Council Highlights

Council Highlights -  May 21, 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.

There were no speakers.


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.

1. Discover Alberta Northern Rockies - Presented by Chris Sorenson and Tim Shane

Sorenson and Shane presented an overview of the DANR group, and its website. View the site here.

2. Community Engagement & Advisory Committee - Presented by Garth Griffiths & Jailin Bertolin

Find the presentation from Griffiths and Bertolin 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.

Public Hearing on Bylaw No. 1133 - Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP)

View the hearing package in the Agenda, available here.

Action Items

1. Community Engagement and Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference - Presented by Hans van Klaveren
The purpose of Community Engagement and Advisory Committee (CEAC) is to collect and present the views of Stakeholders on the five (5) Community Sustainability Plan Community Pillars of Culture, Recreation Education & Wellness, Local Economy and Natural and Built Environments. Its objective is to facilitate the process of Council making informed decisions through the provision of Stakeholders’ input and feedback as collected and reported by CEAC. Council gave the Community Engagement and Advisory Committee  Bylaw #1129-1 unanimous first, second, consent, and third reading as presented. 

It was then moved that Council amend the Terms of Reference to add Section 3.1.3 to read “Participate in one (1) annual Budget Session”, that Council amend the Terms of Reference under Section 10. Definitions  to include “Budget Session” to read an annual roundtable discussion between Council and CEAC, and that Council approve amendment number 2 to the Community Engagement and Advisory Committee Terms of Reference as presented in the report. These motions carried. 

2. AUMA Resolution - Presented by Terri Williams 
A late handout was distributed which includes a resolution, prepared for submission to the AUMA from Administration, that the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association review the Mobile Home Sites Tenancy Act to develop tools and legislative recommendations to the Government of Alberta that address the quality of life and safety of mobile home park tenants, and allow for increased municipal autonomy in effectively creating or obtaining solutions for local mobile home site issues on behalf of those tenants. View the resolution here. 

It was moved that Council approve the resolution on Mobile Home Site Tenancy Act, as presented, and submit to the AUMA for consideration at the fall convention. This motion carried. 

3. Late Agenda Item - Friendship Centre Letter
A late agenda item was added following the receipt of a letter from the Hinton Friendship Centre. It was moved that Council accept the letter from the Hinton Friendship Centre as information; this motion carried. It was then moved that Council direct Administration to bring Policy 82 to a Standing Committee Meeting for discussion by August 31, 2020. This motion also 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 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 shared a coming Library Board meeting, as well as excitement at the opportunity to speak to the Athabasca Watershed Council convention this weekend. 

Councillor Tyler Waugh: Councillor Waugh reminded Council of the coming CEAC Open House at Parks West Mall, as well as information on the coming CFWY AGM and meeting in June. 

Councillor Ryan Maguhn: Councillor Maguhn reported that the Golf Society is considering reorganizing the course's front and back nine, and encouraged anyone with input on the idea to share it to the society. Maguhn also reminded the public that there remains a director slot open and applications welcome. 

Councillor Jo-Ann Race: Councillor Race reported having attended a Waste Management Authority Meeting, calling it informative, and then shared excitement at the opportunity to attend FCM in the coming weeks. 

Councillor Dewly Nelson: Councillor Nelson also reported having attended the Waste Management Authority meeting, sharing that the group is considering transitioning to commission status. Nelson went on to detail attending a Synergy meeting in Edson and coming Community Futures West Yellowhead events. 

Councillor Albert Ostashek: Councillor Ostashek shared attendance at a HREDC meeting, saying the Coalition will be excited to work with the Town's new EDO, as well as detailing a plan for refreshing the #HintonFirst campaign. Ostashek then spoke to a need for coordinators for the HREDC public markets, encouraging anyone to apply. 

Mayor Marcel Michaels: Mayor Michaels proclaimed June 3-9 Senior's Week (learn more below). Michaels went on to share his attendance at a number of previously mentioned events, as well as his happiness at having been invited to speak for local high school Graduation ceremonies. Michaels concluded by sharing that he and Councillor Nelson were to head out to Calgary following the meeting to attend QUESTtalks: Innovation - Collaborating Across Sectors on Smart Energy Solutions. 

CAO Martin Taylor: CAO Taylor reported success in a recent convention held in Kananaskis, saying it was informative and well attended. Taylor also reported that there has been much recent activity by administration, particularly in Protective Services where an above average number of calls have been observed. 

Town of Hinton Newsflash

Schedule of events

Seniors Week Schedule Now Available!

During the May 21, 2019 meeting Hinton Mayor Marcel Michaels proclaimed June 3-9 2019 as Seniors Week. 34 events are scheduled, with the majority of them free! View the schedule above, in the local newspapers, or by visiting

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.

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 June 11, 2019, at 4pm
in the Council Chambers.

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