Medicine Hat Minute: Aging Facilities, Stone Circles, and Bull Riding Returns
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There are three meetings planned at City Hall this week, starting with a meeting of City Council today at 6:30 pm. Council will begin this meeting in-camera to discuss several items before reverting back to an open meeting. Once the meeting is open to the public, Council will receive a presentation on visual art and a presentation on Bylaw 4692 - The Northwest Industrial Area Structure Plan. A public hearing will follow immediately afterwards on the proposed bylaw. City Council is also set to receive reports from several committees and give first reading to Bylaw 4691, which, if passed, would establish a process for the City to send assessment and taxation notices, documents, and other information by electronic means.
- On Wednesday, there will be a meeting of the Municipal Planning Commission at 2:30 pm. At this meeting, the commission will receive several important bits of information, including the 2021 Annual Development Statistics as well as the total number of development permits approved by the development officer.
- On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the Corporate Services Committee at 11:00 am. No agenda had been uploaded at the time of writing.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- Aging recreational facilities throughout the city were the main topic of discussion at Monday’s Public Services Committee meeting. The City’s Director of Parks and Recreation presented several recommendations to Council. The recommendations, intended to begin a proactive recreation planning process, included the construction of a new aquatics and fitness centre, an outdoor destination aquatics facility, and an ice multi-plex. The decommissioning of the Heights Pool was also recommended. With gas prices soaring to an all-time high and inflation expected to climb in the months ahead, should Council really be adding items to the ‘want’ list?
- Pristine stone ‘Medicine Wheels’ were recently discovered atop coulees located between Medicine Hat and Red Cliff. They have the Southeast Alberta Archeological Society excited and advocating for their preservation. A survey was conducted by the group’s members last year and at their annual AGM last month they voted to go public with the discovery and their plans to lobby the City of Medicine Hat for protection of the area.
- Tickets went on sale for the return of the Professional Bull Riders of Canada’s Elite Cup Series. The PBR Robertson Implements Classic will take place on October 15th at Co-op Place. This is the second time the event has been hosted in the city.
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