Council Highlights

Council Highlights for September 1, 2015

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 Mackin opens the floor to the public to speak and share with Council members, administration and meeting observers. During this meeting there were no speakers. 

This week Joan Janeczko spoke thanked Council for their support during the visit from Wanouchi students. 


Naming Request of Beaver Boardwalk Tower
Don Norheim brought forward a naming request to Council. Resident Al MacKay collected signatures in support of renaming the west observation tower at the Beaver Boardwalk, the Rocky Morin Wildlife Tower. The naming request of the tower is in recognition of Rocky’s vision in the conception of the boardwalk, as well as the development and construction of what is now one of Hinton’s signature experiences. 

Action Items

Naming Request
Council voted in support of renaming the lookout tower at the Beaver Boardwalk, the Rocky Morin Wildlife Tower in recognition of the outstanding contribution to our community, and in particular the Beaver Boardwalk.

Capital Budget Replacement of Custodian Vehicle
Council approved the purchase of a vehicle to replace the 2001 Dodge quad cab truck used by the custodial department. 

Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre Strategic Vision and Direction 
Council voted to approve the amount of $150,000 to fund the consultant’s fee  to engage in a 10-year Strategic Plan for the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre. The plan will include a full evaluation to determine life cycle of the existing infrastructure, and consultation with community stakeholders will support Administration in providing Council with a strategic plan. To view the full direction request click here.

Council passed a motion that Councillor Currie put forth to rescind a motion which was carried on July 15, 2014, that all councillors attending the annual AUMA Conference will charge a meeting fee rate of $108 per day, the equivalent of 4 hours. Councillor Currie noted that the AUMA conference runs longer than the 4 hours per day, regularly lasting 8 hours or longer.

Mayor Mackin made a proclamation that September 2015 be recognized as Muscular Dystrophy month. For more information on Muscular Dystrophy, please click here

Mayor Mackin put forward a direction that Administration to send a report to Council regarding current sponsorship requests put out to the community. A further direction was put forward for administration to draft a sponsorship policy for Council to review by the end of December. Council voted in favour of both.

Council passed a motion put forward by Councillor Barrow for administration to bring back to Council a conceptual design and budget for a comprehensive Beaver Boardwalk map/brochure, to be included in the 2016 budget.

CFWY and the Chamber invited Council to participate in a business walk-through in September. Council directed administration to continue with the planning process for the Oct. 20, 2015 Business Walk.

Town of Hinton Newsflash

The Standing Committee meeting of Council on September 22, 2015 has been cancelled.

The swimming pool at the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre will be closed for annual planned maintenance from September 7, reopening on October 5, 2015. The community swimming pools in Jasper and Grande Cache will honour all swim passes during this time. As Edson’s pool is undergoing similar annual planned maintenance, the facility will not be available for use during this time.

Fall Registration for programming at the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre begins Wednesday, September 9, at 4:30 pm, both online and in person. Call 780-865-6062 for more information, or come to the Information, Registration and Job Fair at the Hinton Centre on September 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

You can view the entire agenda package here.
The next Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2015 in the Government Centre Committee Room starting at 4:00 p.m.

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