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  • During a Public Hearing, Lethbridge City Council received an applicant's letter of withdrawal on Bylaw 6390 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 215 – 2 Avenue South and 221 – 2 Avenue South (Castle Apartments), as well as for Bylaw 6391 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 535 – 8 Street South (Halmrast Manor). The letter thus cancelled the Public Hearing and second readings to the proposed Bylaws were then both defeated unanimously

  • From an Official Business Motion from Councillor John Middleton-Hope and Councillor Nick Paladino, Council voted unanimously to direct Administration to develop a strategic, long-term response for sheltering residents in need and those who are difficult to house (high acuity), including the establishment of a permanent shelter that may also be used to temporarily house citizens during severe inclement weather or in the event of a disaster (including any required funding amounts and the proposed sources of funds), and report back to Council through the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee by the end of Q2 2023. The Government of Alberta has indicated that $1 million in funding is available for shelter space if the City of Lethbridge has proper location and approvals in place
     
  • From an Official Business Motion from Belinda Crowson, Council voted unanimously to direct the City Manager and Administration to: 1. Review the current state of Lethbridge's tax classes and review possibilities on tax classes in the current Municipal Government Act; 2. Conduct a tax subclass review of some other Alberta municipalities and compare, where possible, the historic rates for these communities and Lethbridge, what other municipalities are doing differently (or the same) as Lethbridge and what trends and information can be derived by such a comparison; and 3. Prepare a presentation on tax classes and subclasses to be presented to the Economic Standing Policy Committee before the end of June 2023. As part of the presentation, Administration will prepare recommendations for Economic Standing Policy Committee to consider, which may include retaining the status quo or suggesting different classes and/or recommending adjustments to the tax ratio between classes. Administration will also as part of the presentation include recommendations on how to provide comparatives with other municipalities as a benchmark for potential future discussions and decisions

  • As part of the Consent Agenda approval, Council's 2022 Action Plan Q4 report was carried. The full report can be viewed here
     
  • As part of the Consent Agenda approval, the lease agreement with the Blood Tribe Department of Health on the Lethbridge Shelter was published. It can be viewed here

  • After being moved from Consent Agenda to Committee Submissions, Council voted 8-1 to approve the Economic Standing Policy Committee report on Regional Economic Development & Tourism Strategy Draft Phase 1 Vision, as amended. View the minutes for the full list of approvals.
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6387- Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 1240 29 St. N, 1501 28 St. N, 2911 - 3033 15 Ave. N, 1211- 1481 29 St. N & 1212 - 1453 30 St. N (Broadcast Business Park). The purpose of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) amendment is to replace the Urban Innovation (UI) district with a Direct Control (DC) district. The LUB amendment will also change the land use of a portion of the area that is currently shown as business industrial in the UI district's Comprehensive Site Plan to one that primarily consists of general industrial land uses. It will also remove and add a few land uses that are not currently allowable under the business industrial and general industrial areas of the Comprehensive Site Plan


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  • This was a Special Meeting of Council
  • From a Closed Meeting Report, Council voted to direct the Mayor and City Clerk to sign and seal the confidential lease and that the lease be held confidential until the January 24, 2023 Meeting of Council and added to the Consent Agenda. City Council also directed that the closed meeting discussions with respect to the Homeless Shelter Building Lease Agreement remain confidential pursuant to Sections 16 (Harmful to Business Interests of a Third Party), 21 (Harmful to Intergovernmental Relations), 23 (Local Public Body Confidences), 24 (Advice from Officials) and 29 (Information that is or will be available to the public) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on all three readings on Bylaw 6392 - Electric Utility – Regulated Rate Option – Funding of Deferral Amounts. The purpose is to approve a Borrowing Bylaw to allow the City to request funds from the Province of Alberta to cover the cost of electricity charges from January 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023. Council authorized all three readings to occur in accordance with s. 187(4) of the Municipal Government Act.


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  • Following a lengthy discussion Tuesday, Lethbridge City Council, by general consent, recessed the Public Hearing on Bylaw 6390 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 215 – 2 Avenue South and 221 – 2 Avenue South (Castle Apartments), as well as the Public Hearing on Bylaw 6391 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 535 – 8 Street South (Halmrast Manor). At the Council meeting, first readings were carried to both items. These are not decisions in favour, but simply introduced the Bylaws. For all three readings to have carried in the same meeting, the votes would all have had to be unanimous. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for January 24, 2023, and the continuation for the Public Hearings will begin at 3 p.m. that day.

  • Council voted 5-3 in favour to adopt the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy Advisory Committee recommendation to fund Streets Alive Mission for the operation of an Overnight Comfort Centre for $325,670, with $225,670 from Reaching Home funds and $100,000 from taxation.
     
  • Council voted unanimously to approve the allocation of $1,500,000 of Affordable and Social Housing Capital Grant funding from the 2022-2031 D-32 Affordable Housing CIP project to the Aboriginal Housing Society for construction of the Legacy Ridge Housing Project. City funding to be provided subject to the execution of a third-party contribution agreement in a form satisfactory to the City Manager.

  • From an Official Business Motion from Councillor John Middleton-Hope, Mayor Blaine Hyggen and Deputy Mayor Ryan Parker, Council voted 7-2 to rescind previous council decisions to proceed with analysis and possible implementation of a Ward System of Elections, including rescindment of a one-time budget of up to $297,000, and direct Administration to prepare a bylaw to rescind Ward Commission Bylaw 6374. The City of Lethbridge, at the direction of Council, had previously been instructed to examine the current process used to elect members of Council and research alternatives because of a non-binding ballot question in which 55.69 per cent of the electorate voted in favour of a question, "do you support using a ward system to elect city councillors (other than the Mayor) starting with the 2025 municipal election?"
     
  • From an Official Business Motion from Councillor Middleton-Hope, Mayor Hyggen and Deputy Mayor Parker, Council voted 7-2 to direct this to the Governance Standing Policy Committee to report back to Council by Q2 2023, having conducted a robust examination of a 'precinct' model, being one example, and a strategy and timeline for implementation, including any budget and resourcing requirements. The OBM movers say the primary impetus for amending the current model is to develop a more democratic election process that would provide for effective and efficient representation and that the 'precinct' model, as one example, is designed to eliminate the need for a further costly review process by addressing at-large representation and blending it with geographic accountability thereby improving the existing model.

  • From an Official Business Motion from Councillor Nick Paladino, Council voted unanimously to direct Administration to return to Council, through the Governance Standing Policy Committee, no later than Q2 2023, with the following potential amendments to the nomination process in Bylaw 5803 – A Bylaw to Provide for Municipal Elections: 1. Eligible Elector Signatures – increase from five to 25 for Councillor and to 50 for Mayor. 2. Deposits – increase from $0 to $100 for Councillor and $250 for Mayor.
     
  • From an Official Business Motion from Belinda Crowson, Council voted unanimously for the Mayor write a letter to Lethbridge County Council highlighting support for the Cor Van Raay LINK Pathway, affirming the city's commitment to the project and highlighting the importance of the pathway as a regional resource. The Cor Van Raay LINK Pathway will be a 15-kilometre pathway linking Coaldale and Lethbridge, being funded by private donations and grants, to offer a natural recreational corridor for people of all ages. The City of Lethbridge has agreed to cover costs once the pathway hits city limits and this pathway will join into the city's pathway system at Henderson Park and will enhance the city's own pathway system.

  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6364 – 2023 Distribution Tariff Bylaw, as amended. The Electric Distribution Tariff Bylaw sets the rates for all customers receiving electric services from the City of Lethbridge Utility.

  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to amend the Waste Bylaw 6146 to include updated definitions, rates and inclusion of Organics collection programs. The Waste Bylaw regulates and controls the storage, collection, processing, and disposal of Waste within the City, and levies rates and fees for certain services provided by the City.

