Council Highlights

Council Highlights -  May 07, 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.

Nancy Robbins, Community Futures West Yellowhead
Robbins came before Council to share their support for the Climate Change action item. 

Deborah Grantham, Victim Services Unit
Grantham shared an update to Council regarding the VSU's event, saying the Unit earned $22,000 from the event and welcomed 60 more attendees than the previous year. Grantham concluded by offering thanks to the community for the support. 


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1. Yellowhead Elder Abuse Response Network - Presented by Charlene Sitar

View the presentation in the agenda package, available here. 

2. SMARTstart Program - Presented by Nancy Robbins & Nathalie Hahn

View the presentation in the agenda package, available here. 

3. Grant Funding Advisory Committee Recommendations - 2019 Intake #1 - Presented by Kathy Rees, Nancy Robbins & Jessica Hearsey

View the presentation 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 hearings.

Action Items

1. Community Grant Program 2019 Intake #1 Funding Recommendations - Presented by Shelby Donkin

This item is before Council to present recommendations from the Hinton Grant Funding Advisory Committee (HGFAC) for awarding funds under the CGP. This is the first of two annual intakes for allocating $27,025 from the total of $54,050 of available funding in 2019. It was moved that Council award the Community Grant Program funding, as per the recommendation from the Hinton Grant Funding Advisory Committee, for a total of $24,323 as outlined in Attachment 1.   An amendment was  made to add: The Hinton firefighters Association award of $2,702 be removed and the funds be made available for the October 2019 Community Grant Funding Intake #2. This motion carried. 

2. Partners for Climate Protection Program Membership - Presented by Martin Taylor
Funds and resources will be required for the Town of Hinton to honour a commitment to the Partners for Climate Change Program. On April 23, 2019 the Standing Committee of Council directed Administration to bring this item before Council for decision.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability have established the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program to provide a forum for municipal governments to share their knowledge and experience with other municipal governments on how to reduce GHG emissions. The PCP program is based on a five-milestone framework that involves completing a GHG inventory and forecast, setting a GHG reduction target, developing a local action plan, implementing the plan, and monitoring progress and reporting results. PCP members commit to carry out the five-milestone framework within 10 years of joining the program and to report on progress at least once every two years. 

It was moved That Council communicate to FCM its participation in the PCP program and its commitment to achieving the milestones set out in the PCP five-milestone framework. This motion carried; it was then moved That Council direct administration to prepare project timeline and budget for Council’s approval as part of the annual budget process regarding the PCP program. This motion also carried. 

3. Asset Management Policy - Presented by Mindi Petkau
The Policy is the starting point in working to support sound decision making and the long-term sustainability of the Town. It is expected that an Asset Management Program will be a legislated requirement in the future and the existence of a plan will ensure future grant funds as it is now a requirement for obtaining certain funding. Building the Asset Management Program means building our knowledge base to enable a more robust view of our current services, the level they are provided, the assets used to provide the service, and the correlation to our financial position. It was moved that Council approve Asset Management Policy PD-6100 as presented;  this motion carried. 

4. Hinton Youth Advisory Council - Presented by Jenna Altrogge
Following Council’s direction at the April 24, 2019 Standing Committee Meeting, Administration is presenting Bylaw #1128, as included in Attachment #1, for Council’s review to establish the Hinton Youth Advisory Council. Council gave Bylaw 1128 unanimous first, second, consent, and third reading.

5. Parks, Open Spaces and Trails (POST) - Presented by Hans van Klaveren
The Town of Hinton believes in the value of Parks, Open Spaces and Trails (POST). A POST Master Plan will be the reference point for decision making that is ultimately focused on getting the most out of current and future POST assets while adhering to the principles and objectives defined within our Community Sustainability Plan. It was moved that Council approves the Parks, Open Spaces & Trails Master Plan, effectively replacing the 2.0 Parks Master Plan 2003. This motion carried. 

6. Request to Waive Fees – Schnell Hardy Jones LLP - Presented by Carla Fox
The law firm Schnell Hardy Jones LLP are acting Solicitors for the apartment building at 123 & 159 Seabolt Drive. There are 78 Units that require tax certificates. On August 14, 2007, Council approved a $20 fee for each Tax Certificate requested. The fee associated with these 78 Tax Certificates would be $1,560. The Law Firm is requesting that Council consider reducing, waiving, or even a flat fee for the costs. It was moved that Council deny the request to reduce or waive fees for Schnell Hardy Jones LLP to obtain 78 Tax Certificates for the apartment buildings located at 123 & 159 Seabolt Drive. This motion carried. 

7. 2019 Tax Levy Rate Bylaw #1136 - Presented by Carla Fox
The approved 2019 operating budget is $31,416,646 (excluding non-cash items). The tax Levy bylaw is required to raise the general municipal taxation amount approved in the budget of $13,198,722 and in addition amounts are collected for the School Tax Levy and Evergreen Foundation Levy. The Tax Levy Bylaw includes the requisitions for the Education Property Tax and the Evergreen Foundation. These amounts are set by the province and the municipality is responsible for the collection and remittance of these requisitions. Council gave Bylaw 1136 unanimous first, second, consent, and third reading.

8. 2019 Supplementary Property Tax Rate Bylaw #1137 - Presented by Carla Fox
This item is before Council to give council the necessary authority under the Municipal Government Act (section 313) to levy supplementary property tax. The 2018 Budget contains supplementary property taxation revenue in the amount of $50,000. In order to collect this revenue, it is necessary to put in place a supplementary property taxation bylaw. Council gave Bylaw 1137 unanimous first, second, consent, and third reading.

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 in camera items. 

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 expressed regrets at missing a recent Library meeting, and shared that the new library manager has been a good, innovative fit thus far.  

Councillor Tyler Waugh: Councillor Waugh shared information pertaining to a recent CEAC meeting where further engagement activities were being discussed, including opportunities to engage and new communication tools. 

Councillor Ryan Maguhn: Councillor Maguhn shared attendance at a recent Golf Society meeting, whereat the election of new board members Howard Nowicki and Brad Kopp took place. 

Councillor Jo-Ann Race: Councillor Race informed Council of attendance at a recent ASH meeting, as well as the ASH Empower Hour event. 

Councillor Dewly Nelson: Councillor Nelson shared attendance, and appreciation for, last weeks Victim Services Gala, as well as Council's recent Social Housing and Recreation Centre workshops. Nelson went on to share attendance at a Hinton Filipino Sports Association basketball event, and concluded by sharing Rotary conversations surrounding youth partnerships in the community. 

Councillor Albert Ostashek: Councillor Ostashek shared thanks to Council for their role in the VSU gala assisting in the auctioneering. 

Mayor Marcel Michaels: Mayor Michaels shared attendance at a Legion spring rally event and the Chamber AGM in addition to the previously discussed VSU gala. Michaels then shared information regarding an Alberta Council event, whereat municipal leaders were given opportunity to meet and get to know the new Alberta Cabinet. Michaels also detailed his recent role  as  MC at the YRAF Grand Concert, which he described as an awesome event. Michaels concluded by detailing a received call earlier in the day from the Minister of Municipal Affairs, stating he hopes this represents an open line of communication with the province moving forward. 

CAO Martin Taylor: CAO Taylor had nothing to report. 

Town of Hinton Newsflash

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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.

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 May 7, 2019, at 4pm
in the Council Chambers.

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