Council Highlights

Council Highlights - June 6, 2017 - resend for content

Citizens' Minute with Council

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There were no speakers

Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held regarding Land Use Bylaw No. 1088-1


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Action Items

1. Amendments to Land Use Bylaw No. 1088 

LUB Edits Overview and Redesignation of Local Zoning - Presented by Dani Woodman
Land Use Bylaw No. 1088 was adopted at the Regular Meeting of Council September 6, 2016. In the six months following the adoption of the LUB, Administration has identified some typographical errors and omissions. Administration has also since identified that Steele Crescent is currently zoned as C-SHP - Shopping Centre Commercial District. The current zoning and its’ permitted and discretionary uses identified in Land Use Bylaw #1088 do not support existing established businesses that have been developed to date. All the existing developments and their permitted and/or discretionary uses are supported under the I-LHT - Light Industrial District.
Rezoning Application for 100 & 200 Drinnan Way – Presented by Lorraine Walker
An application has been received to amend Land Use Bylaw No. 1088 as follows: The subject lands are located at 100 & 200 Drinnan Way and Administration has received an application to rezone these lands from R-S3 – Residential Narrow Lot Density to I-LHT – Light Industrial District, to accommodate the demand in the market for light industrial land. Rezoning of these lands has been supported by Council in the past and were made under Land Use Bylaw #960, however, remained a residential land use.
Council gave first, second and achieved third reading, passing unanimously
2. Award of Tender for 2017 Capital Work Projects - Presented by Wendy Jones
The Town of Hinton released a Request for Pre-Qualification(RFPQ) for the 2017 Capital Work Projects (Meadow Drive, Athabasca Avenue, Switzer Dr./Kelley Road Waterline abandonment and replacement and Firehall sidewalk and drainage swale) on April 12, 2017. The RFPQ was published on the Alberta Purchasing Systems (APS) and the Town of Hinton Website. The RFPQ closed on April 26, 2017 with the Town receiving eight (8) submissions from respondents. The submissions were evaluated through the identified predetermined criteria (available in the agenda package here) Town Council awarded the Tender received for the 2017 Capital Work Projects for Meadow Drive and Athabasca Avenue to GS Construction in the amount of $5,779,074; and the Tender for the construction of Switzer Dr./Kelley Road Waterline (abandonment and replacement) and Firehall (sidewalk and drainage swale) with a not-to-exceed budget of $300,000 to support overall cost savings, was awarded to GS Construction.
3. Legal Matter - $35,000 Capital Expense Approval - Presented by Wendy Jones
The purpose of the $35,000 and the type of services to be procured was discussed with Council In-Camera on May 23, 2017. The procurement of services cannot be delayed for the reasons identified In Camera. The findings from the procurement of services will allow the Town to consult with legal counsel and obtain their evaluation and recommendations on how best to proceed. Council will be briefed and direction sought once the findings and legal counsel’s evaluation and recommendation are established. Town Council approved Administration to spend a maximum of $35,000.00 for the purposes of procuring services in support of a legal matter as disclosed to Council at the Standing Committee Meeting (In-Camera) on May 23, 2017.
4. Inter-Municipal Assessment Review Board Agreement & Bylaw #1115 - Presented by Jenna Altrogge
This item is before Council to update and revise the Inter-Municipal Assessment Review Board bylaw. In 2008, the Town of Hinton entered into an Inter-Municipal partnership with the Town of Grande Cache and the Specialized Municipality of Jasper with respect to Assessment Review and Subdivision & Development Appeals. Each municipality has citizen council-appointed representatives that sit as board members and attend appeal hearings on assessment and subdivision and development appeals as required. Appeals are handled in a timely and effective manner and the partnering municipalities have been able to share resources, best practices, issues, and concerns. The appeal process itself is perceived by the communities as being more equitable and transparent. In 2017, the Town of Edson requested to join the partnership. Additionally, the roles and responsibilities of Clerk and Clerk Coordinator are being revised to ensure that the delegation of work is equitably shared by the partnering communities. Council gave Bylaw #1115 first and second reading, also achieving third and final reading unanimously.
5. Appointment of Interim Chief Administrative Officer - Presented by Jenna Altrogge
This item is before Council to address the upcoming vacancy in the Town’s CAO position (due to the resignation of the current CAO Mike Schwirtz, whose last day will be June 16, 2017). Provincial legislation mandates Council to appoint one or more persons to the position of Chief Administrative Officer (Town Manager). The role of the CAO is an important function within the Town structure and appointing an interim CAO will ensure continuity of Town plans and services for the citizens of Hinton during the recruitment process. Council Appointed Laura Howarth as interim CAO effective June 17, 2017.

