Medicine Hat Minute: Tornado Response, Leadership Debate, and COVID Commemoration Projects
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
There are two meetings scheduled at City Hall this week, beginning with a City Council meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Council will receive a presentation on the Elder Abuse Case Management Program before receiving reports from several Committee meetings. Before closing out the meeting, City Council will discuss bylaws relating to the Coulee Ridge Outline Plan.
- On Thursday, there will be a meeting of the Energy and Infrastructure Committee at 3:30 pm. No agenda is available for this meeting yet.
- Motorists are being reminded to drive safely around work crews as pavement crack sealing maintenance begins this week. The preventative maintenance will extend the life of the roads and will take three to four weeks, according to the City.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- The first UCP leadership race debate took place in Medicine Hat on Wednesday between the seven candidates, set against the backdrop of the HALO helicopter hangar. The Alberta Sovereignty Act remained a primary topic of discussion, along with taxes, debt, and many other issues. The UCP will select a new leader on October 6th.
- The Public Services Committee was provided with details as to how the utility, emergency, and social support departments responded to the tornado that ripped through town on July 18th. Even though a state of local emergency was not declared in Medicine Hat, the City was able to set up an emergency operations centre as a precautionary measure. Utility crews reported a total of 71 broken poles fixed over the course of five days.
- According to recent recommendations from the City’s Community Vibrancy Board, the City of Medicine Hat should apply for three major grants for projects intended to commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic. The potential commemorative projects include a community portrait installation which would see 120 large black and white photographs displayed on the outside wall of the Esplanade and a new tree planted in the city’s memorial arboretum.
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