City Council Meetings

City Council meeting highlights are informal summaries of the information presented to, and decisions made by, Medicine Hat City Council at its regular meetings. See Agendas and Minutes for official Council documentation.

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Next City Council meeting to be held in Council Chambers in City Hall on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

City Council Meeting Highlights

2021
January 4

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management and HSE, provided City Council a City of
Medicine Hat COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown shared provincial COVID-19 data, spoke on the
impact of health restrictions, as well as the rollout of the vaccine in Alberta. Full details on public
health guidelines are available.

Fire Services Chief, Brian Stauth, presented the 2020 Medicine Hat Fire Services Strategic
Plan. The plan matches fire protection to projected community growth/needs over the next 30-
year period, replacing the 2012 strategic plan. It reflects the community growth outlook
described in the MyMH Master Plan, the City of Medicine Hat’s Municipal Development Plan
adopted in 2020.

Following a public hearing, City Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4656, a bylaw of
the City of Medicine Hat to amend bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment will see
1953 - 9 Avenue NE rezoned as Medium Density Residential from Low Density Residential.

City Council postponed a public hearing on the City Centre Development Agency 2021 budget
until the next meeting on January 18, 2021, allowing more time for stakeholder awareness (as
the notification period occurred over the holiday season.) The Municipal Government Act and
associated regulations require the City to provide copies of the CCDA budget to ratepayers and
identify a date and time in which ratepayers can speak to the CCDA budget at City Council.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to not cancel
$2,250.68 in municipal tax penalties for the property at 311 3 Street SE. The recommendation to
sustain the penalties was based on the principle that is not fair nor equitable to all property tax
customers in a similar tax recovery stage.

Through Administrative Committee, Council approved the reallocation of $6.1 million of
previously approved budget amounts to the ICIP COVID-19 Resilience Stream projects, which
will now be funded by the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant. This federal grant
was created to provide provinces and territories added flexibility to fund quick-start, short-term
projects that might not otherwise be eligible under the existing funding streams.

Also through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the 2020 Medicine Hat Fire
Services Strategic Plan.

City Council received the December 8, 2020 minutes of the Heritage Resources Committee for
information.

City Council tabled the decision on the CCDA 2021 Budget until the January 18, 2021 meeting.
Council Highlights 2 January 4, 2021.

Under new business, City Council declared Monday, August 2, 2021 a Civic Holiday. 

January 18

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management and HSE, provided City Council a City of
Medicine Hat COVID-19 update and shared details on the City of Medicine Hat’s response to
the most recent restrictions from Alberta Health. Full details on public
health guidelines are available.

A public hearing was held on the City Centre Development Agency 2021 budget. The Municipal Government Act and associated regulations require the City to provide copies of the CCDA budget to ratepayers and identify a date and time in which ratepayers can speak to the CCDA budget at City Council. City Council approved a motion to table the decision to approve the budget until the February 1 meeting.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a reduction in the tangible capital asset (TCA) and major operating expense (MOE) budgets. The reduction stemmed from a capital reset exercise undertaken by all City departments as part of the Accelerated Financially Fit Initiative budget update process. This effort achieved a reduction in the current budget cycle for capital and funding requirements, however some of the deferred projects may come forward for approval in a future budget cycle. A capital prioritization project is currently underway, which will define a framework to support capital project selection.

Through Development and Infrastructure Committee, Council received for information the following updates:

  • A new fast track permit (FTP) process will reduce regulatory red tape and timelines for issuing a building permit to homebuilders for the construction of new single detached dwellings. This new process will prevent construction start delays, while guaranteeing compliance with all provincial regulations.
  • Changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) as a result of the Government of Alberta’s proposed Bill 48: Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2020 (No.2) and how these changes will affect Planning and Development Services. If Bill 48 receives Royal Assent, changes to the MGA are intended to support economic growth and job creation by:
    • Speeding up timelines for subdivision and development permit approvals;
    • Creating greater certainty for developers by removing the ability of municipalities to take additional reserve land (beyond the standard amount) from developers for municipal purposes; and
    • Strengthening accountability and transparency on off-site levies, resulting in less money and time spent on litigation.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council approved amendments to Policy #0167, the Investment Policy. The amendments are meant to provide the City with the flexibility to undertake fixed income and equity investments for the following purposes: 

  • achieving long-term capital appreciation, risk mitigation, asset class diversification and inflation protection as well as direct net benefits to the City, such as tax assessment and utility revenue growth and/or
  • structuring an incentive in the form of an investment to provide the City with enhanced incentive control and a return on its investment in addition to the measurable benefits identified during the incentive approval process.

City Council received the November 25, 2020 minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission for information.

City Council passed 1st reading of Bylaw #4660, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment will see 471 & 475, 21 Street NE rezoned as Medium Density Residential from Low Density Residential. 

February 1

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management and HSE, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown reviewed details of the public health measures currently in place as well as Alberta Health’s plan for easing of restrictions. Full details on guidelines and restrictions can be found here.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the 2021 City Centre Development Agency budget. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and associated regulations, the City acts as a tax collection agency on behalf of the Business Improvement Area (BIA) and collects requested business tax revenue from ratepayers located within the BIA. Revenue is then transferred to CCDA for operations. The CCDA requests $94,000 in tax revenue be collected from BIA ratepayers. As per Council direction, the 2021 CCDA budget does not include a $100,000 grant request. These funds have been redirected toward waterfront redevelopment, to be managed by Invest Medicine Hat on behalf of the City, to pursue Council’s vision. To alleviate CCDA financial pressures, the City will forgive the $60,000 interest free Monarch Theatre loan currently in place between the City as lender and the CCDA as borrower.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for information RFP recommendation: EG20-151 Supply & Delivery of Selective Catalytic Reduction & Related Equipment. The objective of the project is to fulfill a requirement for the Unit 17 Combustion Turbine Generator Project at 5270 Box Springs Road NW. Administrative Committee awarded the tender to the best-evaluated bid meeting specification: Peerless Mfg. Company for $3,625,412, subject to an agreement satisfactory to the City Solicitor and City Manager.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council received the 2019 Municipal Indicators Report. Annually, Alberta Municipal Affairs reports on 13 defined financial, governance, and community indicators for each municipality across Alberta. A municipality’s risk is assessed based on these indicators with each indicator having a defined benchmark. The City of Medicine Hat did not trigger any of the 13 risk indicators defined in the report.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council awarded RFP CD20-51: Senior Centre Operating Model to Kerby Assembly for a term of three years, with options to renew up to 12 additional years (15 years total), subject to successful negotiation of an agreement with Kerby to the satisfaction of the City Manager and City Solicitor. This external contract is expected to provide an increase in the number and diversity of seniors services to local seniors and to reduce the City’s operating costs, thereby increasing wellness and quality of life in Medicine Hat and improving sustainability of the City organization.

City Council approved a recommendation to add Airport Drive SW to the Names Registry and to rename a portion of Viscount Ave SW to Airport Drive SW. The decision supports the strategic development of the YXH Gateway, and provides an intuitive reference to the airport location.

City Council received the January 21, 2021 minutes of the Medicine Hat Police Commission meeting for information.

Councillor Hirsch was granted a notice of motion and requested that City Council send a letter to Premier Jason Kenney requesting a regional approach to COVID-19 restrictions as a result of the low COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates in Medicine Hat. Council approved the request.

February 16

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management and HSE, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown reviewed details of the public health measures currently in place as well as Alberta Health’s plan for easing of restrictions. Full details on guidelines and restrictions can be found here.

Imran Ahmed, Manager of Development Services, presented on Bylaw #4660, a bylaw to amend the Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment proposes the rezoning of lots 471 and 475 on 21 Street NE from Low Density Residential to Medium Density Residential. The owner has applied for the rezoning of the property in order to comply with the Land Use Bylaw and permit a multiple unit residential development on site. First reading was passed at the January 18, 2021 meeting of City Council.

Following the presentation, a public hearing was held on Bylaw #4660. After which, Council passed second and third reading.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for information RFP Recommendation: IC20-142 ICS Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) Refresh. Administrative Committee awarded the tender to the best-evaluated bid meeting specification: Powerland in the amount of $ 1,246,177.80, subject to an agreement satisfactory to the City Manager and City Solicitor.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved Incentive Policy #0170. The new policy establishes consistent standards and guidelines for the delivery of incentives in a way that is fair and transparent, results in reasonable rate of return on the City’s investment, has built in measurability and accountability, and complies with applicable law. With the decision, Council also approved the Development Incentive Program, which budgets $5.2 million in incentives for the period March 1, 2021 through November 30, 2023. Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for information Tender Recommendation EU21-01, 5th Street SE and Foundry Street SE Water & Sanitary Main Replacement. Administrative Committee awarded the tender to the lowest bid meeting specification: Hamm Construction Ltd. in the amount of $3,726,060.90.

Under new business, City Council received a valid petition to disestablish the City Centre Development Agency (CCDA). In response to the petition, Council must pass first reading of a bylaw to disestablish the CCDA which will allow for a vote of the taxpayers of the business improvement area. Staff will draft a bylaw and bring forward to a future meeting.

March 1

As a point of privilege, Councillor Varga provided a tribute to local sports commentator, Bob Ridley, who called his 4000 game with the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday, February 27. Councillor Varga congratulated Mr. Ridley on this milestone as well as his many years of dedicated service with the Tigers.

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management and HSE, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown reviewed recent announcements from the province regarding the easing of current health restrictions, and the process required for the City to respond. Full details on guidelines and restrictions that are in place can be found here.

Mike Spicer, Manager of Transit Services, presented to Council on the MHTNow pilot project. Transit Services introduced MHTnow, an on-demand pilot project, in September 2020 to explore opportunities to create a more efficient, flexible and adaptable transit system. The pilot began operating on weekday evenings in the north zone, which includes the northeast and northwest Crescent Heights neighbourhoods, replacing two fixed routes. Data analysis after the first month showed an average wait time under six minutes, travel times averaging nine minutes, and 20% of north zone trips occurring within the zone. Total vehicle mileage on the transit fleet was significantly reduced. The service in the central zone launched in November, replacing two fixed routes with on-demand service in the River Flats and South Hill areas. Early findings show general improvement to rider experience by reduced wait and travel times, and savings to the organization through a significant reduction in mileage travelled, fuel, maintenance and labour costs.

Environmental Utilities Manager of Engineering, Sandra Plank, provided a presentation on water and sanitary mains management. Ms. Plank provided Council an overview of how staff deliberately and systematically oversee a long term strategy to plan, implement, and finance aging infrastructure replacement and or rehabilitation.

Through Administrative Committee, Council received for information Tender Recommendation: EU21-02-South Central Sanitary Trunk Rehabilitation Phase 3. The scope of work under this contract is to carry out trenchless cast‐in‐place‐pipe lining and manhole rehabilitation to renew a portion of the South Central sanitary trunk sewer. Administrative Committee awarded the tender to the lowest bid meeting specification: Insituform Technologies Ltd. in the amount of $1,747,942.00.

