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Council Notes from Committee of the Whole Meeting Monday, January 17, 2022

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, January 17, 2022

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and announced there will be a virtual Flood Mitigation meeting regarding the community of Lehigh on February 3, and registration is open for the event.
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Chief Administrative Officer Darryl Drohomerski presented the Strategic Priorities. It is a multi-year document and council were asked to review the document to ensure no information is missing. This will be attached to council agendas going forward and will be updated at the March Committee of the Whole meeting.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with a COVID-19 update. With the Omicron variant, cases have risen across the province and there is a positivity rate of over 37 per cent in the province with over 820 people in the hospital, 81 in ICU, and ICU capacity is at 80 per cent. While Omicron seems to have less severe symptoms and outcomes than the previous Delta variant, Mr. Peters noted it poses new challenges. As of the morning of Monday, January 17 there were 90 active cases in the Town of Drumheller.
Mr. Peters shared the Town is taking part in the wastewater monitoring program through the University of Calgary. The wastewater system is being monitored and data is being collected and interpreted by the University of Calgary to get a better idea of possible infections within the community. Between January 6 and January 12 the analysis showed an increasing concentration of COVID-19 in wastewater.
Wastewater gives up to a week lead time on identifying rising case counts and outbreaks according to Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett, which can help the Town and Alberta Health Services (AHS) prepare for outbreaks and rising case numbers.
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Director of Financial Services Mauricio Reyes presented council with the proposed 2022 capital budget and 10-year capital plan. It is anticipated the 2022 Capital Budget will be brought before council for consideration at the January 24 council meeting. The operating budget will be brought to council for consideration at the end of February.
The capital budget includes a total of 43 projects which total some $10.74 million. This amount does not include any expenses directly related to flood mitigation projects, though some planned projects will be completed in conjunction with flood mitigation work. Among these projects include rebuilding Michichi Creek sanitary crossing due to dike work that will be carried out in the area estimated at $1.5 million, upgrades to Centennial Park as part of the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan for $500,000, improvements to the Newcastle Recreation area for $100,000, and the relocation of the northwest exit door at the Aquaplex due to flood mitigation work in the area estimated at $45,000.
The Department of Infrastructure will also begin carrying out the Bridge Culvert program as discussed during the Monday, January 10 council meeting.
Mr. Reyes also presented council with the 10-year capital plan, which shows proposed capital projects and projected costs up to 2031.
Mr. Brett noted the grant for the Drumheller Institution water booster station, which also supplies water to the Churchill water system among others, was declined as it was deemed ineligible by the province. This was identified as an essential infrastructure project, though the Town has not yet looked into whether this project is eligible for federal funding as it feeds the federal penitentiary.
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Council moved to a closed session and adjourned the meeting.

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


Council Notes from Committee of the Regular Meeting Monday, January 10, 2022

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Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, January 10, 2022

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the first regular council meeting of 2022 and wished everyone a happy new year.
She reminded everyone of the East Coulee Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, January 11 and the Dike D virtual community engagement meeting on Thursday, January 13.
Mayor Colberg also addressed the meeting with Lehigh residents on Thursday, January 6 (see story Page 2). A public community engagement is anticipated in the near future.
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Councillor Patrick Kolafa was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for the months of January and February.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented council with the Drumheller Bridge briefing for information. There are numerous bridges and bridge size culverts throughout the Drumheller Valley which are owned by either the Town of Drumheller, Alberta Transportation, or CN Rail.
Mr. Brett explained Infrastructure Services have developed a spreadsheet to identify the various bridges and bridge size culverts, and are currently working through compiling the information and records of inspection and maintenance.
Five bridges have been identified in need of repair, including the Star Mine Suspension Bridge and Wayne Bridge 11; repairs for the Star Mine Suspension Bridge are pending land access issues and Wayne Bridge 11 is currently weight restricted pending replacement. The Town has applied for and received funding through the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program Local Road Bridge (STIP LRB) grant to replace Bridge 11 along Highway 10X and a tender is expected in the first quarter of 2022.
A separate budget category for bridges will be included in the 2022 Operating Budget which will be presented to council at a future meeting, with bridge expenditures for the next 10 years included in the capital plan.
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Mr. Brett presented council with an update on the Drumheller Lead Management Program. The Town was among the municipalities across the province required to participate in testing the amount of lead in drinking water; measurement was previously at discharge from the water treatment plant but changes by the federal government required testing at point of use at the tap; the acceptable levels were also dropped from 10 parts per billion (ppb) to five ppb.
Based on the size of the Town, 40 locations-36 residential homes and four apartments-were required to be tested and information was relayed privately to Alberta Environment and Alberta Health to maintain homeowner confidentiality. Of the 40 locations tested, two failed initial sampling; these two would have passed under the previous 10 ppb and only just failed under the new 5 ppb limitations. One location was resampled and passed its second test, while the Town has been unable to contact the second resident to retest.
The Town is now waiting for Alberta Health and Alberta Environment to provide more information regarding this program.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with amendments to the draft Police Advisory Committee Terms of Reference. The amendments were brought forward following discussion and review with Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque who joined Mr. Peters during the presentation.
Council unanimously approved the amended Police Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.
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The meeting adjourned to closed session and Mayor Colberg thanked the listening public for attending. She shared council is serious about finding resolutions and trying to help residents in the community of Lehigh and there will be public engagements planned for the near future.

