Edmonton Minute: Committee Meetings, Broken LRT, and Poor Snow Clearing Performance
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This Week In Edmonton:
There's no City Council meeting this week, but there are plenty of Committee meetings to keep everyone busy, starting on Tuesday with an Agenda Review Committee meeting at 9:00 am, followed at 9:30 am by an Urban Planning Committee meeting which will consider a proposal by Prairie Sky to build a passenger gondola across the River Valley.
- On Wednesday at 9:30 am there will be a Community and Public Services Committee meeting which will consider the City of Edmonton Indigenous Framework, the City's role in implementing the recommendations of the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women Inquiry findings, and the Vehicle Noise Enforcement Program for next summer, amongst other items.
- Finally, on Friday at 9:30 am there will be an Executive Committee meeting to consider how to use the money the City received in a grant from the Province late last year to support COVID outreach in highly-affected communities. The Committee will also discuss extending a million-dollar sole-source parking enforcement service contract with Paladin Security, and an Intermunicipal Framework with St. Albert to work on Ray Gibbon Drive.
Last Week In Edmonton:
- The very cold weather again cracked the LRT rails in the City, this time near 51 Avenue with crews out in the middle of the night in -40C temperatures fixing it in order to minimize disruptions. Given this has happened two years in a row now, did no-one consider temperatures during construction, and has no-one considered potential mitigation measures? It's not exactly breaking news that Edmonton gets cold in winter...
- On a happier note, the City re-opened some recreational centres on Thursday, mainly to support children's sports. The re-opened facilities were Terwillegar 4 Pad Arena, Callingwood Twin Arena, Castle Downs Twin Arena, The Meadows Twin Arena, Kinsmen Twin Arena, and Kinsmen Sports Centre. Hopefully, there are more re-openings coming soon.
- The City's Audit Committee presented several reports last week, including a "City Productivity and Performance, Part 2" report, a Snow Removal report, and a Cloud Computing report. We're sure you're as shocked as we are that the City didn't perform very well in the Snow Removal report. You'll hear more from us about this soon.
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