Through Public Services Committee, Council approved a statement of acknowledgement, recognition and respect as recommended by the Arts and Heritage Advisory Board. The statement will honour the history of Indigenous and metis peoples in the local area, and is an opportunity to further demonstrate the City’s commitment to reconciliation and healing.

Through Corporate Services Committee, Council approved the 2021 Tax Auction Reserve Bid list for the 2021 Tax Arrears Public Auction. Each year prior to March 31, a tax notification or tax recovery lien must be registered against properties that have tax arrears greater than one year. City of Medicine Hat chooses the last possible legislated date to hold the auction in order to provide the owner the longest time to arrange for payment.

City Council received the Municipal Planning Commission meeting minutes of January 13, 2021 as well as the minutes of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board meeting of February 4, 2021 for information.

Through the Municipal Planning Commission, Council received the Annual Development Statistics 2020 report for information.

March 15

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management and HSE, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown reviewed recent announcements from the province regarding the easing of current health restrictions, and the process required for the City to respond. Full details on guidelines and restrictions that are in place can be found here.

Nigel Forster, Geospatial Services Superintendent, Utilities Business Development & Support, provided a demonstration to Council on a new interactive, online map of major construction projects. Residents will be able to use this map to see important infrastructure upgrades and learn more about each one. Each project on the map includes a description, an expected start and end date, and information about the project cost and funding source.

Jon Sookocheff, Economic Recovery Officer with Invest Medicine Hat, updated Council on Medicine Hat Business Innovation Grant (MHBIG). In May 2020, Council approved the $2M MHBIG to support local businesses as part of the $8.2 million COVID-19 relief program. Mr. Sookocheff shared details on the economic impact of the grant, as well as testimonials from grant recipients. The first three $500,000 tranches were allocated during 2020, and the criteria and application for the final tranche will be announced in the coming weeks.

Based on a letter received from MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, City Council passed a motion calling on the House of Commons to establish a national three-digit suicide and crisis hotline.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for adoption the Resolution and Bylaw Regarding Disestablishment of the City Centre Development Area.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council approved the purchase of an Attack Digital Fire Training System, funded by third party donors. This system will reduce the cost of out-oftown training, reduce exposure of firefighters to harmful toxins and reduce the amount of toxic smoke released into the environment. The device allows firefighters to train in a safe, realistic environment to improve their skills and abilities, while enhancing their overall safety when responding to incidents.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the sale of 79 Cuyler Road SE for $415,000. The purchaser will acquire the asset on an ‘as is, where is’ basis. The proposed development is a 40-42 unit multiple resident housing rental development consisting of three townhouse style buildings.

City Council, through Administrative Committee, City Council authorized the City to provide certain abandoned bicycles, currently owned by the Medicine Hat Police Service, to the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat. The proposed agreement facilitating this initiative will have a three (3) year term. The bicycles will be transferred to Rotary Club for $1 on an “as is” basis. Rotary Club will indemnify the City, service the bicycles and donate the bicycles to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank for distribution to clients who currently do not have transportation. This is an extension of an agreement approved by Council in December 2020.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received the Invest Medicine Hat Annual Report 2020 for information. The IMH Annual Report summarizes economic development, business retention and expansion, and investment attraction efforts undertaken by IMH during 2020.

City Council received the minutes of the February 18 Police Commission Meeting for information. City Council passed first reading of Bylaw #4664, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to disestablish the City Centre Development Area. A vote of business improvement area taxpayers is required to disestablish the City Centre Development Area. The vote will take place on May 13, 2021 with an advanced poll option on May 11.

April 5

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update, including the most recent impacts reported by the Province of Alberta. Full details on vaccine information, guidelines and current restrictions can be found here.

Kelli Ireland, Marketing Specialist with Invest Medicine Hat (IMH) provided an introduction to the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) Annual Report presentation. Ms. Ireland outlined IMH’s role in overseeing the contract and the enhanced efforts to collaborate with the DMO. Jace Anderson, Executive Director of the DMO, provided a full summary of 2020 activity, including the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry.

Through Energy and Infrastructure Committee, City Council received for adoption the Cactus Coulee Place Local Improvement Bylaw.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council received for adoption the Community Vibrancy Advisory Board Bylaw.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council received information item Complyworks and Contractor HSE Management. ComplyWorks is a web-based pre-qualification and compliance tool that has been used by the City since January 2019. Prior to this, the City would pre-qualify a contractor’s HSE program through submission of a Certificate of Recognition (COR). The system has been well-received by the contractor community, and contractor incident rates have decreased approximately 25% since this program was introduced.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a tax penalty cancellation due to fire at 19 Chinook Drive SW. Penalties of $218.48 will be cancelled.

City Council received the Destination Marketing Organization 2020 Annual Report for information.

City Council received the minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission meeting of February 24, 2021.

City Council received the minutes of the Police Commission meeting of March 18, 2021.

City Council passed first, second and third reading of Bylaw #4658, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4604, which imposes a local improvement tax in respect of all lands that directly benefit from the Cactus Coulee Place SW local improvement project. A bylaw amendment is required, as the tax levied in relation to Bylaw No. 4658 will be reduced due to a lower than anticipated cost of an improvement completed in 2020.

City Council passed first, second and third reading of Bylaw #4661, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to establish a Community Vibrancy Advisory Board.

City Council passed first reading of Bylaw #4666, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment will see the rezoning of 214 - 4 Street SE from medium density residential to low density residential.

April 19

Mayor Ted Clugston presented two awards from the Government Finance Officers Association to the City of Medicine Hat. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the year ending 2019 was presented to Director of Finance, Lola Barta. This award was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. This is the eighteenth consecutive year the City of Medicine Hat has received the award. The Popular Annual Financial Report Award was presented to Director of Corporate Communications, Colleen Graham. The award recognizes cities and local governments for producing a high quality annual financial report by extracting information from their comprehensive annual financial report to create an accessible, understandable report for the general public and other interested parties without a financial background. This is the eighth consecutive year the City has received this award.

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update, including the most recent impacts reported by the Province of Alberta. Full details on vaccine information, guidelines and current restrictions can be found here.

Through Audit Committee, City Council approved the reappointment of KPMG as the City of Medicine Hat’s external auditors for the 2021 financial statements. Also through Audit Committee, Council received for information the Government Finance Officer Association Awards, the Tri Annual Management Report for the period ending December 31, 2020 and the 2020 Capital Project and Major Operating Expense Over Expended/Under Expended/Cancelled Projects as at December 31, 2020.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council approved the rescission of three policies; Policy 8000, Drivers Handbook; Policy 8001, Vehicle Accident Review Committee; and Policy 8032, Loss of Valid Drivers License Policy. The general provisions included in the policies will be replaced by the City’s Transportation Safety Program, which will support the City’s compliance with current legislation and provide a consolidated document to reference all relevant transportation safety topics.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received a new Administrative Organization Bylaw for adoption, and the 2021 Grants in Place of Taxes Write-offs for information.

City Council received the minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission meeting of March 24, 2021.

City Council passed first, second and third reading of Bylaw #4662, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to establish the organizational structure of the City's administrative team. The bylaw includes changes as follows:

  • Update the executive titles to City Manager and Managing Director
  • Update the names of the City divisions as per changes approved in December 2020
  • The powers, duties and functions of the City Manager include the powers, duties and functions formerly held by the Administrative Committee.
  • Each reference to the Administrative Committee in other City bylaws, resolutions, policies and procedures is considered a reference to an administrative committee established by the City Manager under this bylaw.

Councillor Friesen was granted a notice of motion and moved as follows:

"Based on the premise that the City has a role to play, as a partner (not the sole owner), along with a larger community partnership, including a primary role for our provincial government, I make the following motion: I move that City Manager, along with our internal Social Collective, examine the possibility of facilitating and supporting the coordination of a community-driven collaborative that considers opportunities related to a long-term permanent strategy and shelter facility."

Council adopted the motion.

Under new business, City Council approved the 2020 City of Medicine Hat Financial Statements.

Also under new business, City Council approved the appointment of a temporary License Inspector, Taylor Vorra, effective April 20, 2021.

May 3

As a point of privilege, Councillor Friesen offered a tribute to former City Council member, Wayne Craven, who passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021. Councillor Dumanowski also shared remarks on Mr. Craven and his service to the community.

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update, including the rising number of cases in Medicine Hat. Full details on vaccine information, guidelines and current restrictions can be found here.

Aaron Nelson, Manager of Culture, Events, Experience & Programming, provided Council a presentation on the efforts city staff have undertaken to continue to offer cultural experiences despite COVID restrictions. Mr. Nelson also shared a vision for several future cultural experiences designed to inspire the community and support community vibrancy.

Director of Finance, Lola Barta, presented on Bylaw #4670, the 2021 Property Tax Bylaw. Ms. Barta summarized the changes to residential and non-residential assessments from 2020 to 2021, and Council’s plan to implement a one-time 2021 municipal rate neutralization credit to all taxpayers, which will result in a 0% municipal tax rate increase. Taxpayers may still see increases or decreases to their tax bill due to assessment valuation changes. In addition, the education tax requisition has increased from prior year due to an adjustment to the education requisition rates set by the province. The 2021 tax notices will include the approved the new tax rates as well as the Municipal Rate Neutralization Credit.

Following a public hearing, City Council approved second and third reading of Bylaw #4666, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment will see the re-designation of 214 4 Street SE from medium density residential to low density residential. City Council gave first reading of the bylaw on April 5, 2021.

Through Public Services Committee, Council received the Culture Update and Parks and Recreation Master Plan Overview for information.

Through Corporate Services Committee, Council received Bylaw #4670, the 2021 Property Tax Bylaw for adoption.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received Bylaw #4672, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3302, the Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) Filing Fee Waiver, for adoption.

Through Administrative Committee, Council approved the 2020 City of Medicine Hat Annual Report.

City Council received the minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission meeting of April 7, 2021 and the Police Commission meeting of April 15, 2021.

City Council passed first, second and third reading of Bylaw #4670, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to impose a property tax for the year 2021 and to exempt certain properties from taxation for the year 2021.

City Council passed first, second and third reading of Bylaw #4672, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3302, the Tax Instalment Payment Plan Bylaw. The amendment will see the late filing fee waived for applications made in the months of May and June of 2021.

Under new business, City Council appointed Kyle Pudwell to the Combative Sports Commission effective immediately for a term to expire December 31, 2023.

May 17

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update, including the positive impact that further restrictions have had both locally and provincially. Full details on vaccine information, guidelines and current restrictions can be found here.

