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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
- 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
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.
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.
- 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
- 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