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Welcome to City Council Highlights, a concise digest of newsworthy decisions and issues from City Council meetings. 


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  • City Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6320, a bylaw to repeal existing Bylaws, 5712, 5847 and 6078. This repeals existing borrowing bylaws that are no longer required because they have been identified as redundant or will be replaced by a new borrowing bylaw
  • City Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6325 - Amendment to Bylaw 6146 - The Waste Bylaw, to include updated definitions and Landfill Fee as per schedule presented during the Capital Improvement Program for the Waste & Recycling Utility
  • City Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6327, the Regulated Default Supply Bylaw (RDS). The RDS Tariff sets the monthly energy price for customers that do not choose a retailer within the Wire Services Providers boundaries (the City of Lethbridge). This amending bylaw updates the rates and provides information on what factors go into determining the rates in Schedule A.6. The Schedule A.6 rates have been updated to reflect the results of reviewing these factors including provincial charges from Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
  • City Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6328, the Regulated Rate Option Bylaw (RRO). The RRO Tariff sets the monthly energy price for customers that do not choose a retailer within the Wire Services Providers boundaries (the City of Lethbridge). This amending bylaw updates the rates and provides information on what factors go into determining the rates in Schedule A.6. The Schedule A.6 rates have been updated to reflect the results of reviewing these factors including provincial charges from Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
  • City Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6336, the 2022 Residential Assessment and Supplementary Assessment Sub-Class Bylaw, to break out the residential property class to include a multi-family residential subclass
  • Council voted to have several proposed borrowing bylaws referred back to administration to return to council next year
  • There were no presentations, submissions or official business motions at this meeting



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  • City Council voted unanimously in favour to request that the City Manager provide a schedule for presenting a report, outlining the impact of the most recent changes to the Transit System, to the Council Meeting of December 14, 2021.

  • City Council voted unanimously in favour for the City Manager to bring back a schedule for a report on options, identifying incentives similar to current downtown redevelopment incentives which could be offered across other commercial districts within Lethbridge, to the Council Meeting of December 14, 2021.

  • City Council voted 8-1 in favour for the City Manager to bring back a schedule for a report back, on options for adding more off-leash dog parks in Lethbridge, to the Council Meeting of December 14, 2021.  

  • City Council voted unanimously in favour for the City Manager to bring back a schedule for a report back, on the status of the Go Friendly bus service which had been used by both Nordbridge Senior Citizens Centre and Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, to the Council Meeting of December 14, 2021. 

  • City Council voted unanimously in favour for the City Manager to bring back a schedule for a report back, on options to dispose/collect household hazardous waste services at the existing recycling depots, to the City Council Meeting of December 14, 2021. 

  • City Council voted unanimously in favour to proceed with signing the Amended Agreement as provided by the Chinook Arch Regional Library System (CARLS) Board; and to assign the City Manager or designate as the City's representative to the CARLS Board until Council reviews the KPMG Report recommendations for the Lethbridge Public Library. Councillor Jenn Schmidt-Rempel recused during this agenda item.

  • This Council meeting was conducted on Monday, November 15, instead of Tuesday, November 16, as some members of Council were travelling to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association Conference in Edmonton.


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  • At its annual Organizational Meeting, Council voted to adopt the 2022 Council and Standing Policy Committee (SPC) meeting calendar, to approve the Deputy Mayor and Acting Mayor schedule (2021-2025) and to confirm administration appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees
  • Adoption and publication of the 2022 Council and Standing Policy Committee Meeting Calendar assists with planning and scheduling and ensures an efficient and transparent notification process for the public, which meets legislated requirements. With approval and posting on the website of the 2022 Council and SPC Meeting Calendar, the public will have notice of regularly scheduled meetings for 2022
  • The selection for Deputy and Acting Mayor was made following direction from the 2017- 2021 Council at their August 24, 2021, meeting. The schedule chosen was the Councillor with the most votes will be the first Acting Mayor, the Councillor with the next most votes as the second Acting Mayor, and so on. The term as Deputy Mayor would be prior to their term as Acting Mayor
  • As such, Councillor Rajko Dodic is the current Acting Mayor and Councillor Belinda Crowson is the current Deputy Mayor. The primary responsibilities of the Acting Mayor and Deputy Mayor are to act as the Mayor's representative when the Mayor is unavailable, or, as requested by the Mayor to support Mayoral functions. The 2021-2025 Schedule of Deputy and Acting Mayor rotation is available for viewing on the City of Lethbridge website and is now in effect
  • The appointment of members of Administration to committees provides subject matter expertise and promotes collaboration and collective decision-making with Council and public members, ensuring that residents, communities and customers of the City are better served
  • The following members of Administration have been appointed to the following Committees for a one-year term, effective January 1, 2022: Travis Grindle to the Combative Sports Commission; Lloyd Brierley to the Regional Trail Steering Committee; and Doug Kaupp, to the Oldman Watershed Council

  • The 2021-2025 City Council Appointments to Boards, Commissions & Committees was confirmed. Full listings here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Boards-Commissions-Committees/Pages/Council-Members.aspx

  • Additionally, in a Motion Arising, Council voted to amend the 2021 Council and SPC Calendar by moving the November 16, 2021, Council Meeting to a day earlier, November 15, 2021, based on the needs of the new Council in order to travel on November 16 to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Conference in Edmonton

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  • In a swearing-in ceremony at the Yates Memorial Theatre – with the Restrictions Exemption Program in place for all attendees at the venue – City Clerk Bonnie Hilford and Deputy City Clerk David Sarsfield administered the Oath of Office for each of the nine members of the 2021-2025 Lethbridge City Council
  • Mayor Blaine Hyggen was officially sworn-in as the 26th Mayor of Lethbridge
  • The eight Councillors: Mark Campbell, Jeff Carlson, Belinda Crowson, Rajko Dodic, John Middleton-Hope, Nick Paladino, Ryan Parker and Jenn Schmidt-Rempel, were also sworn-in
  • The swearing-in ceremony featured several video messages from elected officials along with live performances from local artists including award-winning country musician, Trevor Panczak. In a first for any Lethbridge City Council, Kainai Elder, Mike Bruised Head (Ninna Piiksii), offered a neighbour-to-nation greeting
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