Medicine Hat Minute: Election Results, Fire Engines, and Transitional Facility Challenged
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There will be a regular meeting of City Council this afternoon. As usual, the meeting will begin with a closed session at 3:45 pm before opening up to the public at 6:30 pm. During the public portion, Council will discuss a few zoning matters as well as potentially approve an increase to the 2023 capital budget of $3,000,000 for the purchase of two fire engine units.
- The Audit Committee will meet on Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The first portion of the meeting will be held in-camera (in secret) to discuss the 2022 Audits Overview and the 2022 Fuel Audit Report.
- Most of the city’s outdoor pools are now open for the summer season. The swim lake at Echo Dale Regional Park will be open on July 15th - a little later than usual - due to maintenance.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
The United Conservative Party won a majority government, and Premier Danielle Smith was reelected to her seat in the Brooks-Medicine Hat riding. Smith won 66.5% of the vote, a marked increase from her 54.5% win in the recent byelection. Voter turnout in the riding was a little lower than the last election, with 20,025 ballots cast, down 2,405 from 2019. In Cypress-Medicine Hat, the UCP’s Justin Wright was also elected, winning 61.9% of the vote. There were 21,794 ballots cast in that riding, 2,785 fewer than in 2019.
- The permit to allow the Mustard Seed to build a sober living transitional shelter has been challenged by a local business and property owner. The 10-person facility, which provides a place for people to live while they await permanent accommodation, was previously approved for N. Railway Street. The appeal said that the location goes against the City’s stated goal of renewing the central business block and lacks a policing plan. A written decision from the appeal board will come in 7-15 business days.
- The wildfire smoke reduced air quality in Medicine Hat, but it also reduced the number of mosquitoes. Usually, the pesky insects are quite prevalent in the springtime, but with the dry, smoky May, Hatters should see less of the little nuisances.
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