June 15, 2020
Mayor Clugston recognized the final City Council meeting of City Solicitor, Robert (Bob) Schmitt, who is retiring after 27 years of service with the City of Medicine Hat. Mayor Clugston offered his congratulations and gratitude on behalf of City Council.
As a point of privilege, Councillor Friesen acknowledged World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). WEAAD represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.
Director of Emergency Management, Merrick Brown, provided City Council an update on the City’s COVID-19 response. The City activated the Municipal Emergency Management plan on March 13 and has since worked closely with Alberta Health Services to support their leadership during the pandemic response. Mr. Brown provided an update on Phase 2 of the Province of Alberta’s relaunch strategy and the current implications for the City of Medicine Hat, including the reopening of the Esplanade, changes to transit operations, the opening of two spray parks, and more. Up-to-date information is available on the City website at www.medicinehat.ca.
Through Administrative Committee, City Council received for information tender recommendations:
- MW20-69 3030 – Overlay Concrete Construction & Rehabilitation. The tender was awarded to the lowest bid meeting specification: Mudrack Concrete Ltd. in the amount of $626,355.
- EU20-60 – Brier Park Lift Station & Desert Blume Meter Replacements. The tender was awarded to the evaluated bid meeting specification: BYZ Enterprises Inc. in the amount of $1,773,000.
- EU20-75 – 2 Avenue NE & South Hill Area Water & Sewer Rehabilitation. The tender was awarded to the best bid meeting specification: Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd. in the amount of $707,003.60.
- MW20-80 Strachan Road Rehabilitation. The tender was awarded to the lowest bid meeting specification: AECON in the amount of $1,330,338.
Through Public Services Committee, Council received for information the Youth Advisory Board Goals for 2020, which include exploring and educating the public on alternative recycling techniques and working to increase their presence and profile in the community.
City Council approved first and second reading of Bylaw #4617, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to licence, regulate and control Vehicles For Hire. The current Taxi Bylaw does not include provisions regulating Charter Service Companies or Transportation Network Companies (e.g. Uber, Lyft). Following consultations with industry, a scan of other Alberta Bylaws, and conversations with other municipalities, the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw was drafted to modernize the current version, allowing for technological and market changes.
City Council approved first, second and third reading of Bylaw #4632, a Bylaw of the City of Medicine Hat to open a temporary road and right of way on private lands under the direction, control and management of the City of Medicine Hat. Environmental Utilities has identified the Brier Park Gravity Bypass project as a high priority. Phase 2 of the project requires the full closure and excavation of Altawana Drive NE between Parkview Drive NE and 4th Avenue NE, which is the sole access to a small number of businesses. Temporary access through a private lot was deemed the only feasible access option identified without severely impacting construction duration and cost. The property owner was approached by the City and has agreed to provide temporary access to local businesses through their private lot. A Temporary Road Compensation Agreement was created between the City of Medicine Hat and the property owner.
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