Lethbridge Minute: Hot Weather, Hot Housing, and an Insect Infestation Concern
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This Week In Lethbridge:
It’s the dog days of summer, so not a very busy week with only two meetings scheduled, but what important meetings they are! Kicking off on Tuesday, at 1:30 pm, with a City Council Meeting. At this meeting Councilor J.A. Coffman will propose adding a question on the ballot in the upcoming municipal election: “Do you support using a ward system to elect City Councilors other than the Mayor, starting in the 2025 municipal election?” There’s also a bunch of land matters done in secret.
Thursday rounds out the week with a meeting of the Governance Standing Policy Committee at 1:30 pm. Members Coffman, Crowson, Carlson, and Mauro will discuss measures to professionalize Lethbridge Council with training and even potentially making half or all of Council full-time. According to one report they will receive, Lethbridge would be the second-smallest municipality surveyed to have a full-time council - after Strathcona County (to the east of Edmonton).
- As events come back after nearly a two year hiatus, Street Machine Weekend is on in Lethbridge this weekend. Lethbridge Police say they will be out in full force to crack down on loud and illegal vehicles.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Things began to look a little more familiar for Lethbridge as the Thanks For Farming Tour kicked off Wednesday morning at Lethbridge’s exhibition park. Farmers and exhibitors alike were out in numbers and couldn't be more excited to be back.
- It was a hot one and it looks like this heat is bringing with it an additional cause for concern. Record-breaking heat, and drought in some areas, have already had an impact on prairie crops. Now, Alberta Agriculture has raised concerns that insect infestations, particularly in the Lethbridge area, may explode.
- The thermometer isn’t the only measurement that’s been screaming hot. It’s been a hot housing market all over the province, and Lethbridge has also benefited from this trend. Home sales doubled to record numbers this year in Lethbridge, and the market shows no signs of slowing down. Hopefully this trend will continue, and the prospect of new homeownership is not impacted by the Council's commitment to raise taxes and make Lethbridge a less affordable place to live.
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