Through Public Services Committee, Council approved eligibility criteria for the Priority Programming for 2022-2023 Family & Community Support Services Funding Allocation. In addition to the general funding criteria for FCSS funding, as outlined by the Province of Alberta, submissions demonstrating support for the following areas of need in the community will be prioritized:

  • Services for children/youth and families
  • Volunteer development programs that support and/or impact the entire community
  • Mental health supports focusing on unmet needs
  • Programming focused on inclusivity supports for immigrants, newcomers and refugees
  • Programs/projects that increase neighbourhood leadership opportunities

Through Public Services Committee, City Council received for information an update on Parks and Recreation Master Planning, and the City’s rationale for embedding a conscious demeanor regarding innovation and technology within the strategic plan.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council received the following bylaw for adoption: Bylaw #4669, the 2021 CCDA Business Tax Rate Bylaw; and Bylaw #4671, the 2021 Supplementary Property Tax Bylaw.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved Airport Electrical Visual Aids Replacement/Capital Budget Amendment. The amendment includes an addition to the 2021 Tangible Capital Asset Budget for $1,007,622 to replace airfield electrical visual aids, of which 95% ($957,241) will be funded by the Government of Canada’s Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), and $50,381 by the City of Medicine Hat (Internal Loan). The airport proactively identified this program, and Transport Canada approved the application and will fund the project at 95%.

City Council received the minutes of the April 28 Municipal Planning Commission meeting for information.

City Council passed first reading of Bylaw #4668 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would see 29 5 Street SE rezoned from low density residential to medium density residential.

Item 7.2, Bylaw #4669 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to provide for the rate of tax payable for the year 2021 in respect of the City Centre Development Area, was withdrawn from the agenda.

City Council approved first, second and third reading of Bylaw #4671 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to authorize the Council of the City to impose a 2021 supplementary property tax.

June 7

As a point of privilege, Councillor McIntosh acknowledged the tragic discovery at the former residential school in Kamloops and paid tribute to the 215 children whose lives were taken. Cllr. McIntosh encouraged all Canadians to listen and learn in order to take positive steps forward to help heal together.

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update, including the progress being made with the Province of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, where mandatory restrictions are being safely eased as vaccine targets are reached and hospitalizations decline. Full details on vaccine information, guidelines and current restrictions can be found here.

Amanda Brinda, City Planner and Director of Development Services, and Erin Onoferychuk, Superindent of Planning, presented on Bylaw #4668, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would see 29 - 5 Street SE change from low density residential to medium density residential. First reading of Bylaw #4668 occurred on May 17.

Following a public hearing, City Council approved second and third reading of Bylaw #4668, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw.

Dennis Egert, Managing Director of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), presented the CFO Report as of December 31, 2020.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council received for information updates on the following:

  • 911 Communications Centre
  • Parks & Recreation Master Plan
  • Motion of April 19, 2021 – Short and long term shelter

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved tender recommendation MW21-26 – 2021 Bridge Maintenance Program. The bid was awarded to Horseshoe Hill Construction Inc. in the amount of $1,037,100.

City Council approved second and third reading of Bylaw # 4664, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to disestablish a business improvement area known as the City Centre Development Area.

Under new business, City Council appointed the inaugural members of the Community Vibrancy Board. The following appointments are in effect immediately:

  • Niki Gray, three-year term
  • Jill Reid, three-year term
  • Amy Risk Richardson, three-year term
  • Katie Smith, three-year term
  • Darcy Stach, three-year term
  • Michael Christie, two-year term
  • Dylan Giles, two-year term
  • Paul MacKenzie, two-year term,
  • Mary Tulip two-year term
June 21

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update, including the progress being made with the Province of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan, where mandatory restrictions are being safely eased as vaccine targets are reached and hospitalizations decline. Full details on vaccine information, guidelines and current restrictions can be found at here.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council received for information updates on the following:

  • Alberta’s Action on Smoking and Health Initiative
  • Medicine Hat Public Library Annual Report
  • Parks & Recreation Master Plan progress

Through Audit Committee, Council received for information the Tri-Annual Management Report for the period ending April 30, 2021.

City Council received for information the minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission meeting of May 12, and the Police Commission meeting of May 27.

City Council approved first reading of the following bylaws:

Bylaw #4675, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment is intended to rezone lots in Coulee Ridge Phase 1 to align the Southwest Map in Land Use Bylaw #4168 with the intended zoning.

Bylaw #4676, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would re-designate 1301 Power House Road SW from Utilities to Open Space.

Bylaw #4677, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would re-designate 1401 Power House Road SW from Future Urban to Open Space.

Under new business, City Council approved the purchase of the Monarch Theatre from the City Centre Development Area (CCDA) for a gross purchase price of $205,000 less repayment of the $60,000 outstanding loan amount, or a net total price of $145,000.

July 5

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided City Council a COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown indicated that this would be his final presentation at Council meetings as stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan is now in play and the majority of restrictions have lifted. For ongoing information, residents can visit the Alberta Health website here.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council received for information an update on the progress of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

Through Corporate Services Committee, Council approved a recommendation to not provide a tax cancellation (refunding a portion of taxes from 2011-2016) to the property owner of 1319 Bridge Street, as the request did not follow the assessment appeal process, and the complaint period for previous years is closed.

City Council received for information the minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission meeting of June 9, 2021.

City Council approved first reading of the following bylaws:

Bylaw # 4674, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4636, the City of Medicine Hat Municipal Development Plan. The amendment will update the suburban residential growth image (Figure 14) in the plan to reflect the change of Hamptons Phase 3 to a stage 2 development stage. A public hearing will be held at the August 3 meeting of Council.

Bylaw #4679, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3617, the Hamptons Area Structure Plan and Bylaw # 4594, the Hamptons Area Structure Plan Amendment, to allow the development of the Hamptons Phase 3 subdivision. Hamptons Phase 3 is currently defined as Stage 3 of suburban residential growth using the measured development staging approach. The proposed amendment will place Hamptons Phase 3 into a stage 2 development stage. A public hearing will be held at the August 3 meeting of Council.

Bylaw #4680, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment will align the zoning of Hamptons Phase 3 to the Hamptons Area Structure Plan and tentative subdivision plan, and allow development of residential lots, open space, and a commercial lot.

Bylaw #4678, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would see Lots 19 and 20, Block 1, Plan 181 2507 redesignated from Historical Clay district to Direct Control district

Councillor Turnbull was granted a notice of motion and moved as follows:

"Council … I move that management be directed to prepare a second COVID relief program for Medicine Hat residents to assist our community in transitioning from lock-down and restrictions back into a more ‘normal’ set of circumstances in which to live and conduct business. The first COVID relief program was directed by Council and administered by management and was successful in assisting our residents. This second program is also necessary and will be valued by our community. In terms of general guidance, management should be directed to develop a local COVID relief program in an amount of approximately $4.5 million to be funded from the City’s Heritage Reserve. Management’s recommended program should be brought to Council at our next regularly scheduled meeting."

August 3

City Planner and Director of Development Services, Amanda Brinda presented to Council on the following bylaws:

Bylaw #4675, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment is intended to rezone lots in Coulee Ridge Phase 1 to align the Southwest Map in Land Use Bylaw #4168 with the intended zoning.

Bylaw #4676, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would re-designate 1301 Power House Road SW from Utilities to Open Space.

Bylaw # 4674, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4636, the City of Medicine Hat Municipal Development Plan. The amendment will update the suburban residential growth image (Figure 14) in the plan to reflect the change of Hamptons Phase 3 to a stage 2 development stage.

Bylaw #4678, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would see Lots 19 and 20, Block 1, Plan 181 2507 redesignated from Historical Clay district to Direct Control district.

Following public hearings, City Council approved second and third reading of the following bylaws:

Bylaw #4675, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. Bylaw #4676, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw.

Bylaw #4674, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4636, the City of Medicine Hat Municipal Development Plan.

Bylaw #4679, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3617, the Hamptons Area Structure Plan. This item has been postponed until the September 7 Council meeting.

Bylaw #4680, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. This item has been postponed until the September 7 Council meeting.

Bylaw #4678, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved an update to the Corporate Trading Resolution, which now designates the positions of City Manager; Managing Director of Corporate Services; Director of Finance; City Treasurer; Treasury & Risk Management Specialist; Treasury & Insurance Officer; and Treasury & Claims Analyst as authorized signatories; and authorizes the City Manager to change the individuals named to those positions. The update was necessary to ensure alignment with job title changes resulting from the recent corporate reorganization.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to second the Town of Calmar’s motion to submit a Resolution titled “Creating jobs through remediating and redeveloping brownfields” for submission to the 2021 AUMA Convention.

Through Public Services Committee, Council approved the submission of a formal bid to act as the host community for the 2026 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, and approved future reserve commitments as follows:

  • The provision of a municipal grant issued to the bid committee prior to the games in the amount of $300,000, with $100,000 being issued annually in 2024, 2025 and 2026, funded from operating reserves.
  • To act as guarantor for the event for the amount of $2,500,000 which, if called upon, would be funded by operating reserves.

Through Public Services Committee, Council approved the 2019-2022 Community Development Capital Budget Amendment Performance Equipment.

Through Public Services Committee, Council received for information an update on Parks & Recreation Master Planning.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council authorized Invest Medicine Hat (IMH) to complete the sale of 21 Ranchlands Boulevard NE to Vibe Developments Inc. on the following key terms and conditions:

a) purchase price of $850,000.00 or $7.12/square foot

b) the property would be sold “as is, where is”.

c) the sale of the property is using a real estate purchase contract in a form and content satisfactory to the City Manager and City Solicitor.

City Council received for information the minutes of the June 24 Police Commission meeting.

Under notice(s) of motion, Councillor Friesen was granted a notice of motion and moved as follows:

"The City of Medicine Hat acknowledges that we live and work on treaty territory. The City pays respect to all Indigenous Peoples and honours their past, present and future. We recognize and respect their cultural heritages and relationships to the land.

Last year, during excavation taking place as part of routine infrastructure repair, the City discovered remains of an unidentified person of Indigenous descent. This finding reflects internment practices that occurred over the past couple of centuries, and no nefarious or criminal action. A review of archive records note similar discoveries have occurred in our community over the course of time and can be expected in the future.

Recent findings have raised the profile of historical events involving Indigenous populations throughout Canada, and while we the City - and our community - have taken steps to deepen our understanding and forge a strong connection with our Indigenous community and heritage, there is still more to do. Developing a repatriation plan, in consultation with local Indigenous leaders, Elders and Metis Knowledge Keepers, will be a productive step in our growing effort to demonstrate respect and recognition for Indigenous peoples.

With this knowledge, and in light of the growing awareness and understanding around Truth and Reconciliation, I move that management waive the required notice period and be directed to develop a thoughtful plan to address past, present and future repatriation needs in a manner that is respectful, dignified, and culturally appropriate."

Councillor Hirsch was granted a notice of motion and moved that as follows:

"I move that Council directs that a qualified, independent, third party be engaged to review and determine whether the procurement process in relation to the recent request for proposal CMH21-94 Land & Economic Development Services was conducted in accordance with applicable City policies and generally accepted practices related to public procurement in Alberta, and report the results to Audit Committee."

Under new business, Councillor Turnbull brought forward a motion relating to a second COVID Relief Program in an amount of approximately $4.5 million as a rebate to utility accounts on record as of August 1, 2021. This rebate, available to all residential and commercial utility accounts, will be in an amount that is equal between all such accounts; and further, that any utility account holder receiving such a rebate who does not need this support be encouraged to donate their rebate to the Community Warmth program to assist those in need.

