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City Council Highlights - February 20, 2018

City signs on to updated emergency services mutual aid agreement

City Council approved a recommendation from Lethbridge Fire/EMS to sign on to an updated mutual aid agreement with other southern Alberta municipalities. Updates include a formalized process for requesting resources and an expanded scope of potential services that can be requested and provided.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed
To sign the 2017 Southern Alberta Emergency Management Resource Sharing Agreement, as recommended by Lethbridge Fire/EMS.
CARRIED

M. Campbell
J. Carlson
B. Crowson
B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

None
Absent: J. Coffman

City entering federal Smart Cities Challenge seeking to win up to $10 million

Representatives from the Intelligent Community program and Economic Development Lethbridge briefed Council members on work they are doing to prepare an application to the federal government's Smart Cities Challenge. Lethbridge will seek to win one of two prizes of up to $10 million. The federal program defines a smart city approach as one that delivers meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of connected technology and data.

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Council briefed on development of brand strategy for Lethbridge

Economic Development Lethbridge representatives outlined research, stakeholder engagement and other work completed since 2015 toward the development of a place brand for Lethbridge. Next steps in the initiative will include gathering community input on brand concepts, final development and, subject to approval of a funding request, a brand launch in 2019.

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Implementation strategy to be developed for enhancements to transit system

After recently receiving a new Transit Master Plan, City Council directed administration to prepare an 8-10-year implementation strategy for new Lethbridge Transit routes to grow ridership while preserving access and service for current transit users. The strategy is to include any capital and operating budget requirements and is to be presented to Council by June 25 this year.

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How Council Voted

Resolution In Favour Opposed

That administration prepare an 8-10-year implementation strategy for new transit routes that will increase ridership while maintaining access and service for those who currently rely on the system;

and further that the strategy include any capital and operating budget requirements and that it be presented to Council by June 25, 2018.
CARRIED

M. Campbell
J. Carlson
B. Crowson
B. Hyggen
J. Mauro
R. Miyashiro
R. Parker
C. Spearman

None
Absent: J. Coffman