Council Highlights

Council Highlights -  December 17, 2019

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.

There were no speakers.


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There were no delegations.

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 was no public hearing. 

Action Items

1. Hinton Golf Course Report
Since the October 29, 2019 Special Meeting, a transfer of assets between the Hinton Golfing Society and the Town of Hinton is being reviewed. A cheque of $129,867.67 was issued to the Hinton Golfing Society to support payroll, accounts payable and other financial commitments, as directed through a letter outlining approved expenses. An anticipated additional $50,000 - $60,000 will be required to cover what has been anticipated to be required until the end of December, leaving unspent funds through Council’s motion on October 29, 2019.

Administration is working on an arrangement for the transfer of assets between the Town and the Hinton Golfing Society. The Hinton Golfing Society has been very cooperative over the last two months, providing information quickly and supporting information requests as Administration works through the process. Parameters from Administration outlining conditions for the payments previously made from the approved $250,000 was received by the Society and followed without issue. These included accounts payable, line of credit, and Visa payments..

It was moved that Council approve the use of $86,501.57 through Council’s October 29, 2019 motion to provide operating funds into the 2020 season with the Administrative recommendations for ongoing conditions, oversight and support by the Town of Hinton. This motion carried. 

Further information is available below. 

2. Municipal Internship Program - 2020 Intake
“The Municipal Internship Program is a partnership between participating municipal organizations and Alberta Municipal Affairs. The program helps bring recent post-secondary graduates into the municipal field through one of three career streams – municipal administration, finance/accounting, and land use planning. Interns receive hands-on, real-life work experience professional development, and mentoring. Hosting an intern is a significant commitment requiring municipal financial and staff resources as well as a focus on learning and development. The program is not considered a temporary employment opportunity, but rather an opportunity to help build the administrative capacity of local governments in Alberta”. Administration applied to participate in this program in October of 2019. On December 10, 2019 Administration received notice that the Town of Hinton had been selected as one of fourteen successful host municipality applicants. It was moved that Council approve funding for the 2020 intake of the Municipal Internship Program in the total amount of $27,500, with half of the funding required in 2020 in the amount of 13,750 and the other half in the amount of 13,750 in 2021. This motion carried. 

3. 2020 Interim Operating Budget
Council and administration have endeavoured to reach a final budget; however, more time is required to finalize the operating and capital budget for 2020 – 2022. Consideration must be made regarding timelines moving forward as a delay in the approval of the three-year Operating budget past March 2020, could delay the approval of the tax rate bylaw. The Operating budget must be approved prior to the approval of the tax rate bylaw. Tax notices are traditionally sent out by May 15th and taxation collection due date is the end of June. The Interim Operating Budget will allow for Town business to continue until such time as a final 2020- 2022 Operating Budget is approved. Included in the approval of the Interim Operating Budget is the carry forward Capital Projects from 2019. These are projects approved by Council in the 2019 Capital Budget that have not been completed. Administration is not putting forward the five-year Capital Budget, nor the 2020 Capital Budget for decision at this time, as more review is required to meet the direction set by Council. It was moved that Council approve of an interim 2020 operating budget based on the approved operating expenditures from 2019 of $31,261,055 and carry-forward capital projects from 2019. This motion carried. 

4. Proposed Memorandum of Agreement: 2020-2022 Collective Agreement
The memorandum of Agreement continues to advance the objectives of the Town and provides a modest wage increase while preserving very important language regarding transfers, promotions, and appointments, stand-by, and the scope of the agreement. It also clarified the Active Living and Sick Leave benefits, further positioning the Town as an Employer of Choice. Administrative burdens were reduced, and a number of other, minor issues were achieved. The changes to the collective agreement are designed to support the above principles and to support the ongoing goals of preserving a positive working relationship while maintaining the flexibility required by the employer to continue to improve service delivery and reduce costs. The agreement is for a three (3) year term. The wage package includes a 1.9% increase in year one, a 1.9% increase in year two, and a 1.5% increase in year three. Minor increases to boot allowance and LTD benefits were also negotiated. We believe this provides a wage and benefit package that makes the Town of Hinton a desirable place to work. It was moved that Council approves, subject to Union ratification, the attached Memorandum of Agreement between the Town of Hinton and Unifor, Local 855, regarding the three (3) year collective agreement for 2020 - 2022. This motion 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. 

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 inquiries.

Notice of Motion

If Councillors have motions they wish to lodge, this will be the time at which they do. This is in accordance with Council's procedural bylaw.

There were no notices. 

