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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, April 3, 2017





CAO Ray Romanetz provided an overview to council of what happened over the weekend of March 18 and March 19 involving the Rosedale residents affected by the high river levels including the 11 Bridges Campground.
Peace officer Greg Peters has been in close contact with the residents affected and is working towards a 90 day deadline to submit the total Disaster Relief Program application to the Alberta Government.
He has urged each one to keep track of receipts and time spent as well as anything that may pertain to the application.
Peters believes they are making headway and working in their benefit.
Mayor Terry Yemen thanked administration for taking time out of their weekend to help.
Mayor Terry Yemen mentioned to council of the upcoming local Vimy Ridge event.
The Drumheller Legion is marking the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge at the cenotaph in front of the Badlands Community Centre on Sunday, April 9 at 1 p.m.
This year’s Spring Clean-Up will be from May 1 to May 11, 2017. Director of Infrastructure Services Darryl Drohmerski has recommended Drumhellerites put their unwanted items outside for only one to two weeks before the actual clean-up. No additional changes have been made from the clean-up procedure.
Councillor Jay Garbutt gave an update on the Canadian Badlands Conference held on March 16 and 17.
He found the weekend ‘very recharging’ and overall beneficial especially when approaching social media.
Canadian Badlands Tourism held a contest during the summer which was highly successful with approximately 3.4 million instagram impressions.
Users were to submit photos via the hashtag #mybadlands in order to win prizes and showcase tourism in the area.
Garbutt also discovered during the conference that a social media star, a person with hundreds of thousands of followers, can be a large influence in funnelling traction into the area if executed properly like an itinerary and local guidance.
The councillor concluded the weekend was a very ‘positive experience’.

Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, March 20, 2017

Mayor Yemen opened the meeting by thanking town staff for “giving up their weekend”, to handle river ice breakup issues around the valley.
Vance Neudorf from the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, gave council an update on the 2016 season, which showed an increase in attendance from the previous year, of 1500, despite experiencing a loss of $95,000, for the season.
The group has laid off two staff, and has engaged a marketing professional with a specialty in social media. There will be a new rewrite of the script this year.
There will also be some new summer concert ideas toward the end of August, yet to be announced.
CAO Ray Romanetz gave Council an overview of the Alberta Government Spring budget delivered by the Notley government on March 16. Mr. Romanetz and Director of Corporate Services Barb Miller met to decipher the budget’s ramifications and how it affects Drumheller. A number of budget items will have an effect on provincial funding that comes into the municipal funds. Overall the town receives approximately $148,000 more in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) operating before a drop in MSI Capital at about $141,000, resulting in an additional $109,578 in grants. Two projects have been approved from re-applying for provincial grants. There was also a slight decrease in funding from the Alberta provincial partnership program.
There is an application presently underway for the possible replacement of Bridge 11 on Wayne Road. There are two other bridges on the Wayne Road that will be replaced in the next few years by the province, and only three of the bridges on the Wayne road are owned by the town.
Mr. Romanetz informed council that two projects will happen this year, paid for by the province, are the overlay on the Highway 9 that runs from the Winks/Mac’s intersection east to the Boston Pizza intersection, and the turnout area at the bottom of the South Hill, near the dinosaur welcome sign.
Barb Miller noted that the education requisition that forms part of Drumheller ratepayers tax notices, will show a negligible decrease overall.
Council dealt with the issue of the renewal of the Curling Club lease, and passed a motion to enter into a further 5 year lease, ending in 2022. Mr. Romanetz noted that the numbers of curlers appear to be increasing.
Council appointed Director of Corporate Services Barb Miller as Returning Officer for the upcoming October 2017 Municipal Election, and will hire former town employee Bill Wulff to act as Deputy Returning Officer.

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