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Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, February 4, 2019

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Council unanimously approved a decision to appoint Tracy Breese as the new Development Officer.
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Council unanimously approved a decision to appoint Bella Niles to the Heritage, Arts, and Culture Committee for no fixed term. Council noted more people are needed for the committee.
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Council unanimously approved a decision to appoint bylaw officer Lesley Pepper as the Weed Inspector to enforce provincial noxious weed laws.
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Council held a review of strategic business plan work priorities. Communications officer, Julia Fielding, says the economic development strategy action plan has been completed and will be presented to council in the future. The communication plan for a flood preparedness program has launched and there are a few more minor details to be finished. Ms. Fielding said a town communication plan is ongoing but a draft plan has been written. They are looking at using a smartphone app to help communications. A new town dinosaur logo continues to be worked on in collaboration with the Royal Tyrrell Museum. Two options will be presented to the committee soon. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said potential sites for a toboggan hill will be brought to council in April. CAO Drohomerski said candidates for the economic development officer positions have been shortlisted and three candidates will be interviewed this week for the vacant director of infrastructure position.
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Council held discussions over the draft Capital Budget. CAO Drohomerski and Director of Corporate Services, Barb Miller, presented a list of potential projects for the capital budget. A copy of the draft budget was not provided to the public at the meeting, which includes more projects/costs than identified here. Council discussed building public washrooms for the downtown plaza, which would be self-contained units connected to water and sewer lines. The washrooms would be built in modified sea cans which could be moved to other locations. Director of Protective Services, Greg Peters, said the fire department is seeking an replacement for the 12 year old fire truck for the fire chief, for a budgeted $50,000. An additional pumper truck and ladder pumper is also being asked for by the Drumheller department, and a further $100,000 has been budgeted in 2019. The town’s prospective 5-year flood mitigation program is budgeted at $4,600,000 over the next three years and then $4,582,400 in 2022. Federal and provincial grant funding has been applied for by the town and awaits approval. A total of $220,000 is budgeted for beautification work over the next three years ($60,000, $100,000, and $60,000), to be taken from the transportation reserve. Council has identified potential work on the fountain near the World’s Largest Dinosaur to reduce costs and to fix an unknown water leak from the fountain, with $250,000 budgeted to be taken from the facility reserve in 2020. An assessment of the underground conditions of the fountain is likely to be done this year. Work had been identified to renovate the women’s washroom and part of the men’s room at the Aquaplex, which will be done this year, but an underlying issue is the high humidity of the pool, coupled with inadequate HVAC system, causes issues with paint and rust, so an additional solution to combat the high humidity is sought with the help of available grants. Total capital project amounts for 2019 are $4,900,000, $6,022,000 for 2020, and $4,600,000 in 2021.


Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, January 21, 2019

 

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, January 21, 2019

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Council held discussion over the 2019 utility budget. Director of Corporate Services Barb Miller said the council budget reflects the 5 per cent increase to water and wastewater utility budget. She said the budget does not cover the rate for the debenture payment, but covers amortization and operation costs. The water utility budget results in a deficit of $900 for 2019 including full amortization costs, and the sewer utility budget has a deficit of $262,600 including full amortization costs. The town is moving toward a cost-recovery model in future budgets to cover the debenture payment. The water administration budget is drafted to increase to $1,732,840 from $1,550,840 over 2018. The low lift pump station draft budgeted amount will increase from $16,245 in 2018 to $25,915. The raw water reservoir amount will decrease from $29,025 to $18,870 in 2019. The water purification and treatment amount is drafted to decrease slightly from $1,042,835 in 2018 to $1,030,235. The transmission and distribution totals are drafted to increase from $547,045 to $587,685. The sewage administration for Drumheller will increase from $803,440 to $827,900, and for East Coulee increase slightly frin $58,500 to $60,000. Sewage collection draft budgeting for Drumheller will decrease from $537,160 to $446,510. For East Coulee it will increase from $15,390 to $31,520. Sewage treatment budgets for Drumheller are drafted to increase from $556415 to $591,645, and for East Coulee, it will decrease from $96,760 to $80,825. Council unanimously moved to accept the budget as presented.
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Council deferred discussion over the capital budget for council at their next council meeting on February 4.
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Council included the quarterly report from Economic Development Officer Julia Fielding for information, as the original discussed was not livestreamed last week due to technical reasons.
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An item submitted by public works director Kevin Blanchette regarding reducing costs associated with the fountain near the World’s Largest Dinosaur for information, but council wished to postpone decisions until a public consultation process is completed.
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Councillor Jay Garbutt presented the Drumheller Housing Administration 2019 budget for approval which was approved unanimously.
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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, January 14, 2019

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, January 14, 2019

 

Council and administration presented their quarterly reports on December 31.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented his report for both the CAO office and infrastructure services. Drumheller was approved to move forward on the final phase of flood mitigation. The former ski hill will not be available for a toboggan hill and other options will be researched. The strategic business plan was approved by council and work priorities will be provided to council. A new bylaw regarding off-site levies was recommended. A draft bylaw of the tourism corridor bylaw has been reviewed by stakeholders and will be presented to council in February. Hiring of an infrastructure services director and economic development manager will be completed by the end of January and the development officer position has been filled and will start January 21.
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Director of Corporate Services Barb Miller presented her report. Property tax notices were issued totalling over $11 million. This is made up of about $8.7 million requisitioned by the town, $2.7 million through the Alberta School Foundation Fund, and over $500,000 requisitioned by the senior foundation. So far 96 per cent of taxes have been collected. Tax arrears public auction date is set for January 25.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented his report. Work continues on the Tourism Corridor and Community Standards Bylaw, both of which will be presented again to council in January and February respectively. Work on a fenced dog park in Newcastle will commence in the spring. A municipal emergency plan is being worked on this year.
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Arts, Culture, and Recreation manager Darren Goldthorpe presented his report, which included statistics and usage of the Badlands Community Facility and Aquaplex. Work is being done to find a location for a toboggan hill. Work is being done on mapping a local heritage walking tour. Alberta Culture Days in September has been given up by previous committee members and the committee is looking to plan and organize for 2019 but they require funding.
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Family and Community Supports Services coordinator April Harrison presented her report. A community counselling program has been utilized. A poverty reduction strategy was being worked on and it has recommended to join a provincial network to reduce costs. Out of school youth programming is being investigated and grants have been submitted. A welcoming newcomers program is being developed. Funding for an events coordinator is being requested in the operating budget.
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Mayor and council entered their quarterly reports for information.
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Council and administration discussed cost savings efforts designed to meet a 5 per cent operating budget cut. Arts, Culture, and Recreation manager Darren Goldthorpe brought forward a number of suggestions regarding low impact service cuts for his department. This included modifying the hours of the outdoor pool and the Badlands Community Facility. Public Works operations manager Kevin Blanchett suggested changes to the fountain at Rotary Park that may realize further savings.
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Director of Corporate Services Barb Miller sought direction from Council on recommendations from the remuneration task force. Council gave direction to bring forward a number of recommendations, contingent on this year’s budget.


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