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December 2, 2019

City Council received a presentation from Perry Logan, Executive Director of the Canadian National Fireworks Association, and Shane Cameron and Bill Raynault from Mystical Distribution. The delegation shared alternative solutions for Council to review that restrict and control the use of consumer fireworks within the City of Medicine Hat, rather than ban them. 

City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4602, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to regulate and control the sale and discharging of fireworks within the City of Medicine Hat. 

Rochelle Pancoast, General Manager of Utilities Business Development & Support, and Jaret Dickie, Manager of Utilities Business Development & Support, presented the 2020 Utility Distribution Systems Operating Budget Update to City Council. 

Following a public hearing, City Council approved 2nd and 3rd reading of Bylaw #4591, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to close roads in the City of Medicine Hat. Pursuant to the City of Medicine Hat’s Acquisition and Sales Policy #0151, Economic Development & Land seeks City Council approval to sell Plan: 3467AV; Block: 5 Lots: 13 to 24; and unimproved road allowances, and to process Road Closure Bylaw #4591 for sale to Coulee Ridge Developments Ltd. 

Through Administrative Committee, Council received for information RFP Recommendation EG19-132 LM6000 Hot Section and Combustor Inspection/Rebuild. Administrative Committee awarded the tender to the best evaluated bid meeting specification, General Electric, in the amount of $2,743,392. 

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the 2020 Environmental Utilities Operating Budget update with the following recommendations:

  1. 2020 Environmental Utilities Operating Revenue and Expenditure Budget update.
  2. Environmental Utilities Rates for 2020 subject to passing of the Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Rate Bylaws. 

Through Administrative Committee, City Council approved the 2020 Utility Distribution Systems Operating Budget including the:

  1. 2020 Utility Distribution Systems Operating Revenue and Expenditure Budget update.
  2. Electric Distribution Rates for 2020 subject to passing of the Electric Utility Rate Bylaw.
  3. Gas Distribution Rates for 2020 subject to passing of the Gas Utility Rate Bylaw. 

City Council approved a recommendation from the Administrative Committee to enter into a Project Expenditure Authorization contract with NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. subject to terms and conditions satisfactory to the Chief Administrative Officer. The City of Medicine Hat has evaluated strategies for securing natural gas firm transportation delivery to satisfy natural gas demand for both high-pressure (for Electric Generation) and low pressure (for gas distribution) customer needs. The current four-year lead time to access new supply means the City must consider its growth outlook. Over-contracting may result in unnecessary costs, and under-contracting volumes may constrain natural gas dependent economic growth. 

Through Administrative Committee, Council received for information Tender Recommendation FP19-82 City Hall BMS Upgrade, VAV Air Terminal Replacement-Phase 1 awarded to the best evaluated bid meeting specification, Wahl Construction, in the amount of $611,400.00. 

Through Administrative Committee, Council received for information RFP Recommendation-EU19-128 WWTP Master Plan awarded to the best evaluated bid meeting specification, MPE Engineering Ltd., in the amount of $595,028.00 

City Council received for information the minutes of the Heritage Resources Committee Meeting from November 12, 2019 

City Council approved 1st reading of the following bylaws: 

  • Bylaw #4606, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3191, the Tax Penalties Bylaw amending the 2020 tax penalty from 6.83% to 7%. 
  • Bylaw #4607, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #3198, the Tax Discount Bylaw from 0.83% to 1%. 
  • Bylaw #4609, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2379, the Water Services Bylaw. 
  • Bylaw #4610, 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 #4611, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #1805, The Waste Bylaw. 
  • Bylaw #4612, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2489, the Gas Utility Bylaw. 
  • Bylaw #4613, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to amend Bylaw #2244, the Electric Utility Bylaw.

More Information

Next City Council meeting to be held in City Hall Council Chambers
            Monday, December 16, 2019 at 6:30 PM


City Council Meeting Highlights is an informal summary of the information presented to, and decisions made by, Medicine Hat City Council at its regular meetings. Click here to view official meeting minutes.