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Council Notes From the regular meeting of Council of the Whole Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

 

Town of Drumheller Crest

Council Notes

From the regular meeting of Council of the Whole Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

Mayor Yemen received a letter from the Honourable Ralph Goodale, federal Minister of Public Safety, in response to an earlier request from the Mayor's office, asking for added compensation to the town for providing assistance to the Federal Penitentiary by the local RCMP detachment. Mr Goodale assured the mayor that he takes the protection and security of Canadians "very seriously", and, has asked the warden of the penitentiary and the Commanding Officer of RCMP's K Division, to meet with him to find a solution to the issue.
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Council also received a letter from Lacy Williamson of the Badlands Hellraisers derby group, asking for permission to utilize the former tennis courts area to build a new roller derby track, and pay for it by fundraising efforts by the group.
Council has previously promised the land to the curling rink group for the eventual construction of a new curling rink building.
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A letter has been received by Council from the owner of Drumheller Chrysler, in the hopes of building a new access to their location on Highway 9 South by allowing traffic through what is now the centre median, as presently, southbound traffic must turn right on Highway 9, then make a u-turn at the end of the block.
In 2004 Council asked for an opinion and clarification on the matter from Hanna's Tony Chelick, operations manager for the central district of Alberta Transportation. Mr. Chelick replied in a letter to the town, that a recent traffic study done on town roads, concluded that no changes to the present scenario be implemented. There is also provision for a service road to be constructed in front of businesses along Highway 9 where none presently exists, with access to the service road provided at existing intersections. Council wishes to reopen discussions to explore options.
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Drumheller-Stettler MLA Rick Strankman attended council to inform them of his efforts and the government's policy on the proposed Flood Mitigation lobbying currently underway. Councils position is that the province is responsible for 100 percent funding for flood mitigation as per previous agreements.
Council is also looking for updated flood mapping from the province that will allow the Town to proceed with remedial efforts under the new guidelines. Strankman echoed the Mayor's frustration in the delay that has come about subsequent to a previous meeting with Minister Brian Mason earlier this spring. He is fearful that, despite the funding approval for remediation, being done, that the Province has not given any timelines to either he, or the Town.
The Mayor chastised Mr. Strankman in that he is the voice from this area in the legislature and that Strankman has been unable to provide any answers to the Town.
Councillor Garbutt asked the MLA not to wait any longer for remediation to the Ft. McMurray, before holding the Province to task. He reiterated to Strankman that the Province continues to put off this local situation, despite an earlier urgency that was prior to the June fires in Ft. Mc Murray.
Mr. Strankman told Council he probably would not be able to ask questions in the Legislature until sitting resumes, presumably at the end of October.
Mr. Strankman did ask Council for better communication on when they speak to the provincial departments, that he be informed.
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Council has received a letter from Craig Stewart, Operations Manager for the Central Region, Alberta Transportation, saying they would not allow a proposed road closure of airspace on First Avenue in East Coulee to proceed.
An expression of concern has also been sent to Alberta Transportation from East Coulee resident Don Gerlinger.

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Council Notes From the regular meeting of Monday, August 22, 2016

Town of Drumheller Crest

Council Notes

From the regular meeting of Monday, August 22, 2016

Councillor Tom Zariski was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for the months of September and October.
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Mayor Terry Yemen said they have received letters from Hanna, Stettler, and other municipalities who have sent letters for the Red Deer River Municipal Users Group regarding flood mitigation, and expects over 60 letters from group members to be sent to the province in their lobbying efforts for provincial assistance in funding flood mitigation efforts.
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Mayor Terry Yemen formerly introduced Daryl Drohomerski as the town's new director of infrastructure. CAO Ray Romanetz said Mr. Drohomerski brings years of experience which will benefit the town. Mr. Drohomerski said he's enjoyed his time here so far and is looking forward to working with council in the future.
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Council gave first reading to Bylaw 14.16, being a bylaw to amend Land Use Bylaw 10.08 by redesigning Lot 11, Plan 3867HU within the SW 28-28-19-W4M in Rosedale, being the former location of the Rosedale golf course, from an "Urban Transitional" district to "Residential Cottage District." Mr. Romanetz said this is just the start of discussions at a public hearing if this reading is passed. The public hearing would be scheduled for October 17. Councillor Sharel Shoff moved first reading, seconded by councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk. Councillor Shoff said she wants to make sure everyone understands this is necessary to get the item on the table to be discussed and evaluated for pros and cons. Councillor Tara McMillan recommended for the next meeting a list be prepared to see the number of different uses each zoning designation permits, which is available on the town's website www.dinosaurvalley.com under the Land Use Bylaw section. Mayor Terry Yemen said any letters addressed to council will be read aloud, although abbreviated, at the hearing. Council passed first reading unanimously.
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Infrastructure director Daryl Drohomerski provided council an update on infrastructure projects completed this summer. The water replacement has finished for 2016 other than minor deficiencies. The asphalt pavement program is largely complete minus some landscaping work. The Aquaplex pool lining project has two tenders closing later this week, with evaluations then taking place, and a decision will be requested from council at the next meeting. The concrete meridian work being done on Highway 9 South is nearly complete. The Elks Trail project behind the BCF has seen a rubber walkway installed as development of the recreation area continues.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters said Tough Mudder organizers said the event was a success. Drumheller RCMP said activity in relation to the event required minimal call for service and Drumheller Fire had none.
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Council Notes from the regular meeting of Monday, July 25, 2016