August 16

Eric Van Enk, Acting Managing Director of Invest Medicine Hat, and Chris Perret, Director of Land Development and Real Estate, presented Invest Medicine Hat’s 2021 mid-year update. The presentation featured the recently announced Southeast Alberta Hydrogen Hub, repositioning the City’s land portfolio, Waterfront District and downtown revitalization, the Medicine Hat Business Innovation Grant, Shop YXH, and an update on the recent interest from the film industry.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council approved the recommendation to award the two-year (2022-2023) Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) contract funding in the total amount of $674,654 to:

  • LEARN Community Adult Learning Council - $24,500
    for Imagination Alive! – an intergenerational project between seniors with dementia in long-term care & high school students to create stories based in imagination.
  • Medicine Hat’s Women’s Shelter Society - $110,000
    for the Musasa House – a family violence intervention and prevention program which provides long terms safety and stable housing for women and children fleeing abuse, looking to make a change and break free from the cycle of family violence.
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta - $13,230
    for a free program to educate students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
  • Community Food Association of South Eastern Alberta - $83,824
    to support the part-time position of Food Security Coordinator position to run the Good Food Club, the Community Gardens, the Food Forest, the Community Collective Kitchens program, the Healthy Eating on a budget program, etc., all to promote and support sustainable food resources in the community.
  • Medicine Hat Family Service - $304,300
    to provide a family counseling service to all socio-economic families, all demographics, and all types of families.
  • Bridges Family Programs - $138,800
    to address chronic, ongoing service gaps experienced by children, youth, and those caring for loved ones with FASD through the use of available technology and forming partnership(s) that were nonexistent before.

Also through Public Services Committee, Council approved a recommendation for the Community Vibrancy Advisory Board (CVAB) to establish an ad hoc committee to develop a plan, for Council’s consideration, to address the spirit and intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report and calls to action by March 31, 2022. In addition to members of the CVAB, the ad hoc committee will include local Indigenous leaders, Elders and Métis Knowledge Keepers.

Councillor Friesen was granted a notice of motion and moved as follows:

I move that staff develop a recommendation that allows the citizens of Medicine Hat an opportunity to apply for community warmth twice in one year. The Community Warmth program is available to utility customers experiencing financial hardship, and is currently only available once per year per customer. Learn more about Community Warmth.

 
September 7

Mayor Clugston presented the Government Finance Officers Association Triple Crown Award for 2019 to Lola Barta, Director of Finance; Colleen Graham, Director of Corporate Communications; and Vanessa Bonneville, Manager of Accounting. The City of Medicine Hat continues to participate in and receive recognition for its financial, budget, and annual reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This prestigious award recognizes governments that have received all three Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awards in one year: The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, with only four municipalities in Alberta, and 11 across Canada earning the award.

Amanda Brinda, City Planner and Director of Development Services, presented on Bylaw #4679, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3617, the Hamptons Area Structure Plan. The amendment is proposed to support the development of a new low-density residential subdivision in the City. First reading of Bylaw #4679 was given on July 5, 2021. On August 3, 2021 Bylaw #4679 was postponed until September 7, 2021.

Director Brinda also presented on Bylaw #4680, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would align the zooming of Hamptons Phase 3 to the Hamptons Area Structure Plan. First reading of Bylaw #4680 was given on July 5, 2021. On August 3, 2021 Bylaw #4680 was postponed until September 7, 2021.

Following a public hearing, City Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw #4679.

Following a public hearing, City Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw #4680.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council approved Policy 0171, Loans and Loan Guarantees, and rescinded Policy 0105, Loans to Organizations for Community Projects. The updated policy better reflects current City structure and practices, approves four guiding principles (adherence to requirements, municipal benefit, equity, ability to pay), updates the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders, aligns with provisions within the Municipal Government Act, extends the maximum length of loans and loan guarantees to 20 years, and stipulates that a loan agreement between the parties will be required.

Through Administrative Committee, Council approved the 2021 Community Spirit Award recipients as follows:

  • Awards of Service for Community Inclusion – Derek Whitson
  • Awards of Service for Compassion – Helen Snortland
  • Awards of Service for Compassion – Medicine Hat Curling Club
  • Awards of Service for Environment – Gerry Ehlert
  • Awards of Service for Environment – MH Interpretive Program
  • Awards of Service for Sports/Recreation – Medicine Hat College Rattlers
  • Awards of Service for Volunteerism – Nicholas Samuelson
  • Awards of Service for Volunteerism – Prairie Gleaners
  • Award of Excellence – Heart of Medicine Hat – Martha Munz Gue

The recipients will be celebrated during a ceremony on October 20.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the COVID Relief Program – Condo Utility Credit, providing residents who pay utility fees through their condo fees the same rebate ($136) that individual utility account holders received through the COVID Relief program approved by Council on August 3, 2021. The City expects condominium associations to pass the rebate on to their residents though their monthly condominium fees.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the Alberta Pound and Rescue Services (APARC) building acquisition, relocation, and retrofit new facility. The current facility is not suitable, is undersized and requires upgrades to the heating and ventilation system to meet animal shelter standards. The decision will see an increase to the tangible capital budget of $960,000 funded by infrastructure reserve and community capital to acquire an existing vacant building at the airport, relocate the building to 3184 Gershaw Drive SW, and retrofit/develop to meet the intended purpose. The decision also prompts the cancellation of $500,000 from the City Operations 2017 budget, as the scope of the original project will not proceed as initially approved.

City Council received, for information, the minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission meeting of June 25, 2021.

Under new business, Audit Committee Chair Councillor Hirsch provided an update on the review of the procurement process for Land & Economic Development Services. A qualified, independent, third party – Deloitte Canada – is now engaged to determine whether the procurement process in relation to the recent request for proposal CMH21-94 Land & Economic Development Services was conducted in accordance with applicable City policies and generally accepted practices related to public procurement in Alberta. Council will provide an update on the review at the October 4 City Council meeting.

September 20

Colleen Graham, Director of Corporate Communications, and Craig Fruin, Manager of Application Services, presented an update on the Citizen Facing Digital Strategy with a demonstration of the new City of Medicine Hat website and myMH portal. Ms. Graham and Mr. Fruin reviewed updated features of the newly designed website and portal and future steps for the Citizen Facing Digital Strategy.

Joe Cartwright, Director of Integrated Project Planning and Execution, provided an update on the 2021 stimulus projects funded through the Municipal Stimulus Program and the Investing in Canadian Infrastructure Program.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved an increase of $260, 268 to the 2021 capital asset budget for replacement of airfield electrical visual aids, of which $247,255 would be funded by the Government of Canada’s Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) and $13,013 funded by an internal loan. In 2012, the City began to upgrade infrastructure critical to the safety and growth of Airport business. The passenger terminal and aircraft parking apron have been expanded, taxiways have been rehabilitated and the main runway, including lighting and drainage, were replaced. Electrical visual aids, such as approach and glide path lighting and directional signage are the final pieces of critical infrastructure needed to ensure continuing safe and efficient operations into the future.

City Council, through Administrative Committee, received for information an update on the temporary allowance of second applications to the Community Warmth Program. At the August 16, 2021 City Council Meeting, Councillor Friesen made a motion in Council to temporarily

allow a second application to Community Warmth for residents who have been financially impacted during the pandemic. In collaboration with the Salvation Army, a process has been set up commencing in September to allow residents facing utility disconnect to access the Community Warmth Program for a second time in the 2021 calendar year or until the 2020 COVID HAT Support funds are fully utilized.

Through Public Services Committee, Council received for information the Parks and Recreation Master Plan: Facilities Update. The update outlined engagement sessions so far, emerging themes from engagement, current state of major facilities, overview of options, key stakeholders to be consulted, and risks identified in the process.

City Council received, for information, the minutes of the August 26 meeting of the Police Commission.

October 4

Mayor Clugston opened the meeting by presenting the late Councillor Jim Turner’s City Council nameplate to members of his family. Words of remembrance and tribute were shared by members of Council in honour of Councillor Turner and his many contributions to the community.

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided a COVID-19 update to City Council. He reminded the community that the best option to mitigate the effect of the pandemic is to get vaccinated. He also shared updates on the City’s implementation of Restriction Exemption Programs at several City facilities, as well as the return of mobile vaccination clinics in Medicine Hat. For more City-related COVID information, visit https://www.medicinehat.ca/en/community-safety-and-support/covid-19.aspx.

James Will, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented the Parks and Recreation Master Planning Preliminary Report. Director Will summarized the public participation efforts and their results thus far.  

Denise Schmaltz, Manager of Customer Care and Billing; and Mike Dykstra, Systems Support Technician, presented on the City of Medicine Hat’s Knowledge Saves Power project, which earned a designation on best practices as a Landmark Social Marketing Case Study. The project received the designation from Tools of Change through a peer selection process that recognizes programs and social marketing approaches considered to be among the most successful, innovative, replicable and adaptable in the world. The Knowledge Saves Power project ran from 2017 to 2019 and provided residential customers with additional information on their consumption habits to encourage energy conservation.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a new tangible capital asset of $4 million to purchase a LM 600 PD to PF conversion kit. This will allow the LM6000 to be converted between PD to PF freely, ensuring a spare engine for not only Unit 14 and 15, but also Unit 16 and the future Unit 17.

City Council, through Administrative Committee, approved a new capital tangible asset of $3.2 million to purchase a hot section replacement for Unit 10. As per OEM recommendations, the unit must have the hot section replaced at 25,000 hours. As of July 2021, Unit 10 has 22,292 operating hours with estimated annual run hours of 4,780, but with the current power demand the unit is running closer to 8000 hours per year. The hot section replacement is expected to be in May 2022.

Under new business, City Council received the Deloitte LLP Review of RFP Process CMH21-94 Land & Economic Development Services. The report indicated the RFP process was conducted appropriately but provided five recommendations to improve the process. View the full report here.

Under new business, City Council ratified a mediator’s recommendation resulting in the renewal of two collective agreements with Local Union 254 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The previous agreements covering employees at the Power Plant, Water Treatment Plant, and Electric Distribution expired on December 31, 2019. Both new agreements are effective for a term of four years from January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2023. The mediator’s recommendation includes general wage adjustments in each year of the agreement, including potential adjustments for 2021 and 2022 based on changes to the Alberta Consumer Price Index, of 1.1% effective January 1, 2020; 1% effective January 1, 2021; 2% effective January 1, 2022; and 2% effective January 1, 2023.

Under new business, City Council appointed the following members to the Medicine Hat Public Library Board for a term effective immediately expiring December 31, 2022:

  • Simone Harty
  • Steve Krysak
  • Kyle Pudwell

As the final Council meeting prior to the municipal election, Mayor Clugston offered parting remarks and thank you to current members of Council not running in the 2021 election.

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November 16

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown updated Council on the progression of the pandemic in Alberta since March. He also shared information regarding the current restrictions applicable in the City of Medicine Hat based on our enhanced status. Full details on guidelines and restrictions can be found here.

