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.