​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

Dec. 31, 2020
Ontario Goes Gray
-Hastings Highlands will fully comply with Provincial Regulations. The Context, the Overview and the full 28 page General Public Health and Workplace Safety Measures for all Businesses, Organizations and Facilities may be seen at: https://hastingshighlands.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/moh-provincewide-shutdown-en-2020-12-21.pdf
-HH Municipal Offices are available via telephone (613) 338-2811 and through the CONTACT page of our web site: https://hastingshighlands.ca/municipal/contact/. In person service is available by appointment only until further notice.
Public Input
2 official delegations were at the Dec. 2nd Council meeting. 40+/- communications reached out to Council and to individual Members via formal letters, e-mails, and social media posts and personal contacts concerning two current issues. The comments expressed views spanning the entire spectrum of opinion from support to opposition to both issues of the presenters. One of the two officially scheduled delegations was by Joshua James Glover, and Rob Laidlaw they cautioned Council with their perspective on the arrival of exotic animals in HH. The other was by Rev. Marilyn Zehr and Erin Morlock. They spoke of their desire to work with Council to respond to instances of perceived intolerance.
Library
Council accepted Hastings Highlands Public Library Board Vacancy Notice. Council clarified its desire that the composition of the HH Library Board will remain at seven members until the end of the Council Term. Council approved the advertisement for the Library Board Vacancy. For details please go to: https://hastingshighlands.ca/2020/12/03/volunteer-position-hastings-highlands-public-library-board/
Waste Management
Of the nine waste sites only one will accept construction and demolition waste materials. Council directs staff to provide notices and make the necessary arrangements in order that Construction and Demolition Materials will be only accepted for disposal at East Lake Site as of February 1, 2021. Processing of these materials will only be done at the one site for the sake of efficiency and cost savings. At the same time conserving some of the remaining land fill spaces at other sites.
HH Building Department continues to be the 3rd most active in Hastings County (behind the City of Belleville and the City of Quinte West). The Building Department carried out 679 inspections in the first eleven months of 2020. The report from January 1 to November 23, 2020 indicates 235 permits were issued with a total estimated construction value of $13,434,570.00. The value of new construction adds to the Municipality’s tax base, an advantageous and needed Economic Development for the Municipality.
Fire Service
-Fire Chief Jason Post was honored with the presentation of the Fire Exemplary Services Medal for his 20 years of service.
-CAO/Treasurer David Stewart was appointed as the Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC), Volunteer Fire Fighter (and BEO) Dawn Bowers as "Alternate CEMC" and CBO Martin Cox as "Alternate CEMC". The CEMC is required by statute and may be a member of staff and requires specific training and certification. David, Dawn and Martin deserve a huge “thank you” for accepting this addition to their already very busy portfolio!
-Council approved, in principal, the recommendation of the Municipal Fire Task Force Ad-Hoc Committee of the hiring of a Full Time Deputy Fire Chief/Administrator but the implementation of this move is to be delayed until the completion of a financial impact analysis and a decision on the structures of the Fire Service.
Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding Application
Council accepted the Staff report "ICIP COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding Application" and approved the Monteagle Space Retrofit Project for submission to the ICIP COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream Funding Application on or before December 21, 2020.
2021 Capital Budget
Council approved for first reading the 2021 Capital Budget as submitted by the Deputy Treasurer and amended by Council and to be brought back to Council for the January 20, 2021 meeting, for a second reading. The 2021 Capital Budget is by far a more modest one compared to the 2020 Capital Budget. The 2021 Draft came in at $2,249,103. Whereas the 2020 Capital Budget was approved for $6,198,058 (the unaudited actual spent is $4,746,987.14) The 2021 Capital Budget addresses our estimated expenses on Roads, Bridges, Vehicles and Equipment (including IT). Council directed staff to reduce Draft 2021 Capital Budget by a minimum of 3% and bring it back for a second reading. The afore mentioned 3% = $67,473 it translates to a 1% Municipal Tax rate)
FYI 2021 Operating Budget is in the works. Scheduled to come to Council on Feb. 1/21.
Constituency Work

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