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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting Tuesday, October 3, 2023

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Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Council gave second and third reading of the Area Structure Plan repeal bylaw for the East Coulee Trestle Bridge Area Structure Plan.
Council previously gave first reading to the bylaw on September 5 and a public hearing was previously held during the September 18 council meeting, at which time no in person or written submissions were received.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski noted this will prevent current and future owners of the property from developing the property within the floodway area.
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Council passed a motion to direct administration to abandon the notice of intention to expropriate a portion of a property in North Drumheller.
CAO Drohomerski explained a Notice of Intention to Expropriate was previously approved by council, and discussions and negotiations with the landowner have been ongoing. Since then, the landowner has agreed to sell the portion of the parcel required for flood mitigation work to the Town of Drumheller; this motion will allow the expropriation process to be stopped.
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Council gave second reading to the Business License bylaw as amended.
Economic Development manager Reg Johnston explained, of the public responses received during community sessions and surveys, that about 72 per cent of respondents were in support of regulating Short Term Rentals in some form, and about half of respondents had expressed the current version of the proposed bylaw is a “good start.”
There was some feedback received regarding an online complaint form, which will allow members of the public to submit a complaint about potential properties which are non-compliant; Mr. Johnston noted this is something the department will investigate implementing. These Short Term Rental regulations will not have any impacts on the ongoing home share project.
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Mr. Johnston also presented council with a total of seven tax rolls which are eligible for tax credits in the 2023 tax year in respect to the Residential Development Incentive Program. Council approved the tax abatement on these tax rolls, which will continue over a four year period at a rate of 100 per cent in the first year, 75 per cent in the second year, 50 per cent in the third year, and 25 per cent in the fourth year.
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Acting Infrastructure Services director Kelcie Wilson provided a status update on the ongoing Aquaplex repairs (see story Page 2).
Other work ongoing during the closure include the relocation of the northwest Aquaplex emergency exit door due to flood mitigation work, and replacement of the make-up air handling unit.
It is anticipated the Aquaplex will remain closed to the public until November.

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, September 18, 2023

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, September 18, 2023

Council accepted for information a presentation from ATCO Electric regarding the co-invested versus non-invested streetlights.
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Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation project director Deighen Blakely provided council with an update on the status of the project.
She explained, to date, a total of 22 properties targeted for floodway buyouts in the communities of Nacmine, Rosedale, and Lehigh have been acquired; a total of five properties remain in Lehigh for buyout.
Ms. Blakely also provided an updated timeline for various berm projects which are ongoing, including the East Coulee, Downtown, Newcastle, and hospital extension berms. East Coulee berm has been broken down into two phases and construction is anticipated to be fully completed by the end of quarter three in 2024; the downtown berm is expected to wrap up by the end of 2023.
A public engagement regarding the Nacmine berm was held on Thursday, September 14 at the Badlands Community Facility (BCF); a public engagement for the proposed Rosedale berm will be held in mid-November.
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Council approved Resolution for Expropriation for two partial parcels for berm construction in North Drumheller for the West Michichi Creek berm.
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Council approved a request from Emergency and Protective Services director Greg Peters to trial the HotSpot paid parking between October 2 and October 31.
Signage will be installed at designated paid parking areas, which include the Badlands Community Facility, World’s Largest Dinosaur/Visitor Information Centre, and Town-owned parking lots.
Residents of Drumheller can begin applying for residential parking permits which will exempt them from the paid parking program, provided that they register. Following this trial, Mr. Peters will return to council with a report no later than the December 11 council meeting to outline the outcome of the trial.
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Council opened the public meeting for the proposed Area Structure Plan repeal bylaw for the East Coulee trestle bridge. There were no written submissions or participants registered to speak in-person.

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

Council Notes fromthe Committee of the Whole Meeting Monday, September 11, 2023

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Information from Drumheller Town Council Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, September 11, 2023

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and made some opening remarks.
The Sports Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 13 and will include booths for residents to provide feedback on the proposed paid parking program and Business License Bylaw.
There will be an open house regarding the Nacmine berm on Thursday, September 14 at the Badlands Community Facility (BCF) which will provide information on upcoming flood mitigation work for this portion of the project.
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Council introduced new Recreation, Arts, and Culture manager, Rick Ladouceur.
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Emergency and Protective Services manager Greg Peters presented council with a briefing note on the proposed paid parking program. He explained this program is anticipated to help mitigate increased pressures on Town infrastructure and services during the tourism season.
It is proposed the program will operate between May 1 to October 31, and Drumheller residents would be exempt provided they register their vehicles, with up to four vehicles per household permitted, with additional vehicles to be considered on a case by case basis.
Funding received from the program would help to offset additional costs imposed due to this increased pressure. Any funds in excess are expected to be held in reserve, similar to existing funds in excess from the Hoodoo paid parking program.
Information and feedback is still being gathered from residents and is meant to enhance the community’s understanding of the program, and gather input and concerns. The Town’s communications department has been working closely with Emergency and Protective Services to establish a portal for residents to review information regarding the proposed program, affected areas, cost, and how to use the system.
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Council adjourned to a closed session.

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


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