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2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) daily recap

City Council meeting (June 1, 2021)

At its June 1 meeting, Lethbridge City Council voted 7-2 to approve the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding recommendations from the May 10-14 Economic Standing Policy Committee deliberations.


City Council meeting (May 18, 2021)

At its May 18 meeting, Lethbridge City Council voted 8-1 to postpone voting on Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding recommendations from last week's Economic Standing Policy Committee deliberations until the June 1, 2021, Council meeting. An exception is item E-11 Sustainability Enhancements (listed below).

Council Amendments:

  • Waste & Recycling Curbside Organics Collection. Council voted 6-3 in favour of an amendment from Councillor Jeff Carlson to recommend Waste & Recycling Curbside Organics Collection change funding source to unrestricted grant funding in place of borrowing, in the amount of $10,629,000.
  • Affordable Housing (new item). Council voted 7-2 in favour of an amendment from Councillor Rob Miyashiro to recommend an increase supply of safe, appropriate and affordable housing in Lethbridge. Total funding would be $5 million.

Approval:

  • Sustainability Enhancements (pages 196-197 here). Council voted 6-2 (Councillor Ryan Parker recused) to approve this item. This vote took place after a motion to divide and before the general postponement vote.

Day 5 (May 15, 2021)

Lethbridge City Council is convening this week as the Economic Standing Policy Committee to discuss the City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

Councillor Joe Mauro was not present.

Friday items:

  • Master Plan Reserve (motion introduced by Councillor Jeff Coffman). The Economic Standing Policy Committee voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend that City Council direct the City Manager to establish and approve the terms, conditions and funding model of a Master Plan Reserve.

Section D (unfunded items) Planning:

  • Lethbridge Public Library Master Plan. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Lethbridge Public Library Master Plan as identified on Page 39 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $320,000 in 2022.
  • Mobility/Accessibility Audits (Parks, Transportation & Transit). The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Mobility/Accessibility Audits (Parks, Transportation & Transit) as identified on Page 40 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $320,000 in 2022.
  • Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (NYJG) Master Plan. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (NYJG) Master Plan as identified on Page 41 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $320,000 in 2022.
  • Parks Master Plan. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Parks Master Plan as identified on Page 42 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $320,000 in 2022.
  • River Valley Ridership Study and Analysis. The Economic SPC voted 5-2 (Councillor Belinda Crowson had technical difficulties and was not able to vote) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: River Valley Ridership Study and Analysis as identified on Page 43 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Total funding would be $64,000 in 2022. Mayor Chris Spearman proposed the amendment to recommend the amount of $64,000, in addition to the previously approved $100,000. It carried 6-2.
  • Warehouse District Area Redevelopment Plan. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Warehouse District Area Redevelopment Plan as identified on Page 44 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $350,000 in 2022.
  • Indoor Court/Multipurpose Space Functional Study (had been tabled on Thursday). The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Indoor Court/Multipurpose Space Functional Study as identified on Page 37 of the Community Projects Unfunded as amended. Total funding would be $100,000 in 2022. Councillor Jeff Carlson proposed an amendment that the City Manager re-scope the Functional Study to determine the best way to maximize access to, and the use of, of existing facilities in our community, by: Undertaking a facility audit of current indoor court/multipurpose facilities in the city, including joint-use agreement schools and private facilities; Identifying community groups, organizations or users who either currently or would possibly utilize an indoor court/multipurpose facility; and Considering equitable access for all groups, ages and socioeconomic levels to indoor court/multipurpose facilities. It carried 7-1.

Section D (unfunded items) New Facilities:

  • Outdoor Sports Court (had been tabled on Wednesday). The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Outdoor Sports Court as identified on Page 19 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Total funding would be a maximum of $900,000 in 2022. Councillor Rob Miyashiro proposed an amendment that Economic SPC approve two courts at a cost of no more than $900,000. It carried 8-0.

