Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Council heard delegations from the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association’s Tammi Nygaard regarding Spring Cleanup. In total, 260 metric tonnes of waste was collected, up by about 20 metric tonnes from last year, with a combined 832 hours of manpower. Some issues experienced this year was the lack of sorting of materials by residents, residents and town staff not adhering to the maximum half tonne truck rule, residents including large volumes of demolition in their piles, and refusing to pay the freon disposal charge. She said the association will be reviewing spring clean up in the future to see if it will continue to be free of charge. Councillors voiced their support of the program in beautifying the community and said the association continues to provide the service for free. Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt said maybe town staff should not collect unsorted piles of waste in the future.
Director of Infrastructure Armia Mikhaiel said the town received three tenders regarding the 2018 utilities upgrade project, and council awarded the work to the the lowest bidder at $270,604 to Urban Dirt Works. The first project is the cast iron replacement program. The second portion of the tender was the return of sludge line. Councillor Tom Zariski asked how close the project is to finishing, with Mr. Mikhaiel saying it may be completed next year as they only have two projects remaining.
Council approved a request for decision from Mr. Mikhaiel to approve Associated Engineering Consulting to conduct an assessment for the Wastewater Treatment Plant receiving an environmental impact assessment. For the plants license renewal request in 2019, Alberta Environment requires the town to assess the treated water coming from the treatment plant coming into the Red Deer River meets the standard issued by Alberta Environment. The quote they received was at $30,000, but the budgeted amount was only $20,000. Mr. Mikhaiel requested the budget be increased by $10,000, which council approved.
Council notified they would cancel the September 10 Committee of the Whole meeting in order to have a closed door meeting to have a strategy planning session regarding flood mitigation and other topics.