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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.


Council Notes from Committee of the Regular Meeting Monday, November 15, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, November 15, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting, reminding the public of the Festival of Lights and tree lighting on Saturday, November 20, and the upcoming flood mitigation meeting on Friday, November 19.
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Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade provided council with an overview of the Drumheller Fire Department. The Drumheller Fire Department has responded to a total of 168 calls as of November 7, including structure fires, motor vehicle collisions, alarm calls, and medical assist or first response.
There are 44 on-call members among the Drumheller, East Coulee, and Rosedale halls. The department is in the process of putting seven members through additional training to become instructors.
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Manager of Recreation, Arts, and Culture Darren Goldthorpe gave an overview of the Town’s recreation facilities. The Aquaplex, Drumheller Memorial Arena, Badlands Community Facility (BCF) and six baseball diamonds are managed by the department and are used by clubs and organizations for training and competitions, including the Drumheller Dragons, Drumheller Minor Hockey Association, and the Canadian Badlands Aquatic Swim Club. There are also public programs available.
Recreation facilities have faced numerous challenges since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; all Town facilities are currently under the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP).
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Director of Economic Development Reg Johnston explained how the department helps local businesses grow or improve while also growing the number of businesses in the community. They help answer information requests from local or prospective businesses and connect businesses with various contractors and professionals.
The department also works closely with the film industry, including permitting, drone applications, and connecting with neighbouring jurisdictions such as Alberta Transportation for other approvals. In 2021 a total of nine films, ranging from large productions to small music videos, were filmed in the Drumheller Valley.
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Community Development coordinator Heather Carlson provided an overview of the Community Development and Social Planning department. This department is responsible for events planning and the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), including seniors and youth programming, and poverty reduction.
The department does collaborative work with various organizations to develop sustainable and locally-driven, preventative initiatives which enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families, and the community. They have helped put together community events such as Summer at the Plaza, and the upcoming Festival of Lights and WinterFest.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented council with a recommendation for all visitors attending in-person meetings at designated meeting spaces in Town facilities to follow the REP. Visitors must provide either proof of vaccination, medical exemption, or private negative COVID-19 test at all Town of Drumheller facilities; these include the Drumheller Municipal Airport terminal, Public Works facility, and Town Hall where meetings are taking place. This will not impact visiting facilities for business purposes outside of designated meeting spaces.
Councillor Zariski moved to adopt the REP for in-person meetings. The motion was carried with three in favour and two against.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented council with the revised 2021 Board and Committee Appointments. During the Organizational Meeting, some committees which came into existence in 2020 were overlooked that are part of the Intermunicipal agreements between Drumheller, Starland, Kneehill, and Wheatland counties and Special Areas Board.
Mayor Colberg and Councillor Pat Kolafa will sit on the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Committee, Councillor Tony Lacher will sit on the Intermunicipal Development Plan Board, and it was recommended Councillor Zariski join the Drumheller Revitalization Committee as Secretary, as Mayor Colberg sits on as Board Chair.
Councillor Kolafa moved to adopt the revised appointments as presented. Carried.
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CAO Drohomerski presented council with a request for three appointments to the Drumheller Public Library Board. There is one vacancy and two appointment renewals.
Samantha Haddon and Caleb Brown, who currently serve as Chair and Treasurer respectively, reapplied to the Board having reached the end of their terms, and Jade Scott, who ran for Drumheller Town Council in the October 18 municipal election, applied for the vacant position. Council unanimously voted in favour to appoint the three applicants for a term of three years ending December 2024.
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CAO Drohomerski presented council with a request to appoint Ester Aginaku to the Community and Economic Development Committee for a three-year term ending in December 2024.
Councillor Kolafa moved to approve the appointment of Ester Aginaku. Carried unanimously.
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Councillor Zariski moved for council to move into a closed session to discuss flood department activities. Mayor Colberg adjourned the meeting following the closed session.

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, November 8, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2021

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Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting, congratulating Drumheller-Stettler MLA Nate Horner on his recent appointment as Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture. She also thanked the Community Business Association on a successful Downtown Halloween and reminded the public of the upcoming Remembrance Day ceremonies on Thursday, November 11.
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Council was given an overview of the Town of Drumheller departments and their responsibilities within the Town.
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Director of Corporate Services Mauricio Reyes noted the proposed 2022 Operating and Capital budgets will be brought forward to Council within the coming weeks.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett shared that Alberta Environment had recently communicated they had found no objections in regards to the East Coulee snow dump and the Town will be moving forward with the next steps on the project. This will allow the Town to store snow when roads are plowed, rather than hauling it.
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Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation project manager Deighen Blakely presented Council with an update on flood mitigation. Work is currently underway on berm designs and the office has progressed through conceptual, preliminary and draft detailed designs for 14 flood berms throughout the community. A letter was recently received confirming the designed flow rate of 1,850 cubic metres per second (cms) is the correct measurement to use for designs.
Along with construction at Newcastle Beach and vegetation removal, there have been ongoing one-on-one meetings with affected landowners. There have been over 180 face-to-face meetings and some $5 million has been spent on land purchases to date.
Tenders for construction are anticipated to begin in early January 2022 with construction expected to commence in spring 2022.
Ms. Blakely reminded Council of the upcoming community engagements scheduled for November 19, December 1, and December 9. Each engagement will have an online Zoom session during the afternoon with an in-person engagement session at the Badlands Community Facility in the evenings; those wishing to attend the Zoom sessions can register online. Proof of double vaccination or a private negative COVID-19 rapid test is required for the in-person sessions.

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


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