Council Highlights September 20 2021

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.

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