Lethbridge Minute: Grand Opening, Watermain Replacement, and Galt Gardens Safety
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- There are no Council or Committee meetings scheduled at City Hall this week.
- A project is beginning to replace 100-year old watermains and introduce protected cycling lanes, the first of their kind in the city. Once underway, the project will close a segment of road between 3rd and 4th Avenues on 7th Street South and will include pavement work on various streets. The protected bicycle lanes will be constructed along 4 Avenue South. Many business owners are upset, saying the construction will kill their business and that they were left out of the consultation process. The City maintains that consultation occurred.
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Last Week In Lethbridge:
The discovery of a small, bear-shaped item, later confirmed as fentanyl, at Galt Gardens has raised alarm bells. Found inside an unattended bag, the greenish-blue item could have been easily mistaken for candy. The incident has reignited safety concerns that were brought up by residents when the City decided to build a playground in the area. Council recently rejected a proposal to explore the installation of wrought iron fencing around Galt Gardens, and the City’s Urban Revitalization Manager has said that building a kids’ play area is a way to bring positive behaviours into the space.
- The eagerly anticipated Agri-Food Hub and Trade Centre officially opened in the Henderson Lake area. The 268,000 square foot venue received two grand openings - a morning pipe offering with the Blackfoot Confederacy, and an afternoon ribbon-cutting. This project, originally dreamed up over two decades ago, cost $76.6 million to complete and was funded through multiple sources, including a $3.5 million federal grant from PrairiesCan, and a 30-year loan secured against the future operations of the venue.
- The signs have been put up and the City has been preparing for the new harmonized school and playground zones. Reduced speed limits of 30 km/h will be in effect from 7:30 am to 9:00 pm every day, and existing school zones will be combined into playground zones. According to the City, by reducing your speed from 50 km/h to 30 km/h through a 300 meter zone will only add 14 seconds to your commute. The new speed limits take effect on the first day of school, September 5th.
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