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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, September 17, 2018

 

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council

Regular Council Meeting

Monday, September 17, 2018

Council heard a delegation from executive director Keith Ryder of the Red Deer River Municipal Users Group. The group works to address issues with the Red Deer River basin as an advocate of municipal use of water. In 2017 they began an action plan to deal with water and source water quality protection and have since developed a toolkit of strategies. They presented council with a Workshop Summary report identifying possible action priorities, a watershed overview, and potential threats to the watershed as identified in consultation with municipalities. The group sent a ‘Charter’ of key priorities in relation to river water management to be signed by October 1. Councillor Jay Garbutt says the town has been preoccupied with developing and assessing flood management strategies and the October 1 signing date would be too soon for council to formally meet to decide on signing.
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Council heard a delegation from Bruce Tanner from Alberta Culture and Tourism on the Update on Business Survey. He provided information on the local tourism industry and the TIBRE (Tourism Industry Business Retention and Expansion Program) Project Initiative. The TIBRE program is used to assess health and intentions of businesses and to identify issues, with Mr. Tanner saying there is room for growth in Drumheller. 108 tourism businesses operate in Drumheller and employ almost 600 people in the high season, with an estimated $15.7 million annually on payroll. A survey was conducted in April and May 2018 where 80 per cent of Drumheller tourist businesses were surveyed. A facilitated reflection session is planned for November and a full report on the project will be brought to the town once completed.
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Council heard a delegation from library board chair Vanessa Page and library director Emily Hollingshead on the Drumheller Public Library Board’s budget. Core services increased this year. This coming school year they plan on exploring ways to partner with local schools to enhance school library services. They are developing a plan of service for 2019-2023 to reinvent the library to greater meet community needs, with discussion of creating a larger youth space for additional programming by shifting existing spaces, increase library involvement in community events, and to change how information is arranged in the library, all of which will either carry no financial cost or be budgeted from existing reserve funds. For the 2019-2021 budget they requested about $197,000 which is a 10 per cent increase from 2017 numbers. They wish to increase staff compensation, increase hours, and update equipment. Councillor Tony Lacher asked the amount of revenue lost from offering free library cards for the Canada 150 event, with Ms. Page saying about $10,000. Councillor Jay Garbutt asked where the requested budget increase is coming from with Ms. Hollingshead saying it is largely from the need to increase salaries, although they said the improved compensation can be achieved within their existing budget. Councillor Garbutt said the wage increases presented are also static and should increase each year due to cost of living expenses.
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Council approved a request for decision from director of corporate services Barbara Miller to write off tax arrears owed by the former Elks building in the amount of $65,149.55 on one roll and $5,226.22 on another. Council had decided to purchase the building on July 9. With an allowance for bad debt at $20,000, $50,373.77 will be recorded as a bad debt expense in 2018.
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Council held a roundtable discussion. Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk raised discussion whether a bylaw should be created to prohibit overnight parking of vehicles at Walmart. Councillor Garbutt suggests administration take time in reviewing bylaw and comparing to other jurisdictions. Councillor Tony Lacher said there may be issues if a bylaw couldn’t be enforced due to the lot being private property. Director of protective services Greg Peters said they haven’t received calls about overnight parking there.
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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, September 4, 2018

 

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council

Regular Council Meeting

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

 

Council heard delegations from the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association’s Tammi Nygaard regarding Spring Cleanup. In total, 260 metric tonnes of waste was collected, up by about 20 metric tonnes from last year, with a combined 832 hours of manpower. Some issues experienced this year was the lack of sorting of materials by residents, residents and town staff not adhering to the maximum half tonne truck rule, residents including large volumes of demolition in their piles, and refusing to pay the freon disposal charge. She said the association will be reviewing spring clean up in the future to see if it will continue to be free of charge. Councillors voiced their support of the program in beautifying the community and said the association continues to provide the service for free. Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt said maybe town staff should not collect unsorted piles of waste in the future.
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Director of Infrastructure Armia Mikhaiel said the town received three tenders regarding the 2018 utilities upgrade project, and council awarded the work to the the lowest bidder at $270,604 to Urban Dirt Works. The first project is the cast iron replacement program. The second portion of the tender was the return of sludge line. Councillor Tom Zariski asked how close the project is to finishing, with Mr. Mikhaiel saying it may be completed next year as they only have two projects remaining.
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Council approved a request for decision from Mr. Mikhaiel to approve Associated Engineering Consulting to conduct an assessment for the Wastewater Treatment Plant receiving an environmental impact assessment. For the plants license renewal request in 2019, Alberta Environment requires the town to assess the treated water coming from the treatment plant coming into the Red Deer River meets the standard issued by Alberta Environment. The quote they received was at $30,000, but the budgeted amount was only $20,000. Mr. Mikhaiel requested the budget be increased by $10,000, which council approved.
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Council notified they would cancel the September 10 Committee of the Whole meeting in order to have a closed door meeting to have a strategy planning session regarding flood mitigation and other topics.
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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole meeting of Monday, August 27, 2018

