Council Highlights

UPDATED Council Highlights -  June 11, 2019

The previous version mistakenly excluded this weeks Minute with Council. 

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.

Louise Gale 
Gale came before Council to share news that TC Energy (formerly TransCanada Corporation) has received approval for their project, meaning 600 jobs in Alberta including some in Edson and Hinton. Bannister Construction, who received the contract, will be in Hinton next week to discuss the project.


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1. Seniors Week Update - Presented by Randy Smith

Smith introduced this years Seniors Week Lifetime Acheivement Award Winner, and announced the winners of this years seniors prizes. 

2. Fohn Festival - Presented by Morgan Roberts

Roberts presented an update to Council regarding the Hinton Fohn Festival, and encouraged Council and members of the public to attend, and if possible volunteer, at this years annual Canada Day festivities. View the presentation in the agenda package, available here

3. Homelessness in Hinton Update - Presented by Deena Fuller and Candace Pambrun 

Fuller and Pambrun presented an update on homelessness in Hinton; 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.

The were no public hearings. 

Action Items

1. First Quarter Financial Update - Presented by Carla Fox
Fox provided an update on the First Quarter Financials, including information pertaining to work being undertaken to find the most effective way to illustrate quarterly financial information to Council. It was moved that Council accept the report for information; this motion carried. 

2. Request to Write Off Property Tax Penalties – 87, 130 & 344, 133 Jarvis Street - Presented by Carla Fox
The properties located at 87, 130, and 344, 133 Jarvis Street are located within the Hillcrest Estates mobile home park. The mobile homes located on these lots were seized from the owners. The mobile park owners requested and received development permits for demolition. Typically, development permits would not be permitted, however the  outstanding taxes were unknown and permission was granted. As there is no home to collect against, Administration is recommending that Council approve this request. It was moved that Council approve the request to write off property tax penalties in the amount of $1,874.98 for the properties located at 87, 130, and 344, 133 Jarvis Street. This motion carried. 

3. Hinton Municipal Library Financial Reviewer - Presented by Hans van Klaveren
The Library’s financial statement for the previous year is completed by the library board’s financial reviewer, as per section 9 of the Libraries Act, and must be signed by him or her. Itr was moved that Council appoint Carla Fox, CPA, CMA, as Reviewer of Financials for the Hinton Municipal Library and to perform the duties of the appointment as defined within the Libraries Act. This motion 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.

HAAS: That Administration bring back a report to council at a Standing Committee meeting on options to regulate short term rentals in the Town of Hinton.

Information Items

Councillor Jo-Ann Race: Councillor Race detailed attendance at FCM. Race also shared attendance at a local Cadets event and an ASH meeting, whereat a large agenda was discussed.

Councillor Dewly Nelson: Councillor Nelson shared attendance at Calgary's QUEST event and workshops, Maxwell Lake Open House, West Fraser Public Advisory Committee, Chamber of Commerce Wayfinder tour, and Seniors Week events. Nelson also detailed the Neighbourlink Grand Opening and Mud Run on Saturday.

Councillor Albert Ostashek: Councillor Ostashek also shared attendance at the Maxwell Lake Open House. Ostashek then spoke to a meeting with the Hinton Policing Committee, detailing information on ATE reporting through the Town of Hinton website and emergency services discussion around social media presences online. Ostashek shared that there will be another Coffee with a Cop event in July, and that residents can expect the start of a bike patrol this summer. 

Councillor Trevor Haas: Councillor Haas also shared attendance at the Maxwell Lake Open House. Haas also expressed thanks for the action item regarding the library, and shared that he continues to look forward to meeting the Library Manager. Haas went on to detail attendance at an ASH meeting and a seniors week event. 

Councillor Tyler Waugh: Councillor Waugh shared a  coming meeting with CEAC on Thursday following the completion of the committee's survey and open house. Waugh then detailed Lemonade Day from CFWY, and excitement at both the tasting event and the coming competition. Waugh concluded by speaking to enjoyment of the Discover Your River event. 

Councillor Ryan Maguhn: Councillor Maguhn detailed attendance at FCM and collaborative opportunities with neighbouring municipalities.  

Mayor Marcel Michaels: Mayor Michaels detailed attendance at FCM, policing committee meeting, Lemonade Day, Discover Your River event, and excitement for the coming Hinton Chamber of Commerce Golf event Friday. 

Acting CAO Carla Fox: Fox shared information on the coming Run for MD at the Fire Hall June 22, Assessment Open House at Government Centre June 19, the start date of EDO Scott Kovatch last week, and informed Council that street cleaning continues. Fox concluded by sharing attendance at the Financier Conference, including having presented to a large number of attendees regarding Better Operations building Better Organizations. 

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.

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 25, 2019, at 4pm
in the Council Chambers.

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