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Council Notes from the regular meeting of Monday June 27, 2016

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Mayor Yemen congratulated the success of this year's Gran Fondo bike ride which was up 145 participants from last year.
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The council received a letter from Minister of Municipal  Affairs Danielle Larivee concerning the Gas Tax Fund. This year, $218 million in GTF funding will be provided to Alberta municipalities. Drumheller will be allocated $432,868 towards building and revitalizing local public infrastructure. This was a 2 percent increase over last year.
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The council received a letter from Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Brian Mason in response to an earlier meeting on Tuesday, March 8. The letter was in regards to a meeting with council, in which, the turn out at the bottom of the hill and the truck route being paved was discussed.  Minister Mason anticipates there will be funding in the 2017 budget for the both projects. Regarding the Newcastle Sewer odour as reported in the June 22 edition of The Drumheller Mail, Minister Mason said he was studying the area to see if a lift station can solve the problem. If the study is conclusive, a lift station will be built.
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The Drumheller Chamber of Commerce presented their Semi- Annual update to council. The Chamber have 231 members in good standing, 16 outstanding members. Future projects include the Canada Day parade, the "Jurassic Classic" Golf Tournament in August, Small Business Week in October, and the Jingle Mingle member appreciation event in December. The Information Center has seen a 16.5 per cent increase in visitors from January 1- May 31, 2015, over the same period from 2016. The Chamber of Commerce also highlighted the Mobile Visitor Information Centre which is operational Thursday afternoons at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Mayor Yemen asked how many dollars had been returned into the community from the World's Largest Dinosaur in total, and Executive Director Heather Bitz answered $585,000.
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Council received a request for decision regarding the Wheatland County Regional Infrastructure Program. Wheatland county has approved the distribution of 0.25 mill of Non Residential Property tax  to neighboring municipalities who provide infrastructure services to residents of Wheatland. Dumheller is set to receive $17,974.86 of a total of $750,000 grant distribution annually over 5 years on a specified formula. CAO Ray Romantez suggested to pass the motion and meet with Wheatland for further discussion. Coun. Zariski questioned how the county came up with the formula, CAO Ray Romantez answered saying the town had no input on the agreement. Coun. Garbutt expressed concern on how the specification on money was set to be used. Coun. Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk madethe first  motion to accept the proposal, Coun. Shoff seconded. The motion was passed with Coun. Jay Garbutt opposed.
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Council Notes From the regular meeting of Monday, June 13, 2016

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Council Notes
From the regular meeting of Monday, June 13, 2016

Councillor Sharel Shoff was sworn in as deputy mayor for the months of July and August.
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Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore officially introduced to council, Julia Fielding as the new economic development officer, saying she brought varied experience to town when she took the position three weeks ago.
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Council proposed a change in the summer calendar for council meetings for the months of July and August, and to only hold two meetings, scheduled on July 25 and August 22. Committee of the Whole meetings will be held as required at the call of the mayor.
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Council received a letter from Minister of Municipal Affairs Daniel Larivee reiterating the 2016 Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant allocation for the Town of Drumheller to be $1,917,179, which includes $1,850,529 in capital funding and $66,650 in operating funding. The letter was in response to a query letter sent by the town regarding funding.
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Council received a letter from Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda regarding the Royal Tyrrell Museum sewage system and odour problems which have occurred there, saying that Alberta Infrastructure is investigating the cause and is working to take measures to address the problem. Mayor Yemen said this response from Ricardo was a miscommunication and that the town had sought to discuss responsibility for work done at the town's expense on the issue, even though, as a provincial museum, it should be the province's responsibility. A response will be sent, he said.
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Council moved unanimously to give first reading to Bylaw 13.16 to close a portion of undeveloped road beside the East Coulee Hotel. Renovations are underway at the hotel and the owners are requesting the road be closed to allow for a sidewalk and other improvements to the building. Road closures require council to enter into public consultation, which will be advertised in inSide Drumheller for two weeks prior once scheduled.
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CAO Romanetz introduced a request for direction regarding applying for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant. The grant, with an application deadline of Wednesday, June 26, offers up to $500,000 for an existing community infrastructure project that will add to the legacy of the community. There are two potential projects the CAO had identified as applicable to the grant: the Aquaplex lining improvement project already initiated by the town or upgrading and reconfiguring the refrigeration system and lighting at the Drumheller Arena. Although more expensive than the lining project, the estimated $2.2 million upgrade (not budgeted) to the arena would provide long term savings, CAO Romanetz said. He said both projects could be applied for, although they are required to be ranked by priority, and asked council for guidance.
Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk started by saying she was in favour of the Aquaplex because it's closer to completion. Coun. Tara McMillan agreed. Coun. Sharel Shoff disagreed, saying the arena project would provide better energy savings and therefore more likely to be granted. Coun. Patrick Kolafa said both projects are needed, but asked CAO Romanetz what project was more likely to be approved. Romanetz said the one that is closer to completion would be more likely approved. Both Coun. Kolafa and Tom Zariski voted in favour of the Aquaplex upgrade, as did Mayor Yemen. Coun. Jay Garbutt said the Aquaplex upgrade would offer a greater legacy, but disliked applying for either project and suggested his interest in upgrades to the fitness trail near Partici Park, and ultimately chose the pool upgrade. Council then unanimously moved to submit two applications to the Canada 150 grant, with the Aquaplex package being prioritized.
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Council unanimously moved to transfer town owned land in front of two residences owned by D.A.R.T.S. in Newcastle for $1 to the non-profit organization. The area, in front of 910 and 914 Newcastle Trail, involves five parcels of land and the required survey and registration work, which has already been completed, was estimated to cost at least $30,000. Along with the request to transfer the land, the question of whether the town should pay the registration and survey costs or to require D.A.R.T.S. pay. Coun. Garbutt said he was in support of transfering the land but not in favour of the town paying the fees. He then made the motion which was unanimously carried by council.
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Coun. Garbutt presented a request for decision from the Drumheller Housing Administration, which he is a board member, to cancel Sandstone Manor's annual taxes as allowed under the Municipal Government Act. DHA advised that current rents cover DHA's expenses but the tax cancellation would allow for more certainty covering reserve allocations. The town budget assumed no taxes would be paid. The motion was unanimously carried.
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Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore updated on the Canada Day events, saying it's more or less the same as last year except they moved the inflatable entertainment to the other side of the park to better protect against potential weather.
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Coun. Garbutt presented the DHA budget to council, which had already been approved, saying it should have been brought to council in March. Council unanimously moved to adopt the budget.
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Council Notes From the regular meeting of Monday, May 30, 2016

