Medicine Hat Minute: Cancelled Meetings, Pilot Projects, and Go Pass Launched
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There will be a Public Services Committee meeting today at 8:00 am. On the agenda is a discussion about the actions the City of Medicine Hat can take over a multi-year period to promote Truth and Reconciliation. The Monarch Theatre is also up for discussion - talks broke down with the party previously interested in purchasing the theatre, and Administration is recommending that a new Request for Proposal process be started.
- Two meetings have been cancelled this week. The Municipal Planning Commission meeting was scheduled for Wednesday and the Corporate Services Committee was supposed to meet on Thursday. No reasons have been given for the cancellations.
- Medicine Hat Transit’s Go! Pass is in full swing. The new electronic fare system is a contactless way to pay using reloadable cards. Riders can use paper passes through the end of the year, and buses will remain equipped to take cash fares.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
The City’s water bottle fill stations pilot project has come to an end and is under review. Throughout the summer, drinking water was provided to areas of the city where access was limited. The City will now conduct a cost-benefit analysis and get community feedback to assess whether the program was a success.
- Another seasonal pilot project has also come to an end. The City installed portable toilets in Towne Square and while they were supposed to remain for one month, they were kept in order to accommodate large events in the downtown core. They are now scheduled for removal on October 17th but the City says demand for a downtown washroom is high, and it will continue to explore options to provide this service.
- The Moose Recreation Centre has reopened. The facility was closed during the pandemic and remained closed due to budget concerns. A new Council approved the funding needed to reopen it. The Moose has been upgraded with a new concrete slab, new rink boards and glass, and resurfaced spectator benches. The total budget for the upgrade and reopening was $1.5 million.
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