​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.  

May, 31, 2021
Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit Update of May 12, is available at: https://hpepublichealth.ca/media-release-covid-19-community-outbreak-declared-in-hastings-highlands/ 
Tracy Hagar, New Mayor of Hastings Highlands The Clerk of HH administered the Declaration of Office to Tracy Hagar at the start of the May 19 Council Meeting.
Declaration of Vacant Seat - Deputy Mayor - 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 of a Member of Council. Watch for next steps.
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) presented their 2021 Awards of Excellence to HH. The award was in recognition for the development and instituting of HH’s ground breaking policy of Succession Planning.
Exotic Animal Bylaw Media Release by Mayor Hagar The full text of her statement is at: https://hastingshighlands.ca/2021/05/26/media-release-hastings-highlands-exotic-animal-bylaw-update-may-26-2021/
2021 Property Tax Increase Council approved the final consolidated tax levy for 2021. Included are the County (24%), Provincial Education (14%) and Municipal (62%) factors, the property tax increase for the 2021 stands at 1.1%. As an example, the 2021 increase in the tax on a property assessed at $300,000 is approximately $40.
Quarterly Treasury Report outlining the first three month of 2021 was presented and accepted by Council as submitted by Deputy Treasurer, Tanya Dickinson. The detailed, clearly stated and informative report may be viewed at: https://hastingshighlands.civicweb.net/FileStorage/A004659C8E724858BABBBB9617E5B00C-Quarterly%20Treasury%20Report.pdf
2021 Miscellaneous Grant Program  The 2021 Miscellaneous Grant Program is now 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 June 30th, 2021. Council will deliberate next steps upon reviewing the received applications.
Shoreline and Tree Preservation Draft Bylaw received a tremendous public response. In general, the consensus was that measures are necessary to protect and preserve the quality of our water bodies. But the prevailing opinion was that this bylaw was not the way to go. The Draft Bylaw 2021-006 Shoreline and Tree Preservation failed to go beyond 2nd Reading. However the issue is not abandoned, look for further developments. 
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!’ 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 open to public input on the ‘Draft Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw’. The Draft and relevant documentation are available for review. Submit your input at:   https://hastingshighlands.ca/have-your-say-hastings-highlands/
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
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.