​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

Jan. 31, 2020
As we begin the 4th year of these monthly postings, I am very pleased and honoured by the continued interest. I have started a new tab for “My Activities at Council 2020” and have made all the postings for 2019 available on another tab for review and reference (2018, 2017 & 2016 are available upon request).     

                                    Around the Council Table
Maynooth Revitalization
HH Council approved the design plans for Maynooth. The entire cost is budgeted in the 2020 Capital Budget. D. M. Wills Associates presented three options. Council decided to go with an amended version (no cross walk) of Option 2. The entire presentation with cost estimates for each option is available at: https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/FileStorage/6CA3B0CB26E345568C910D273BDC1DE4-HHR%2062.%20Presentation.%20January%208,%202020.pdf
Miscellaneous Grant Applications Deadline Date extended to Feb. 28, 2020 to be widely publicized in order to alert community groups and others as they prepare their requests to Council.
“The Manhatten Project” a locally made movie with professional cast and additional local talent, received enthusiastic approval that the film’s Premiere be jointly hosted by HH and HH Business Association. The showing was a great success in spite of the snow/ice storm on the day and evening. I’ve been informed that $750 from the entry fees was donated to Maynooth Food Bank. To my regret I was unable to attend, having previously arranged to represent HH (along with 2 other Council Members) at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association’s Annual Conference.
A Severance Application of a Property on Lake St. Peter All final decisions with respect to severances are a Hastings County jurisdiction. Our Municipal Council has in the past expressed our opposition to this severance. Further information has been received from County. HH Council re-affirmed its opposition pending further comment from “legal and other sources”. 
New Parking/Stopping By-law was approved by Council. It would be in everyone’s best interest to be well informed. BYLAW 2020-009 REGULATING THE TRAFFIC AND PARKING/STOPPING OF VEHICLES IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF HASTINGS HIGHLANDS includes fines, both in this by-law as well as being subject to Administrative Monetary Penalty System (A.M.P.S.). Also included the authority to have vehicles towed and stored at the owners expense.  The entire parking by-law may be accessed at: https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/FileStorage/94E79FF937D84F109EEECE2B6222FE6B-2020-009%20Regulating%20Traffic%20Parking.docx
Procedure Manual governs Council proceedings.  After a rigorous review and update, on Jan 22/20 “Council passes Bylaw 2020-007 being a bylaw to govern the proceedings of the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Hastings Highlands.” It’s a good one, well worth being familiar with it.
Facilities User Fees updated. But its application has been has been “extended until after the Miscellaneous Grants are approved by Council.” The intent of the delay was in consideration for the groups preparing their grant applications.
Invitation to School Board Chair, Lucile Kyle and Director of Education Sean Monteith was issued by Council. Watch for future developments.
ROMA  Along with two other Members of Council and two Members of Staff, I attended the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference Jan. 18 – 21. Among the very informative and of timely sessions of interest were: Cannabis in Your Community: Medical Grows - Challenges and Opportunities, Plenary Sessions addressed by  Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Minister of Health , Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, MPAC Values Ontario Sponsored by MPAC and a very eye opening session on Cyber Security and Closed Meetings.  A more encompassing report will be forth coming to Council.

                                                 
In The Community
Mayor’s Diary published on fb, are interesting, regular postings.  They serve to inform, to engage and to promote public discourse. As they are posted, related questions and comments for more details have been asked of me. Unfortunately, I must listen and decline until Council and Staff have the opportunity to explore, discuss and formulate official HH positions. I encourage those wanting more that what is in the Mayor’s posts to address Vic directly. I doubt, if I would ever be accused of silence or lacking an opinion on a Municipal matter but since the fb postings are subsequently copied as the Mayor’s Report to Council, my comments are reserved to be made at the appropriate forum which is at the Council Meetings. 
Save the Dates: Feb. 10, 2020 Public Meeting to present HH’s 2020 Budget. For official notification please go to: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=hastings%20highlands%20centre&epa=SEARCH_BOX
Let's Play Bridge:  Still going strong, every Tuesday 1:00 PM in the Library. Always ready to welcome new players. Learn to play, improve your game or come to help others improve their game. 
Constituency Work:  Many of the initiatives with which I become involved are direct results of conversations with constituents. My preferred interaction is person-to-person contact. I can also be reached at 613 338 0028, send me an e-mail awalder@hastingshighlands.ca or by a pm on facebook Alex Walder. Please accept this invite as a sincere offer to listen and dialogue.

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