Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, November 19, 2018
Council heard a delegation from Louise Hendrickson of the Homework Help Program. They assist over 80 students throughout the school year. They are forming a Drumheller Community Learning Foundation to fundraiser for Homework Help and other community learning services. They have a number of community and business donors but are looking for
more. Councillor Jay Garbutt said town financial support would be a “departure” from municipal practice, as municipalities generally do not fund secondary education initiatives, but they will consider it in their upcoming
Council heard a delegation from Bonita Hudson of Parent Link. They provide parents and caregivers with support and resources. Council was provided with a history of the program, the different programs offered, and how many people Parent Link serves in the region.
Director of protective services Greg Peters updated council on the progress of developing a dog park, which is hoped to be completed in the spring. Two locations, Newcastle Beach and an area of Elgin Hill, have been identified. The Newcastle Beach location would involve removing the ‘cook shack’ there which has fallen into disrepair. Mr. Peters suggested the town hold an online survey to gather public opinion. Councillor Garbutt said he’d be reluctant to use Elgin Hill as it is already subdivided into residential zones and is out of the flood plain. Councillor Tom Zariski said the Elgin Hill location is uphill, it doesn’t have shade, and that he prefers the Newcastle Beach location. Mayor Heather Colberg said Newcastle Beach would be cheaper, as the Elgin Hill location would require a road to
be repaved. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said public input should be gathered, but if the location does not worth in a few years the site can be easily moved. Mr Drohomerski said the decision has taken long enough and should the project should be moved forward. Councillor Garbutt agreed
the Newcastle location is more favourable. Council gave Mr Peters direction to move forward with the Newcastle location.
Council held a roundtable discussion. Councillor Zariski congratulated Citizen on Patrol on a new office space, assisted by the town and other community partners. Mayor Colberg asked for clarification about a barricade
being installed earlier than expected on the Festival of Lights, after hearing complaints about reduced traffic downtown on Saturday. CAO Drohomerski said it was a miscommunication among committee members and volunteers.