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Most Recent Council Meeting
February 4, 2019
- City Council unanimously approved the donation of two Access-A-Ride buses to the Los Amigos Project to service urban and rural centres in Mexico. This is the seventh year the project has delivered decommissioned community support vehicles from Lethbridge to Mexican communities in need.
- City Council unanimously passed a resolution to immediately respond to an urban drilling site within city limits. The resolution outlined that the Mayor and City Manager will respond to Tamarack Acquisitions Corp. through the Alberta Energy Regulator to make their opposition and concerns known. Further to this, the Mayor and City Manager will also write to the Honourable Margaret Ellen McCuaig-Boyd, Alberta Minister of Energy, to advise her of Council's position.
January 21, 2019
- City Manager, Bram Strain, presented an action plan to review all City operations over the next three years. City Council heard the review will look at process structures, outcomes and expectations of the organization and its stakeholders along with industry standards and best practices.
- City Council heard recommendations for improvements to Whoop-Up Drive interchanges based on the recently completed Interchange Functional Planning Study. The study includes traffic analysis, concept improvement options, cost estimates and recommendations after two years of research and public consultation.
- City Council approved Social Housing in Action Committee's (SHIA) proposed new service delivery plan to address homelessness in the city. The new plan was a result of significant research and stakeholder engagement and was developed to ensure minimal disruption to those it benefits, while streamlining services.
- City Council unanimously approved a resolution to direct the City Manager to identify and implement ways in which the City of Lethbridge and the Southern Alberta Crime Stoppers can partner showing mutual support in joint efforts to reduce crime in our city.
Previous City Council Meetings
January 7, 2019
City Council approved $12,000 in FCSS temporary funding to be allocated to Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) to continue to provide cleaning services for seniors living independently, as cleaning services have ended as of December 31, 2018 due to the current service provider not wanting to continue to provide this service.
City Council approved a 1% wage increase for City of Lethbridge administration (non-union) employees effective January 2, 2019.
The renewal agreement between the City of Lethbridge and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 955 was ratified for January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Wages: January 1, 2019: 1%, January 1, 2020: 1.5%, January 1, 2021: 1.5% and January 1, 2022: 2%.
December 10, 2018
City Council gave final approval to a new four-year operating budget, which addresses several strategic priorities while building in financial accountability and limiting the tax impact on residents. The new budget includes an average increase to the municipal portion of residential property tax of 1.82 % annually for the next 4 years. The increase works out to an average of $3.50/month ($42/year) on an average single-family residential home with an assessed value of $267,300. Read the news release here.
The Collective Agreement between CUPE Local 70 and the City of Lethbridge was ratified for Jan 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2022. Wages: Jan 1, 2019: 1%, Jan 1, 2020: 1.5 %, Jan 1, 2021: 1.5 %, Jan 1, 2022: 2 % and a signing bonus of $200 per permanent member.
- City Council postpones budget approval until December 10, 2018 to allow City Council members to reconsider the entire budget, and the Draft Operating Budget was referred to the December 3, 2018 Finance Committee Meeting.
- City of Lethbridge to initiate negotiations of revised terms of their agreement with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, including potential displacement compensation for a portion of the 2019 WHL playoffs because of the World Men's Curling Championships.
November 13, 2018
- Council votes to consult public on urban hen question
October 29, 2018
- Transit seeking grants that would fund purchase of seven electric buses
- Historic designation approved for downtown Bentley Block
- Civic Common Master Plan presented to City Council
- Council supports adoption of Lethbridge Play Charter
- Community consultations continue for Municipal Housing Strategy
- Two downtown blocks to be temporarily renamed Veterans' Avenue during Remembrance Week Nov. 5-11
- Council ratifies 4-year agreement with fire/EMS and emergency dispatch employees
- In response to request, administration to explore feasibility of a pilot project for backyard hens in the city
- Admin to mitigation options following New West Theatre request for waiver of theatre rental fee due to Yates renovations
- $2M added to water treatment plant project budget after tenders come in over budget amid tariff uncertainty
- Yates renewal project receives additional $560K to cover unexpected costs
- Public art commissioned for downtown site
- Positive mid-year financial forecast
- Update re: community response to drug crisis
- Council backs Lethbridge bid to host 2020 Memorial Cup
- Council seeks community collaboration for solutions, action to address drug crisis issues
- Council briefed on new, program-based approach to upcoming Operating Budget
- Proposed resolution to direct ARCHES to end clean need distribution is defeated by 5-4 vote
- City of Lethbridge assumes ownership of the Lethbridge Airport
- City Council welcomes Bramwell (Bram) Strain as new city manager
July 9, 2018
- Council approves adding $2.9 million to capital budget for Transit Terminal construction project
June 25, 2018
- 2018 census shows Lethbridge population inching closer to 100,000
- Bylaw change sets out where retail cannabis stores can be located
- Initial cost-neutral Transit routing strategy changes approved
- Reconciliation advisory committee receives initial funding
- Council advocates for introduction of Extended Producer Responsibility in Alberta
June 11, 2018
- Community meeting to be held to explore ways to reduce needle debris associated with drug crisis
- Non-profit groups awarded grants for community projects
- Advisory committee to champion Reconciliation Implementation Plan
- Governance review, improved transit, housing strategy, airport revitalization highlight Council's goals this term
- Task force to develop municipal housing strategy
- Provincial funding allocated to enhance Clean Sweep & Mobile Outreach services
- Proposed text amendment to Land Use Bylaw introduced regarding retail cannabis stores
- Planning Begins for Future of Lethbridge Airport
- Road Maintenance Tax Change
- Council approves request for $160K toward hosting 2020 Canada Wide Science Fair
- Council considers community meeting on local implications of cannabis legalization
April 3, 2018
- Funding approved for ARCHES to continue needle pickup hotline service through end of 2018
- Council receives report on campaign spending disclosure for 2017 municipal election
- Public art approved for ATB Centre-Phase 2
- Council receives positive 2017 year-end financial report
March 16, 2018
- City and County reach agreement to transfer ownership of Lethbridge Airport
- ATB Centre-Phase 2 construction on budget & on time for Spring 2019 opening
February 20, 2018
- City signs on to updated emergency services mutual aid agreement
- City entering federal Smart Cities Challenge to win up to $10 million
- Council briefed on development of brand strategy for Lethbridge
- Implementation strategy to be developed for enhancements to transit system
January 22, 2018
- Council receives update on upcoming Phase 1 launch of curbside recycling
- Latest benchmarking report assesses road services
- London Road Area Redevelopment Plan approved
January 8, 2018
- Council backs local bid to host 2020 Alberta Summer Games
- Council approves allocation of available FCSS funding