Under New Business, City Council approved the ratification of incoming Medicine Hat Police Service Chief, Mike Worden. Ms. Sandy Redden, chair of the Police Commission, introduced Mr. Worden with a brief biography and Mr. Worden shared a few words. On behalf of the Police Commission, Councillor Friesen and Councillor Dumanowski welcomed Chief Worden and advised Council of the extensive recruitment and selection process.

Kent Snyder, General Manager of Development and Planning Services presented on Bylaw #4643 – 44/46 Somerset Road SE. An application to rezone the lots from low-density residential to medium-density residential.

Following a public hearing, City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4643, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment will rezone lots 44 & 46 Somerset Road SE from low density residential to medium density residential.

Jaret Dickie, Manager, Utilities Business Support, presented the Energy & Utilities 2021 Rate Based Budget Update. Medicine Hat residents will still see a Medicine Hat advantage with an average savings of $275 - $350 per year per customer on utility rates compared with similar municipalities. The 2021 updates were prepared based on sound industry practices, Federal and Provincial regulations, historical activity levels and growth trends with a key theme of sustainable long-term infrastructure management.

City Council approved the reception of an update from the Cypress View Foundation announcing Kim Swanson as their new Chief Administrative Officer.

Through Administrative Committee, Council approved a recommendation to dispose of three oil and gas assets; Eyremore, Denzil and Pakowki. The current and future expected price of oil and the risk associated with operating these assets is believe to be uneconomic for the City of Medicine Hat. If all goes accordingly, the assets will be turned over to a successful bidder in early 2021.

Through Development & Infrastructure Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to amend the fees and charges contained in the following bylaws and resolutions.

a) Schedule “A” to Bylaw No. 4647 Amusement Arcade and Billiard Room;

b) Schedule “A” to Bylaw No. 4649 Escort Service;

c) Schedules “A” and “B” to Bylaw No. 4648 Licensing;

d) Schedule “A” to Bylaw No. 4646 Safety Codes Permit;

e) Schedules “A” and “B” to Bylaw No. 4655 Vehicle For Hire;

f) Fees as specified in Resolution for Development Services and Encroachment Fees;

g) Fees as specified in Resolution for Subdivision Fees.

Over the last five years, there has been a concerted effort to increase fees for services so that inspection operations attain cost recovery. The proposed increase of 6% in 2021 and a further 6% in 2022 is intended to move the department closer to a sustainable cost recovery model. Currently, the department recovers through fees approximately 60% of the costs associated with providing review, approval and inspection services. The estimated additional revenue resulting from the proposed increase is approximately $96,000 in 2021 and $102,000 in 2022.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to direct staff to execute the recommendations outlined in the Advisory Boards and Committees Review Project Recommendations. The project will see the retirement of current advisory boards and committees, and the creation of a Community Vibrancy Advisory Board as a single, overarching Public Services focused advisory board. Three working groups (managed by administration) will be formed to focus on heritage resources, disability issues and senior citizens respectively.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to increase assessment complaint filing fees. The amendment will see increases to complaint fees associated with filing an assessment complaint with the Assessment Review Board (ARB) and incorporate a reduced complaint fee for early filing. Complaint fee increases will offset the costs of ARB hearings and will better align the City’s complaint fees with comparable municipalities. A reduced early filing fee will allow for early discussion towards a resolution and prompt scheduling of hearing dates.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to establish fixed rate tax penalties and tax discount rates. The recommendation proposed the tax penalty rates increase from 7% to 9.5% in 2021, from 9.5% to 12% in 2022, and from 12 to 14% in 2023, and that the annual tax discount rate for prepaid taxes be lowered from 1% to .5%.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the:

a) 2021 Utility Distribution Systems Operating Revenue and Expenditure Budget update.

b) Electric Distribution Rates for 2021 subject to passing of the Electric Utility Rate Bylaw.

c) Gas Distribution Rates for 2021 subject to passing of the Gas Utility Rate Bylaws.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the:

a) 2021 Environmental Utilities Operating Revenue and Expenditure Budget update.

b) Environmental Utilities Rates for 2021 subject to passing of the Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Rate Bylaws.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the 2021 Utilities Business Development and Support Operating Budget Update.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to pass a bylaw that would see Saratoga Park designated as a Municipal Historic Area.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4640, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3968, the Assessment Review Board Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4641, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3191, the Tax Penalties Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4642, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3198, the Tax Discount Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4645, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to designate a specific part of the City of Medicine Hat as a Municipal Historic Area.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4646, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4438, the Safety Codes Permit Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4647, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2300, the Amusement Arcade and Billiard Room Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4648, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2339, the Licensing Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4649, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3472, the Escort Services Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4650, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2379, the Water Service Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4651, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #1541, Regulating the use of Public and Private Sewers and Drains and the Disposal of Sewage and the Discharge of Waters and Waste into the Medicine Hat Sewer System.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4652, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #1805, the Waste Bylaw. City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4653, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2479, the Gas Utility Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4654, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2244, the Electric Utility Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4655, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4617, the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw.

Under new business, City Council approved the sale of 97 lots in Saamis Heights 7 at a purchase price of $7.148 million.

November 2

City Council held the annual Organizational Meeting to approve appointments of City Council Members to City of Medicine Hat standing/special committees, external boards and quasi judicial tribunals, and to approve the 2021 Council and Standing Committee Meeting calendar. The appointments are in effect from October 19, 2020 to October 18, 2021.

APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES REPORTING DIRECTLY TO COUNCIL

Administrative & Legislative Review Committee
Councillor D. Hirsch, Chair
Councillor J. Friesen, Vice Chair
Councillor R. Dumanowski

Audit Committee
Councillor D. Hirsch, Chair
Councillor P. Turnbull, Vice Chair
Councillor J. McIntosh

Corporate Services Committee
Councillor R. Dumanowski, Chair
Councillor D. Hirsch, Vice Chair
Councillor B. Varga

Development & Infrastructure Committee
Councillor R. Dumanowski, Chair
Councillor J. Turner, Vice Chair
Councillor J. McIntosh

Energy & Utilities Committee
Councillor P. Turnbull, Chair
Councillor J. McIntosh, Vice-Chair
Councillor J. Turner

Heritage Resources Committee
Councillor J. McIntosh

Public Services Committee
Councillor J. Friesen, Chair
Councillor J. Turner, Vice Chair
Councillor K. Samraj

SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS

Civic Functions
Councillor K. Samraj

Community Futures Entre-Corp
B. Mastel, Commissioner of Public Services

Highway 3 Twinning Association
Councillor J. Turner

Regional Drainage Committee
Councillor K. Samraj

CITY REPRESENTATION ON OTHER BOARDS, COMMITTEES & COMMISSIONS

Canadian Badlands
Councillor P. Turnbull
Councillor B. Varga
S. Blyth, Director of Economic Development

Chamber of Commerce
Councillor J. Turner

City Centre Development Agency
Councillor K. Samraj

Cypress View Foundation
Councillor J. Friesen
Councillor J. Turner

Friends of Medalta
Councillor J. McIntosh

Intermunicipal Committee
Councillor J. Friesen
Councillor K. Samraj

Medicine Hat Community Housing Society
Councillor K. Samraj

Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
Councillor J. Turner

Medicine Hat Public Library
Councillor P. Turnbull

Municipal Names Committee
Councillor J. McIntosh

Municipal Planning Commission
Councillor B. Varga, Chair
Councillor D. Hirsch

Police Commission
Councillor J. Friesen
Councillor R. Dumanowski

Shortgrass Library System
Councillor P. Turnbull

Subdivision & Development Appeal Board
Councillor J. McIntosh
Councillor K. Samraj

Tourism Medicine Hat Committee
Councillor B. Varga

Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter executive director, Natasha Carvalho, and community education and awareness coordinator, Peggy Revell, presented to City Council to raise awareness of Family Violence Prevention month. Ms. Carvalho and Ms. Revell shared with Council the impact of family violence in the community and the role the shelter takes to protect and support those affected.

John Michalopoulos, Manager of Treatment Plants, Environmental Utilities, provided an overview of the City of Medicine Hat’s water treatment plan, including the treatment process, and current challenges.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council received a report on the establishment of fixed rate tax penalties and tax discount rates (Bylaws #4641 and #4642), and penalty rates on utility arrears (Bylaw #4644).

Also through Corporate Services Committee, City Council approved Policy 8043, City Council Remuneration Policy. This policy will provide a transparent means to determine Council compensation, and will replace the current practice of setting remuneration by a resolution of Council. The policy includes a provision that enable members of Council to opt out of salary adjustments, and will be in effect in 2021 for the next term of City Council. With this change, Policy #0106, Per Diem Allowance – Alderman, and the current Council Compensation Resolution were both rescinded.

Through Administrative Committee, Council received for information RFP Recommendation IM20-111-Northwest Industrial Park Area Structure Plan and Functional Servicing Report Amendments. The tender was awarded to the best-evaluated bid meeting specification, Stantec Consulting Ltd. for $510,568. The project will see high level planning revisions to the existing Box Springs Business Park Area Structure Plan from 2013 to facilitate a potential heavy industrial user interested in developing in Medicine Hat. The process incorporates public input, including from the Town of Redcliff and Cypress County.

City Council received for information the minutes of the Heritage Resources Committee meeting of October 13, 2020, the Municipal Planning Commission meeting of October 14, 2020 and the Police Commission meeting of October 15, 2020.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4639, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment will see 104-20 Street NE rezoned from medium density residential to low density residential.

City Council referred Bylaw #4641, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3191, the Tax Penalties Bylaw and Bylaw #4642, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3198, the Tax Discount Bylaw back to Corporate Services Committee to explore alternate options. The proposed amendments would have seen current tax penalty rates increase from 7% to 14%, and current tax discount rates for pre-payment decrease from 1% to 0.5%. These changes were recommended to better align with other municipalities and best practices after an analysis revealed that the City’s penalty rates were very low in comparison. A new recommendation will be brought forward to Council.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4644, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3210, the Utilities Penalty Bylaw. This change will see a fixed penalty rate on utility arrears calculated annually based on the average of four comparator municipalities. As a result of the change, the current penalty rate will change from 2% to 2.56%.

November 16

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown updated Council on the progression of the pandemic in Alberta since March. He also shared information regarding the current restrictions applicable in the City of Medicine Hat based on our enhanced status. Full details on guidelines and restrictions can be found here.

Under New Business, City Council approved the ratification of incoming Medicine Hat Police Service Chief, Mike Worden. Ms. Sandy Redden, chair of the Police Commission, introduced Mr. Worden with a brief biography and Mr. Worden shared a few words. On behalf of the Police Commission, Councillor Friesen and Councillor Dumanowski welcomed Chief Worden and advised Council of the extensive recruitment and selection process.

Kent Snyder, General Manager of Development and Planning Services presented on Bylaw #4643 – 44/46 Somerset Road SE. An application to rezone the lots from low-density residential to medium-density residential.

Following a public hearing, City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4643, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment will rezone lots 44 & 46 Somerset Road SE from low density residential to medium density residential.