 

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Council Notes
From the regular meeting of Monday, May 30, 2016

Deputy Mayor Tara McMillan opened council by congratulating the 2016 DVSS grad class. She also congratulated the Legion's 60th anniversary this past weekend.
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Landfill Operations Manager Tammi Nygaard reported on the Spring Cleanup program from two weeks ago. She said they saw a slight decrease in waste collected, with an increase in waste hauled by members of the public, while only reporting three minor issues with waste pile collections. Nygaard said she would like to see increased education of the program to the public in following years. Councillor Jay Garbutt asked about issues with scavenging, with Nygaard replying that scavenging is actually positive because waste is reused, as long as it’s done before town crews arrive for collection.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Allan Kendrick made a clarification on a Request for Decision made at the last regular council, in a tender awarded for the Street Improvement Program. The document was missing information that the price of the tender had excluded GST.
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Council unanimously approved a decision to sign a contract to place the weekly town page in inSide Drumheller, at an annual rate of $29,886 for 2016, with 2 per cent increase in 2017 and 1 per cent in 2018. Currently, the Municipal Government Act requires municipalities to advertise regarding borrowing bylaws, notice of public hearings to be either published once a week for two weeks or be mailed to every residence in the area, however, amendments proposed in Bill 20, or the Municipal Government Amendment Act, 2015, states this information may be published on a municipalities website. Bill 20 is not expected to come into effect until spring 2017. Corporate Services gave administration direction to begin enhancing the town website to allow for this accommodation.
Councillor Tom Zariski said he doesn't agree with moving towards purely using the website, as others, like himself, look to the paper for the information, while also feeling many prefer print format. Councillor Jay Garbutt said that focusing on inSide with its strong circulation allows the town's messages to be spread better. Garbutt also said that despite the fact the town publishes increasingly more online, the ease of use isn't always the best, especially for some residents. Garbutt said the town had budgeted significantly more in their 2016 plan than the cost of the contract.
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Director of Corporate Services Barb Miller provided a Municipal Government Act Amendments Review to council, based on information she gathered at a recent conference of the Society of Local Government Managers. Minister of Municipal Affairs Danielle Larivee will be touring the province in June to seek feedback from municipalities on the amendments, which were released May 31. Councillors Garbutt and Sharel Shoff criticized the province for requesting feedback after amendments have already been proposed, but Dir. Miller said the purpose was to allow municipalities to provide feedback on the changes before they go to the legislature.
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Deputy Mayor McMillan requested to be appointed to both the Drumheller Community Learning Society Board and the Campus Alberta Central Steering Committee, based on the recommendations of others, she said. Councillor Shoff said the appointments should have been discussed with council beforehand. Councillor Garbutt agreed, saying there should have been information included in the meeting package on the nature of the appointment, requirements, the organizations' description, and responsibilities. Councillor Zariski said he was unsure of the relationship of these boards with the town, adding other councillors serving on boards do so with organizations financially tied to the town. The item was tabled for another meeting for further information and discussion.


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