Medicine Hat Minute: Hungry Goats, Library Hours, and an Historic Resource Designation
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There is a City Council meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. Council will receive a presentation from the City’s Director of Finance on key budget assumptions for the 2023-2024 budget cycle. They will receive reports from several recent committee meetings as well as the Municipal Planning Commission and Police Commission. There will also be a public hearing regarding a tax incentive bylaw. Finally, Council will consider a new bylaw to designate the Medicine Hat Cenotaph as a Municipal Historic Resource.
- On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the Energy and Infrastructure Committee at 3:30 pm. Unfortunately, no agenda is available for this meeting yet.
- The Medicine Hat Public Library will be adjusting its hours this summer. The library will close on Sundays and reduce hours on Monday evenings from July 3rd to September 4th. The reduction in hours supports the City’s “be-fit-financially” approach where City departments are all contributing to saving money.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- After two years of cancellations due to COVID-19, Medicine Hat welcomed back Canada Day celebrations at the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede. Public officials began the festivities with a welcoming ceremony, and attendees enjoyed snacks, live music, and a variety of activities and games. The event was packed and the evening ended with a fireworks display. Did you have the chance to take part in this year’s celebrations?
- Problematic gopher populations have been a big topic of discussion this year for farmers around Medicine Hat and Cypress County. The situation has been made worse by a federal ban on strychnine without a viable alternative. Plenty of damage has already been done by the pesky little rodents and producers are concerned that, without a way to manage the situation, there will be impacts on their ability to grow food.
- Goats have descended upon Police Point with a hungry determination to eat invasive weed species. They look cute, but stay out of their way - when it comes to weed-busting efficiency, goats are indeed the G.O.A.T. The program is a partnership with the Creekside Goat Company who own the animals. They say goats eat anything - maybe they could help with the gopher problem too?
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