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Council Notes Regular Council Meeting Monday, November 28, 2016

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Council Notes

Regular Council Meeting Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

 

A delegation from the Canadian Red Cross attended Council with a project undertaken by their group promoting a partnership to municipal government. Melanie Soler, Associate Vice President, Disaster Management, and Jennifer McManus, Alberta Vice-President spoke to Council about their recent activities in the Ft. McMurray area during the June wildfires. They explained the role the Red Cross has in Canada and the partnerships they have with governments across Canada. They have educated over 332,000 Canadians about disaster preparedness in Canada, in recent years, and how they assist communities during disasters. They deployed 2,489 volunteers for The Fort McMurray Fire Response, and have spent 56% of the funds donated for that disaster so far.

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Canadian Red Cross representatives Associate Vice President, Disaster Management, Melanie Soler, left, and Vice President, Alberta and North West Territories, Jennifer McManus attend Town Council to propose a partnership between the Red Cross and Town of Drumheller.  

The Red Cross would like to establish a group of volunteers in this area to coordinate action needed if a disaster were to arise locally, and achieve this by working with the municipality. The Red Cross was helpful in assisting a local family affected by a fire situation this past July.

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Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Terry Yemen. He thanked the FCSS department for their work on the Light Up the Town event held November 25.

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Drumheller Public Library Board Chair Vanessa Page and member Julia Fielding attended Council to present their 2017-2018 budget numbers and had a good news report, as they are asking for less money in the next two years, to which Deputy Mayor Garbutt had to restrain himself from giving them a standing ovation. Ms. Fielding also told Council that membership in the Marigold Library System continues to be a boon to users, mainly due to cost efficiencies, and convenience.

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Drumheller Public Library Board Chair Vanessa Page, left, and Board Member Julia Fielding attend Council to deliver the Public Library’s 2017 budget.

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Mike Todor, a longtime Businessman, has been re-appointed to the Economic Development Task Force for a three year term.

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The Lease for the Drumheller Off Road Vehicle Association (DORVA), was renewed for another five year period. The town has had a good relationship with the group in the past, and Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk complimented them on their activities. The lease is for $1.00 per year.

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Council also passed a motion leasing and operating the land occupied by the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association, and owned by the Town of Drumheller. The lease has a cost of $25.00 per year, and is for a period of four years. Subsequent renewals are for five year terms. There are approximately 15-20 years capacity left in the current section of the landfill, and another 25 years capacity in another section, given the current amount of waste collected at this time.

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CAO Ray Romanetz provided Council with a timeline over the next few months for implementing budget and utility rates.

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Council examined bids for the commercial and residential garbage pickup in Drumheller, as the current contract with Huxted Enterprises expires at the end of December. Director of Infrastructure Darryl Drohomerski recommended the bid delivered by GFL Environmental, in the amount of $1,861,321.08. Mr. Drohomerski gave a short history of GFL to Council. This contract will give savings to the town of $300,000 over the four year life of the contract. Residential collection will drop to four days per week. Commercial collection would remain as it is at present.

Motion carried.

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Council passed the 2017 budget for the Drumheller Housing Association’s Sandstone Manor. A copy of the budget is forwarded to the provincial government.


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