Neat to Know: February 6, 2024

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Thanks for reading Neat to Know, a weekly roundup of City news, updates, and other important information. You can expect to see the week's most interesting content and even some that may have not been delivered through our regular channels. 

Energy bills and conservation

We tend to hear a lot of community chatter about high utility bills each January and July, when consumption is highest. While we are currently enjoying interim wholesale commodity pricing (read more about that here), our bills are still impacted by extreme weather. These are the times when concentrating on small energy-saving adjustments can really make a difference. This page on our website provides conservation and energy-efficiency tips for all seasons.

Another consideration for January bills, in particular, is that new rates for sewer, garbage and recycling, and water also come into effect on January 1. Rate bylaws are passed each December by City Council. Here is a roundup of all the rates, fees and chargers for Medicine Hat utilities.

HAT Smart

We just launched the popular HAT Smart residential incentive program to assist with the cost of making energy-conscious home upgrades. Funding is typically fully reserved by early spring, so if you plan to consider those new windows, or adding insulation, now is the time to check out the HAT Smart website and reserve your funds.

Don't toss pressurized tanks or cylinders

Fire extinguishers, propane tanks, bottles, and small compressed gas containers, such as party helium tanks and cylinders for camp stoves, pose a serious risk of explosion and fire if improperly disposed of due to their pressurized nature. 

To reduce the risk of injury or property damage, please bring these items to the City's Waste Management Facility for safe and proper disposal. 

Learn more about 'What goes where'

Municipal Mingle: an in-person public engagement event

NEXT WEEK! Municipal Mingle is an opportunity for community members to connect, learn, and share their feedback on a range of local initiatives. Say hi and engage with the following departments and projects:

  • Community Development: Arts, Heritage, and Entertainment Master Plan and Community Wellbeing Plan
  • Medicine Hat Economic Development: The four pillars of economic development
  • Environment, Land & Gas Production: Commercial and residential lots for sale
  • Environmental Utilities: 2024 Construction projects including 3rd Street SE downtown and 7th Street NW/Altawana Avenue
  • Municipal Works: Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Division Avenue Project, and Transportation Master Plan
  • Planning and Development: Strong Towns and the Land Use Bylaw.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Esplanade Studio Theatre - 401 First Street SE
This event is free, everyone is welcome!

Learn more

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Transportation Master Plan
We greatly appreciate your input. To shape the future of our city's transportation network, the Transportation Master Plan will conduct surveys within the community, focusing on three key areas (safety, active transportation, and overall transportation network). Keep an eye out for these surveys in the coming week or two!

Learn about the project

Arts, Heritage, and Entertainment Master Plan
The survey regarding the future of the City's arts, heritage and entertainment is closing on February 19! We encourage you to fill out the brief survey to have your say while there's still time...

Fill out the survey  Learn about the project

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Family Day Fest
Monday, February 19 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Big Marble Go Centre
Big Marble Go Centre will host an array of fun, FREE family activities on Family Day, including: swimming, Nerf Wars, public skating, floor hockey, inflatable alley, and more! Please note: swimming and Nerf Wars will require a ticket to secure a time slot. Free tickets will be available on February 12 at 

Free Tixx

Pre-Game Buffet at the Medicine Hat Tigers Game
Saturday, February 24 at 5 p.m. at Co-op Place
This is the final buffet of the season! Patrons with a gameday ticket can enjoy a delicious family-style roast beef dinner (with baby potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, vegetables, salad and dessert) for $25.

Buy Tixx

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Medicine Hat Economic Development takes a holistic approach, focusing on four pillars of economic development: workforce development (including rural renewal), business development, investment attraction, and investment growth and readiness.

Pillar 3: Investment attraction

Investment attraction is one of four foundational pillars for creating a strong economic development strategy. Stay tuned for pillar 4 in next week's edition of Neat to Know!

Watch the video to learn more

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