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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Council meeting of Monday, November 16, 2020

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Committee of the Whole Council Meeting
Monday, November 16, 2020

Councillor Tom Zarski chaired Monday night’s Committee of the Whole Meeting. On behalf of council, he wished condolences to Mayor Heather Colberg and her entire family for the loss of her father, John Kohut.
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Bill Wulff presented on the Valley Bus Society. It is a not for profit society and offers a dial a bus service and medical charter, which are subsidized by the town of Drumheller. Senior outing charter and retail charter are not subsidized and charged at a cost-plus rate. The Town of Drumheller subsidy makes up about 40 per cent of its operations budget. Neighbouring municipalities have assisted in capital purchases, but not with operations, and it also receives funding from casinos, contributing about $14,000 annually. The Valley Bus Society was awarded the Premier’s Council Award in 2018. Valley Bus transports about 10,000-13,000 passengers annually, and there are about 100-150 charters per year. Salaries make up about 64 percent of their budget, and 32 per cent are vehicle-related costs. Only about 4 per cent of its budget is for office expense. COVID-19 has hit the service hard as its riders are part of the hardest hit segment of the population.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski provided an update on the proposed scatter garden at the cemetery. They are updating the bylaw to allow for its creation, and to provide guidelines and rates. It is planned to be placed adjacent to the columbarium, with a gazebo area, and a wall for memorial plaques. They are expecting construction to begin in the spring.
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Director of Protective Services, Greg Peters, provided an update on COVID-19. Numbers are continuing to rise. As of Monday evening, there are 25 active cases in Drumheller and one death. Drumheller continues to be classified as an enhanced status. The province is not keeping up to contact tracing, and they are planning on hiring more people to provide that service. Councillor Kristyne DeMott expressed that the council should be considering making masks mandatory. Community Development and Social Planning manager, April Harrison, says the group planning holiday events are in contact with public health and following guidelines.
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CAO Drohomerski presented his quarterly report. It includes work on access and other agreements for its civic solar project. Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks have been submitted to Municipal Affairs. The town is working with its solicitors to develop a plan using existing bylaws to deal with derelict buildings. They have been reviewing service levels and will be bringing forward those measurements in the near future. A considerable amount of time has been taken working on reopening facilities. They hired a development officer in training, and have engaged a recruitment agency to work on recruiting for a couple of difficult to fill positions.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker provided her quarterly update. The town completed its rebranding and launch. A new website is being developed and BoxClever of Edmonton was awarded the project. They are working on developing new Town App guidelines and is expected to be presented in the fourth quarter of this year.
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April Harrison provided the quarterly update for the Community and Social Planning Department. The community counselling program has a waitlist and grant applications have been submitted requesting funding to supports the increased demand. A community events coordinator has been hired. The Good Food Box Food program has been reinstituted. The Hot Meals Program has distributed 691 meals.
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Manager of Recreation Art and Culture, Darren Goldlthorpe, presented his quarterly report. Administration will be monitoring usage at the town’s facilities for trends and opportunities. COVID layoffs and staff tasks being reassigned have delayed the facility condition assessment, however, they have received a grant to conduct an energy audit. This has been completed and has the potential for more grant funding for engineering and implementation. The Heritage Arts and Culture Board has been halted, however, it continues to have funds to distribute through the Arts and Culture Grant. This department has also been busy with facility relaunch. The main goal is to operate facilities in a safe fashion for employees and patrons.
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Council went into a closed session to discuss flood mitigation projects.

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


Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, November 9, 2020

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Council Overview

Information from Drumheller Regular Council Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2020

Mayor Colberg opened the meeting and reminded those listening of the Remembrance Day ceremony changes this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Council adopted the minutes of the October 19 regular council meeting.
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Chief Administrative Officer Darryl Drohomerski presented Council with proposed amendments to the town’s Purchasing Policy. These amendments would increase direct purchases at a manager level from $5,000 up to $10,000; allow the Director of Infrastructure to award Request for Quotation, Proposal, and Tenders up to $100,000 over the previous $25,000; and would increase the local vendor preference differential from five per cent to 10 per cent to help support local businesses in light of the current economic climate.
Council approved the amendments unanimously.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer Darwin Durnie presented council with an update on the Flood Mitigation Office. Durnie thanked the public for their attendance during the series of neighbourhood information sessions and the public hearing regarding changes to the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Land Use Bylaw (LUB).
Flood Mitigation is anticipating having another series of neighbourhood meetings in mid to end of March 2021 to review designs.
In regards to land acquisition, Durnie says in some instances homeowners have initiated land negotiations and a couple have been accepted. The Flood Mitigation Office welcomes these proposals.
The Flood Mitigation Office will be meeting with local insurance brokers and bankers to clarify impacts of the project.
Terrestrial and aquatic surveys have been conducted and were finished ahead of the snowfall.
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Council then moved to a closed session.

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

Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, November 2, 2020

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, November 2, 2020

Councillor Fred Makowecki read a declaration highlighting November as Movember. This is to raise awareness of men’s health.
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Drumheller R.C.M.P. Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque presented statistics on crime for the third quarter as well as comparisons. He said currently, the detachment has three support staff as well as an additional part-time municipal employee. The local detachment also has two GIS (plainclothes) members working on high profile files, and the detachment working on getting it its Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) it up and running. This is part of the Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit, and it is an operation to share intelligence on prolific offenders and crime trends. It has been successful with a couple of recent high profile arrests in Hanna and Rosedale. In the uniformed officer contingent, the detachment has two corporals and four members.
Across the board, crime statics are trending down. Bourque notes there are a number of circumstances that contribute to these. One of these could be CERB payments, creating a situation where offenders are not committing property crime. The CRU teams are also focusing on prolific offenders and are actively doing curfew checks on offenders with conditions. While statistics at the Drumheller Institution show zero, the RCMP is active with investigations at the Drumheller Institution however, they may not be recorded as from this area. There are also instances where charges are dealt with internally. There are currently a few officers that are awaiting transfers to other jurisdictions. The RCMP is reaching out to the community for feedback from residents on policing concerns and priorities.
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Director of Infrastructure Dave Brett provided an update on the fountain repair. The town has made arrangements with a contractor and consulting company to work on a cooperative design to get the most practical and cost-effective solution done. He anticipates design work will be completed within the next couple of weeks, and he hopes to execute some of the work this winter, and the fountain will be operating this coming spring.
Mr. Brett also provided an update on the See Click Fix Town reporting app guidelines for responses. They have made some tweaks to the policy, and are planning to revise the policy to reflect different categories and response times for complaints.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker provided an update on the new website construction. The page layouts and the design has been approved. Ease of navigation will be a primary focus, and they are working on a strong branding element. Content is being created and updated. She said they are on schedule for a launch in mid-November.


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