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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, October 15, 2018

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, October 15, 2018

Council opened their meeting by announcing the Annual Operational meeting to be held on October 29.
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Councillor Jay Garbutt asked to comment about the number of cannabis retail applicants located in the downtown core. He said the move may not have aligned with the vision of council for downtown, saying the businesses are not family friendly. He asked to have council revisit the bylaws at a future meeting to see if they the town should have stricter selection of what kind of businesses are approved downtown. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said there was one other retail cannabis applicant who was looking to operate outside of downtown and that the town had worked to persuade the three downtown operations to choose a different location.
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Council heard a delegation from Economic Advisory Committee member Summer Manca. She provided an update on current actionables, including maybe refreshing the town’s logo, reviewing the town colour scheme, and improving downtown signage with blade signs. Manca said they would be getting input from Royal Tyrrell Museum executive director Andy Neuman on the town logo. Councillor Fred Makowecki said the Heritage, Art, and Culture committee has expressed interest in being involvement with the downtown revitalization project.
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Council heard a request for decision to establish the reserve bid values for the 2018 public auction as a result of tax recovery. The motion was approved to establish a reserve bid price on properties with a tax caveat registered against them. There are seven properties on the list with various assessment values. Councillor Garbutt noted the list of property is shorter than last year. These properties will go up to auction on January 25 and have until then to pay taxes owed, unless they enter into an agreement with the town to pay their arrears over 36 months.
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Councillor Garbutt provided information from the Red Deer Municipal Users Group as he is the council representative. The group has presented council with a charter agreement to show their support for source water protection. Councillors Makowecki and Hansen-Zacharuk voiced their support of signing the charter.

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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, October 1, 2018

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, October 1, 2018

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting by proclaiming October 6 to be recognized by the town as World Cerebral Palsy Day.
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Mayor Colberg said they received a minister’s award at the recent Alberta Urban Municipality Association meeting for the Dinowalk initiative launched by the town. Councillor Jay Garbutt mentioned the lobbying and focused discussion by council at the meeting was the best he had seen in years.
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Council heard a request from Starland County to purchase land within the town of Drumheller. Starland County acquired the CLV Booster Station near Carillion’s shop in North Drumheller. The county wants to rebuild the booster station due to flooding, which in the past has caused costly expenses for the county, above ground and wish to acquire private land adjacent to the booster station. The Municipal Government Act requires the town to approve another municipality to purchase property within their boundaries. Council moved to go in camera. Council made a motion to provide a letter for their support of the county to purchase the land.
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Council heard a request for decision to extension on the deadline of the Terms of Reference for Elected Official Remuneration Review Task Force to November 13 from the original date of October 9, due to this deadline not being achievable by the task force. The task force was set up at their August 20 meeting to have a team review the remuneration rates for elected officials in Drumheller.
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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, September 17, 2018

 

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council

Regular Council Meeting

Monday, September 17, 2018

Council heard a delegation from executive director Keith Ryder of the Red Deer River Municipal Users Group. The group works to address issues with the Red Deer River basin as an advocate of municipal use of water. In 2017 they began an action plan to deal with water and source water quality protection and have since developed a toolkit of strategies. They presented council with a Workshop Summary report identifying possible action priorities, a watershed overview, and potential threats to the watershed as identified in consultation with municipalities. The group sent a ‘Charter’ of key priorities in relation to river water management to be signed by October 1. Councillor Jay Garbutt says the town has been preoccupied with developing and assessing flood management strategies and the October 1 signing date would be too soon for council to formally meet to decide on signing.
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Council heard a delegation from Bruce Tanner from Alberta Culture and Tourism on the Update on Business Survey. He provided information on the local tourism industry and the TIBRE (Tourism Industry Business Retention and Expansion Program) Project Initiative. The TIBRE program is used to assess health and intentions of businesses and to identify issues, with Mr. Tanner saying there is room for growth in Drumheller. 108 tourism businesses operate in Drumheller and employ almost 600 people in the high season, with an estimated $15.7 million annually on payroll. A survey was conducted in April and May 2018 where 80 per cent of Drumheller tourist businesses were surveyed. A facilitated reflection session is planned for November and a full report on the project will be brought to the town once completed.
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Council heard a delegation from library board chair Vanessa Page and library director Emily Hollingshead on the Drumheller Public Library Board’s budget. Core services increased this year. This coming school year they plan on exploring ways to partner with local schools to enhance school library services. They are developing a plan of service for 2019-2023 to reinvent the library to greater meet community needs, with discussion of creating a larger youth space for additional programming by shifting existing spaces, increase library involvement in community events, and to change how information is arranged in the library, all of which will either carry no financial cost or be budgeted from existing reserve funds. For the 2019-2021 budget they requested about $197,000 which is a 10 per cent increase from 2017 numbers. They wish to increase staff compensation, increase hours, and update equipment. Councillor Tony Lacher asked the amount of revenue lost from offering free library cards for the Canada 150 event, with Ms. Page saying about $10,000. Councillor Jay Garbutt asked where the requested budget increase is coming from with Ms. Hollingshead saying it is largely from the need to increase salaries, although they said the improved compensation can be achieved within their existing budget. Councillor Garbutt said the wage increases presented are also static and should increase each year due to cost of living expenses.
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Council approved a request for decision from director of corporate services Barbara Miller to write off tax arrears owed by the former Elks building in the amount of $65,149.55 on one roll and $5,226.22 on another. Council had decided to purchase the building on July 9. With an allowance for bad debt at $20,000, $50,373.77 will be recorded as a bad debt expense in 2018.
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Council held a roundtable discussion. Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk raised discussion whether a bylaw should be created to prohibit overnight parking of vehicles at Walmart. Councillor Garbutt suggests administration take time in reviewing bylaw and comparing to other jurisdictions. Councillor Tony Lacher said there may be issues if a bylaw couldn’t be enforced due to the lot being private property. Director of protective services Greg Peters said they haven’t received calls about overnight parking there.
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