Council Highlights

Council Highlights for April 21, 2015

Citizens Minute with Council

Joan Janeczko met with Interagency on People Inc. and people in attendance at the meeting were interested in the program. Joan informed Council that H20 Inc. is wrapping up, and Bowling Inc. is set to begin soon.


There were no delegations at this meeting.

Action Items

Town of Hinton Consolidated Financial Statements
Gerald Joly, with Mergaert, Barford, Williams & Joly Chartered Accountants, presented the Town 2014 financial statements to Council. Council accepted the statements as presented.
Nuisance Bylaw #1087?
Council gave the Nuisance Bylaw first and second reading and asked that the bylaw be put to public feedback for three weeks.
The proposed bylaw includes changes to supporting definitions, a more comprehensive section regulating Nuisance Smoke, more defined time frames for snow removal, regulations prohibiting any person from causing damage to Town property, and better service and discretion options with respect to Offence Tickets for Town Bylaw Officers. As well, a fine schedule has been created. 

Policy #082, Recreation & Parks User Fee PolicyCouncil deferred this policy to the Standing Committee of May 12, 2015 to discuss and review fee schedules within the Rec, Culture and Parks department.

Innovista Lot Offer
Council accepted the offer from 636532 Alberta Ltd to Purchase 366 Fleming Drive (lot9A, Block 1, Plan 1021741).
Price, terms and conditions remain in confidence until the sale is completed.

2015 Tax Levy Bylaw # 1095 and Supplementary Property Tax Bylaw #1096
Council unanimously approved the Tax Rate Bylaw #1093, giving all three readings during the meeting. Tax payers in Hinton will see an overall municipal tax increase of .28%, as opposed to the projected 1% increase that was initially forecast, with money collected transferred to reserves for future infrastructure projects.
The Tax Levy Bylaw also includes the requisitions for the Education Property Tax and the Evergreen Foundation. These amounts are set by the province and the municipality is responsible for the collection and remittance of these requisitions.
Council also approved the Supplementary Tax Levy Bylaw #1094 and commended administrations’ work during this budget season.
Click here for the media release that features more information on the bylaw.

Council Updates

Mayor Mackin reminded everyone that April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace, and the Town’s flags will be at half mast that day.
Councillor Maguhn asked a question regarding outdoor eating areas in public spaces adjacent to businesses that serve food and beverages. The process for this includes proof of insurance, and a hand written sketch of layout and an application. Currently there is also an application fee of $75.

You can view the entire Regular Council Meeting agenda package here.
The next Standing Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in the Committee Room starting at 4:00 p.m.

Public Feedback Opportunity

Please take a moment to review the Proposed Nuisance Bylaw #1087 and send your feedback to, or send through Hinton Listens on the town website. We thank you in advance for your participation!

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