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council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Tuesday, February 20, 2018

 

 

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Drumheller Town Council

Regular Council Meeting

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mayor Heather Colberg called the meeting to order at 4:32 p.m.
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Councillor Fred Makowecki was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for the months of March and April.
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Bylaw 08.17 is a bylaw that authorizes council to incur indebtedness by the issuance of debenture in the amount of $485,000 for the purpose of constructing a Sanitary Lift Station in East Coulee.
This was last brought to council’s attention in July 2017. At the time, the previously council felt that borrowing the funds was more sufficient rather than taking it out of reserve accounts.
Corroded, metal pipes and pumps have started to fail. This project should be completed by the end of the summer. East Coulee residents will expect an outage on sewer for approximately 12 hours in total to change out pipes. The replacement station will be built beside the old one for an easy switch over in systems.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be $1.37 million and the municipality estimates the following grants and contributions will be applied: $685,000 in provincial grants, $200,000 in federal grants, and $485,000 in debentures. These contributions will pay for the entirety of the project.
The lift station is expected to have a lifespan of 50 years or more.
The bylaw passed second and third reading.

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CAO Darryl Drohomerski advised council on how to be objective on first reading of the Mobile Vending bylaw.
This bylaw was tabled at the Monday, February 5 Regular Council meeting.
Council immediately moved to in-camera matters.


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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