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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Council meeting of Monday, March 26, 2018

Council Notes


Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, March 26, 2018

Mayor Heather Colberg called the Committee of the Whole meeting to order at 4:30 p.m.
Alberta Campus Central Executive Director Bonny Ireland presented a PowerPoint on Campus Alberta Central Regional Stewardship. Campus Alberta Central in Drumheller is a joint venture between Olds College and Red Deer College to provide post-secondary opportunities for the communities of central Alberta.
Their goals are focused on accessibility, affordability and high quality accredited programming.
Online programs have increased the participation of students by 75 per cent from the 2015/2016 year to the 2016/2017 year.
Drumheller community based programs include Heavy Equipment Operator and Health Care Aide courses. The Health Care Aide course is a four month certificate while the Heavy Equipment Operator course is a three month certificate.
Ireland asked council to get involved in the organization by participating in the operational committee and spreading the word of the locally centered facility.
Director of Infrastructure Services Armia Mikhaiel brought up the town’s current approach to snow removal.
He explained this year has been a unique case by nature and that patience of the public is greatly appreciated.

Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, March 19, 2018




Drumheller Town Council
Regular Meeting
Monday, March 19, 2018

Rod Viske, Town Assessor, made a presentation on the role of an assessor to council and the partnership between the Assessor and the Municipality. They act as liaison between the Municipality and Ratepayers and work heavily under legislation.
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski made a Request for Decision (RFD) for the approval of the 2018 Capital Budget and the 2018 Operating Budget.
Council passed the motion to adopt the Capital Budget, Tax supported Operating Budget, and Utilities supported Operating Budget for 2018.
CAO Drohomerski made a RFD for the Board Appointments to the Economic Development Advisory Committee.
Council approved the appointment of Mr. Jeff Hall as the Chamber of Commerce representative to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a three year term expiring at Council’s 2020 Organizational Meeting and approved the appointment of Mrs. Twyla Palmquist as the Community Futures representative to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a three year term expiring at Council’s 2020 organizational meeting.
Drohomerski made a RFD for the Development Officer Designation change due to vacancy.
Council passed a motion to remove Julie Steeper as the Council appointed Development Officer, effective Friday, March 16 and appointed CAO Darryl Drohomerski as the designated officer until the position is filled.
The Mobile Vending Bylaw passed third reading. This bylaw regulates the way mobile vendors do business within Drumheller on public property.
Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore made an RFD regarding Policy C-02-18 Community Assistance Policy.
This policy is meant to define the process by which the Town of Drumheller provides financial assistance to local organizations and groups to support operating costs associated with the delivery of programs, services, and events that promote active, safe and sustainable communities and improve quality of life in town.
The document has been updated by including “A copy of the organization’s financial information including an accurate annual budget including revenues and expenditures (overall financial position).” As an additional point under the funding criteria section of the application.
Council adopted the policy as amended.
Council opened the floor for a public hearing on Land Use Bylaw 10-08 before second and third reading.
This bylaw pertains to appealing timelines and development permit letters of completeness as required under the Municipal Government Act.
Council amended this bylaw by adding the following in Section 8 regarding Development Permit applications: “The Development Authority shall issue a notice of “Complete” or “Incomplete” application within 20 days of the submission in accordance with the requirements of the Act.”

Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, March 5, 2018




Council Notes 

Drumheller Town Council

Regular Council Meeting

Monday, March 5, 2018


Mayor Heather Colberg called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m. and proclaimed Thursday, March 8, 2018 as International Women’s Day.
Council held a public hearing to amend Bylaw 03.18, by adding new wording to bring in to accordance with the recent revisions to the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
The Alberta Government introduced a new MGA on October 6, 2017 which started phasing in associated regulations and amendments as time goes on.
No written or verbal submissions were brought forward.
Councillor Tom Zariski asked CAO Darryl Drohomerski about excess spring runoff and how storm water entrances will be backed up as they could potentially be frozen shut.
Mr. Zariski wanted to reach out to the community to have residents shovel away and clear these catch basins in front of their homes to prevent any problems.
Councillor Kristyne DeMott mentioned large ruts caused by snow and snow removal. Mr. Drohomerski explained the challenges and wants to create a snow plan for residents on snow routes for next season so everyone will know what is happening and when.
Councillor Jay Garbutt reiterated that citizens can make a phone call to have snow removed from trouble spaces.
Mr. Drohomerski gave an update on the 2018 Strategic Business Plan. He explained the corporate priorities which involve council and the operation priorities, which are led by administration.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum sewage odor is in progress of getting resolved. A draft agreement between the Town and Government of Alberta is expected to be signed, completed and presented within two months.
Operational budget priorities include: flood mitigation, downtown plaza square plan, Elks demolition, civic solar project, and an employee innovation program.
Interest has been raised for the Elks building property this winter so a tender for the ownership will be put out again this week. Demolition is still expected to happen in May if no one signals their interest.
Auditors have begun auditing the Town of Drumheller’s financials for 2017.
Director of Protective Services Greg Peters is waiting on correspondence from a well known veterinarian before finalizing the Fenced Dog Park draft which will be presented to council at a later date.
Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore introduced the Mobile Vendor Bylaw for second reading.
Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk noted that $5 million coverage was not necessary and can be seen as unaffordable for small vendor businesses. The coverage needed by vendors was amended to $2 million insurance coverage.
The bylaw passed second reading.
Mr. Salvatore gave his fourth quarter report which was from October 1 to December 31, 2017. He also presented his 2017 Annual Report.
Director of Protective Services Greg Peters announced the 2018 Spring Cleanup dates which will be from Monday, April 30 to Thursday, May 10.
Plans are to keep the route and range the same as previous years.
Crew members noticed that some residents would not pay a $15 fee to dispose of Freon as they would either refuse or said they would take care of it themselves. Mr. Peters mentioned that Bylaw officers will be patrolling during the clean up.
Mayor Heather Colberg noted that some residents were frustrated by the program as neighbours would collect unwanted items and wait until spring clean up to dispose of these items.
Meeting adjourned at 6:12 p.m.

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