Medicine Hat Minute: New Facilities, Full Stampede, and Industrial Plans Delayed
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There are only two meetings at City Hall this week. The Council Employee Committee meets on Tuesday at 1:30 pm to discuss two new positions at the Mayor’s Office, an update on the employee engagement survey, and the City Manager performance evaluation framework.
- On Thursday there will be a meeting of the Energy and Infrastructure Committee at 3:30 pm. No agenda was posted at the time of writing.
- On Sunday, the Mom Market Medicine Hat presents its first-ever Hello Spring Give Back Brunch at Argo's Family Restaurant from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This will be their inaugural Give Back Pop Up Event in support of the Root Cellar. Admission is free and several local vendors will be on location. Organizers say it is a family-friendly, community-focused event for Hatters of all ages. Additionally, donations to the Root Cellar will be accepted at the event.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- Excitement filled the air at the Medicine Hat Exhibition on Tuesday after its General Manager, Ron Edwards, announced that Hatters should expect to return to a full, open stampede during this year’s Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede. The event is expected to be a full-blown summer fair, with a rodeo, night show, midway, and all the free entertainment you could ask for. Trace Adkins, classic rock band the Beach Boys, and Medicine Hat’s own MacKenzie Porter will be performing. It is scheduled for July 27th-30th.
- The final report on how the City’s Parks and Rec Department should handle aging recreation facilities across Medicine Hat was voted on last week, and it looks like the City is opting to replace instead of renovate. The City will now begin the formal process of decommissioning and replacing these facilities, but the question of how the City intends to complete the process still remains. Administration suggested twinning rinks as a cost savings strategy for taxpayers, but only time will ultimately tell what Council decides.
- In a 9-0 vote, City Council opted to table plans for Medicine Hat’s industrial park until a meeting later this month. The plans included the development of large parcels of land in the city’s northwest for heavy industrial use that could eventually encroach on the Medicine Hat Speedway, Dragstrip, and other clubs on City-owned land.
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