​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

April 30, 2021
Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit Updates Effective April 3, 2021 Hastings Highlands returned to a modified Phase 1 of its COVID-19 Recovery Plan until further notice. Municipal staff is available during regular business hours by calling the Municipal Office at (613) 338-2811. Everyone is encourage to use the online resources available on the municipal website at www.hastingshighlands.ca.
The resignation of Mayor Vic A. Bodnar was accepted by Council and the seat was declared vacant effective April 21, 2021.
Exotic Animal Bylaw  On April 21st  Council directed staff to produce a Draft Exotic Animal Bylaw and present it for a first reading to Council.
2021 Operating Budget  With the approval of the 2021 Operating budget on April 21, the budget process for 2021 is now completed. The combined increase of HH’s Capital and Operating budget on the Municipal portion of the total property tax burden is an increase of 0.95% over last year’s rate.
Shoreline and Tree Preservation Draft Bylaw HH Council continues to receive input and information from the public up to April 30, 2021. The Draft Bylaw and other pertinent information may be viewed at: https://hastingshighlands.ca/2021/02/04/6300/. All interested parties are encouraged to make comments and representations to Council.
‘Have Your Say Hastings Highlands!’ is a new page on our website: It 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 soliciting public input on the ‘Draft Shoreline and Tree Preservation Bylaw’ as well as the ‘Draft Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw’.
Delegations & Presentations to Council totaled 3 this month. One was regarding the New OPP Detachment Boards under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 (CSPA). Another was regarding the Proposed Shoreline and Tree Preservation Proposed Bylaw and the third was a request that a section of a road in the Baptiste Lake area be addressed.
Tenders Thanks to the work of the members of staff, specifically the Treasury and Operations Departments, Council was able to give expeditious passing of the 2021 Capital Budget. Thus, important tenders were promptly issued for rolling stock and road work. Substantial savings were realized, the anticipated savings will be retained in reserve.
HH Fire Service  Chief Jason Post  successfully applied for a $5,600.00 grant from the Government of Ontario’s recently announced “one time $5M grant to municipal fire services to assist in addressing challenges associated with training and virtual inspections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The applications were processed through the office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. The grant is intended to provide our fire department  with support for ongoing training, administrative programming, and technology upgrades.
Fire Service Task Force Ad Hoc Committee presented two recommendations that were adopted by Council. One was to adjust the capacity limits in Emond Hall during non-office hours, when the Library and Municipal Offices are closed. The other recommendation was based on engineering reports of the Selby Hill Communication Tower.  It was deemed to be in compliance with applicable regulations. Hastings Highlands Fire Services will continue to use the Selby Hill Communications Tower. Council also agreed to direct Chief Post to undertake formal negotiations with all appropriate authorities (i.e. CRTC) to bring forth an agreement to allow space on Communication Towers in Hastings Highlands for the HH Fire Service communication equipment.
2022 Elections Prep Council passes Bylaw 2021-028 to update voting methods for the 2022 Municipal Elections.
Live Streaming of Council and Committee Meetings continue to be live sound streamed and word-for-word recording. These remain available to the public at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvxLBeiJzVbvJz8vH29ftg

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”. My new website http://alexwalder.ca accessible from desk top, lap top and hand held devices.