Lethbridge Minute: AgriFood Facility, Festival Square, and Canada Day Returns
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This Week In Lethbridge:
It’s going to be fairly steady at City Hall this week with three meetings scheduled, starting with a City Council meeting on Tuesday at 12:30 pm. Council will begin this meeting by going in-camera for approximately one-hour. Once the meeting has opened back up to the public at 1:30 pm, Council will consider reversing their earlier decision to introduce paid parking at the Enmax Centre thanks to negative feedback from residents. Tuesday’s meeting will also feature a proposal that will see Council change the start time for future public hearings from 4:00 pm to 3:00 pm. To close out this meeting, Council will explore affordable and social housing options and vote on whether or not to carry out the wishes of residents in exploring the implementation of a Ward system in time for the next municipal election.
On Wednesday, there will be a meeting of the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee at 1:30 pm. The Committee will receive several presentations at this meeting including a Lethbridge Construction Association Update, a Snow and Ice Control Service Lead Review, a Street Sweeping Service Level Review, and the Parks and Cemeteries 2021 annual report. To close, the Committee will receive a couple of submissions, including a foxtail and grasshopper mitigation plan, and a presentation on water rationing.
- On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the Community Safety Standing Policy Committee at 1:30 pm. At this meeting, the Committee is set to receive a submission which will acknowledge a Memorandum of Understanding between the Palix Foundation, University of Lethbridge, and the City of Lethbridge to promote the implementation of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. The initiative is also in alignment with other strategic initiatives that the City has prioritized, such as those laid out in the City Council 2022 Action Plan-Healthy and Diverse, the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy, and the Corporate Strategic Plan.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- It was announced that Canada Day celebrations are set to return to Henderson Park and Galt Gardens after a nearly two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Festivities will finally be in-person and will resemble that more familiar Lethbridgian Canada Day we know and love. Festivities are set to kick off at the northeast end of Henderson Park at 12:00 pm. There will be plenty to do for all in attendance, with activities such as live performances, the kids zone, and food hub to name a few.
- The city welcomed a new member to its growing Agri-Food sector as PIP International Inc. celebrated the launch of its newest wet fractionation pilot facility and commercial testing centre located just off Highway 3 in east Lethbridge. The facility will turn yellow peas from Alberta and Saskatchewan into plant-based products, like pea protein, intended for commercial supply.
- The City says that construction of the $1.71 million dollar Festival Square is set to be complete by the end of June, just in time for the City’s grand opening by the end of the month. The new Festival Square Market Plaza aims to revitalize the city’s downtown core and will feature an interactive stage, decorative column lighting, site furniture, and water and wastewater servicing. At a price of $1.71 million, do you think this was good value for taxpayer money?
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