​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ALEX WALDER, COUNCILLOR HASTINGS HIGHLANDS

This website is being used for Council Work . It is totally funded at my expense. The views expressed are my alone and do not represent the views of the Municipality.  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ALEX WALDER, COUNCILLOR HASTINGS HIGHLANDS

This website is being used for Council Work . It is totally funded at my expense. The views expressed are my alone and do not represent the views of the Municipality.  

August 31, 2021
Live Streaming of Council and Committee Meetings continue to be live streamed for viewing and recorded for future reference. The recordings remain available to the public at:  https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/document/110280#  HPEH Department Public Health Bulletin on August 24/21. The full report is available at: https://app.cyberimpact.com/newsletter-view-online?ct=qQUEuJDz8TQSZPyBUI8nvjrezDSYDqTmSh6SA2fZYF6DQCdHzWYWB99pfO4RFbK1Ze7C-TbaoNCQZXu0L32t1w~~  
Draft Exotic Animal Bylaw The 3rd and final reading was held on Aug. 18. A Bylaw to Prohibit or Otherwise Regulate the Keeping of Certain Animals Within The Municipality of Hastings Highlands was unanimously passed by Council. Over the past 9 months Council kept keen eye the current and long-term best interest of The Municipality, respected the rights of all involved, rigorously adhered to HH procedural policies. The valuable advice to Bylaw 2021-37 were received from the Office of Province of Ontario's Solicitor General, Hastings County and HH's Legal Department.  Most assuredly, recognition is due to HH’s Bylaw and Administrative staff who worked tirelessly with Council on this file. The full bylaw is available for review at:   https://hastingshighlands.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Approved-2021-037-Exotic-Animal-Bylaw-Aug-18-2021.pdf
HH 2020 Auditors’ Report  HH’s auditors Baker Tilly KDN LLP  reported that in their opinion, the “consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Municipality of Hastings Highlands as at December 31, 2020”. The auditors complemented the work done by Deputy Treasurer Tanya Dickinson. I was particularly interested in the notations and comments regarding the HH’s reserves. The full Financial Statement and the less formal Audit Presentation are available as attachments at: https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/FileStorage/C20D126FFA3E4C9381104C2A202082D9-Approval%20of%202020%20Audited%20Financial%20Statements.pdf   
Deputy Clerk Congratulations to Chantelle Beaumier for her appointment as the Deputy Clerk for the Municipality of HH. A full and detailed media release by Mayor Hagar is available at: 
https://hastingshighlands.ca/2021/08/18/media-release-hastings-highlands-appoints-deputy-clerk/
Does Maynooth Community Centre Have A Future? Council gave unanimous support to Mayor Tracy Hagar’s motion to initiate “‘preliminary’ talks with The Algonquin Peoples and The North Hastings Children Services to investigate a three way partnership …. to support a new building to house a Native Centre and a Child Care Facility while still having a community kitchen, public washrooms with access from outside, an outdoor Market space with shelter for bad weather and a stage area for outdoor bands and children's activities. This idea would be on the grounds of the Maynooth Community Centre and we would be investigating grant opportunities in the coming year.”   I believe that this is a great notion, done in an appropriate manner by seeking and receiving Council’s approval; its success will also hinge on substantial community support. Watch for further updates as they develop.
Customer Service Requests may be made at: https://hastingshighlands.ca/customer-service-strategy/  . Requests for service and their resolutions are recorded, tracked, acted upon by staff and are reported to Council. 
‘Have Your Say Hastings Highlands!’ 
Go to: 
https://hastingshighlands.ca/have-your-say-hastings-highlands/ This is page dedicated to engaging the community. The public is encouraged to share their ideas to help shape municipal decisions on projects, policies and initiatives. Currently, the Municipality is open to public input on the Draft HH Master Fire Plan. Submit your input!
Constituency Work: Personally receiving questions, comments, statements of concern and to dialogue with constituents is important. I can be reached at 613 338 0028, send me an e-mail to www.awalder@hastingshighlands.ca or a pm on Facebook to “Alex Walder”. The website http://alexwalder.ca accessible from desk top, lap top and hand held devices.