​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

July 31, 2020.
Live Streaming of Regular and Special Council Meetings continues on live sound streaming and word-for-word recording which remains available to the public at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvxLBeiJzVbvJz8vH29ftg

Reopening the Municipality
-The Municipality of Hastings Highlands is closely monitoring the advice of Public Health Officials regarding COVID-19.  We will continue to provide services to support the community through our business continuity plan. For up to date information and resources on COVID-19, please visit
https://hastingshighlands.ca/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-information/
Rebuilding in the Municipality 
-The Maynooth reconstruction project is nearing completion. A re-opening ceremony is being planned. Council has invited Vera Scott to do the honours of cutting the ribbon. The actual date is yet to be established and will be announced well in advance of the date.  
-The reconstruction project for Hwy 62 from Young Street to Koss Road is almost done.
- The repaving of sections of 5800m of Musclow-Greenview Road, 200m of Buck Hill Road N,  600m of Buck Hill Road S and 550m of Bay Ridge Ct / Road has begun and is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 7.
-IDA is moving ahead with the renovations of the old Bank of Nova Scotia building in Maynooth. The plans propose a full service pharmacy and 2 medical examination rooms.
2nd Quarter Financial Report was presented by Deputy Treasurer Tanya Dickenson covering the period from Jan. 1 to June 30/20. By all indications HH’s 2020 finances are progressing as planned. The report covers the first half of the year and shows that both Revenues and Expenses are in good shape.  The Operating Budgeted Revenues are at 49.99%, Expenses are at 51.44%. The report states that the funds approved in the 2020 Capital Budget has been spent or committed to be spent to 91.67%. This is due to the completion or near completion of planned construction projects and large item purchases for the entire year. I see a note of for caution. There is a very small upward trend of the money owed to HH in Tax Arrears, still well within the Provincial average. This few thousand dollars as compared to previous years may very likely due to our own decision to offer a brief, temporary interest and penalty relief and to the Provincial temporary regulation to halt arrears collection proceedings until the fall of 2020. Careful monitoring will follow in the next two quarterly reports.
2019 Official Auditors’ Report was presented by auditing firm of Baker Tilley KDN LLP, HH’s auditors. The auditors’ opinion of the Municipality’s and its Board is a flawless clear.
Chief Building Officer, Martin Cox, once again report an increase in the value of the building permits issued in the past month. The underlying implication of this fact is the continued expansion of HH’s tax base.
Planning Dept. Report had a greatly increasing numbers of applications and completions of the property owners exercising their right to purchase Original Road Shore Allowances. This is an indication of property owners’ increased confidence in the upwards trend in HH’s property values.
Speed Limit on  Buck Hill Road & Village of Maynooth
Heads up.. speed limit posting on Buck Hill Road to be 50Km/H and Council will address speed limit in the Village of Maynooth post revitalization.
Hastings Highlands's Parking Bylaw approved by Council to specify that towing and storage of an offending vehicle will be executed by the OPP.
Library Cultural Report  HH Library is serving its patrons in a big way. Contact the staff to arrange curbside orders. Again this year Provincial Park camping passes are available; book your dates!
Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) Last month, I reported that there was a glimmer of hope. I appreciate the support from Council at the last meeting when I indicated that there was a glimmer of hope. Well with the help from Warden Phillips and Senior County Staff, an agreement between EOTA and OFATV is at hand. The agreement covers EOTA's trails in Hastings County to allow OFATV trail pass holders to use EOTA's Heritage Trail in Hastings County (some 260km). EOTA continues to advocate for an All Ontario One Passn System and takes a leadership role in bringing that about for trail organization in the Recreation Trails Coalition Ontario (RTCO). I want to mention and thank Mayor Bodnar's support at County Council.  The increased numbers of OFATV riders using the Heritage Trail in Hastings County brings with it increases in COVID-19 appropriate tourism for our area with all its benefits to local businesses. EOTA Board approved the agreement and await OFATV's Board of Director's to do the same.
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.