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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.

Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, October 29, 2018

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, October 29, 2018

Council held their annual organizational meeting. Council passed all readings of Bylaw 15.18 being a bylaw to create a subdivision and development appeal board. Appointed to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board are Keith Hodgson, Karen Bertamini, and Eileen Lefley.
Council passed all three readings of Bylaw 12.18, being a bylaw to establish the Economic Development Advisory Committee under its new name, eliminate an appointment from Starland County, and establish new terms of membership to include 5 members at large. Council then appointed Jason Martin and Nick Peeler and the reappointment of Summer Manca for a one year term.
Council made a motion to appoint Jessica Burylo to the Heritage, Arts, and Culture Committee.
Council approved the reappointment of Scott Kuntz to the Municipal Planning Commission.
Council approved the reappointment of Colin Jensen, Don Ostergard, and Peter Cardamone to the Airport Commission.
Council approved the reappointment of Larry Coney and appointments of Kalon Sykes, Don Loro, and Keith Hodgson to the Police Committee.
Council approved the reappointment of Vanessa Page to the Drumheller Housing Administration for a three year term.
Council approved the reappointment of Vanessa Page and the appointment of Samantha Haddon to the Drumheller Library Board.
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Mayor Heather Colberg made a proclamation declaring November as Prevention of Family Violence Month in Drumheller.
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Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk was sworn in as deputy mayor for the months of November and December.
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Council heard first reading of Land Use Bylaw 10.08 Section 56, “Home Occupations.” A permit issued to a home occupation no longer needs to be renewed each year if there are no changes to the conduct of the home occupation, if the occupation description or any conditions imposed by the permit. Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk said she has regularly heard complaints from individuals running home occupations and says they will welcome the change. A public hearing will be held in the future.
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Councillor Fred Makowecki reported on both the Tax Incentive program and the downtown building paint palette discussions. Councillor Makowecki brought recommendations from the Tax Incentive Board which recommended ways the town could use tax incentives to attract businesses to Drumheller. Councillors Jay Garbutt, Tom Zariski, and Tony Lacher expressed their approval in moving forward on creating incentives for new businesses.
Councillor Makowecki made a motion to direct administration to look at the report and come to the next council meeting for a draft bylaw for these recommendations.
Councillor Makowecki asked for clarification on bringing recommendations on a downtown building paint palette. At a previous meeting, the Economic Development Committee
was given direction to create a colour scheme to be used by downtown businesses. Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk also asked for clarification of the origin of the idea and if downtown businesses had been consulted. She also recommended if the idea moves forward that a bylaw should created to enforce a colour scheme. Councillor Garbutt suggested an open house with businesses may be helpful. Mayor Heather Colberg said the idea originated with her based on a few businesses in town asking for recommendations of colours to paint their buildings. She said the idea was not to create a bylaw but to have a selection of suggested colours to create a sense of uniformity downtown.
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Councillor Makowecki requested the director of corporate services look into what a 5 per cent reduction in the operating budget would look like for the town, in preparation of preliminary budget discussions at future council meetings. Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk said this administration has received a number of ‘asks’ from the community ahead of 2019 budget discussions and voiced concern over not meeting these of the budget is reduced.
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Council went in camera to discussed land matters.


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