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Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, October 19, 2020

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, October 19, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the council meeting and informed public attendees of the 2019 Audited Financial Assessment being conducted, and of the Flood Mitigation meeting in Midland following the council meeting.
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Councillor Jay Garbutt requested an amendment to the council agenda for the closed session regarding CAO evaluation..
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Stephen Washington from Wild Rose Assessment gave a presentation to Council on the land assessment process.
Wild Rose completed consolidated assessments, looking at groups of homes rather than individual homes, to compare and adjust for differences between properties.
He explained how assessments are looked at by area, then type and age of home, and location within the Drumheller Valley. Coun. Jay Garbutt noted the Town of Drumheller has only one mill rate, regardless of location within the community. He added, if the mill rate remains the same from one year to the next, property taxes may still increase depending on property assessment value or changes to the Senior’s and School requisitions.
Mr. Washington noted residents can appeal their assessment; he added he receives 50 to 60 calls per year, which is still only two per cent of overall assessments. Only one review has gone through a full appeal process.
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Leon Pfeiffer from RSM Canada remotely presented the 2019 Audited Financial Statement to Council for approval.
Town of Drumheller ended 2019 with a Consolidated Statement of Financial Position valued at $40.3 million, up from $36.2 million in 2018.
Net Financial Assets were up $4 million from $13.3 million in 2018 to $17.3 million in 2019.
The Town had $241.2 million in Tangible Capital Assets with $100.7 million in amortization. Overall the net book value of the Town’s Tangible Capital Assets came in at $140.5 million.
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows came in at $6.8 million, which was less than half ($13.9 million) of 2018’s. However, Mr. Pfeiffer noted operations were still generating positive cash flow. Overall, the Town ended 2019 with $5.5 million in cash flow.
The Town’s Accumulated Surplus came in at $26.2 million in reserves, with $420,798 in Unrestricted Surplus.
Overall, the Town was under budget by $2.2 million on the Operations and Accumulated Surplus statement.
There were some corrections needed to the Audited Financial Report, including conflicts regarding councillor salaries, which Mr. Pfeiffer noted he would look into.
Coucillor Garbutt questioned whether the amortization rate for 2020 could be lowered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Pfeiffer stated since certain facilities, including recreation, were unused for a portion of the year the amortization rate could be lowered for the 2020 budget as the lack of use could arguably prolong the lifespan of the infrastructure, and “could reflect in the amortization rate
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Councillor Tom Zariski made a motion for council to approve the 2019 Audited Financial Statement as presented by RSM Canada. The motion was carried.
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April Harrison, manager for Community Development and Social Planning (CDSP) provided an update to council on strategic events.
An event coordinator will be starting on Monday, October 26.
CDSP has applied for a number of grants and have been approved for $133,777 in the last week.
One grant earlier this year was through the Drumheller Rotary Club to furnish a local shelter for those suffering family or domestic violence.
Councillor Tony Lacher thanked the Rotary Club for making the funding happen.
Mayor Heather Colberg thanked those involved in working to apply for available grants
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Council moved to go into closed session to discuss CAO Darryl Drohmerski’s evaluation. The motion was carried.
Prior to adjournment, Mayor Heather Colberg reminded the public of the Flood Mitigation information session being held in Midland.
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The 2019 Audited Financial Statement is available to the public online.

