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Council set for CIP deliberations, thank residents for advance input

​Lethbridge City Council will convene as the Economic Standing Policy Committee from Monday, May 10, to Friday, May 14, to discuss the City of Lethbridge's 2022-2031 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

The sessions will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 10. The meetings will recess by 4:30 p.m. each day and reconvene at 9:30 a.m. the following day. As the City continues to take additional steps to limit the spread of COVID-19, City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice and Council Chambers will be limited to a maximum of 10 people including Council members and City staff.

Residents are encouraged to watch the deliberations online or on Shaw TV Lethbridge. Agendas and a livestream will be at https://agendas.lethbridge.ca/AgendaOnline/ and on the City of Lethbridge YouTube page. Residents can also follow live updates on Twitter through the City Clerk's account at @LethCityClerk (https://twitter.com/LethCityClerk). Additionally, a daily recap will be posted on the City's website.

In advance of the deliberations, City Council has had significant community engagement and public input on the proposed projects for the 2022-2031 CIP. Statistics show that the site had 4,097 unique visitors, 2,007 unique participants who weighed in on at least one question, and an average of about 12.5 minutes spent on the platform per visitor. The 2017 CIP public engagement had 868 unique visitors to our online feedback tool (was a different platform), 35 people attend an Open House (received 64 comments) and 115 attend the 100K day (received 52 comments).

"On behalf of City Council, I want to thank our residents for taking the time to provide their feedback," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "To go from 868 unique visitors to 4,097 unique visitors shows the importance and value of our public engagement process. There is limited funding currently available and City Council will face significant challenges with so many projects to consider. Funds will also need to be set aside for future matching grants."

Written submissions from the public will be also accepted, with forms available here.

The CIP identifies required capital projects and provides a planning schedule and financing plan. All CIP projects are to be approved by City Council. The 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