Council Highlights

Council Highlights -  November 6, 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.

Bill Mcdonald
Mcdonald came before Council to request assistance with Destination and Marketing fees. He was informed of the ongoing work for an economic strategic plan, and the likelihood that Destination Marketing Fees will be evaluated in the course of this strategy development. 


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1. Discovery Camp Update - Presented by Cristin Bostrom and Victoria Odell
Bostrom and Odell, accompanied by a number of Leaders by Nature and Discovery Camp attendees, presented a report on both programs work over the summer and the important role they play in the community as an accredited, subsidized option for summer child care. Learn more in the agenda package, available here.

2. STARS - Presented by Glenda Farnden
Farden presented Council with information regarding the services they offer in our region and the importance of the support that is offered from the Town of Hinton. Learn more in the agenda package, available here.

3. Hinton Grant Funding Advisory Committee 2018 Intake #2 - Presented by Kathy Rees
Rees presented the work of the Grant Funding Advisory Committee for 2018 Intake #2. Learn more in the agenda package, available here.

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 were no public hearings. 

Action Items

1. Community Grant Program 2018 Intake #2 Funding Recommendations - Presented by Jenna Altrogge
The Community Grant Program (CGP) provides local non-profit organizations with funding to maintain, improve, or initiate community projects, operations, and events. The recommended allocations for the 2018 Intake #2 reflect the best interests of the overall community and align with Town Council’s priorities and vision. Council made motion That Council awards the Community Grant Program funding, as per the recommendation from the Hinton Grant Funding Advisory Committee, for a total of $60,000 as outlined in Attachment 1. This decision resulted in allocations of the following amounts:

  • $4,000 to The Share Shop, for expansion of the project
  • $10,000 to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 249 for Banquet Room Upgrades
  • $10,000 to the Hinton Motorcycle Association for the Legacy Wall Demolition Project
  • $5,500 to Hinton Minor Baseball for the Batting Cages Project
  • $4,000 to the Hinton and District Spay and Neuter Society for their Autumn Boost Project
  • $2,500 to the Hinton Minor Baseball for the Travel Team Uniforms Project
  • $6,150 to the Hinton Nordic Skiers for Biathlon Equipment Purchase Project
  • $5,000 to the Hinton Curling Club for the Mechanical Room Project
  • $6,450 to the Hinton Minor Football Association for Operations Funding
  • $6,400 to the Break-a-Leg Theatre Arts Society for their Costume and Prop Storage Facility Project. 
A total of $60,000 was awarded in 2018 Intake #2. Since 1999, under the Quality of Life/Community Grant Program, the Town has provided funding to various non-profit groups in the amount of 1.58 million dollars. 

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 Tyler Waugh: Councillor Waugh extended his thanks to the Hinton Wildcats hockey team, as well as firefighters, who helped make halloween special for local children by being out and about over the evening. 

Councillor Ryan Maguhn: Councillor Maguhn extended his thanks to Mayor Michaels for a letter circulated earlier in the afternoon in regards to the locations of scheduled Wildcats games. 

Councillor Albert Ostashek: Councillor Ostashek spoke to his attendance at the previous days Economic Development Strategy Steering Committee meeting, reporting the plan is coming together and that they look forward to bringing a copy of the strategy to a Council meeting in the next 2-3 weeks. 

Councillor Dewly Nelson: Councillor Nelson spoke to his attendance at the Crowsnest Pass Energy Futures Roadshow, saying he looks forward to the event coming to Hinton. Nelson then spoke to a dinner with Rocky Mountain House Council and administration, the Chamber Gala, the "Sustainability: A Beautiful Future" event, and the mornings Geothermal 101 session. 

Councillor Joann(Jo) Race: Councillor Race spoke to this weeks ASH meeting, saying that she was happy to report bookings every weekend through to the new year. Race also introduced a new concept event, the Empower Hour, which will offer an hour of empowering programming targeted towards women in the new year. Race concluded by saying that she has a Waste Management Authority meeting coming up.

Mayor Marcel Michaels: Mayor Michaels also spoke to the Rocky Mountain House dinner, saying he appreciated the opportunity to meet with a fellow resource community and share both challenges and successes with a similar community in a less formalized structure than AUMA. Michaels concluded by speaking to efforts ongoing to recognize Remembrance Day by running sirens at the fire hall and police station. 

Interim CAO Mike Koziol: Interim CAO Koziol brought forward to Council a letter from Evergreens regarding a change in management of a number of units in the community. Following the report, a motion was made that Council Direct Administration to provide a letter to Evergreens Foundation acknowledging the Pembina Housing Authority and the incorporation of 51 additional housing units into their operations. This motion carried. Koziol then reported on the process that has been created for coming budget proceedings. 

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.

No motions were made.

Town of Hinton Newsflash

Rec Centre Map

Please Adjust Parking Practices at Rec Centre

Patrons of the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre will observe some extra activity near the fire lane of the facility. Staff will, this week, be installing signs serving as the first part of expanded enforcement of fire lane/no parking zones in front of the facility.

This fire lane is an important part of ensuring that emergency personnel, should they ever need to attend the facility, are able to quickly and efficiently move into action.

While this fire lane has always been in place, next weeks' sign installation will begin a new awareness and enforcement campaign in the area. A notice will be shared through CivicSend on the day of installation. From that day, there will be a 30 day grace period wherein Bylaw enforcement staff will make violators aware of the firelane.

At the end of this grace period, Bylaw will begin issuing tickets for violation of the fire lane.

 All recreation centre patrons and staff are asked to please review the above map (also available here) to view permitted and forbidden locations for loading and short term parking in the Rec Centre area.

For any further questions related to the recreation, please contact Heather Waye, Interim Parks, Recreation & Culture Manager.

For any question relating to Bylaw enforcement, please contact Protective Services.

Cannabis Image

Hinton is a No Public Consumption Community

It has been less than a month that Canada has experienced legalized Cannabis. As such, the Town of Hinton would like to remind residents and visitors that while the possession, retail sale, and consumption of Cannabis is now legal, there are many pieces of legislation for all residents to be aware of. One important aspect to keep in mind in Hinton in particular? Bylaw 1125 prohibits the public consumption of cannabis, to a maximum penalty of $400. 

To help understand of the regulations surrounding Cannabis, we've created an explainer video, and an entire webpage, dedicated to Cannabis. Find them both at

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 November 13, 2018, at 4pm
in the Committee Room.

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