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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting of Monday, June 19, 2017

 

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Drumheller Town Council

Committee of the Whole Meeting

Monday, June 19, 2017

 

The meeting started off with an annual update from the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce.
Shelley Rymal and Marley Henneigh were present as well as President Brock Harrington and Executive Director Heather Bitz to explain the report.
Of noticeable increase, 11 members currently sit on the board with 3.5 per cent increase in membership since last year. For building relationships, calls and emails are made as well as reach on social media with 691 Twitter Followers and 635 Likes on Facebook.
The chamber representatives also noted they look forward to more conversation about policies. Memberships are now recognized on provincial and national levels.
Bitz attended a policy conference where several discussions were commenced based on topics like Bill 17, the Fair and Friendly Workplaces Act.
29 policy resolutions were presented by local Chambers of Commerce which were timely to the business community. The trade show contract has also now been extended to 2020.
For this year’s Canada Day Parade they will continue with the new route and the Jurassic Classic golf tournament will be happening on August 18 with prizes and more. October is the busiest month with the election forum in addition to the Lunch N’ Learn gathering and Business Excellence Awards Gala held during small business week.
The World’s Largest Dinosaur which opened in fall of 2000, is up 12.5 per cent with 15 per cent of funds from admission and gift store purchases going towards the legacy fund. Last week the DDCC installed video cameras to watch the dinosaur at all times. Visitor Information Centre is accredited to promote all businesses despite chamber membership.
A new addition to statistics being collected at the Information Centre is a referral to accommodation as well as facilitating (booking) residents. An outdoor Kiosk will be set up Tuesdays and Thursdays at the information centre and a survey will be conducted using iPads during those times to see what else people wish to see in the valley to make them stick around longer. They are teaming up with Canalta to sweeten the deal by giving away prizes.
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Next, council moved onto the Aquaplex renovations update explained by Director of Infrastructure Darryl Drohmerski.
The construction initially started on May 1 with a two week shutdown. As of today, the completion is at 15 per cent. The reason for such a slow start was due to painting. Once the painting is finished, then much more work can ensue to speed up the process. Painting is 60 per cent. 80 per cent done is the sauna and change rooms which should be completed by next week. The Pool deck is ready to be extracted which is scheduled to happen at the end of June.
After Canada day, four to five weeks will be dedicated to insulation. Completion is still on track with a date set for on or before September 29.
Little finds can be found when opening up an older building, but so far cost is minimal and will help visitors in the end.
One large example of this is the Steam Room. It has now been moved with retrofits. They determined that the original steam room was in fact a humidifier system rather than steam room proper piece of equipment. In the long run, lots of energy will be saved and it cleans itself every night so staff doesn’t have to.
Swimming pool staff have been taking pictures for Facebook or Twitter to follow the changes. As well, a time lapse camera will be set up to link into social media.
Contractors show up on a bi-weekly scheduled basis to be in the know and keep things running smoothly and on schedule. Drohomerski reminded Council that the crew is also cognizant of customers in the high season of July and August.
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Lastly, this year’s Canada Day schedule was explained by Community Director Paul Salvatore.
He thanked the chamber for putting on the parade and noted new family fun items like six new inflatables including a 95 obstacle course, Zorb Ball Race Track, Bungee Run, and more.
A magician is expected to be running around Drumheller during the day and Council will cut the cake at 6:00 p.m.
Entertainment starts at noon and the largest display of fireworks yet will begin at 11:00 p.m. Some Canada 150 swag like temporary tattoos and such will be handed out throughout the day.


Council Notes from the Regular Town Council Meeting of Monday, June 12, 2017

 

 

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A proclamation to make June Recreation and Parks Month within Drumheller was included in the opening remarks from the Mayor.
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A schedule was shown to explain the July meetings.
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Council heard first reading of a Bylaw to redesignate a parcel of land in Rosedale, formerly a golf course from Urban Transitional to Recreational Cottage Housing. CAO Ray Romanetz explains that with first reading passed, the Town will inform those who are directly affected of the proposal and schedule a public hearing in the near future. Councillor Jay Garbutt wished to see lots of communication and inform as much of the neighbourhood as possible of the new change.
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Economic Development Advisory Committee recommendations were next on the list. Two topics were discussed with Task force members who attended the meeting. The Task force presented a plan for theming the community, downtown beautification and engaging in active economic development marketing.
It included $60,000 to hire a marketing expert with self motivated, effective community building and relationship skills for an eight month contract, and to build and create a marketing kit.
Also discussed was a proposal for a Street Naming Project and Dinosaur Medallions Wayfinding Project, the projects were thoroughly explained and where the money was going to.
The task force has been working with the Royal Tyrrell Museum to maintain accuracy. With a little bit of technology mixed in by creating an app to explain the medallions, it gives Travel Drumheller the chance to upsell to businesses and make advertisements. The app creates a creative way to keep tourists lingering downtown.
Councillor Pat Kolafa mentioned that as well as an app, a hard copy should be made in association with Travel Drumheller.
Council went on to decide who was opposed or for the extra money allocation to the Medallion and Street naming projects.
They concluded that the projects were approved and the committee could move forward.

Council Notes from the Regular Town Council Meeting of Monday, May 29, 2017

 

 

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Mayor Terry Yemen opened up the meeting by saying congrats for another successful Boogie in the Badlands event held over the weekend.
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A request for the cemetery bylaw amendment was made by Barb Miller. Benefits included one time requests in future council decisions but if not accepted it would fail and restrict council from making those other decisions. The motion was carried to accept the amendment and allow future exemptions to the bylaw.
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An exemption of the cemetery as followed up by a report from last week’s COW meeting was explained. The plan is to store up to 50 urns in a single burial plot after being on site at the Courtney Winters Funeral Home for over 15 years. The Alberta government recently made changes last year to regulations, stating that urns must be dealt with after a year of storage. The funeral home has since asked council about a one time exemption to take care of the urns in a respectable manner. This exemption allows the funeral home to have the urns buried within community, with a single burial. There will be no costs to the town as all costs will be directed to the Courtney Winters Funeral Home like the construction of the concrete vault as well as markers. The exemption was passed.
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Each year Sandstone Manor has specific property taxes that are covered by council to create affordable housing for Drumheller residents. The benefit allows rent to be low and sustainable while creating sustainable building reserves. An agreement was in place to help offset costs. Residents will be notified if council had decided to cancel the levy. A special reserve has been dedicated by the Municipal government for $40,000 towards this. Councillor Jay Garbutt gave a little summary, explaining that revenue is up and the budget is on track for 2017. The idea of solar panels on the roof is currently being mulled over as this eco friendly idea would offset the cost of constant light in the hallways. Garbutt hopes to access some of that reserve to create the project and eventually get the money back through provincial grants.
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An amendment to the Vacation pay policy was addressed. A gap was found in the current policy where the CAO was not included. The new amendment brings the CAO into the same policy of employees where vacation pay cannot be accrued, and to provide council with update. It would fix any potential for ambiguity. The motion carried to amend the vacation pay policy.
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Councillor Pat Kolafa gave a reminder as well as overview about current Canada 150 events in town. The Canada 150 Golfing Community Day did a very good job. The course was basically full from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Councillor Tom Zariski said it went very well and everyone had fun. Kolafa reminded council of the Canada 150 picnic and BBQ. They plan to collect 150 food items for The Salvation Army and have 8 teams in the tug of war challenge as to go along with the participACTION 150 playlist. A reminder to also follow the Canada 150 Facebook page and remember to hashtag #DrumCan150


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