Council Highlights May 16 2022

This summary provides a brief overview of City Council meetings and does not reflect all discussion and debate. For full details, download the agenda package or watch the full meeting on the City of Medicine Hat’s YouTube channel.

As a point of privilege, Councillor Hirsch offered a tribute to former Councillor Jim Hirsch, who passed away April 29, 2022.

Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Lisa Kowalchuk. presented to Council on the mandate of the Chamber and the current initiatives that are underway to support the business community in Medicine Hat and area.

Jace Anderson, Executive Director of Tourism Medicine Hat, presented on the Destination Marketing Organization Society’s 2021 Annual Report. The presentation summarized the activities throughout 2021 to promote Medicine Hat as a vibrant tourism destination.

Council received the minutes of the Administrative Committee meeting of May 4 for information.

Council received the minutes of the Energy and Infrastructure Committee meeting of May 5 for information.

Council approved second and third reading of Bylaw #4698, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2527, the Parks and Recreation Bylaw. The amendment will see the addition of e-scooters as a permitted use on paved pathways within the City of Medicine Hat.

Council approved second and third reading of Bylaw #4699, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #4346, the Public Roads Bylaw. The amendment will see a new definition added to include e-scooters as a means of transportation, and the repeal of Bylaw #3506, the Skateboarding Bylaw.

Brought forward by Councillor Hirsch, Council approved a resolution to challenge the City of Lethbridge to a friendly competition with the national ParticipACTION challenge.

Council received the minutes of the Public Services Committee meeting of May 9 for information and approved the Pickleball Facility Capital Budget Amendment. The project improvements were desired by the pickleball club, including publicly accessible washrooms, and will be funded by a community facility enhancement program (CFEP) grant of $125,000 that the Pickleball Club successfully applied for. Additional funds in the amount of $265,000 will come from the City of Medicine Hat capital reserve fund and will be repaid by the Pickleball Club through the lease agreement over the next ten years.

Council received the minutes of the Emergency Advisory Committee meeting of May 10 for information.

Council received the minutes of the Police Commission meeting of April 27 for information.

Under new business, Councillor Sharps requested that Administration prioritize negotiating the Connaught Golf Course lease agreement to ensure their eligibility for potential funding opportunities. City Manager Heggelund advised that negotiations are underway and that an update will be coming forward to Council in the near future.

Under new business, Councillor Sharps requested that the City of Medicine Hat look into the Rural Renewal Stream, which supports the attraction and retention of newcomers to rural Alberta through a community-driven approach that supports local economic development needs and contributes to the growth of the community. City Manager Heggelund confirmed that Administration will look into the program and provide an update as to the City of Medicine Hat’s potential role in supporting the program.

As a point of privilege, Councillor Dumanowski acknowledged the final City Council meeting of City Clerk, Angela Cruickshank and thanked her for her service.



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