 

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, August 27, 2018

Councillor Jay Garbutt was sworn in as deputy mayor for the months of September and October.
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Council heard an update from the Marigold Library System CEO Michelle Tombs, which included information about the organization, its value and impact in Drumheller, and new programs with the organization. The levy rate for the Drumheller Public Library will be $6.15 per capita in 2019 and $6.24 in 2020, increased by 1.5 per cent, in relation to inflation.
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Council heard a delegation from William Stock, charitable gift advisor with Salvation Army Alberta and Ben Lippers of the Drumheller Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has moved into the former ATCO building. In 2017, 741 individuals used the food bank in Drumheller. The delegates requested the town to provide a grant to assist them, short term, with their daily expenses so services are not disrupted while they move to the new building. They requested a grant of 2.5 per cent of their operating costs, per year for a two year period, which would relate to a grant of $12,500 per year. Councillor Jay Garbutt said the town typically begins budget planning in October and it is usually approved in the new year, and council will consider this in their planning.
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Council discussed approving the new levy rates for the Marigold Library System and tabled it for the next council meeting.
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Director of Infrastructure Armia Mikhaiel updated council on the results of the open house recently held regarding the intersections in the Bankview community. The majority of feedback received prompted the department to recommend to turn the intersection at 7 Avenue and 1st Street SW into a four way stop. Feedback from the community also has prompted infrastructure services to convert the intersection at 10 Avenue and 2 Street SE to a four way. He also said infrastructure recommends closing the intersection at 10 Avenue and 1 Street SW due to resident’s concerns over excess traffic on that road. Councillor Garbutt said he was disappointed with the decision because it was previously recommended by experts to change the intersection’s direction and the town was following popular opinion. Mikhaiel said the long term residents there voiced concern and that the road there is actually shifting, causing the centre lines to be misaligned, so the intersection allows the driver to adjust. Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk voiced concern over the closure of 10 Avenue and 1 Street because it is convenient for drivers. Councillor Fred Makowecki said he lives in the area and has seen a large increase in traffic and dangerous driving habits. Councillor Tony Lacher voiced his support of the recommendations.
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Administration presented their quarterly reports for May, June, and July. CAO Darryl Drohomerski highlighted grant applications for flood mitigation, the town’s updated communications strategy, the downtown plaza preparation, and lobbying for transportation projects.
Director of Infrastructure Mikhaiel highlighted continued work to resolve the Royal Tyrrell Museum sewer odour issues, work done on the outdoor pool, the repair work and reopening of the water fountain, the street improvement program this summer, the cemetery expansion project, the water plant optimization project, and work on the East Coulee lift station.
Director of Corporate Services Barbara Miller said the CRA is currently conducting a payroll audit, the Drumheller/Wayne flood in April report and recovery documents are currently in progress, and work on a new public works shop is in progress. Corporate services successfully applied for a flood readiness grant application. Their strategic priorities include flood mitigation, and road blocks prohibiting the town to purchase the former Elks Building with demolition plans were resolved.
The community services update was provided by acting director Darren Goldthorpe. Priorities outlined include a poverty reduction strategy. Updates included an upcoming community social needs assessment, a survey on rural homelessness, mental health capacity funding, and the operation of a before and after school care program is being taken over by a contracted group by Golden Hills School Division.
Director of Protective Services Greg Peters submitted a report despite being away. Details include the bylaw amendments made in preparation of cannabis legalization, work a tourism corridor bylaw, updates to the community standards bylaw, and an upcoming open house regarding a proposed fenced dog park on September 20 at 7 p.m. at the BCF.
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Members of council presented their quarterly reports, of which only selected highlights have been included here. More detailed reports are available on the Town of Drumheller’s website, www.dinosaurvalley.com.
Mayor Heather Colberg highlighted developments on the committees she sits on. The Economic Development Advisory Committee is pleased with the success of the downtown plaza and wishes to oversee it again next year, but also feel there should be a plaza committee.
Councillor Lacher reported the Valley Bus Society will be hosting a casino fundraiser on September 12 and 13. No members of Community Futures were willing to hold the chairperson position, and the federal government indicated if a chair is not elected at their September 13 meeting, they will not receive funding in October and they will move to dissolve Community Futures.
Councillor Makowecki said the Drumheller and District Sold Waste Management Association is in good financial shape and is in the process of buying a plastics granulator.
Councillor Tom Zariski highlighted the taxi commission is in the process of researching and developing a draft ‘Uber’ bylaw.
Councillor Krystyne DeMott reported that subdivision activity has stalled with no more applications.
Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk reported the Heritage Arts and Culture Steering Committee met and discussed future grant applications.
Councillor Garbutt highlighted the Drumheller Housing Administration’s finances are on track with their budget. They also have a new housing advisor who is working well.


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