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Oct 17, 2016 Council Highlights

New lease for Lethbridge Curling Club

​Along with an impressive new curling facility at the ATB Centre, the Lethbridge Curling Club now has a new 10 year lease agreement with the City of Lethbridge. The shortened 2016 season will see the Curling Club pay a lease fee of $50,850, $114,300 in 2017 and $119,300 in 2018. The numbers will be reviewed annually to determine the actual costs of operating the facility and this information will be used to inform new lease fee amounts moving forward.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
That the City of Lethbridge accept the new 10 year, 4 month lease agreement with the Lethbridge Curling Club. J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
L. Iwaskiw
R. Miyashiro
C. Spearman
None
Absent:  J. Mauro, R. Parker, B. Mearns

City supports Los Amigos project

​When local Rotary Club members head south for the winter, they will be taking a little piece of Lethbridge with them. As part of the Los Amigos Project, City Council approved the donation of six decommissioned fleet vehicles that the Rotary Club will deliver to parts of western Mexico in November 2017.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
That the City of Lethbridge donate two decommissioned ambulances and four decommissioned handi-buses to the Rotary Club's Los Amigos project. J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
L. Iwaskiw
R. Miyashiro
C. Spearman
None
Absent: J. Mauro, B. Mearns, R. Parker

Fostering inclusion and diversity

The City of Lethbridge is taking a leadership role in creating a more welcoming community by integrating diversity and inclusion strategies with employees. To date, the City has provided training opportunities to staff, reviewed and updated policies and procedures, gathered information internally and looked at best practices from other organizations in the area of diversity and inclusion. One of the next steps will be the introduction of a self-identification survey for employees. These findings will help the City better understand the diversity within its workforce and to develop strategies based on these results.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
That the report from administration providing an update on the corporate actions being taken in support City Council's strategic goal on diversity and inclusion be received as information and filed. J. Carlson
J. Coffman
B. Hyggen
L. Iwaskiw
R. Miyashiro
C. Spearman
None
Absent: J. Mauro, B. Mearns, R. Parker

Lots of lots to Habitat for Humanity

​City Council has approved the sale of three lots in the Crossings neighbourhood for future Habitat for Humanity homes with the option to purchase three additional lots in the next phase of the Crossings development.  

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that engages volunteers to build homes with partner families in need. Houses are built with partner families, using donations from corporations, churches, service clubs and individuals. The homes are then sold to the partner families at no profit and financed through a no-interest mortgage, usually for a 25 year term.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That the City of Lethbridge sell the following lots in the Crossings development to Habitat for Humanity Lethbridge Society.

  • Lot 22, Block 9 plan 1610344 (845 Atlantic Cove West)
  • Lot 23, Block 9 plan 1610344 (841 Atlantic Cove West)
  • Lot 24, Block 9 Plan 1610344 (837 Atlantic Cove West)

And that Habitat for Humanity have the option to purchase three more lots in Phase 4 of the Crossings subdivision.

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

Moving ahead with west Lethbridge road construction

Council approved the borrowing of funds needed to complete the design and construction of twinning Whoop-Up Drive from McMaster Blvd W to Mauretania Blvd W and building Metis trail from Walsh Drive to Whoop-Up Drive.

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How Council Voted

Bylaw In Favour Opposed

That council approve a bylaw authorizing the borrowing of $15,500,000 for the detailed design and construction of twinning Whoop-Up Drive from McMaster Blvd W to Mauretania Blvd W and Metis Trail from Walsh Drive to Whoop Up Drive.

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

None
Absent: J. Mauro, B. Mearns, R. Parker

Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) funding

In 2014 the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) saw significant grant reductions from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA). At that time, City Council approved a one-time allocation to provide bridging support over a 4-year period to allow SAAG to develop new initiatives and funding.

SAAG reported back to Council on the use of these funds over the first two years. They requested the continuation of the bridge funding for the remaining two years as no additional AFA funding has been made available. The remaining funds will be used through 2017 and 2018 to: maintain the services of the Fund Development Consultant, maintain new staff structure, maintain a budget for donor prospecting and stewardship and continue the momentum of the Live Art. Love SAAG. initiative.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That funding to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery for 2017 – 2018 in the amounts of $70,000 and $36,000, respectively, be approved.

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

None
Absent: J. Mauro, B. Mearns, R. Parker