By Collin Gallant on December 19, 2017.
Medicine Hat News
City council business has concluded for 2017 — a year with several major groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings, as well as an election and the first year of a major budget overhaul.
On Monday, council sat for the last time for the calendar year, passing a number of housekeeping items needed to be in place for Jan. 1.
Mayor Ted Clugston called the past 12 months an interesting time for the city, and he is looking forward to 2018.
“We got the shovel in the ground on a new seniors’ centre, which was basically four years in the making,” said Clugston of the ongoing work on the Veiner Centre, scheduled for completion next summer.
The city also plans to complete the berm network first proposed after the 2013 flood with work near industrial Avenue next spring.
“One of the most exciting things was the new (43-megawatt, north-end) generation plant that we opened,” added Clugston. “That will prove to be one of the best, if not the best investments made by the last council (group).”
On Monday, council approved the City Centre Development Agency budget for 2018 and finalized utility rates for the coming year, as well as tax penalties.
It also approved the 2018 HatSmart energy rebate program, open Jan. 2.
Council will not sit again until Jan. 8, a week later than is typical due to the holiday.
In terms of other official business, members of the development and infrastructure committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss how to fold marijuana dispensaries into the city’s planning documents as well as regulate the industry when it becomes legal in 2018.
City hall will be closed on Dec. 22 through Boxing Day, then again Jan.1.
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