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

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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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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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