Medicine Hat Minute: Open House, Crime Map, and Library Funding Requested
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
The Emergency Advisory Committee will meet this morning at 9:00 am. The Committee will hear a review of the status of emergency preparedness for severe wind incidents, before listening to the Managing Directors’ Service Area Update.
- On Thursday, at 4:00 pm, there will be a meeting of the Energy, Land and Environment Committee. Unfortunately, no agenda is available for this meeting yet.
- On Wednesday, November 1st, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be a public engagement open house at City Hall. There will be several departments on hand to discuss a variety of projects including the Strong Towns initiative, the Land Use Bylaw, the East Ring Enhancement Project, and the Transportation Master Plan. The format is designed to encourage informal interactions and give attendees an opportunity to ask questions.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
The Medicine Hat Public Library requested a $373,000 budget increase for the next year to address security concerns and cover costs that have previously been funded from reserves. The total package from the City would amount to $2.6 million, marking a 16% increase from 2023 but only a 12% increase from 2018 due to cost reductions in the intervening years. The additional funds would support back-filling staff, a permanent social worker position, and security measures. The Library also plans to renew its strategic plan and look into a potential location for a south-end satellite branch.
- The crime map has returned to Medicine Hat. A collaboration between the Medicine Hat Police Service and the City, the crime map provides a way for residents to see the amount of crime in their neighbourhood. The map displays calls for service and refreshes every 24 hours. It also displays data for the previous six-month period. Call locations are aggregated to cross street locations rather than specific addresses in order to protect privacy. The map can be viewed online.
- Medicine Hat College appointed Charlie Fox as its inaugural Elder-on Campus. Fox is a member of the Blood Tribe, and a respected leader of the Kainai Nations Sacred Horn Society. In 2022, he received MHC's Honorary Applied Degree for his outstanding contributions to the college and the community. Fox played a key role in creating the Indigenous gathering space on campus, providing a platform for students and the community to engage in Indigenous culture through traditional ceremonies, prayer, smudging rituals, and sharing circles. He will spend two days on campus each month.
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