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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, December 10, 2018

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, November 26, 2018

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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented council with utility rate scenarios and comparisons to other communities in regards to setting the utility rates for 2019. Drohomerski said the increase of 5 per cent for water and 2 per cent for waste water because the town was set to better cover expenses related to the utilities and to place money into reserves for improvement projects and amortization. The current
rates are barely covering costs and aren’t saving for the future, he said. Councillor Tony Lacher said he agreed with the increase but asked if administration could look at changing the winter and summer wastewater rates from 80 per cent in the summer to 60 percent in summer and 100 per cent in winter. Councillor Jay Garbutt said this summer discount is not commonplace in other municipalities and ratepayers may not know this. Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk said most families have higher overall utility bills in the winter and would likely not welcome an increase. Councillor Kristyne DeMott made it clear the town was charging less than water utilities cost the town. Mayor Heather Colberg asked council to consider creating a multi-year plan for the utility rate budget. An amended second reading of the utility bylaw with a multi-year plan will be brought to council next week
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Council held first reading of Bylaw 22.18 being a bylaw for the purpose of implementing a tax incentive program for owners of an existing non-residential vacant building. First reading was passed and it will be brought to the next meeting for second reading and discussion.
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Council heard a request for decision from director of corporate services Barb Miller for the write off of bad debt on utility accounts, totalling just over $3,600. Miller said the number of bad accounts has diminished. She said an allowance for bad debt written last year would cover the debt and it would not affect town finances. Council approved the request.
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A public hearing was held to consider Bylaw 18.18, being a bylaw to close a portion of unused and undeveloped street on Riverside Avenue. No members of the public attended. They received correspondence from Alta Gas saying they need easement, or the right to access the land.
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A public hearing was held to consider Bylaw 16.18, being a bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw to designate a plot of land in north Drumheller on Bridge Street from Highway Commercial to Residential. A representative from Palliser Municipal Service who said there is a single detached office building on this property but the owners want
to turn it into a residential property. Neighbours had been notified and a notice was published for two weeks in the Drumheller Mail. He said Palliser has no concerns with redesignating the property. After the public hearing, council approved second and third reading of the amendment.
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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, December 4, 2018

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, December 4, 2018

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Council heard a delegation from the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce’s Marley Henneigh, Jeff Hall, and Heather Bitz. This year they advocated worked on issues regarding the mobile vendor bylaw and cannabis legalization. The chamber organizes a number of events each year, including lunch and learns, the Canada Day parade, and many networking opportunities. The World’s Largest Dinosaur visitation has grown nearly 10 percent compared to the five year average. Direct labour costs in the peak season are $12,000 per month, while they are $5,700 in the off-season. The 2018 financial support from the town to the Visitor Information Centre was $46,896. The delegation asked council to consider additional funding in order to keep up with minimum wage increases and the ability to attract employees. Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk asked what amount of increased town funding the chamber is looking for. Mr. Hall said if the town were to fund costs associated with the higher minimum wage, which has increased their direct labour costs from around $46,000 to $62,000. Councillor Tom Zariski asked about measures to reduce the risk of injury or accidents to children during the chamber’s Canada Day Parade. Mrs. Bitz said they have taken measures over the years to increase the security and safety of the event by bringing in additional volunteers, not allowing candy to be thrown in the parade. Mrs. Bitz said they have decided to not move forward with the parade after this year due to increased liability with the event, and will look to pass the event onto another organization if interested. Councillor Tony Lacher asked what other revenue the Visitor Information Centre receives, and Mr. Hall said there is no other revenue other than town funding
and grants which cover temporary employee contracts.
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Council held a discussion over a draft Community Standards Bylaw 7.18. Town CAO Darryl Drohomerski says this draft is a significant rewrite of the existing bylaw, making it easier to understand and enforce. Director of protective services Greg Peters says there was an issue enforcing the noise restrictions in Drumheller, saying the existing bylaw required noise measuring devices. The new section says an individual may not disturb the peace of another person, under certain circumstances and conditions at discretion of the bylaw officer. Additional changes include changes to public cannabis and tobacco consumption. Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk said perhaps the decibel limit on the noise section should remain because it has proven useful in incidents in the past. Councillor Fred Makowecki expressed concern over lowering the prohibition of excessive noise from beginning at 9 a.m. to 7 a.m. every day of the week, and wondered if it should be later on the weekend. Councillor Jay Garbutt voiced concern over the removal of a loitering provision in the bylaw, saying bylaw enforcement would likely respond more efficiently than police. Mr. Garbutt also suggested the clause regarding bullying should be restored in the new bylaw, as it allows an additional tool to punish incidents of bullying which don’t escalate to full criminal charges. CAO Drohomerski suggested the town look at creating a seperate bylaw to address bullying. Councillor Makowecki asked if there are intentions to increase bylaw enforcement to seven days a week, with Mr. Peters saying it is preferable but they do not have the available/trained staff at the moment. CAO Drohomerski said the RCMP have control of this bylaw, too. Mr. Peters and Drohomerski will take the recommendations into consideration and bring back the bylaw in January.
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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, November 26, 2018

