Medicine Hat Minute: Carbon Grant, Server Upgrade, and Stampede Breakfasts Begin
Medicine Hat Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Medicine Hat politics
This Week In Medicine Hat:
There is only one meeting at City Hall this week - an Energy and Infrastructure Committee meeting on Thursday at 3:30 pm. The Committee will discuss a capital asset upgrade for Medicine Hat Power and Water’s server. The technology the server is based upon will no longer be supported by the original equipment manufacturer as of August 16th. If the $425,000 investment is not made, there is a risk that the city could lose its electric generation capability.
- The city is getting ready for its first full Stampede since the pandemic began. The first pancake breakfast of the season takes place on Thursday at Kal Tire on Boxsprings, with nine more already on the schedule. There will also be the usual shows, entertainment, exhibits, rodeo, fireworks, and more.
- The public washrooms in South Ridge Community Park will be closed from today until July 25th for repairs. The McCutcheon Trail lookout is also closed while crews assess the damage from a recent fire.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- Medicine Hat’s future carbon capture strategy got a major boost in the form of a $2.5 million grant from the Province. The money will go towards completing the planning of a system which would capture CO2, process it, and carry it to underground caverns. A grant from the federal government could be incoming soon to further fund the strategy.
- According to a recent survey, Hatters were split about 50-50 on whether or not the City should expand or reduce the number of off-leash dog parks in Medicine Hat. City staff say the number of off-leash areas will be reduced because of the need to protect ecologically sensitive areas. In other words, they'd already made their mind up, and the public consultation didn't really matter anyway.
- Bird Canada’s new e-scooters got off to a strong start. The company’s data showed that 1,500 Hatters have used the e-scooters more than three times in a month. Medicine Hat’s usage is comparable to other cities where Bird operates, with 9,000 total transactions recorded since rides began and each ride averaging between 20 and 25 minutes. Have you had a go?
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