  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to amend Bylaw 6379, the Water Services Bylaw, effective January 1, 2023 as follows: 1. Replacing specified pricing in Schedule "A' and all of Schedules "B" and "C" as they relate to utility rates. These updated schedules reflect a two per cent increase in water revenues in accordance with the draft 2023-2026 Water Utility Operating Budget, yet to be presented to the Economic Standing Policy Committee. 2. Deleting Section 23 of Schedule "D", thereby eliminating the credit of $1 for customers choosing the electronic utility invoice in lieu of a paper invoice.

  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to amend Bylaw 6380, the Sewerage Service Charge Bylaw, effective January 1, 2023 as follows: 1. Replacing all of Schedules "A", "B" and "C" as they relate to utility rates. These updated schedules reflect a three per cent increase in wastewater rates in accordance with the draft 2023-2026 Wastewater Utility Operating Budget, yet to be presented to the Economic Standing Policy Committee. 2. Change to application of the winter average volume in summer months to be replaced with actual water volume where actual volume is less than the winter average volume. 3. Updating the standard measurement method and references of "grease" to the industry standard of Fats, Oils, and Greases (FOG). 4. Deleting Section 23 of Schedule "D", thereby eliminating the credit of $1 for customers choosing the electronic utility invoice in lieu of a paper invoice.
     
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6381, amending Bylaw 5613, The Electric Utility Bylaw. Changes by Utility Services to their fee structure requires a change to the Electric Utility Bylaw to align with the new fee structure. Utility Services is removing the $1 credit to customers who have selected the electronic utility invoice option. Due to this change, Section 23 within Schedule D of the current Electric Utility Bylaw 5613 will be removed.
     
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6376, amendments to Bylaw 5197, the Fees and Charges Bylaw, to update department fees in alignment with similar municipalities to provide more cost recovery for staff's work, and also clarify some of the existing fee categories.
     
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6385 - 2023 Incentives for Prepayments, Penalty and Tax Deferral Bylaw. This will update the 2023 discount on prepayment of property taxes, establish 2023 current and arrears penalties on levies and update the dates as required.


  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6377, amendment to Bylaw 6110, the City of Lethbridge Safety Codes Permit Bylaw. This will update department fees in alignment with similar municipalities to provide accurate cost recovery for staff's work, and also clarify some of the existing fee categories.

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Video and minutes

  • To open the meeting, Lethbridge City Council recognized community builder Ron Sakamoto who recently had a new career-spanning wall dedicated to him at the ENMAX Centre. Read more here.
  • Council voted unanimously to adopt the Economic Standing Policy Committee's recommendations to amend the City of Lethbridge's 2023-2026 Operating Budget. With its approval, the 2023-2026 average annual change in municipal tax rate is 5.1 per cent for each of the next four years. This is equal to a $129.93 per year per single family house, based on an average market value of $285,800. Economic SPC met from November 14-18 to deliberate the Operating Budget. You can see the recaps of each day of budget deliberations here. Read the full news release here.
  • Council voted unanimously to receive a What We Heard Report as information, then in a Motion Arising also voted unanimously to rescind its August 9, 2022 direction which read as follows:
  1. Authorizes Administration to proceed with the necessary steps to apply for development approval for an interim shelter at the Civic Curling Centre; and
  2. Directs Administration to act as the applicant through the coordination of project development, including but not limited to: processes of development approval and Safety Codes permitting; space design; construction; and neighbour engagement; and
  3. Direct Administration to return with the respective agreements for the operation of a sober shelter with results from public engagement, as well as the budgetary implications
  • Council also directed Administration to consider alternate sites for an interim Sober Shelter and report back to the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee and to authorize the Mayor to write a letter to the Provincial Government requesting support on funding opportunities and site selections for Sober Shelters in Lethbridge. Read more here.
  • Council voted unanimously to recommendations in regards to the Clean Energy Improvement Program. This will establish a municipal funding source for the municipal portion of the program loan for the 4.5-year program term and to obtain approval to use the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) grant funding to operate the program. Council approved the Municipal Revenue Stabilization Reserve (MRSR) as the source for the municipal portion of the loan provided to homeowners for the Clean Energy Improvement Program in the amount of $953,818 (27 per cent) over the 4.5-year program term and approved budgeted expenditures of $1,271,400 funded through the grant provided by FCM to operate the program
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings on Bylaw 6375 - Off-Site Levy Bylaw, which sets Off-site Levy component rates for the years 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026.
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings on Bylaw 6386 - Residential Assessment Sub-Class Bylaw, which in accordance with Section 297 of the Municipal Government Act will establish the following sub-classes: Single Family Residential and Multi Family Residential, thereby authorizing the City Assessor to assign one or more sub-classes to a property. Bylaw 6386 will allow City Council to consider establishing different tax rates for these assessment sub-classes when debating Property Tax and Supplementary Property Tax Bylaw each year


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  • From an Official Business Motion from Councillor Belinda Crowson, Council voted unanimously to announce December as Local Business Month and use this initiative to highlight the importance of local businesses in our community and encourage everyone to shop local throughout December as well as throughout the year
  • From a Committee Submission, Council voted 7-2 in favour of implement Option 3 (Targeted Return to Lane Collection), returning 1,702 residents to lane collection in a way that addresses many of the common concerns described by impacted residents, and for Administration to report back to City Council with the outcomes of the relocation by December 2024
  • Council voted 6-3 in favour of four recommendations from Economic Standing Policy Committee: 1) Continue engagement with relevant stakeholders to understand issues and identify solutions; 2) Ensure alignment with the work being done on the Regional Economic Development and Tourism Strategy; 3) That the City offer mediation services to the Lethbridge Destination Management Organization and the Lethbridge Lodging Association, up to a maximum amount of $10,000 with funding to be provided from Council contingencies; 4) Report back with an update to Economic SPC at the December 21, 2022 meeting
  • Council voted unanimously to 1) Amend the 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) as follows and as detailed in the Proposed Amendment Attachments: a. Apply the $3.05M of new Federal Active Transportation Fund (ATF) grant funding to C-6, Bikeways/Pathways/Sidewalks along Roadways, for the following projects: I. Hwy 3 pathway from MMD to the WT Hill Industrial Park including a new pedestrian rail crossing, connecting to WT Hill Blvd.; II. 4 Ave S (Scenic Dr to Stafford Blvd) and 7 St S (6 Ave to 3 Ave S) cycle lane improvements within the roadway; and III. The preliminary design for a new pedestrian bridge at Stafford Drive S over the CP Rail and Hwy 3; b. Transfer $2.75M of the Federal Gas Tax Fund from C-6, Bikeways/Pathways/Sidewalks along Roadways, to C-8, Annual Overlay Program, and transfer $2.75M of the Basic Municipal Transportation Grant from C-8 to C-6. c. Transfer $1.4M from project D-7, West Lethbridge Operations Depot (Phase 3A), to new project D-51, WRU Sanitation Vehicle Storage Building Expansion, for the expansion of the existing sanitation garage to accommodate additional solid waste vehicles. 2. Authorize the City to enter into agreement with the Federal Government (Infrastructure Canada) Active Transportation Fund for grants of $3.05M to be used for the following three municipal projects as all the requirements of the Canada Active Transportation Fund Agreements have been met: a. Hwy 3 pathway from MMD to the WT Hill Industrial Park including a new pedestrian rail crossing, connecting to WT Hill Blvd.; b. 4 Ave S (Scenic Dr to Stafford Blvd) and 7 St S (6 Ave to 3 Ave S) cycle lane improvements within the roadway; and c. The preliminary design for a new pedestrian bridge at Stafford Drive S over the CP Rail and Hwy 3
  • Council voted unanimously to 1. Direct administration to return to City Council before the end of Q3 of 2023 with Land Use Bylaw amendments regarding "shelter," "supportive housing," and other related social uses. Options to explore would include: a. Making them permitted uses with required criteria such as buffer distances from schools and playgrounds; b. Exploring allowing them in more land use districts within the Land Use Bylaw; c. Public engagement prior to holding public hearings will be undertaken in drafting these amendments. 2. Direct administration to begin the process of a new Direct Control Bylaw for the current Lethbridge Shelter and Stabilization Centre as the current process as outlined in the Railway Relocation ARP is no longer viable, a. A new DC bylaw for the current shelter will outline uses, standards and approval process by December 2022; and b. 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of the new DC bylaw will occur before the end of Q1
  • As part of the Consent Agenda approval, the following recommendation from Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee was approved: City Council adopt the following recommendations of the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS) Advisory Committee with regard to funding from the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) & Reaching Home (RH) funding portfolio: 1) Approve $15,120 to be allocated as an amended addition to the previously approved annual base budget to the University of Lethbridge for the Building Brains program; 2) Approve $9,999 to be allocated as a one-time cost to Family Ties (1997) Association for supplemental operational funding; 3) Approve $9,999 to be allocated as a one-time cost to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta South Region, 1990 for supplemental operational funding; 4) Approve $9,999 to be allocated as a one-time cost to the Young Women's Christian Association of Lethbridge and District for supplemental operational funding; 5) Approve $9,999 to be allocated as a one-time cost to Southern Alberta SelfHelp Association for supplemental operational funding; and the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to sign the appropriate annual Fee for Service Funding Agreements subject to annual review and renewal at the discretion of the City of Lethbridge pending available funding from the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada


