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Council Notes from Committee of the Regular Council Meeting and Public Hearing Tuesday, April 19, 2022

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Council Overview
Information from
Drumheller Town Council Regular Meeting
and Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and Councillor Tony Lacher acknowledged Thursday, April 28 as Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace.
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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski presented council with a request for decision to close a road right-of-way in Rosedale following a land sale. There are three parcels needing to be closed; Area A was previously sold due to a permitted use, and a home is built into the road right of way.
Council gave first reading to the road closure bylaw and set the public hearing for Monday, May 16.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with his quarterly report due to his absence from the April 11 Committee of the Whole meeting.
Protective Services have engaged in their spring emergency preparedness and have reviewed their existing emergency plan. A tabletop exercise was held in March and inventory checks of supplies have been carried out. The department is working with Infrastructure Services and Flood Mitigation departments.
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Council adjourned the regular council meeting and took a 10 minute recess ahead of the scheduled 5:30 p.m. public hearing for the proposed Riverside Drive road closure.
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Mayor Colberg opened the public hearing and outlined procedures for speakers during the hearing. She explained in order to schedule a public hearing council must first give first reading of a bylaw and this does not mean the bylaw has been passed as every bylaw must be given three readings.
About 25 people attended the public hearing in person with four people pre-registered to speak and five people registered the day of the hearing to speak; a total of 19 written submissions were received ahead of the deadline, with one in favour and 18 opposed.
CAO Drohomerski explained, regardless of whether it is decided from the public hearing to fully or partially close Riverside Drive, a portion of the road right-of-way for Riverside Drive must be closed for ongoing flood mitigation work on the Downtown Dike. This bylaw and public hearing will help expediate the process as it will allow the Town to potentially reopen a portion of the road if this is an option decided later.
All information from the public hearing will be collected and sent to Alberta Transportation for review. This process can take upwards of several months.
Flood Mitigation project director Deighen Blakely explained the province increased the design flood from 1,640 cubic metres per second (cm/s) to 1,850 cm/s, or roughly three feet higher than the 2005 flood event, and berms must be built to this level plus freeboard.
The Downtown Dike will protect critical infrastructure, municipal buildings, medical buildings, and several private residences and multi-unit dwellings. However, this will require an increase to the existing berm of about 0.5 metre to 2.5 metre rise and, due to space constraints along Riverside Drive, there are some challenges to constructing the berm in this area.
The recommended design option is to close a two-block section of Riverside Drive. It is estimated the closure will cost somewhere between $1.9 million and $3.2 million and is the least costly option as it does not require a retaining wall. The original budget for this segment of protection was $3.72 million, and the current cost estimate is $5.1 million.
Mayor Colberg will be advocating to get more funding for the program in the near future as the province has increased the initial design flow rates.
Ms. Blakely explained a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) and traffic survey were conducted due to concerns from the community and stakeholders. The TIA looked at alternate travel routes and the potential traffic impacts, along with impacts on emergency response time. Three intersections were determined to have delays and some mitigation options were identified to alleviate possible congestion.
The Town is currently working on some of these improvements to improve traffic flow to the downtown area as part of the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan (DARP).
It was reiterated, regardless of what is approved by Alberta Transportation and council, any alignment alternatives for the Downtown Dike will require at least some closure of Riverside Drive.
Following community members speaking portion, all written correspondence were read into record by communications officers Erica Crocker and Bret Crowle.
The public hearing was closed.

Complete minutes from council meetings can be found on
www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.


Council Notes from Committee of the Whole Meeting Monday, APRIL 11, 2022

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Special Meeting and Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, April 11, 2022

