Council Highlights

Council Highlights - August 15, 2017

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 Mackin opens the floor to the public to speak and share with Council members, administration and meeting observers.

Louise Gale - Gale spoke to council in favour of the automated traffic enforcement program, citing its impact on her personal driving behaviours


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CNIB Cardholders and Transit - Presented by Sherry Travers
Travers did not appear to present to this item.

Automated Traffic Enforcement Committee Quarterly Report - Presented by Todd Martens

View the presentation by following this link.
Following the presentation, it was moved that the stop sign program remain suspended and the initiation of the red light program be put on hold until Council can discuss the program with the ATE Oversight Committee in November. This motion was carried; it was then moved that that Council directs Administration to proceed to send a letter of support for the crosswalk program to the Justice & Solicitor General. This motion also passed.

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.

1. Public Hearing on Reserve Disposal 176 Cheviot Drive; Lot R1, Block 13, Plan 5662RS [CONTINUATION]  

Find the Public Hearing report in the agenda package, available by clicking here.

2.  Public Hearing for Amendment to Land Use Bylaw No.1088 Rezoning Application for Portion of 180 Cheviot Drive Lot 25, Block 13, Plan 002 3661 FROM: R-PRK – Parks and Recreation TO: R-M1 – Low Density Multiple Dwelling Residential District [RESCHEDULED] 

Find the Public Hearing report in the agenda package, available by clicking here.

Action Items

1. Municipal Reserve Disposal for 176 Cheviot Drive - Presented by Mindi Petkau
The Town of Hinton has been working with Habitat for Humanity in support of a proposed affordable housing development on 180 and 176 Cheviot Drive. The housing project would require a portion of 176 Cheviot Drive, therefore a reserve disposal is required. This item is before Council to provide a Resolution of Council to allow for the removal of the reserve designation from 5662RS, Block 13, Lot R1; 176 Cheviot Drive. This item was the subject of a public hearing on July 18, 2017 and August 15, 2017 previous to this Agenda. Assuming the resolution is passed, the reserve designation would then be removed via the Land Titles Office and the land would be available for this housing development subject to the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw. Council passed a motion to adjourn and continue the Public Hearing held relative to this item. Section 184 of the Municipal Government Act (shown below) addresses voting at Public Hearings if a Councillor was absent from all or a part of the Public Hearing. Administration supports the reserve disposal to remove the reserve designation from Plan 5662RS, Block 13, Lot R1; 176 Cheviot Drive so that we can secure the site and continue to move forward with site development plans to facilitate in preparing a project budget and development agreements as necessary. 176 Cheviot Drive provides the cost effective and viable access to the primary developable lot at 180 Cheviot Drive. Without this access, any housing development and infrastructure options for 180 Cheviot Drive would be significantly reduced. It was moved that Council accepts this report as information and no further action is taken. It was then moved that Council direct Administration to bring back Land Use Bylaw #1088 for amendment to 176 Cheviot Drive Plan 5662RS Block 13, Lot R1 for the rezoning to S-PRK.
2. Land Use Bylaw No. 1088-2 for Rezoning 180 Cheviot Drive - Presented by Lorraine Walker
This item was removed from the agenda following the result of action item one.
3. West & East Area Structure Plans - Presented by Lorraine Walker
The West ASP and East ASP plan areas are a significant part of the Town’s future development lands as identified in Hinton’s Draft Municipal Development Plan. The West ASP replaces Terrace Heights North ASP (Bylaw No. 917), Hinton West Urban Fringe Joint ASP (Bylaw No. 981), Terrace Heights ASP (Bylaw No. 1032). The East ASP replaces Eaton ASP (Bylaw No. 908), Hinton East Boundary Joint ASP (Bylaw No. 955) and Thompson Lake ASP Bylaw No. 1012). Upon adoption of the West ASP and East ASP, the above noted ASP’s will be rescinded. Area Structure Plans are a framework for subdivision and development of an area of land and adopted pursuant to the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The West ASP and East ASP describe the sequence of development proposed for an area, the land uses, density of population and general location of major transportation routes and public utilities. The West ASP and East ASP were identified as a focus of Council’s 2014 – 2017 Strategic Plan. The ASP’s align with new municipal plans like the Land Use Bylaw and Draft Municipal Development Plan. The Town retained ISL Engineering and Land Services to undertake a Comprehensive Planning and Development Strategy (CPDS) involving the review and updates of four major plans; including the West ASP and East ASP.  It was moved that the West Area Structure Plan Bylaw No. 1117 receive First Reading, and then that the East Area Structure Plan Bylaw No. 1118 receive First Reading. Both motions were passed. 
4. 2017 Council Remuneration Review - Presented by Denise Parent
The Council Remuneration Review Committee met in May 2017 and analyzed the compensation, expenses, and benefits for the positions of Mayor and Councillors as elected officials for the Town of Hinton. They proposed amendments based on comparative research analyzing council remuneration of comparable communities, as well as feedback from current Councillors and the community (see Attachment 1). It was moved that Council approve the revised Council Remuneration Policy #052, effective October 17, 2017. That motion was passed. 
5. FOIP Regulation Information re: Order 2015-03 - Presented by Denise Parent
At the July 11 Standing Committee Meeting, Council made a motion as follows: “That Administration review the FOIP Order F2015-03 and see if it applies to the release of the financial schedule for the Global Traffic Group Agreement and report to Council.” In response to that motion, Administration researched the issue and analyzed the applicability of FOIP Order F2015-03. To ensure a thorough analysis, the Town of Hinton’s legal representation, Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP (RMRF), was consulted as well. Their response is available in the agenda package, available here. It was moved that Council accept the FOIP Regulation Information re. Order 2015-03 as information, that motion passed. 

