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Council Notes from the Special & Committee of the Whole Council Meeting of Monday, April 20, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town
Special & Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, April 20, 2020

Special Council Meeting Monday, April 20

Emergency Management director Darwin Durnie gave council a brief update of the COVID-19 Response. It has been 38 days since EOC has stood up and so far there have been no safety incidents. The cleaning crews continue to be out in force and the Economic Recovery Taskforce has reached out to 125 businesses. The EOC has supplied 250 sneeze guards and over 200 social distancing footprints have been deployed to 42 businesses. Its seven-day incident action plan includes applying for the Canada Summer Student program asking for 32 positions, and implementing additional technology to make town hall paperless. They have formed a financial issue strategic team to develop a long term financial plan. They are working with updated provincial grocery store protocols and are working with private campgrounds. With the warm weather, they are anticipating more visitations and are monitoring flood conditions.
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Council renewed the Declaration of the A State of Local Emergency to remain in effect until April 28.

Committee of the Whole Monday, April 20

Mayor Heather Colberg acknowledged International Earth Day on April 22.
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Council discussed its Purchasing Policy. It was last updated in 2017. CAO Darryl Drohomerski discussed the differences among purchase methods. A Request For Quotation Proposal is typically for a low-value purchase. A Request For Tender is a formal public invitation for typically higher-priced goods or projects. A Request for Proposal is an invitation for a supplier to showcase their enterprise by proposing how their service, product, and methods can provide a solution. Council discussed amending the policy to reflect a greater price differential for local supplies, up from the current 5 per cent on individual purchases up to $25,000.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett initiated 2020 Capital Budget discussions. He identified over 90 capital projects, with a value of $45 Million including flood mitigation. There was also a list of potential equipment purchases. About $20 million of these projects are dependent on grant funding. He listed previous year totals and noted if council wishes to spend more than $4 million on capital projects, it would require additional staff resources to execute. Council agreed to return to the discussion at a later date with more information to better prioritize projects.


Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, April 14, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Council approved minutes for Special Council meetings taking place on March 19, March 23, March 26, and April 2 and the minutes from its Regular Council Meeting from March 30.
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Council heard an update from the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).
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Safety Section Chief Brent Sands presented on the work of the Safety Section. The Emergency Operations Centre has been cognizant of safety, including travel, working on-site, and walking hazards. Most paramount is physical distancing, which the EOC has been diligently practicing, including staff travelling with one occupant per vehicle as well as the proper use of personal protection equipment, hygiene, and general safe work practices.
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Greg Storch, Operations Section Chief provided an update on the work of the Operations Section. It has completed an IT security report. Operations have been working with Valley Bus for transportation. It has procured refrigeration vans for storage. Spring Cleanup is underway and to date, the landfill has received 15.32 tonnes of refuse, 2.24 tonnes of metal. FCSS has submitted grant applications for community programs and organizations. Installation of a pump at the 5th Street Lift Station has been completed. Crews are out each day cleaning in various areas, and they have split crews into smaller units to create better physical distancing. Street sweeping is underway and will be working with the Salvation Army on a clean plan.
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Logistic Section Chief, Reg Bennett, presented on the work of the Logistics Section. They have delivered additional sneeze guards to the Sunshine Lodge, Hill View Lodge, and the Drumheller Health Centre, an additional refrigerator has been delivered to the Salvation Army courtesy of Drumheller Minor Hockey. The section continues to work on procuring supplies, including personal protective equipment. Companies wishing to get sneeze guards can reach out to the EOC.
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Planning Section Chief, Dave Brett presented on the progress of his section. This includes establishing a facility, systems, program status and list for the Town of Drumheller and has gained greater insight into the non-profit and charitable organizations in Drumheller. They are in the process of streamlining programs and procedures for town activities. He says the people and staff of the Town of Drumheller have stood up to organize themselves in a community effort to respond to this crisis. The Planning Section has also created a Food Bank plan and staff daycare support. Its objectives going forward include the capital budget, the 2020 flood plan, out of town construction crew plan, and a private campground plan.
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Finance Section Chief, Elin Gwinner provided an update on the work of her section. She has been working on invoicing and gathering information for financial analysis and forecasting. This is on top of the day to day operations and year-end. Her section has developed paperless timesheets and is working on expanding this.
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Michelle Tetrault, information officer for Emergency Management updated council on the work of her section. She expressed her thanks to media partners for supporting the dissemination of their messages. Each day staff is updated via email and holds a weekly teleconference. This week they began their Salvation Army Food Bank campaign, and are preparing a Garage Sale FAQ. They have instigated the Kick Out the COVID-19 sticker campaign and contest with Boston Pizza, and is continuing to update a FAQ page on the website. They are working with Travel Drumheller on a stay at home campaign and are communicating with the private campgrounds. They launched a new video with the Economic recovery taskforce, which was released this week.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented CAO Darryl Drohomerski the Incident Command Chief Vest, as Darwin Durnie will be out of the community for a few days.
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Dr. Rithesh Ram updated the community on the COIVD-19 state in Alberta and Canada. He said federal and provincial medical health officers have indicated we are in it for the long haul. As of the time of the meeting, there are zero cases in Drumheller, and he says it can be attributed this to the work on the team dealing with the local response.
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CAO Drohomerski praised the work of the team in the last 30 days since the EOC was set up. He noted this is a marathon, not a sprint and they are going to be in it for a while.
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Council approved a motion to extend its State of Local Emergency to Tuesday, April 21, to tie it to a regular council meeting Drohomerski noted the province is working on passing legislation to allow this declaration to be put in place for 90 days.
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Council passed first reading of Bylaw 09.20 to establish a COVID-19 Financial Special Taskforce. This will be comprised of two members of council, two staff members, two members of the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office, two members of the business community and two members of the general public.
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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, March 30, 2020

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Council Overview
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Regular Council Meeting
Monday, March 30, 2020

Mayor Colberg, took a moment to acknowledge so many who are working hard for the community from health care workers to grocery store workers during the CIVD-19 pandemic.
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Council approved the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Agreement between the Town of Drumheller and Wheatland County, as presented.
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Council approved the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Agreement between the Town of Drumheller and Kneehill County, as presented.
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Council approved the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Agreement between the Town of Drumheller and Special Areas Board, as presented.
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Council approved the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Agreement between the Town of Drumheller and Starland County, as presented. This ICF has not been approved by Starland County yet.
The Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks are intended to provide for integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of inter-municipal services, allocate scarce resources efficiently in the providing local services and ensure municipalities contribute funding to services that benefit their residents.
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Council approved the deferral of Business License Fees for a period of 90 days or the end of the Provincial State of Emergency, whichever is longer, and Council direct administration to suspend the collection of monthly membership fees for those customers that chose automatic withdrawals for and extend memberships by the length of time the recreational facilities are to be closed.


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