Council Highlights

Council Highlights - April 18, 2017

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 Mackin opens the floor to the public to speak and share with Council members, administration and meeting observers.

Shirley Caputo, presenting on behalf of Geno Caputo
Shirley presented a letter written by her husband, speaking to the golf course's effect in his life and its role in keeping their family in the community.
Dewly Nelson
Speaking on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, Dewly spoke in favour of supporting the course, but also in favour of the golf course taking careful action and diligent work to ensure that the HGC is able to fulfill its commitments.
Bernie Kreiner
Speaking as Chairperson of the Hinton Food Bank, Bernie updated Council on the organization's operations following their recent AGM. Kreiner reported the Food Bank had a busy year, seeing significant usage, but also that the Food Bank is expecting that the need for use will decrease in the near future. In addition, he informed Council that the Food Bank is working to address concern of dependency with a minority of users, speaking to the efficacy of the social safety net within the community and partnerships seeking to help deal with the issue. 


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Minute with Council

Hinton Grant Funding Advisory Committee Intake #1 Recommendations - Presented by Trevor Haas
Haas presented on the procedure undertaken by the Grant Funding Advisory Committee, and the decisions undertaken by the group as they prepared their recommendations to Council. Extended discussion occurred in regards to the recommendation for no funding to HELP's homelessness initiative; The Committee stated the decision was made due  to HELP not having a long term lease secured at the time of the decision. HELP Chairperson Deanna  Fuller offered to speak, and was encouraged to do so when the matter returned later in the meeting as a action item. Find the Grant Funding Advisory Committee's full presentation in the Agenda package, available by clicking this link.
Homelessness in Hinton Action Group - Presented by Ashley Grzybowski
Presenting as a member of Hinton Employment and Learning Place, with the support of the Community Action Group on Homelessness and Housing, Grzybowski defined homelessness, its causes, the range of homelessness, some statistics of homelessness in Hinton, some of the existing supports in the community, and barriers that exist to housing these individuals.  She then proceeded to provide a number of ways in which Council and the community at large can provide support to the community, including proven methods employed in other communities, harm reduction strategies, and efforts being undertaken by HELP. Find Grzybowski's report in the agenda package, available here.

Action Items

Hinton Grant Funding Advisory Recommendations - Presented by Denise Parent
The Community Grant Program (CGP) provides local non-profit organizations with funding access to maintain, improve or initiate community projects, operations and events. The funds allocated through Intake #1 reflect the best interests of the overall community and align with Town Council priorities and vision. Deena Fuller spoke on behalf of HELP, saying an opportunity to provide a lease to the grant committee was not provided; a 5 year lease was since been acquired. Responding, Trevor Haas spoke to the committee being in favour of supporting the group. Other members of the advisory committee also spoke, confirming Haas' statement. It was moved that Council award the 2017 Community Grant Program Funding Intake #1 for a total of $120,773 as identified in Attachment #1, including full funding for the HELP Resource Centre; this motion was carried.

Hinton Golfing Society (HGS) - $1,500,000 Loan - Presented by Denise Parent
The HGS has been reviewing its operation and is requesting Town support to 1) refinance their existing clubhouse construction loans and 2) purchase/refinance capital equipment. The HGS cannot restructure its debt and accounts payable without Town’s support as the Town owns the land where the clubhouse is located. Council gave first reading to Bylaw #1113, giving administration direction to proceed with the advertisement process, and also gave first reading to Bylaw #1114 and directed Administration to proceed with the advertisement process. Councillor Taylor then put forth a motion that Council appoint a Councillor to the Hinton Golfing Society Board as a voting member as a condition of the loan; this motion was carried. Councillor Ostashek then moved that Council extend the payback deadline of the $75,000 short term loan until such time as the $1.5 Million loan has been secured. This motion was also carried.

Affordable Housing - Happy Creek Estates Proposal - Presented by Wendy Jones
Happy Creek Estates is a successful affordable housing model that supports our community. This proposal provides the opportunity for 12 additional apartments to be made available immediately. The funds being requested to be returned have been acquired through the income of Happy Creek Estates and will be used to subsidize 12 additional units.
The availability of affordable housing in our community is important today and the years to come. An investment of $21,564 with the offer to maintain a rent subsidy for 10 years for these additional 12 apartments provides Hinton with the opportunity to continue meeting the requests of many housing needs. It was moved that Council accept the proposal from Happy Creek Estates dated January 23, 2017 and as presented at Council Standing Committee meeting on March 14, 2017, by: a) Directing Administration to return to Happy Creek Estates $21,564 representing the three payments made under the Rent Increase Sharing Agreement between Happy Creek Estates and Town of Hinton dated November 2, 2012; and b) Direct Administration to terminate the Rent Increase Sharing Agreement dated November 5, 2012 between Happy Creek Estates and Town of Hinton. It was also moved that Council direct Administration to enter into the Mountainview Rent Subsidy Master Agreement that provides 12 affordable units for a cumulative period totaling 10 years to the Town of Hinton. These motions were carried. 

