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Council Notes from Committee of the Whole Meeting Monday, May 15, 2023

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Information from Drumheller Town Council Committee of the Whole Meeting Monday, May 15

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and made some opening announcements.
National Public Works Week is May 21 to 27, this year’s theme is Connecting the World Through Public Works; Deputy Mayor Crystal Sereda encouraged residents to celebrate the quiet work of the Public Works department. Councillor Tom Zariski announced the annual strawberry tea fundraiser at the Sunshine Lodge on Friday, May 19, which helps support recreation activities at Sunshine and Hillview Lodge.
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Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office project director Deighen Blakely presented council with a request to begin the expropriation for the partial acquisition of a parcel of land in East Coulee. Negotiations have been ongoing with the landowner since November 2022, and so far a purchase offer at Fair Market Value has been rejected; due to the timeline for construction of the East Coulee Phase 2 berm, which is scheduled to begin in spring 2024, it is recommended to begin the expropriation process for this property, as the process can take upwards of a year. Ms. Blakely noted the property owner can still get their own appraisal, and price per square foot would be determined based on land value.
Council unanimously approved the request to begin expropriation processes.
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Economic Development manager Reg Johnston presented council with a request for direction regarding amendments to the Town’s Residential Incentive Program. He noted the population has remained relatively stable and, to encourage growth, the Town passed a Residential Incentive Program in July 2020. So far, no developers have taken advantage of the program, and it is recommended to make some amendments to make the program successful.
If the program were successful, it would encourage residential development, population growth, create jobs, and align with the Town’s recently developed housing strategy.
There are several areas in the current bylaw which changes are being recommended, including lifting the price cap on residential listings for construction; this is currently capped at $350,000 and may discourage some developers. The housing strategy outlined a forecasted need for between 190 to 220 homes by 2026, and Mr. Johnston noted by removing this cap it may encourage additional development.
Council directed Mr. Johnston to amend the Residential Incentive Program based on the recommendations outlined to better align with the housing strategy and bring the amended bylaw forward to a future council meeting for consideration..
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Drumheller Fire Chief Derian Rosario and director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with a request for decision regarding the purchase of a new rescue unit. The unit would replace Unit 607, which has been in service for multiple years. A tender was posted in March and a total of four bids were received; however, upon review, three bids were disqualified based on criteria listed for the replacement unit.
The approved 2023 Capital Budget allocated a total of $490,000 for the purchase of this vehicle, up from $350,000 which was allocated in 2022. However, the bid received from Dependable Emergency Vehicles for the replacement of this unit, along with additional, requested options, totals $499,823, excluding GST.
It was recommended for council to allocate an additional $18,000 for the purchase of the optional equipment including a camera system and awning, along with an additional $10,000 for the cost overages on the unit itself and award the bid to Dependable Emergency Vehicles in the amount of $517,878, including GST.
Council passed a motion to allocate the additional $28,000 in funding, and passed a second motion to award the bid totalling $517,878.

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, May 1, 2023

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, May 1, 2023

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and made some opening remarks regarding the East Coulee Springfest, May 6 and 7.
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Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) technical advisor Mark Steffler presented council with a construction services scope change for the Newcastle berm project for Klohn Crippen Berger. Council previously approved a budget of $245,126.50 in August 2022 which would cover 14 weeks of construction inspection and administration for the project. There were some delays in receiving regulatory approvals and access which has caused delays of approximately 13 weeks, resulting in an additional $179,684.50 excluding GST, which includes additional design scope, construction inspection, and vibration monitoring and property inspections.
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Mr. Steffler also presented a construction services scope change for the Midland berm project. Council approved $275,741.50 in August 2022 for the project, which was estimated to cover 16 weeks of construction inspection and administration. Delays have resulted in an estimated 11 weeks of additional work and an additional request of $146,628.50 excluding GST. Similar to the Newcastle berm scope change, this includes additional design scope, construction inspection, vibration monitoring and property inspections, as well as a water main break.
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Director of Corporate and Community Services Mauricio Reyes presented council with the 2023 Property Taxation bylaw. He explained this bylaw is based on the 2023 budget, which council passed in December 2022, and the 2022 assessment roll based on market value established on July 1, 2022 and the physical condition of the property as of December 31, 2022.
Residential assessment values increased by $33.1 million in 2023, representing about a five per cent increase over the previous year; non-residential properties increased by $5.5 million, about 2.5 per cent. Both assessment values increased mostly due to market value changes.
Mr. Reyes noted residential ratepayers will seen an average increase of 2.9 per cent in 2023 and non-residential ratepayers will see an increase of about 3.8 per cent.
The combined residential mill rate of 11.86862 is actually down from the previous year of 12.10984; the combined non-residential mill rate is up slightly from 19.15279 to 19.41480.
Council gave unanimous consent to hold all three readings and passed the 2023 Property Taxation Bylaw.
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Manager of Recreation, Arts, and Culture Darren Goldthorpe presented council with an update to the Community Assistance Policy. The current policy was adopted in 2018 and has not been reviewed since then, and several updates were recommended including defining eligibility and adding groups may only submit one application per year, and what items are and are not eligible for funding, along with simplifying the application and the requirements.
Council approved the revised Community Assistance Grant policy.
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Council adjourned the meeting to a closed session to discuss third-party contracts.

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, April 3, 2023

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, April 3, 2023

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and announced the 20-20 Challenge has begun; this is to challenge residents to take 20 minutes each day to help clean up the community in the 20 days leading up to Earth Day on Saturday, April 22.
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Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office project director Deighen Blakely presented amendments on expropriation documents which were previously approved by council. When these documents were submitted to the Land Titles office there were some concerns around wording for legal land descriptions for two parcels in Newcastle.
Ms. Blakely also brought forward amendments for another document for expropriation of a parcel in East Coulee; although this document has not been rejected by the Land Titles Office this is being done preemptively as a housekeeping item.
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Manager of Economic Development Reg Johnston presented council with the Drumheller Housing Strategy final report. This is a 10-year plan which is a living document, and aims to deliver increased housing choice, supply, diversity, and affordability.
Based on community engagement sessions previously held, the Town’s population is anticipated to grow to between 8,846 and 9,032 people by 2031, with about 25 per cent of the population being seniors.
Mr. Johnston shared there are some actionable items which have been prioritized. This includes diversifying the type of housing available, regulating short term vacation rentals, and prioritizing Town-owned land for residential development. Some of these actionable items are already in progress, and the goal is to have the high priority action items completed by 2025.
There are some funding streams the Town could utilize from both federal and provincial governments, including a portion of the $4 billion federal Housing Accelerator Fund which will open in June 2023 and allow municipal governments to fast track the creation of 100,000 new homes across the country.
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Capital project manager Kelcie Wilson presented council with a request to defer the Water, Wastewater Treatment Plant Master Plan, which was scheduled to be conducted this year, until 2025.
It was also recommended to, in its place, conduct the Water Master Plan and reallocate $25,000 of funding from the North Drumheller River Crossing - Water Main capital project, which was approved in 2022 and completed under budget, in order to bridge funding gaps.
Council unanimously approved the project change and reallocation of funding.
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The meeting was 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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