Council Highlights October 4 2021

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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