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CIP recommendations approved by Lethbridge City Council

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A handful of Capital Improvement Program projects have been approved by Lethbridge City Council.

Funding recommendations for 2022-2031 passed in a 7-2 vote Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Chris Spearman says council did its best to achieve a balance between essential projects and investing in projects to generate employment and improvement in the city.

The Economic SPC began with $74 million available, with additional Federal Gas Tax Funding of $6 million for 2021-2022 bringing the total available to approximately $80 million. Funding allocation approvals for the 2022-2025 CIP total about $66 million, with $64.5 million of that being unrestricted funding.

Some of the approved CIP projects include:

  • Waste & Recycling Curbside Organics Collection (amended at May 18 Council meeting). Funding of $10,629,000.
  • Affordable Housing (new item at May 18 Council meeting). Funding of $5 million.
  • Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure. Funding of $399,400 in 2022 and $8,812,000 in 2023 and. A CIP amendment could also follow to Council later this year, based on new Federal transit grant information.
  • Henderson Ice Centre Upgrade. Total funding of $5,868,000 ($528,000 in 2022, $3,260,000 in 2023, $2,080,000 in 2024)
  • SAAG Facility Enhancements. Total funding of $5,788,000 ($474,000 in 2022, $3,232,000 in 2023, $2,082,000 in 2024).
  • Fire Station #3 – 16 Ave S. Relocation. Funding of $4,848,000 million identified in 2022/2023 for the purchase of land and for the development of a detailed functional study.
  • Facility Assessment and Accessibility Upgrades. Total funding of $1.1 million over the years 2022 to 2025 for all outstanding work identified as high priority from the accessibility assessment.
  • Downtown 5th Street Preliminary Design. Total funding of $1 million ($750,000 in 2022 and $250,000 in 2023).
  • Galt No. 6 Mine Interpretative Park. Total City funding would be $910,000 in 2023 of the total proposed project’s $2.7 million proposed cost.
  • Twin Outdoor Sports Courts. Total funding would be a maximum of $900,000 in 2022.
  • Civic Common Comprehensive Site Plan. Funding of $900,000 in 2022.
  • Westside School Gymnasium Upsize. Total funding of $850,000 in 2024.
  • Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden (NYJG) Pathway. Funding of $660,000 in 2023.
  • Legacy Park Pickleball Courts. Funding up to a maximum of $650,000.
  • Fritz Sick Pool Renovation. Total funding of $530,000 in 2022.
  • Warehouse District Area Redevelopment Plan. Funding of $350,000 in 2022.

Funding still available totals about $15.5 million as Council, at the start of deliberations, approved $10 million for future CIP allocation.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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