Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Council heard a delegation from Travel Drumheller Chair Ryan Semchuk on branding on behalf of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. He shared his knowledge regarding marketing and branding to council on how to establish a successful message to people.
Council held second reading of the Community Standards Bylaw. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said the bylaw was changed based on council’s previous recommendations. Acceptable noise levels were worded to be discretionary and does not include provisions to use a noise measuring device, which was previously discussed.
A variety of fines are to be tiered at $250, $500, and $750, respectively.
Councillor Jay Garbutt pointed out a clause saying any amplifying device is not allowed which may disturb residents, saying the downtown plaza would violate this, recommending a time limit be included in an amendment. It was noted signage regulations were included in this bylaw and two others, and recommendations were made to remove it and only include them in the Land Use Bylaw. Discussion was held over provisions for backyard fire pits to cease at 1:00 a.m., with suggestion from Councillor Lisa Hansen- Zacharuk to remove it as other clauses would cover that potential situation.
A motion was made and accepted unanimously to table second reading because of the significant changes proposed by council.
Council held first reading of Bylaw 03.19, being a bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw to change the former town hall building from community resources district to an R4 residential zoning to allow for apartments to be built there.
Council held first reading of Bylaw 04.19 being the Tourism Corridor Bylaw, which would require property owners on priority areas along highways to maintain different standards of appearances, care, and maintenance.
Council heard a request for decision from CAO Drohomerski to award professional engineering services for paved roads and bridge structures, for a three year period, to MPE Engineering Ltd.
Engineering fees are included in the Street Improvement Program Capital Budget. Their engineering fees were lower than the next best tender bid and have strong experience in similar projects.
Council held round table discussions. Councillor Garbutt said the Drumheller Housing Association is exploring an opportunity which may provide a temporary emergency shelter, as one of the low-housing apartments currently has a vacancy. The association is wondering if the apartment could be used as a emergency shelter, as Drumheller lacks that type of service, but the discussions at this point have just begun and there would need to be collaboration with other community partners.