There have been some big changes in the Village of Delia over the last year, with several accomplishments residents can take pride in.
In February, Delia council discussed using funds from the Municipal Operating Support Transfer (MOST) grant to update equipment to conduct virtual council meetings due to restrictions limiting attendees at in-person meetings; council meetings continue to be held in person.
Delia Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Tracy Breese resigned from her position in June. She was hired in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. Former Town of Drumheller manager of Finance and Information Systems Bill Wulff was appointed as interim CAO while the village sought a new CAO, and office hours were reduced.
During the municipal elections, Delia’s council also faced some changes. The three-person council was acclaimed at the closing of nominations by incumbent candidates David Sisley and Jordan Elliott, and newcomer Melody Christofferson. Mr. Sisley was appointed Mayor with Ms. Christofferson taking the role of Deputy Mayor during the organizational meeting.
One of the biggest accomplishments for Delia was the completion of the new K-12 Delia School. Construction began in September 2020 and wrapped up 13 months later, some five months ahead of schedule. Students had Monday, October 18 off to allow staff to move into the new school building, located directly beside the original, and classes resumed the following day. Shortly after the facility opening, the Delia Bulldogs senior girls’ volleyball team won their first tournament in the new school.
A public open house was held Wednesday, December 22.