​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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, 2020.
Live Streaming of Regular and Special Council Meetings continues on live sound casting and word-for-word  recording is available https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvxLBeiJzVbvJz8vH29ftg
Reopening the Municipality
- COVID-19 Recovery Plan - Phase 2 Hastings Highlands Council approved Phase 2 from June 23, 2020 to July 31, 2020. For full at https://hastingshighlands.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-HH-Media-Release-COVID-19-Recovery-Plan-Phase-2.pdf
-Municipal Waste Sites operations are unchanged as per Summer Hours Schedule, see: https://hastingshighlands.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020-Summer-Landfill-Hours-corrected-1.pdf
-The Hastings Highlands Centre remains closed until July 31, 2020, however the library is offering curbside pickup. Please see the Hastings Highlands Public Library website for more details https://www.hastingshighlandslibrary.ca/.
-All municipal facilities, buildings, playground structures, community centres and picnic shelters will be closed until July 31, 2020.
-Private Sector Retail stores, Service Stations & Outlets, Restaurants & Food Venders, Novelty, Arts & Gift Shops are all operating. For their individual hours and entry protocols call ahead or follow the posted signs on arrival.  
Rebuilding in the Municipality 
-The Financial Analysis of the Reconstruction of Hastings Highlands Road 62, for the Hamlet of Maynooth was received by Council. The Deputy Treasurer’s report contained: Wills Engineering consultant’s $390K fee and that Clothier Construction contract is on target for timing and their tendered cost.
-Council passed 2 motions to reconstruction a set of stairs that has been an integral part of the Maynooth landscape for generations.
-The reconstruction project for Hwy 62 from Young Street to Koss Road is well on its way.
- The repaving of sections of Musclow-Greenview Road, Buck Hill Road and Bay Ridge Ct / Road is still on schedule to begin in July.
-IDA has plans to open a new drug store with a walk-in medical service in the old Maynooth Bank of Nova Scotia building, by the fall.
-Monthly Building Report, a good news item. For the past several months CBO Martin Cox has reported a substantial increase in the value of the building permits issued in comparison to the previous year. This expands the municipal property tax base and lowers the pressure on individual tax payers to meet the funding needs of HH. Arguably this is the most desirable form of economic development.
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 will be brought back to council to specify that towing and storage of an offending vehicle will be executed by the OPP.
Prohibit and Regulate Noise and the Use of Fireworks &AMPS
HH Noise Bylaw has been updated to include Fireworks. Please follow link below for all details. https://hastingshighlands.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Noise-and-Fireworks-Bylaw-2020-062.pdf
The some of the fines associated with the by-law has been “stood down” until Council approves "fair processes and practices" for the applications of exemptions to the permitted dates.
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!
Keep Hastings Highlands Beautiful! Reduce, Reuse, Refurbish and Recycle. Don't Litter. A poster making contest was approved by Council to promote awareness. The Contest with cash prizes invites entries from students attending a HH school from 4 age groups. Entry packages may be received by contacting the Municipal Office. 
Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA) has been the topic of comments in the world of social media. I stayed clear because as HH’s representative to the EOTA Board of Directors, I felt obligated to first address the issue with HH Council. In HH, EOTA has occupancy license, maintains and operates the Heritage Trail as a four season, multi use trail from Lake St. Peter to Bancroft. In addition to this one trail through the heart of HH, EOTA is similarly responsible for many thousands of kilometers of recreational trails through other counties and municipalities in Ontario. Agreements have been reached with other smaller trail organization for a reciprocal usage agreement in which each other’s trail passes are honoured. A dispute emerged between EOTA and OFATV (Federation Of All Terrain Vehicles) for the unilateral reduction of trail fee price, insurance indemnification and other minor issues. So far, we have been unable to finalize a mutually accepted agreement. But there is a glimmer of hope. Both parties have agreed, that in the best interest of the recreational trails using public, each is willing to send their representatives to a meeting hosted by Hastings County Warden Phillips and convened by CAO Jim Pine and  Director of Planning and Development, Justin Harrow.      
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 appreciation for the feedback that www.alexwalder.com is an unsecured site. In response, I have initiated http://alexwalder.ca accessible from desk top, lap top and hand held devices. For a few postings, I will post to both web sites to ensure continuity.