Lethbridge Minute: Scooters Return, Doctors Arrive, and Tourism Lethbridge Plans
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This Week In Lethbridge:
- There will be a meeting of City Council on Tuesday at 1:30 pm. On the agenda is a proposed Alberta Municipalities resolution. The resolution suggests that Alberta Municipalities should advocate for the Government of Alberta to ensure provincial allocations of capital funding for school construction cover all costs of construction, including the servicing of school sites with the required infrastructure. Council will also hear several confidential reports including one regarding affordable housing advocacy.
The Audit Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday at 1:30 pm. The Committee is expected to receive several confidential reports, including the 2022 Audit Findings Report and a Risk and Controls Update.
- The Civic Works Standing Policy Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday at 1:30 pm. Varme Energy will deliver a presentation, as will Environment Lethbridge. The Committee will hear an update on the phase 2 engagement results for off-leash dog parks, updates on the Waste and Recycling Curbside Organics Collection, and the 2022 Electric Utility Annual Report.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
The CEO of Tourism Lethbridge gave a presentation at the organization's Annual General Meeting, where she shared statistics from the previous year and outlined plans to increase tourism revenues in the city. The presentation emphasized the importance of attracting visitors from the United States and involving local residents in promoting tourism. The organization's goal is to maximize its return on investment from the City of Lethbridge, and a $250,000 investment from Tourism Alberta will provide further support towards achieving this objective.
- Neuron Mobility has returned with e-scooters for the second consecutive year and will be introducing e-bikes later this spring. Approximately 500 of the easily recognizable orange scooters will be seen on city streets this year. A report last year showed that 60% of scooter trips in Lethbridge resulted in a purchase from a local business, resulting in $3.2 million in spending. Apparently, 99% of riders surveyed in Lethbridge believe the vehicles have benefited the city. Did you have a chance to try one out last year?
- According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), of the 17 doctors expected to help alleviate the doctor shortage in Lethbridge, 10 are already practicing in the city and the remainder are expected to join soon. AHS did not disclose where the new doctors have been assigned. Currently, the Chinook Primary Care Network website only indicates that the Prairie Treatment Opioid Dependency Clinic is accepting new patients. An estimated 40,000 people did not have a family doctor last year.
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