Jaret Dickie, Manager, Utilities Business Support, presented the Energy & Utilities 2021 Rate Based Budget Update. Medicine Hat residents will still see a Medicine Hat advantage with an average savings of $275 - $350 per year per customer on utility rates compared with similar municipalities. The 2021 updates were prepared based on sound industry practices, Federal and Provincial regulations, historical activity levels and growth trends with a key theme of sustainable long-term infrastructure management.

City Council approved the reception of an update from the Cypress View Foundation announcing Kim Swanson as their new Chief Administrative Officer.

Through Administrative Committee, Council approved a recommendation to dispose of three oil and gas assets; Eyremore, Denzil and Pakowki. The current and future expected price of oil and the risk associated with operating these assets is believe to be uneconomic for the City of Medicine Hat. If all goes accordingly, the assets will be turned over to a successful bidder in early 2021.

Through Development & Infrastructure Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to amend the fees and charges contained in the following bylaws and resolutions.

  1. Schedule “A” to Bylaw No. 4647 Amusement Arcade and Billiard Room;
  2. Schedule “A” to Bylaw No. 4649 Escort Service;
  3. Schedules “A” and “B” to Bylaw No. 4648 Licensing;
  4. Schedule “A” to Bylaw No. 4646 Safety Codes Permit;
  5. Schedules “A” and “B” to Bylaw No. 4655 Vehicle For Hire;
  6. Fees as specified in Resolution for Development Services and Encroachment Fees;
  7. Fees as specified in Resolution for Subdivision Fees.

Over the last five years, there has been a concerted effort to increase fees for services so that inspection operations attain cost recovery. The proposed increase of 6% in 2021 and a further 6% in 2022 is intended to move the department closer to a sustainable cost recovery model. Currently, the department recovers through fees approximately 60% of the costs associated with providing review, approval and inspection services. The estimated additional revenue resulting from the proposed increase is approximately $96,000 in 2021 and $102,000 in 2022.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to direct staff to execute the recommendations outlined in the Advisory Boards and Committees Review Project Recommendations. The project will see the retirement of current advisory boards and committees, and the creation of a Community Vibrancy Advisory Board as a single, overarching Public Services focused advisory board. Three working groups (managed by administration) will be formed to focus on heritage resources, disability issues and senior citizens respectively.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to increase assessment complaint filing fees. The amendment will see increases to complaint fees associated with filing an assessment complaint with the Assessment Review Board (ARB) and incorporate a reduced complaint fee for early filing. Complaint fee increases will offset the costs of ARB hearings and will better align the City’s complaint fees with comparable municipalities. A reduced early filing fee will allow for early discussion towards a resolution and prompt scheduling of hearing dates.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to establish fixed rate tax penalties and tax discount rates. The recommendation proposed the tax penalty rates increase from 7% to 9.5% in 2021, from 9.5% to 12% in 2022, and from 12 to 14% in 2023, and that the annual tax discount rate for prepaid taxes be lowered from 1% to .5%.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the:

  1. 2021 Utility Distribution Systems Operating Revenue and Expenditure Budget update.
  2. Electric Distribution Rates for 2021 subject to passing of the Electric Utility Rate Bylaw.
  3. Gas Distribution Rates for 2021 subject to passing of the Gas Utility Rate Bylaws

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the:

  1. 2021 Environmental Utilities Operating Revenue and Expenditure Budget update.
  2. Environmental Utilities Rates for 2021 subject to passing of the Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Rate Bylaws.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the 2021 Utilities Business Development and Support Operating Budget Update.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a recommendation to pass a bylaw that would see Saratoga Park designated as a Municipal Historic Area.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4640, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3968, the Assessment Review Board Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4641, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3191, the Tax Penalties Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4642, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3198, the Tax Discount Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4645, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to designate a specific part of the City of Medicine Hat as a Municipal Historic Area.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4646, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4438, the Safety Codes Permit Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4647, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2300, the Amusement Arcade and Billiard Room Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4648, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2339, the Licensing Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4649, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3472, the Escort Services Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4650, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2379, the Water Service Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4651, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #1541, Regulating the use of Public and Private Sewers and Drains and the Disposal of Sewage and the Discharge of Waters and Waste into the Medicine Hat Sewer System.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4652, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #1805, the Waste Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4653, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2479, the Gas Utility Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4654, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2244, the Electric Utility Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4655, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4617, the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw.

Under new business, City Council approved the sale of 97 lots in Saamis Heights 7 at a purchase price of $7.148 million.

December 7

Leslie Jerry, Community Inclusion Coordinator, provided an introduction on the Premier's Council Award of Excellence. Mr. Greg McMeekin, Chair of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities announced two local recipients; Mr. Trevor Echeilbaum received the Award of Excellence for Community, and Ms. April Welshman received the Award of Excellence for Public Awareness.

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management and HSE, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update. Mr. Brown commended local residents for taking action to reduce the number of local cases, and provided a provincial update on the pandemic. Full details on Alberta’s response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Dennis Egert, Corporate Services Commissioner, presented to Council the Amended 2021 Tax Supported and Invest Medicine Hat budgets and divisional realignment. Commissioner Egert described the City of Medicine Hat’s current financial challenges, and the City’s proposed approach to address a $23M annual shortfall. The update aims to recalibrate the City’s municipal operating budget so that expenses balance with revenues without a reliance on oil and gas dividends and/or financial reserves. Commissioner Egert also talked about the preservation and enhancement of the Medicine Hat Advantage, and shared information from the City of Calgary’s 2019 Property Taxes and Utility Charges Survey showing that Medicine Hat still has the lowest property taxes and utility charges amongst comparator cities in Alberta that offer similar services and amenities. For more information, please view the budget presentation.

Kent Snyder, General Manager of and Development Services, presented on Bylaw #4639, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. The amendment would rezone part (25%) of the subject land (104 - 20 Street NE) from Medium Density Residential District (R-MD) to Low Density Residential District (R-LD) to allow for the development of a single detached house.

Following a public hearing, City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4639.

City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of the following bylaws:

Bylaw #4650 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2379, the Water Service Bylaw Council Highlights 2 December 7, 2020

Bylaw #4651 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #1541, regulating the use of Public and Private Sewers and Drains and the Disposal of Sewage and the Discharge of Waters and Waste into the Medicine Hat Sewer System

Bylaw #4652 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #1805, The Waste Bylaw

Bylaw #4653 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2489, the Gas Utility Bylaw

Bylaw #4654 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2244, the Electric Utility Bylaw

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for information RFP recommendation: EU20-103-WTP Residuals Management Facility (RMF) Engineering Services. The tender was awarded to the best-evaluated bid meeting specification: MPE Engineering Ltd. for $2,384,000.

Through Public Services Committee, City Council approved the Urban Environment and Recreation Advisory Board Sport Wall of Fame recommendations. Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds and Mr. Bill Page (posthumously) will be inducted to Medicine Hat Sports Wall of Fame.

City Council approved, through Public Services Committee, the distribution of the Community Vibrancy Grant as recommended by the Community Vibrancy Grant selection committee. The recipients are as follows, for a total of $39,000.

Family Fun and Flight
To host a free static aircraft display at the Medicine Hat Regional Airport featuring military, commercial and civilian aircraft for the public. $2,500.

Medicine Hat Dance Project Society
To provide free outdoor adult dance/fitness classes for all adults at any fitness level. $1,500.

Medicine Hat Folk Music Club
For the annual Tongue on the Post Music Festival to feature alternate music styles. $2,000.

Medicine Hat Jazz Society
For the annual Medicine Hat JazzFest for virtual and new in-person events. $8,000.

Medicine Hat Local Immigration Partnership
To bring the Volunteer Connector, a national digital volunteer engagement platform to Medicine Hat. $1,800.

Medicine Hat Rotary Music Festival
For the annual Music Festival, updated as the Music Festival in the Days of COVID. $2,500.

Medicine Hat Skateboard Association
For the annual amateur Skateboard Competition, July 1 Beat the Heat 2021 event. $2,500.

Roadworn Productions & Management
To bring an event like the International Play Music on the Porch Day to Medicine Hat. $3,500.

SE Hill Neighborhood Association
To host at least three neighbourhood community events to promote community spirit and in-person connections. $1,500.

Southern Alberta Pop Up Parks Association
To provide online and community events to start conversations and build community connections. $7,200.

Spectrum Festival Foundation
To rent buses for a Hop-on – Hop-off Spectrum City-wide Sunshine Tour. $6,000.

City Council received for information that Medicine Hat Public Library 2021-2025 Plan of Service.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the Off-Sity Levy (OSL) Municipal Development Subsidy. The program consists of:

  1. An Infill Municipal Assist, which contributes 90% of the OSL for areas, contained in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) Priority 1 and 2 Intensification Areas
  2. A Greenfield Municipal Assist, which contributes 30% (30% consistent with 2020) for all other areas within the City of Medicine Hat (the City) limits for 2021.
  3. Direction that the Administrative Procedures Manual for OSL Bylaw No. 4157 be amended to allow the ability to provide 90% Municipal Assist for intensification areas outside of the above noted Infill Assist Areas that meet the City’s Municipal Development Plan (MDP) policy goals and Council’s strategic objectives.

Council also directed management to prepare a new Municipal Development Incentive Program for Council consideration prior to December 31, 2021, that will:

  1. Accommodate significant developments and to provide additional tools to achieve Strategic Priorities, as per Council’s motion of April 2, 2018.
  2. Address strategic municipal objectives adopted in the MDP (Bylaw #4636).
  3. Include an incentive-based program that will start in 2022 and replace the existing municipal assist program.

Through Administrative Committee, Council received for information tender recommendation: EU20-123 – 12 Street SW and 17 Street SW Water and Sanitary Main Replacement. The tender recommendation to the lowest bid meeting specification: BYZ Enterprises Inc. for $3,202,910.

  1. The appointment of the City Clerk as the Returning Officer
  2. The appointment of the Assistant City Clerk as the substitute Returning Officer
  3. The Returning Officer shall provide for one or more Advance Vote to take place
  4. The Returning Officer shall provide for the use of special (mail-in) ballots for voters who qualify for this method of voting, and that applications for special ballots may be received by phone, electronically, or in person
  5. The Returning Officer may provide for assistance to electors who are unable to attend at a voting station due to disability
  6. The Returning Officer may designate the location of one or more institutional voting stations

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the Amended 2021 Tax Supported and Invest Medicine Hat Budgets and Divisional Realignment.

City Council received for information the minutes of the Municipal Planning Commission Meeting of October 28, 2020; the Heritage Resources Committee Meeting of November 10, 2020; and the Police Commission Meeting of November 19, 2020.

City Council passed 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4649 a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3472, the Escort Service Bylaw.

City Council approved 1st reading of Bylaw #4656, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the Land Use Bylaw. A public hearing will take place on January 4, 2021.

December 21

As a point of privilege, Councillor Friesen introduced Chief of Police, Andy McGrogan, to congratulate him on 40 years of service to the Medicine Hat Police Service. Chief McGrogan will retire at the end of 2020. Members of Council recognized Chief McGrogan for his many contributions to the community and wished him well in his retirement.

