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Council Notes from Committee of the Regular Meeting Monday, August 23, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, August 23, 2021

CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented 6.1.1 Referendum and Senate Proclamation. The provincial government officially added nominations for the Senate election to the municipal elections ballot; nominations for Senate election are open until Monday, September 20 at noon. The ballot will also include two referendum questions:
1. Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 - Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments - be removed from the constitution?
2. Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?
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CAO Drohomerski presented Bylaw 15.21 to amend Bylaw 02-17, known as the Water and Wastewater Bylaw. The amendments including adding the definition of “Process water,” or water completely consumed in the manufacture or production of goods, and makes changes to multi-meter large residential properties, such as apartments, which have multiple properties on a single title rather than individual titles for each property.
Councillor Garbutt moved second reading of Bylaw 15.21 and explained, with the amendment, there will be a nominal increase of approximately less than $2.00/month for affected account holders.
Second and third reading were carried unanimously.
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CAO Drohomerski presented a Request for Decision to grant a subdivision extension request from Bill Hunter from Hunter Wallace Surveys. The file originally came before council in 2020 as part of a consolidation of lands for the East Coulee Waterline. Due to land negotiation delays and the COVID-19 pandemic, the original timeline of January 7, 2021 has lapsed and Mr. Hunter has requested an extension to finalize by October 15, 2021.
Councillor Garbutt moved for Council to approve the subdivision extension request to allow registration of land titles before October 15, 2021. Carried unanimously.
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Manager of Protective Services Greg Peters presented council with a resolution to increase the on-call wage for volunteer firefighters on the Drumheller, Rosedale, and East Coulee departments. Drumheller’s firefighters are currently paid $16.95/hour which is in the lower range of municipal wages outside of large municipalities, such as Calgary. Mr. Peters explained the department averages some 195 calls per year and consumes some 218 hours of service per member, as well as approximately 48 hours per year which accounts for two practices per month at some two hours each. There are 44 volunteer members, excluding Fire Chief Bruce Wade, between the three departments, and an increase of $2.00/hr was recommended by Mr. Peters, to take effect October 1, 2021; additional increases will come into effect January 2023 and January 2024.
Council thanked the volunteer firefighters for their contribution to public and community safety. Councillor Garbutt moved to approve the wage increase and Mayor Colberg directed Mr. Peters to put wages back on the radar in 2025.
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Mr. Peters presented council with a recommendation to repeal the Policing Committee Bylaw 16.09, which was established in June 2009, and direct administration and the RCMP to create a new Police Advisory Committee before December 2021. Mr. Peters has been in discussion with Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque, and Councillors Makowacki and Zariski to allow more public transparency, greater diversity representation from the community, and participation in local policing matters by creating more community involvement.
Councillor Makowacki moved council give first reading to repeal the Policing Committee Bylaw 16.09 and direct administration and RCMP to create a new police advisory committee before December 2021. Carried unanimously.
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Mayor Colberg recessed the meeting at 5:10 p.m. ahead of a public hearing at 5:30 p.m.
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Mayor Colberg called the public hearing to amend Land Use Bylaw (LUB) 16.20, amending LUB 18.21 to order at 5:30 p.m.
CAO Drohomerski explained, in amending LUB 16.20, administration encountered a number of additions, omissions, and changes within the bylaw which were realized upon working on the amendments, including better descriptions around home occupations and requirements and descriptions around portable structures.
No written submissions were received.
Nacmine resident Jim McCabe virtually presented council with his concern over the amendments, in particular regarding the amended flow rates for Flood Mitigation in the Municipal Development Plan. Mr. McCabe explained his home is along the river and he is unsure whether his property will be affected by the Protected Zones outlined in Section 2.5.4(4), regarding restrictions on building new developments related to the elevation of the flood construction level.
Mayor Colberg thanked Mr. McCabe for his participation and said his input will be taken into consideration at the next review.
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Mayor Colberg closed the public hearing at 5:40 p.m. Councillor Lacher moved to adjourn to a closed camera session to discuss 8.1.1. Infrastructure Maintenance - Advice from Officials. Carried unanimously.
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The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 7 and is anticipated to be held in council chambers at Town Hall.

