The City is moving ahead with line painting on 6 Street South in the downtown core after pressure from stakeholders in the area.
The area features the only perpendicular street parking in the core. The paint marking the stalls along the street has long since worn off, causing confusion among drivers regarding spacing and the correct way to park. It is this lack of clarity which can lead to a mix of angle and perpendicular parking, or other issues related to drivers being unfamiliar with the area.
The Lethbridge Downtown Business Revitalization Zone had been asking for the lines to be repainted, but the City has resisted. Currently, it is studying parking in the core to look for efficiencies.
Ted Stilson, executive director for the BRZ, said he suspected a combination of pressure from local businesses and the BRZ, along with potential media pressure, led to the City’s decision.
“I’m just happy the City is taking the time to listen to business owners downtown,” said Glen Fenimore, owner of The Stoketown Cafe + Cure.
“I think it’s going to have a positive impact on business.”
Ahmed Ali, the City’s Transportation Engineering manager, confirmed Friday morning the City was going ahead with plans to repaint the lines on the block.
“Because sixth street is very unique, it’s more like a meeting place for people, and there’s a lot of commercial happening — also, it’s 90-degree parking,” he said.
“I agree with the BRZ that people might get confused.”
“I’m very happy the City is listening to business and property owners,” said Wallie Desruisseaux, owner of Kapow Comics, Cards and Games Ltd. He praised the City for recognizing the importance of the improvement to those businesses.
‘It’s good they are listening to their taxpayers,” he said.
Exchange seeks seniors
Lethbridge seniors are being invited to apply for a spot in this year’s Saint-Laurent exchange.
Residents 55 or better as of June have until Friday to register their interest, with six to be chosen. They’ll host a visitor from Lethbridge’s twin city from July 4 to 11, then head to the suburban Montreal community Aug. 8-15.
Organizers say applicants must have a spare bedroom and be able to provide food, lodging and hospitality to their assigned guest, and be willing to stay in a Saint-Laurent host’s home for a week in return.
Lethbridge and Saint-Laurent established a formal city-to-city twinning status as part of Canada’s centennial year celebrations in 1967. Seniors exchange visits one year, then students the next.
Further information is available online at lethbridge.ca/saintlaurent.
Groups get funding grants
Non-profit organizations are excited to start and continue their projects after receiving Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta funding grants for 42 projects within southern Alberta.
The foundation awarded $363,155 to the organizations through their Communities Priorities Fund and the Henry S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.
Steve Miles, treasurer, executive and grant chair for the Community Foundation, said they are always honoured to provide funding but find it difficult to decide which projects will be supported.
“It is a big challenge to decide who gets the money but what we look for is the impact in the community,” said Miles. “We are looking for feasibility for the project and we are looking to see how well our money can be utilized in that project and anything that is going to benefit the community.”
Selecting candidates may be difficult, but Miles said the end reward of granting the projects funding is well worth the difficult decisions.
“It really is a joy, because when do you really get to give money away?” chuckled Miles. “When we make the phone calls to tell people that we are going to make their day because they have received their grant, it is a happy day and a happy celebration.”
Lethbridge Soup Kitchen was one of the recipients of the Community Priority Fund grant and Bill Ginther, executive director, was ecstatic to find out they doubled the amount of money they applied for to improve their new breakfast program.
“We applied for $14,700 but they saw and liked what we were doing and decided to grant us with $25,000 which is really great,” said Ginther. “This will allow us to buy some new additional equipment and things that we need to make our breakfast program more efficient to make sure that we are still serving those in need.”