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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, June 26, 2017

 

 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

The meeting started off with general remarks from Mayor Terry Yemen.
He commended the organizers for the Gran Fondo for its successful event.
Councillor Tara McMillan wanted to thank fellow councillor Tom Zariski for his efforts in the Badlands Passion Play golf tournament.
“If it wasn’t for Tom, they wouldn’t have a golf fundraiser,” said McMillan.
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To forward the meeting, CAO Ray Romanetz gave an update about the grant application and how the flood mitigation project is going to work out. With a grant over a year ago, there have been on going discussions about ownership and other topics.
Council passed first reading of Bylaw 04.17, to permit borrowing for up to $497,400 for the purpose of building a berm in central Drumheller to protect the town from further flood damage.
This is the first step in the process as requirements dictate to have a public meeting. The recommendation was to proceed with the first reading to allow for the borrowing of $497,400 as all options to get the 10% off the municipality’s plate have been exhausted. Now as of last Wednesday, a proposal was put together but with great difficulty to get wording. The intention is to have delays dealt with now before it causes problems.
The town’s overall debt ‘is in really good shape.’
Rates are very reasonable right now and future generations will be paying for the work at a steady, solid rate of interest.
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Bylaw 05.17 covers the second flood mitigation project approved by the government. Another $516,000 will be put towards the project in order to create a berm in the East Midland and Newcastle area.
Further grants have also been identified for future projects through the grant that has been approved. The first reading carried.
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An application was received by the town to appoint a new Economic Development Advisory Committee leader.
Mr. John Goudy was seen to ‘do a very good job’, especially with his local background knowledge and different perspective. Goudy will be serving a three year term.
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A request for a two year extension for the auditor appointment was brought to light. The extension will be ensuring stability for next two years of 2017 and 2018 as three years tends to be the most effective in terms of relationships and understanding.
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A request for a new liquor service model for the Badlands Community Facility (BCF) was brought to attention. Roughly one to three events per year require liquor service at the large facility.
Three options were presented but only one stood out to create easier service to the customer as well as help local businesses and organizations.
A motion was carried to enhance the current self serve model with an interest to provide a pre-approved list of organizations and businesses to provide and to offer services. So far the BCF is not losing bookings because of the lack of service.
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The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.


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.


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