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the Special Meeting and noted the Committee of the Whole meeting will follow immediately after.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented council with a request to award the Drumheller Municipal Airport Lighting and Runway project. These are grant funded projects through the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program - Airports to update lighting and runway pavement at the municipal airport.
The lighting portion of the project was tendered in 2021 but came in over budget and was re-tendered to align with the paving project. However, after receiving all tenders the lighting portion of the project once again came in over budget while the lowest paving bid came in about one per cent over the budgeted amount in the 2022 Capital budget.
It was recommended to give a partial award for the paving portion only to Border Paving Ltd in the amount of $1,314,442.38; the Town will submit additional funding request to the provincial government for the lighting upgrade.
Council unanimously awarded the tender.
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Director of Corporate Finances Mauricio Reyes presented council with the amended 2022 Operating budget. At the March 21 council meeting, council had requested administration to bring back the budget with further amendments to reduce the proposed municipal rate bylaw increase.
Following some discussion and changes, some of the changes made to the budget saw decreases of $134,320 for salaries and benefits, increasing user fees by some $10,000, and reducing the library requisition by some $21,550.
Based on the amended budget the municipal tax rate will increase by 1.9 per cent, down from a proposed 3.2 per cent increase during the March meeting.
Council unanimously approved the 2022 Operating budget in the amount of $9,147,735 (see story on front).
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The special meeting was adjourned and Mayor Colberg opened the Committee of the Whole meeting with several announcements about upcoming Annual General Meetings for Travel Drumheller and Newcastle Hall and acknowledged the 105 anniversary of Vimy Ridge.
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Dr. Sara Newstead, on behalf of Travel Drumheller, presented the committee with the updated Travel Drumheller three-year strategic plan. The strategic plan outlines ways Travel Drumheller will be looking to expand seasonal tourism and draw more off-season visitation and longer visits to the community to promote a more stable workforce.
In 2021, the Royal Tyrrell Museum saw over 312,000 visitors and some 4,000 visitors were assisted by the Travel Drumheller Ambassador program. Through a digital media campaign, a total of 33 million impressions were generated, and there was an increase of 48 per cent in web visits. Travel Drumheller also provided some $45,000 in direct marketing support to businesses.
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The committee received quarterly reports from various departments, including Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski, Recreation, Arts and Culture manager Darren Goldthorpe, and Community Development and Social Planning coordinator April Harrison.
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The committee adjourned to a closed session to discuss advice from officials regarding the flood mitigation program and Municipal Facility Information and Asset Management.

Complete minutes from council meetings can be found on
www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.

Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting Monday, April 4, 2022

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, April 4, 2022

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and Councillor Tom Zariski gave an update on the Drumheller Legion’s Jail and Bail on Friday, April 1 (see front page for more information).
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Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) project director Deighen Blakely shared an overhead power line must be addressed prior to construction of the Downtown Dike; she noted the tender for this project is expected to be posted soon.
A quote for $353,471 was received from ATCO Electric to remove the overhead line and relocate services by redirecting the line underground; an additional Shaw utility line is also located in this area and work is expected to be completed in conjunction to move these services, though a quote has not yet been received.
This line, regardless of whether the upcoming Road Closure bylaw to close a portion of Riverside Drive is passed, is required to be moved to complete berm construction.
Council approved the motion as presented.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with a request to purchase a new tanker truck for the Drumheller Fire Department. A tender was posted and only two bids were received. It was recommended the tender be awarded to Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd for $383,940.
This amount is some $33,940 above the approved Capital Budget amount.
Council approved the purchase of the new tanker truck as presented.
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Economic Development manager Reg Johnston presented council with a request to award the tender for the development of the downtown Triangle Plaza. Two bids were received, and it was recommended the tender be awarded to Landform Inc. in the amount of $1,017,507.69 to construct the plaza this year.
Due to an additional $408,000 recently received in federal funding through the Canadian Community Revitalization Fund from PrairiesCan, a washroom will be built alongside the plaza; this was not included in the initial design plan.
Council approved the tender award as presented.
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Community Planning and Social Planning manager April Harrison presented council with the Poverty Reduction review.
She explained some 12.5 per cent of children under five live in poverty, and a total of 314 households accessed the local food bank within the last year; 51 per cent of recipients were children under 18.
In 2021 the living wage dropped slightly over the previous year, from $23.77 per hour to $19.70 per hour; however, Ms. Harrison noted the average starting salary in Drumheller is about $16 per hour.
A needs assessment was conducted in 2017 to get a better understanding of what supports are needed in the community, and a Poverty Reduction coordinator position, supported through grant funding, was established in April 2021. This funding has now ended and, despite being one of council’s strategic priorities, whether to keep the position is being deliberated within the 2022 Operating Budget. Budget deliberations will be brought back at the next regular council meeting.

Complete minutes from council meetings can be found on
www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.


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