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Council Notes from Committee of the Regular Meeting Monday, January 10, 2022

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, January 10, 2022

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the first regular council meeting of 2022 and wished everyone a happy new year.
She reminded everyone of the East Coulee Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, January 11 and the Dike D virtual community engagement meeting on Thursday, January 13.
Mayor Colberg also addressed the meeting with Lehigh residents on Thursday, January 6 (see story Page 2). A public community engagement is anticipated in the near future.
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Councillor Patrick Kolafa was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for the months of January and February.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented council with the Drumheller Bridge briefing for information. There are numerous bridges and bridge size culverts throughout the Drumheller Valley which are owned by either the Town of Drumheller, Alberta Transportation, or CN Rail.
Mr. Brett explained Infrastructure Services have developed a spreadsheet to identify the various bridges and bridge size culverts, and are currently working through compiling the information and records of inspection and maintenance.
Five bridges have been identified in need of repair, including the Star Mine Suspension Bridge and Wayne Bridge 11; repairs for the Star Mine Suspension Bridge are pending land access issues and Wayne Bridge 11 is currently weight restricted pending replacement. The Town has applied for and received funding through the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program Local Road Bridge (STIP LRB) grant to replace Bridge 11 along Highway 10X and a tender is expected in the first quarter of 2022.
A separate budget category for bridges will be included in the 2022 Operating Budget which will be presented to council at a future meeting, with bridge expenditures for the next 10 years included in the capital plan.
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Mr. Brett presented council with an update on the Drumheller Lead Management Program. The Town was among the municipalities across the province required to participate in testing the amount of lead in drinking water; measurement was previously at discharge from the water treatment plant but changes by the federal government required testing at point of use at the tap; the acceptable levels were also dropped from 10 parts per billion (ppb) to five ppb.
Based on the size of the Town, 40 locations-36 residential homes and four apartments-were required to be tested and information was relayed privately to Alberta Environment and Alberta Health to maintain homeowner confidentiality. Of the 40 locations tested, two failed initial sampling; these two would have passed under the previous 10 ppb and only just failed under the new 5 ppb limitations. One location was resampled and passed its second test, while the Town has been unable to contact the second resident to retest.
The Town is now waiting for Alberta Health and Alberta Environment to provide more information regarding this program.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with amendments to the draft Police Advisory Committee Terms of Reference. The amendments were brought forward following discussion and review with Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque who joined Mr. Peters during the presentation.
Council unanimously approved the amended Police Advisory Committee Terms of Reference.
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The meeting adjourned to closed session and Mayor Colberg thanked the listening public for attending. She shared council is serious about finding resolutions and trying to help residents in the community of Lehigh and there will be public engagements planned for the near future.

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


Council Notes from the Regular Meeting Monday, December 13, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, December 13, 2021

Deputy Mayor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk thanked those who participated in the Flood Mitigation Office’s online and in-person meeting on Thursday, December 9 regarding the Downtown Dike D project. She also thanked the volunteers who have helped put together the WinterFest events over the last several weeks.
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Drumheller CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented the 2022 meeting schedule.
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Apex Utilities regional manager Shane Milner gave a presentation to council. Mr. Milner gave council an overview of Apex’s recent name change from AltaGas Utilities and their direction as a clean energy provider. Apex Utilities services southern Alberta including Drumheller, Three Hills, Lethbridge, among other communities.
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Drumheller Public Library Executive Director Emily Hollingshead and Board Chair Samantha Haddon reported on behalf of the library and board. Ms. Haddon gave a recap of services provided in 2021, such as printing, genealogy, and technology tutoring.
In the last three years, the library has begun offering free library cards and has partnered with Greentree Elementary School to secure a $15,000 grant to update the school library’s collection.
The library focused on adapting services to the COVID-19 pandemic, including curbside pick up, in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected user numbers, however, these began recovering through 2021 and hope to continue climbing into 2022.
Looking ahead to 2022, the library is hoping to rebuild programming. 2023 will be the library’s centennial year, and a special projects committee will be launched for this. Ms. Hollingshead shared they would like to offer teen programming and, in January they are hoping to expand hours to three evenings per week and full days on Saturdays.
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CAO Drohomerski brought back an amendment to the board and committee appointments. Following a discussion with Travel Drumheller, it was recommended the Economic Development manager be appointed to the board rather than a member of council.
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Council passed second and third reading of the 2022 Utility Rate Bylaw. The utility rate bylaw will see water and wastewater services increase by five and two per cent respectively.
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Director of Corporate Services Mauricio Reyes brought the 2022 Service Fee Schedule back to council for approval. There were some amendments following feedback from council, including a $5 youth drop in rate at the Drumheller Memorial Arena and Badlands Community Facility (BCF).
Council moved to approve the 2022 Service Fee Schedule with amendments changing the activation fee to $20 and to waive the activation fee for existing members signing up for the new membership model, provided their membership is continuous.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker presented council with the Drumheller Citizen Budget 2022. A budget simulation exercise was conducted between November 1 and 21 by Ethelo as part of the 2022 budget consultation to gain input from Drumheller residents to identify priorities for town spending. Overall the best scenario which would be widely approved by participants would be to see a two per cent decrease in general government, a five per cent increase in Family Community Support Services (FCSS) and keep funding the same for public works and transportation, garbage collection and disposal, economic development, recreation, parks, arts and culture, and protective services.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented council with the 2022 Community Clean Up report. The 2021 Community Clean Up was carried out in three components-providing disposal vouchers, the public Kick It to the Curb exchange the weekend of September 10 to 12, and a two-week community clean up by Town staff between September 13 and 24.
Clean up crews noted there appeared to be less material and they were able to complete assigned daily sections early each day. Mr. Brett expressed communications to the public could be improved. The public is also not aware of what items are accepted at no cost at the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association (DDSWMA). Despite these challenges, the voucher system appears to be working well considering 2020 was the first year they were introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council went with the recommendation to continue the same program in 2022 with the Kick It to the Curb program to be the weekend of September 9 to 11 and the Community Clean Up collection to run between September 12 and 23.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with the Police Advisory Committee’s terms of reference. The Drumheller Policing Advisory Committee (DPAC) was established by council to receive input from the community regarding public safety and priorities. Any organizations or individuals who wish to voice their concerns about policing are encouraged to contact and present to the DPAC for support, information, and input.
Mr. Peters explained the DPAC will need a maximum of seven citizen members from various entities such as school representatives or trustees, business community representative, youth representative between the ages of 16 and 18, a senior representative 55 and older, and representatives from all ethnicities and minorities. The Drumheller RCMP Detachment Commander, Drumheller CAO, and a recording secretary would be non-voting permanent members of the committee.
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Flood Mitigation project director Deighen Blakely presented council with a request to approve Alchemy Communications to continue the communication and public engagement contract. Alchemy took over communications in June 2021 on an urgent basis following a change in communications and project management. A Request for Proposal was posted and received four applications prior to closing on November 29. The four applicants were scored based on project understanding, key staff qualifications, relevant project experience, budget, and proposal organization.
Council awarded the 2022 Communications and Public Engagement contract for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation to Alchemy Communications Inc. for the amount of $330,000 (excluding GST).
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Councillor Lacher moved for council to move into closed session and adjourn the meeting.