Reconsiderations:

  • Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (NYJG) Pathway. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (NYJG) Pathway as identified on Page 10 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Total funding would be $660,000 in 2023. Councillor Jeff Coffman proposed the reconsideration to move the funding from 2026 to 2023.
  • Facility Assessment and Accessibility Upgrades. The Economic SPC voted 8-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Facility Assessment and Accessibility Upgrades as identified on Page 7 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Total funding would be a total of $1.1 million over the years 2022 to 2025 and $1.1 million over the years 2026 to 2029. Councillor Jeff Coffman proposed the reconsideration to approve $1.1 million over the years 2022 to 2025 for all outstanding work identified as high priority from the accessibility assessment; and approve $1.1 million over the years 2026 to 2029 for all outstanding work identified as medium and low priority from the accessibility assessment.

The deliberations concluded with a motion and unanimous vote that the Economic SPC forward Item 5.6 - 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), as amended, to the May 18, 2021, meeting of City Council, and recommend that City Council: Allocate the projects within the assigned CIP cycles to match revenue by year (Section D); and Adjust project costs and revenues for inflation (Section D).

There is an objective to approve a four-year capital plan (2022-2025) within the 10-year planning context in order for the corresponding operating costs from the approved projects can be included in the 2023-2026 operating budget. Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

More information on the CIP process is available here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Financial-Documents/Pages/Capital-Budget.aspx


Day 4 (May 13, 2021)

Lethbridge City Council is convening this week as the Economic Standing Policy Committee to discuss the City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

Councillor Joe Mauro was not present.

Section D (unfunded items) Maintain Current Assets/Ongoing Programs:

  • Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure as identified on Page 14 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Councillor Jeff Carlson proposed an amendment that the Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure CIP be amended to show $8,812,000 as funded in 2023 with the remaining equipment and furnishings as undetermined funding and that $399,400 in 2022 be approved. A CIP amendment could also follow to Council later this year, based on new Federal grant information.

Section D (unfunded items) New Facilities - Transit:

  • cityHUB - ATB Centre. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to not recommend including the following Section D - Community project: cityHUB – ATB Centre as identified on Page 24 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Transit Manager Timothy Sanderson said the ATB Centre has sufficient infrastructure already in place.
  • cityHUBs Omnibus motion (which deals with numerous items at once). The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community projects: cityHUB - Northeast (30 Ave & 34 St N) as identified on Page 25 of the Community Projects Unfunded; cityHUB - SunRidge as identified on Page 27 of the Community Projects Unfunded; and cityHUB - West Highlands as identified on Page 28 of the Community Projects Unfunded in the total amount of $3 million with remaining requested amounts as unfunded. Councillor Jeff Coffman made a motion to divide out the cityHUB – Southgate proposal as identified on Page 26 of the Community Projects Unfunded. The amendment carried 7-1.
  • cityHUB - Southgate. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: cityHUB – Southgate as identified on Page 26 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Councillor Jeff Carlson proposed an amendment that the funding outlined on page 26 in the year 2022 be moved to 2026 with the source of the funding being undetermined. It carried unanimously 8-0.
  • Transit Terminal - ENMAX Centre and Transit Terminal – Exhibition Park. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Transit Terminal - ENMAX Centre as identified on Page 29 of the Community Projects Unfunded and Transit Terminal - Exhibition Park as identified on Page 30 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Proposed funding for both proposed projects is outside the current proposed cycle.

Section D (unfunded items) New Facilities:

  • Crossings Branch Expansion and Enhancement. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Crossings Branch Expansion and Enhancement as identified on Page 20 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total City funding would be for $480,000 in 2022 of the total proposed project's $947,000 proposed cost.
  • Galt No. 6 Mine Interpretative Park. The Economic SPC voted 6-2 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Galt No. 6 Mine Interpretative Park as identified on Page 21 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total City funding would be $910,000 in 2023 of the total proposed project's $2.7 million proposed cost. Councillor Blaine Hyggen had proposed an amendment that the funding be moved to 2026. It was defeated 6-2.
  • School Gymnasium Upsize. The Economic SPC voted 6-2 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: School Gymnasium Upsize as identified on Page 22 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $850,000 in 2024.
  • New School Site Development. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: New School Site Development as identified on Page 23 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Councillor Jeff Carlson proposed an amendment that the funding be moved from 2025 to 2022 and be funded as follows: $850,000 from City's subdivision surplus and $850,000 from developer contribution. It carried 8-0.
  • Royal View Memorial Cemetery (Phase 2). The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Royal View Memorial Cemetery (Phase 2) as identified on Page 31 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Proposed funding for the proposed project is outside the current proposed cycle.
  • Arena Replacement. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Arena Replacement as identified on Page 32 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Proposed funding for the proposed project is outside the current proposed cycle.
  • 3rd Avenue South (Stafford Dr to MMD) Upgrade. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: 3rd Avenue South (Stafford Dr to MMD) Upgrade as identified on Page 33 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Proposed funding for the proposed project is outside the current proposed cycle.