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

Council Notes from the Regular Meeting Monday, December 13, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, December 13, 2021

Deputy Mayor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk thanked those who participated in the Flood Mitigation Office’s online and in-person meeting on Thursday, December 9 regarding the Downtown Dike D project. She also thanked the volunteers who have helped put together the WinterFest events over the last several weeks.
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Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented the 2022 meeting schedule.
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Apex Utilities regional manager Shane Milner gave a presentation to council. Mr. Milner gave council an overview of Apex’s recent name change from AltaGas Utilities and their direction as a clean energy provider. Apex Utilities services southern Alberta including Drumheller, Three Hills, Lethbridge, among other communities.
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Drumheller Public Library Executive Director Emily Hollingshead and Board Chair Samantha Haddon reported on behalf of the library and board. Ms. Haddon gave a recap of services provided in 2021, such as printing, genealogy, and technology tutoring.
In the last three years, the library has begun offering free library cards and has partnered with Greentree Elementary School to secure a $15,000 grant to update the school library’s collection.
The library focused on adapting services to the COVID-19 pandemic, including curbside pick up, in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected user numbers, however, these began recovering through 2021 and hope to continue climbing into 2022.
Looking ahead to 2022, the library is hoping to rebuild programming. 2023 will be the library’s centennial year, and a special projects committee will be launched for this. Ms. Hollingshead shared they would like to offer teen programming and, in January they are hoping to expand hours to three evenings per week and full days on Saturdays.
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CAO Drohomerski brought back an amendment to the board and committee appointments. Following a discussion with Travel Drumheller, it was recommended the Economic Development manager be appointed to the board rather than a member of council.
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Council passed second and third reading of the 2022 Utility Rate Bylaw. The utility rate bylaw will see water and wastewater services increase by five and two per cent respectively.
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Director of Corporate Services Mauricio Reyes brought the 2022 Service Fee Schedule back to council for approval. There were some amendments following feedback from council, including a $5 youth drop in rate at the Drumheller Memorial Arena and Badlands Community Facility (BCF).
Council moved to approve the 2022 Service Fee Schedule with amendments changing the activation fee to $20 and to waive the activation fee for existing members signing up for the new membership model, provided their membership is continuous.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker presented council with the Drumheller Citizen Budget 2022. A budget simulation exercise was conducted between November 1 and 21 by Ethelo as part of the 2022 budget consultation to gain input from Drumheller residents to identify priorities for town spending. Overall the best scenario which would be widely approved by participants would be to see a two per cent decrease in general government, a five per cent increase in Family Community Support Services (FCSS) and keep funding the same for public works and transportation, garbage collection and disposal, economic development, recreation, parks, arts and culture, and protective services.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented council with the 2022 Community Clean Up report. The 2021 Community Clean Up was carried out in three components-providing disposal vouchers, the public Kick It to the Curb exchange the weekend of September 10 to 12, and a two-week community clean up by Town staff between September 13 and 24.
Clean up crews noted there appeared to be less material and they were able to complete assigned daily sections early each day. Mr. Brett expressed communications to the public could be improved. The public is also not aware of what items are accepted at no cost at the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association (DDSWMA). Despite these challenges, the voucher system appears to be working well considering 2020 was the first year they were introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council went with the recommendation to continue the same program in 2022 with the Kick It to the Curb program to be the weekend of September 9 to 11 and the Community Clean Up collection to run between September 12 and 23.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with the Police Advisory Committee’s terms of reference. The Drumheller Policing Advisory Committee (DPAC) was established by council to receive input from the community regarding public safety and priorities. Any organizations or individuals who wish to voice their concerns about policing are encouraged to contact and present to the DPAC for support, information, and input.
Mr. Peters explained the DPAC will need a maximum of seven citizen members from various entities such as school representatives or trustees, business community representative, youth representative between the ages of 16 and 18, a senior representative 55 and older, and representatives from all ethnicities and minorities. The Drumheller RCMP Detachment Commander, Drumheller CAO, and a recording secretary would be non-voting permanent members of the committee.
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Flood Mitigation project director Deighen Blakely presented council with a request to approve Alchemy Communications to continue the communication and public engagement contract. Alchemy took over communications in June 2021 on an urgent basis following a change in communications and project management. A Request for Proposal was posted and received four applications prior to closing on November 29. The four applicants were scored based on project understanding, key staff qualifications, relevant project experience, budget, and proposal organization.
Council awarded the 2022 Communications and Public Engagement contract for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation to Alchemy Communications Inc. for the amount of $330,000 (excluding GST).
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Councillor Lacher moved for council to move into closed session and adjourn the meeting.

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


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