Lethbridge Minute: EV Stations, Food Donations, and Play Space Concerns
Lethbridge Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Lethbridge politics
This Week In Lethbridge:
- A meeting of the Audit Committee, originally scheduled for Wednesday, has been cancelled due to a lack of agenda items.
- There will be a meeting of the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee on Thursday at 1:30 pm. The Committee will receive an update on the Land Use Bylaw Renewal project.
- The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta is having a social media contest. Their "23 in '23" contest aims to highlight 23 projects that the Foundation has supported through grants. Just visit one of the project sites (like the Helen Schuler Nature Centre), take a selfie, and upload it to either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #CFLSA23in23. Every selfie counts for an entry into a draw for one of three $500 gift cards for groceries and gasoline. While you're at it, give Common Sense Lethbridge a follow on Facebook and Twitter too!
Last Week In Lethbridge:
The City installed 22 new Electric Vehicle charging stations at four locations across the city, and those stations are now open for use. The two stations at the Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens have the fastest charging capability for EV drivers south of Calgary. Additional stations are located at City Hall, the Enmax Centre, and the Lethbridge Regional Park ‘n’ Ride Transit Terminal, among others. To make sure the electrical grid doesn’t suffer, it is recommended to put some thought into when to charge your EV, and to avoid peak hours like 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
- The City released a Q&A to address the concerns of Lethbridgians regarding a controversial new play space in Galt Gardens. Some are worried about safety issues in the park, while others deem the project's $662,000 cost excessive, noting that all grant funds, whether federal or otherwise, ultimately come from taxpayers. The City acknowledged concerns and said their aim is to attract more people and positive activity to Galt Gardens as a means to reduce undesirable behaviour. Using a children’s play place as a means of combating social disorder definitely seems risky!
- The Lethbridge Farmers' Market spearheaded a new initiative in the community by partnering with the Lethbridge Food Bank and Interfaith Food Bank. Held every Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, vendors at the Farmers’ Market will now have the opportunity to donate their surplus food products to the two food banks.
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