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Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, May 28, 2018

 

 

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, May 28, 2018

Mayor Heather Colberg made a proclamation celebrating Correctional Service of Canada’s 183rd year in operations. The Drumheller Institution opened 51 years ago and made June 1 as Correctional Service of Canada Appreciation Day. She also made a proclamation on Seniors Week from Sunday, June 3 to Saturday, June 9.
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Rural Physicians and Practitioners (RhPAP) South East Zone Consultant Lara Harries gave a presentation on Alberta’s Rural Health Professions Action Plan. It is a renewed rural health plan and is a non-government organization but they are completely funded by the Alberta Ministry of Health.
RhPAP puts their focus on the sustainability of physicians as well as all areas of healthcare professionals in rural communities.
She explained they also support and encourage them to continue medical education and are a community voice to the provincial government on issues related to rural health workforce and physicians resource planning.
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Council passed first reading on an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw in regards to cannabis retail stores, where they defined terms such as ‘cannabis retail store’ and ‘cannabis cafe.’ They also set regulations on where cannabis retail stores may be located, prohibiting them from existing within 300 metres of any other cannabis retail store, 150 from school sites, and not within 100 metres from any hospital. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said the town plans to host an information session on retail cannabis in the latter half of June.
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The Town of Drumheller 2017 and 2018 Capital budgets included an annual allocation of $500,000 for a total of $1,000,000 after two years. This was set in place to purchase a new Ladder/Pumper Truck. On March 21, the Request for Proposal for supply and delivery of this new truck was posted on the Town website and the Alberta Purchasing Connection site. Tow proposals were submitted by the deadline on April 12. Commercial Emergency Equipment Co. (CEE) of Surrey, B.C., gave an estimated sum of $1,059,961,36 while Rocky Mountain Phoenix (RMP) of Red Deer gave an estimate of $987,560,000 in total.
Both submissions are trade show models where CEE has a 2017 model while RMP has a 2018 model. Delivery from CEE would be 60 days while RMP would not be delivered until October once trade show season finishes. The CEE model is a single axle unit with a 107’ ladder. The RMP is a tandem axle unit with a 109’ ladder. All other specifications are similar between the two models.
Drumheller Fire Department Fire Chief Bruce Wade mentioned there was not a phone system that was an initial requirement. This would be a first response vehicle to any and all calls. He said that a single axle truck would eliminate future mechanical problems as well.
Council unanimously voted against the purchase of the Ladder/Pumper Truck for the Fire Department from Rocky Mountain Phoenix fo $987,560. Council made a new motion to direct administration to put out a new tender with specific requirements.
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For over 20 years, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play has hosted an annual golf tournament as a fundraising event for the organizations. Last year, the town provided $1,000 towards the Passion Play. Council approved the sponsorship of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play 21st annual Golf Tournament in the amount of $1,000.
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In an RFD the Drumheller Housing Administration requested that the municipal portion of the 2018 property taxes be cancelled for Sandstone Manor.
Council moved to approve the cancellation of the 2018 Municipal Tax levied against the Drumheller Housing Administration in the amount of $9,972.15.
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Administration is seeking approval to process special per diem payment. On Monday, April 23, a SOLE was issued as flooding occurred causing a local state of emergency. The Incident Command Centre (ICC) was initiated on Monday, April 23 and operations ceased at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. Based on these events and her role as ICC Liaison, Mayor Colberg is eligible for three days per diem.
Council approved three days per diem for Mayor Colberg from April 23 to April 25 as per town policy.


Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole meeting of Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jakayla Chekowsky-McKenzie was sworn in as Mayor for a Day.
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Mayor Heather Colberg brought forth discussion on a possible amendment to Bylaw 04.15 which is a bylaw that states businesses in Drumheller need a Business License including buskers. Mayor Colberg opened up the floor for comment as to whether they could waive the fee for buskers to attract more business into downtown.
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Councillor Jay Garbutt started a preliminary discussion on Additional Affordable Housing Units. He wants this to be a 2019 issue as there is already a fair amount of projects lined up for the remainder of 2018. Garbutt wishes to potentially start a new community by creating more community housing projects as more seniors age in place rather than moving to an assisted living situation.
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Councillor Garbutt brought up the topic of the Hunts Housing Development 50 Year agreement which ends in 2022. It was a joint agreement between the federal, provincial and municipal governments to create this development.

Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, May 14, 2018l

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Council Notes 

Drumheller Town Council

Regular Council Meeting

Monday, May 14, 2018

 

Mayor Heather Colberg proclaimed Sunday, May 20 as Drumheller Miners Memorial Day.
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Justin Hill, Acting Director of Palliser Regional Municipal Services gave a presentation about Intermunicipal Development Plan and GIS Web Mapping specifically within Drumheller.
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Council passed a bylaw to incur indebtedness in the amount of $497,400 for the purpose of Flood Mitigation in Central Drumheller through berm enhancement and construction. The Midland and Newcastle flood mitigation projects were previously approved a few weeks ago.
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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski presented his quarterly report from January 1 to April 30. He went over topics such as flood mitigation projects within Drumheller, community profile marketing and branding and a downtown plaza strategy.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Armia Mikhaiel presented his quarterly report for the Town of Drumheller. He reflected on topics like the Aquaplex Modernization, Elks Building Demolition which will take place in the fall, Ball Diamond Upgrades, the Street Improvement Program, Spring Cleanup, and Water Plant Optimization where the Static Mixer installation was completed on Wednesday, April 4.
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Barb Miller, Corporate Services Director, gave her quarterly report.
The Town of Drumheller has been selected to undergo a Payroll Audit which employees are currently focusing on at the moment.
Miller has been working on the Elks Building Demolition with their team, making great progress. The Code of Conduct will be brought forward for council’s consideration over the summer. Corporate Services will look back on the Master Infrastructure Plan in the near future.
Budgets, regulatory reporting, and audits have made for a busy few months within the corporate services department. Miller also revealed she is working on a recovery report of the Wayne Flooding earlier in May.
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Mayor Colberg urged residents to check out individual counsellor reports online at Dinosaurvalley.com for information purposes.


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