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  • Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously to accept the third quarterly report for the Gateway to Opportunity 2022 Action Plan – which outlines the status of each initiative Council has identified as priorities. The action plan includes 24 initiatives prioritized as Now, Next or Later items formally approved by Council in January. Seven initiatives have been completed, including five of the eight identified as Council's most immediate priorities, with a full quarter of activity remaining in 2022. Read more here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-files-third-Action-Plan-quarterly-report-.aspx
  • As part of the Consent Agenda approval, Council voted unanimously to accept recommendations from the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee on October 20, following a presentation from the Legion Remembrance Day Committee. The recommendations included: To temporarily rename the section of 4 Avenue between 9 Street (Stafford Drive) and 11 Street South to Veterans Avenue from November 4-11 and the Veterans banner be installed for the week leading up to and including November 11; City Council declare Veterans Week in the city of Lethbridge from November 4-11 and support Poppy Tag Day on the last Saturday of October; and City Council direct Administration to work with The Royal Canadian Legion, General Steward Branch No. 4 Remembrance Day Committee to develop a procedure to ensure these processes occur annually
  • From an amended Official Business Motion from Councillor John Middleton-Hope, re: Downtown Clean and Safe Funding Strategy, Council voted unanimously to direct Administration to continue the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) portion of the Clean and Safe Strategy and repurpose the remaining funds from the Compassionate Encampment Clean Up program to aid businesses negatively impacted by this change in social conditions. These items are also proposed initiatives at the Operating Budget Deliberations in November
  • From an Official Business Motion from Councillor John Middleton-Hope re: Parking Violation Fines, Council voted unanimously to direct Administration to examine the current fee structure for parking violation fines and return with a revised schedule to help off-set the costs incurred in the operation of Parking activities. This item will also be an initiative at the coming Operating Budget Deliberations in November
  • From an Official Business Motion from Councillor John Middleton-Hope, re: Regulatory Services Capacity Shortage, Council voted 6-3 to direct Administration to examine funding sources and a strategy to add capacity to Regulatory Services and help off-set the costs incurred in the operation of Regulatory Services. This item will also be an initiative at the coming Operating Budget Deliberations in November
  • Council voted unanimously to send a Committee Submission from Acting Mayor Jenn Schmidt-Rempel, Vice-Chair - Economic Standing Policy Committee, re: Growing Creative Industries, to Operating Budget Deliberations in November
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings on Bylaw 6384- Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 1205 30 St W. The Land Use Bylaw amendment will allow for residential development that is in compliance with the West Lethbridge Phase 2 Area Structure Plan and Garry Station Outline Plan
  • Council Member and Public Board Member Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Committees, as well as Ratification of Organizational Representatives on Boards, Commissions and Committees were also announced
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of an amended Committee Submission from Councillor Belinda Crowson, Chair – Governance Standing Policy Committee on the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Council- Terms of Reference Update. Council will refer the terms back to RLAC for clarification and request Administration to prepare a report on the requested information on advisory and action orientated committees to return to Council through to the Governance SPC by the end of Q1 2023


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  • Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously to accept an Administration Submission on the Third Bridge River Crossing Review as information. One of the review's primary points is that the longtime proposed potential location of Chinook Trail, which could connect University Drive West with Scenic Drive South, continues to be the preferred option. Tuesday's review, which can be found in full here, was based on a Council request late last year to review a 2009 report to see if anything substantial had changed. Part of Tuesday's discussion at Council was the potential impact and implications to property taxes. Should an additional bridge be built, the average residential property taxpayer could face an increase of between 14.5 per cent and 22.1 per cent (based on a $200 million to $300 million cost estimate) for their municipal portion of the tax rate. The tax implication for the potential Third River Crossing was part of a Council inquiry and Administrative response in January 2022. It can be found here. Read more here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-receives-update-on-potential-future-third-vehicle-bridge-.aspx
  • Following a Public Hearing Tuesday, Council voted unanimously in favour of approving a Land Use Bylaw amendment for the re-zoning of lots at 950, 954, and 958 - 17 Street South, which had previously been designated Low Density Residential and were demolished by the current owner in 2020. With the passing of Bylaw 6367, an Amendment to Bylaw 5115, and Bylaw 6368, the property owner can now apply for development and building permits to build a mixed-use building, on these three currently-vacant lots, that will offer housing and commercial space including medical and health offices that could accommodate both specialists and general practitioners. Read more here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Re-zoning-supports-physician-recruitment,-retention-efforts-.aspx
  • Council voted unanimously to approve six Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Program (TRIP) applications – which collectively, along with three previous approvals, will have an estimated return on investment (ROI) of: $14 million in construction value; Increase from a base assessment of $6.2 million to $14.6 million at completion (+136 per cent); and $3.2 million in net increase in municipal taxes from the redeveloped properties over 20 years. Read more here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-approves-six-redevelopment-incentive-projects-.aspx
  • Council voted unanimously to approve changes to the existing Coalbrook Gate Comprehensive Plan. The plan will be modified by: Introducing a mixed use site allowing for full commercial utilization of the main floor units with residential units above; and Clarifying the wording regarding land uses. These changes will allow the developer to construct live/work units providing small scale commercial opportunities in a mainly residential neighbourhood. This type of product was originally envisioned in the Comprehensive Site Plan to be owner occupied with home occupations on the ground floor. This change will allow more flexibility in terms of selling and leasing the units. Prior to the issuance of any development permits, a Comprehensive Site Plan must be approved by Council
  • From a closed meeting report, there was a change made to the Council Calendar to add an Economic Standing Policy Committee meeting on November 8 at 9:30 a.m.


