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Council Notes from Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Monday, March 1, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, March 1, 2021

Drumheller fire Chief Bruce Wade presented a report on its 2020 activities. There were a total of 165 calls last year compared to 196 in the previous year. There were 11 structure fires, including one reported as arson, up from 8 in the previous year. Rescue calls were up to 13, from 2. There are 46 active members; 30 at the Drumheller Fire hall, eight at the Rosedale Hall, and eight at the East Coulee Hall. Approximately 13 members respond to calls and have an app that tracks members en route as well as responding apparatus, hydrant locations, and call locations. Last year the department signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Drumheller Institution to take over fire protection when they disbanded their department. The department had one inside tour of the facility and has had some concerns over fire protection, but the budget seems to take priority. The Fire Department has not been successful in solving these issues. He notes the department is satisfied with the performance of its new ladder truck.
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Constable Dan Lajeunesse and Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque presented the RCMP detachment 2020 activities. Currently, there is a full complement of 15 officers. One officer is transferring out, but a new officer will be arriving within six months. Overall it saw a 22 per cent decrease in persons crimes, 20 per cent decrease in property crime, and 2 per cent in other criminal code infractions. Motor vehicle thefts decreased by 49 per cent, and thefts under $5,000 were down 40 per cent. There was however a 12 per cent increase in break and enters. This is about 10 more instances. He does note in the last few months they are seeing a gradual increase in crime. Bourque said they are currently working on their annual performance plan and have a survey available online for residents to identify their priorities. They continue to work with the Crime Reduction Taskforce. He noted the opioid crisis has hit at home with recent fatalities. He said they are taking this very seriously and are utilizing all the specialized units to investigate to find criminality. He is encouraged that residents have shown the resolve to begin carrying Narcan kits for emergencies.
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Airport manager Patrick Bonneville did a presentation on the Drumheller Municipal Airport. He presented a broad overview of the airport. They receive 1000-plus aircraft each year, including law enforcement, crop spraying, flight schools, STARS, and private operators. He said the airport has the potential to operate at a revenue-neutral position or even be profitable and has the ability to return both direct and indirect investment to the community. That potential can be realized through fuel sales as well as rentals. It can also attract foot traffic to the town through increased visitorship as well as events. Some of its challenges are an infrastructure deficit, unclear understanding of benefits, lack of collaboration, and poor perception. They are working on a master plan to make the airport sustainable.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker shared the results of the Ethelo Citizen Budget. Earlier this year the town undertook a budget simulation for residents, to see where their tax dollars are going. Ethelo used the results to generate a particular set of funding changes that are predicted to have the most community support. Participation was good, with 134 responding. The results showed overall respondents agreed with keeping much of the budget allocations the same, with the exception of decreasing general government spending by 15 per cent.
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Protective Services director Greg Peters provided an update on COVID-19. On Monday, the province has moved into Step 2 of the reopening plan. This includes libraries operating at 15 per cent capacity, low-intensity individual and group fitness activities. The province is holding off on reducing restrictions on retail businesses, hotels, banquet halls, and youth sports. The town will be looking at the changes and how to navigate forward with its facilities.

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


Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, February 8, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, February 8, 2021

In her opening remarks, Mayor Heather Colberg outlined several volunteer opportunities, including for the 2021 census, and the Municipal Planning Commission. She also announced the February 16 Committee of the Whole meeting would be cancelled.
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Council approved the minutes from the January 25, 2021, Council Meeting, and the minutes from the November 5 and November 18, 2021, Municipal Planning Commission meetings.
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Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 01.21. This is to resize a portion of Lot 19 Environmental Reserve in Block 3 at the Former Public Works Site.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer, Darwin Durnie, provided an update on the Flood Mitigation Project. He emphasized the community needs to familiarize itself with “Knowing your Flow.” This is part of the multi-barrier approach to flood protection and it starts at home. He says it is important for the entire community to familiarize themselves with the risk of the river because the whole community is affected, not just residents in the flood plain. They are working with the utility franchises in Drumheller so they can relocate their systems that are integrated into the dikes. They hope these will be relocated in a timely manner at their cost. The design teams are well underway, and have had some site visits. He said they foresee some challenges from residents who live on the river who have extended their yards onto public land. They are planning to do more work on the trees and brush, including getting rid of vegetation with black knot disease. They are planning to have boat launch areas in place before the spring flow.
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Council passed a motion to accept an updated Town App Policy C-03-21. Infrastructure Service director David Brett discussed a few tweaks to the policy, including changes under the Request Category, allowing submissions to be categorized as public or private, and adding the snow removal policy to its references.
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Council passed a motion to adopt The Town of Drumheller Social Media Policy c-02-21. This is a strategic priority for the communications department and will guide employees on the use of social media, professionally and privately.

