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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, November 26, 2018

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, November 26, 2018

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Council heard a delegation from Trisha Sewell of the Cactus Corridor Economic Development Corporation regarding signage in relation to a scenic driving route from the Royal Tyrrell Museum to Dinosaur Provincial Park. Canadian Badlands is looking at creating signage to guide visitors from the Tyrrell to the provincial park to ensure they know they are on the correct route and how far away they are. Sewell are requesting the town commit to produce and install signage within the town for the summer 2019 season, saying it will help increase traffic and visitors to Drumheller from Dinosaur Provincial Park. Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk asked for an estimate on the costs, and Sewell said that is up to the town’s discretion. A representative in the gallery said smaller signs were around $200 and large signs approach $3,000. Councillor Tony Lacher asked about the number of signs, and Sewell said the town could add to existing signage into town but there would have to be additional signs directing visitors out of town and towards the provincial park.
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Council held second and third reading of Bylaw 13.18 regarding the ATCO Franchise Agreement, which would grant ATCO Electric the rights to provide electricity within the town. Councillor Tom Zariski asked how much the town made from the franchise fee from ATCO and was told $730,000. Council approved second and third reading of the bylaw.
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Council held and passed first reading of Bylaw 16.18 being a bylaw to redesignate a lot of land on Bridge Street in north Drumheller from highway commercial to residential.
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Council heard and passed first reading of Bylaw 17.18 being a bylaw regarding the implementation of tax cancellation for non-residential developments, which would waive first year municipal taxes for new business construction or significant business expansion.
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Council heard and passed first reading of Bylaw 19.18, being a bylaw which would waive municipal business fees for new businesses in existing non-residential vacant buildings.
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Council held and passed first reading of Bylaw 21.18 to set the 2019 utility rates which would see an increase to recycling fees, a 5 per cent increase to water utilities, and a 2 per cent increase to waste water utilities.
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Council reviewed draft bylaw 22.18, being a bylaw to implement a tax incentive program for owners of an existing non-residential vacant building, which would see a tax incentive given to a business occupying a non-residential vacant building. The building must be vacant for a minimum of one year, the business has to remain active for a minimum of one year, and a maximum of $5,000 of tax cancellation. It will be brought back for first reading.
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Council approved a request for decision to appoint Dennis Harder to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a three year term after a recent resignation from the committee.
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Council held a public hearing to consider amending Bylaw 14.18 Land Use Bylaw 10.08 to change rules affecting ‘home occupations,’ which would remove the requirement to renew a home occupation development permit annually if there are no deviations from the original permit application. Council heard from a representative from Palliser Regional Municipal Services who recommended the amendment. There were no written correspondence or other members of the public in attendance. Council then passed second and third readings of the bylaw.
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Council heard a review from CAO Darryl Drohomerski regarding a potential toboggan hill lease. They’ve identified a couple sites including some land owned by the town, including land adjacent to the Passion Play site, but they were not willing to allow access to the land due to “crime” concerns. Drohomerski said they are still looking for a suitable place which would not require significant work.
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Council heard an update regarding Dino Brand Standards from economic development officer Julia Field regarding updating the town logo, saying information will be coming back to council in the future.
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CAO Drohomerski said a survey will be made public regarding recycling options to see community interest regarding blue bin collection and organic waste collection.
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Council heard a delegation from members of the local SPARKs association.


Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, November 19, 2018

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Council Notes

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
budget sessions.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, November 13, 2018

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Council held second and third reading of Bylaw 09.18, a bylaw to close approximately one foot of a public street on 6th Street West. A deck was built on town property by mistake. The portion of road is not required for public travel. The readings were passed. Councillor Tom Zariski said he wishes there was a policy, or bylaw, or some provision to deter mistakes like this. Councillor Jay Garbutt agreed and said the amount of time and effort placed into the mistake.
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Council held first reading of a bylaw to close a portion of another street on Newcastle Trail. A corner of a house was built onto town property years ago.
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Council approved the 2018/2019 Strategic Business Plan which identifies the priorities, deadlines, and means of accomplishing strategies and goals for the town in the remainder of 2018 and 2019. Councillor Garbutt said there are many objectives set for 2018 and just a handful of 2019 as a result of many changes in administration over the last year. A media release will be provided by the town to advertise the goals
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Council approved a request for decision to revive a staff appreciation program for town staff after the town had not been following the existing long term service/recognition program. The recommended program involves gift card incentives to local businesses as well as days-off incentives
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Council approved the appointment of Caleb Brown of the Royal Tyrrell Museum to the Drumheller Public Library Board for a three year term.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented council with a draft bylaw of a tax incentive for non-residential party, which would waive municipal property taxes for the first year for new construction of a commercial business. The bylaw will be brought back in two weeks for first reading. There will be a public hearing held as well.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented council with with a draft bylaw of the purpose to waive fees for new businesses in existing vacant, nonresidential buildings. Fees would include any development and business license fees fees and would be at the discretion of the town CAO. Businesses
would have to be vacant for a minimum of three months. Council discussed the differences between renting a previously vacant building and a new business buying a vacant building, and said if a new business moves into a vacant building may be they should be given a tax incentive
as well. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said he would bring the bylaw back with those recommendations at the next council meeting.
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Council approved a request for decision to increase rebates given in the existing policy of Derelict Building Removal and Redevelopment Program. Amounts were increased to $2,000 for resident assessed properties and $5,000 for commercial properties for tipping fees to use the landfill to dispose of material from the property, both with submission of receipts. The changes incentivises property owners to affect town cleanliness and visual appearance.
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Council heard a request to amend the Storefront Grant Program, which offers a matching grant to business owners upgrading their storefronts. The amendment increases the program funding in 2019 to $25,000 as $10,000 of that will be allocated towards funding new blade signs and allowing for $15,000 for other special projects. Recommendations were made by the Economic Development Advisory Committee. Councillor Garbutt said the motion is a budgetary consideration and asked it be tabled until after the budget is complete. The motion was made and carried.
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Council heard a request from corporate service director Barb Miller to waive 2018 property tax penalties after a banking issue on a holiday caused the business to pay two late payment fees. Councillor Garbutt said he did not support the motion, as did Councillor Kristyne DeMott. Councillor Zariski defended the motion and said the business has existed in the community for years and made a mistake. Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk said the onus is on the business to pay on time. The motion was defeated after all councillors voted opposed.
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Council approved an extension to the Remuneration Task Force deadline to provide a review of compensation for elected officials. The deadline was moved from November 13 to December 17.
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Council went in camera for a legal matter regarding the Visitor Information Centre.


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