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Province provides funding for three Lethbridge infrastructure projects

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Lethbridge-East MLA Nathan Neudorf was dolling out some provincial dollars in the city Friday (Dec. 4).

Neudorf announced funding for three infrastructure projects:

  • $900,000 for enhancements to Festival Square downtown at 3rd Ave. & 6th St. South
  • Approx. $5 million for pavement rehabilitation at the Lethbridge Airport (YQL)
  • Approx. $6 million to replace the lighting system at the Lethbridge Airport (YQL)

Neudorf said investing provincial money into shovel-ready projects like these will get money invested into the local economy as soon as possible.

Mayor Chris Spearman meanwhile, was quite appreciative with the provincial funding. Regarding Festival Square, the Mayor says this will go a long way to enhancing that entire area, making it both more friendly and welcoming.

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As for the Airport funding, Spearman says these investments to fix up pavement and install new lighting are very important to the long-term viability of YQL.

“The opportunities for development and renovating this facility (airport) as a major economic driver and major economic hub for southern Alberta are exciting and we’re thrilled to be moving forward on these improvements,” stated Spearman.

Neudorf says the money for these projects is part of the largest infrastructure investment ($10 billion) in the history of Alberta.

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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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