Council Highlights

Council Highlights -  April 02, 2019

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.

Beth MacCullum
MacCallum shared their thoughts on the Beaver Boardwalk agenda item.

Bill Heir
Heir shared their thoughts on the Beaver Boardwalk agenda item.

Alice Paquette
Paquette shared their thoughts on the Beaver Boardwalk agenda item.

Bernie Kreiner
Kreiner shared their thoughts on the Beaver Boardwalk agenda item.

Maureen Harper 
Harper shared their thoughts on the Beaver Boardwalk agenda item.

Susan Stevenson 
Stevenson shared their thoughts on the Beaver Boardwalk agenda item.


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.

There were no hearings.

Action Items

1. Beaver Boardwalk – Concept Design and Feasibility Report - Presented by Hans van Klaveren
The Beaver Boardwalk is a community asset that is a highly valued recreational destination by both residents and tourists. This outdoor infrastructure, which was a grassroots initiative, provides the opportunity to experience our local wetland and get close to wildlife natural habitat. A remediation of the existing structure or an optional full replacement will preserve this feature, that enhances our Quality of Life in Hinton, for many years to come.

van Klaveran presented an visual representation of the Beaver Boardwalk and its current state of disrepair. Following the presentation, the below motions were made:
  • That The Beaver Boardwalk - Concept Design and Feasibility Report be brought back to a Standing Committee Meeting of Council for additional discussion prior to April 30, 2019. 
  • Direct Administration to arrange a meeting with Alberta Environment and Parks, Council and Administration by the end of April 2019.
  • To direct Administration to bring a report on the viability of a traffic count on the main sections of the Beaver Boardwalk to be carried out during the summer 2019.
These motions carried. 

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.

There were no motions coming out of in camera

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 new motions. 

Information Items

Councillor Trevor Haas: Councillor Haas shared the announcement of the hiring of Library Services Manager Anayo Ugboma. Read the announcement here. 

Councillor Tyler Waugh: Councillor Waugh shared an update regarding CEAC, detailing coming outreach and engagement including open houses, calls, social media presence, and more. Waugh concluded by sharing a coming CFWY meeting. 

Councillor Jo-Ann Race: Councillor Race reported having attended the Hinton Chamber of Commerce All Candidates forum on Monday, having taken a walk in the Eaton area, a cancelled Waste Management Meeting, and concluded by expressing her regret at missing the ASH Meeting on Monday. 

Councillor Dewly Nelson: Councillor Nelson reported having attended the Hinton Chamber of Commerce's BigHorn Mine Event, a recent Interagency Meeting, and the Yellowhead Emergency Shelter for Women Spaghetti Dinner. Nelson went on to detail a recent speaking engagement at the Energy Futures Lab in Devon, a presentation to the Hinton Rotary, and then shared information on the Northern Rockies Museum of Culture and Heritage Community Planning Event last week. Nelson concluded by stating that he, also, was in attendance at the All Candidates Forum. 

Councillor Albert Ostashek: Councillor Ostashek detailed his attendance at a recent HREDC meeting, whereat the future of the Coalition, and its role moving forward as the Economic Development Officer position enters recruitment phase, was discussed. Ostashek also encouraged residents to continue to use the #HintonFirst to share their experiences shopping and recreating in the Hinton area, and to confirm that yes, the Hinton Public Markets will go forward this year once again over the summer months. Ostashek concluded by sharing details on his attendance at an event featuring Oilers Alumni over  the weekend. 

Mayor Marcel Michaels: Mayor Michaels proclaimed April 7-13 National Volunteer Week. Mayor Michaels also spoke to a recent Forest Advisory Committee meeting, at which new safety efforts made by West Fraser were discussed including new GPS tracking and monitoring in hauling trucks. Michaels then spoke to his, Town CAO and Staff, and HREDC's representatives heading to Banff to take part in the Economic Developers of Alberta Conference. 

CAO Martin Taylor: CAO Taylor had nothing to report. 

Town of Hinton Newsflash

Don't Play with your Trash image

Don't Play With Your Trash

Put the bins wheels to the road - or have to put your wheels to the road as you drive your refuse to the landfill.

The Town of Hinton ISB staff have noticed a significant amount of improperly placed bins on residential streets, and have begun an education campaign with Communications to help everyone understand how to place your bins.


Get Your Business or Animal License Online

The Town of Hinton has moved to a new digital payment system, and you can now conveniently apply for and purchase animal or business licenses online, 24/7!

Visit to apply for a business license.

Visit to apply for an animal license.

The license purchase system will not allow purchases through out-dated browsers, such as internet explorer. 

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. 

The Town of Hinton is on Facebook!

As over 1700 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 Regular Council meeting will be held April 16, 2019, at 4pm
in the Council Chambers.

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