Information Items

Councillor Marcel Michaels - Michaels reported having attended a Community Futures West Yellowhead meeting.
Councillor Glen Barrow - Barrow reported having attended FCM. He heard many comments regarding geothermal from officials from other communities in attendance, many saying it's amazing to see and hear the science involved. Barrow went on to say that Hinton is at the forefront of this movement, so we as a community should lead and take advantage. FCM also offered an opportunity to attend Recreation Centre study shops, and saw many communities discussing similar issues and items as we are. He rounded out his reporting with a shout out for seniors week.
Councillor Ryan Maguhn - Maguhn reported having attended a Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage meeting, informing the community that there will be a paint night coming up, and that the museum is now a Chamber of Commerce member
Councillor Stuart Taylor
- Taylor offered his congratulations to Elaine Koch for her seniors lifetime achievement award, and spoke to seniors week. He also reported attending a MPB event. Taylor requested information regarding the cleanup of the firesite along highway 16 near the Hinton Highway Inn; CAO schwirtz informed him that ToH staff consider the cleanup a priority and have been working with the relevant insurance company, and that work is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
Councillor Matthew Young - Young reported having attended a Library Board meeting, saying they anticipate to be hiring librarian soon. He thanked the Town for support with the HR particulars, as well as for help in using agenda format. Councillor Young reported there are Vacancies on the board, and that new members would be needed soon. 
Mayor Rob Mackin
- Council Representation on Boards & Committees - Mackin moved that Councillor Barrow replace Councillor Taylor on the Library Board, and that Councillor Taylor be placed as an alternate on the Hinton Golfing Society Board. This motion was carried. 
Mayor Mackin offered Elaine Koch his congratulations for her lifetime achievement award.

Mackin reported having visited Ottawa alongside the  Mayor of Whitecourt to represent the forestry communities of Alberta as guests of the Forest Products of Canada. They had an opportunity to speak to the challenges of forestry communities and work with other communities on issues like caribou management. Also spoke in regards to the mountain pine beetle, meeting with federal officials and representatives of Jasper National Park. Mackin reports that he will be facilitating a sit down with relevant scientists. There is work that can be done in Jasper that doesn't require an act of parliament and he will continue to push for it. Mackin is looking for Ottawa to step up, and is seeking connections with forestry lobbyists at a federal level. 

Mackin reported that the North American Forestry Commision, including officials from the US, Mexico,  and Canada, are all coming to Hinton for a field tour, spending the evening in Hinton, where he will bring greetings from the community. 

Mackin went on to report that FPInnovations is sending an international delegation to tour our Lignin Plant and to visit our working forest next year. 

Mackin also reported having met with MP Eglinski while in Ottawa in regards to Hinton Geothermal, as well as an MP  from Edmonton who has submitted a private member's bill regarding supporting geothermal endeavours. Coming from this meeting will be a meeting with the Director for Natural Resources in regards to ways the federal government can support geothermal exploration in Canada. 
CAO Mike Schwirtz - CAO Schwirtz offered some wisdom in recognition of his final Regular Council Meeting as CAO of Hinton. It is transposed below.

When you think of innovation, innovation is the cornerstone of survival.  The human race would not be here today if not for innovators. Innovators look at things from a different perspective, they break rules, they embrace fresh thinking, and without them, we wouldn't be alive today. 

Interesting thing about innovators; their mortality rate is considerably higher than other people. 

This town is full of great people, with great energy, and they have the ability to take advantage of what is called the Alberta Advantage. Albertans are not afraid to take risks, they're not afraid to go bankrupt. And that's what's made this province so successful. 

Embrace the fresh thinking, and lead the way. This Town is great, but that greatness doesn't happen on its own; it comes from people stepping up and leading. 

CAO Schwirtz also took the opportunity to thank Mayor Mackin, who has recently announced that he will not be running in the coming election, for everything that he has done for the community. Schwirtz wished to draw attention to the fact that most in the public have no knowledge of how much work Mackin has done on behalf of the Town, as he is quite humble about it. 

Finally, Schwirtz offered a thank you to everyone in the community for all the support he has received during his time with the Town, and as CAO. He encourages all of Hinton to provide that same support to the next CAO in the position. 

Town of Hinton Newsflash

No dogs on the Beaver Boardwalk After consulting with provincial and industry biologists, we have determined that the boardwalk may be opened for residents and visitors without further disturbing the beaver’s habitat. However, as the water has receded and provided unprecedented access to the beaver’s lodge, one core section of the Beaver Boardwalk will be closed off to dogs.  The four access points closest to the beaver lodge now identify the boundaries of the No Dog Zone, and have been marked as such by signage. Find more information here.

Can you help? We need your assistance in making our workplace better for employees who grapple with scent sensitivity. All it takes is the decision to forgo cologne or perfume and choosing scent free grooming products when you come to visit the Government Centre. This simple change can help staff members avoid symptoms that can range from sniffles to difficulty breathing. Thanks for doing your part! 

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You can view the entire agenda package here.

As a reminder, the next Council meeting will be held June 13 in The Committee Room at 4:00 pm.

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