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Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, August 31, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, August 31, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg swore in Councillor Jay Garbutt as Deputy Mayor for the months of September and October.
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Council heard from Devin Dekeyser of Dinosaur Trail RV Park regarding a water leak at the commercial site dating back to the spring and summer of 2019. He said none of the leaked water entered the Drumheller wastewater system and asked for relief for the wastewater side.
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Council adopted the minutes of the August 4 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council approved a Request for Decision from the Flood Mitigation and Resiliency Office to engage SweetTech Engineering Consultants to undertake engineering design services for initially assigned flood mitigation projects up to a value of $300,000 and awarded the contact of geotechnical coordination services to Parkland Geotechnical Consulting LTD for a value of up to $300,000.
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Director of Infrastructure Services David Brett and utility manager Bill Adams presented on water/wastewater utility bill forgiveness, comparing other community’s policies surroundings water and wastewater billing issues. It found that typically these policies reflected the practice that “if it goes through the meter, they are charged.”
It recommends:
- The Town continues to follow the industry-standard practice of billing for all water that goes through the meter and flagging potential leaks through the water billing software.
- The Town continues to follow the industry-standard practice of billing sanitary sewer at a set percentage of volume through the water meter (for Drumheller this is 80% ).
- Provide the public with access to a “high water consumption checklist”.
- For those customers that cannot find the leak, they can provide a meter read history report. In some cases, they could provide assistance to find the leak, but not to repair the leak.
- A Customer Assistance Program (CAP) payment plan system be implemented for customers who receive a high consumption bill to give the consumer time to pay prior to implementing any penalties. Councillor Jay Garbutt made a motion to table the decision. It was carried.
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Council held a public meeting for Bylaw 16.19, a lane closure in East Coulee. A home has existed on the laneway for many years. The bylaw is to close the road and this would allow the land to be turned over to the homeowner so they are able to sell the property. There were no written submissions and Sharleen Douglas spoke in favor of the bylaw.
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Council also held a public meeting for Bylaw 17.19 to close a portion of the undeveloped 3rd Avenue SW to public travel and acquiring title to this land in the name of the Town of Drumheller for retention. There was no one there to speak on the bylaw. The public hearings were closed.
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Council returned to its regular meeting and Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 16.19 and second and third reading of Bylaw 17.19.
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Council approved the implementation of the Kick it to the Curb program as an adjunct to the annual Community Clean-up This program would encourage residents to place unwanted belongings on the boulevard with a free sign. This would occur prior to the annual clean up on September 11, 12, and 13.
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Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture Darren Goldthorpe issued a report on the reopening of the Badlands Community Facility and the Aquaplex under AHS guidelines. The target date is Wednesday, September 9. He noted they are excited but the opening also comes with some caution. Some of the precautions taken include assessment of symptoms upon entry, maintain traffic flow for social distancing and capacity limitations and equipment use. Locker use will be minimized and extra cleaning will take place throughout the open hours. Registration for activities and programs will have to be booked online, with residents booking timeslots to use the facilities. Seating areas will remain closed to minimize gathering. Swim lessons will be on hold for the time being. The library is looking at opening in the near future.
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Council passed a motion to direct administration to continue to suspend the collection of monthly membership fees and extend memberships by the length of time the member was unable to use the facility, up until January 2021. Goldthorpe says this allows members to return to use the facilities when they feel comfortable. Further, Council passed a motion to permit and promote general public and member use of the Aquaplex and Badlands Community Facility free of charge for the month of September 2020.


Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Tuesday, August 4, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Town Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg reminded residents of the Downtown revitalization survey which is currently online. This is to provide feedback and direct improvements to the core.
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Council accepted a Request for Decision to approve $5,000 from the operating budget for a mask-wearing promotion. The Town would provide Dino Bucks to retailers in an effort to reward customers who are wearing masks in public. The promotion will be run for seven weeks.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer Darwin Durnie and Matt Knapik of 02 Planning presented an overview of the Master Engineering Design and Assessment of Planning Impact. Its goal is to update the Municipal Development Plan, Land Use Bylaw, and Downtown Area Revitalization Plan to reflect that Drumheller is a flood community. This will guide future development of the Town. Changes to the MDP to include placing the Red Deer River at the heart of the plan, present a vision to inspire investment, and link the valley through open spaces. See story on Page 3.
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Council Awarded the Concrete and Asphalt Crushing and Stockpiling contract to McKnight Enterprises for $459,700 from the 2020 Capital Budget and further moved that additional required funding of $110,000 be transferred from Transportation Reserves.
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Council held Public Hearing for Bylaw14-20 to amend the Land Use Bylaw 11-08 to change a portion of the Future Land Use Map ‘6 Rosedale to Cambria” from Industrial Development to Industrial Development/ Compatible Commercial Development.
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Council held a Public hearing for Bylaw 15-20 to amend Land use Bylaw 10-08 by changing the Land use classification of three parcels in the Rosedale area from Medium Industrial District to Direct Control District.
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Devin Diano, senior planner of Palliser Regional Service presented a report for the above Public hearings. The changes are to make way for a potential development that includes a 1,640 square foot art space, a storefront, and plans for “glamping” and kid’s cabins. Palliser recommended that Council make these amendments. The Public Hearing was closed.
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Council adopted the Town’s Turf Management Policy. This is to regulate the maintenance and protection of greenspaces.
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Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw14-20 to amend bylaw 11-08 to change the Future Land Use Map. Council also gave second and third reading to Bylaw 15-20 to amend Land use Bylaw 10-08 by changing the Land use classification of three parcels in the Rosedale area from Medium Industrial District to Direct Control District.

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

Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, July 20, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, July 20, 2020

Council adopted the minutes from the July 6 Regular Council Meeting.
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Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque provided a presentation on police survey trends. High areas of concern include break and enter, drugs, property crimes vandalism, and theft from vehicles. They are looking to align the annual performance plan with issues identified by the public in the survey. One issue is police visibility, having a presence in the community and schools and they are implementing measures to address this. They are looking at partnering with neighbouring detachments to increase visibility and adding bike and plainclothes patrols.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski provided an update on COVID-19. Drumheller was upgraded to a “Watch Community” because of the larger spread of cases. This is when there are more than 10 cases in a zone or a ratio of 50 per 100,000 or greater. As of Monday evening, there were 13 new cases in Drumheller. He noted many people have ‘pandemic fatigue’ and people are not being as stringent in adhering to the protocols. He recommends people wear a mask in public areas, cover mouth and nose when you sneeze, wash hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer, and maintain social distancing. If you have symptoms go to www.albertahealthservices.ca to see if you require testing, or call 811. They are doing testing at the Drumheller Health Centre Monday through Friday by appointment.
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Council passed first reading Bylaw 14.20 to amend the Municipal Development Bylaw to change a portion of the East Rosedale Industrial area from Industrial Development to Industrial Development/Compatible Commercial Development area. There is interest from an individual to develop a tourism-related attraction. A Public Hearing for the bylaw will be held on August 4.
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Council passed the first reading of Bylaw 15.20 to change the land use bylaw of the same portion of land above from Medium Industrial District to Direct Control District.
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Council approved a request for decision to defer property tax payment without penalty from August 31 to November 30 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic challenges. These are for property owners who normally pay taxes in a lump sum before August 31.
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Council passed a motion to submit an Asset Management Capacity-Building Cohort Application - jointly offered by Rural Municipality Association, the Alberta Urban Municipality Association, and Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta. The Town of Drumheller commits to incur travel and accommodation charges associated with the Cohort Training and understands these will not be reimbursed. The Town of Drumheller recognizes participants may be asked to work with the project team to provide at least one meeting space to hold a meeting. The Town of Drumheller will commit three people for training for the purpose of learning:
• Establishment and development of an internal Asset Management Team.
• Development of an Asset Management Policy.
• Development of an Asset Management Strategy.
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Council also passed a motion to direct staff to apply for the Federation Canadian Municipalities Municipal Asset Management Program for Palliser Regional Asset Management project. Further, it committed $5,000 from its operating budget toward the cost of this initiative for training and data conversion (scanning and organizing drawings and records into a format usable for a GIS-based asset management system).
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Council passed third reading of Bylaw 13.20 the Residential Development Incentive Program. This would offer tax abatements for up to three years on qualifying single-family residential developments and multi-unit residential developments.
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Administration presented their semi-annual reports. Mr. Drohomerski noted many of the projects that were expected to be completed in the first six months of the year had been deferred or took longer because of the staffing resources Involved.
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Councillor reports were presented for information.

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


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