Information Items

Councillor Ryan Maguhn - Councillor Maguhn made a motion regarding providing free transit for all CNIB members. He was then reminded that 80% of all public transit in Hinton is already subsidized, and that there are multiple supports in the community to ensure riders can in situations of financial need attain transportation. As discussion continued, Councillor Ostashek clarified a statement by the CNIB that Council had revoked the support of this program, when in fact, there does not seem to be any record of such an agreement ever having existed, save a recollected verbal agreement at one time. All Councillors agreed to wanting to provide subsidies to those who need it, but also not to single out any one group. It was then moved that Council direct Administration to bring back the May 23, 2017 report to a Standing Committee with additional information on the needs in the community to ensure the inclusiveness in regards to Transit. This motion passed. 

Councillor Albert Ostashek - Councillor Ostashek informed council that the Arts Society for Hinton has chosen a name for the PAV facility; it will be known as PATH, or Performing Arts Theatre for Hinton. He also provided some information regarding budgets for the Society. 

Councillor Matthew Young - Councillor Young discussed making a motion providing direction to administration to seek out new options for Habitat following the decisions of the Public Hearing; Administration recommended an alternative method of proceeding, and so the motion was withdrawn. 

Mayor Rob Mackin - The Mayor provided a number of updates to Council, including:

  • Last week, MLA Rosendahl announced 3 million dollars in support of William A Switzer Park and the Sulphur Gates Park. It is anticipated that the announcement will lead to a new and improved visitor centre at Kelly's Bathtub and new shops, as well as general revitalization of the parks, which have received increased visitors this year. 
  • The Mayor shared information pertaining to Minister Sabir's visit on August 15; read more below. 
  • He informed Council of early plans to stage a mountain pine beetle round table meeting with regional stakeholders, saying he will share more information once details are confirmed. 

Interim CAO Laura Howarth - CAO Howarth updated Council on a number of different items, including:

  • Beaver Boardwalk Brochure - the final item in the revamp of Beaver Boardwalk Interpretive materials has been completed. CAO Howarth shared a copy of the new brochure, which will be distributed following a launch event next month. 
  • Leisure Guide Fall 2017 - Communications has been working with recreation staff and other ToH divisions to create an all inclusive guide for the Recreation Centre facility. The guide is expected in the coming weeks, and will feature pool, arena, bouldering, courts, events, youth centre, young adult program, and events information. It will be available digitally and in print copies at the Recreation Centre. 
  • A reminder on upcoming Pool Annual Shutdown (more information below)
  • CAO Howarth offered an update on the equipment shared to help combat the BC wildfires
  • The new Hinton Protective Services Rescue Truck has arrived, and CAO Howarth invited Council to come and visit the new piece of equipment. 

Town of Hinton Newsflash

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! 

Mayor Speaking With Minister Sabir

Minister Visit
The Town of Hinton was proud to host a roundtable on August 15, bringing in FCSS and other social groups from Edson, Hinton, and Yellowhead County to discuss regional needs and goals. The groups were able to share their concerns directly with Minister Irfan Sabir, of Community and Social Services. The Minister remarked being impressed at the connections already existing between the social groups operating throughout the region.   

Bob Oshanyk, Minister Sabir, Yvonne Oshanyk, and Rob Mackin With Awards

Award Presented

While attending the event above, Minister Sabir also took the opportunity to recognize the achievements of two Hintonites and The Town of Hinton for their work to establish Domestic Violence Awareness week. The individual awards were presented to Glenda Carter and Katherine Kennedy, acknowledging that from its beginning here in Hinton, to the current activities that occur across the province, Domestic Violence Awareness Week has grown to be an important part of awareness activities for this important cause.

Minister Sabir also presented the Friendship Centre with an award, recognizing their 20 year history working in the community. 

myHinton App Updated! 
The myHinton app has recently been updated! You can now find information for Hinton Victim Services, CEAC, the coming Municipal Election, and more, all by downloading the app to your device by using the following links:

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Dont miss your swim

Pool Shutdown Coming Soon

Are you a frequent user of our pool facility? Make sure you're aware, annual shutdown is coming up soon!

Shutdown starts September 4, and is expected to be completed October 2.

We'll be sharing the program schedules for neighbouring facilities in the coming weeks; they will be honouring your passes during the closure.

You can view the entire agenda package here.

As a reminder, the next Council meeting will be held September 5 in The Committee Room at 4:00 pm

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