Section D (unfunded items) Planning:

  • Civic Common Comprehensive Site Plan. The Economic SPC voted 6-2 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Civic Common Comprehensive Site Plan as identified on Page 34 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Total funding would be $900,000 in 2022. Councilor Jeff Carlson proposed an amendment that the Civic Common be designated as the future home of the Performing Arts Centre and that this be considered in the comprehensive planning. It carried 6-2.
  • Downtown 5th Street Preliminary Design. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Downtown 5th Street Preliminary Design as identified on Page 35 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $1 million ($750,000 in 2022 and $250,000 in 2023).
  • Indigenous Cultural Centre Site Planning. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Indigenous Cultural Centre Site Planning as identified on Page 36 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total City funding would be $250,000 in 2022, with a $100,000 grant contributing to the $350,000 proposal.
  • Indoor Court/Multipurpose Space Functional Study. Tabled to Friday.
  • Lethbridge Police Service Master Plan. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Lethbridge Police Service Master Plan as identified on Page 38 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $320,000 in 2022.

The City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 CIP deliberations will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 14. The meeting will recess by 4:30 p.m.

There is an objective to approve a four-year capital plan (2022-2025) within the 10-year planning context in order for the corresponding operating costs from the approved projects can be included in the 2023-2026 operating budget. Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

These deliberations are open to the public to watch can be found online at https://agendas.lethbridge.ca/AgendaOnline, on the City's YouTube page and on Shaw TV Lethbridge. Residents can also follow live updates on Twitter through the City Clerk's account at @LethCityClerk (https://twitter.com/LethCityClerk).

More information on the CIP process is available here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Financial-Documents/Pages/Capital-Budget.aspx

 

Day 3 (May 12, 2021)

Lethbridge City Council is convening this week as the Economic Standing Policy Committee to discuss the City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

Wednesday items:

  • Motion to postpone. Councillor Joe Mauro introduced a motion that the Economic SPC deliberations on the Capital Improvement Program be postponed to November 1, 2021. The motion was defeated 6-3 and Councillor Mauro then removed himself from the remainder of the CIP deliberations. Councillor Blaine Hyggen had proposed an amendment to that proposed motion that the CIP be deliberated for 2022 and the 2021-2025 Council deliberate the remaining years of the CIP. The proposed amendment was defeated 5-4.

Section D (unfunded items) Maintain Current Assets/Ongoing Programs:

  • Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure. Tabled to Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. City Manager Craig Dalton and Transit Manager Timothy Sanderson say there is new Federal Government grant funding in the works. Although there are no specific details on numbers or potential matching funds yet, the Economic SPC wanted to provide extra time for Administration to review.

 

Section D (unfunded items) New Facilities:

  • Fire Station #3 - 16 Ave S. Relocation. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 (Coun. Mauro not present) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Fire Station #3 - 16 Ave S. Relocation as identified on Page 18 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. The amendment, introduced by Councillor Jeff Coffman, suggests the project be funded for the purchase of land and for the development of a detailed functional study during the CIP cycle (2022-2025), with $4,848,000 million identified in 2022/2023. It carried 8-0.
  • Outdoor Sports Court. Tabled to the end of CIP deliberations.

