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Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, January 11, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, January 11, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg proclaimed January Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
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Councillor Tom Zariski was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for January and February 2021.
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Council adopted the December 21, 2020, Regular Council Meeting minutes.
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Council passed first reading of Bylaw 01-21 to amend the boundaries of Lot 19 E.R. (Environmental Reserve) in Block 3 containing 6.80 Acres, created by Subdivision Plan No. 811 1554. This is a portion of land the former Public Works shop was located and is no longer required as an environmental reserve. This is to satisfy the conditions of a potential sale of this parcel. A public hearing for the bylaw is slated for January 25.
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Council appointed Sharon Clark to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB). Ms. Clark has served on the Municipal Planning Commission for many years and has practiced law for about 35 years.
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Council approved all three readings of Bylaw 18.20 to amend the Cemetery bylaw to add the requirements to use and manage a Scatter Garden. Council also approved a motion to approve the charges for the scatter garden in the amended 2021 service fee schedule.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters provided a COVID-19 update to council. Last week Protective Services dealt with two public health complaints; one was unfounded and one was resolved. He noted Health Minister Tyler Shandro outlined the province’s capacity to administer vaccines. The major issue is whether the federal government’s ability to provide the vaccines in a timely manner. The province also expanded the eligibility for vaccines to emergency medical responders and paramedics. Council Jay Garbutt raised the question as to whether Drumheller should continue with a State of Local Emergency because, at this point, the town is not undertaking any extraordinarily measures to deal with COVID-19. Council agreed to revisit this in the near future.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker presented the results of a survey to solicit feedback on the fireworks bylaw. The results overall showed residents would prefer a lower cost for a permit and be able to purchase a permit at a fireworks retailer. The survey and results are on the Town of Drumheller website under announcements’ for the public to review.

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


Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, December 21, 2020

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Regular Council Meeting
Monday, December 21, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting by reading correspondence from Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk who is on medical leave. Colberg also thanked the families and businesses that decorated the trees in downtown Drumheller. Colberg also expressed her appreciation to residents who have been following COVID-19 protocols helping to stop the spread.
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The next council meeting will be on January 11, 2021.
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Council adopted the minutes of the December 21 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council appointed Shelley Rymal to the Economic Development Advisory Committee for a three-year term. She has extensive experience as a director at the Chamber of Commerce, the Drumheller/ Westview Co-op, the Wayne Community Association, the East Coulee School Museum, the Belles of the Badlands, and Travel Drumheller.
Council also reappointed Rymal to a further three-year term on the Municipal Planning Commission. CAO Darryl Drohomerski noted there are vacancies on the Municipal Planning Commission.
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Council appointed Denise Lines as the Substitute Returning Officer for the 2021 Municipal Election.
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Council approved its 2021 meeting schedule. They have left this schedule intact with two Council and two Committee of the Whole Meetings, with the flexibility of possibly removing meetings when not necessary.
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Palliser Regional Municipal Services is looking to apply for a grant to complete a new strategic plan. To do this council made motions of support. One is council authorize the Town of Drumheller to participate in the applications for the “Palliser Regional Service Enhancement Project” submitted by the Village of Acme with Palliser Regional Municipal Services as the primary contractor under the inter-municipal Collaboration component of the Alberta Community Partnership program; and further the Town of Drumheller, as a grant partner, agrees to abide by the terms of a Condition Grant Agreement governing the purpose and use of the grant.
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Council passed a motion to approve the sale of Roll 16001208 for the sum of $18,000 with all costs from both parties for this sale being the responsibility of the purchaser. This town-owned parcel is adjacent to the proposed buyer in Rosedale. It has been in the Town’s land inventory for many years, and while not listed for sale, it is available for purchase.
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Council passed Three Readings of By-law 22.20 for the creation of a Public Utility Lot within Lot 4, Block 5, Plan 9911673. This would provide for the operation and maintenance of a drainage ditch to accommodate the Water Treatment facility’s regular cleaning operations. This parcel is currently privately owned, and the town and the landowner have come to an amicable agreement. As a result, the property owner needs to subdivide their lot, and the Town will create a Public Utility Lot on their parcel to ensure no development will take place in the future in the vicinity of the drainage ditch.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters provided a short update on COVID-19. Provincially numbers are starting to go down, the positivity rate is dropped to 6.8. Locally there are 10 active cases.
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Council passed third reading of Bylaw 23.20, to establish a Utility Rate Bylaw. For residential property, the fixed rate for water goes from $15.48 to $16.25 and the fixed rate for wastewater goes from $13.61 to $13.88 This bylaw establishes an increase of 5 percent for water and 2 percent for wastewater, per cubic metre.
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Council approved the 2021-2024 draft Utility Budget.
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Council approved the 2021 fee schedule for town services. Mr. Drohomerski noted there have been no changes to the rate of fees when compared to 2020.
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Council held a public hearing to discuss Bylaw19.20, the proposed Fireworks Bylaw
Mr. Peters introduced the bylaw noting its necessity came after Municipal Affairs and stakeholders found support for making fireworks rules consistent with the federal rules in allowing local authorities to manage fireworks use in their communities. He said the town’s foremost concern is safety.
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce submitted a written submission presented by Deanna Hannem, Business Advocacy Committee chair. She noted the $500 vendor fee is unreasonable. The insurance requirement of $2 million as well as naming the town as an additional insured on their commercial policy is unnecessary. From a consumer perspective, the $35 permit to discharge consumer or low-hazard fireworks, is also a deterrent that will impact local firework vendors.
Perry Logan of the Canadian National Fireworks Association (CNFA) also spoke against the bylaw. His written submission stressed education over enforcement for safety. It has worked with other municipalities in drafting bylaws, including Edmonton, Carstairs, Viking, and Bashaw. The CNFA currently offers an education and vendor certification program. The goal is to duplicate the AGLC Pro Serve program and require anyone handling, selling, or displaying consumer fireworks to be certified. He offered to assist Fire Chief Bruce Wade in drafting a bylaw.
Riddell Wiebe presented an oral submission in opposition to the bylaw, noting the bylaw could be cost-prohibitive for consumers, has the potential of overreach, and causing issues for vendors.
Bernie Germain and Jolene Powell also provided written submissions opposing the bylaw.
Councillor Fred Makowecki said he felt the bylaw is a deterrent to setting off fireworks and had many suggestions on changes that would make the bylaw better serve the community.
Councillor Jay Garbutt was disappointed Fire Chief Bruce Wade was not able to present to show a balanced perspective.
Mayor Colberg closed the Public Meeting.
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Complete minutes from council meetings can be found at www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.

Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, December 14, 2020

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Committee of the Whole
Monday, December 14, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg called out to the community to mark this Friday, December 18, as Festive Sweater Day in the valley. She reminded the community to continue to support the Salvation Army now the Kettles are no longer in stores due to COVID -19
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CAO Darryl Drohomerksi presented a draft of the 2021 proposed Council Meeting and Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting schedule. Council discussed moving to a schedule where they would have two Council Meetings and one COW meeting per month, rather than two Council meetings and two COW meetings.
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Manager of Human Resources Nicole Skiftun presented her quarterly report. They will be coming forward for formal approval of its incentive program at next week’s council meeting. They are reviewing the wellness policy as well as a review of job descriptions and its HR policy. COVID-19 has deferred work on several projects. An employee engagement survey was completed in October and an update will be provided to council on the results in January.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett provided his quarterly report. Overall the health and safety incidents are comparable to previous years, as is staffing levels. The department is reviewing the snow removal policy, which will be provided to council for approval in the near future. Some of its strategic priorities include the cemetery plans, including the scatter garden, repairs to the Rotary Park fountain, town cleanliness and vegetation, completing the street improvement program for the season, and the completion of the East Coulee Lift Station.
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Finance Manager Elin Gwinner updated council on some of its highlights over the past year. The 2019 audit was completed, although there was some delay due to COVID-19. Work on the 2020 audit is underway. A number of IT/process enhancements were undertaken. Community Development and Social Planning have received 13 grants for a total of $483,000, and Infrastructure Services has received one Asset Management Training operating grant and a COVID –related operating grant. They have recently applied for STIP Grant for airport runway repairs.
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Mr. Drohomerski presented the proposed 2021 Service Fee schedule. He notes there are no increases to any fees, although there are few new fees for new services, such as for the scatter garden. He says they will come back to council in February to discuss facility fees, looking at moving to a subscription membership model with monthly fees rather than annual fee structures.
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Mr. Brett and utility manager Bill Adams, presented the proposed utility budget. Mr. Adams noted an increase for education to maintain certification for operators. He proposed a budget increase to de-sludge a lagoon at the wastewater treatment plant. This is preventive maintenance and should last about 10 years. He also discussed the addition of a control and instrumentation position.
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Fire Chief Bruce Wade presented the report for the Drumheller Fire Department. There are 46 members in 3 halls. On average 13 firefighters respond to calls. Over the last year, they have responded to 11 structure fires 25 motor vehicle accidents, and 23 ambulance assists. The department has signed a memorandum of understanding to take over fire protection for the Drumheller Institution. They have had a site visit and Chief Wade has some concerns. He adds they are looking forward to the proposed fireworks bylaw.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented his quarterly report. There are no transportation networks company such as Uber or Lyft that wish to set up in the valley. Plans are underway to improve the parking pilot program at the Hoodoos for next year. The department is working on a new traffic bylaw, but will not have a draft by the end of this year. Progress has been made on the Occupational Health & Safety policy draft. The department is looking into old bylaws to see what is no longer needed and can be repealed. They have added Trent Kure as a municipal enforcement officer. Mr. Peters says he believes it would be useful to hire a municipal enforcement officer to work with the development officer to strictly investigate and enforce compliance matters.
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Mr. Peters provided a brief COVID-19 update. Provincially he said so far the case numbers are continuing to rise. The first vaccines in Alberta arrived on December 15. The State of Local Emergency, put into effect on Monday, November 23, is still in effect, and they are noting a high compliance rate for the mask regulations.

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


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