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Council News Letter


The following is information from our meetings in late March, April, and early May.  

At March 26, 2018 regular meeting, Council met with Beairsto & Associates to review the sewer main relining program; and to discuss an asset management program.  Council voted to work with Beairsto in preparing an asset management program.

Phase Five in our sewer main and manhole relining program is still scheduled for the late summer of 2018, it covers 103 Avenue from 100th street to 103rd street, and portions of 104 avenue in the same area.

Council approved a proposal from Atco Electric to convert all our streetlights in the Village to LED lighting.  This is part of a program that Atco is providing to the municipalities in the area. It results in less power consumption from the streetlights and gives some flexibility for future modernization of the lights.

At the April 9th meeting, Council finalized the minimum tax amounts for 2018 taxation.  A review of other municipalities of comparable size to Hythe noted that our minimum tax levy (the 2017 amount was $500.00 per property) was less than average.  The following 2018 levies were set:

  • Residential improved properties - $700.00 per year

  • Residential vacant properties -  $800.00 per year

  • Commercial improved properties - $800.00 per year

  • Commercial vacant properties - $1,000.00 per year

Council has designated the additional revenue from the increased rates to go towards community beautification and other services that will help improve our community.

Council reviewed a $5,000 grant application made to Grande Prairie County’s Cemetery Improvement program.  The application was for staining the gazebo, additional signage, and another improvement. Our volunteer cemetery board chairman, Debbie Balderston, made the application on behalf of the Hythe Cemetery, and it has been approved.

On April 18th, Council hosted the annual Volunteer Appreciation supper.  We thank everyone who joined us that evening to celebrate volunteerism in Hythe.  Congratulations to the staff at the Hythe Thrift Shop, who won the Ken Brandsater Memorial award as the Volunteers of the Year.  

On April 23rd, Council received Councillor Lyle Sipe’s letter of resignation.  We thank Lyle for his 10 years of service to the community on Village Council, and we wish him well for his future plans.     

Council Minutes

Council met with our auditors for MNP to review the 2017 financial statement for the Village. The auditors commented that the Village’s finances remain in good shape.  A copy of the 2017 financial statement is available at the Village Office at no charge.

Also, at the April 23rd meeting, Council met with Arena Society and our Agricultural Society.  It was decided to provide some administrative support to both these groups, including bookkeeping services.

Council approved the concept of providing ball hockey as a summer program in the Hythe arena.

The 2018 budget was approved at the April 23rd meeting.  The budget calls for a 6.35% increase in the municipal residential mill rate and a 3.04% in the municipal commercial levy.  As school taxes have remained unchanged this year, the overall residential rate changes by 4.39% and commercial by 2.07%.

Council increased the budget’s emphasis on road maintenance; and also expanding our capacity to deal with our ever-growing project list.  Hythe’s taxes still remain lower than the majority of communities our size.

Council reviewed our mowing rates for cutting private property.  It was decided to increase our rates from $50.00 per lot per mow to $100.00.

Council is presently reviewing the minimum tax provisions in our property taxes.  We have reviewed some other comparable municipalities. It is expected that a decision will be reached prior to mailing tax notices in May.

The May 14th Council meeting saw us meeting with County Enforcement Services to review the enforcement that they are providing in the Village.  Discussion followed regarding unsightly premises definitions; and the County’s plans for a new Community Standards bylaws. The meeting also discussed different ways of dealing with dilapidated buildings and derelict vehicles.

Council made a small donation for an informal gathering to remember Dr. Lee, who is being interred at the Hythe Cemetery.  This event happens on June 5th at the Hythe Legion, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  It is open to anyone wishing to share memories of Dr. Lee, who practiced medicine in Hythe for many years.

  VILLAGE COUNCIL REPORT - January 12, 2018

Council reports from the December meeting and the first January Council meetings follow.  If you want more detail, the full minutes are available on our web page at Minutes 2018.

At the December 11th meeting, Council received reports and had discussions with:

  • The Public Works Department

  • The Regional Community Futures organization

  • The Hythe Arena Society

  • The Hythe Agricultural Society

Council approved a rebuild estimate for our front-end loader’s transmission in the amount of $22,000. We continue to work with the Agricultural Society in considering the repurposing of the old swimming pool building.

Council approved a grant of $800 to the Hythe Curling Club for improvements at the Curling Rink.  

Hythe hosted a regional recreation meeting on December 3rd at the Community Centre.  Representatives from the City of Grande Prairie, County of Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley and the MD of Greenview were in attendance.

A new recreation master plan has been completed for this area.  The regional committee is responsible for implementing the recommendations contained in the plan.

Council is concerned about the appearance issues caused by people who leave their garbage carts out on the street all week long.  This is an unsightly and unnecessary practice.  It would be appreciated if you would put the garbage carts away on Friday evening after the residential collection is done.  Thanks.

On December 18th, Council did the judging for Christmas lighting.  Congratulations to our winners: Lyle Letendre (first) Jarvis Shail (second) and Deb Wheeler (third).  Thanks to everyone who decorated their homes for the Christmas season.

January 8th Council

Council met with Dalvin Napen, CAO for Hythe Pioneer Homes.  We received updates on their two major construction projects, the Glas House and the 48-unit Pioneer Place addition.

A presentation was made by STARS, asking the Village to continue our financial support for their service.  Council voted to make a four year commitment as requested, at a rate of $2.00 per capita ($1,654.00) to help STARS stay airborne.

Council also reviewed our policy on assisting private landowners with the demolition of obsolete building.  We will lend our gravel truck (with driver) at no charge to anyone tearing down an old unusable building in Hythe.  If you are interested, stop by the Village office and ask for a copy of the policy.