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  • Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously to designate a new Municipal Historic Resource. The two-story Oliver Block, located at 316 5 Street South, will become the latest addition to the City of Lethbridge's Heritage Register. The Oliver Block is one of the early symbols of economic prosperity and showcases some of the most interesting painted brick detailing in the downtown area. The building was purchased in 2017, saved from demolition and extensively restored by current owner Hunter Heggie. Read more here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Oliver-Block-designated-as-Municipal-Historic-Resource.aspx
  • As part of the Consent Agenda approval, Council voted in favour of the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee recommendation that City Council direct Administration to implement recommendation Number 1 – the development of a committee composed of Indigenous Elders, Indigenous members and knowledgeable people of the community and surrounding region, to create an implementation strategy aligning with recommendations 2 – 31, contained within the Indigenous Placemaking and Public Realm Audit with report back by the end of March 2023
  • Council voted unanimously to receive as information a presentation on Free Bus Passes for Refugees and that the program be continued with funding of $15,000 from Council Contingencies
  • After an Administration Presentation on the Waste & Recycling Utility Operating Budget 2023-2026, Council voted to refer this item to the 2023-2026 Operating Budget Deliberations in November; provided first reading to: Bylaw 6378 - A Bylaw of the City of Lethbridge Amended Bylaw 6146 – The Waste Bylaw; and for second and third readings to be scheduled for the City Council meeting of December 13, 2022
  • After an Administration Presentation on the Electric Utility Operating Budget 2023-2026, Council voted to refer this item to the 2023-2026 Operating Budget Deliberations; provided first reading to Bylaw 6364 – 2023 Distribution Tariff Bylaw and Bylaw 6381 – Amending Bylaw 5613, The Electric Utility Bylaw; and for second and third readings to be scheduled for the City Council meeting of December 13, 2022
  • After an Administration Presentation on the Water and Wastewater Utilities Operating Budget 2023-2026 and Rate Forecast, Council refer this item to the 2023-2026 Operating Budget Deliberations; provided first reading to Bylaw 6379 - A bylaw to amend Bylaw 3999 - Water Services Bylaw and Bylaw 6380 - A bylaw to amend Bylaw 3250 -  Sewerage Service Charge Bylaw; and for second and third readings to be scheduled for the City Council meeting of December 13, 2022
  • Council voted unanimously to approve two FTEs using existing funding to allow for the continued support of the Public Safety Communications Centre (PSCC) technology systems


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  • Lethbridge City Council voted 7-2 to approve the re-naming of the southeast section of roadway Parkside Drive South to Exhibition Way South, as per a recommendation from the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee. The curved roadway configuration for Parkside Drive South has resulted in an ad hoc approach to the addressing of City assets in Henderson Park and on the Exhibition site for many years. With the redevelopment of the Exhibition site and building a new facility, an influx of addressing requests for construction permitting exposed this ad hoc approach and a lack of numerically sequential available addresses. Read more here.
  • Council voted unanimously to approve one-time funding from the Electric Reserve of $500,000 to complete the Chinook Trail Functional Planning Study in 2023, as per a recommendation from the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee. The 2022 Alberta Electric System Operator's (AESO) long-term plan has identified a need to construct a new 240/138kV substation in West Lethbridge by 2028, along with a new 138kV transmission line connecting the new substation to Lethbridge's existing 674S Substation located just south of Copperwood. Read more here.
  • In regards to an Administration Response on the Federal Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), Council voted unanimously to:
  1. Direct Administration to prioritize the review of the development permit and safety code permit applications for multi-unit and social housing projects that are in pursuit of other levels of government funding
  2. Direct Administration to report back to Council on considerations for waiving development and safety code permit application fees for affordable and social housing projects
  3. Direct Administration to use the Municipal Development Plan and Municipal Housing Strategy Implementation – Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw Recommendations Report to draft affordable housing related Land Use Bylaw amendments
  4. Direct Administration to utilize CC49 – Affordable and Social Housing Capital Grant and approved funding to support RHI connected grant applications
  5. Direct Administration to bring back options to amend Policy CC49 – Affordable and Social Housing Capital Grant to include consideration for funding support for pre-development expenses up to $50,000
  6. Direct Administration to provide increased levels of support to strategically prioritized RHI applicants that have the best opportunity for success in the creation of their application and subsequent processes
  7. Direct Administration to utilize the City of Lethbridge Land Banking Strategy and bring forward opportunities for strategic land purchase or optimization/rationalization to support affordable and social housing in the form of a quarterly report to City Council
  8. Direct Administration to prepare budget initiatives for the 2023-2026 Operating Budget deliberations to consider potential long-term impacts and resourcing

  • Council voted unanimously to amend the 2022 Council and Standing Policy Committee Meeting Calendar by: adding two new Economic Standing Policy Committee meetings (on September 26 & October 18 with a start time of 9:30 a.m.) and changing the start time of the September 28 & October 19 Economic SPC meetings from 1:30 p.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • Council voted unanimously to adopt the following funding recommendations to complete a 2022 Point-in-Time (PiT) count, based on the following recommendations of the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS) Advisory Committee with funding leveraged from the Reaching Home (RH) funding portfolio:
  1. Approve $9,300 to Streets Alive Mission to complete the PiT count activities for unsheltered individuals
  2. Approve $2,100 to Alpha House Shelter and Stabilization Centre to complete the PiT count activities for temporarily sheltered individuals
  3. Approve $3,434.39 to Homeward Trust Edmonton to complete the PiT count administrative systems data gathering.

  • Council voted unanimously to receive a submission on the Community Revitalization Levy as information and direct Administration to prepare more detail on the CRL opportunity for Lethbridge, including potential next steps towards submitting an application to the Province, and report back at the October 19 Economic SPC
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings of five borrowing bylaws, all based on previously approved CIP funding: Bylaw 6369 - A Bylaw to Borrow for the Water Utility Uplands Reservoir Upgrades; Bylaw 6370 - A Bylaw to Borrow for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Electrical Upgrades; Bylaw 6371 - A Bylaw to Borrow for the Wastewater Treatment Plant UV Disinfection Upgrades; Bylaw 6372  - A Bylaw to Borrow for Walsh Drive (University Drive to Metis Trail) Arterial Road and Underground Utilities Expansion; and Bylaw 6373 - A Bylaw to Borrow for the Water Treatment Plant UV Disinfection Upgrades
  • Council voted unanimously to approve the proposed amendment to Copperwood Stage 2 Outline Plan. Stantec Consulting Ltd., on behalf of Daytona Urban Development Corp., has applied to amend the existing Outline Plan for Copperwood Stage 2. The amendment area contains approximately 61.74 Ha (152.56 acres) of developed and undeveloped land, lying south of Copperwood Stage 1 and west of Varsity Village. The purpose of an Outline Plan is to expand on the policies established in an Area Structure Plan to provide a more detailed planning and engineering framework to guide the phased subdivision and development of a new neighbourhood
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously in favour on second and third readings to Bylaw 6366 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 1102 – 5 Avenue South. The approval will allow the existing building's (known as Spudnuts building) main floor commercial space to be repurposed to provide two additional residential apartments


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  • This was a Special Meeting of Council, called in follow-up to the July 26 meeting
  • Lethbridge City Council voted 6-2 in favour of authorizing Administration to proceed with the necessary steps to apply for development approval for an interim shelter at the former Civic Curling Centre; directing Administration to act as the applicant through the coordination of project development, including but not limited to: processes of development approval and Safety Codes permitting; space design; construction; and neighbour engagement; and directing Administration to return with the respective agreements for the operation of a sober shelter with results from public engagement, as well as the budgetary implications. Read more: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-takes-proactive-steps-to-support-vulnerable-population.aspx                                                                                                                   
  • Council voted unanimously (7-0 as Coun. Dodic was away and Coun. Carlson wasn't present for vote) in favour of third readings to Bylaw 6374 - Ward Boundary Commission Bylaw. Council has previously given direction to proceed with the establishment of a Ward Boundary Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to provide a detailed written report and recommendations to City Council on a possible Electoral Ward System for the City. 


