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Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, September 14, 2020

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, September 14, 2020

Mayor Colberg announced that the annual clean up began on Monday.
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Council adopted the August 2020 regular council minutes.
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Council approved first reading of Bylaw 17.20, the Municipal Development Plan, and Bylaw 16.20 the Land Use Bylaw. These documents capture modern and innovative approaches to planning. This document places the Red Deer River at the heart of the plan and supplants decades of reactive policies with bold proactive measures that protect the valley, and creates a place to grow and discover. The document places disaster response and the changing climate at the core of its logic and long-term vision. Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer Darwin Durnie and Andrew Palmiere of 02 Design led the discussion on the proposed bylaws. The Land Use Bylaw reduces the number of land use districts from 21 to eight, and establishes a flood hazard overlay and the development opportunity overlay. An extensive public consultation program is being planned and Public Hearings have been scheduled for October 26 before the second readings of the bylaws.
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Durnie updated Council on flood mitigation. Last week they met with seven of their consultants to discuss an overview of its original plan to get to the design phase, and this week they are updating fieldwork. They are contacting landowners to gain access to do preliminary information gathering. This will continue over the next few weeks. Property acquisition has been ongoing and this week they will be making offers on some parcels, and others are being assessed. They have sought 56 access agreements and 17 have been secured. They have done some work with banks and insurance agencies to work through a write up to be added to the campaign. “It is extremely important for people to understand that whether it is on the old mapping or the new mapping, we are trying to create protected zones for the entire neighborhoods and it isn’t just necessarily the homes along the river,” he said.
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Manager of recreation Darren Goldthorpe presented a revised Request for Decision for the Drumheller Dragons Abatement and Free Restructuring. He explained when council originally approved the Request for Decision, all the financial reports had not been reviewed and the dollar figures in the request were not correct. The program proposed this season the Dragons would receive a 100 per cent reduction in fees. In year two, there would be a 75 per cent reduction, year three would see a 50 per cent reduction, year four would see a 25 per cent reduction, and the fifth year there would be no reduction. The original estimated cost over four years was about $66,000. By using the figure of up to $50,000 per season, the cost would be up to $125,000 over four years. Council approved the revised Request for Decision.


Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Tuesday, September 8, 2020

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Council Overview 

Information from Drumheller Town Council Committee of the Whole Meeting

 Tuesday, September 8, 2020

 

Mayor Heather Colberg recognized September 10, 2020, World Suicide Prevention Day in Drumheller.
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Councillor Kristyne DeMott, Erica Crocker, and Ridell Weibe introduced the GenNow, the millennial committee of the Town of Drumheller. Its vision is to attract and retain millennials in the community by enhancing the quality of life in Drumheller. On this day, they launched their website and social media pages.
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GenNow brought its first advocacy item to council and that is to discuss urban hens. This would include chicken and quail. They presented how other jurisdictions deal with urban hens and proposed Drumheller could allow residents to keep urban hens. Council thanked GenNow for the presentation and recommended administration work with GenNow and will be bringing back a report to council.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski updated council on the Dino Bucks program. He said about two dozen businesses are participating. A number of businesses have used up their Dino Bucks and have asked for more The downtown business association is requesting council consider a similar program for the Christmas season.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation officer Darwin Durnie presented an update on flood mitigation. The province has asked for comments on provincial flood hazard mapping and the flood mitigation office will be providing feedback. The office is working on the land assembly program for this project. There are 15 distinct properties in the queue and offers have been accepted by eight. Two offers have been withdrawn. There are 56 site access agreements that have been sought in Nacmine and nine have been executed.
They have updated their frequently asked questions on the Drumheller flood mitigation website. They are planning first reading of the Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw at next week’s council meeting. Next week they will be mowing and grubbing from Clark Hill to the hoodoos. They will be completing an inspection of the current diking system in the valley and will need to be mowed to do this. They will also be looking at drainage ditches to make sure they are clear of debris buildings and vehicles that may have been placed in these areas. They are also working at designing improvements to the diking in Rosedale and Newcastle areas. Durnie said they are looking at more public engagement to share more information as it becomes available.
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Erica Crocker presented on the Town of Drumheller’s new website project. It was awarded to Box Clever of Edmonton. She will update council in six weeks.
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FCSS coordinator April Harrison updated council on the events coordinator position. It was posted in March, but taken down in light of the pandemic. They have since reposted the position and there have been many applications. She also updated council on the car boot sale event on Saturday, September 5. There were 14 vendors. They are exploring possibilities this winter for the Festival of Lights depending on what restrictions are in place. She also noted the Downtown Farmer’s market has been very successful this season.
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Director of Infrastructure David Brett presented a report on the Drumheller scatter garden at the cemetery. He said much of this work could be done in-house. Brett is working on the design, and they will also have to amend bylaws to make that a reality. He also updated council on the Rotary Spray Park Fountain. They have spoken to MPE Engineering to review the drawings to facilitate bringing in a contractor to implement the work.

Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, August 31, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, August 31, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg swore in Councillor Jay Garbutt as Deputy Mayor for the months of September and October.
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Council heard from Devin Dekeyser of Dinosaur Trail RV Park regarding a water leak at the commercial site dating back to the spring and summer of 2019. He said none of the leaked water entered the Drumheller wastewater system and asked for relief for the wastewater side.
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Council adopted the minutes of the August 4 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council approved a Request for Decision from the Flood Mitigation and Resiliency Office to engage SweetTech Engineering Consultants to undertake engineering design services for initially assigned flood mitigation projects up to a value of $300,000 and awarded the contact of geotechnical coordination services to Parkland Geotechnical Consulting LTD for a value of up to $300,000.
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Director of Infrastructure Services David Brett and utility manager Bill Adams presented on water/wastewater utility bill forgiveness, comparing other community’s policies surroundings water and wastewater billing issues. It found that typically these policies reflected the practice that “if it goes through the meter, they are charged.”
It recommends:
- The Town continues to follow the industry-standard practice of billing for all water that goes through the meter and flagging potential leaks through the water billing software.
- The Town continues to follow the industry-standard practice of billing sanitary sewer at a set percentage of volume through the water meter (for Drumheller this is 80% ).
- Provide the public with access to a “high water consumption checklist”.
- For those customers that cannot find the leak, they can provide a meter read history report. In some cases, they could provide assistance to find the leak, but not to repair the leak.
- A Customer Assistance Program (CAP) payment plan system be implemented for customers who receive a high consumption bill to give the consumer time to pay prior to implementing any penalties. Councillor Jay Garbutt made a motion to table the decision. It was carried.
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Council held a public meeting for Bylaw 16.19, a lane closure in East Coulee. A home has existed on the laneway for many years. The bylaw is to close the road and this would allow the land to be turned over to the homeowner so they are able to sell the property. There were no written submissions and Sharleen Douglas spoke in favor of the bylaw.
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Council also held a public meeting for Bylaw 17.19 to close a portion of the undeveloped 3rd Avenue SW to public travel and acquiring title to this land in the name of the Town of Drumheller for retention. There was no one there to speak on the bylaw. The public hearings were closed.
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Council returned to its regular meeting and Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 16.19 and second and third reading of Bylaw 17.19.
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Council approved the implementation of the Kick it to the Curb program as an adjunct to the annual Community Clean-up This program would encourage residents to place unwanted belongings on the boulevard with a free sign. This would occur prior to the annual clean up on September 11, 12, and 13.
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Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture Darren Goldthorpe issued a report on the reopening of the Badlands Community Facility and the Aquaplex under AHS guidelines. The target date is Wednesday, September 9. He noted they are excited but the opening also comes with some caution. Some of the precautions taken include assessment of symptoms upon entry, maintain traffic flow for social distancing and capacity limitations and equipment use. Locker use will be minimized and extra cleaning will take place throughout the open hours. Registration for activities and programs will have to be booked online, with residents booking timeslots to use the facilities. Seating areas will remain closed to minimize gathering. Swim lessons will be on hold for the time being. The library is looking at opening in the near future.
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Council passed a motion to direct administration to continue to suspend the collection of monthly membership fees and extend memberships by the length of time the member was unable to use the facility, up until January 2021. Goldthorpe says this allows members to return to use the facilities when they feel comfortable. Further, Council passed a motion to permit and promote general public and member use of the Aquaplex and Badlands Community Facility free of charge for the month of September 2020.


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