Lethbridge Minute: Performing Arts, Covid Restrictions, and Police Behaving Badly Again
Lethbridge Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Lethbridge politics
This Week In Lethbridge:
It's another reasonably quiet week this week at City Hall, with just the one Council meeting planned along with one committee meeting.
The City Council meeting will deal with the Property Tax, Supplementary Property Tax, and Business Improvement tax bylaws, and receive information about waste, recycling, curbside organics, sewage, and mail-in ballots for this year's election. There will also be confidential discussions on a human resources matter, a land matter, a board/commission/committee matter, and an update on a social service.
- The Committee meeting is a meeting of the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee that will be held on Thursday at 1:30 pm. The Committee will receive presentations on e-scooters, an urban forest management plan, parks, and an electric department asset management project update.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- While many businesses in our City are hanging on by a thread, some on Council have their eyes set on a new $112 million dollar megaproject. Advocates are pushing for a Performing Arts Centre to be included in Council's list of priority capital projects for the City over the next 10 years. As evidence for their cause, these advocates cite a City survey showing the project is in the top three priorities of Lethbridge residents. The only problem is, just 1,116 people responded to the survey. We'll have more to say on this soon, but in the meantime, we might have to hold an open casting call to star in our upcoming play; a City Council rendition of the classic western "A Fistful of Dollars".
- The Lethbridge Police are in trouble again, this time being investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team after an officer inappropriately accessed data in a police records management system. The officer has been suspended with pay while the investigation is underway.
- The provincial government announced further restrictions in "hot spots" of the Province where active cases are high. These "hot spots" include Lethbridge, meaning indoor fitness, gyms, sports training, sports games, and all indoor sport and recreation is banned again. The Province also introduced the ability for some municipalities to introduce curfews for their City. Thankfully Lethbridge doesn't yet have enough cases per capita to allow Mayor Spearman to decide whether you're allowed out of your house or not!
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