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

Council Notes from Committee of the Whole Council Meeting Monday, February 1, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Committee of the Whole Council Meeting
Monday, February 1, 2021

CAO Darryl Drohomerski presented his quarterly report. The Town has been working on access and agreements for a civic solar project. They have completed a communications gap analysis and are working with a consultant to develop a work plan to address this. Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks were completed and submitted to Municipal Affairs. They are continuing to work on the issue of derelict buildings. COVID-19 was again on the forefront of the Town’s work during Quarter 4. There were 55 residential development permits in 2020 up from 47 in 2019.
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Community Development coordinator Heather Carlson presented the Community Development and Social Planning Department annual report. A new website has been launched for the Community response programs. They are developing a living wage strategy. The Good Food Box program is ongoing and they are developing a poverty reduction coordinator job description. The Adulting 101 program was awarded the FCSS Association of Alberta Award of Excellence. They are working on a partnership with Travel Drumheller, Chamber, and Community Futures on a community and customer service program tentatively named “DrumLIFE.”
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Finance manager Elin Gwinner delivered the Corporate Services year-end report. They have completed the audit and have completed many software updates. Community Development and Social Planning has received 13 grant approvals totalling about $483,000. Infrastructure Services has made two applications for capital grants for asset management training and execution. A STIP grant application has been submitted for airport runway repairs.
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Infrastructure Services director David Brett presented the annual report for his department. The cemetery bylaw and site plan are complete and almost ready to be sent out for tenders. The snow removal policy has been reviewed and updated. Strategic priorities include the town app, and the Rotary Fountain. The 2020 Street Improvement program and the East Coulee lift station projects were completed. Water and wastewater consumption was down compared to the previous year.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented his annual report. Council approved the continuation of the Hoodoo parking programs. Assessment of options for fire code compliances is ongoing to see how best to adapt to the changing fire codes in regards to inspections. A report will be made to Council in March 2021. The department has entered an agreement with five NAIT students to assist in writing, reviewing, and streamlining the Emergency response plans. They are working on a new traffic bylaw expected to come before council in June 2021. The Health & Safety Manual was completed in 2020 and is a living document.
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Mr. Peters presented an amended fireworks bylaw updated after receiving feedback from stakeholders and the community. Council still had many issues with the draft and wish for more work to be completed.
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Mr. Peters gave a COVID-19 update. Provincial numbers are dropping and last week the Alberta government mapped a strategy to ease restrictions. He said medical professionals are concerned about new variants of the virus.
Manager of Recreation, Art, and Culture Darren Goldthorpe presented his year-end report. Due to COVID -19 and competing priories the Community Recreation Service Level / Facility Utilization Review was not completed in 2020. This has since moved up on the 2021 priority list. They are working with Infrastructure Services on facility condition assessment. Work has begun on a Heritage Art and Culture Strategy. It has been a tough year for recreation facilities and they are awaiting guidance from AHS for reopening.
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Nicole Skiftun presented the human resources quarterly report. They will continue to work on the Customer Service Initiatives Proposal. The Service Innovation Incentive Program has been completed and is being rolled out. The Wellness policy review was completed, they have begun an HR policy review and updating job descriptions.
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Communications Officer Erica Crocker provided the fourth-quarter report for her department. They are completing their Communication action plan, a rebranding was launched earlier in the year, and on February 1 a new www.drumheller.ca website was launched. See story on Page 5.

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


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