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Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, June 14, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Town of Drumheller
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, June 14, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting by thanking senior coordinator Rose Poulson and the volunteers who made celebrating Senior’s Week possible.
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Council made three motions that included removing Darwin Durnie from the position of Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer for the Town of Drumheller and;
2. Terminates the contract of darwindurnie Consulting Corporation from the Town of Drumheller Flood Mitigation and Climate Change Program effective June 8, 2021, and that;
3. That Council amend the reporting structure for the Flood Mitigation Project with all parties reporting to the CAO or designate for the remainder of the project.
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Council then gave first reading Bylaw 11.21 as presented. This amends Bylaw 15.19. This is to amend the terms of reporting structure.
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Director of Infrastructure Services David Brett presented a council policy for flag masting. He explains they brought the policy forward so it is clear when alternative flags are flown, and when they are flown at half-mast. They work in conjunction with federal and provincial protocols for flag etiquette and half masting. Alternative flags will be flown at Rotary Park. Council adopted Flag Masting Policy C-05-21.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters provided a COVID-19 Update. Drumheller is still at zero active cases. This week the province introduced a lottery for Alberta residents who have received their first vaccines. About 5 per cent of Alberta cases are of the Delta variant. Alberta is currently in Stage Two and is poised to go into Stage Three, two weeks after 70 per cent of the eligible residents have received their first vaccination.
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Manager of recreation, arts, and culture, Darren Goldthorpe, provided an update on indoor recreation facilities reopening. They will be opening indoor recreation facilities on Monday, June 21. The Aquaplex opening will follow the current schedule for the indoor and outdoor pool.
The Badlands Community Facility will be opening on limited hours. He said they want to do it cautiously and carefully with reserved times. They are also looking into opening CAMP BCF for the summer.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski provided an update on the Flood Mitigation Project. He said they have been meeting with the team to get an update on the project. They are in varying stages of completion, depending on the area, and some projects are ready to be released. They are putting together a project plan before communicating with the public on what the next stage is. He says they are looking at rolling out the project in stages, such as neighbourhoods or berm areas, through in-person open houses. He notes they will be consulting with potentially affected landowners before any public meeting is held. No construction will take place until it is communicated with the public.

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


Council Notes from Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Monday, June 7, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Committee of the Whole Council Meeting
Monday, June 7, 2021

Mayor Colberg noted this is Senior’s Week, and there are all kinds of activities planned.
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Drumheller Town Council proclaimed June as Pride month in Drumheller. The Badlands Pride Association kicked off the week with a parade and flag raising and has all kinds of events planned for the week. Brett Litiwin of Badlands Pride appeared as a delegation.
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Carlin Soehn, B.Sc., Water Infrastructure & Operations Branch, Alberta Environment & Parks presented on the Dickson Dam. He explained the primary purpose of Dickson Dam is an assured and reliable year-round water supply. Secondary benefits include flood attenuation, hydroelectric power, improved water quality, recreation, improved fisheries habitat, and apportionment. The dam has a capacity of 203 million cubic metres of water, has four full-time on-site staff, and is monitored 24 hours a day. He explains the basic operating philosophy is capturing and storing water in the reservoir throughout the spring and summer months, operators can supplement river flow during winter months to maintain a consistent minimum flow of 16 m3/s. Operations planning is a balance between risking the water supply and the risk of flood. He explained the procedures during a possible flood. The River Forecast Centre will notify the Dickson Dam of precipitation events. Operators will make preliminary calculations on inflow scenarios. Depending on forecast amounts, time of year, and current reservoir elevation, operators may choose to draw down the reservoir to create additional storage. (Limited to bank-full levels downstream - will NOT create an artificial or premature flood). They will provide preliminary communications from RFC and Dickson Dam to downstream stakeholders.
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Mayor Colberg provided a flood update. Council has issued a stop-work order on outdoor berm work, with the exception of tree clean-up. Landowner consultation and engineering will continue. On June 2 council requested a review of the flood mitigation program from the Minister of Municipal Affairs. They will continue to provide updates.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski opened a discussion on the Tourism Corridor Property Standards and Community Standards Bylaw. These were updated in 2019. They are taking these bylaws and creating policies to educate and inform residents on what is expected in maintaining properties.
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Mr. Drohomerski said administration is reviewing the town’s bylaws to make sure they are updated, current, and reflective.
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Director of Corporate Service Mauricio Reyes provided an update on the town’s Red Tape Reduction Plan. The goal is to make it easier to establish and operate a business, make it quicker, and promote investment. Some initiatives include incentives for new business, including tax breaks or reduction in license fees and online payments. They are also looking at working with neighbours to recognize business licenses and promote investment. They have also improved their online presence for investors to access resources to set up a business.
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Director Protective Services Greg Peters provided a COVID-19 update. Currently, there are zero cases in Drumheller. Provincially numbers are continuing to drop. Vaccinations are also progressing well, and shown to be effective. The province is on pace to move into the next phase of dropping restrictions this Thursday.
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CAO Drohomerski provided an update on the fountain at Rotary Park. They have pressure tested the fountain, and found some pipe leaks. The pipes have all been fixed and the fountain could be up and running this week, and after an inspection by AHS, open for wading.
He also updated council on the scatter garden. Concrete has been poured, and the materials for the pergola have arrived. They are working on the pergola, and expect to have it up by the end of June.

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

Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, May 31, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, May 31, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting by recognizing Correctional Service of Canada Appreciation day on June 1.
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Mayor Colberg made a statement regarding Flood Mitigation. She noted they are dedicated to the Flood Mitigation program, and they are listening. A new interim communications strategy has been put in place, and a temporary stop-work order has been put on outdoor construction of berms. They are actively cleaning up the tree trimming throughout the valley, including the CN Rail line. See story on page 2.
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Council adopted the minutes of the May 17 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council passed second and third reading of the Fireworks Bylaw 09.21. There has been extensive work on the bylaw to make sure vendors are acting safely with reasonable permit fees, and consumers can have access to consumer-level fireworks, without the need for a consumer permit. The liability for property damage and injury lies with the person setting off fireworks.
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Matt Knapik and Sarah Lumley of O2 Planning and Design presented a draft of the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan. Its vision and goal is to capitalize on the magnetism of the Drumheller Valley, affirming its role as the heart of public life, becoming a part of the visitor experience, hosting diverse and thriving businesses, supporting a growing community of residents, and connecting people to the river and the Badlands. He says they aim to make this an actionable plan with short, medium, and long-term plans that build momentum.
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Council passed first reading to the Town of Drumheller Downtown Area Revitalization Plan Bylaw 10.21 and set a public hearing for June 28, 2021.
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Council discussed the Friends of DVSS request of $17,070 from the Community Assistance Grant to resurface the tennis courts. Annually the Town of Drumheller budgets $20,000 cash and $30,000 of in-kind work. Administration recommended directing $10,000 to the project. Council moved to direct $17,070 of the 2021 Community Assistance Grant to DVSS Society for the resurfacing of the outdoor sports courts at the Drumheller Valley Secondary School.
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Protective Service director Greg Peters provided the COVID-19 update. On June 1, the province will enter the first phase of the province’s reopening. This will increase capacities for some gatherings and reopened outdoor dining. Numbers provincially continue to drop, and Drumheller currently has zero cases of COVID. The province is on track to move to Stage 2 of the opening on June 10. As far as Canada Day, there is no firm indication if restrictions will be lifted.

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


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