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  • Lethbridge City Council voted 7-1 to allocate up to $230,000 in one-time funding from Corporate Budget Contingencies to assist in the administrative and policing funding shortfalls to expedite compassionate clean-up at encampments. The other proposed operative clauses in the initial motion Tuesday were part of a unanimous referral to a future a special Council meeting (date to be determined and announced) where more information will be presented. They include proposals for: City Council allocating up to $470,000 in one-time funding from Corporate Budget Contingencies for administration to move forward with more suitable solutions for encampment concerns that go above just encampment clean-up; Creation of a local community task force to gather key partners together for a community view of these complex issues; and City Council writing a letter to Seniors and Housing, Community and Social Services and Mental Health and Addictions requesting the formation of a provincial/City of Lethbridge working group to allow for collaboration on medium- and long-term housing and homelessness solutions that will ultimately address encampments issues
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of an Official Business Motion from Deputy Mayor Jenn Schmidt-Rempel to revised consideration of additional wording to the previous approval of bus passes to refugees, which was adopted on July 5. Council voted to direct Administration to extend the Recreation Fee Assistance program to include the provision of free bus passes for a six-month period for any new refugees and Ukrainians who have come to Canada under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel program (they are not considered refugees as there is an intention to return to Ukraine when it is safe to do so) arriving in Lethbridge in 2022
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of an Official Business Motion from Acting Mayor Belinda Crowson for Council to direct Administration to report to Council through the Sept. 13 regular Council meeting, with a report on how the City of Lethbridge is positioned to assist proponents in securing Rapid Housing Initiative funding for affordable and social housing projects in Lethbridge through land use and development processes and co-investment opportunities via contributions of funding and/or land banking
  • Council voted unanimously to approve the 2022 Highway 3 Twinning Development Association municipal membership fee in the amount of $6,500, funded from Council Contingency. As part of the resolution, Council also directed Administration to prepare a Budget Initiative for the 2023-2026 Operating Budget Deliberations at the November Economic SPC meeting for ongoing membership in the Highway 3 Twinning Development Association for the years 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026
  • Council voted in favour on first and second readings to Bylaw 6374 - Ward Boundary Commission Bylaw. Since authorization to do all three readings in one sitting had to be unanimous, but was 7-1 in favour, third reading will go to Council on Sept. 13. Council has previously given direction to proceed with the establishment of a Ward Boundary Commission. The purpose of the Commission is to provide a detailed written report and recommendations to City Council on a possible Electoral Ward System for the City



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  • Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously in favour on a motion brought forward by Councillor John Middleton-Hope to direct Administration to report back with a strategy on how encampments are responded to and how to best advocate to the provincial government on long term solutions. Administration is to come back to the Community Safety Standing Policy Committee before October 13 this year with a strategy for review. More information here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Encampment_Solutions.aspx
  • As part of Consent Agenda at Tuesday's meeting, Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously to approve existing 2026 capital projects within the 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This will include projects in Transportation, Environmental Utilities and Electric Utility (Section C, E & F); existing ongoing 2026 CIP projects in Community (Section D); plus, a reallocation of other 2026 CIP projects in Section D with Undetermined Funding to 2027. On August 24, 2021, City Council approved the streamlining of the operating and capital budgets to achieve an aligned four-year CIP and Operating Budget cycle. Only four years (2022-2025) had previously been approved within the 2022-2031 CIP, so Tuesday's approvals will allow the four-year capital and operating budgets to be aligned starting in 2026 for the 2027-2030 budget cycle. As part of Tuesday's resolution, Council also directed Administration to make the appropriate amendments to the 2022-2031 CIP document and to bring a CIP funding update to Economic SPC when the Local Government Fiscal Framework (LGFF) allocation is determined by the Government of Alberta
  • Council voted 7-2 in favour of a one-time funding request of $110,000 from the Lethbridge Housing Authority to offset 2022 operating costs for The Cottages at Southgate due to open September 1. Ahead of this year's operating budget deliberations in the fall, Council will look to receive a report back from LHA on use of the funds
  • Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously in favour on a motion brought forward by Councillor Jeff Carlson to direct the City Manager to investigate, explore and research best practices for Destination Management Organization funding models for tourism in other municipalities and report back to Council by October 31, 2022, through the Economic Standing Policy Committee, with any recommendations for the Lethbridge model
  • Council voted in favour of all three readings to Bylaw 6365 – amendment to Bylaw 5801 – The Subdivision and Development Authorities Bylaw. The approval amends Bylaw 5801 – The Subdivision and Development Authorities Bylaw - in order to outline the roles of Civic Works Standing Policy Committee (CWSPC), City Council and City Administration in the approval of Outline Plans. Specifically, CWSPC would make a recommendation to City Council on whether to approve the Land Use Concept and City Council would be the approving body for the Land Use Concept component of Outline Plans. Technical Elements of Outline Plans would be approved by City Administration
  • A proposed motion from Councillor Middleton-Hope on abandoned shopping carts strategy was defeated in a 5-4 vote

 

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  • Lethbridge City Council voted 5-4 to defeat a rescindment motion from Councillor John Middleton-Hope that proposed to: Rescind all its previous decisions to proceed with paid parking at the ENMAX Centre with the exception of the sponsorship decision of April 26, 2022; Direct Administration to report back to Council, through the Economic Standing Policy Committee meeting on September 28, 2022, with additional viable options to generate revenue for the ENMAX Centre taking into consideration a more thorough cost-benefit analysis; Direct that any resulting tax pressure be referred to the November 2022 Economic Standing Policy Committee Budget Deliberations meeting. Rescindment motions require a two-thirds vote in favour in order to carry. Since the proposed motion was defeated, paid parking will move ahead at the ENMAX Centre beginning in September. More information here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Beyond-the-Headline---Changes-coming-to-ENMAX-Centre-parking.aspx
  • Based on a motion introduce by Acting Mayor Belinda Crowson, Council voted 6-3 in favour of proceeding with forming a commission to undertake detailed analysis and engagement to possibly implement a Ward Electoral System in time for the 2025 municipal election. Once formed, the commission of public members with related backgrounds, along with appropriate non-voting supporting resources, will review whether or not to recommend to Council that a ward system be implemented. Through their work, the commission could also suggest other recommendations to improve Lethbridge's political system. As part of Tuesday's motion, Council approved a one-time budget of up $297,000, with $250,000 from 2019-2022 N-87 – Implementation of Governance Review Recommendations and $47,000 from Governance Standing Policy Committee BAU (unspent operating dollars). More information here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-votes-to-form-study-on-possible-Ward-Electoral-System.aspx
  • Council voted 8-1 in favour of a motion introduced by Councillor Rajko Dodic to direct Administration to change the time for the commencement of Public Hearings from 4 p.m. to 3 p.m., beginning in September 2022. As part of Tuesday's motion, Administration has also been tasked with: 1. Preparing an amendment to the Council and Standing Policy Committee Meetings calendar to remove the time for Public Hearings; and 2. Preparing a communication campaign for the community to provide notice of these changes. More information here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Public-Hearings-to-be-held-earlier-starting-in-September.aspx
  • Council voted unanimously to direct Administration to implement a pilot program for toxic/e-waste round-ups. The Waste and Recycling Utility (WRU) pilot will offer three round-up events with no utility rate increase. The events will be held within the city limits to encourage resident participation and increase the amount of HHW and e-waste diverted from the landfill. As part of Tuesday's approval, Administration is to report back to Council with outcomes after the one-year pilot program and make the appropriate recommendations in terms of operational budget requirements, if needed. More information here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/City-marks-Environment-Week-with-new-waste-disposal-pilot.aspx

  • Council voted unanimously to direct Administration to investigate the development of a community wide Affordable and Social Housing Operating Grant, with options to be included in the 2023-2026 Operating Budget deliberations and to create an advocacy plan for affordable housing and present to the June 24, 2022 Advocacy Advisory Committee. Council also voted to direct Administration to review the information related to the specified property (Coulee Creek Seniors Building Project) to identify one-time funding possibilities, including the direct effect on rents and costs for tenants, and the implications of such, at this property to return to the July 5, 2022 meeting of City Council

  • After being moved from the Consent Agenda to Committee Submissions, Council voted 7-2 to receive for information the Curbside Organics Program Yard Waste Stations Option Report

  • Council voted 5-4 vote to defeat an endorsement of the proposed CWSC Terms of Reference and Governance Model 


