Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, December 4, 2018
Council heard a delegation from the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce’s Marley Henneigh, Jeff Hall, and Heather Bitz. This year they advocated worked on issues regarding the mobile vendor bylaw and cannabis legalization. The chamber organizes a number of events each year, including lunch and learns, the Canada Day parade, and many networking opportunities. The World’s Largest Dinosaur visitation has grown nearly 10 percent compared to the five year average. Direct labour costs in the peak season are $12,000 per month, while they are $5,700 in the off-season. The 2018 financial support from the town to the Visitor Information Centre was $46,896. The delegation asked council to consider additional funding in order to keep up with minimum wage increases and the ability to attract employees. Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk asked what amount of increased town funding the chamber is looking for. Mr. Hall said if the town were to fund costs associated with the higher minimum wage, which has increased their direct labour costs from around $46,000 to $62,000. Councillor Tom Zariski asked about measures to reduce the risk of injury or accidents to children during the chamber’s Canada Day Parade. Mrs. Bitz said they have taken measures over the years to increase the security and safety of the event by bringing in additional volunteers, not allowing candy to be thrown in the parade. Mrs. Bitz said they have decided to not move forward with the parade after this year due to increased liability with the event, and will look to pass the event onto another organization if interested. Councillor Tony Lacher asked what other revenue the Visitor Information Centre receives, and Mr. Hall said there is no other revenue other than town funding
and grants which cover temporary employee contracts.
Council held a discussion over a draft Community Standards Bylaw 7.18. Town CAO Darryl Drohomerski says this draft is a significant rewrite of the existing bylaw, making it easier to understand and enforce. Director of protective services Greg Peters says there was an issue enforcing the noise restrictions in Drumheller, saying the existing bylaw required noise measuring devices. The new section says an individual may not disturb the peace of another person, under certain circumstances and conditions at discretion of the bylaw officer. Additional changes include changes to public cannabis and tobacco consumption. Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk said perhaps the decibel limit on the noise section should remain because it has proven useful in incidents in the past. Councillor Fred Makowecki expressed concern over lowering the prohibition of excessive noise from beginning at 9 a.m. to 7 a.m. every day of the week, and wondered if it should be later on the weekend. Councillor Jay Garbutt voiced concern over the removal of a loitering provision in the bylaw, saying bylaw enforcement would likely respond more efficiently than police. Mr. Garbutt also suggested the clause regarding bullying should be restored in the new bylaw, as it allows an additional tool to punish incidents of bullying which don’t escalate to full criminal charges. CAO Drohomerski suggested the town look at creating a seperate bylaw to address bullying. Councillor Makowecki asked if there are intentions to increase bylaw enforcement to seven days a week, with Mr. Peters saying it is preferable but they do not have the available/trained staff at the moment. CAO Drohomerski said the RCMP have control of this bylaw, too. Mr. Peters and Drohomerski will take the recommendations into consideration and bring back the bylaw in January.