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


Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting Monday, August 9, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Regular Council Meeting
Monday, August 9, 2021

Council adopted the minutes from the July 12 and July 26 Regular Council Meetings.
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Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque and Corporal Gerald Sherk of the Drumheller RCMP provided an update. Currently, the RCMP have14 officers, with one more transferring, and two new officers arriving to make it a full complement. . He outlined work the department has been doing on its community priorities, including crime reduction, community engagement, and violence. Overall, crime was down in 2020 when compared to 2019. There are some emerging trends. April to June year-over-year (2020-2021) increase in Person Crimes was primarily driven by Assault (129%, from 24 - 32). April to June year-over-year (2020-2021) increase in Total Criminal Code driven by Fail to Comply & Breaches (110%, from 16 - 21).
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Council passed first and second reading of Bylaw 17.21, the Intermunicipal Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Bylaw. The town has a Subdivision Appeal Board (SDAB), and all members of an SDAB need to be trained, and they are certified for three years. The SDAB hearings are infrequent, and some are members reluctant to pursue the training. Palliser is recommending an Intermunicipal Board, allowing a larger pool of potential members, and allow certified members a better opportunity to use their training. The town will attempt to recruit more members before they give third reading to the bylaw.
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Council passed a motion that Council delegates authority to Administration to negotiate and enter into an agreement with a service provider for the provision of Assessment Review Board Services for a trial period of not less than two years. CAO Darryl Drohomerski explained it is also a very rarely used board. In 2011 Palliser Regional Municipal Services passed bylaws to create a joint board, however, it was never formed. Drumheller and Palliser have contacted the Red Deer Central Alberta Review Board (RARB) about becoming a member, and are waiting for a response.
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Council passed first reading to Bylaw16.20, the Land Use Bylaw. Council passed the bylaw in December 2020. It was identified at the time there would be 3, 6, and 12-month reviews of the bylaw to ensure the intent of the changes were correct, correct omissions and revise the document as necessary. There are a number of changes including clerical errors and maps as well as provision for items such as billboards and bench advertising, breweries. Council scheduled a public hearing for August 23. Council also passed a motion to delegate administration to correct draftings and clerical errors as they are identified by the developing authority,
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Mark Steffler, interim flood mitigation project director provided an update on the flood mitigation project. They have received just two submissions for their Request for Proposal for a Flood Mitigation management team. He says he has begun to talk to firms regarding hiring a project director for the role. They will be putting out a request for proposal for the new position. Last week Steffler met with representatives of the Town of High River and Rockyview County to observe their flood program and experience. Design works is still progressing. This week they met with the federal government to go over the claims they have made so far and what they would like to see included in the claims.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peter provided his quarterly reports. They continue work on derelict and vacant properties policy, the possibility of adding a compliance officer position as well as a bylaw staff capacity review. There is a review being conducted by an external party to decide which is the most efficient and feasible path moving forward for Fire Code Inspections.
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Director of Corporate Services Mauricio Reyes provided his quarterly report. Town’s revenues were 4.2 percent lower than budget corresponding to the same period, due to COVID-19 and the low-interest investment environment. Expenses are also down, about, 4.4 per cent. The town is trending to have a small operating surplus at year-end. Council has so far been successful in securing $1,194,250 in grant funding.
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Director of Infrastructure Service Dave Brett provided a quarterly report. The Rotary Park fountain is up and running, with more repairs to take place in the fall. Design work is being completed on Bridge 11 on the Wayne Road and they will be doing public consultation in the near future. They were unable to secure a contractor to carry out the work at the scatter garden, so town staff has been undertaking the work. They have retained a contractor to do a full safety review of the accesses to the town’s lift stations and pump stations. Asbestos abatement is underway at the old hospital and they expect to carry out demolition later this year.
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Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture, Darren Goldthorpe, presented a quarterly report. The Dragons were unable to run their spring program because of COVID, so the ice was taken out. The ice has since been reinstalled and programs are underway. The Aquaplex opened for the season, with the outdoor pool opening on May 28 and the indoor pool opening on June 21. The BCF has been open continually since June 21, but not to full hours. They have made some progress filling employment vacancies.
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Community Development Coordinator Heather Carlson presented the quarterly report for Community Development and Social Planning. Strategic priorities include poverty reduction, community service hub, community Access Pass, and Inclusive Communities Programming Framework.