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, November 26, 2018

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Council heard a delegation from Trisha Sewell of the Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation regarding signage in relation to a scenic driving route from the Royal Tyrrell Museum to Dinosaur Provincial Park. Canadian Badlands is looking at creating signage to guide visitors from the Tyrrell to the provincial park to ensure they know they are on the correct route and how far away they are. Sewell are requesting the town commit to produce and install signage within the town for the summer 2019 season, saying it will help increase traffic and visitors to Drumheller from Dinosaur Provincial Park. Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk asked for an estimate on the costs, and Sewell said that is up to the town’s discretion. A representative in the gallery said smaller signs were around $200 and large signs approach $3,000. Councillor Tony Lacher asked about the number of signs, and Sewell said the town could add to existing signage into town but there would have to be additional signs directing visitors out of town and towards the provincial park.
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Council held second and third reading of Bylaw 13.18 regarding the ATCO Franchise Agreement, which would grant ATCO Electric the rights to provide electricity within the town. Councillor Tom Zariski asked how much the town made from the franchise fee from ATCO and was told $730,000. Council approved second and third reading of the bylaw.
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Council held and passed first reading of Bylaw 16.18 being a bylaw to redesignate a lot of land on Bridge Street in north Drumheller from highway commercial to residential.
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Council heard and passed first reading of Bylaw 17.18 being a bylaw regarding the implementation of tax cancellation for non-residential developments, which would waive first year municipal taxes for new business construction or significant business expansion.
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Council heard and passed first reading of Bylaw 19.18, being a bylaw which would waive municipal business fees for new businesses in existing non-residential vacant buildings.
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Council held and passed first reading of Bylaw 21.18 to set the 2019 utility rates which would see an increase to recycling fees, a 5 per cent increase to water utilities, and a 2 per cent increase to waste water utilities.
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Council reviewed draft bylaw 22.18, being a bylaw to implement a tax incentive program for owners of an existing non-residential vacant building, which would see a tax incentive given to a business occupying a non-residential vacant building. The building must be vacant for a minimum of one year, the business has to remain active for a minimum of one year, and a maximum of $5,000 of tax cancellation. It will be brought back for first reading.
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Council approved a request for decision to appoint Dennis Harder to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a three year term after a recent resignation from the committee.
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Council held a public hearing to consider amending Bylaw 14.18 Land Use Bylaw 10.08 to change rules affecting ‘home occupations,’ which would remove the requirement to renew a home occupation development permit annually if there are no deviations from the original permit application. Council heard from a representative from Palliser Regional Municipal Services who recommended the amendment. There were no written correspondence or other members of the public in attendance. Council then passed second and third readings of the bylaw.
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Council heard a review from CAO Darryl Drohomerski regarding a potential toboggan hill lease. They’ve identified a couple sites including some land owned by the town, including land adjacent to the Passion Play site, but they were not willing to allow access to the land due to “crime” concerns. Drohomerski said they are still looking for a suitable place which would not require significant work.
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Council heard an update regarding Dino Brand Standards from economic development officer Julia Field regarding updating the town logo, saying information will be coming back to council in the future.
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CAO Drohomerski said a survey will be made public regarding recycling options to see community interest regarding blue bin collection and organic waste collection.
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Council heard a delegation from members of the local SPARKs association.


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