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Council Highlights Nov 14, 2016

 

Support for Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society

The Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society came before Council seeking a letter of support for a grant application. If successful, the grant will help fund new playground surfacing. Staff have discovered needles and other paraphernalia in the pea gravel of the playground. The new surfacing would make it easier to detect these dangers and protect the children playing on the playground.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That a letter of support be written to Alberta Recycling for a grant to install pour in place playground matting at the Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society's Child Development Centre (241 Stafford Drive North).

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

None
Absent: L. Iwaskiw

Event funding for U of L's 50th anniversary celebration

City Council voted to provide a financial contribution to a community music festival celebrating the University of Lethbridge's 50th anniversary. Council rejected the original ask of $120,000, reducing the grant contribution to $50,000.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That the U of L's request of $120,000.00 from the Major Community Events Hosting grant be reduced to $50,000.00 as the capital portion in the amount of $70,000.00 is not in alignment with the purpose of the grant. This money will support the "Let is Shine On" community music festival in September 2017.

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

Youth Advisory Council

Members of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) provided an annual report to City Council. The group had several accomplishments to share. Over the last year they have created a new logo helping to build recognition in the community, they participated in numerous events and provided feedback on important City projects.

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Destination Management Plan

​​City Council  approved the Destination Management Plan (DMP) to guide the development, management and marketing of Lethbridge's tourism industry over the next 10 years. In addition, council decided on a new governance model to move the DMP forward  The original resolution, to accept the committees recommended governance model (incorporating tourism into economic development) was defeated. A new resolution to create a standalone tourism entity was presented and passed.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
That council approved the Destination Management Plan in principle. J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
None
Absent: L. Iwaskiw

How Council Voted

ResolutionIn FavourOpposed
That council approve the creation of a new, standalone organization, focused on the growth of tourism in Lethbridge and that City administration design an implementation strategy for this new entity including a funding model, transition and implementation plan by April 2017.J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
B. Mearns
R. Parker

R. Miyashiro
C. Spearman

Absent: L. Iwaskiw

Increased funding expands scope of Yates renovations

City Council approved advancing improvements to the Yates Memorial Centre after receiving $3.5 million from the Federal government's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The project will expand to include work in the Yates Enhancement project that wasn't scheduled to be completed until 2021.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That the budget for the Yates Renewal Project (D-14  in the 2014 – 2023 Capital Improvement Program) be revised to include the following elements of the Yates Enhancement Project (D-35):

  • Elevator additions
  • Sterndale Theatre barrier free washroom upgrades
  • Concrete floor under the auditorium
  • Signage
  • Air handling system revisions
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
None
Absent: L. Iwaskiw