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, December 6, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, December 6, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and shared council has received emails regarding McMullen Island and Midland Provincial Park; council and administration are trying to work with the province about these facilities.
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Mayor Colberg announced council received a letter from Municipal Affairs regarding the citizen’s flood mitigation petition from earlier this year. Municipal Affairs will not pursue an investigation; however, it has cost the municipality an estimated $10,000 in time and resources during this process (see story, Page 2).
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Chief Financial Officer Mauricio Reyes presented the 2022 Utility Operating Budget and 3-Year Utility Operating Financial Plan to council.
Councillor Pat Kolafa moved for council to adopt the 2022 Utility Operating Budget and 3-Year Operating Financial Plan as presented. Carried.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented council with first reading of the 2022 Utility Rate Bylaw to increase the water and wastewater rates by five and two per cent respectively based on the proposals from the 2022 Utility Operating Budget and 3-Year Operating Financial Plan.
Average users can expect to see water rate increase by approximately 10 cents-from $2.07 to $2.17-per cubic metre, and an estimated 81 cents for monthly meter charges from $16.25 to $17.06 per month. Wastewater rates will increase by approximately five cents per cubic meter-from $2.23 to $2.28; meter charges will also increase with an average user seeing an increase from $13.88 to $14.16 per month.
Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk moved first reading. Carried.
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Mr. Reyes presented the proposed 2022 Service Fee Schedule for all departments. One of the largest proposed increases is applying a 15 per cent increase on non-resident cemetery fees, such as plot fees; all other cemetery fees are proposed at a three per cent increase. Recreational fees, with the exception of memberships, were also proposed to be increased by three per cent.
The schedule will be brought back to the next council meeting for consideration.
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The Town has applied for a grant from the Alberta Municipal Water Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) to upgrade the existing Penitentiary Booster station which services the Drumheller Institution and Churchill Co-op water system. The station was built in 1963 and does not have direct communication with the water treatment plant. Due to its age and condition, the capacity is being stressed.
The total project cost is estimated at $1,141,700 and the maximum municipal portion is approximately $713,220. It is recommended this portion be allocated in the 2022 Capital Budget for the Town’s cost share to upgrade the booster station.
Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk moved to reserve the municipal portion in the 2022 Capital Budget. Carried.
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Manager of Recreation, Arts, and Culture Darren Goldthorpe presented council with a proposed Recreation Membership Model - Continuous Monthly Pass for the Aquaplex, Arena, and Badlands Community Facility (BCF) to bring membership fees more in line with other facilities while allowing more flexibility for stopping and resuming memberships (see story Page 3).
Under the new model, a continuous multi-facility family monthly membership would be reduced to $110 per month from $177 while a single-facility family monthly membership would drop to $100, down from $173.25.
Mr. Goldthorpe noted the financial impact of this new model is difficult to determine as there are too many variables. The combined membership budget revenue for the Aquaplex and BCF is estimated to be $153,050 and 213 multi-facility memberships or 232 single-facility memberships would be required.
Councillor Tony Lacher moved for council to approve the new monthly pass model and adjust membership fees effective as of January 1, 2022. Carried.
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Resiliency and Flood Mitigation project manager Deighen Blakely provided an update on the flood mitigation program. Project specific open houses were held on November 18 and December 1 for Midland and Newcastle, and the Dike D engagement is scheduled for Thursday, December 9. The department has applied for Federal Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation funding for five additional dikes on Monday, November 15 and meetings have been ongoing with federal and provincial teams, including Alberta Environment and Parks, Transport Canada, and Navigable Waters.
Submissions for the 2022 communications proposal closed November 29 and submissions are under review.
One-on-one meetings with impacted landowners are currently underway and land agreements are being assembled for partial acquisitions.
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Councillor Lacher moved to adjourn to closed session.

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


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