Drumheller Town Council Meetings | DrumhellerMail - Page #7
09252021Sat
Last updateFri, 24 Sep 2021 9am

Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, March 8, 2021

TownofDrumhellerCrest

Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, March 8, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg thanked St. Anthony’s Grade 6 class for inviting herself, and Councillors Jay Garbutt and Tom Zariski to a panel discussing local government.
***
Mayor Colberg acknowledged March 8 as International Women’s Day.
***
Councillor Fred Makowecki was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for March and April.
***
Council approved the minutes of the February 22 Regular Council Meeting.
***
Council approved a Motion to support the 988 Suicide Prevention National Crisis Hotline. MP for Battle River-Crowfoot, Damien Kurek, is asking municipalities in the riding to consider passing this motion. Drumheller Council endorsed the 988 crisis line initiative, and staff is directed to send a letter indicating such support to the local MP, MLA, Federal Minister of Health, the CRTC, and local area municipalities to confirm support.
***
Council passed first reading of Bylaw 03.21. This is to adjust the size of an environmental reserve and extend the municipal reserve in the Hillsview Subdivision. This will allow the home at 149 10th Av SE to meet the front, rear, and side yard setback, without significant variances. The extension of the municipal reserve to the road allows for permanent access to the rear of the properties and swale. A public hearing will be held on March 22, 2021.
***
Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer, Darwin Durnie, provided an update. He noted properties along the river residents have utilized public land along the riverbank to install various amenities such as firepits or shelters. He said these will have to be removed as it is public land. The office has made progress on its tree plan. Many are reaching their end of life and will need to be removed in Centennial Park next week. They have been able to work with the advisory team and the trees will eventually be replaced at a 5:1 ratio to maintain carbon capture and oxygen generation. They are continuing to do geotechnical studies and drilling, and land appraisers continue to work with homeowners affected. Last week the provincial government announced municipalities will be responsible to pay for 10 percent of the costs for response and recovery. More alarming, they have implemented a “one-and-done” policy where the province will only pay a maximum of $500,000 for a residence or business that is impacted. He says this will have a significant impact in the case of an emergency. He says a cornerstone of the program is homes remain insurable, and they continue to work on this element of the project.
***
Director of Protective Services Greg Peters updated council on COVID-19. On Monday, March 8 the province fully implemented Step Two of the Province’s reopening plan. The vaccination program is continuing, with the goal of providing all Albertans over the age of 18 a vaccination by the end of June, if they wish.

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, March 1, 2021

TownofDrumhellerCrest

 

Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, March 1, 2021

Drumheller fire Chief Bruce Wade presented a report on its 2020 activities. There were a total of 165 calls last year compared to 196 in the previous year. There were 11 structure fires, including one reported as arson, up from 8 in the previous year. Rescue calls were up to 13, from 2. There are 46 active members; 30 at the Drumheller Fire hall, eight at the Rosedale Hall, and eight at the East Coulee Hall. Approximately 13 members respond to calls and have an app that tracks members en route as well as responding apparatus, hydrant locations, and call locations. Last year the department signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Drumheller Institution to take over fire protection when they disbanded their department. The department had one inside tour of the facility and has had some concerns over fire protection, but the budget seems to take priority. The Fire Department has not been successful in solving these issues. He notes the department is satisfied with the performance of its new ladder truck.
***
Constable Dan Lajeunesse and Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque presented the RCMP detachment 2020 activities. Currently, there is a full complement of 15 officers. One officer is transferring out, but a new officer will be arriving within six months. Overall it saw a 22 per cent decrease in persons crimes, 20 per cent decrease in property crime, and 2 per cent in other criminal code infractions. Motor vehicle thefts decreased by 49 per cent, and thefts under $5,000 were down 40 per cent. There was however a 12 per cent increase in break and enters. This is about 10 more instances. He does note in the last few months they are seeing a gradual increase in crime. Bourque said they are currently working on their annual performance plan and have a survey available online for residents to identify their priorities. They continue to work with the Crime Reduction Taskforce. He noted the opioid crisis has hit at home with recent fatalities. He said they are taking this very seriously and are utilizing all the specialized units to investigate to find criminality. He is encouraged that residents have shown the resolve to begin carrying Narcan kits for emergencies.
***
Airport manager Patrick Bonneville did a presentation on the Drumheller Municipal Airport. He presented a broad overview of the airport. They receive 1000-plus aircraft each year, including law enforcement, crop spraying, flight schools, STARS, and private operators. He said the airport has the potential to operate at a revenue-neutral position or even be profitable and has the ability to return both direct and indirect investment to the community. That potential can be realized through fuel sales as well as rentals. It can also attract foot traffic to the town through increased visitorship as well as events. Some of its challenges are an infrastructure deficit, unclear understanding of benefits, lack of collaboration, and poor perception. They are working on a master plan to make the airport sustainable.
***
Communications officer Erica Crocker shared the results of the Ethelo Citizen Budget. Earlier this year the town undertook a budget simulation for residents, to see where their tax dollars are going. Ethelo used the results to generate a particular set of funding changes that are predicted to have the most community support. Participation was good, with 134 responding. The results showed overall respondents agreed with keeping much of the budget allocations the same, with the exception of decreasing general government spending by 15 per cent.
***
Protective Services director Greg Peters provided an update on COVID-19. On Monday, the province has moved into Step 2 of the reopening plan. This includes libraries operating at 15 per cent capacity, low-intensity individual and group fitness activities. The province is holding off on reducing restrictions on retail businesses, hotels, banquet halls, and youth sports. The town will be looking at the changes and how to navigate forward with its facilities.

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

Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, February 8, 2021

TownofDrumhellerCrest

Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, February 8, 2021

In her opening remarks, Mayor Heather Colberg outlined several volunteer opportunities, including for the 2021 census, and the Municipal Planning Commission. She also announced the February 16 Committee of the Whole meeting would be cancelled.
***
Council approved the minutes from the January 25, 2021, Council Meeting, and the minutes from the November 5 and November 18, 2021, Municipal Planning Commission meetings.
***
Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 01.21. This is to resize a portion of Lot 19 Environmental Reserve in Block 3 at the Former Public Works Site.
***
Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer, Darwin Durnie, provided an update on the Flood Mitigation Project. He emphasized the community needs to familiarize itself with “Knowing your Flow.” This is part of the multi-barrier approach to flood protection and it starts at home. He says it is important for the entire community to familiarize themselves with the risk of the river because the whole community is affected, not just residents in the flood plain. They are working with the utility franchises in Drumheller so they can relocate their systems that are integrated into the dikes. They hope these will be relocated in a timely manner at their cost. The design teams are well underway, and have had some site visits. He said they foresee some challenges from residents who live on the river who have extended their yards onto public land. They are planning to do more work on the trees and brush, including getting rid of vegetation with black knot disease. They are planning to have boat launch areas in place before the spring flow.
***
Council passed a motion to accept an updated Town App Policy C-03-21. Infrastructure Service director David Brett discussed a few tweaks to the policy, including changes under the Request Category, allowing submissions to be categorized as public or private, and adding the snow removal policy to its references.
***
Council passed a motion to adopt The Town of Drumheller Social Media Policy c-02-21. This is a strategic priority for the communications department and will guide employees on the use of social media, professionally and privately.

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


The Drumheller Mail encourages commenting on our stories but due to our harassment policy we must remove any comments that are offensive, or don’t meet the guidelines of our commenting policy.