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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole meeting of Monday, February 12, 2018

 

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Drumheller Town Council

Committee of the Whole Meeting

Monday, February 12, 2018

 

Mayor Heather Colberg called the meeting to order at 4:31 p.m.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented his October to December quarterly report to council.
He highlighted the town’s active role in current flood mitigation. The town is close to having the ownership of the dykes transferred from the provincial government.
On December 30, the Aquaplex re-opened its doors to the public following an extensive modernization upgrade. The hot tub is still not functioning properly as it is not reaching Alberta flow rates.
The Town has been working on a solution for the Royal Tyrrell Museum sewage odor by holding meetings during the quarter with MPE Engineering, the museum, and the province to review the ongoing concerns and impacts of residents. He says ‘there is an end in sight’.
At council’s Strategic Business Session held on November 29, employee housing was identified as a corporate priority. On January 12, an initial meeting was arranged with ATCO to discuss the proposal of an ATCO village for employee housing.
He listed some key accomplishments from 2017 like the Canada 150 celebration led by the Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee, an electric car charging station donated by ATCO, the grand opening of the new Riverside Medical Clinic, the continuation of the downtown revitalization project, and council’s creation of an Economic Task Force.
He also listed top priorities for the corporate and operational levels.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Armia Mikhaiel and CAO Drohomerski presented the 2017 Infrastructure Services Annual Report. They highlighted a few key areas.
A new fuel card lock system project was tendered on July 7 with Installation completed on December 21 for the airport. It provides capability to accurately track fuel inventory and allow access to fuel at any time.
The town discovered that the addition of higher chlorine concentration of the pipes fueling the splash park fountain has led to corrosion causing water leakage. Cameras were sent down to see the condition of the pipes. He explained that it looked like multiple small leaks had formed. The town is not sure which route to take at this time to fix the problem.
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Director of Corporate Services Barb Miller presented her fourth quarter report.
A large amount of time was spent on the municipal election with over 50 employees running 26 voting stations. Administration worked on the Utility Rates Bylaw and clarified for council on how they are calculated. They also finalizing the 2017 operating budget draft which will be released at the end of the month. They are currently preparing Fiscal year-end documents and the auditor is scheduled for March 5. Ms. Miller reported that the IT Management transition has had minor difficulties but overall is going smoothly.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters explained the current situation of the fourth quarter report. He explained he is working on two bylaws; the Tourism Corridor Bylaw and Cannabis Legislation.
The purpose of the tourism corridor bylaw is to help the town maintain, enhance, and preserve its character, scenery, history and aesthetics. The cannabis legislation is in response to the upcoming federal legalization of marijuana.
A regional Emergency Master Plan final draft has been reviewed by the director and will be reviewed one last time by a contractor before being presented to council.
The director is researching solar energy for the Civic Solar Project which will be presented at a future council meeting to see about how the municipality can utilize this technology.
Mr. Peters is exploring all aspects of a fenced dog park like gathering interested resident opinions, cost estimates, and potential locations.
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Councillors reported on the wellbeing of the committees they sit on as well as what each once is currently striving to work towards.
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Councillors Zariski and Garbutt presented the Vision, Mission and Values statement.


Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, February 5, 2018

 

 

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Drumheller Town Council 

Regular Council Meeting

Monday, February 5, 2018

 

Deputy Mayor Tom Zariski called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
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Loralie Martin, head of the new curling club building committee brought forth delegations on behalf of the Drumheller Curling Club.
She presented a feasibility report on the club and current facility. She also showed two different designs on the future curling rink and what it would entail.
Martin asked council to consider four different items. She wishes to have an official commitment to the land as they currently do not have anything in writing for it.
She requested that town administration review some of the operating costs like cost of the ice plant.
The third item for consideration was for the potential building’s next step. The club needs geotechnical work done to see what is possible for one of the designs they wish to construct so they want the town to share the cost.
Lastly, the club wishes to partner with the town on the 2018 New Building Canada Fund.
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Council gave first reading to Bylaw 03.18 to amend the Land Use Bylaw by inserting new wording into the document to bring it into accordance with recent revisions to the Municipal Government Act and to allow for a public hearing to be held on March 5, 2018.
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Ms. Miller had a request for decision (RFD) seeking authorization to write off outstanding utility account balances deemed uncollectible, to allowance of bad debt.
Council approved the write-off of outstanding 2016 utility account balances against the allowance for bad debt. Council also approved the request and amendments made to policy C04-14 Remuneration and Expense Allowance for Mayor and Council as presented with Article 4.3 to begin in effect as of the 2017 organizational meeting on October 30.
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Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore presented the Mobile Vending draft bylaw for first reading. Council provided feedback as to how the process worked and what changes needed to be made before making the motion for first reading. The motion was tabled to the next regular meeting.
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Mr. Salvatore had an RFD on a recent community donation. On Monday, January 15, an individual who wishes to remain anonymous, presented to council that they would like to contribute back to the community in the form of a community donation. They would like to purchase 1000 Multi-Facility Drop-in Passes at a reduced rate to distribute to members of the community, including elementary and high schools in the area, as discussed in the presentation to council.
Administration would establish a system to track the passes as they are redeemed and report back to both the donor and council on the uptake and increase of usage of the passes.
A motion to accept the anonymous donors purchase of 1000 multi facility passes at the price of two dollars was carried.
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Bylaw 13.17 was a bylaw to amend the land use bylaw by redesigning Plan 1712437 Block 24 Lots 39 and 40 from Central Commercial (CB) District to DT (Downtown Transition) District.
At the January 22 meeting, a public hearing commenced. Cynthia Cvik, CEO of Palliser Regional Municipal Services (PRMS) provided a planning report and explained that the Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) endorsed the recommendation of PRMS. The bylaw then passed first reading. On Monday, February 5, the bylaw passed second and third readings as amended.
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council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, January 29, 2018