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  • After being pulled from the Consent Agenda, Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously in favour of supporting the hiring and training of an additional eight firefighters in 2022. These positions will be funded, in 2022, from unspent operating dollars at a cost of $884,600. Ongoing costs of approximately $1 million to $1.3 million per year will be absorbed by LFES with no additional tax pressure. As part of the resolution, Council also approved Option A: Parallel Service - Base Case. This will provide fire/rescue resources the availability to respond to medical emergencies and be available to engage, safely and effectively, in fire/rescue operations. LFES continues to transition from three-person to four-person fire apparatus, as previously directed by Council. This transition started in 2021 to ensure LFES has a standard deployment of 24 firefighters on each platoon
  • After being pulled from the Consent Agenda, Council voted to refer a Committee Submission on Palix Foundation - Memorandum of Understanding to the Community Safety Standing Policy Committee meeting on June 9. The proposed motion is that City Council approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the Palix Foundation, the University of Lethbridge and the City of Lethbridge to promote the implementation of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted 7-2 to pass both second and third readings to Bylaw 6330. The Bylaw amends a number of inter-related bylaws in order to remove the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) as a Development Authority
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously to pass second and third readings to Bylaw 6354- Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 1205 30 St W & 1220 30 St W. The Land Use Bylaw amendment allows for the development of an elementary school site in compliance with the West Lethbridge Phase 2 Area Structure Plan and Garry Station and Piers Outline Plans


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  • Lethbridge City Council unanimously approved both second and third reading of Bylaw 6358. The bylaw outlines the 2022 municipal tax rate (or mill rate). This rate is determined by taking the City's budget divided by the total value of all properties within the City. An individual tax bill is calculated by multiplying the tax rate with the assessment value of the individual property to ensure all property owners pay their portion of funds required to operate the City of Lethbridge. All 2022 property tax notices will be mailed out at the end of May with a due date of June 30. Read more here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/City-Council-approves-2022-Municipal-Property-Tax-Bylaw.aspx
  • Council voted unanimously on both second and third reading in favour of the Public Places Bylaw, which includes a start date of July 1. It is designed to be a foundation to clearly communicate community expectations for respectful behaviour in public. It is anticipated that, applied fairly and judiciously, Bylaw 6280 will contribute to maintaining a safe and viable community. When enacted Bylaw 6280 will include: A broader definition of public spaces than that in the previous Streets Bylaw, improving the breadth of where the bylaw is applicable and improving public safety; Undesirable behaviours in the community including littering, graffiti, public urination, spitting, fighting, bullying, panhandling, weapons and fireworks; A standard specified penalty of $300 for all of these offences. Read more here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/City-Council-approves-new-Public-Places-Bylaw.aspx
  • Council voted unanimously to allocate $15,000 from Council Contingencies to a family physician marketing and recruitment campaign in partnership with the Chinook Primary Care Network (CPCN), AHS and Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) and other interested partners. As part of the resolution, Council also directed the City Manager to continue to explore opportunities for collaboration and partnerships and report back, as well as to write a letter to Health Minister Jason Copping advocating for support/funding for an Academic Teaching Clinic in Lethbridge. Read more here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-continues-to-prioritize-physician-shortage.aspx
  • Council voted unanimously in favour supporting a request from Administration for a Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta (FRIAA) FireSmart Program Grant Application towards conducting a regional exercise to promote a state of readiness and collaboration amongst regional stakeholders for wildfire hazards
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of supporting an Administration Submission on Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy - Contract Amendments. The requested amendments are funded through the CWSS integrated funding portfolio. No City of Lethbridge tax dollars are being requested to meet these budgetary amendments
  • Council voted unanimously to pass second and third readings to Bylaw 6359 - 2022 Pre-Authorized Tax Installment Pre-Payment Plan
  • Council voted unanimously to pass second and third readings to Bylaw 6360 - 2022 Downtown BIA Tax Rate Bylaw
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously to pass second and third readings to Bylaw 6350. The Land Use Bylaw amendment is to allow the construction of five residential buildings, each containing four Dwelling Units and one commercial building on the site at 8 Sunridge Blvd W.
  • Council voted 7-2 to defeat a request of up to $80,000 as a one-time allocation from the MRSR to proceed with a RFP to evaluate the (OSSI) Funding model, currently administered and monitored through the City of Lethbridge


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  • Lethbridge City Council voted 7-2 for the cityLINK Transit system to continue – with quarterly adjustments being made to reflect feedback, changing travel patterns and metric indicators. As part of the resolution, Council also voted to refer the proposed funding components to the Operating Budget deliberations in November. Included in these adjustments are improvements scheduled for launch on May 4, which will include new on demand service to Lethbridge Airport, some modifications to westside routes, as well as expanded services in the Lakeview area. More information here
  • Council voted unanimously to accept the first quarterly report for the Gateway to Opportunity 2022 Action Plan – which outlines the status of each initiative Council has identified as priorities. During this four-year term, Lethbridge City Council will develop annual Action Plans and are committed to report progress back to the community every three months. If residents would like to be directly informed, there's a new option to subscribe to quarterly update newsletters (starting with Q2), as well as a further detailed look at the Action Plan, at www.lethbridge.ca/2022ActionPlan. See more in a video from Mayor Hyggen here
     
  • Council voted 5-4 to direct Administration to investigate the costs, timelines, implementation plan and implications of each of the following options, and report back to Council, through the Economic Standing Policy Committee, no later than October 11, 2022: 1. Maintaining Waste and Recycling Collection in Lane for all households in areas identified in the Cart Relocation Efficiency Project using a local improvement model or other utility rate funding model; 2. Return to back lanes collection for those households that were relocated as a result of the Cart Relocation Efficiency Project; and 3. Continue with the Cart Relocation Efficiency Project in 2024 following the public engagement process described during the Economic Standing Policy on April 13, 2022
     
  • After being moved from a Closed Meeting Report to Committee Submissions, Council voted 5-4 in favour of accepting the ENMAX Centre Parking Update as information, and to proceed with Option 1 as directed by Council on August 24, 2021. As part of the resolution, Council also directed Administration to proceed with investigating a City Sponsorship Program, including the drafting of a policy and an inventory of assets available for sponsors

  • Council voted unanimously in favour of a Closed Meeting Report to adopt the Municipal Land Banking Strategy
     
  • As part of the unanimous Consent Agenda approval, Council approved the 2021 City of Lethbridge Annual Report

  • Council voted unanimously to rescind the following portions of previously passed resolutions: 1. The portion of the directed resolutions of April 20, 2021, on the consent agenda, pertaining to the recommendation of Audit Committee to pursue the establishment of an Integrity Commissioner and proceed with the implementation plan; and 2. Operative clauses 1, 3, 4, and 5 of the resolution approving the establishment of Integrity Commissioner, passed at Council on February 15, 2022

  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously to pass second and third readings to Bylaw 6352 - Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 3266 Giffen Rd. N., 3222 Giffen Rd. N., 3417 32 St. N., 3373 32 St. N. The purpose of the proposed Land Use Bylaw amendment is to add the use of Freight and Storage in addition to other land uses that are currently allowed on the captioned parcel under the Business Industrial (I-B) land use district. This will allow the establishment of a mini-storage facility on the site
     
  • Council voted unanimously to pass second and third readings to Bylaw 6357, A Bylaw to Repeal Bylaw 3896 - The Smoking Bylaw. The Province of Alberta has created comprehensive regulations respecting the sale, advertising and consumption of tobacco and vaping products supported with robust educational campaigns, with staff allocated for inspection and enforcement of the affected regulations. The current City of Lethbridge bylaw has therefore become redundant and to remove any confusion between the bylaw and the provincial legislation, the Smoking Bylaw has been repealed


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  • Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously to financially contribute $20,500 from the Council Contingencies fund and to approve a Royal Canadian Legion project to install banners on light standards in several areas across the city this November. The engineering study will be funded from the Transportation Department's annual operating budget. With Council approving $20,500 from its Council Contingencies, $219,500 would remain in that fund. Per Council resolution, any uncommitted amount at the end of 2022 will be returned to the Municipal Revenue Stabilization Reserve (MRSR). As part of the approved motion, City Council also directed Administration to develop an Operating Budget initiative for the "Salute our Veterans" project for the 2023-2026 Operating Budget deliberations in November. More information here
  • Council voted unanimously to approve a budget up to $100,000 from Council Contingencies to procure a consultant to do the following: 1. Conduct community engagement on the creation of a made for Lethbridge Community care campus; 2. Create conceptual designs for a community care campus; and 3. Develop a business case for a community care campus. As part of the motion, Administration will provide regular updates to the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee at each step.


