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Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, May 25, 2020

 

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Council Meeting
Monday, May 25, 2020

Dry Canyon Collectables was presented the Cindy Amos Tourism Champion Award by Shelley Rymal of Canadian Badlands.
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Mayor Heather Colberg proclaimed June 1-7 as Seniors Week in Drumheller and June 1 as Correctional Services of Canada Appreciation Week and granted it Freedom of the Town.
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Council adopted the minutes from May 11 Regular Council Meeting and the May 11 and May 19 Special Council Meetings.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski provided an explanation of the State of Local Emergency(SOLE) to clear up miscommunication on what SOLE is. He explained that declaring SOLE creates powers including, but not restricted to, acquiring or using personal property, controlling or prohibiting travel, evacuation, entering buildings without warrant, demolition or removing trees, crops or structures, fixing prices, and conscripting people. Currently there are 64 municipalities in Alberta that are currently under SOLEs. He says the province is still under a Public Health Emergency and currently Alberta is on Stage 1 of a three-stage relaunch program. Extending the Town of Drumheller’s SOLE reduces the need for weekly procedural renewal during the pandemic and provides the ability to reinstate control measures rapidly if conditions change. It does not mean that local businesses are closed.
Councillor Lisa Hansen Zacharuk expressed that she would like to see the barricades removed and to abandon the SOLE, because of concerns that it may be driving business away from the community and social and mental health of the community. Councillor Fred Makowecki agreed and wondered how to balance standing up our defenses to COVID and also being welcoming to visitors. Councillor Kristyne DeMott and Tony Lacher also agreed it is time to lift the SOLE and barricades. Councillor Jay Garbutt disagreed stating the community is nowhere near the end of the crisis. A SOLE is not unique or the sole cause for fatigue over measures. A SOLE brings heightened awareness and also gives the municipality the authority to enforce orders, and noted these decisions should be made based on science, not on feeling. Councillor Tom Zariski congratulated and thanked the staff and contractors in the EOC. He noted that he is a senior and as Chair of the Drumheller and District Senior Foundation he represents a group who are at a greater risk. He feels a SOLE allows the community to react swiftly and COVID-10 still poses a real threat.
Council agreed to keep the SOLE in place, but review it weekly, and will begin to remove the road closure signs.
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Council also discussed reopening playgrounds and recreation facilities. They are planning to have all outdoor recreation facilities open by Saturday May 30 by noon. There will still be signage and encourage users to follow safety protocols. See story on www.drumhellermail.com.
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Council approved a Request for Direction to waive rental for an emergency shelter space. They are working with the Big Country Antiviolence Association,the Drumheller Housing Authority and the Rotary Club to prepare a suite to use as an emergency shelter.
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Council approved a Request for Decision to abate ice rental fees for the 2020-2021 Drumheller Dragons season and to phase in ice rental fees over the next four years, at a cost of $66,2291.50. Economic Development manager Sean Wallace in the request noted a conservative estimate of economic gains for the community due to the presence of the Drumheller Dragons is, at minimum, $1 million annually. See story on www.drumhellermail.com.

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


Council Notes from the Special Meeting of Tuesday, May 19, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Meetings
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Special Council Meeting May 19
Council renewed its State of Local Emergency (SOLE) to August 11. Council had been extending the SOLE every 7 days. The province passed legislation to allow municipalities up to 90 days.
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Committee of the Whole Meeting May 19

Mayor Heather Colberg took a moment to recognize the Town of Drumheller’s Public Works crew during National Public Works Week.
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FCSS coordinator April Harrison presented a report on the department. She provided an overview of FCSS. It is a unique program in Canada that provides preventative social services and promotes independence over social assistance. It is 80/20 funding split with the province based on population with considerations for median income. It focuses on prevention and early intervention. In 2018, 164 volunteers supported their programs contributing 981.25 hours. 4151 participated in FCSS programs.
She reviewed its changing priorities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include food security, mental health and addictions, transportation to shelters, family violence, housing and homelessness, children with disabilities, information about supports, access to technology, and support for youth and seniors. Many of these align with previous priorities outlined. It was successful in securing a grant for support during COVID-19 and along with other community organizations have applied for more.
Harrison asked for direction from council on whether FCSS should continue with plans as outlined to offer preventative social programs that meet identified needs during this crisis and beyond, and whether the council has the appetite for future discussion regarding FCSS structure such as forming a board, different reporting expectations or other priorities council would like FCSS to work on.

Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, May 11, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, May 11, 2020

Council renewed its declaration of the Local State of Emergency for 12 p.m. May 5, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is to coincide with the province’s planned reach of the economy..
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Mayor Heather Colberg declared May 17-23, 2020 National Public Works Week in Drumheller.
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Council adopted the minutes of Special Council meetings on April 20 and May 4 and approved the minutes of the April 27 Regular Council meeting.
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The Dragons presented at Council Monday night. The Dragons were established in 2002 with the objectives of helping student-athletes to achieve their academic endeavours through sport while building the foundations for a strong community. Drumheller is the third smallest community supporting a team in Alberta. In the last three years, 23 players have received post-secondary scholarships with a value exceeding $3 million. The Dragons are active volunteers and contribute to the community and raise funds for local groups. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team is at risk of losing major fundraising and sponsorship revenues. This coupled with public health restrictions possibly influencing attendance numbers. Blair Christianson notes the future is sustainable and they are looking at different ways to create a year-round hockey destination and sports destination by becoming a spring camp and tournament destinations, summer hockey camps, and the Drumheller Dragons Academy. He said the team was making progress in becoming a profitable team, however, the Coronavirus has set them back. The team has to submit an intent to play for the 2020-2021 season and asked for a one-year abatement of ice rental. This would help the Dragons remain an economic driver for the town.
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Council renewed its State of Local Emergency to remain in effect until May 19. Director of Emergency Management Darwin Durnie gave a brief update on where they are heading. The effort has gone from a defensive approach to a risk management strategy. Director of Protective Services Greg Peters will be installed as incident commander going forward. He recommended council continue with the State of Local Emergency during the relaunch. Zariski expressed he feels the relaunch by the province is premature. Councillor Jay Garbutt expressed the decision to reopen is an economic and political decision and not a scientific one and recognized the effort the Town of Drumheller took made a difference in slowing the spread in the community.
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Council passed all three readings of the 2020 Mill Rate Bylaw. 10.20. The town’s assessment dropped by about 2 per cent to $915,698,700. Council initially anticipated a mill rate of 1.9 per cent, however with a drop of assessment this amount would fall short about $180,000. Council approved the mill rate increase of 1.9 per cent, committing to make up the shortfall through prudent budgeting, drawing from reserves, or funding it through defunding amortization rather than increasing the mill rate.
The residential mill rate for Drumheller property tax was set at 8.3196 mills. And the non-residential mill rate was set at 13.52149. Including the Alberta School Foundation and the Drumheller and District Foundations requisitions, the total mill rate for residential property is 11.56901 and the total non-residential mill rate is 17.81293.
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Council adopted the 2020 capital budget. The capital expense in 2020 totals about $43 million, and I made up of about $2.5 million carried forward from 2019, about $7 million in new projects in 2002, with about half coming from grant dependent requests, over $19 million in 2020 for expenses related to the Resiliency and Flood Mitigation programs, and more than $14 million as possible economic stimulus projects should funding become available from higher levels of government. Council was able to whittle away about $900,000 in expense by delaying projects for a year and agreed to put the funds in a new reserve for COVID 19 response.

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


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