Information from Drumheller Town Council Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, September 21, 2020
Vance Neudorf of the Badlands Amphitheatre presented to council. Also in attendance were Badlands Amphitheatre president John Bruins and treasurer David Walling. Neudorf said the 2020 Blues and Barbecue sold out all 200 tickets on September 12. It was a tough year for the Badlands Amphitheatre like most in the age of COVID-19. He presented a video on the Badlands Art Centre being created. They are looking to host three seasons including the Passion Play, an events season, and shoulder season with the new art centre. He said he was not here to ask for money but to build partnerships.
CAO Darryl Drohomerski updated council on a draft of a bylaw to deal with derelict buildings. They began the process of drafting a bylaw, however under the advice of legal counsel, they found they would be able to incorporate regulations into the existing Community Standards Bylaw.
Mr. Drohomerski also discussed marketing Dino merchandise. With the new branding initiative, the town has created merchandise and are going to local retailers in the valley to market these products, and also planning on selling it through the coming new Town of Drumheller website
Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation officer Darwin Durnie updated council on flood mitigation. Design has kicked into high gear and they are working through regulations and approvals as well as geotechnical work. They are also looking at updating its stormwater system including storm ponds. Inspection and assessment of the existing dikes are continuing, and many may see brush cutting over the next few weeks to facilitate inspection. They are also assessing the former rail line from the Clark Hill to the hoodoos, as well as a portion to Rosedale to see if they are suitable for diking. One of its goals is to protect the values of property in the valley and have been in talks with the banking and insurance industry to recognize that if protective measures being put in place by municipalities, those industries may look more favorably at allowing coverage to take place. Securing land acquisition and access agreements continue and Indigenous consultation is underway. Its climate adaptation and greenhouse gas assessments are complete and is in its final review to be submitted to the federal government.
Council went into closed session to discuss the Badlands Amphitheatre and the flood mitigation project.
Complete minutes from council meetings can be found at www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.