $169,504.92
  • The Ecole Agnes Davidson School Parent Fundraising Association playground replacement - $200,000.00
  • The Southern Alberta Self-Help Association renovations - $56,844.55
  • The Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society study plan for new building - $7,650.00
  • Lethbridge Columbus Club renovations - $6,726.00
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
L. Iwaskiw
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
None
Absent: J. Mauro

Fort Whoop-Up Contract Approved

Council approved the contract with the Galt Museum to have them operate Fort Whoop-Up for the next three years. In the Fall of 2015, the City issued an RFP to obtain an operator for Fort Whoop-Up. Two submissions were received and following and evaluation process, The Galt was selected as the successful proponent.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That council approve the contract between the City of Lethbridge and Sir Alexander Galt Museum and Archives to operate Fort Whoop-Up.

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

None
Absent: J. Mauro

2018 Canadian Trampoline Gymnastics Bid

Council approved funding support towards the City's bid for the 2018 Canadian Trampoline Gymnastics Championships. This event, proposed to be held at the Enmax Centre, would bring in approximately 200 athletes and 8000 spectators with an economic impact of over $1 million for the city.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That City Council support the bid for the 2018 Canadian Championships in Trampoline Gymnastics and that the request for $50,250.00 from the Major Event Hosting Grant be approved.

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

None
Absent: J. Mauro

Municipal Historic Resources

Council approved the designation of three new Municipal Historic Resources. Municipal Historic Resources are buildings the City of Lethbridge has legally protected from changes and alterations that would diminished the properties historic value.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That the Collier's $7500 House of 704 - 13 Street South, the Buchanan Residence of 1404 - 4 Avenue South and The Watson Residence of 323 - 14 Street South be designated as Municipal Historic Resources.

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

None
Absent: J. Mauro

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Council heard a presentation from the Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network (LEARN) on the issues surrounding elder abuse and the importance of recognizing Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Lethbridge on June 15, 2016.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
That City Council approve the lighting of City Hall purple on the evening of June 15, 2016 in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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

None
Absent: J. Mauro