 

Section D (unfunded items) Community Groups:

  • Ecole la Verendrye Gymnasium Expansion. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 (Coun. Mauro not present) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Ecole la Verendrye Gymnasium Expansion as identified on Page 46 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total City funding would be $500,000 in 2022, with the school providing the remaining amount of the $2,387,000 total.
  • SAAG Facility Enhancements. The Economic SPC voted 6-2 (Coun. Mauro not present) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: SAAG Facility Enhancements as identified on Page 45 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $5,788,000 ($474,000 in 2022, $3,232,000 in 2023, $2,082,000 in 2024).
  • Galt Gardens Pickleball Courts/Legacy Park Pickleball Courts. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 (Coun. Mauro not present) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Galt Gardens Pickleball Courts as identified on Page 47 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended. Councillor Rob Miyashiro proposed an amendment that the Pickleball Courts at Legacy Park be upgraded to meet standards as laid out by the Lethbridge Pickleball Club and work with the Parks department and Recreation & Culture department to identify a plan for that site, up to a maximum $650,000. It was carried 8-0. A further amendment that the main motion be amended to replace wording of Galt Gardens with Legacy Park carried 8-0.
  • Performing Arts Centre. The Economic SPC voted 7-1 (Coun. Mauro not present) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Performing Arts Centre as identified on Page 48 of the Community Projects Unfunded, as amended twice. Councillor Jeff Carlson proposed an amendment that the project Performing Arts Centre be amended by amending the prior amount from $375,000 to $229,000 and reallocate $146,000 to 2022. It carried 8-0. Councillor Jeff Coffman proposed an amendment that the City of Lethbridge's maximum contribution on a Performing Arts Centre be capped at $75 million. It carried 6-2.

The City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 CIP deliberations will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 13. The meeting will recess by 4:30 p.m.

There is an objective to approve a four-year capital plan (2022-2025) within the 10-year planning context in order for the corresponding operating costs from the approved projects can be included in the 2023-2026 operating budget. Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

These deliberations are open to the public to watch can be found online at https://agendas.lethbridge.ca/AgendaOnline, on the City's YouTube page and on Shaw TV Lethbridge. Residents can also follow live updates on Twitter through the City Clerk's account at @LethCityClerk (https://twitter.com/LethCityClerk).

More information on the CIP process is available here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Financial-Documents/Pages/Capital-Budget.aspx

 

Day 2 (May 11, 2021)

Lethbridge City Council is convening this week as the Economic Standing Policy Committee to discuss the City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

Tuesday's agenda items:

  • CIP Engagement Results. A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously.
  • Omnibus motion (which deals with numerous items at once). An amended omnibus motion to bundle Section C, Section E, Section F and Section D – Community (Previously Approved) as one combined item carried 7-2. Councillor Belinda Crowson made a motion to divide out items C-6, C-9, CO-3, E-9, and E-10. It carried unanimously. Councillor Ryan Parker made a motion to divide out E-11 so he could recuse. It carried unanimously. The remainder of the Section D projects (unfunded) will all be introduced as potential amendments to the main motion, individually, by Vice-Chair Jeff Carlson and debated and voted on individually.
  • E-7 Waste & Recycling Curbside Organics Collection (removed from the omnibus motion in a 7-1 vote on Monday). The Economic SPC voted 5-4 to recommend including the following funded project: E-7 Waste & Recycling Curbside Organics Collection. Councillor Jeff Coffman had made a motion to postpone this item to January 2022 to allow for further community engagement. It was defeated in a 5-4 vote.
  • Group motion of C-6, C-9, CO-3, E-9, and E-10 (removed from the main omnibus motion in a unanimous vote). The Economic SPC voted 7-2 to recommend including the following funded projects: C-6 (Bikeways/Pathways/Sidewalks Along Roadways); C-9 (Bridge Rehabilitation Program); CO-3 (Walsh Drive - University Dr to Metis Trail); E-9(Waste & Recycling Centre Landfill Gas and Leachate Management); and E-10 (Waste & Recycling Centre Site Enhancements).
  • E-11 Sustainability Enhancements (removed from the omnibus motion in a unanimous vote). The Economic SPC voted unanimous 8-0 (Councillor Ryan Parker recused) to recommend including the following funded project: E-11 Sustainability Enhancements.
  • Amending motion to set aside $10 million in reserve funds. Economic Standing Policy Committee voted unanimously on a motion from Councillor Jeff Carlson to recommend that Council amend the 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program by reserving $10 million of the projected capital funding to be held in reserve as 'matching funds' for future projects. Councillor Joe Mauro had proposed an amendment to up the proposed amount to $25 million from $10 million. That proposed amendment was defeated 6-3.

