Lethbridge Minute: Paid Parking, Transitional Housing, and the Ward Boundary Commission
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This Week In Lethbridge:
There are only two meetings scheduled this week after Wednesday’s meeting of the Audit Committee was canceled. The week at City Hall begins with a meeting of the Advocacy Advisory Committee on Tuesday at 2:00 pm. On the agenda are two submissions from the Chief of Staff, one concerning the Advocacy Framework Review and the other regarding Alberta Municipalities and Team Lethbridge.
There will be a meeting of the Community Safety Standing Policy Committee on Thursday at 1:30 pm. Lethbridge’s Taxi companies will seek a rate increase and there will be an informational update from the Lethbridge Police Commission about the 2022 Strategic Plan and the annual plan. The Committee is also set to receive a submission from the Emergency Preparedness Manager concerning extreme temperature response.
- The City is no longer playing “koi” over its problematic fish populations as they continue to create hazards for the native species in Lethbridge’s lakes and ponds. The City says they are ready to commit to action - at least at Firelight Pond - with a plan in place from September 1st to 9th to lower the water levels and remove the invasive species once and for all.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- The federal government announced plans to create more transitional housing for vulnerable women recovering from mental health and addiction issues in Lethbridge. The federal Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion made the announcement, alongside representatives from the Streets Alive Family Support Association and Mayor Blaine Hyggen. Their combined contribution will provide over $2 million.
- Paid parking came into effect at the ENMAX Centre. Event parking will now run you an extra $5 and will be needed for things like concerts, graduations, and trade shows. Parking for banquets and meetings at the Canadian Western Bank Lounge will be free, and a deal was struck with the Lethbridge Hurricanes to offer free parking to season ticket holders. Parking is also free for recreational patrons who are using the ENMAX Centre for rec hockey, birthday parties, and small user groups. What do you think of the City’s decision to begin charging parking fees?
- The deadline for applications to sit on the Ward Boundary Commission was extended to September 5th at 11:59 pm. The Commission is tasked with studying the benefits of a Ward Electoral System, as well as looking into actions that could encourage more participation in municipal elections. We’re left wondering whether or not the City will implement the wishes of the people who voted in favour of a Ward system in time for the next election, or if the Commission will find some reason why Lethbridgians will not benefit from it.
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