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

Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, July 26, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, July 26, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg congratulated Talyn Boyko for being selected by the New York Rangers in the NHL Entry Draft.
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Council adopted the minutes from the June 28, 2021, Regular Council Meeting.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented the 2021 Senate Election Proclamation. At this year’s Municipal Election the province is holding an election for three persons for the province to submit to the Queen’s Privy Council as suggestions to fill vacant Alberta Senate seats.
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Council gave three readings to pass an amendment to Bylaw 20.20 to repeal the mask bylaw. While council had already removed the bylaw, this was needed to be done as an administrative procedure to remove it from the books.
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Council passed second and third readings to Land Rezoning Bylaw 14.21. This is to consolidate three parcels in the Rosedale area to have them zoned as Employment District.
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Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 10-21, the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan.
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Council appointed Kirk McLean to the Municipal Planning Commission for a term of three years. While he does not have experience serving on boards or committees, he was born and raised in Drumheller and has an interest in the future of the community.
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Council appointed Ryan Power to the Municipal Planning Commission for a term of three years. He has experience as a volunteer. He is currently studying at Mount Royal University and brings with him skills, including planning, leadership, and the ability to do research.
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Aiden Macdonald of Ascend Financial presented a financial statement of the Flood Mitigation Program. This report goes from the inception of the program up until the year-end, December 31, 2020. It showed total expenditures of $7,567,084. Professional services and management made up a large portion of the expenditures, as did property acquisitions. He noted there were processes put in place and were generally adequate. There were deficiencies in some cases in the Request for Proposal process. They also found in general the organization was paying its payables in a timely basis, but some weaknesses were found. Grant reporting fit in the funding models, but there were some concerns with how the funding claims were prepared. Overall they are satisfied with the audit, and while there were issues, there was no indication of material misstatement or malfeasance. The project now follows the council’s purchasing policies, after repealing the Flood Mitigation purchasing policy, giving more transparency.
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Leon Pfeiffer of RSM Canada presented the draft of the Town of Drumheller 2020 Audited Financial Statement. The town has a healthy balance sheet with a net financial assets total of $19,586,689 and nonfinancial assets of $147,716,388, for a total accumulated surplus of $167,303,077. There were about $20,600,817 in revenue and expenses of $21,919,472 in 2020, with a deficit of $1,318,655. Capital revenues were up significantly over the previous year, and the town ended 2020 with a surplus of $8,645,858. Councillor Jay Garbutt noted when it comes to a healthy build-up of reserves and low debt the town is in a stronger position than 2019, despite the pandemic.
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Council approved the Town of Drumheller 2020 Audited Financial Statements, and the 2020 Statement of Expenditures for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program as presented.
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Director of Corporate Service Mauricio Reyes provided an update on the Tax Relief Program council approved at its last meeting. There have been three enrolled under the payment plan, and 11 enrolled in the tax deferment program.
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Council awarded the purchase of a 2021 grader, a ripper, and an extended warranty to Finning Cat for $363, 2020. There were three proposals received. The purchase came in about $11,000 under budget.
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Council received quarterly reports from CAO Darryl Drohomerski, Communications officer Erica Crocker, and manager of Economic Development Reg Johnston.

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


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