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  • Recognizing the impact Logan Boulet's legacy has had in inspiring Canadians to talk to their families and register as organ donors, Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously to once again have the Mayor's Office declare April 7 as Green Shirt Day. It was created to honour, remember and recognize all the victims and families of the fatal crash and to continue Logan's legacy by inspiring Canadians to talk to their families and register as organ donors. For more information, visit www.greenshirtday.ca. As part of Tuesday's motion, Council voted to provide an exception to a decades-old resolution – stating the Mayor's Office would discontinue the long-standing practice of issuing proclamations to avoid endorsements for a cause or program that would result in controversy in the community – for this extraordinary cause and as an ongoing tribute to Logan Boulet
  • Council voted unanimously to provide its support for Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services to donate some surplus items to help support relief efforts in Ukraine. Items identified for donation include medical kits, disposable wound care items, personnel protective equipment, as well as retired safety equipment, boots, gloves, helmets and clothing. These items will now be collected, catalogued and donated to local Ukrainian relief organizations for transport and distribution in Ukraine. There is no cost to the corporation for the listed items as they have no operational or market place value
  • Council voted unanimously to approve a recommendation from the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee to adopt Service Level Enhancements for Snow and Ice Control for Pathways Along Roadways, by moving Priority 3B Routes to Priority 2 Routes. Additional resources will be funded through the existing snow and ice control budget that has realized a surplus of approximately $1,750,000 during the past 10 years, which was returned to the Municipal Revenue Stabilization Reserve (MRSR). More information here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Residents-to-see-enhanced-snow,-ice-control-on-pathways-along-roadways-.aspx
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of a motion from Mayor Hyggen for Council approve of the Mayor writing a letter to the Province of Alberta to request support for an increase in the scope of cardiac services offered in the South Zone, including the development of an interventional cardiac services program (Cardiac Catheterization Lab) at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge
  • Council voted 8-1 in favour on a motion from Councillor for Administration provide a report on examining efficiencies, processes and procedures for the Budget Appropriations Unexpended Reserve to the Audit Standing Policy Committee of November 2, 2022, with a following report out to Economic Standing Policy Committee on November 14, 2022, and subsequently recommended policy updates to be approved by Council in policy in first quarter of 2023
  • Council voted unanimously in favour to all three readings of the Streets Bylaw Amendment for Micro-Mobility Services Pilot. The Streets Bylaw needed to be updated to allow micro-mobility devices to operate on sidewalks, as well as to provide increased flexibility for the service in choosing a launch date, enabling the service provider to maximize their service period during spring 2022
  • Council voted unanimously to receive an Administration Submission on the Blackfoot Family Lodge Society (BFLS) Capital Grant Request as information
  • Council voted unanimously to approve an Administration Submission on Request for Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone 2022 Budget Decision
  • Council voted unanimously to approve an Administration Submission on a Electric Utility Code of Conduct Compliance report
  • Council voted unanimously to pass second and third reading of Bylaw 6356 - Amendment to Bylaw 6099 - The City Manager Bylaw
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously to pass second and third reading on Bylaw 6349 - Amendment to Bylaw 6301 - To Provide for the Closing of a Portion of 4th Avenue North


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  • ​Lethbridge City Council voted to thank speakers Elder Mike Bruised Head, Tanya Pace-Crosschild, executive director at Opokaa'sin, and Blood Tribe Councillor Travis Plaited Hair for their presentation on the City of Lethbridge Relationship with Urban Indigenous Community and Kainai/Blood Tribe, and to receive the reports as information. A motion arising from Coun. Jeff Carlson, to rescind the decision from Feb. 15 which was "to have Administration prepare & develop a competitive RFP process that contemplates the divestiture of the Bowman Building to private entities & report back to Council by May 24," was defeated in a 5-4 vote
  • Council voted 8-1 in favour on a motion from Coun. John Middleton-Hope to direct Administration to investigate the process and costs associated to establish and implement a utility box vinyl wrap program for the City of Lethbridge that includes implementation, ongoing maintenance, utility company concerns, and experience from other municipalities, and return to Council through the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee before Nov. 8 for Council's consideration on whether to proceed. A friendly amendment added: Council request Allied Arts Council provide a report to City Council by Nov. 8 regarding the completed pilot project together with any recommendations with the respect to the feasibility & cost of wrapping additional utility boxes
  • Council voted 6-2 in favour on second reading and 7-1 in favour on third reading to approve Bylaw 6347 - Amendment to Bylaw 5798 - The West Lethbridge Employment Centre Area Structure Plan so that a greater amount of land at 270 University Dr. W can be utilized for interim land uses than is allowed under current policies. Coun. Carlson recused due to not being present at the Public Hearing on Feb. 15


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  • Lethbridge City Council appointed Lloyd Brierley as the new City Manager. Brierley signed a five-year contract to lead the organization after holding the position of Director of Infrastructure Services since last fall. Brierley steps into the City Manager role following the resignation of current City Manager Craig Dalton. Brierley's appointment is effective February 16, 2022
  • Council voted 6-2 (Councillor Jeff Carlson was not present) to have Administration prepare and develop a competitive RFP process that contemplates the divestiture of the Bowman Building to private entities, and report back to Council with this process no later than the City Council Meeting of May 24, 2022
  • As part of the Consent Agenda approval, Council voted to follow the SPC recommendation to cancel the 2022 municipal census due to the current uncertainties with a census software program, the COVID-19 pandemic (difficulty in recruiting census takers and the health and safety of those workers), as well as the fact there is now no financial benefit (grants) to conducting the municipal census. In the interim, data can be used from the recently-released 2021 federal census which is more comprehensive (more questions asked that the municipal census)
  • Council voted 6-2 in favour to approve the establishment of the position of Integrity Commissioner. As part of the approval, Council voted to fund this position from the 2019-2022 City Council Operating Surplus for up to a total of $50,000 for 2022, to direct Administration to develop an initiative for the 2023-2026 Operating Budget Deliberations for the position of an Integrity Commissioner, and to direct the hiring process to the Governance Standing Policy Committee. A friendly amendment was accepted to add a clause to add a two-year trial period to this position
  • Council voted unanimously to approve an OBM from Councillor John Middleton-Hope to direct Administration to commence research, analysis and to develop options for Council to consider that would enhance the physical and psychological health and wellness of its employees. A friendly amendment was accepted to add a return to Council date of by April 30, 2022
  • Stemming from a Closed Meeting report, Council approve a proposal from the Lethbridge International Air Show Association for a community-based air show to be hosted at the Lethbridge Airport July 30-31, 2022, featuring aircraft performances, a static aircraft display, car show and food truck festival
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted to postpone second and third readings Bylaw 6347 - Amendment to Bylaw 5798 - The West Lethbridge Employment Centre Area Structure Plan (WLECASP) to the next Council meeting, which is set for March 8, 2022. The purpose of the proposed bylaw is to amend the WLECASP so that a greater amount of land at 270 University Dr. W can be utilized for interim land uses than is allowed under current policies. Planning and Design recommends that Council refuse Bylaw 6347 and do not amend the (WLECASP)
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously to pass second and third reading of Bylaw 6348 - A Bylaw to Provide for the Closing Portion of 30th Street West