2017 Tax Levy Bylaw #111 - Presented by Denise Parent
Administration has prepared the Tax Levy Bylaw based on the 2017 approved operational budget. The bylaw contains all components (Municipal, Education, Evergreens Foundation requisition) and is ready for adoption by Council. In 2016, the municipality collected from the residential tax base and the non-residential tax base 47.1% and 52.9% of the total municipal taxes collected respectively. In 2017, the residential category (more specifically the single-family residence) assessments decreased by an average of 7.64%.and the non-residential sector had a slight increase of .27%. If the 2016 split rate of 1.82 was maintained then the residential share of the overall amount of taxes collected would drop to 45.1% and the non-residential share would increase by 54.9%. At the April 11th Standing Committee Meeting Council, provided direction to adjust the split tax rate to 1.70% to collect approximately the same proportion from the residential and non-residential tax base as in 2016 or 46.8% and 53.2% respectively. It was moved that Council give First reading of Bylaw #1111, which was carried. Councillor Michaels then moved that Bylaw #1111 provide the split rate of 1.74; this motion was defeated. It was then moved that Council give Second reading of Bylaw #1111; that motion was carried. It was attempted to reach unanimous consent for third reading; that was not reached, and so the Bylaw will return for second reading in two weeks.
2017 Supplementary Property Tax Bylaw #1112 - Presented by Denise Parent

This item is before Council to give Council the necessary authority under the Municipal Government Act (section 313) to levy supplementary property tax. The 2017 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. In order to assess and collect taxes for the 2017 taxation year on newly completed improvements, it is necessary to pass a bylaw each year to provide for supplementary taxation. The Bylaw received unanimous consent for first, second, and third reading.

Information Items

Councillor Albert Ostashek
Councillor Ostashek reported he had recently taken a walkthrough of the Guild PAV, saying it was a great experience and that the interior work done is incredible, very interesting and exciting.
Councillor Stuart Taylor
Councillor Taylor reported that the Library board will be meeting on Monday, and that this meeting would be of particular importance as a topic of discussion will be the goals for the incoming Library Manager.
Councillor Ryan Maguhn
Councillor Ryan Maguhn would like to have Administration keep the Historical Society in mind as paving action is taking place in the community to help secure lower costs for parking lot work in the area of the Museum.
CAO Mike Schwirtz
CAO Schwirtz updated the public on grant money being sought after; the Town has applied to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for additional funds to help clear Mountain Pine Beetle infected trees, numbering near 1000, within Town limits. 

Schwirtz also wished to remind residents to drive with extra care, as Town employees continue street sweeping.

Town of Hinton Newsflash

Can you help? We need your assistance in making our workplace better for employees who grapple with scent sensitivity. All it takes is the decision to forgo cologne or perfume and choosing scent free grooming products when you come to visit the Government Centre. This simple change can help staff members avoid symptoms that can range from sniffles to difficulty breathing. Thanks for doing your part! 

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National Volunteer Week Canada's National Volunteer Week is April 23-29!
Thank you Canadian volunteers, for 150 glorious years.

In 2017, volunteering comes in many forms and is as diverse as Canada itself.  Someone who shovels their neighbour’s laneway or who brings a lost pet to the animal shelter is helping to build a stronger community.  Sometimes we miss recognizing these people as volunteers, because they do not occupy a formal role within an organization or group. 

To celebrate all volunteers and to get you thinking more deeply about volunteering, during NVW Volunteer Canada will release a series of crossword puzzles that reveal the impacts, benefits and diverse ways Canadians are involved in communities. Some answers may be obvious, while others may cause you to stop and say: “Volunteering, Eh?”

However you recognize volunteering in 2017, one thing remains timeless…and that is volunteer efforts create positive impact in communities across Canada.

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Pitch-In Week Hinton's Pitch-In Week is April 22-29, 2017!
During Pitch-in Week, we ask every Hinton resident to get involved in the spring cleaning of our community. Every year Hintonites are asked to volunteer an hour or two to help clean up. The Town will support you in doing it, providing gloves and garbage bags (which are always available, year round, if the garbage picking mood strikes) at the Infrastructure Services office. Employees are also available to pick up any garbage you gather, with just a phone call to the office for the bags’ location. We have employees trained and ready to help residents deal with any possibly bio-hazardous material you may come across, so there’s no need to compromise your safety to help clean up our Town. Workplace's are encouraged to participate together, or to join Mayor Rob Mackin in the Natural Resources Interpretive Park on Monday April 24 at 1:30 to help clean up!

You can view the entire agenda package here.

As a reminder, the next Standing Committee meeting will be held
April 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

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