​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

Oct. 31, 2020
Live Streaming of Council and Committee Meetings continues on live sound streaming and word-for-word recording which remains available to the public at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvxLBeiJzVbvJz8vH29ftg
Beautiful By Nature is the declaration on our logo. To stay true to our statement we must care for our flora and fauna. Turtles play a key stone role in the health of HH’s environment. Council had a presentation by Leora Berman, CEO of The Land Between Charity. View the informative presentation at:   https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/FileStorage/E8B7317DA4D542D2AB968CACDB53F91A-Presentation%20Road%20HazardTurtle%20Mitigation%20Oct%202020.pdf
Employee Years of Service Recognition:  At the beginning of the October 7 Council honoured and congratulated the following employees for their years of service and contribution to the Municipality of Hastings Highlands.
Glen Best - 5 years, Waste Site Attendant; David Ellis - 5 years, Operator; Kim Helkaa - 5 years, Administrative/Community Services Coordinator; Adrian Tomasini - 5 years, Operations Manager; Cathy Bujas - 10 years, Building and Planning Clerk; Robert Scott, 25 years, Operator; Sherry Driscoll, 30 years, Waste Site Attendant; Dale Lynch - retiring with 7 years of service, Weekend Operator; Denver Mayhew, retiring with 21 years of service, Operations Supervisor
Subsequently… CAO David Stewart introduced and welcomed John Jardine, our new Municipal Planner.
Changes to Procedures of HH Council Meetings. Going forward:
- Limited Electronic Participation in Municipal Meetings by Council Members will be allowed
- Recorded Votes in Municipal Meetings will be the standard practice
- Live Audio Streaming/Recording/Archiving of Municipal Meetings will continue even after the Pandemic restrictions
Acting to limit risks. An inventory of Municipally owned Recreational Trails and Public Spaces (parks, lookouts, boat launches and beaches), is to be documented and submitted to our Municipal Insurer, to perform a risk management assessment, with recommendations, to mitigate risk. 
Building Department Report provided Hastings County’s Housing Homeless 2019 Annual Report, see full report at: https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/FileStorage/0D020EF59D2941168BE773F9474D8692-Monthly%20Building%20Report.pdf  The report records that within County of Hastings only the City of Belleville and the City of Quinte West issued more single family dwelling permits than Hastings Highlands in the year 2019.
Noise/Fireworks By-Law was amended to allow an applicant to request exemption of the provision. The amendment to the by-law Sec. 4, may be viewed at: https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/FileStorage/BDD7C55F006B49B4B08D50FF1D85F650-Bylaw%202020-062%20Amendment%20to%20Noise_Fireworks%20Byl.pdf
HH is taking steps to redefine “Customer Service” Draft By-Laws that are under consideration are Customer Service Standards Policy, Enforcement Complaints Policy and Complaints Handling Policy. Policies that have been approved are: Updated Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy and The Handling of Unreasonable Customer Behaviour Policy has been approved.
Constituency Work: I continue my work on behalf of my constituents, the people of Hastings Highlands. I invite questions, comments, statements of concern and dialogue. 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”. My new website http://alexwalder.ca accessible from desk top, lap top and hand held devices has had a very favourable reception, evidenced by increased number of visits. I will continue to post on alexwalder.ca and alexwalder.com for a few more months to ensure continuity.