 


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  • Lethbridge City Council voted unanimously in favour of a motion from Councillor John Middleton-Hope to have City Administration provide a future report, for consideration, that will outline the process to examine, develop options, decide and implement a ward system for as early as the 2025 Municipal Election. Council has asked Administration to report back, through the Governance Standing Policy Committee, by April 30, 2022, on what legislative requirements, engagement, timelines, costs and resources it would take to potentially implement a ward system
  • Council voted unanimously in favour on the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy (CWSS) funding allocation approval for a Blackfoot Resource Hub. Council will adopt the following recommendations of the CWSS Advisory Committee: 1. Approve $496,248 in annual funding, leveraged from Outreach Support Services Initiative (OSSI) & Reaching Home (RH), to be allocated to the Blood Tribe/Kainai Nation to deliver the Indigenous Resource Hub services; and 2. Authorize the City Manager and City Clerk to execute any further documents as may be required with regards to the $496,248 of funding for Blackfoot Resource Hub services set to expire December 31, 2024
  • Council voted 8-1 in support of a Motion Arising from Councillor John Middleton-Hope asking that Council directs Administration to provide a report to Council by February 15, 2022, that includes the following: 1. How did the City come to the idea for the Resource Hub to be located in Bowman Building? 2. Referencing the City of Lethbridge Asset Rationalization and Optimization Plan, currently underway, and the future Civic Commons Master Plan, provide: a. The prospective proposed timelines and plan of selling the Bowman Building and disposing of the asset; and b. What the City is currently utilizing the Bowman Building for and/or who is occupying the building, in the interim, until it would potentially be sold and what is the criteria for occupying the building?
  • Stemming from a Closed Meeting report on a Human Resources matter, Council approved two Special Meetings of City Council. One is scheduled for February 3 at 4 p.m. and one is scheduled for February 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Council voted unanimously on both second and third readings to Bylaw 6338 - an Establishing Bylaw of the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone
  • Council voted unanimously on both second and third readings to Bylaw 6337 - 2022 Downtown Business Improvement Area Tax Bylaw

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  • City Council voted unanimously to approve its Gateway to Opportunity 2022 Action Plan – which outlines the initiatives Council has identified as priorities for the next 12 months. Some of the key work identified for immediate attention in 2022 includes: supporting provincial partners in health care with family physician recruitment and retention; establishing an Indigenous Resource Hub; a review of the cityLINK transit system; establishing a Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy Task Force; enabling support and examining opportunities for an emergency shelter; and establishing a Regional Economic Development and Tourism Strategy. During this four-year term, Council will develop annual Action Plans and are committed to report progress back to the community every three months. A further detailed look at the Action Plan is available at lethbridge.ca/2022ActionPlan
  • City Council voted 7-2 to endorse new Airport Incentive Framework and to approve the City Manager or designate to discuss potential agreements with airlines regarding future options for passengers flying in and out of Lethbridge. As part of the resolution, Council also approved the creation of an initial fund, not to exceed $1 million, to facilitate negotiations with any interested parties. The work is to be funded through the Municipal Revenue Stabilization Reserve (MRSR). This new Airport Incentive Framework is geared toward building on the City's $2.6 million investment, which was used to leverage an additional $23 million in Provincial and Federal grant funding, for a variety of critical infrastructure projects. Those projects are focused on increasing passenger traffic, revenue diversification through land development and fire safety – all to position the airport for pandemic recovery and future growth. Read the full news release here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/NewsCentre/Pages/Council-endorses-new-Airport-Incentive-Framework.aspx
  • Council voted 8-1 in favour of an official business motion from Acting Mayor Rajko Dodic regarding the City of Lethbridge Curbside Organics Program. The main point is for Administration to report back to the Economic Standing Policy Committee on April 13, 2022, to answer three primary questions: 1) What would be the cost (capital and operational) to modify the existing regional sites that would enable residents the opportunity to drop off waste material meant to be diverted through the green bin program? 2) Of the funds already spent in furtherance of the curbside green bin program, what portion of those funds (or capital investment already made) could be utilized or repurposed to allow for green bin waste diversion to occur through the regional sites? 3) What impact, financial or otherwise, would there be to the City if the currently approved curbside green bin program were to be removed from the CIP?
  • Following an Administration presentation from Solicitor Adam Faust, Council voted unanimously in favour of a motion to refer options to the Governance Standing Policy Committee, no later than March 1, for further investigation and possible development of an Integrity Commissioner. To establish the position of Integrity Commissioner, Council will need to approve terms of reference, as well as amend the Council Code of Conduct Bylaw 6125
  • Following an Administration submission on the 2022 Public Tax Auction Reserve Bid List, Council voted unanimously in favour to set the reserve bids for each parcel of land and designated manufactured home offered for sale at the Public Tax Auction on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Culver City Room at City Hall.
  • Council passed second and third readings to 10 borrowing bylaws (6331, 6332, 6333, 6334, 6341, 6342, 6343, 6344, 6345 and 6346) of previously-approved Capital Budget projects
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted unanimously in favour on both second and third readings for Bylaw 6339 – Land Use Bylaw Amendment re: 1029 8 Street South. The Land Use Bylaw amendment will facilitate the potential development of up to a maximum of 47 residential apartment units at that location
  • Following a Public Hearing, Council voted 8-1 in favour on both second and third readings for Bylaw 6340 – A Bylaw to Provide for the Closing of a Portion of Fairway Plaza Road South


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  • Council voted unanimously to receive for information a report and attachments regarding a proposed Indigenous Resource Hub, which would be a centralized resource facility focused on Indigenous well-being. The proposed downtown facility would be dedicated to connecting Indigenous people with services in a way that is culturally relevant and uses traditional knowledge to support community well-being. The hub would also aim to support non-Indigenous organizations to design, develop and deliver social programs and services, including housing, through an Indigenous lens. The proposed hub would be housed in the currently-vacant Bowman Arts Centre, which is centrally located and would be home to a variety of service providers. Establishing the initiative would be funded through previously approved funds from the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy and operated by the Blood Tribe/Kainai Nation. Supportive of the presentation and information received, City Council will give final discussion on the proposed facility's operating budget and contract in the new year
  • Council voted unanimously to have City Administration investigate further into the potential location of a possible third crossing over the Oldman River. Council has asked Administration to report back the findings by September 2022. With a goal of identifying potential funding sources, Council has also asked for Administration to identify an anticipated cost to construct the third river crossing at the site or sites identified
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of second and third readings to Bylaw 6335 - 2022 Incentives for Prepayments, Penalty and Tax Deferral Bylaw. By making prepayments towards their 2022 property taxes in January or February, property owners in Lethbridge will see a discount when 2022 tax bills are issued in May. The discount will be equivalent to earning interest at 0.75 per cent per year from the date of payment starting in 2022 to June 30, 2022. Prepayment amounts cannot exceed the total property tax bill for the preceding year. For more information about payment options for property taxes, visit www.lethbridge.ca/taxes.
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of an Official Business Motion by Councillor John Middleton-Hope to have Administration and Council support consultative processes with citizens on key issues such as refuse and recycling collection. The Motion also asked that Council direct Administration to present to a future Standing Policy Committee meeting a strategy to resolve these citizen concerns, which includes citizen engagement, and then report to a subsequent Civic Works Standing Policy Committee meeting on a process that incorporates options that are satisfactory to a broader constituency
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of a submission by Deputy Mayor Belinda Crowson regarding an update to Policy CC10 – City Council Remuneration and Benefits
  • Council voted unanimously in favour of second and third readings to Bylaw 6329 - 2022 Distribution Tariff Bylaw, which sets wire services rates for 2022 for all Electric Utility customers


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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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