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Posted on: April 12, 2018

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Council Highlights - April 03, 2018

Citizens' Minute with Council

Residents are welcome to speak to Council about issues, events,  celebrations or concerns during Minute with Council. At the beginning of each regular Council Meeting, Mayor Michaels opens the floor to the  public to speak and share with Council members, administration and  meeting observers.

Carolyne Mackellar

Mackeller came before Council to introduce herself as one of the  candidates for Conservative Party of Canada nomination in Yellowhead, and to inform Council of her coming meet and greet in the area scheduled for next Tuesday evening at the Golf Course.  


Presentations are required to be arranged through the Executive  Assistant, so that presenters can be sure time is set aside for their  presentations on the Council agenda. Find out more about how to be a  delegation by following this link.

1. Athabasca Watershed Council - Presented by Marie Bay Breiner 

Breiner provided Council with an update surrounding the Athabasca  Watershed Council and their work in the region. View here the  presentation file online here. 

2. Hinton Municipal Library - Presented by Hank Smit

Smit presented the Hinton Municipal Library Board Bylaws, as  well as an update on library programming, outreach, collection  information, and archive information. Find more information in the  agenda package, available here. 

Public Hearings In some instances, Council is required to conduct public hearings  regarding land use bylaws, rezoning, etc., or on any other matter  council deems appropriate.  

There were no public hearings.  

Action Items

1. Town of Hinton Consolidated Financial Statements Year Ended December  31, 2017 - Presented by Denise Parent 

Municipal councils must approve the annual financial statements and the  financial annual return of the municipality. The reports on the annual  statements must be in accordance with the form and the reporting  standards recommended by the Canadian Institute of Chartered  Accountants. Further, the returns and statements must be made public and forwarded to the Minister by May 1st of the following year. The 2017  Financial Statements have been prepared by KPMG and reviewed by  Administration, and are available in the agenda package, available here. It was moved that Council approve the Town of Hinton Consolidated  Financial Statements for the Year ending December 31, 2017 as presented. This motion carried. 

2. Public Transit Program Review - Presented by Laura Howarth and Olga Uloth

The Public Transit Program Review is expected to identify opportunities  for improved efficiencies that could be implemented immediately, and/or  any opportunities requiring additional resources that could be requested through the 2019 budget process, including changes to the current  service delivery model and contract commitments. It was moved that up to $50,000 be allocated from the one Time operating Reserve to fund an  external Public Transit System Review. This motion carried. 

3. Water Treatment Plant Feasibility Study - Presented by Wendy Jones 

The Town of Hinton (“Town”) and West Fraser Mills Ltd. (“Mill”) are  collectively working to develop Agreements that establish interim,  transitional and long-term obligations and expectations for the purpose  of operating and supplying potable water to the Town of Hinton in 2018.  The Study facilitates the Town in moving forward with meeting its  obligations with the Mill and to provide a long-term strategy for the  future Water Treatment Plant. It was moved that Council direct  Administration to proceed with Location 3 and the recommended next steps 1 to 4 as identified in the Water Treatment Plant Feasibility Study  prepared by ISL Engineering and Land Services dated March, 2018; this  motion carried. It was then moved that  the Request for Decision titled, “Town of Hinton – Water Treatment Plant Future Water Treatment Plant  Feasibility Study” and attachments, remain private pursuant to Sections  16, 21, 23, 24 and 25 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of  Privacy Act, RSA 2000, Chapter F-25. This motion also carried.

In Camera

In-camera is a legal term meaning “in private.” When a council goes  in-camera, it means the Council meeting is closed to the public. In  general terms, the exceptions include matters where disclosures could be harmful to personal privacy, individual or public safety, law  enforcement, intergovernmental relations, or economic or other  interests; reveal confidential evaluations, local public body  confidence, or advice from officials; or disclose information that is  subject to legal privilege. 

There were no in camera items.  

Information Items

Councillor Joann(Jo) Race: Councillor Race reported having recently  attended an ASH meeting, calling it quite successful. Race also informed Council that she had spent the weekend volunteering at Challenge at the Rockies, saying that she enjoyed the experience.  

Councillor Dewly Nelson: Councillor Nelson updated Council on a number  of items, including his attendance at the Economic Developers of Alberta Conference, a presentation from the Carbon Accountability Council, a  meeting of the West Yellowhead Regional Waste Management Authority, and  an Evergreens meeting on behalf of Mayor Michaels. Nelson informed  Council of having attended a Motocross Society AGM, saying he was happy  to say that group had found executives and would be moving forward, as  well as having been able to attend the annual Yellowhead Woman's Shelter Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, saying he was impressed that the tickets  sold out ahead of the event. Finally, Nelson spoke to a meeting with the Assistant Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, saying  many energy groups presented with representation from private industry,  government, and the municipality in attendance.  

Councillor Ryan Maguhn: Councillor Maguhn offered his thanks to  administration for their assistance regarding a concern raised on ATE  enforcement placement within the community. He went on to say that once  investigated, the matter was more an issue of perception than reality.  Maguhn concluded by saying he wishes to speak more on the matter with  fellow Councillors. 

Councillor Tyler Waugh: Councillor Waugh expanded on Councillor Nelson's reporting on the Economic Developers of Alberta Conference, saying they are planning a collaborative presentation to share the breadth of  knowledge gained from the event with Council at a later date, as well as possibly sharing information gained with the Hinton Chamber of  Commerce. 

Councillor Trevor Haas: Councillor Haas thanked the Hinton Municipal  Library Board members for their attendance at the meeting and their  presentation, as well as going on to speak to some of the programming on offer including partnerships with Town of Hinton programs like  ParentLink. 

Deputy Mayor Albert Ostashek: Councillor Ostashek spoke to the recent  WYRWM meeting, saying it was held to audit financials, much alike this  Council meeting. He went on to also speak to the Challenge in the  Rockies, stating that he was proud to offer words of welcome at the  celebrity game, and that he was glad to give up the ceremonial puck drop in favour of speaking so as to allow Chris Johnstone, a local volunteer football coach and community figure, to drop the puck in his place.  

Interim CAO Denise Parent: Interim CAO Parent informed Council that she  was happy to see all of the audits completed, which will now allow her  to focus on Interim CAO role.  Administrative Inquiries If Councillors have queries they would like to submit to admin, this  will be the time at which they do. This is in accordance with Council's  procedural bylaw.  There were no new inquiries.


Caution Advised for Beaver Boardwalk Visitors Starting Thursday

Starting Thursday, April 5 2018, geotechnical evaluations will be taking place in the area of Maxwell Lake, relating to testing soils and  wetlands to determine the materials and design requirements to support  the Beaver Boardwalk. Currently, crews are scheduled to start on the Downstream Loop then move to the Beaver Pond Trail, which will likely take most of the day  Thursday. They will then move on to the Upstream Loop, and attempt any  test holes that can be accessed near the Lakeside Trail.  Any visitors to the Boardwalk are asked to avoid areas where work is  taking place wherever possible. The Town of Hinton also wishes to remind all visitors and residents that the Beaver Boardwalk is an on leash  area, and as such, all dogs in the area are expected to be on leash and  under the control of their owners.

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