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Council learns of caveat on ski hill land

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   There is still no deal in place to open the ski hill this season, although the Town of Drumheller has drafted an agreement that could facilitate opening.

    At Drumheller Town Council’s January 4 meeting, council approved a motion to lease the ski hill to the Drumheller Valley Ski Club. According to a press release from the Town of Drumheller the documents have been drafted and ready for a signature since January 7. So far, no one from the Drumheller Valley Ski Club has come in to sign the document.
    According to the town, the agreement stipulates the Ski Club clear up its outstanding water bill, pay for a water meter, pay up-front for this season’s water and have proof the operator is carrying insurance.
    Zrinko Amerl, who is working on behalf of the Ski Club, hints there may be more to the agreement.
    “We are considering the proposal and because it is such a complex proposal, we have to render a legal opinion, which we are in the process of doing right now," he said.
    The offer has been further complicated, according to Mayor Terry Yemen because a caveat has been placed on the land by Amerl. The town learned while doing a title search, the caveat was added on November 25, 2010.
    “He says he has entitlement to it (the town-owned land) because he has a sales agreement with the Ski Club 1997 to sell it to him,” said Yemen. "You can’t sell something you don’t own.”
    Amerl confirms he has a caveat on the land to protect assets on the land that belong to him and the ski club.
    At the January 12 Committee of the Whole meeting, Yemen received direction from council to work to remove the caveat.
    “Last night I asked for and received authority from council to proceed with legal action if needed to have a caveat removed from town-owned-land,” said Yemen.

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