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Council Notes from Committee of the Regular Meeting Monday, September 13, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, September 13

Mayor Colberg congratulated the organizers of the Dinosaur Half Marathon on a successful event and thanked residents who participated in the Kick It to the Curb and the ongoing Community Clean-Up. She reminded listeners of the upcoming Rotary White Elephant sale on Saturday, October 2.
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Mayor Colberg announced Municipal Affairs is going to move forward with the Flood Mitigation and Resiliency program petition. Municipal Affairs will gather more information, and Mayor and Council will speak with Municipal Affairs representatives this week. Depending on how far the petition and investigation goes, this could have a financial impact of some $60,000 to $70,000 on the municipality to complete the review if Municipal Affairs decides to move forward.
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ATCO Electric Drumheller supervisor of operations Shahedul Amin gave a two-part presentation to council. The first was to discuss converting streetlights from non-invested to invested. Mr. Amin explained non-invested streetlights the customer (municipality) is responsible for the cost of installation, replacement, and maintenance; ATCO is responsible for the full cost of replacement and maintenance of invested streetlights. Streetlights are owned by ATCO and the community pays distribution charges for the lights regardless of invested or non-invested status.
There are 1,105 streetlights in Drumheller, of which 740 are non-invested, and 349 are invested. There are also 16 private streetlights and 12 of these are currently invested. Mr. Amin shared if the Town were to convert to invested streetlights there would be an increase of approximately $9,600 per month in distribution fees, though it is estimated the Town would save some $4.5 million in future replacement costs and would also receive an investment of $675,000.
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In the second presentation Mr. Amin shared the option to change invested streetlights to LED through the LED Conversion Multiplier (LCM). ATCO has worked with the Alberta utilities Commission (AUC) to offer the LCM program to provide municipalities with the opportunity to do a full-scale conversion to LED without large upfront costs.
The program is only applicable to invested, public streetlights; it is not available for private lighting streetlights, regardless of whether they are invested or non-invested. AUC approval is also required prior to moving ahead.
The LED multiplier rate is currently 9.4 per cent and, once the program ends, the invested streetlight rate will be adjusted to reflect any remaining capital costs and maintenance savings for converted lights. Mr. Amin noted the program is anticipated to end in the next two to three years.
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Council passed third reading of Bylaw 18.21 amending Land Use Bylaw 2021-A. Amendments include an addition to Section 11 regarding signage on shipping containers, variable setbacks based on posted speed limits, and removal of the condition billboards cannot have variable messages or moving, rotating parts.
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Council passed first and second reading of Bylaw 04.21 Council and Committee Meeting Procedures. Amendments concentrate on council and council committee meeting expectations and also adds information regarding electronic meetings. Council boards and committees are also further defined. Some information has been removed regarding council conduct and is intented to be included in a future update to Bylaw 08.18 Councillor Code of Conduct.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented council with an update on the Snow Removal and Ice Control Strategy. Mr. Brett asked for clarification on maintaining snow and ice removal for specific sidewalks within the communities before a final draft is brought before council.
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Director of Emergency and Protective Services Greg Peters provided a COVID-19 update. As of Monday, September 13 there are 43 cases in the Town of Drumheller. Mr. Peters noted since the new provincial mandates have gone into effect, bylaw has received more violation calls and are encountering more resistance. Mr. Peters has been in discussion with Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque regarding this situation.
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Council adjourned to closed session to discuss two agenda items-Emergency Department Review and Drumheller Mitigation Project Manager.

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


Council Notes from the Regular Meeting Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, September 7

Mayor Heather Colberg noted the Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon is on Sunday, September 12. She also congratulated Patrick and Catherine Bonneville, the management team of the Drumheller Airport, which hosted two major events the previous week. She also thanked the summer staff who took care of the flowers in the community, making the valley look beautiful.
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Councillor Jay Garbutt was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for September and October.
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Council approved the minutes of the August 23 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council passed third reading of Bylaw 17-21, the Palliser Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Bylaw. This would establish a Regional Subdivision Appeal Board. The Drumheller Subdivision Appeal Board has been rarely used, and the town has had difficulty filling vacancies.
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Council passed second reading to Bylaw 18.21, amending the Land Use Bylaw. This makes amendments which corrected some items, including mapping errors and adding wording regarding tourist dwellings and accessory buildings. There are also provisions for billboards and bench signs. Council asked for a couple changes before third reading. The bylaw will continue to be regularly reviewed by administration.
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Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 19.21, repealing the Policing Committee. This would also disband the Citizens Advisory Committee. The RCMP and Administration will bring forward a proposal to form a Police Advisory Committee by the end of the year to replace both committees.
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Council passed three readings of Bylaw 20-21, the Central Alberta Regional Assessment Review Board, and repealed Bylaw 08.11. This will allow the town to join the Alberta Regional Assessment Review Board for an annual membership fee of $2,000, plus costs for each appeal.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters provided a COVID-19 update. On Friday, September 3 the province introduced new health orders that include indoor masking, as well as orders restricting restaurants, bars, and pubs to cease serving at 10 p.m. Over the September long weekend, 4,903 new cases were recorded in Alberta.

