It's been 365 days since Mayor Blaine Hyggen and Councillors Mark Campbell, Jeff Carlson, Belinda Crowson, Rajko Dodic, John Middleton-Hope, Nick Paladino, Ryan Parker and Jenn Schmidt-Rempel took their oath of office and formed the current Lethbridge City Council.
"It's been a great honour and privilege for myself and our dedicated Councillors to serve Lethbridge residents for this first year," says Mayor Hyggen, Lethbridge's 26th Mayor. "We are prepared for the challenges of the coming Operating Budget Deliberations and look forward to working with the Provincial Government to continue advocating for the services we need in Lethbridge."
Watch a new recap video from Mayor Hyggen here.
Results of the 2022 Community Satisfaction survey completed by IPSOS show that 90 per cent of respondents rank their quality of life in Lethbridge as good or very good. It's a useful tool and essentially a community report card to help inform Council on how residents see their quality of life in our city and their thoughts on City services.
Council's work during the past year has been based around the Gateway to Opportunity 2022 Action Plan. Council pledged an approach that clearly articulates priorities, creates further transparency, reports performance and builds community trust.
Council's Action Plan was created using the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) as a guiding strategic document. Goals in the MDP include setting a vision and policy guidance for the City to improve residents' quality of life, to meet the community's changing needs, to foster a prosperous local economy and to grow in a responsible manner for years to come
The initiatives identified in the Council Action Plan are each aligned to one or more of the MDP's six strategic themes: Economically Prosperous; Healthy and Diverse; Culturally Vibrant; Well-designed City; Environmentally Responsible; and Supports the Region. The Quarter 3 update will come to Council at Tuesday's meeting.
Some of the highlights and work completed or underway by the 2021-2025 Lethbridge City Council thus far include:
"Our City Council is aware of many challenges facing our community including community safety, social issues, affordable housing, budgetary impacts and doctor shortages, just to name a few," says Mayor Hyggen. "As we head into our second year together, we are committed and ready to tackle these issues, continue advocacy efforts to the Provincial government and continue working towards making Lethbridge the best city it can be."