 

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, January 29, 2018

The Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m.
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CAO Jenny Krystoff of the Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation and Councillor Tom Zariski gave a presentation of the 2018 Budget.
The foundation focuses on high quality of life for its residents and is considered a housing management body. They take care of seniors units in Drumheller, Morrin, Munson, and Delia.
Sources of revenue come from Alberta Health Services (AHS) funding, municipal requisition, government funding, and resident revenue which takes up 47 per cent
Vacancies in Hillview and Sunshine lodges led to increasing cost of living 2 per cent to cover existing costs. They have made $3,828,400 in total revenue this last year.
The foundation expects to have 12-15 older wing rooms vacant which is equivalent to a full wing being unused. They are still projecting that these vacancies will last for the next two to three years.
50 per cent of revenue is spent on debt from previous construction projects like the creation of Hillview Lodge.
The total expenses reached $3,329,995 with $493,750 put towards the annual debt repayment. Maintenance repairs and replacement costs are expected to increase as the facilities age.
Krystoff has identified a few challenges the foundation will be facing this year. This includes keeping occupancy levels up as well as carbon levy changes, rising maintenance costs, and increased salaries and wages.
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Barry Morishita, Mayor of Brooks and president of Canadian Badlands and Lonna Hoggan discussed a new Dinosaur Trail Project in partnership with Canadian Badlands and Drumheller.
They plan to designate billboard style signs from the Dinosaur Provincial Park to the Royal Tyrrell Museum to generate and direct traffic to continue the dinosaur experience for tourists visiting Eastern Alberta.
The roadway is focused on a route along the Red Deer River valley. Canadian Badlands partners were all on board for this idea.
Instead of applying to Alberta Transportation for a specific roadway designation, they are asking for permission for signage from Dinosaur Provincial Park to the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
The largest number of tourists coming to the area are drawn from Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Regina. The City of Brooks has put $10,000 towards 14 signs as they have no advertising currently.
Google will make a map overlay with a link to travel through for tourists to utilize. The Canadian Badlands board is are hoping to put up the link this summer.
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Owner Tony Audia, Greg Audia, and Manager Bill Davidson brought forth ideas for the Greenwood Villa which is a trailer park located near the Badlands Passion Play site.
A current bylaw states the town does not want mobile units over ten years old renovated due to issues in the past. Mr. Audia does not agree that they have to be less than ten years old as he wishes to renovate these older homes for future residents.
The owner hopes to have a temporary change to this bylaw to begin and complete the renovations in the next 3-5 years.
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Dave Watson and Paul Andrew attended the meeting to discuss the progress of Hope College.
A new 2018-2022 business plan has been put in place,
The college had an original goal of 15 students enrolled but have now exceeded that goal with 17 students.
Hope College recently moved to Downtown Drumheller for accessibility and the close proximity to MH Enterprises and Alberta Works as the college works closely with those resources.
Hope College has acquired a new name under Badlands Community College which will officially be announced in the spring.
The college continues to have eight courses; three healthcare programs, two business programs, one justice program and one massage therapy course.
They will have five graduates this year and plan on a regrand opening in May where the graduation will take place.
Social media has been acknowledged as a huge help for the college.
They are subletting their location which helps with rental costs as classes do not begin until 3:30 p.m.
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Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore talked about the Mobile Vendor Bylaw. A policy review of several communities in Alberta provided perspective on current mobile vending standards.
Mr. Salvatore cross examined the populations of Calgary, Camrose, Canmore, Cochrane, Olds and Penticton, B.C.
Administration recommended that the mobile vending be handled like the Town of Olds because the process most closely matches the way that mobile vending is currently dealt with in Drumheller.
Council also chose designated areas where the vendors could set up for business and how much would be charged.
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Mr. Salvatore brought a Request for Decision (RFD) on the Community Assistance Policy leading to discussion. The policy has been updated to fit the feedback council addressed at the January 15 COW meeting.
The document has been updated by simplifying the wording and removing the references to the requirement of “large numbers of residents” to “a good number of users or community members.”
Further research included looking into similar programs in Canmore and Cochrane. Operational grants approved by Starland County and the grant criteria changes to the World’s Largest Dinosaur (WLD) legacy fund were shown as examples of local grants in Drumheller.
Administration recommended that council makes a motion to adopt the policy as amended at the next scheduled council meeting on Monday, February 5.
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Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.


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