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

Council Notes from Committee of the Regular Meeting Monday, August 23, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, August 23, 2021

CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented 6.1.1 Referendum and Senate Proclamation. The provincial government officially added nominations for the Senate election to the municipal elections ballot; nominations for Senate election are open until Monday, September 20 at noon. The ballot will also include two referendum questions:
1. Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 - Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments - be removed from the constitution?
2. Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?
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CAO Drohomerski presented Bylaw 15.21 to amend Bylaw 02-17, known as the Water and Wastewater Bylaw. The amendments including adding the definition of “Process water,” or water completely consumed in the manufacture or production of goods, and makes changes to multi-meter large residential properties, such as apartments, which have multiple properties on a single title rather than individual titles for each property.
Councillor Garbutt moved second reading of Bylaw 15.21 and explained, with the amendment, there will be a nominal increase of approximately less than $2.00/month for affected account holders.
Second and third reading were carried unanimously.
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CAO Drohomerski presented a Request for Decision to grant a subdivision extension request from Bill Hunter from Hunter Wallace Surveys. The file originally came before council in 2020 as part of a consolidation of lands for the East Coulee Waterline. Due to land negotiation delays and the COVID-19 pandemic, the original timeline of January 7, 2021 has lapsed and Mr. Hunter has requested an extension to finalize by October 15, 2021.
Councillor Garbutt moved for Council to approve the subdivision extension request to allow registration of land titles before October 15, 2021. Carried unanimously.
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Manager of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with a resolution to increase the on-call wage for volunteer firefighters on the Drumheller, Rosedale, and East Coulee departments. Drumheller’s firefighters are currently paid $16.95/hour which is in the lower range of municipal wages outside of large municipalities, such as Calgary. Mr. Peters explained the department averages some 195 calls per year and consumes some 218 hours of service per member, as well as approximately 48 hours per year which accounts for two practices per month at some two hours each. There are 44 volunteer members, excluding Fire Chief Bruce Wade, between the three departments, and an increase of $2.00/hr was recommended by Mr. Peters, to take effect October 1, 2021; additional increases will come into effect January 2023 and January 2024.
Council thanked the volunteer firefighters for their contribution to public and community safety. Councillor Garbutt moved to approve the wage increase and Mayor Colberg directed Mr. Peters to put wages back on the radar in 2025.
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Mr. Peters presented council with a recommendation to repeal the Policing Committee Bylaw 16.09, which was established in June 2009, and direct administration and the RCMP to create a new Police Advisory Committee before December 2021. Mr. Peters has been in discussion with Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque, and Councillors Makowacki and Zariski to allow more public transparency, greater diversity representation from the community, and participation in local policing matters by creating more community involvement.
Councillor Makowacki moved council give first reading to repeal the Policing Committee Bylaw 16.09 and direct administration and RCMP to create a new police advisory committee before December 2021. Carried unanimously.
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Mayor Colberg recessed the meeting at 5:10 p.m. ahead of a public hearing at 5:30 p.m.
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Mayor Colberg called the public hearing to amend Land Use Bylaw (LUB) 16.20, amending LUB 18.21 to order at 5:30 p.m.
CAO Drohomerski explained, in amending LUB 16.20, administration encountered a number of additions, omissions, and changes within the bylaw which were realized upon working on the amendments, including better descriptions around home occupations and requirements and descriptions around portable structures.
No written submissions were received.
Nacmine resident Jim McCabe virtually presented council with his concern over the amendments, in particular regarding the amended flow rates for Flood Mitigation in the Municipal Development Plan. Mr. McCabe explained his home is along the river and he is unsure whether his property will be affected by the Protected Zones outlined in Section 2.5.4(4), regarding restrictions on building new developments related to the elevation of the flood construction level.
Mayor Colberg thanked Mr. McCabe for his participation and said his input will be taken into consideration at the next review.
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Mayor Colberg closed the public hearing at 5:40 p.m. Councillor Lacher moved to adjourn to a closed camera session to discuss 8.1.1. Infrastructure Maintenance - Advice from Officials. Carried unanimously.
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The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 7 and is anticipated to be held in council chambers at Town Hall.

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


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