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Council Notes from Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Monday, June 7, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Committee of the Whole Council Meeting
Monday, June 7, 2021

Mayor Colberg noted this is Senior’s Week, and there are all kinds of activities planned.
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Drumheller Town Council proclaimed June as Pride month in Drumheller. The Badlands Pride Association kicked off the week with a parade and flag raising and has all kinds of events planned for the week. Brett Litiwin of Badlands Pride appeared as a delegation.
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Carlin Soehn, B.Sc., Water Infrastructure & Operations Branch, Alberta Environment & Parks presented on the Dickson Dam. He explained the primary purpose of Dickson Dam is an assured and reliable year-round water supply. Secondary benefits include flood attenuation, hydroelectric power, improved water quality, recreation, improved fisheries habitat, and apportionment. The dam has a capacity of 203 million cubic metres of water, has four full-time on-site staff, and is monitored 24 hours a day. He explains the basic operating philosophy is capturing and storing water in the reservoir throughout the spring and summer months, operators can supplement river flow during winter months to maintain a consistent minimum flow of 16 m3/s. Operations planning is a balance between risking the water supply and the risk of flood. He explained the procedures during a possible flood. The River Forecast Centre will notify the Dickson Dam of precipitation events. Operators will make preliminary calculations on inflow scenarios. Depending on forecast amounts, time of year, and current reservoir elevation, operators may choose to draw down the reservoir to create additional storage. (Limited to bank-full levels downstream - will NOT create an artificial or premature flood). They will provide preliminary communications from RFC and Dickson Dam to downstream stakeholders.
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Mayor Colberg provided a flood update. Council has issued a stop-work order on outdoor berm work, with the exception of tree clean-up. Landowner consultation and engineering will continue. On June 2 council requested a review of the flood mitigation program from the Minister of Municipal Affairs. They will continue to provide updates.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski opened a discussion on the Tourism Corridor Property Standards and Community Standards Bylaw. These were updated in 2019. They are taking these bylaws and creating policies to educate and inform residents on what is expected in maintaining properties.
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Mr. Drohomerski said administration is reviewing the town’s bylaws to make sure they are updated, current, and reflective.
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Director of Corporate Service Mauricio Reyes provided an update on the town’s Red Tape Reduction Plan. The goal is to make it easier to establish and operate a business, make it quicker, and promote investment. Some initiatives include incentives for new business, including tax breaks or reduction in license fees and online payments. They are also looking at working with neighbours to recognize business licenses and promote investment. They have also improved their online presence for investors to access resources to set up a business.
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Director Protective Services Greg Peters provided a COVID-19 update. Currently, there are zero cases in Drumheller. Provincially numbers are continuing to drop. Vaccinations are also progressing well, and shown to be effective. The province is on pace to move into the next phase of dropping restrictions this Thursday.
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CAO Drohomerski provided an update on the fountain at Rotary Park. They have pressure tested the fountain, and found some pipe leaks. The pipes have all been fixed and the fountain could be up and running this week, and after an inspection by AHS, open for wading.
He also updated council on the scatter garden. Concrete has been poured, and the materials for the pergola have arrived. They are working on the pergola, and expect to have it up by the end of June.

Complete minutes from council meetings can be found at
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Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, May 31, 2021

