​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

June 30, 2021
Live Streaming of Council and Committee Meetings continue to be live streamed for viewing and recorded for future reference. The recordings remain available to the public at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvxLBeiJzVbvJz8vH29ftg

Ontario Moves to Step 2 as of today, June 30. Under Step 2 the following is now allowed: Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people; Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people; Essential and other select retail permitted at 50 percent capacity; Non-essential retail permitted at 25 percent capacity; Personal care services where face coverings can be worn at all times, and at 25 percent capacity and other restrictions; Outdoor dining with up to 6 people per table, with exceptions for larger households and other restrictions; Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25 percent capacity of the particular room; Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of physical distance; Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions; Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health; Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 percent capacity; Outdoor concert venues, theatres, and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 percent capacity; Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways, with spectators permitted at 25 percent capacity; Outdoor fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, permitted at 25 percent capacity and with other restrictions.
Dorothy Gerrow, New Deputy-Mayor of Hastings Highlands The Clerk of HH administered the Declaration of Office to Dorothy Gerrow during the June 16 Council Meeting.
Declaration of Vacant Seat - Councillor The process to regain the full complement of 7 Council Members continues as specified in the Municipal Act. To that end, Council selected to fill the vacant seat by Appointment. Nominations are accepted until 2:00PM of July 13/21.Those interested in the position please go to: https://hastingshighlands.ca/notice/council-vacancy-notice-municipality-of-hastings-highlands/
Draft Exotic Animal Bylaw  was introduced for the first reading on June 16. Public consultation is invited. The full proposed 9 page bylaw is published at https://hastingshighlands.ca/have-your-say-hastings-highlands/ . Second and third readings are scheduled for July 21 and Aug. 18.
2021 Miscellaneous Grant Program (a reminder) The 2021 Miscellaneous Grant Program is open to applications for charitable groups and not-for-profit community groups seeking financial assistance.  Applications for funds and projects descriptions are to be received until close of business, today, June 30th, 2021. Information and application form are available at: https://hastingshighlands.ca/municipal/financial-information/miscellaneous-grant-program/
Draft Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Second reading completed on June 2. Further discussions and public input were received. The third reading is scheduled for July 21/21. The entire Draft Bylaw is available to the public for comments and input at:  https://hastingshighlands.ca/have-your-say-hastings-highlands/

HH Master Fire Plan was accepted, reviewed and amended by Council for a first reading as submitted by the Fire Chief; and Council directed the Fire Chief to bring the Plan back for a second reading with the accepted changes.
Council added that a recruitment drive for firefighting staff be initiated for Stations 2 as well Stations 3,4,5, and 6.

Deputy Fire Chief for HH Council directed staff to proceed with the initiating of the hiring process of the Deputy Fire Chief. Watch for announcements in the media or on HH website at https://hastingshighlands.ca/2021/06/28/employment-opportunity-deputy-fire-chief-position/
HH Library Board Council appointed Mayor Hagar, to sit on the Board for the rest of the Council Term to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of Ex-Mayor Bodnar.

Customer Service Requests may be made at: https://hastingshighlands.ca/customer-service-strategy/  . Requests for service and their resolutions are recorded, tracked and reported to Council. 
‘Have Your Say Hastings Highlands!’  at:   https://hastingshighlands.ca/have-your-say-hastings-highlands/ This is a 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 open to public input on the “Draft Exotic Animal Bylaw 2021-037” and the “Draft Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw 2021-021”. The Draft(s) and relevant documentation are available for review. Submit your input!

Constituency Work: Personally 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.