Information Items

Councillor Dewly Nelson: Councillor Nelson reported having attended the Community Futures West Yellowhead Strategic Planning meeting and Christmas Party, as well as the Town Christmas Party and Long Term Service awards. Nelson then spoke to the Skate with Santa event, as well as the HADSANS Pancakes with Santa event at the Legion. Nelson concluded by wishing Administration, Council, and the community a safe and productive holiday season. 

Councillor Albert Ostashek: Councillor Ostashek reported looking forward to an HREDC meeting on the 18th, as well as a rescheduled Bebo Committee meeting in the new year. Ostashek concluded by wishing the community all the best of the season.

Councillor Trevor Haas: Councillor Haas spoke to attendance at a Police Action Committee meeting, informing Council that the RCMP's new Sergeant has now started, bringing the detachment back to full staffing. Haas then went on to detail the newly instated foot patrols, saying that while this action has not amounted to arrests thus far it has startled a number of questionable activity in progress. Haas then reminded the public about sidewalk clearing, and concluded by offering congratulations to the newly elected Mayor of Yellowhead County Jim Eglinski. 

Councillor Ryan Maguhn: Councillor Maguhn offered congratulations to Mayor Eglinski, and then informed council that the FRAG has yet to pass on the next meeting date after missing the previous due to budget discussions. Maguhn concluded by speaking to his Harry Collinge role, saying they will be bringing students into the community to take part in caroling and sharing christmas well wishes. 

Deputy Mayor Tyler Waugh: Deputy Mayor Waugh spoke to attendance at the Skate with Santa, as well as the  CFWY Strategic Planning Session. Waugh concluded by taking a moment to thanking Acting CAO Olsen and Administration for their work throughout the year, wishing all a merry Christmas. 

Acting CAO Emily Olsen: Acting CAO Olsen thanked Administration for their work over the first week in the role, saying the support and positivity is greatly appreciated. Acting CAO Olsen then thanked all staff who took part in the low level Emergency Operations Centre activation on Friday, saying the preparedness and professionalism was greatly appreciated and that the thankfully short activation served as a good preparedness exercise. 

Town of Hinton Newsflash

Hinton Golf Club Statement

The Town of Hinton, in partnership with the Hinton Golfing Society, wishes to inform all residents of Hinton and in particular users and members of the Hinton Golf Club, that we are working to support preparation and operations for a 2020 golf season. An approval of an extended timeline to use funds, approved by Council earlier this fall, will allow the Town of Hinton and the Hinton Golfing Society to further partner, support, and facilitate the continued operation of this facility and maintain its role as recreational infrastructure within the Northern Rockies region. 

The Town wishes to thank The Hinton Golfing Society, for their professional and productive assistance over the last two months, as we collaboratively determine the future of golfing in Hinton.

Seniors Light Tour

Get out and see the beauty!

Many Hintonites have once again gone above and beyond in decorating their homes for the holiday season! FCSS has two programs available so you can get around to all the spots; click either poster to learn more.

Family Light Tour
Family Survey

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Parent Link Survey.

But we need a bit more of your time - we identified an opportunity to potentially expand services for other age groups as well.

Read more in the civicsend available here:

and then head to to fill in one last survey for us in 2019:…/Public-Engag…/FCSS-Family-Survey-102

Holiday Hours

Town Holiday Hours

Please note the above seasonal hours for Town Facilities. 

ALWAYS dial 911 in an emergency

24 Hour Response Lines Remain Available at:

ISB: 780-865-2634
Protective Services: 780-865-6009
Referrals:  211

Council Video Recordings

As some residents may have noticed, we have recently experienced difficulties with our streaming video provider online. The service provider has changed the accepted methods of posting, which has made all older videos in the inventory non-functioning. These non-functioning videos will removed from the inventory for the time being, however, administration is investigating ways of making a larger library available for residents to access online. In the interim, a new format has been selected, and new recordings are being posted as before; however, the new format is slightly larger, and so less videos will be accessible online than in years past. Recordings of the videos are also available on DVDs at the Hinton Municipal Library, which can be checked out and viewed on either computers or DVD players, or by contacting the Town of Hinton should those DVD recordings not be available. 

The Town of Hinton is on Facebook!

As over 1800 people have already figured out - The Town of Hinton now has a corporate Facebook page! This new service adds another resource to the communications toolbelt, and will house information on many different areas; some days, you’ll see information on bylaws, others recreation programs, others information about council decisions or highlights from Council meetings. We will, however, endeavour to ensure that we are sharing content relevant to the widest possible audience. Like us today by clicking here!

You can view the entire agenda package here.

The next Regular Council meeting will be held January 7, 2019, at 4pm
in the Council Chambers.

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