Medicine Hat Minute: Tuesday Event, External Investigation, and Utility Relief Approved
Medicine Hat Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Medicine Hat politics
This Week In Medicine Hat:
There will be a meeting of the Public Services Committee on Monday at 8:00 am. No agenda has been made available for this meeting yet.
- The Municipal Planning Commission will meet on Wednesday at 2:30 pm. No agenda is available for this meeting yet, too. On Thursday, at 4:30 pm, the Corporate Services Committee will meet. Guess what? There’s no agenda for this meeting available yet either...
- The Can’t Stop Alberta Tour is coming to Medicine Hat tomorrow! The Common Sense Medicine Hat team will be joining the Alberta Institute for a fun evening at the Kinplex Arena Social Room. We’ll be discussing some important, topical issues in provincial and municipal politics. You can RSVP by clicking here, and view the list of other events online. Hope to see you there!
Last Week In Medicine Hat:
Council voted to provide ratepayers with temporary relief on skyrocketing utility bills. Administration initially proposed three cost pressure relief credits of $200 each on their utility bills, while Council unanimously voted to double the first credit, meaning $400 will be credited for September, while $200 will come in both October and November. More than 3,500 small- and medium-sized businesses will get a credit of $1,000 in September, followed by $500 in both October and November. At a later date, Council will discuss the way the City sets its energy rates.
- Council approved the hiring of an Edmonton-based law firm to investigate a Code of Conduct complaint. While the details are being kept confidential at this time, the complaint was made by a member of Council about another member of Council. Chances are good it has something to do with the meeting a couple of weeks ago, when several Council members became upset with Mayor Linnsie Clark for questioning the decisions made by the unelected City Administration with regard to restructuring departments. Funding for the legal bills will come from Council's Contingency Fund.
- The City announced 13 recipients of the Community Spirit Awards. Given every two years, the awards recognize groups and individuals who enhance the quality of life in the city in a variety of ways. There are awards for Arts/Culture, Civic Pride, Community Inclusion, Compassion, Sports/Recreation, Volunteerism, and more. The presentation will take place on October 18th, and the list of honourees can be found online.
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