Medicine Hat Minute: Troop Withdrawals, Hemp Processing, and a City Hall Job Opening
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This Week In Medicine Hat:
Council has a pretty quiet week this week, with just two meetings scheduled. This comes as discussion on the City budget has been delayed, and won't happen until next week's Council meeting.
The first will be a meeting of the Audit Committee today at 3:00 pm. Council will receive several presentations that will help paint a picture of the City’s current fiscal situation including a Tri-Annual Management Report, a Managing Director’s Service Area Update, and an Audit Planning Report
- On Wednesday there will be a meeting of the Energy and Infrastructure Committee at 3:30 pm, but no agenda is available for this meeting yet.
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
- The British Ministry of Defence announced that some of their operations at British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) will remain, despite earlier rumors that seemed to hint at a full withdrawal. The British Ministry of Defence did confirm that troop levels will be scaled back significantly, however, and this has left many residents worried that the decision will have negative impacts for the local economy and, specifically, businesses that have regularly counted soldiers among their customers.
- Medicine Hat is in great company among a shortlist of potential destinations for a new 200,000 square-foot hemp processing plant. Inca Renewables is seeking a Western Canadian base of operations and describes their product as a bio-composite, a mixture of resin and plant fibre formed into pellets, then heated and formed into high-strength, low-weight construction and manufacturing material.
- The City of Medicine Hat is currently recruiting a full-time solicitor to fill the position vacated by newly-elected Mayor Linnsie Clark. The vacancy comes following Clark’s four years in the City of Medicine Hat’s legal department before her successful campaign for Mayor. The position is expected to be filled sometime early in December.
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