Council Highlights November 15 2021

City Council received a presentation from representatives from the of the Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Society. Natasha Carvalho, Executive Director and Peggy Revell, Community Education and Awareness Coordinator spoke on Family Violence Prevention Month and the programs and services offered through the Women’s Shelter Society.

Ron Edwards, Ross Brigden, and Bob Thomson presented on behalf of the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Lease Committee.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Lease Agreement. Key terms and conditions of the proposed lease include:

  • Rent: $1/year (including GST). The lease rate of $1 per year is in recognition of the provision of public and community services and good stewardship of the land and the improvements made to the land by MHES.
  • As Is, Where Is: MHES shall lease the lands on an “as is, where is” basis.
  • Initial Term: twenty-five (25) years from July 1, 2021 – expiring June 30, 2046.
  • Extended Term: MHES shall have the option to extend the lease for twenty-five (25) years from July 1, 2046 – expiring June 30, 2071.
  • The Leased lands: Includes approximately 96 acres of land at the current site but does not include the Kinplex, with the exception of some offices at the east end of the Kinplex.

The 2022 Budget Update was presented by Dennis Egert, Managing Director of the Corporate Services Division; Lola Barta, Director of Finance; Eric Van Enk, Acting Managing Director, Invest Medicine Hat; Jaret Dickie, Manager, Municipal Services Business Support; Travis Tuchscherer, Manager, Energy Marketing & Business Analysis; and Jalyn Morissette, Supervisor, NGPR Business Support.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the Off-Site Municipal Development Subsidy. The three-year Off-Site Levy (OSL) Municipal Development Subsidy (Universal Municipal Assist) is ending on December 31, 2021 and staff have prepared options for continuation of the program, which is temporary while staff work towards an updated OSL framework and a separate Development Incentive Program. These initiatives are intended to rollout before the end of 2022 and potentially eliminate the need for the Universal Municipal Assist. Staff will engage with the development community to provide sufficient notice of proposed changes to ensure project planning continuity.

Through Administrative Committee, Council approved the appointment of Kristina Hoefman as Temporary Business License Inspector.

City Council approved an amending motion to postpone the 2022 Municipal and Invest Medicine Hat Budget Update to the December 6 meeting of Council.

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the following 2022 Budget Update items:

  • 2022 City Operations – Rate Supported Operating Budget Update
  • 2022 City Assets – Rate Supported Operating and Capital Budget Update
  • 2022 Energy and Infrastructure Division Commodity Based Business Operating and Capital Budget

City Council received the minutes of the September 23 meeting of the Police Commission for information.

The following bylaws were given first reading:

  • Bylaw # 4685, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw # 2379, the Water Service Bylaw
  • Bylaw # 4686, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw # 1541, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat 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 # 4687, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw # 1805, the Waste Bylaw
  • Bylaw # 4688, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw # 2244, the Electric Utility Bylaw
  • Bylaw # 4689, a bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw # 2489, the Gas Utility Bylaw

 

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