Section D (unfunded items) Maintain Current Assets/Ongoing Programs:

  • Parks Asset Management. The Economic SPC voted 7-2 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Parks Asset Management as identified on Page 5 of the Community Projects Unfunded. A carried amendment from Councillor Jeff Carlson added that the City Manager to present a strategy to include this in the Parks lifecycle and Operating Budget. Councillor Blaine Hyggen proposed an amendment that Parks Asset Management be removed from the Capital Improvement Program starting in 2023 and Parks Asset Management funded for 2022 be from the MRSR. It was defeated 5-4. Total funding would be $650,000 per year.
  • Pathway System Connections and Extensions. The Economic SPC voted unanimously to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Pathway System Connections and Extensions as identified on Page 6 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $500,000 per year.
  • Facility Assessment and Accessibility Upgrades. The Economic SPC voted 8-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Facility Assessment and Accessibility Upgrades as identified on Page 7 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $100,000 per year.
  • Facility Assessment and Energy Efficiency Upgrades. The Economic SPC voted 8-1 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Facility Assessment and Energy Efficiency Upgrades as identified on Page 8 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $300,000 per year.
  • Fritz Sick Pool Renovation. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 (Councillor Rob Miyashiro recused) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Fritz Sick Pool Renovation as identified on Page 9 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $530,000 in 2022.
  • Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (NYJG) Pathway. The Economic SPC voted unanimously to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (NYJG) Pathway as identified on Page 10 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $660,000 in 2026.
  • PSCC Secondary Site Renovations. The Economic SPC voted 6-3 to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: PSCC Secondary Site Renovations as identified on Page 11 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $700,000 in 2022.
  • Mountain View Cemetery Irrigation Automation - Blocks A-G. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 (Councillor Joe Mauro had to leave meeting) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Mountain View Cemetery Irrigation Automation - Blocks A-G as identified on Page 12 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $473,000 ($57,000 in 2022 and $416,000 in 2023).
  • Henderson Ice Centre Upgrade. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 (Councillor Joe Mauro had to leave meeting) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Henderson Ice Centre Upgrade as identified on Page 13 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $5,868,000 ($528,000 in 2022, $3,260,000 in 2023, $2,080,000 in 2024). Councillor Jeff Carlson proposed an amendment that the design amount of $627,000 be delayed to 2025 and the remaining construction be unfunded. The proposed amendment was defeated 7-1 (Councillor Joe Mauro had to leave meeting).
  • Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure. Tabled to Wednesday morning.
  • Parks Irrigation Central Control. Based on an amendment from Councillor Jeff Coffman, the Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 (Councillor Joe Mauro had to leave meeting) that funding for Parks Irrigation Central Control be identified as the Urban Parks Reserve.

Section D (unfunded items) New Facilities:

  • Urban Core Public Realm Enhancement Program. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 8-0 (Councillor Joe Mauro had to leave meeting) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Urban Core Public Realm Enhancement Program as identified on Page 16 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $2,000,000 ($500,000 in 2022, $500,000 in 2022, $500,000 in 2024 and $500,000 in 2025).
  • Indigenous Place-making Strategy. The Economic SPC voted unanimously 6-2 (Councillor Joe Mauro had to leave meeting) to recommend including the following Section D - Community project: Indigenous Place-making Strategy as identified on Page 17 of the Community Projects Unfunded. Total funding would be $375,000 ($50,000 in 2022, $200,000 in 2023, $100,000 in 2024 and $25,000 in 2025).

The City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 CIP deliberations will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12. The meeting will recess by 4:30 p.m.

There is an objective to approve a four-year capital plan (2022-2025) within the 10-year planning context in order for the corresponding operating costs from the approved projects can be included in the 2023-2026 operating budget. Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

These deliberations are open to the public to watch can be found online at https://agendas.lethbridge.ca/AgendaOnline, on the City's YouTube page and on Shaw TV Lethbridge. Residents can also follow live updates on Twitter through the City Clerk's account at @LethCityClerk (https://twitter.com/LethCityClerk).

