Lethbridge Minute: Bike Lanes, Financial Reporting, and a Busy First Day

Lethbridge Minute: Bike Lanes, Financial Reporting, and a Busy First Day


Lethbridge Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Lethbridge politics


This Week In Lethbridge:

  • There is just one meeting at City Hall this week. On Thursday, the Safety and Social Standing Policy Committee will convene at 1:30 pm. The Committee will hear a presentation regarding the findings of the Indigenous Women's Needs Assessment that was conducted. The report recommends the creation of an Indigenous women’s emergency shelter. The Committee will also review two submissions - a quarterly update on the shelter strategy and an update on the National Inquiry into Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Workplan.

  • Pooches at the Lethbridge Animal Shelter now have a new 420-square-metre fenced dog run, providing dogs with more space for exercise and natural interaction. This area aims to not only benefit the dogs' well-being, but also make them more adoptable by showcasing their personalities. City Councillor John Middleton-Hope played a significant role in the project's realization, securing a budget of $30,000 for the dog run, which was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

  • Residents might soon find a postcard in their mailbox requesting participation in an online survey. The City has teamed up with Dalhousie University for the Canada Travel Activity (CanTRAC) Survey. Over 8,000 random households will be selected to help the City gather information on travel patterns and inform future transportation needs in the city. Four Canadian cities, Lethbridge, Calgary, Moncton, and Charlottetown, are taking part in the survey, which is being paid for by a federal grant.


Last Week In Lethbridge:

  • Councillors discussed the possibility of cancelling all planned bicycle paths and lanes and assessing the costs of removing the lanes that have already been installed. Since the installation of some bike paths in October 2023, there have been concerns about snow removal, parking, and driving lane reduction. While some efforts have been made to address these issues, such as removing concrete blocks and improving snow clearance, opinions among Councillors varied on whether to keep or remove the lanes. The public will have a chance to voice their opinions at a Community Conversation event on April 25th, with further deliberation scheduled at the Assets and Infrastructure Standing Policy Committee meeting on May 2nd. We’ll keep you posted on how to participate!

  • The Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) has launched an ongoing operation targeting crime and social disorder in the downtown area. The initiative involves members of the Downtown Policing Unit, the Crime Suppression Team, the Property Crimes Unit and Community Peace Officers. On its first day, the operation saw the seizure of 350 street doses of fentanyl, and officers made 13 arrests, executed 37 warrants, apprehended an impaired driver, and issued nine violation tickets.

  • Council unanimously approved a motion by Councilor Rajko Dodic for the Lethbridge & District Exhibition to provide monthly financial reports starting from April 11th. These reports will cover revenues and expenses, and Council believes that having a monthly overview of the Exhibition's financial operations will be beneficial. City administration previously estimated the Exhibition's daily operational cost at $30,000 with revenue around $12,000, leading to a potential shortfall of $18,000 per day, for which the City has committed $5 million in 2024. Increased accountability is good, and we’ll be bringing you more information about the Exhibition’s financial saga soon!




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  • Common Sense Lethbridge
    published this page in News 2024-03-17 21:48:31 -0600