Under new business, City Council approved the disposition of non-operated working interest in the Glauc C oil field. Located on the eastern flanks of our City, the asset has been a strong contributor to the City for over 30 years. The increased risk in commodity carbon-based businesses and the future capital requirements of this asset has created a future economic risk profile exceeding the tolerance of the municipality. The process was robust and coordinated by an external party. The opportunity was shared widely with industry, and multiple bids were received. The recommended purchaser is a private resource company led by a very experienced management team with significant track records of achievement while operating with high ethical standards and regulatory compliance. It is expected that the successful bidder will be looking to invest in this asset’s future growth thus achieving economic stimulus into our community. The market for oil dispositions is and will likely continue to be challenging. The value of the transaction is in excess of $20 million dollars, composed of cash and assumption of liabilities, which is of material assistance in proactively address our financial challenges.

Merrick Brown, Director of Emergency Management and HSE, provided City Council a City of Medicine Hat COVID-19 update and shared details on the City of Medicine Hat’s response to the most recent restrictions from Alberta Health. Full details on guidelines and restrictions can be found here.

Travis Tuchscherer, Manager of Energy Marketing and Analytics - Utilities Business Development and Support and Jalyn Morissette, Business Manager - Natural Gas and Petroleum Resources provided Council a presentation on the 2021 Energy and Utilities Division Commodity Based Business Operating and Capital Budget Update.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for information Tender Recommendation: MW20-132 Overland Flow Protection Strategy-Harlow Phase 2. The tender was awarded to the lowest bid meeting specification: MJB Enterprises Ltd. in the amount of $3,323,781. The Harlow Phase 2 Overland Flow Protection Strategy is the ninth flood mitigation project to go to construction in the overall Overland Flow Protection Strategy. Phase 2 of the Harlow berm will extend 350 metres further east than phase 1, which was completed in 2015. The project is designed to protect the community from high flows on the South Saskatchewan River.

Through Corporate Services Committee, City Council adopted the Distributable Funds/Dividend Policy #0169 effective January 1, 2021. The new policy sets out a comprehensive solution for how the City will calculate dividends and distribute funds from enterprise business units. Council rescinded Dividend Policy #0139, and Land and Properties Dividend Policy #0153 (both effective January 1, 2021) and received for information the procedures to Distributable Funds/Dividend Policy #0169 as approved by the Administrative Committee.

Also through Corporate Services Committee, Council adopted the Financial Reserves Policy #0168 effective January 1, 2021. The new policy is closely aligned with the Distributable Funds/Dividend Policy, and will establish two new reserves (Operating Reserve Fund and Capital Reserve Fund) in addition to the previously established Heritage Savings Reserve Fund. Existing reserves will be collapsed into either the Operating Reserve Fund or the Capital Reserve Fund. Council also received for information the procedures to the new policy as approved by the Administrative Committee.

Through Administrative Committee, Council approved the 2021 Energy and Utilities Division Commodity Based Business Operating and Capital Budget. The 2021 budget update will look to continue to maximize the financial return from the City’s commodity based business units. This includes capturing market opportunities, cost containment, growth, and even asset retirements where appropriate.

City Council, through Administrative Committee, approved a recommendation to authorize the City to provide 25 abandoned/discarded bicycles, currently held by the Medicine Hat Police Service to the Rotary Club of Medicine Hat. These 25 bicycles will be transferred to Rotary Club for $1 on an “as is” basis. Rotary Club will indemnify the City, service the bicycles and donate the bicycles to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank for distribution to clients who currently do not have transportation.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for information a review of the 2021 City Centre Development Agency budget. Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and associated regulations, the City acts as a tax collection agency on behalf of the Business Improvement Area (BIA) and collects requested business tax revenue from ratepayers located within the BIA. Revenue is then transferred to CCDA for operations. The CCDA requests $94,000 in tax revenue be collected from BIA ratepayers. As per Council direction, the 2021 CCDA budget does not include a $100,000 grant request. These funds have been redirected toward waterfront redevelopment, to be managed by Invest Medicine Hat on behalf of the City, to pursue Council’s vision. To alleviate CCDA financial pressures, the City will forgive the $60,000 interest free Monarch Theatre loan currently in place between the City as lender and the CCDA as borrower.

City Council approved 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4657, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4422, the Heritage Savings Reserve Bylaw. The new Distributable Funds/Dividend Policy adopted by Council necessitates an amendment to the bylaw to change the calculation method regarding the amount to be transferred to the Heritage Savings Reserve.

Under new business, City Council approved the following appointments to the City of Medicine Hat Advisory Boards and Committees.

City Centre Development Agency (3-year term): Ken Feser, Kelly Moody, Timothy Watrin

Combative Sports Commission (3-year term): Todd Pember

Composite Assessment Review Board (3-year term): Don Knutson, Kenneth Rowe (Alternate)

Local Assessment Review Board (3-year term): Don Knutson, Kenneth Rowe (Alternate)

Municipal Planning Commission (3-year term): Loretta Thompson, Theo Weigel

Police Commission (3-year term): Terry Meidinger, Ted Rodych

Public Library Board (3-year term): Evelyn Aschenbrenner, Julianne Loerke, Janice Ouellet

Subdivision & Development Appeal Board (3-year term): Jim Taylor

October 4

Mayor Clugston opened the meeting by presenting the late Councillor Jim Turner’s City Council nameplate to members of his family. Words of remembrance and tribute were shared by members of Council in honour of Councillor Turner and his many contributions to the community.

Merrick Brown, Manager of Support Services in Emergency Services, provided a COVID-19 update to City Council. He reminded the community that the best option to mitigate the effect of the pandemic is to get vaccinated. He also shared updates on the City’s implementation of Restriction Exemption Programs at several City facilities, as well as the return of mobile vaccination clinics in Medicine Hat. For more City-related COVID information, visit https://www.medicinehat.ca/en/community-safety-and-support/covid-19.aspx.

James Will, Director of Parks and Recreation, presented the Parks and Recreation Master Planning Preliminary Report. Director Will summarized the public participation efforts and their results thus far.  

Denise Schmaltz, Manager of Customer Care and Billing; and Mike Dykstra, Systems Support Technician, presented on the City of Medicine Hat’s Knowledge Saves Power project, which earned a designation on best practices as a Landmark Social Marketing Case Study. The project received the designation from Tools of Change through a peer selection process that recognizes programs and social marketing approaches considered to be among the most successful, innovative, replicable and adaptable in the world. The Knowledge Saves Power project ran from 2017 to 2019 and provided residential customers with additional information on their consumption habits to encourage energy conservation.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved a new tangible capital asset of $4 million to purchase a LM 600 PD to PF conversion kit. This will allow the LM6000 to be converted between PD to PF freely, ensuring a spare engine for not only Unit 14 and 15, but also Unit 16 and the future Unit 17.

City Council, through Administrative Committee, approved a new capital tangible asset of $3.2 million to purchase a hot section replacement for Unit 10. As per OEM recommendations, the unit must have the hot section replaced at 25,000 hours. As of July 2021, Unit 10 has 22,292 operating hours with estimated annual run hours of 4,780, but with the current power demand the unit is running closer to 8000 hours per year. The hot section replacement is expected to be in May 2022.

Under new business, City Council received the Deloitte LLP Review of RFP Process CMH21-94 Land & Economic Development Services. The report indicated the RFP process was conducted appropriately but provided five recommendations to improve the process. View the full report here.

Under new business, City Council ratified a mediator’s recommendation resulting in the renewal of two collective agreements with Local Union 254 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The previous agreements covering employees at the Power Plant, Water Treatment Plant, and Electric Distribution expired on December 31, 2019. Both new agreements are effective for a term of four years from January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2023. The mediator’s recommendation includes general wage adjustments in each year of the agreement, including potential adjustments for 2021 and 2022 based on changes to the Alberta Consumer Price Index, of 1.1% effective January 1, 2020; 1% effective January 1, 2021; 2% effective January 1, 2022; and 2% effective January 1, 2023.

Under new business, City Council appointed the following members to the Medicine Hat Public Library Board for a term effective immediately expiring December 31, 2022:

  • Simone Harty
  • Steve Krysak
  • Kyle Pudwell

As the final Council meeting prior to the municipal election, Mayor Clugston offered parting remarks and thank you to current members of Council not running in the 2021 election.

2019
January 7

Jaret Dickie, Manager of Utilities Business Support, presented the 2019 Hat Smart program and shared the program options for the year. HAT Smart is an award-winning initiative designed to educate consumers, and promote energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives in the community.

Following a public hearing, City Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw #4514, to amend the Land Use Bylaw #4168 to zone the subject land, 511 – 4 th Avenue NE, as Regional Commercial.

City Council received for information through Administrative Committee the Request for Quotation (RFQ) Recommendation for WT18-138 Supply and Delivery of Aluminum Sulphate to the Water Treatment Plants in the amount of $ 744,200 to Chemtrade West Limited Partnership.

City Council approved through Administrative Committee the RFP Recommendation for CD18- 131 Rural Transit Pilot Program to Southland Transportation in the amount of $530,112. The pilot program will provide transportation services for rural communities along the Highway #3 corridor between Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. This 2-year, $700,000 project is supported by funding from the Provincial Rural Transportation Pilot Program.

City Council received for information through Administrative Committee a report on the 2019 HAT Smart Program, outlining the funding sources, the 2019 incentives and other program details.

City Council received for information the Heritage Resources Committee meeting minutes from December 11, 2018. Highlights included updates on the work being done to designate Fifth Avenue Memorial Church a municipal historic resource, the effort to update the Saratoga Park Statement of Significance, and more.

City Council, through Administrative Committee, approved first, second and third reading of Bylaw #4500, The Fire Services Bylaw. The Bylaw will address outdated references to the current Fire Services Bylaw (Bylaw #994) to ensure current Medicine Hat conditions are reflected, allowing Fire Services to effectively support community safety. The new bylaw also includes an updated fee schedule for permits, inspections, reports, training, penalties and more.

City council approved first reading of Bylaw #4515, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to authorize the City to lease land immediately adjacent and south of the Food Bank property (located at 532 South Railway Street SE) to the Medicine Hat & District Food Bank Association for use as a community garden.

City Council approved first reading of the following bylaws sponsored by the Energy and Utilities Committee:

Bylaw #4541, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $400,000 for the purpose of 2021 Sewer Brier Park Gravity Bypass.

Bylaw #4542, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $3,000,000 for the purpose of 2021 Sewer Mains Asset Management.

ylaw #4543, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2021 Sewer Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4544, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $5,000,000 for the purpose of 2021 Water Mains Replacement - Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4545, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2021 Water Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4546, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,523,000 for the purpose of 2021 13KV Overhead Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4547, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $663,000 for the purpose of 2021 13KV Underground Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4548, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $130,000 for the purpose of 2021 Fiber Upgrades.

Bylaw #4549, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $525,000 for the purpose of 2021 Asset and Integrity.

Bylaw #4550, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $431,000 for the purpose of 2021 Meters.

Bylaw #4551, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,878,000 for the purpose of 2021 Mains Replacement & Extensions.

Bylaw #4552, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $530,000 for the purpose of 2021 New Distributed Services.

Bylaw #4553, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $5,400,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Brier Park Gravity Bypass.