More information on the CIP process is available here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Financial-Documents/Pages/Capital-Budget.aspx


Day 1 (May 10, 2021)

On Monday, May 10, Lethbridge City Council began deliberations as the Economic Standing Policy Committee to discuss the City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Mayor Chris Spearman, who is chair for the meeting this week, and City Manager Craig Dalton began with an outline and by thanking administration for all of the advance preparation work.

Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

Monday's presentations:

Introduction and Historical and Current Funding Allocations 
City Treasurer Hailey Pinksen provided background on decisions since the last CIP, as well the current situation and available funding, and a brief CIP engagement overview that had more than 4,000 unique visitors. She explained that Section D, Community, has total forecasted available funding of $74 million and that the Community projects are all shown in 2022 dollars. Once timing is set and projects approved, the costs would need to be adjusted. A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously.

New School Site Development 
Michael Kelly, General Manager – Opportunity Lethbridge, provided an overview on the Province of Alberta's recent announcement on the construction of a new public elementary school located in west Lethbridge to open in September 2025. The school field development would have elements to support the functional needs of the school, as well as fulfills functional programming needs of our community based on the most recent Recreation Master Plan. The site development would include: grade, loam, seed, irrigation, trees, pathways and sports fields that may include soccer and baseball. Proposed Total Cost (2022): $1.7 million. Proposed Net Increase to Operating Cost: $70,000. A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously. 

School Gymnasium Upsize
Michael Kelly, General Manager – Opportunity Lethbridge, discussed how the project would contribute funds to increase the size of the next new elementary school. In accordance with the Joint Use Agreement between the two school districts and the City, community organizations are able to utilize school gymnasiums during evening hours.  Proposed Total Cost (2022): $850,000. Proposed Net Increase to Operating Cost: $0. A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously.

Fire Station No. 3 Relocation Costs
Fire Chief Marc Rathwell discussed Fire Station 3, on 16 Ave S. As identified in the 2017 Fire Department Master Plan, Station 3 needs to be relocated south to accommodate the growth of the urbanized area in the southeast. Residential and commercial development is occurring outside the Council and industry standard service level response time. The current building is now 60 years old and no longer meets the needs of a modern fire service. Option 1 would have a cost of $27,238,000 and an operating cost of $627,000 a year. A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously. 

Submissions:

CIP Engagement Results (link to be updated)
Tabled to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Existing Pickleball Site Improvements at Legacy Park 
A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously.

River Valley Ridership Study and Analysis 
A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously.

Breakdown of Performing Art Ops Costs (high end estimate vs low end estimate)
A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously.

CIP Section D Scoring Results 
A motion to receive the report as information carried unanimously.

2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program Budget for itemized review to follow.

Omnibus motion (which deals with numerous items at once)
A proposal to approve a four-year capital plan (2022-2025) within the 10-year planning context to include Section C, Section E, Section F and Section D – Community (Previously Approved) funded projects in the 2023-2026 operating budget was tabled.
Councillor Jeff Coffman made a motion to divide out item E7 - Waste & Recycling Curbside Organics Collection - from the omnibus motion and it was carried 7-1. Councillor Blaine Hyggen made a motion that each project be divided from the Main Motion and debated on separately, but it was lost 5-4. Councillor Coffman made a motion to table the omnibus motion to Tuesday following item 5.1, which was carried 8-1.

The City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 CIP deliberations will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11. The meeting will recess by 4:30 p.m. Recommendations that stem from the CIP deliberations will be forwarded for City Council's consideration at the May 18 City Council meeting.

These deliberations are open to the public to watch can be found online at https://agendas.lethbridge.ca/AgendaOnline, on the City's YouTube page and on Shaw TV Lethbridge. Residents can also follow live updates on Twitter through the City Clerk's account at @LethCityClerk (https://twitter.com/LethCityClerk).

More information on the CIP process is available here: https://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Financial-Documents/Pages/Capital-Budget.aspx