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Council Highlights Nov 28, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Diversion Outreach Team (DOT) gets extended funding

City Council has authorized funding that will allow the Diversion Outreach Team (DOT) to continue providing front-line intervention for Lethbridge's most vulnerable residents for the next two years.​​ In the past year, DOT has been involved in more than 6,000 interventions, more than half of those in the downtown area.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

City Council allocate $142,000 for 2017 and $142,000 for 2018 for the continuation of the Diversion Outreach Team and that the funding come from Corporate Contingencies.

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

Changes to regulations for taxi's

Council approved amendments to the licensing bylaw that will update regulations for taxis including increasing maximum taxi fairs. 

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That Lethbridge License Bylaw 5658 be amended as follows:

  1. Increase maximum taxi fares with no minimum rate per kilometre charge
  2. ​Include provisions requiring the taxi vehicle display the top light, company name, and unit number; and
  3. Amend the existing seat belt provision to replace “Taxi License” with “Taxi Operator License”
J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
L. Iwaskiw
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
J. Mauro​
Absent: None

Southern Alberta Summer Games wrap-up

Council heard a final report from the coordinators of the Southern Alberta Summer Games held in Lethbridge last July. The Games reported the largest every Lethbridge team and an economic surplus, some of which was returned to the City to support future events. 

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
That the organizers and volunteer of the 2016 Southern Alberta Summer Games be thanked for their work and that the committee be thanked for returning $16,000 to the City of Lethbridge Major Community Events Hosting Grant account.

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

None
Absent: None

Citizens' Assembly shares final report​

Lethbridge's Citizens' Assembly on Councillors Employment and Compensation shared their final report with City Council. This is the final step in the Citizens' Assembly process which provided a new community engagement opportunity to local residents.​​ Council will further discuss the findings of the report at a future Community Issues Committee meeting. ​

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
That council receive and file the final report of the Citizens' Assembly thanking the members for their participation and that the findings of the report be further discussed at a future Community Issues​ Committee meeting. ​ J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
L. Iwaskiw
J. Mauro
B. Mearns
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman
None
Absent: None

Green light for blue-cart

​City Council voted to step up community waste diversion by introducing residential curbside recycling. The new blue-cart program will initially roll out in 2018 as a pilot program to select areas of the city. The full program will roll out city-wide in 2019. The new program will provide blue carts to each household for curbside collection of unsorted recyclables every two weeks. 

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That a curbside recycling pilot project be started in 2018 with full implementation of bi-weekly residential curbside collection of recyclables (blue carts) in 2019. At this time, garbage collection will go from weekly to bi-weekly.

Following the introduction of the residential curbside collection of recyclables (blue carts) in 2019, administration will prepare for council’s consideration a program implementation plan for residential curbside collection of organics (green carts).

Administration prepare project for the 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Program for the design and construction of a Materials Recovery Facility and a project for the collection equipment for residential curbside collection of recyclables​.

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

J. Mauro
Absent: None

Successful first season for upgraded Henderson Pool

Council heard a report back from administration on the success of the first season for the newly renovated Henderson Pool. Operational efficiencies and record crowds highlight the positive outcomes of this project. 

The pool recorded an increase in attendance of nearly 30,000 over 2013 when it was last operating. A total of 58,229 visitors enjoyed the outdoor pool, waterslides, climbing wall and spray park this summer. Operating Henderson Pool cost $81,900 less than in 2013 and was $49,079 under the estimated 2016 budget. The PVC pool liner and new filtration system are credited with some of these efficiencies​.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That the report from administration providing an update on the construction and operation of Henderson Pool, be received as information and filed.​​

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