Town of Drumheller Crest

Council Notes
From the regular meeting of Monday, July 25, 2016

Council held a public meeting to consider a bylaw to close a portion of airspace above the East Coulee Hotel on 1st Avenue in East Coulee. The owners of the building are renovating the exterior to construct a two-storey balcony and breezeway in front of the building. Two speakers and one letter were received by council in favour of the project, including the hotel owner, with one speaker at the meeting in opposition, being the owner of a property directly east of the hotel. Co-owner of the hotel Len Gerrard said the addition will improve the appearance of the front of the building while also making the hotel and restaurant wheelchair accessible. When asked by council, Gerrard said the estimated investment in the project was nearly half a million dollars. Lehigh resident Shawn Lumsden spoke in favour of the project, saying the economic and employment spin off from the addition will generate positive development in the area. Don Gerlinger, representing the estate of Elizabeth Gerlinger, owner of a residential property adjacent to the hotel, said the expansion would devalue the property as well as continue problems with noise, litter, and generally lower the quality of life at the residence. Gerlinger said the owners of the hotel had approached him offering to purchase the residence on June 20, and asked for time before the bylaw was passed to allow for the possible transaction to take place. Council assured Gerlinger that it would take up to 90 days to get approval from Alberta Transportation to approve the closure.
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Acting commander of Drumheller RCMP, Kevin Charles, made a delegation to council reintroducing himself and providing a short brief of detachment operations. Charles, who previously worked in Drumheller before taking a position in Hanna, is filling in while a new detachment commander is found for Drumheller. He said a replacement for Corporal Rod Gutherie is already in Drumheller but has yet to begin duty.
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CAO Ray Romanetz presented council with amendments to the Land Use Bylaw for first reading. He said the amendments addressed concerns made by council over environmental controls, and added additional conditions. Councillor Jay Garbutt showed concern over a clause of "environmental significance" and how to determine what is significant without demanding businesses produce expensive environmental reports that may deter business from the town. CAO Romanetz said he will refer this to Palliser and the Municipal Planning Commission for review.
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Director of community services, Paul Salvatore, updated council on the Dino Arts Footprint project, which would see dinosaur footprints created in pavement throughout downtown. Salvatore said the only update on this is his department has contacted Dino Arts lead John Shoff on holding a meeting. CAO Romanetz said there has been discussion about tree placement downtown, of creating a dinosaur made of Catepillar parts, and placing a dinosaur at the BCF. Council provided direction to discuss the science behind footprints with the experts at the Tyrrell, but also to keep the project fun. Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk provided direction to evaluate trees downtown which may be blocking business signage.
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Council approved the appointment of director of protective services Greg Peters, and bylaw enforcement officers Don Urlacher, and Tom Pozzolo as weed inspectors, in compliance with the provincial Weed Control Act.
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The CAO and department directors presented their quarterly reports to council, highlighting major projects and developments in their respective departments over the last quarter. Detailed information is available in the July 25 published agenda on the town's website, dinosaurvalley.com.
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Mayor Terry Yemen opened discussion over vendor cart contract concerns raised by a vendor. A vendor had a concern after he and another vendor were told by community services that generator units were prohibited at the Rotary Park. Louise Sharpe and Dwight Constable acquired licenses for two locations on concrete pads near the spray park in Rotary Park in the spring of this year. They were informed they were not allowed to use generators, and purchased a hot dog cart and two freezers. Jolene Powell and Mary Anne Vogel operated a Mini Donut truck near Sublime Food and Wine but requested a move back into the Rotary Park this summer. In early July, the Mini Donut operators were given approval by community services to use a generator for their truck. This week, Constable and Sharpe lodged complaints to the mayor and council regarding this exception made for the Mini Donuts vendor. Director of community services Paul Salvatore said historically his department has discouraged motors at the park but it has been condoned before. Salvatore said everything that was communicated to both parties was supported by town guidelines for vendors. Councillor Garbutt said the policy is regulations, not rules, which are adapted to different situations. Salvatore suggested council provide power to vendors to avoid this issue down the road, and CAO Romanetz said bringing power to two or three locations would be a small expense. Mayor Yemen said he will discuss the issue with the complainants.
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