Drumheller Town Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The meeting was called to at 4:33 p.m. by Mayor Heather Colberg
Drumheller Town Council has passed a bylaw pursuant to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) to authorize financing, undertaking and completion of flood mitigation construction in Midland.
Plans and specifications have been prepared and the total cost of the project is estimated to be $3.7 million and the Municipality estimates the following grants and contributions will be applied to the project. Provincial grants will cover $3,211,000 and debentures in the amount of $516,000 to cover the total project for $3,727,000.
The bylaw passed second and third reading to authorize Council to incur indebtedness in the amount of $516,000 to complete the flood mitigation construction project.
Council has decided to issue a bylaw to authorize the financing, undertaking and completion of a second flood mitigation project for Central Drumheller.
This bylaw authorizes that council will incur $497,400 in debt for the purpose of flood mitigation in Central Drumheller through berm enhancement and construction.
The total cost of the project is estimated to cost $3.7 million. Provincial grants will cover $3,202,600 while the town will provide $497,400 from debentures.
The bylaw passed first reading. They will come back to this bylaw in the next couple weeks for second and third reading.
In 1992, the former M.D. of Badlands put aside $20,000 for scholarship funds from the interest earned from the investment. At the time it was intended that the Selection Committee be comprised of public at large members, however, in the past several years administration has taken on the role of selection committee. The vacancies to this committee have been advertised with three applications received from Cindy Geordo, Jan Quinney and Tom Dooley.
Council approved the appointments of Cindy Gerodo, Jan Quinney and Tom Dooley for a three year term expiring on the date of Council’s 2020 Annual Organizational Meeting.
The Drumheller Policing Committee has three public at large vacancies for Drumheller, one vacancy for Starland, one vacancy for Delia, and one vacancy from rural for a total of six vacancies.
Jo Jensen, Don Loro, Kalon Sykes, and Keith Hodgson; and three current members applied to fill these positions.
At their meeting held on November 27, 2017, Council appointed Jim Decore for a further one year term because he is appointed as a Public Complaint Director (PCD) under the Police Act and assists the Officer in Charge in resolving public complaints.
Council approved the appointments of past members Larry Keddie of Drumheller, Karen Neil of Starland, and Robert Sargent of Delia who resubmitted their applications for a public at large member position from their designated areas.
The Habitat for Humanity organization is building a duplex property within Drumheller. They have requested that the town consider waiving the development and permit fees for this project, as an in-kind contribution for this project.
Council waived the building and development permit fees for the 2018 Habitat for Humanity project as a one-time only request.
The town will incur the loss of $320.00 in development fees as well as $2,400 in building permit fees, with $1,250 payable to Superior Safety Codes for the mandatory safety inspections.
Director of Protective Services Greg Peters addressed council on behalf of the Drumheller Humane Society.
Mr. Peters explained the society is ready to conduct a presentation on their organization but would like clear direction as to what should be discussed.
Councillor Tom Zariski wishes to have them review the Town of Drumheller’s Community Assistance policy to see if additional funding is possible to utilize through that policy. He also wishes to hear more about the background of the society, how many volunteer hours it takes to run, as well as an update on current management. Mr. Peters agreed to relay the information back to the Humane Society.
Council approved the appointment of Councillor Jay Garbutt to the Drumheller Community Learning Society for a term to expire on the date of council’s 2019 Annual Organizational Meeting. At council’s Monday, March 26 meeting, Council heard a presentation from Bonnie Ireland, Executive Director for Campus Alberta Central. The society oversees programming for adult further education based on accessibility, affordability and high quality programs within Drumheller and other central populations. Councillor Garbutt agreed to let his name stand as Council’s representative to this committee.
After Council reviewed an in-camera labour matter, they returned to approve the offer to purchase the Trican Building located at 702 Premier Way in the industrial area of Drumheller for the purpose of a new Public Works facility. The possession date will take effect on Friday, July 6, 2018, provided that all conditions are met.
Council approved $2,000,000 in the 2018 Capital Budget for the purchase of a new Public Works facility.