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


Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Tuesday, October 13, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council Regular Meeting
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg proclaimed October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Drumheller and proclaimed October End Poverty Month.
Council shared a video from Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre where she has begun treatment for Stage 4 Breast Cancer.
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Council adopted the minutes from the September 28 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council was presented with the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program 3rd quarter financial update from Robert Jenkins. This is a six-year program and expenditures are controlled by availability, administrative capacity, and sequential consideration. They are planning to present their 2021-2024 budget in late November. The bulk of the funds are from the Federal Government and they will be meeting with an oversight committee before the end of October. The funds also come from the provincial government for land acquisition, as well as funds from the Community Resiliency Program and the Town of Drumheller. The entire presentation is available on the Town of Drumheller YouTube Channel.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer Darwin Durnie also presented a project update. He said the province completed its inspection of the existing dikes and they passed. They continue to work on regulatory and approvals. The Climate Change Resiliency Assessment Report and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Assessment are underway. Under conveyance capacity, they are working on the Swift Water Boat Rescue Launch. Over 5,000 trees have been inventoried and the brushing and inspection of the existing diking have been completed.
Under structural measures, they are continuing to work on Landowner Access Agreements and borehole drilling to examine soil conditions.
Communication and community engagement work is ongoing, including reaching out through traditional media and social media, and neighbourhood information sessions have begun.
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Council set the assessed value as the reserve bid price for properties for the January 22, 2021 tax recovery auction. Furthermore, the successful bidder must pay by cash or cash equivalent. There are currently six properties on the list. If nobody bids on them, the town has the opportunity to take over the property at the assessed price.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski reported on an employee incentive program. This is a unique program to offer employees incentives for job performance. They expect a full report in January. He also presented on the Red Tape Reduction program. This is an ongoing program to reduce barriers to business.
April Harrison, manager of the Community Development and Social Planning Department presented on short initiatives for poverty reduction. They have been contributing to a study on food security. The department has applied for 20 grants to respond to COVID-19, and they have been approved for 11. This includes funding for housing or for those at risk of homelessness and a grant from the Rotary Club of Drumheller for the family violence unit being developed. They have received a grant to provide increased hampers from the Salvation Army as well as grocery cards, and a subsidized hot food program for seniors. There is also funding for subsidized transportation for medical appointments, prescription and grocery pick up, subsidized home service for seniors and a tech connect program for seniors and low-income residents to provide technology. They also received funding to support campers during the Sun’s Out Fun’s Out day camps operated over the summer. A total of almost $252,000 will be received for mental health and addiction programs through two different grants. The town is actively involved in the Living Wage Network. Harrison said shortly they will have a picture of what a living wage is in Drumheller which will support its poverty reduction work.
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Council came out of a closed session and tabled a motion to enter into a 10-year lease agreement with the Canadian Badlands Passion Society to lease the land referred to in property roll 20002002 (the former ski hill) at current market rates with one renewable 10-year period.

Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, September 28, 2020

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council
Regular Meeting Monday, September 28, 2020

Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt proclaimed September 30 Orange Shirt Day, Councillor Tony Lacher Proclaimed October 2 as Wrongful Conviction Day, and October 6 was proclaimed World Cerebral Palsy Day by Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk.
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The October 5 Committee Of The Whole meeting has been cancelled as council will be holding a strategic planning session.
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Council adopted the minutes from the September 14 Regular Council Meeting.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation officer Darwin Durnie updated council on flood mitigation. Crews continue to prepare provincial diking for inspection. Some outbuildings, sheds, and vehicles have been discovered along the infrastructure and crews are working to remove them. Work is being done on regulatory approvals and indigenous consultation. There have been nine properties purchased and one owner is exploring expropriation. They are working with a property group for a deal on a parcel and two others have been withdrawn. They continue to engage property owners for access agreements to carry out inspection. They continue to engage the community through social media, online presence, newspaper, and planning more community engagement.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters presented on the Hoodoo paid parking pilot. This year they had a little bit later start, but operated for about as many days as the previous year. There were about 4,000 fewer vehicles compared to last year and that was reflected in revenue. They anticipate they will clear approximately $19,000 this season, noting that about $11,000 came from the Canada Summer Jobs 2020 program. The Request for Decision was to approve the continuation of the Hoodoo Parking Program at a rate of $2 per personal car and $10 per coach for the summer of 2021. Councillor Garbutt made a motion to table the decision until there is a clear indication the town will receive the Canada Summer Jobs Program. His motion to table was not seconded and therefore defeated, Council passed the initial motion to approve the Hoodoo Parking Program for summer 2021.

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


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