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City of Lethbridge aims to save around $700,000 by cutting back on park maintenance

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You might notice longer grass at times in Lethbridge parks over the next year or two.

Sitting as Finance Committee this week, City Council voted to recommend changes to parks maintenance as well as parking lot snow removal.

It’s all in an effort to try and find ways to save money in the next operating budget.

Councillors voted on Wednesday (Nov. 25) for a general reduction in city parks maintenance which includes less mowing along the edges of pathways, not as much grass cutting in irrigated areas and on sports fields, less frequent garbage collection, and a reduction to repairs and replacements to things like park benches, fencing, and pathways.

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They also voted to recommend reducing service levels to maintenance in playgrounds around the city. Finance Committee recommended as well to perform less snow clearing in 48 city facility parking lots.

All this is estimated to save the City of Lethbridge close to $700,000 in the 2021-22 operating budget.

These recommendations have to be approved by a full meeting of City Council before getting the green light.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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