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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, April 8, 2019

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, April 8, 2019

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Mayor Heather Colberg read a statement recognizing National Day of Remembrance of The Battle of Vimy Ridge On April 9, 2019. The town will be lowering flags to half-mast on this date.
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Council reviewed its Strategic Plan Work Priorities. Communications Officer Julia Fielding said the communications portion of The Emergency Management Plan has been completed. She also gave an update on the town progress creating an app for municipal and residential use.
CAO Darryl Drohomerski provided a brief update of the tobogganing hill project. With a new Director of Infrastructure in place, the town will be better able to further the project.
The Town is developing the terms of reference for what a Parks and Recreation Plan should look like and what other towns have completed. This is a strategy on how to develop parks and trails in the future.
Mr. Drohomerski gave a short update on dyke design. He said the work will be progressing this spring and summer.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented his first-quarter report. Highlights of note include the hiring of Dave Brett as Director of Infrastructure Services and Sean Wallace as Economic Development manager. He also said a highlight was securing $55 Million for flood mitigation. He noted this will be a long project. They are also in the process of arranging Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework meetings with neighbouring communities. This is a requirement under the Municipal Government Act to find areas of collaboration.
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Drohomerski presented a draft AUMA resolution created by Drumheller regarding transmission and distribution charge imbalance on customers’ electricity bills across Alberta. They will be presenting this to AUMA in hopes of making it a lobbying priority. Councillor Garbutt praised administration for taking on drafting the resolution.
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Barb Miller Director of Corporate Services presented her department’s quarterly report. She said external auditors are on site working. The town’s property tax arrears auction was held on January 24 for two properties, but no interest was shown.
The town is in the midst of collective bargaining with the inside and outside workers for the town of Drumheller They are hoping to wrap up in early May. She presented the unaudited financial results as of December 31 and it showed a small surplus. Councillor Garbutt asked that council revisit unfunded priorities they may be able to now fund
with this surplus.
Miller also presented a list of grants each department have applied for and will be updated as progress continues. Mayor Colberg said this was a suggestion by MP Kevin Sorenson to help the town track its success.
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New Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented his quarterly report. He said street sweeping began this week, about five weeks earlier than last year. The tender for fencing for a new dog park closed on March 21 and a contract was awarded on April 1. 4 Elements Environmental Control was awarded the tender with a bid of $12,337.76 with construction expected to begin
shortly.
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Director of Protective Services, Greg Peters, gave his quarterly update. An open house for the Community Standard Bylaw is slated for April 17. Elks building demolition has been completed with minimal complaints from the community. Council has agreed to a pilot project for charging for parking at the Hoodoos for visitors during June, July, and August. The fee is $2 and will be collected by summer students.
Peters says they have been working on the Municipal Emergency Plan. He is also continuing to monitor snow melts, weather forecasts and river flows and how the town could be affected.
Bylaw enforcement is undertaking a derelict vehicle initiative.
Peters says they have compiled a spreadsheet with all residences listed that may have a derelict vehicle and will be delivering educational flyers to the properties advising them of the law, their obligations as citizens and what Bylaw would like to see happen.
Residents will be given a period of time to comply, and if they do not, Bylaw will follow their procedures with a notice to remedy and then a formal order.
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Communications officer Julia Fielding presented her quarterly report. She said they are pulling together a Dino-Branding committee.
Roger Brooks will be coming and will work on downtown development plans and branding. A crisis communication plan has been drafted. The storefront grant program opened last week.


Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, April 1, 2019

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, April 1, 2019

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Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting by introducing Mr. Sean Wallace, the new manager of economic development. Mayor Colberg invited council and residents to launch of the new youth library area over the Easter break. She also noted a Job Fair at the BCF on April 11. She also introduced the 20-20 Challenge, where she challenged residents to collect trash for 20 minutes a day from April 1 to April 20 in advent of Earth Day.
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Mayor Colberg proclaimed April 7 to April 13 as National Volunteer Week in Drumheller.
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Vance Neudorf, executive director of Badlands Amphitheatre provided an update on the organization. He said the Badlands Amp was in a transitional phase last season. It was the 25th anniversary of Passion Play and the production has transitioned in a full musical with 25 original songs. Last season it also hosted its first opera, the Icons series, and the Sound and Light show. The production continues to grow and now employs five professional directors and many more on stage and behind the scenes. Its budget tops over a half million dollars. They are aiming to make 2019 a year of stability, to find, fix and fund and increase scope and scale of the production.
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Mayor Heather Colberg on behalf of Canadian Badlands presented Mr. Neudorf with the Cindy Amos Tourism Champion Award.
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Council passed second and third reading of bylaw 01.19 being the Municipal Emergency Management Plan. This is a requirement by the province to update to the plan. Councillor Zariski asked for an explanation of communication to the council in the event of an emergency.
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Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 02.10 being the Public Behaviour Bylaw. This is a new bylaw drawing on information from the previous Community Standard Bylaw with some updates.
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Council passed second and third reading to Bylaw 05.19 being a bylaw to authorize supplementary assessment tax. This allows the administration to assess a property that has been improved throughout the year. This is a requirement under the Municipal Government Act to be approved annually. Council passed second and third reading to Bylaw 07.19, being a bylaw to amend penalties on unpaid taxes. It makes a provision that payments made online or through telephone banking be deemed to be received by the municipality on the bank transaction date. The by-law also waives penalties imposed on a property owner on September 1 if they were hospitalized within the last 10 days of August and also allows the town to waive penalties due to the death of a property owner during the month of August.
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A Public Hearing was held to consider Bylaw 03.19, being a bylaw to amend the land use of the former Town Hall property on 2nd Avenue West, to change the designation from Community Service District to R-4 Residential. This would allow the owner to convert the building for residential. There were no written submissions for or against the Bylaw. Senior Planner from Palliser Regional Municipal Services, Jeff Laurier, delivered the report.
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Council reverted to its regular Council Meeting and approved second and third reading of Bylaw 03.19.

Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, March 18, 2019

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, March 18, 2019

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The Committee of the Whole meeting of Monday, March 25 is cancelled.
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Council unanimously approved a request for decision to adopt the 2019 tax supported operating budget. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said council has found a 4.9 per cent reduction in operating expenses. Close to $30,000 in savings were suggested by closing the Badlands Community Facility on six general holidays, reduce the BCF’s recreational operating hours by closing one hour earlier each day, and to reduce the operating season of the outdoor pool (to operate from the last week of June to Labour Day). A 1.9 per cent increase to municipal property tax requisition was also proposed. The tax supported operating budget reflects a municipal requisition of $8,884,435 over the 2018 requisition of $8,718,766, which Mayor Heather Colberg said equated to about a $3 per month increase per household.
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Council held and unanimously passed second and third readings for three different bylaws regarding tax incentives for nonresidential development, tax incentives for non-residential vacant buildings, and for waiving fees for new businesses in existing nonresidential buildings.
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Council held first reading of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan bylaw which would replace an existing emergency management bylaw.
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Council held first reading of the Public Behaviour Bylaw which would allow fines for offences such as public cannabis consumption, spitting, etc.
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Council unanimously passed second and third reading of the Tourism Corridor Bylaw, which would create higher levels of upkeep and maintenance of properties along high-traffic areas used by tourists.
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Council held first reading of a Supplementary Tax Bylaw which would allow the town to impose a tax under part 10 of the Municipal Government Act, which is an annual process which allows the town to conduct a supplementary assessment if an issue arises part way through the year.
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Council moved to rescind the second reading of the Community Standards Bylaw as it was found council had forgotten to pass first reading. Then council passed first reading of the bylaw at this meeting.
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Council approved the Safety Policy which works to protect its employees, contractors, visitors, etc., physical assets, being a replacement to an existing policy to be compliant to new Municipal Government Act requirements.
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Council approved the appointment of Tony Ibrahim to a three year term to the Economic Development Advisory Committee. The position was made available after the recent resignation of Michael Todor from the committee. Council made a motion to move in-camera to discuss personnel issues.
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Council moved to appoint Riddell Wiebe to the Heritage, Arts, and Culture Steering Committee for no-fixed term.
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