Lethbridge Minute: Tourism Up, Scooter Reminder, and Recovery Community Construction
Lethbridge Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Lethbridge politics
This Week In Lethbridge:
There are three meetings scheduled at City Hall this week, starting with a City Council meeting tomorrow. The meeting begins with a closed session at 12:30 pm, opening up to the public at 1:30 pm. On the consent agenda is a Multifamily Organics Collection update, an Operational Staffing Model Presentation, and a memorandum of understanding between the Palix Foundation, the University of Lethbridge and the City of Lethbridge to promote the implementation of the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative. There will also be a public hearing regarding a land use amendment bylaw and the amendment of several bylaws needed to remove the Municipal Planning Commission as a Development Authority.
On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the Governance Standing Policy Committee at 1:30 pm. At this meeting, the Committee will receive a submission regarding the Proposed Electoral Ward System Conceptual Plan. This plan paves the way for a high-level, step-by-step outline of the phases involved in pursuing an Electoral Ward System for the City of Lethbridge to have in place for the 2025 Municipal Election. On Friday, there was supposed to be a meeting of the Advocacy Advisory Committee at 9:00 am, but the meeting has been cancelled.
- A brand new grassroots school choice organization is bringing their 23-stop education tour to Lethbridge on Thursday. The Alberta Parents’ Union is an organization of Alberta parents advocating for the best possible education for all Alberta students - whether that be public, separate, francophone, alternative, charter, independent, or home education. Their in-person town hall event, which you can register for here, takes place at the Servus Sports Centre on Thursday at 6:30 pm. Check them out if you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher, or just a taxpayer interested in education policy.
Last Week In Lethbridge:
- Construction officially began on a new long-term holistic residential treatment facility that will soon open its doors just outside of the city. Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure, was at the groundbreaking ceremony and provided more details on the proposed $18 million facility, which he said will include up to 50 residential treatment beds and capacity to provide treatment for 200 people at once. The facility is expected to officially open its doors in the spring of 2023.
- Tourism Lethbridge said they have seen more travellers stop in at the local information centre lately, and many in the hospitality sector have also begun to see traffic return to pre-pandemic levels. The traffic is a welcome sign for the industry just ahead of the summer months and it's nice to see things finally returning to normal.
- Lethbridge Police have issued a reminder to residents about the rules for e-scooters after several complaints about riders operating the vehicles irresponsibly. The police are reminding residents that e-scooters and e-bikes are classified as motor vehicles and, therefore must follow the basic rules of the road. LPS is also discouraging citizens from consuming alcohol or drugs and operating them.
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