​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

Sept. 30, 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
HH Municipality Continues to Reopen New street LED lighting fixtures, benches and guard rails (set for imminent completion) are being installed along the revitalized main street of Maynooth. These additions match the period ambiance of the area. The design selections were a collaborative project by members of public, local merchants, staff and council.
Rebuilding in the Municipality 
On Sept 5/2020 Vera Scott a long time resident was invited to cut the ribbon to officially open our revitalized Maynooth. New storm sewers, new sidewalks, new main street. OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

 

    

 

HH Operations Department had a very productive September:
-Radar Speed Sign to Maynooth. Council approved a portable Battery Powered Portable Radar Speed Sign, to be budgeted for in next year’s budget.
-Mosclow-Greenview Bridge damaged by a vehicle collision will be repaired use with care.  
-5 Year Capital Roads Plan 2021-2025 time line and estimated (current $’s) costs may be viewed at: https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/FileStorage/5737B6B5CC6A4C28847337CA48C54DE8-Five%20(5)%20Year%20Capital%20Road%20Plan.pdf
-Fleet Management Council approved the purchase a new vehicle in 2020 to Replace Truck #101 following the tendering process outlined in the municipality's procurement policy.
Building Department issued another excellent monthly report. A special note need to be taken of  the increases in permit values over the past 8 months of over $10.5M to Aug.31 of this year. This figure is a tremendous indicator of the health of HH's fiscal status. The increase in our tax base is reflective of the expanding desirability of our Municipality.
Library The Hastings Highlands Public Library is open to the public beginning Monday, September 28th. Face coverings and sanitizing of hands will be required to enter. For more information please visit: https://www.hastingshighlandslibrary.ca/
HH’s annual Holiday Event A statement from the organising group: “It is with deep regret that the organizers of the “Brighten the Night Christmas Parade" have had to make the decision to cancel the Xmas Parade for 2020, due to the restrictions imposed during Covid19. The health and safety of the residents of Hastings Highlands is of the utmost concern during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your understanding”
Rally of The Tall Pines Council reversed its decision and cancelled the agreement with Maple Leaf Rally Club to allow the use of HH roads for the cross country car rally. I supported the decision to cancel due to the danger presented by Covid-19 and our Municipal Insurer’s advice regarding the insufficient insurance indemnification of HH by the Rally Club. It is my fervent hope that the popular event will be reinstated in future years when the risks and benefits to HH will be more closely aligned.
Fire Service Ad-Hoc Committee The first recommendation coming from the Fire Service Ad-Hoc Committee “that the current model of the on-call Deputy Fire Chief coverage remain until Council can make a permanent decision on the on-call model moving forward as part of staffing discussion/decision.” The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for Oct 16/20.
Integrity Commissioner Following the advice of HH’s Integrity Commissioner, Tony Fleming, HH Council appointed Mr. John Ewart of Ewart O'Dwyer Barristers and Solicitors as our “Alternate Integrity Commissioner". Mr. Ewwart will serve as a backup to Mr. Fleming on occasion(s) when he is unable to act.  

Constituency Work: I continue to 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.