By Lethbridge Herald on May 25, 2015.
Youth, sport, history, and poppies will all play a part at City Council today.
Several presentations and submissions are on the agenda. First, the president of API Labs Inc. will speak to council about the introduction of commercial poppy cultivation to Canada.
Then, the Galt Museum and Archives will provide an update on its annual report for 2014, and the Lethbridge Sport Council will present its 2015-18 Strategic Plan with five goals to increase sport awareness and participation in the city.
Youth week is a collaboration between many local youth organizations to raise the profile of key issues facing youth in our community including poverty, unemployment and the cost of transportation. Youth week begins today and runs until Friday, and the executive director of the United Way of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta will present the importance of working on these issues and resources for youth to get help.
Submissions include a request to file a report from the Crossings Leisure Complex Steering Committee. The committee has met with many individuals, organizations and businesses for feedback on programs, concept design, budget, and timelines. Overall feedback from the groups was positive, according to the submission, with the understanding this complex will be a multi-purpose facility to promote active lifestyles for everyone in the community.
A submission from the Environment Committee Chair will revisit a possible three-year Fee for Service Agreement with Environment Lethbridge. If approved, the funding would decrease each year, with the expectation the organization will make efforts to secure other funding in the future.
And the city is looking to purchase two new street sweepers, on the replacement list for the recent operating budget, to the tune of almost $713,000, less GST.
Council will give second and third reading to bylaws reclassifying portions of land to Parks and Recreation, including land near 44 Avenue N. by the Alexander Wilderness Park, and several areas of Paradise Canyon near Canyon Blvd. W. and Canyon Close W.
A third bylaw proposes to amend the land use from Medium Density Residential to Mixed Density Residential for phases 1 and 3 of Garry Station W.
All three bylaws will be up for discussion with a public hearing scheduled at 4 p.m., with submissions either in support or against the changes.
The regular council meeting, open to all, begins at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.