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Council Notes from Committee of the Whole Meeting Monday, October 17, 2022

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, October 17, 2022

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and made some opening announcements.
She noted some areas have been closed for berm construction and asked the public to stay away from these areas and off heavy equipment due to public safety concerns.
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Members of the Drumheller and Region Transition Society (DARTS) Meteorites made a presentation to the committee to introduce themselves and the group to council. The Meteorites are a self-advocacy group for individuals with disabilities in the community. Their Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Wednesday, October 26.
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Travel Drumheller executive director Julia Fielding presented the committee with an update on the I Love Drumheller Valley campaign. An inaugural I Love Drumheller Valley Day was held on Thursday, October 13 at the Visitors Information Centre to celebrate community pride and spirit.
The campaign looks to help build on this spirit and pride, and help residents become ambassadors for the community and residents are encouraged to use hashtag ILoveDrumhellerValley on social media to enter a photo contest for a chance to win a “stay-cation” package.
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Drumheller Public Library board representative Cheryl McNeil and Director of Library Services Emily Hollingshead presented the committee with the proposed Drumheller Library bylaws. The library board has passed all three readings of the bylaws and now is pending approval by council as, under the Library Act, a municipality may disallow bylaws by its municipal boards.
Some suggestions and feedback were given by council, and Ms. McNeil said she will bring this back to the board for further discussion prior to the bylaws being brought back for consideration and approval at an upcoming council meeting.
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Economic Development manager Reg Johnston and ISL Engineering community planner Courtney Lawrence presented the committee with an update on the Drumheller Housing Strategy.
ISL has compiled data from the 2021 Census and the 2020 Housing Needs Assessment for this strategy. According to Census data, the population of Drumheller was 7,909 and declining, with a median age of 44 years; the fastest growing population segment those 65 and older.
The Housing Needs Assessment shows a majority, some 76.5 per cent of housing stock, are single-detached homes with three to four bedrooms, and which are more than 30 years old.
Feedback from two drop-in sessions held between July and August show affordable housing options for individuals and families, increased rental availability, short-term rentals, and worker’s housing are priorities for the community.
A community open house and survey are expected in late November to help further identify housing needs, and more current and up-to-date data from the 2021 Housing Needs Assessment is also pending prior to being the strategy being brought back to council for discussion.
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Recreation, Arts, and Culture manager Darren Goldthorpe and RC Strategies project manager Steve Siawuta provided an update on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Community engagements, including an open house and a resident survey are planned to help identify recreation needs in the community.
It is anticipated the master plan will be ready by early 2023, and will be shared with the public prior to coming before council for consideration and approval.
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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski and InterGroup Consultants Ltd presented the committee with the utility rate model analysis. InterGroup were retained to develop a utility rate model for water and wastewater utility rates for the next five years.
There is full cost recovery of water utility based on 2022 rates, however, the reserve fund is projected to decrease to fund a share of planned capital project costs, which Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett says this work has been in the works for quite some time.
Wastewater utility is projected to have significant revenue shortfalls based on the existing rates, and reserve funds are anticipated to reduce to $1.6 million by 2027 without amendments.
It is recommended to implement a phased approach to target full cost recovery by the end of 2027, increasing average annual rates by three per cent for water and six per cent for wastewater rates-which would equate to about an additional $5 per month, per year.
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Director of Emergency and Protective Services Greg Peters, Mr. Brett, and Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation project director Deighen Blakely presented their respective quarterly reports.
Ms. Blakely noted a total of 10 properties identified for buyouts in west and central Rosedale and Nacmine have all been purchased; one house has been demolished, three sold for relocation, and one is scheduled for demolition later in the fall. It is expected the first two packages for 2023 tenders will be issued in the spring, with remaining tenders issued later in the summer 2023.
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The committee adjourned to a closed session to discuss land planning and transaction and advice from officials.

