Medicine Hat Minute: Mayoral Interview, Meetings Resume, and Snow Clearing Struggles
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
Meetings are back at City Hall this week, after a brief holiday break. This morning, the Public Services Committee will meet at 8:00 am. On the agenda is the Managing Director’s Service Area Update, which will include the Monarch Theatre Request for Proposals, the Adopt-a-Rink Program, and Trail Clearing.
- The Economic, Land, and Strategic Planning and Development Committee will meet on Tuesday at 4:30 pm. The agenda is lean but includes an environmental framework progress report.
- On Thursday, at 11:00 am, the Corporate Services Committee will meet. No agenda is available for this meeting yet.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
The City has addressed concerns from Hatters regarding snow and ice removal. Buildup from the recent bout of winter weather remains thick in some areas, and residents are concerned about road conditions for motorists and pedestrians, especially near the hospital. A fleet of approximately ten sanders, four graters, and four sidewalk snow removal machines are out clearing roads in order of priority, beginning with emergency routes, arterial roadways, hills, bridges, and highways. The City has said that trail maintenance efforts have been hampered by the weather, but that clearing them of ice and snow is ongoing.
- Mayor Linnsie Clark gave a year-end interview. She said the culture change she and other Councillors have brought to City Hall is an accomplishment she is proud of and reiterated her commitment to transparency and accountability. Mayor Clark says 2023 will likely bring a discussion about utility rates and a defence of Medicine Hat’s publicly-owned utility. What do you think? Did the Mayor do a good job in 2022?
- The Medicine Hat Police Service said they were pleased with the responsible way in which Hatters rang in the new year. The volume of calls on New Year’s Eve was in line with the average, and police responded to 102 events. Sgt. Ernie Fischhofer extended his thanks for the relatively safe and uneventful evening.
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