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COUNClL Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, November 27, 2017;

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, December 4, 2017 Mayor Heather Colberg called the Committee of the Whole meeting to order at 4:32 p.m.
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Council started off by listening to the Drumheller Public Library board. Director of Library Services Emily Hollingshead and library board member Vanessa Page explained both summer and school year programs as well as outreach programs. The library was host to two main summer camps this year. They create a budget along with a Plan of Service every three years.
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Travel Drumheller was next to present their organizational update on current services and growth within the tourism industry. Carrie Lunde of the Royal Tyrrell Museum and Alyssa Berry presented.
Travel Drumheller has a vision to make Drumheller a sought out, year-round top travel destination of Alberta and the world.
A key highlight for the past year included a revamped Travel Drumheller website. They are the main driver between tourists and businesses within the Valley. They had 30,000 to 50,000 website visits in the high season this year and 15,000 in the low season.
Another highlight was a redesigned exploration guide that held a magazine style. It was content driven, not a revenue maker. For the new distribution, they will make 80 per cent of the guides produced placed outside of Drumheller to draw people in and increase the amount of copies to 40,000. They explained their 2018 goals such as growing their social media platforms, robust digital focused marketing campaigns, marketing buy-in program, media partnerships, and regular website updates, and turning Drumheller into an all-year round destination. They also discussed their yearly budget including the revenue and expenses associated with the entire tourism related entity
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Citizen on Patrols (COP) gave a brief update on their year in review. They explained their purpose and how operations are run through volunteer work. COP works with the local RCMP to help create a safer community. They wish to increase their presence in the area. 114 patrols were made in 2016 but only 90 in 2017 so far. In 2016, they were on patrol for 398.8 hours. In 2017, they have done 270 hours.
They wish to have a main meeting place for work, equipment, and sensitive information. They are hoping to patrol all week but have found this to be very difficult with no central meeting place.
They also explained how the public can become a COP member and having 40 members would let the COP operate seven days a week. Currently 20 members are involved with COP. Council agreed to look further into finding a safe space for the Drumheller COP group
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Council reviewed the 2018 water and wastewater rates for the Town of Drumheller. They looked at legislative provisions governing these water utilities, why rate models are prepared beforehand, interrelationship of the rate models and other financial plans, the council’s rate objectives, and different 2018 rate models could be implemented.
Robert (Bob) Jenkins was the facilitator of the presentation. He has undertaken preparation of the 2015, 2017, and 2018 utility rate models for Drumheller.
Drumheller supplies water to Aqua 7 Regional Water Services Commission, Starland County, and Kneehill County. These rates do not need to be approved by the Alberta utilities commission however there is a right of appeal of customers to the AUC.
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For the CAO’s quarterly report, Darryl Drohomerski reported the town continues to work on flood mitigation related issues. In the last quarter, council approved the 2017 Infrastructure Strategy. This is a document that allows the town to manage its own infrastructure. The strategy focuses primarily on maintaining and replacing existing infrastructure.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski also gave the Director of Infrastructure report as the new candidate for the position is yet to be finalized. They are continuing work on the aquaplex modernization. No date has been set for re-opening. The town also completed its LED light replacement at the Drumheller Memorial Arena for both interior and exterior fixtures.
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Corporate Services Director Barb Miller reports that over-all expenses appear to be on track with individual services, trending to be on or below target. Tax receivable balances as of August 31, were approximately $190,000 higher than in the previous year
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Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore highlighted a new design for the revitalization of downtown. They are working with company Urban Systems for this design. A concept has been received and will only be shared with stakeholders.
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Protective Services Director Greg Peters reported on a tourism corridor bylaw which has been completed and sent to the CAO for his review. This is to help the town maintain, enhance and preserve its characters, scenery, history, and aesthetics. They are continuing to work on a regional emergency services master plan with the final draft to be delivered to the contractor in December.


COUNClL Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, November 27, 2017;

 

 

 

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, November 27, 2017Council passed the first reading of the Utility Rate Bylaw.                                                                                                                                                This bylaw if passed will dictate the 2018 utility rates and will come into effect on January 1, 2018.

Consultant Bob Jenkins will be coming to the next council meeting to provide a detailed presentation, answer questions and concerns                                                                            and give some advice on how the rates should be set up in time for the new year.
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Council Policy C-04-14, Remuneration and Expense Allowance for Mayor and Council, was amended and passed.
An independent committee of Drumheller residents will review this policy and report back to council with recommendations.                                                                                              This committee’s report shall be completed within one year of the general municipal election.
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Council appointed applicant Dennis Harder to one of the two seats available on the Heritage Arts and Culture Committee. One position still remains open.

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Sheila Krueger was appointed to the Drumheller Public Library Board for a term of three years. One seat is still vacant.

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Jim Decore was appointed the lone available seat on the Drumheller Policing Committee for a term of one year. The town received a large amount of applicants than positions available.

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Brendon Huntley was appointed for a three year term on the Drumheller Housing Administration board. Two applicants came forward.
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A request for decision was made for the approval of the new Economic Impact Task Force and Terms of Reference
Council will choose the seven most qualified applicants as a steering committee. They will then appoint remaining applicants to appropriate subcommittees.                                          This task force is open to Drumheller and surrounding area.
The deadline for applications will be December 11 and council will review these applicants beginning on December 18.
A form is available online at Dinosaurvalley.com in the form of a volunteer application which can be easily downloaded.
A special meeting was created for sorting out the process and appointing members of the new task force.                                                                                                                          This meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Applications are to be reviewed by council once the application period has ended.
The motion was carried to approve the Economic Impact Task Force.
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Meeting Adjourned at 5:24 p.m.

COUncil Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, November 20, 2017;

 

 

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, November 20, 2017Barb Miller, acting CAO and director of corporate services gave an update on the progress of the aquaplex renovations.
The leaks have been identified and repaired. Since then, more problems have been found, causing deficiencies.
Contractors will be updating the town on the timeline for reopening.
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A Request for Direction was brought to council’s attention to gain clarity, and to establish guidelines about mobile vending.
In 2005, management of this topic was in reference to push carts, not trucks, trailer units, and SeaCans.
The Suspension Bridge, the Hoodoos, Rotary Park, Newcastle Beach and the BCF parking lot were mentioned as potential areas to host mobile and or permanent vending.
Prime locations, flexibility of the bylaw, and the definition of vending units were the hot topics of this discussion.
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Council discussed the possible formation of a special task force specializing in business attraction and retention.
The councillors agreed that the focus of the new task force was too narrow. They wished to have individuals with broad and different perspectives to research new ideas and gather input. Council will be giving them 90 days to do so. An extra month will be given to present a report.
Council talked about resources for this force, the qualifications to join, and some guidelines for these volunteers to follow. This will later be given to the Economic Development Task Force to take into account for future projects and new directions.
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Council discussed the scope of the vision and mission statements.
Town staff were asked to send in their own interpretations of the mission and vision statements. More time was given to get more input from both the Town and the community.
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Council came to a consensus to wait a year before being reevaluating their wages through the Remuneration Task Force amended policy C-04-14.
Council has decided to add this item to the next meeting agenda to change the timing.
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Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.


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