Council Highlights

Council Highlights -  January 07, 2020

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.

Rajh Kumar and Pete Desai

The new owners of the Hinton Quality Inn and Tandoori Kona restaurant came before Council to announce their grand opening, as well as to invite Council to their soft opening.

Jan Vassbotn
Vassbotn spoke to Council requesting that Council consider engaging in a Bylaw to prohibit feeding of ungulates in residential yards, citing the importance of considering this now due to the recent and current cougar incidents in the community. 


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 was no public hearing. 

Action Items

1. Municipal Development Plan Amendment No. 1084-2 – First Reading
An application has been received from a local landowner to amend the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) Figure 6 Existing Land Use Map from Industrial to Future Urban Development. The subject lands are located at 100 & 200 Drinnan Way (see Site Area Map – Attachment 1). These lands are undeveloped and in a natural state but have been cleared of trees. This item is before Council to seek First Reading of the proposed amending Bylaw #1084-2 which is a required first step to initiate the amendment process to the MDP and to establish a Public Hearing date. The date Administration is recommending for the public hearing is February 4, 2020 at 4:00pm during a Regular Council Meeting. Council made motion that Council gives Municipal Development Plan #1084-2 First Reading as presented, and then that Council schedule a Public Hearing on February 4, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to hear public comments on Bylaw #1084-2. Both motions carried. 

2. Land Use Bylaw Amendment No. 1088-12 – First Reading
An application has been received to amend the Land Use Bylaw from I-LHT Light Industrial District to FUD – Future Urban Development District. The subject lands are located at 100 & 200 Drinnan Way (see Site Area Map – Attachment 1). These lands are undeveloped and in a natural state but have been cleared of trees. These lands were recently subject of an amendment from I-LHT Light Industrial to DC Direct Control, however Council defeated Second reading as a result of the Applicant submitting a letter of cancellation. The reason for the cancellation was that the DC District was not the most appropriate designation and therefore, have since applied to rezone the lands to Future Urban Development. In accordance with the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw, the general purpose of the FUD District, is intended to protect lands for future forms of development and provide for a limited range of temporary uses. It was moved that Council gives Land Use Bylaw #1088-12 First Reading as presented, and then that Council schedule a Public Hearing on February 4, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to hear public comments on Bylaw #1088-12. Both motions carried. 

3. Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Agreement with Yellowhead County - Bylaw No. 1143 - First, Second and Third Reading
Section 708.28 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires municipalities that have common boundaries to create an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) within two years of the coming into force of the section. As such, these agreements must be complete and adopted by April 2020 and a copy must be filed with the Minister within 90 days of creation. The Administration of both municipalities have jointly drafted the attached agreement for Council’s review and consideration (Schedule “A” - Attachment 2). Both municipalities as parties of the framework have adopted an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) under Section 631. At the December 10, 2019 Standing Committee Meeting, Committee recommended that Council give the ICF all three readings at a future Regular Meeting of Council.

In accordance with Section 708.33(1) of the MGA, ICF’s must be adopted by matching Bylaws of each partnering municipality. At the joint meeting between the two municipalities this requirement was briefly discussed, and Yellowhead County advised they had no issues with any of the agreements currently in place between the two municipalities. Yellowhead County gave First Reading to their Bylaw in August and Second Reading on October 22, 2019 and Third Reading will be given January 14, 2020. The Town of Hinton Administration is recommending that all three readings be given to Bylaw #1143. Council gave the framework agreement first, second, unanimous consent, and then third reading. 

4. Tax Exemptions - Legion
In April/May 2019, Administration became aware that the bar portion of the taxes owing from the Legion were being written off based on a decision made by the Town several years ago. Due to this decision, the Legion did not receive tax notices, and the amounts owing for municipal, school, and Evergreens requisitions were not collected. Under section 363(1)(c) of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) the not-for-profit portion of the Legion is exempt; however, the Legion bar is not deemed exempt by the MGA as it requires a Food & Beverage License for the portion that provides liquor sales. Once this situation was identified, Administration sought further information from the Town’s Assessor, Warren Powers, and was provided with the relevant information and Legislation. Finance was directed to notify the Legion that the taxes on the bar portion of the Legion were not being charged appropriately, explain the legislation that was not being followed, and confirm that this practise would no longer occur. At this time the Legion was informed that a taxation notice would be sent to them in May for the 35% portion of the Legion that provides liquor sales, and this amount would be owing for 2019. On June 20, 2019 an email was forwarded to Administration from the Legion regarding concerns with the tax notice. At the In-Camera Meeting of Council on November 5, 2019 Administration was directed to bring a report to a Regular Council Meeting to provide information on the business portion of the Legion required to pay taxation under the Municipal Government Act (MGA). As an option to consider, information regarding a potential Town grant to the Legion to support payment of their 2019 business portion taxation was requested. It was moved that council direct Administration to provide a grant in the amount of $3,748.26 to the Legion as reimbursement for the bar portion of the 2019 Legion Municipal taxation owing, to come from Council 2020 contingency fund. This motion carried. 

5. Bylaw No. 1144 Municipal Emergency Management Bylaw - First, Second and Third Reading
The EMA is the primary legislation for delegating emergency management roles and responsibilities within the Province. In addition, the EMA outlines the Province’s emergency preparedness and response authority at both the municipal and Provincial level. The Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation (LEMR), which comes into effect on January 1, 2020, is the regulation that accompanies the EMA. The LEMR clarifies the roles and responsibilities involved in emergency management. These roles include emergency advisory committees, emergency management agencies, director(s) of emergency management and elected officials. In addition, the LEMR outlines the required content of Municipal Emergency Plans, Emergency Management Bylaws, as well as training and exercise requirements. Bylaw #1144 Municipal Emergency Management Bylaw (Attachment 1) has been created to meet the requirements of the EMA and the LEMR. Council gave the Bylaw first, second, unanimous 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 notices. 

Information Items

Mayor Michaels  and Council all had nothing to report, saying that no meetings have taken place since the December 17 meeting. 

Acting CAO Emily Olsen: Acting CAO Olsen reminded Council of the circulation of the 2019/2020 Snow Plan CivicSend earlier in the day, saying that it is also available on social media and via the Town Website should Council or residents require information regarding snow clearing with cold weather and snow in the forecast. 

Town of Hinton Newsflash

Hinton Golf Club Statement

The Town of Hinton, in partnership with the Hinton Golfing Society, wishes to inform all residents of Hinton and in particular users and members of the Hinton Golf Club, that we are working to support preparation and operations for a 2020 golf season. An approval of an extended timeline to use funds, approved by Council earlier this fall, will allow the Town of Hinton and the Hinton Golfing Society to further partner, support, and facilitate the continued operation of this facility and maintain its role as recreational infrastructure within the Northern Rockies region. 

The Town wishes to thank The Hinton Golfing Society, for their professional and productive assistance over the last two months, as we collaboratively determine the future of golfing in Hinton.

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 1800 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 January 21, 2020, at 4pm
in the Council Chambers.

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