Information from Drumheller Town Council Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, December 11, 2023
Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and reminded residents of The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign which is currently ongoing.
Denise Lines presented council with the 2024 Council and Committee meeting schedule and noted the Committee of the Whole meetings over the summer have been pulled from the schedule; previously these meetings have been cancelled.
The schedule will be brought forward for final approval at the next council meeting.
Drumheller RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Rob Harms presented council with the second quarterly report. He noted RCMP has been testing body-worn cameras, however, the camera selected has not met expectations and a second choice will be brought forward in the second phase of this testing.
Public engagement has been an ongoing highlight over the last quarter, with several town hall meetings held, including in Drumheller and surrounding communities, and a community barbecue over the summer which was well attended; public engagement is one of the policing priorities outlined for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.
Criminal code offences have decreased 44 per cent, with a 50 per cent reduction in property crime and a 31 per cent reduction in persons-based crimes over the last quarter.
He acknowledged a multi-year financial plan which outlines upcoming financial impacts.
Director of Corporate and Community Services Victoria Chan presented council with the 2024 Capital Budget and 10-year Capital Plan; the Capital Plan only reflects Public Works as the 2024 Capital Plan for water and wastewater was previously approved by council.
There are a total of 32 projects totalling $4.43 million outlined in the 2024 capital budget; an estimated $1 million of this will be funded through capital grants from provincial and federal levels of government.
It is anticipated this will require a three per cent increase in general tax revenue from 2023.
Council adjourned to a closed session.
Complete minutes from council meetings can be found on
www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.