Bylaw #4554, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,000,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Lift Station Facility Upgrade.

Bylaw #4555, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $3,000,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Mains Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4556, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,250,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Mains Replacement.

Bylaw #4557, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Sanitary Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4558, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $5,000,000 for the purpose of 2022 Water Mains Replacement - Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4559, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,250,000 for the purpose of 2022 Water Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4560, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,000,000 for the purpose of 2022 Water Systems Reinforcement Program.

Bylaw #4561, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,512,000 for the purpose of 2022 13KV Overhead Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4562, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $670,000 for the purpose of 2022 13KV Underground Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4563, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $130,000 for the purpose of 2022 Fiber Upgrades. Bylaw #4564, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $400,000 for the purpose of 2022 Asset and Integrity.

Bylaw #4565, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $405,000 for the purpose of 2022 New Services. Bylaw #4566, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,285,000 for the purpose of 2022 Transmission Mains.

Bylaw #4567, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,824,000 for the purpose of 2022 Mains Replacement & Extensions.

Bylaw #4568, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $530,000 for the purpose of 2022 New Distributed Services.

Councillor Jamie McIntosh introduced a notice of motion regarding a reduction to the City Centre Development Agency’s 2020 Budget in the amount of $25,000. Councillor Darren Hirsch moved to table the discussion until the January 21 meeting, which City Council approved. Based on applications received, City Council appointed Riley Immel to the Medicine Hat Youth Advisory Board. The two-year term expires on December 31, 2020 and is effective immediately.

January 21

Following a public hearing, City Council passed 2 nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4512, to close a lane in order to consolidate Environmental Utilities holdings in the area of 1108 Industrial Avenue SE.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council passed a resolution indicating their agreement for City of Medicine Hat to participate in an opportunity through the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) to join an Asset Management cohort program. Organized by the AUMA, a resolution from Council is required supporting the City’s application into the program. Upon adoption of the resolution, City staff will apply for inclusion in the Asset Management cohort program. The program will allow municipalities throughout Alberta to share knowledge and best practices related to asset management.

City Council approved through Administrative Committee Bylaw #4455, to designate the Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church as a Municipal Historic Resource Designation.

City Council received for information the Municipal Planning Committee meeting minutes from December 12, 2018.

City Council received for information the Police Commission meeting minutes from December 20, 2018. Inspector Joe West was in attendance, and was able to address questions from Council regarding what is done with weapons, drugs and cash seized during police operations. Inspector West also provided an update on the Medicine Hat Police Service’s four new recruits and addressed questions regarding photo radar statistics.

City Council defeated a motion from the January 7 City Council meeting to reduce the City of Medicine Hat’s current contribution to the City Centre Development Agency by $25,000.

City Council passed 2 nd and 3rd reading of the following Bylaws sponsored by the Energy & Utilities Committee:

Bylaw #4516, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2019 Sewer Lift Station Facility Upgrade.

Bylaw #4517, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $3,500,000 for the purpose of 2019 Sewer Mains Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4518, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2019 Sewer Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4519, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $6,350,000 for the purpose of 2019 Water Mains Replacements - Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4520, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,775,000 for the purpose of 2019 13KV Overhead Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4521, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $907,000 for the purpose of 2019 13KV Underground Distribution System Upgrades

Bylaw #4522, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $130,000 for the purpose of 2019 Fiber Upgrades.

Bylaw #4523, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,278,000 for the purpose of 2019 Mains Replacement & Extensions.

Bylaw #4524, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2019 New Distributed Services.

Bylaw #4525, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $8,931,000 for the purpose of 2019 Substations Upgrades.

Bylaw #4526, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,000,000 for the purpose of 2020 Sewer Anthes Redwater Program.

Bylaw #4527, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $4,200,000 for the purpose of 2020 Sewer Brier Park Gravity Bypass.

Bylaw #4528, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,800,000 for the purpose of 2020 Sewer Lift Station Facility Upgrade.

Bylaw #4529, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $3,000,000 for the purpose of 2020 Sewer Mains Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4530, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,250,000 for the purpose of 2020 Sewer Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4531, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,500,000 for the purpose of 2020 Sewer WWTP Trickling Filters Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4532, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,000,000 for the purpose of 2020 Water Anthes Redwater Program.

Bylaw #4533, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $5,150,000 for the purpose of 2020 Water Mains Replacement - Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4534, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,250,000 for the purpose of 2020 Water Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4535, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,495,000 for the purpose of 2020 13KV Overhead Distribution Systems Upgrades.

Bylaw #4536, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,011,000 for the purpose of 2020 13KV Underground Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4537, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $130,000 for the purpose of 2020 Fiber Upgrades.

Bylaw #4538, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $450,000 for the purpose of 2020 Asset & Integrity.

Bylaw #4539, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $609,000 for the purpose of 2020 Mains Replacement & Extensions.

Bylaw #4540, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2020 New Distributed Services

City Council passed 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4455, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to designate property, including all land, buildings, features, and structures, municipally described as 476 – 4th Street SE (Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church) as a Municipal Historic Site. The church was originally built in 1913 and rebuilt on the same site after a fire in 1931.

City Council passed 1st reading of the following bylaws:

Bylaw #4497, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4168, the City of Medicine Hat Land Use Bylaw, sponsored by Municipal Planning Commission.

Bylaw #4569, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,600,000 for the purpose of Parks and Recreation Infrastructure Program (2019).

Bylaw #4570, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $3,000,000 for the purpose of Parks and Recreation Infrastructure Program (2020), sponsored by Public Services Committee.

Bylaw #4571, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $900,000 for the purpose of Corporate Asset Management Infrastructure Rehabilitation (2020), sponsored by Corporate Services Committee.

Bylaw #4572, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of Corporate Asset Management, City Hall Parkade Ventilation Rehabilitation (2020), sponsored by Corporate Services Committee.

Bylaw #4573, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $700,000 for the purpose of Computerized Irrigation Upgrades (2020), sponsored by Public Services Committee.

Bylaw #4574 of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,175,000 for the purpose of Parks and Recreation Infrastructure Program (2021), sponsored by Public Services Committee.

Bylaw #4575, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $900,000 for the purpose of Corporate Asset Management Infrastructure Rehabilitation (2021), sponsored by Corporate Services Committee.

Bylaw #4576, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,590,000 for the purpose of Parks and Recreation Infrastructure Program (2022), sponsored by Public Services Committee.

Bylaw #4577, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of Bridge Repair/Rehabilitation Program (2022), sponsored by Development & Infrastructure Committee.

Under New Business City Council appointed Terry Hurlbut as Chair of the Assessment Review Board with a term expiring December 31, 2019 and Russel Franks to the City Centre Development Agency with a term expiring December 31, 2021.

February 4

Following a public hearing, City Council passed 2 nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4515, to authorize the City of Medicine Hat to lease to the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank Association an approximately 3,000 square foot portion of environmental reserve land for use as a Community Garden. The public hearing allowed Ms. Celina Symmonds, Executive Director of the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank, to speak to Council on the value of the Community Garden and its impact on food security in the community.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for information the tender recommendation EG18-137 to award to the best evaluated bidder meeting specification, General Electric, in the amount of $567,836.00 for Unit 12 Steam Turbine Major Inspection.

City Council, through Administrative Committee, received for information the tender recommendation FS18-77 to the best evaluated bidder meeting specification, Superior Truck Equipment Inc., in the amount of $1,139,400 for four Tandem Axle Automated Side Loader Conventional Style Cab Residential Refuse Collection Units.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council:

  1. Adopted a budget amendment to support the December 4, 2017 motion of Council to;
    1. provide an operating grant of $100,000 to facilitate co-hosting of the 2019 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, which will be funded from Council Contingency; and
    2. act as guarantor for the event for the amount of $750,000 which, if called upon, would be funded by the Community Capital Reserve; and
  2. Rescinded the Municipal Services Operating Budget Amendment dated August 4, 2017 for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge Bid.

City Council received for information the minutes of the January 8, 2019 Heritage Resources Committee (HRC) meeting. Highlights included a review of goals and objectives for the year, and an update on the historic resources inventory project. Also reflected in the minutes, Mr. M. Sissons, who chaired the HRC since its inception, and vice-chair Mr. E. Morris, indicated their intentions to step down. Nominations were accepted for both the Chair and Vice-Chair positions. Mr. P. O’Brien was elected Chair by acclamation and Mr. W. Lust was elected Vice-Chair by acclamation. After receiving the report for information, Councillor McIntosh expressed gratitude on behalf of Council to both Mr. Sissons and Mr. Morris for their many years of service.

City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of the following bylaws sponsored by the Energy and Utilities Committee:

Bylaw #4541, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $400,000 for the purpose of 2021 Sewer Brier Park Gravity Bypass.

Bylaw #4542, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $3,000,000 for the purpose of 2021 Sewer Mains Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4543, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2021 Sewer Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4544, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $5,000,000 for the purpose of 2021 Water Mains Replacement - Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4545, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2021 Water Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4546, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,523,000 for the purpose of 2021 13KV Overhead Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4547, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $663,000 for the purpose of 2021 13KV Underground Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4548, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $130,000 for the purpose of 2021 Fiber Upgrades.

Bylaw #4549, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $525,000 for the purpose of 2021 Asset and Integrity.

Bylaw #4550, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $431,000 for the purpose of 2021 Meters.

Bylaw #4551, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,878,000 for the purpose of 2021 Mains Replacement & Extensions

Bylaw #4552, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $530,000 for the purpose of 2021 New Distributed Services.

Bylaw #4553, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $5,400,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Brier Park Gravity Bypass.

Bylaw #4554, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,000,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Lift Station Facility Upgrade.

Bylaw #4555, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $3,000,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Mains Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4556, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,250,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Mains Replacement – Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4557, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $500,000 for the purpose of 2022 Sewer Sanitary Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4558, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $5,000,000 for the purpose of 2022 Water Mains Replacement - Asset Management Program.

Bylaw #4559, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $2,250,000 for the purpose of 2022 Water Mains Replacement - Downtown Rehabilitation.

Bylaw #4560, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,000,000 for the purpose of 2022 Water Systems Reinforcement Program.

Bylaw #4561, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,512,000 for the purpose of 2022 13KV Overhead Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4562, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $670,000 for the purpose of 2022 13KV Underground Distribution System Upgrades.

Bylaw #4563, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $130,000 for the purpose of 2022 Fiber Upgrades.

Bylaw #4564, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $400,000 for the purpose of 2022 Asset and Integrity.

Bylaw #4565, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $405,000 for the purpose of 2022 New Services.

Bylaw #4566, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of 1,285,000 for the purpose of 2022 Transmission Mains.

Bylaw #4567, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $1,824,000 for the purpose of 2022 Mains Replacement & Extensions.

Bylaw #4568, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to incur indebtedness in the amount of $530,000 for the purpose of 2022 New Distributed Services.

Councillor Friesen made a notice of motion to direct the CAO to investigate all options available to the City of Medicine Hat to deal with public safety and business concerns related to the advent of supervised consumption sites. Upon a unanimous vote to waive the notice period, Council passed the motion.

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