Lethbridge Minute: Monument Disposal, Rising Crime, and Constructing Composting Centers
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This Week In Lethbridge:
After a pretty busy week last week, City Hall is set to be much quieter this week, with only one Committee meeting scheduled and no Council meetings planned at all.
- That one Committee meeting is a meeting of the Cultural and Social Standing Policy Committee on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 pm. The Committee will, amongst other things, receive a presentation on a proposal from City staff to hold a "Monument Policy Review" that would include developing a new City policy to determine whether Monuments are "diverse and inclusive" enough, and figuring out how to "dispose" of any existing Monuments that don't meet the new criteria.
- Finally, the provincial government's decision to move Alberta back to Step 1 couldn't have come at a worse time for many local and small businesses in our community. With no clear parameters on how or when the government will ease restrictions again, the need to take a stand is more important now than it ever was. If you haven't already done so, you can sign our petition to Reopen Lethbridge here.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- It appears the City is breaking out the public credit card again; gearing up to vastly increase waste and recycling spending, this time on a new composting facility. Lethbridge County has given the green light for the City of Lethbridge to expand its composting capabilities by spending approximately $5.5 million on a new facility just north of the City.
- In addition to composting your money, Council is also wasting time by debating and voting 6-3 in favour of extending Bylaw 6239, the Temporary Mandatory Face Covering. Council extended the Bylaw until December 31st, 2021, despite the Bylaw doing literally nothing now that the Province also has a province-wide mask mandate.
- Finally, concerned citizens presented to the City's Community Safety Standing Policy Committee on Thursday about the rising levels of crime in the London Road area. Citizens came armed with statistics and information from the Lethbridge Police about rising crime in the area and asked Council to get to the bottom of it. With just over six months until the municipal election, aspiring Councillors and or Mayoral candidates would be wise to have a plan to address this very important issue.
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