Information from Drumheller
Committee of the Whole Council Meeting
Monday, January 18, 2021
Mayor Heather Colberg thanked the Drumheller Fire Department and staff for the work to putting together and carrying out the annual Christmas Tree Burn last Sunday, January 17 at the Newcastle Recreation Area.
Communications officer Erica Crocker provided a presentation of the Town of Drumheller Social Media Policy and Guidelines. The Town’s goal is to ensure any communications, including social media, helps advance its philosophy, keeps stakeholders informed and engaged, and complies with all applicable laws and Town policies and guidelines. It outlines the responsibilities of both authorized content providers, as well as personal use.
All employees are responsible for protecting the Town’s brand and reputation. The Town trusts when employees participate in social media, they will act responsibly, exercise good judgment, maintain the highest degree of professionalism, respect confidentiality when communicating any information regarding the town, town business, or town employees. Social media is to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Intellectual Property Legislation, and Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation. Councillors Jay Garbutt and Tom Zariski pointed out, while council is not bound by the policy, but felt it left councillors unaccountable.
Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer, Darwin Durnie, updated Council on the Flood Mitigation Project. He said Alberta Environment has completed a public engagement portion of its flood study. This will help the office move forward on the engineering and design portion of the project. The study will also help the office identify flood elevations in its planning. The office has received clearance from the Alberta Indigenous Consultation office for the engagement it has done to date, allowing them to move forward on land assembly and construction.
Director of Protective Services, Greg Peters, provided an update on COVID-19. He noted Premier Kenney announced on Monday morning the province is running out of its supply of vaccines. He says last week residents of Hillview Lodge have received vaccines, but it is very difficult to get numbers of how many people have been vaccinated locally. Provincially COVID -19 case numbers are trending down, but are still elevated. The town is seeing good compliance with the mask bylaw.
CAO Darryl Drohomerski noted administration is planning to bring a motion to rescind the State Of Local Emergency at the January 25 Council meeting
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