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


Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, October 3, 2022

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, October 3, 2022

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and made several opening announcements.
Deputy Mayor Tom Zariski was nominated as Volunteer of the Year for Alberta Golf, as well as the Alberta 2022 Minister’s Seniors Service Award for his work on the Drumheller and District Senior’s Foundation; Councillor Zariski attended a special awards ceremony for the Seniors Service Award on Tuesday, October 4.
Mayor Colberg congratulated members of the Drumheller, East Coulee, and Rosedale fire departments for their achievement at the 2022 FireFit Challenge.
She also congratulated former Fire Chief Bruce Wade for his 43 years of service on the fire department. He was presented with a special, commemorative axe in recognition of his years of service, and members of the three halls joined council in sending off their former chief into retirement.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker presented council with the Ethelo 2023 Budget Consultation and Satisfaction Engagement. The survey was open to Drumheller residents over a six week period, between August and September, to help council gather input about budgeting and service priorities.
The online platform saw a total of 2,115 visitors during this time. A total of 359 participants responded to the survey online and two paper submissions were received. A majority of respondents were women, between the ages of 35 and 44 years of age, and residents for at least 10 or more years.
Based on survey results, residents saw Road Construction and Repair, Emergency and Protective Services, Parks, Trails, and Playgrounds as the top budget priorities for 2023, followed closely by Recreation, Arts, Events, and Culture.
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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski announced demolition of three properties which were purchased as part of the Floodway Buyout Program was awarded to McColman & Sons Demolition for a total of $145,094. A total of three bids were received.
Demolition and remediation of each site is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete; McColman & Sons is currently in the process of completing the old Drumheller Hospital demolition.
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CAO Drohomerski presented council with a request to begin expropriation proceedings for two parcels of land along the north bank of the Red Deer River to facilitate repairs to the Star Mine Suspension Bridge. (See story Page 2).
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CAO Drohomerski presented council with a request to appoint six community members-Courtney Bell, Josh Bhikoo, Tyler Eddy, Becky Kowalchuk, Barbara Lubinski, and Lisa Orton-to the newly formed CN Fundraising Task Force for a term ending February 28, 2023.
Council unanimously approved the appointments of these community members.
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Director of Corporate and Financial Services Mauricio Reyes presented council with a request to establish reserve bid values and terms for the 2023 Tax Recovery Public Auction, which is scheduled for January 27, 2023. In previous years the reserve bid amount has been set as the assessed value as of July 1 of the current fiscal year; it was recommended council set the reserve bid amounts as of July 1, 2022.
Council unanimously approved.
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CAO Drohomerski presented council with a request to award the lighting portion of the Drumheller Airport Rehabilitation Project.
Council partially awarded only the paving portion of the project in April, holding off on the lighting portion due to significant cost overages. In July, Alberta Transportation confirmed an additional $152,051 in funding under the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program Community Airport Program (STIP-CAP), which will cover 75 per cent of the overall cost. Border Paving Ltd was awarded the project in the amount of $336,650.

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, September 19, 2022

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Council Meeting
Monday, September 19, 2022

Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting and announced flags will be at half-staff on September 25 and September 30 for Alberta Police and Peace Officer Memorial Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation respectively.
There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Flood Mitigation Newcastle berm at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27.
She thanked members of the Flood Mitigation Citizens Advisory Committee for arranging the tree carving at the Downtown Plaza on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17.
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Council unanimously approved a request to extend the Leave of Absence for Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk for an additional eight weeks for medical reasons.
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Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski presented council with a request to appoint two members to the CN Trail Fundraising Task Force. Two applications were received from community members, Jason Blanke and Madison Colberg, and CAO Drohomerski noted anyone interested can still submit applications.
Mayor Colberg added the task force will hold a meeting at the Badlands Community Centre (BCF) on September 28 and anyone interested in being part of the task force is welcome to attend.
Council unanimously approved the appointments of both Mr. Blanke and Ms. Colberg.
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Flood Mitigation project director Deighen Blakely presented council with a request for decision to begin the expropriation process for two properties in Newcastle. Ms. Blakely noted the Flood Mitigation Office has been working with the landowners to purchase two portions of the parcels under the flood program needed to complete construction of the berm. However, the landowners have declined every offer to this point.
With the reduction in the top width of the berms, Ms. Blakely explained the amount of land required for purchase was reduced significantly, and the number of impacted landowners was also reduced from three to two.
Council unanimously passed the motion to begin the expropriation process for the two parcels.
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Director of Infrastructure Dave Brett presented council with a request to cancel the tender for the Highway 10X Bridge 11 replacement project. A total of $3.2 million was budgeted for the project, with the Alberta government covering 75 per cent of the costs, and the Town of Drumheller and Wheatland County are contributing 21 per cent and four per cent respectively for the municipal portion.
Mr. Brett explained bids came in significantly above the $3.2 million-the lowest bid coming in 2.5 times higher than this amount-and it was recommended to cancel the tender to allow the Town and Wheatland County to explore potential redesigns and efficiencies and retender the project in early 2023.
Council unanimously agreed and directed administration to look for efficiencies to reduce costs and retender in early 2023.
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Manager of Recreation, Arts, and Culture Darren Goldthorpe presented council with a briefing note on the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. This is a very high strategic priority for the Town and will help assess the status of recreation and parks, and develop a plan to meet the future needs of the community.
A request for proposal was advertised in June 2022 and a total of four proposals were received. Administration evaluated these proposals, and awarded the proposal to RC Strategies of Sherwood Park in the amount of $70,494 for services; administration met with RC Strategies in late-August to begin the project.
It is expected the engagement plan will come before council in October with public engagement to held shortly afterwards; Mr. Goldthorpe noted he expects the Parks and Recreation Master Plan will be completed in spring 2023.

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


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