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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, January 18, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Committee of the Whole Council Meeting
Monday, January 18, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg thanked the Drumheller Fire Department and staff for the work to putting together and carrying out the annual Christmas Tree Burn last Sunday, January 17 at the Newcastle Recreation Area.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker provided a presentation of the Town of Drumheller Social Media Policy and Guidelines. The Town’s goal is to ensure any communications, including social media, helps advance its philosophy, keeps stakeholders informed and engaged, and complies with all applicable laws and Town policies and guidelines. It outlines the responsibilities of both authorized content providers, as well as personal use.
All employees are responsible for protecting the Town’s brand and reputation. The Town trusts when employees participate in social media, they will act responsibly, exercise good judgment, maintain the highest degree of professionalism, respect confidentiality when communicating any information regarding the town, town business, or town employees. Social media is to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Intellectual Property Legislation, and Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation. Councillors Jay Garbutt and Tom Zariski pointed out, while council is not bound by the policy, but felt it left councillors unaccountable.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer, Darwin Durnie, updated Council on the Flood Mitigation Project. He said Alberta Environment has completed a public engagement portion of its flood study. This will help the office move forward on the engineering and design portion of the project. The study will also help the office identify flood elevations in its planning. The office has received clearance from the Alberta Indigenous Consultation office for the engagement it has done to date, allowing them to move forward on land assembly and construction.
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Director of Protective Services, Greg Peters, provided an update on COVID-19. He noted Premier Kenney announced on Monday morning the province is running out of its supply of vaccines. He says last week residents of Hillview Lodge have received vaccines, but it is very difficult to get numbers of how many people have been vaccinated locally. Provincially COVID -19 case numbers are trending down, but are still elevated. The town is seeing good compliance with the mask bylaw.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski noted administration is planning to bring a motion to rescind the State Of Local Emergency at the January 25 Council meeting

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Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, January 11, 2021

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Regular Council Meeting
Monday, January 11, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg proclaimed January Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
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Councillor Tom Zariski was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for January and February 2021.
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Council adopted the December 21, 2020, Regular Council Meeting minutes.
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Council passed first reading of Bylaw 01-21 to amend the boundaries of Lot 19 E.R. (Environmental Reserve) in Block 3 containing 6.80 Acres, created by Subdivision Plan No. 811 1554. This is a portion of land the former Public Works shop was located and is no longer required as an environmental reserve. This is to satisfy the conditions of a potential sale of this parcel. A public hearing for the bylaw is slated for January 25.
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Council appointed Sharon Clark to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB). Ms. Clark has served on the Municipal Planning Commission for many years and has practiced law for about 35 years.
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Council approved all three readings of Bylaw 18.20 to amend the Cemetery bylaw to add the requirements to use and manage a Scatter Garden. Council also approved a motion to approve the charges for the scatter garden in the amended 2021 service fee schedule.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters provided a COVID-19 update to council. Last week Protective Services dealt with two public health complaints; one was unfounded and one was resolved. He noted Health Minister Tyler Shandro outlined the province’s capacity to administer vaccines. The major issue is whether the federal government’s ability to provide the vaccines in a timely manner. The province also expanded the eligibility for vaccines to emergency medical responders and paramedics. Council Jay Garbutt raised the question as to whether Drumheller should continue with a State of Local Emergency because, at this point, the town is not undertaking any extraordinarily measures to deal with COVID-19. Council agreed to revisit this in the near future.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker presented the results of a survey to solicit feedback on the fireworks bylaw. The results overall showed residents would prefer a lower cost for a permit and be able to purchase a permit at a fireworks retailer. The survey and results are on the Town of Drumheller website under announcements’ for the public to review.

Complete minutes from council meetings can be found at www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.

Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, December 21, 2020

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Regular Council Meeting
Monday, December 21, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting by reading correspondence from Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk who is on medical leave. Colberg also thanked the families and businesses that decorated the trees in downtown Drumheller. Colberg also expressed her appreciation to residents who have been following COVID-19 protocols helping to stop the spread.
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The next council meeting will be on January 11, 2021.
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Council adopted the minutes of the December 21 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council appointed Shelley Rymal to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a three-year term. She has extensive experience as a director at the Chamber of Commerce, the Drumheller/ Westview Co-op, the Wayne Community Association, the East Coulee School Museum, the Belles of the Badlands, and Travel Drumheller.
Council also reappointed Rymal to a further three-year term on the Municipal Planning Commission. CAO Darryl Drohomerski noted there are vacancies on the Municipal Planning Commission.
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Council appointed Denise Lines as the Substitute Returning Officer for the 2021 Municipal Election.
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Council approved its 2021 meeting schedule. They have left this schedule intact with two Council and two Committee of the Whole Meetings, with the flexibility of possibly removing meetings when not necessary.
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Palliser Regional Municipal Services is looking to apply for a grant to complete a new strategic plan. To do this council made motions of support. One is council authorize the Town of Drumheller to participate in the applications for the “Palliser Regional Service Enhancement Project” submitted by the Village of Acme with Palliser Regional Municipal Services as the primary contractor under the inter-municipal Collaboration component of the Alberta Community Partnership program; and further the Town of Drumheller, as a grant partner, agrees to abide by the terms of a Condition Grant Agreement governing the purpose and use of the grant.
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Council passed a motion to approve the sale of Roll 16001208 for the sum of $18,000 with all costs from both parties for this sale being the responsibility of the purchaser. This town-owned parcel is adjacent to the proposed buyer in Rosedale. It has been in the Town’s land inventory for many years, and while not listed for sale, it is available for purchase.
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Council passed Three Readings of By-law 22.20 for the creation of a Public Utility Lot within Lot 4, Block 5, Plan 9911673. This would provide for the operation and maintenance of a drainage ditch to accommodate the Water Treatment facility’s regular cleaning operations. This parcel is currently privately owned, and the town and the landowner have come to an amicable agreement. As a result, the property owner needs to subdivide their lot, and the Town will create a Public Utility Lot on their parcel to ensure no development will take place in the future in the vicinity of the drainage ditch.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters provided a short update on COVID-19. Provincially numbers are starting to go down, the positivity rate is dropped to 6.8. Locally there are 10 active cases.
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Council passed third reading of Bylaw 23.20, to establish a Utility Rate Bylaw. For residential property, the fixed rate for water goes from $15.48 to $16.25 and the fixed rate for wastewater goes from $13.61 to $13.88 This bylaw establishes an increase of 5 percent for water and 2 percent for wastewater, per cubic metre.
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Council approved the 2021-2024 draft Utility Budget.
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Council approved the 2021 fee schedule for town services. Mr. Drohomerski noted there have been no changes to the rate of fees when compared to 2020.
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Council held a public hearing to discuss Bylaw19.20, the proposed Fireworks Bylaw
Mr. Peters introduced the bylaw noting its necessity came after Municipal Affairs and stakeholders found support for making fireworks rules consistent with the federal rules in allowing local authorities to manage fireworks use in their communities. He said the town’s foremost concern is safety.
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce submitted a written submission presented by Deanna Hannem, Business Advocacy Committee chair. She noted the $500 vendor fee is unreasonable. The insurance requirement of $2 million as well as naming the town as an additional insured on their commercial policy is unnecessary. From a consumer perspective, the $35 permit to discharge consumer or low-hazard fireworks, is also a deterrent that will impact local firework vendors.
Perry Logan of the Canadian National Fireworks Association (CNFA) also spoke against the bylaw. His written submission stressed education over enforcement for safety. It has worked with other municipalities in drafting bylaws, including Edmonton, Carstairs, Viking, and Bashaw. The CNFA currently offers an education and vendor certification program. The goal is to duplicate the AGLC Pro Serve program and require anyone handling, selling, or displaying consumer fireworks to be certified. He offered to assist Fire Chief Bruce Wade in drafting a bylaw.
Riddell Wiebe presented an oral submission in opposition to the bylaw, noting the bylaw could be cost-prohibitive for consumers, has the potential of overreach, and causing issues for vendors.
Bernie Germain and Jolene Powell also provided written submissions opposing the bylaw.
Councillor Fred Makowecki said he felt the bylaw is a deterrent to setting off fireworks and had many suggestions on changes that would make the bylaw better serve the community.
Councillor Jay Garbutt was disappointed Fire Chief Bruce Wade was not able to present to show a balanced perspective.
Mayor Colberg closed the Public Meeting.
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Complete minutes from council meetings can be found at www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.


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