Council Highlights

Council Highlights for August 18, 2015

Citizens Minute with Council

Hans Van Klaveren spoke to council regarding the Run in the Rockies and shared information on their fifth anniversary event. This year 250 racers participated and 56 volunteers assisted in putting on the event. They calculated that out of the total participants, 45% were from out of town. He thanked the Town of Hinton for their support.

Joan Janeczko spoke to Council regarding the success of the Water Devils swim meet, and to share that six kids from Hinton went to provincials this year. Thanked Council for support and shared her appreciation. She also spoke to Council about the visiting Wanouchi students that will be arriving in Hinton on August 19.


Street Lighting Request by Gord Wardell
Gord Wardell, manager for Pineridge Village spoke to Council regarding the level of lighting in the laneway fronting mobile homes in the park. He was concerned about break-ins in the park and other crime due to the lack of lighting. He asked Council to direct administration to install two lights to existing power poles along the lane. Council made a motion to direct administration to research the possibility of and options for providing lights in this lane way.

Action Items

Fire Bylaw #1097
After some discussion regarding the public feedback received on the bylaw, Council referred the bylaw to a future Standing Committee meeting for further discussion prior to passing third reading.

Fireworks Bylaw #1098
Council referred this bylaw to the same standing committee meeting as the fire bylaw for more discussion.

Tender Award for Replacement of Ladder Truck Unit #23
Council voted in favour of awarding the ladder truck replacement to Rocky Mountain Phoenix (Rosenbauer) the tender contract for $890,639. As per Town of Hinton purchasing policy, Council must approve the tender award for purchases greater than $200,000. The cost of the truck will be cost-shared with Yellowhead County at 50% of the approved budget.

Land Sale Innovista Phase I
Council accepted the offer from 67505 Alberta Ltd to purchase the Innovista Lot 9A, Block 1, Plan 102 1741 (366 Fleming Drive). The price and conditions have been reviewed by Council previously, and will be released after the sale has closed.

Alberta Innovates – Geothermal Energy Development in Alberta
In a Standing Committee of Council on June 23, 2015, Jonathan Banks, PhD Research Associate with the University of Alberta by way of delegation presented to Council a proposal that identified the opportunity to participate in a study that would seek to determine the volume of energy available through geo-thermal energy. Council approved the commissioning of the study in partnership with the University of Alberta, Alberta Innovates and other participating municipalities for a cost not to exceed $25,000. This amount for the study will be covered by Council Contingency funds. This approved amount matches the participation of the County of Grande Prairie.

Mid-Year Financial Overview
The Mid-Year Financial Overview report was accepted by Council for information. To view the documents, click here. Please be aware that any highlighted items require Council approval.
The overview recognized the need for Council’s formal approval of $200,000 toward the PATCH project. Council passed the motion to approve the funds for the project.

Purchase of Budgeting Module
Council passed the purchase of the Budgeting Module software in the amount of $80,000, as it will reduce the time required to create, consolidate and manage the many budget requirements of the town.

Participatory Budget 2015
Council approved the Participatory Budget Rulebook and approved expenditures of up to $3,000 from the Participatory Budget for related expenditures including advertising and facility rentals. Residents in Hinton will decide how to spend $100,000 by coming up with ideas, and then voting on the ones they like best. These funds can be used for local improvements to projects that benefit the public: parks, trails, Town programs, and infrastructure. The ideas that get the most public votes will be forwarded to Council and administration for implementation.

Request to Waive Property Tax Penalties for 143 Tamarack Drive
The request made by E.S.H. Property Development to waive property tax penalties in the amount of $7,146.40 was denied by Council.

Changes to Deputy Mayor Terms
Councillor Maguhn will be taking a leave from Council September 1, 2015 to October 20, 2015. As Maguhn was to serve as deputy mayor during a portion of that time, Council passed a motion to allow Councillor Barrow to serve as deputy mayor from September 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015 and Councillor Maguhn to serve from November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016.

You can view the entire agenda package here.
The next Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in the Council Chambers starting at 4:00 p.m.

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