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Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, May 31, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting by recognizing Correctional Service of Canada Appreciation day on June 1.
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Mayor Colberg made a statement regarding Flood Mitigation. She noted they are dedicated to the Flood Mitigation program, and they are listening. A new interim communications strategy has been put in place, and a temporary stop-work order has been put on outdoor construction of berms. They are actively cleaning up the tree trimming throughout the valley, including the CN Rail line. See story on page 2.
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Council adopted the minutes of the May 17 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council passed second and third reading of the Fireworks Bylaw 09.21. There has been extensive work on the bylaw to make sure vendors are acting safely with reasonable permit fees, and consumers can have access to consumer-level fireworks, without the need for a consumer permit. The liability for property damage and injury lies with the person setting off fireworks.
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Matt Knapik and Sarah Lumley of O2 Planning and Design presented a draft of the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan. Its vision and goal is to capitalize on the magnetism of the Drumheller Valley, affirming its role as the heart of public life, becoming a part of the visitor experience, hosting diverse and thriving businesses, supporting a growing community of residents, and connecting people to the river and the Badlands. He says they aim to make this an actionable plan with short, medium, and long-term plans that build momentum.
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Council passed first reading to the Town of Drumheller Downtown Area Revitalization Plan Bylaw 10.21 and set a public hearing for June 28, 2021.
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Council discussed the Friends of DVSS request of $17,070 from the Community Assistance Grant to resurface the tennis courts. Annually the Town of Drumheller budgets $20,000 cash and $30,000 of in-kind work. Administration recommended directing $10,000 to the project. Council moved to direct $17,070 of the 2021 Community Assistance Grant to DVSS Society for the resurfacing of the outdoor sports courts at the Drumheller Valley Secondary School.
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Protective Service director Greg Peters provided the COVID-19 update. On June 1, the province will enter the first phase of the province’s reopening. This will increase capacities for some gatherings and reopened outdoor dining. Numbers provincially continue to drop, and Drumheller currently has zero cases of COVID. The province is on track to move to Stage 2 of the opening on June 10. As far as Canada Day, there is no firm indication if restrictions will be lifted.

Complete minutes from council meetings can be found on
www.dinosaurvalley.com once they have been adopted.

Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, May 17, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, May 17, 2021

Mayor Colberg opened the meeting by recognizing AHS Health Philanthropy Month, a time to recognize foundations such as the Drumheller and Area Health Foundation that help to fund projects to enhance health care.
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Mayor Colberg recognized May 16-22 as the 61st National Public Works Week. She also noted the May 25 Committee of the Whole Meeting is cancelled.
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Council approved the minutes of the May 10, 2021, Regular Council Meeting.
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Council welcomed Koren McDougald, president of the Friends of DVSS Society. This is a group that raises funds to enhance the DVSS school community. It is requesting a Community Assistance Grant of $17,000 for the resurfacing of outdoor courts at DVSS. This is well used for basketball, tennis, and pickleball. The group has applied for a Community Facility Enhancement Grant and the Friends of DVSS is also contributing funds.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer Darwin Durnie provided an update. They continue to work with the province to have the Red Deer River as a mitigated flow. The design work is nearing completion and they have been field-checking some of the designs. Flood season is upon the valley, and they continue to monitor the conditions. They are working on a small dike in Rosedale, as well as Dike D from Schumacher’s Corner to the Aquaplex. They have been removing trees, and have completed additional bird and other animal sweeps to make sure if there is disturbance, it is done within the regulations. They continued to engage with affected and adjacent landowners.
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Director of Infrastructure Services David Brett and Utility manager Bill Adams reported on the Town’s Lead Management Plan. The Town is coming up with a plan to deal with potential lead in drinking water. Health Canada changed lead limits in municipal drinking water in March 2019, and Alberta Environment implemented a lead management program requirement for distribution system testing. Now testing has to be done at the point of use rather than at the treatment plant. The Town and utility department is to have a plan created by the end of 2021, and initial testing will be to establish a baseline assessment of the situation.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters gave a brief COVID-19 update. As of Monday, there were 19 local cases below the threshold of 30 for further restrictions. Premier Jason Kenney and Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw provided an update to Albertans on Monday, May 17. There were 721 new cases in the province, the lowest in a few weeks, but the positivity rate was still 10.7 percent. Kenney said today there are more people in Alberta Hospital ICU than ever in recorded history. Dr. Hinshaw noted the risk in rural areas is the same as in metropolitan areas.
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Council held a Public Hearing for Bylaw 09.21, a revised Fireworks Bylaw. There were no in-person submissions. There was one written submission from Perry Logan, president of the Canadian National Fireworks Association. The revised bylaw takes into account suggestions from the public and council including putting more onus on the fireworks consumer than the retailer or the Town, and remove permit fees for consumer fireworks.


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