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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, February 24, 2020

 

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Deputy Mayor Tom Zariski declared February 23-29 as Freedom to Read Week in Drumheller. This recognizes, reaffirms and defends the rights of Drumheller residents to decide what they will and will not read.
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Ryan Semchuk of Travel Drumheller provided council a review of its activities in 2019. Their mission is to promote Drumheller as a year-round destination. 2019 saw an overall increase in visitorship over previous years. The AGM is coming up at the end of March and some of the highlights of 2019 include contests working with CTV Calgary. They collaborated with Canadian Badlands on the Canadian Badlands Summer Passport and participated in the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. Last year they launched the Travel Drumheller Ambassador program, in a funding partnership with the Town of Drumheller and the province. Some of its key initiatives for 2020 include a new membership model, developing a co op marketing program, enhancing its website and expanding the tourism ambassador program.
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Rose Poulson appeared at Council on behalf of the Big Country Primary Care Network. It has been approved to continue its Community Dementia Day Program. They have asked for financial support from Council for transportation. Councillor Jay Garbutt noted that the Rotary Club could be a supporter.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented his quarterly report. Some highlights include continued work on flood mitigation, the completion of the toboggan hill and work on getting the Inter-municipal Collaboration Frameworks in place with local neighbours. The Civic Solar project is moving ahead and is looking at a summertime occupancy.
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Director of Corporate Service Barb Miller presented her quarterly report. Highlights include the completion of the 2020 operating budget and the 2021-2023 operating plans. Right now they are working preparing for the year-end audit, as well as working on employee recruitment. She said global expenses are on or below targets. She presented the Q4 operating results and the Q4 utility supported results.
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Infrastructure Service Director David Brett presented his quarterly report. Highlights include the hiring a utility manager as well as an equipment 3 operator. Policy and procedure updates include persons with disability parking, town app and patios on public land. Work continues on the Aquaplex. Knibb Developments of Rosebud has begun work on the East Coulee Lift Station, and the department has begun work on the worklist for the 2020 Street Improvement Program.
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FCSS Coordinator April Harrison presented her quarterly report. Work has been done on affordable counselling and the poverty reduction strategy. Events last quarter included Festival of Lights and the Masquerade Ball, which raised $8,300 for the youth project. Two block parties were hosted in Drumheller. Work with seniors included the annual Christmas Dinner and the Seniors Christmas light tour. FCSS has learned that over 300 Children’s Services contracts have been cancelled and a new Family Resource Network will be launching April 1. FCSS met with other contract holders/ stakeholders to discuss the implications of the changes.


Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Mayor Heather Colberg wished Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk Happy Birthday. Colberg noted the tourism job Fair currently happening at the BCF.
There were 709 who attend Family Day Unplugged on Monday, February 17.
She also noted the Celebration of Excellence nominations are open.
Mayor Colberg proclaimed the Week of February 16-22 as Kin Canada Week to mark the club’s centennial.
Council went in-camera to meet Ryan Semchuk of the Branding Committee.
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Council held a Public Hearing for Bylaw 01.20 to amend Land use Bylaw 10-08 to redesignate a portion of NW-12-29-20-W4 from Agricultural District to Residential Cottage Housing. This would allow for the development of Raptor Ridge, a three-season private community that would consist of recreational vehicles, park models and cottages. Devin Diano of Palliser Regional Municipal Services presented the application. Palliser had received a letter of concern from neighbour Jason James, noting objections to the rezoning.
It also received a letter from Alberta Transportation, which noted it may require potential access improvements to this parcel be considered.
Alberta Health Service had no objections.
Council also heard from Randy Van Dyke said he supports keeping the land zoned as an Agricultural District and asked whether in the event the development was unsuccessful if the land could be zoned back to Agricultural District. CAO Darryl Drohomerski explained it would be up to the owner of the land.
Mary James also presented in person expressing her concern that it is a very important habitat for animals. Other concerns included being in an Agricultural Zone, litter and trespassing.
Bob Dornenabal, the developer, spoke in favour of the proposal and answered questions from councillors.
Palliser recommended that Council approve the Bylaw.
The Public Hearing was closed.
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Council made a motion to set a Public Hearing on March 16, 2020, for bylaw 02.20, a Land Use Bylaw amendment on Cannabis terminology and definitions.
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Council passed all three readings of 06-20 to authorize the assessment of Improvements within The Town of Drumheller for the purpose of imposing a tax for the 2020 tax year.
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Council made two motions, one to add an additional $61,724 in funds to the operating budget for Aquaplex roof repairs into the Facility Reserve Account. The second is to approve additional work on the Aquaplex roof to remove deteriorated or moist insulation as necessary and rebuild roof as required in the amount of $92,974 to be funded from the same Facility Reserve Account.
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Council adopted Policy C-03-20, the Wellness Spending Account Policy. Director of Corporate Services Barb Miller said there is no impact on the budget.
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Council Passed second reading of Bylaw 01.20 to redesignate a portion of NW-12-29-20-W4 from Agricultural District to Residential Cottage Housing.
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Council went in-camera with the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation office to discuss the Municipal Development Plan and land use bylaw.

Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, February 3, 2020

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Deputy Mayor Tom Zariski opened the meeting by addressing concerns about the coronavirus. He noted the town is monitoring the situation and there is no threat to Alberta at this point. There are four confirmed cases in Canada.
He also greeted council with Kung Hei Fat Choy, acknowledging the Chinese New Year.
Zariski congratulated the Badlands Community Facility for its successful women’s retreat and also noted Mayor Heather Colberg has been nominated as top Mayor in Canada.
Councillor Lisa Hansen Zacharuk congratulated the Drumheller Raptors who won a gold medal in hockey tournament play and the Junior DVSS Dynos, who won bronze at a Strathmore tournament.
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Council passed first reading of Bylaw 03.20, the Town of Drumheller- Wheatland County Intermunicipal Development plan and set a public meeting for Monday, March 2 at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting for the Town of Drumheller.
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Council passed first reading of Bylaw 04.20, the Town of Drumheller-Kneehill County Intermunicipal Development plan and set a public meeting for Monday, March 2 at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting for the Town of Drumheller.
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Council passed first reading of Bylaw 05.20, the Town of Drumheller- Special Areas Intermunicipal Development plan and set a public meeting for Monday, March 2 at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting for the Town of Drumheller.
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Council heard a presentation from FCSS coordinator April Harrison on the Drumheller Poverty Reduction Alliance. Poverty reduction has been identified as a council priority. The Alliance was formed and joined the Tamarack Institute’s Cities Reducing Poverty CRP. They have brought together several agencies to create lasting solutions to social programs on a larger scale. She presented a list of anticipated activities and expenses in 2020 to be considered for the budget. This included funds for labour, Tamarack membership, training, and building capacity as well as funds for community engagement. This adds up to about $30,000. Council accepted the report.
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Council adopted the 2020 tax-supported operating budget with a municipal requisition of $9,062,125, adding an increase of about 2 per cent to the Municipal Property Tax requisition. Some of the notable highlights include an enhanced provision to fund a full-time events coordinator, a pilot project in support of a youth centre, enhanced communications strategy, work on a downtown revitalization study, increased provision for economic development, a pilot project in support of poverty reduction and additional funds for community assistance. Corporate Services Director Barb Miller noted the budget reflects a number of known reductions passed by the provincial government. The full impact, however, will not be realized until the end of 2020. With that in mind, the 2021-2023 fiscal plan recognizes the known changes but has been developed through an austerity lens.
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Infrastructure Services director Dave Brett presented a council policy C-02-20 for the town App and how it will be implemented and utilized. This is to ensure effective and consistent response and use of the mobile app by the Town of Drumheller staff, and to document the competent elements of the program including users, levels of service, authorities, responses, work procedures, and reporting. Council approved the policy.
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Council adopted Policy C-01-20 for Persons with Disability Parking on Public Land. This is to set out guidelines for the designation of parking areas for Parking Placards for Persons with Disabilities by the Town of Drumheller. This policy brings the Town of Drumheller in line with the provincial program.
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Council passed first reading of Bylaw 02.20 Land use Bylaw, which amends Land Use Bylaw 10.087 by updating definitions, additions, and deletions of items related to the legalization of cannabis. A public hearing will be set for Tuesday, February 18 at the regularly scheduled council meeting of the Town of Drumheller.


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