Council Highlights

Council Highlights -  September 18, 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.

Natalie Charlton - Executive Director, Hinton Chamber of Commerce
Charlton invited the Mayor and Council to attend the Chamber of Commerce Gala on October 20, 2018. 


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.

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.

Land Use Bylaw No. 1088-6

Learn more in the agenda package, available here.

Action Items

1. Land Use Bylaw No. 1088-6 - Second and Third Reading - Presented by Lorraine Walker
The purpose of the Land Use Bylaw (LUB) is to regulate land use and development within Hinton. The LUB amendments are recommended for the purpose of supporting the Cannabis legislation coming into full force and effect. Council gave Land Use Bylaw 1088-6 second and third reading. 

2. Community Engagement and Advisory Committee Terms of Reference Review - Presented by Jenna Altrogge
As per Council’s direction, a revised Terms of Reference document is being presented for Council’s review ahead of the one-year commitment to the Council-appointed Community Engagement and Advisory Committee (CEAC). Council made a series of motions:
  • That Council approves the Community Engagement and Advisory Committee Terms of Reference as presented in Attachment #1.
  • That Council gives First reading of Bylaw #1070-3 to remove schedules A and B.
  • That Council gives Second reading of Bylaw #1070-3 to remove schedules A and B.
  • That Council gives unanimous consent for Third reading of Bylaw #1070-3.
  • That council give third reading to bylaw 1070-3 to remove schedules A & B 
These motions all carried. 

3. Cannabis Consumption Bylaw # 1125 (Second Reading) - Presented by Todd Martens
This Bylaw is intended to address cannabis consumption within our community once cannabis is officially legalized. Regulating cannabis consumption by banning consumption in public places will protect children, adults and seniors from exposure to second-hand cannabis smoke, while allowing people to consume cannabis in their privately-owned or rented space. This Bylaw aligns with federal and provincial legislation and strikes a balance between economic opportunities and efforts to mitigate community concerns. The Bylaw received First Reading at the September 11, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council.It was moved that Bylaw #1125 be amended to reflect signage specific to no cannabis consumption. This motion carried. It was then moved that Council gives Second reading of Cannabis Consumption Bylaw #1125 as amended in Attachment #2. This motion also carried. 

4. Animal Control Bylaw #1122 (Second Reading) - Presented by Todd Martens
The current Animal Control Bylaw #1021 is outdated. A re-write of the Bylaw was undertaken to create the proposed new Animal Control Bylaw No. 1122, which has more enforcement capabilities. The proposed Bylaw received First Reading at the September 11, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council. It was moved that Council gives Second Reading of Animal Control Bylaw #1122 as presented. This motion carried. 

5. Organizational Review Funding - Presented by Interim CAO Mike Koziol
It was moved that up to $75,000 be allocated from the Reserves to fund an Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness Review. This motion carried. 

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 Trevor Haas: Council Haas had nothing to report

Councillor Tyler Waugh: Councillor Waugh informed Council of his attendance at a Community Futures West Yellowhead meeting recently, saying cannabis was a big topic of discussion. Waugh went on to express being glad to see CEAC's terms of reference go forward, offering his thanks to all who spent hours over the summer preparing the document. Waugh concluded by speaking to his excitement at the Chamber of Commerces coming presentation on the national stage in regards to Mountain Pine Beetle. 

Councillor Ryan Maguhn: Councillor Maguhn thanked Councillor Waugh for his recent attendance in Maguhns place at a Golf Society meeting, elaborating that another will be coming surrounding long term planning both under the current society leadership and the future potential leadership. Maguhn also expressed his thanks to Council in regards to recent absences as result of family injury. Maguhn concluded by reminding the public of the coming Rotary Oktoberfest. 

Councillor Albert Ostashek: Councillor Ostashek had nothing to report. 

Councillor Dewly Nelson: Councillor Nelson also spoke to the recent Community Futures West Yellowhead meeting, focusing on discussions that occurred there regarding the viability of Grande Cache and that communities coming vote as to whether to dissolve. He concluded by also speaking to the Rotary Oktoberfest.  

Councillor Joann(Jo) Race: Councillor Race informed Council of attendance at a recent ASH meeting, saying the group continues to work hard in planning for the future. Race concluded by reminding the community of the Alberta Cultural Days event scheduled for September 29, and offering some free tickets to interested individuals.

Mayor Marcel Michaels: Mayor Michaels spoke to a recent BSN meeting, elaborating that the once a month event is always well attended and encouraging interested individuals to contact Louise Gale if they wish to take part. 

Interim CAO Mike Koziol: Interim CAO Koziol spoke to the recent Regional CAO meeting, at which leadership from a number of regional communities and partners gathered and discussed some of the challenges the individual communities and groups were facing. The meetings are intended to occur every 6 months. Koziol concluded by saying that it is an important meeting and a valuable insight to leadership. 

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.

1. Quarterly Council Brief (Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy RSA 2000, Chapter 23)

Town of Hinton Newsflash

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Apply to Join a Committee of Council

Hinton Town Council is currently seeking applications for three boards; the Hinton Municipal Library Board, Hinton Grant Funding Advisory Committee, and the Community Engagement and Advisory Committee. 

View the image below to learn more, or visit the committee website by clicking here. Online applications are now being accepted via this page

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. 

Hinton Facebook Page

The Town of Hinton is on Facebook!

As over 1500 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 Council meeting will be held October 2, 2018, at 4pm
in Council Chambers.

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