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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, November 6, 2017;

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Council’s Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting began at 4:33 p.m. on Monday, November 6.
Mayor Heather Colberg started off by saying that a local teacher sent Colberg a text which was addressed to her and council. The teacher reminded councillors that they are promoting Drumheller and to be conscious about what they are discussing.

Mayor Colberg gave an update on the Strategic Planning Discussion that was held on November 2 at 7:00 p.m.
They went over meeting dates and times, possibly moving COW meetings to the same week as a regular meeting but on a different day.
They also discussed open houses, budget discussions, the specific roles of town council and the committee structure.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski’s report was centered around the Aquaplex Project and a reminder of the Snow Removal Policy after the large dump of snow over the weekend.
Since Saturday, the Aquaplex pool now has water in it. They will take a water sample to Calgary once the water has filtered out any chemicals by Wednesday or Thursday. The results will hopefully be in by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
Drohomerski said that they are still on target for opening on November 16 and are right around the budget with the addition of a couple extras like unforeseen amounts of concrete. He is working with the contractor to determine the best price for the town.
The pool will have a soft opening as they want to work out any problems that may arise. Drohomerski wants to work with community services to plan a date for the end of November or the beginning of December.
For the Snow Removal Policy, Drohomerski began by saying that Environment Canada had called as they had no idea it had snowed more than a foot by Friday night. Their original forecast predicted 5cm.
The snow removal policy itself was updated and accepted on February 15 of this year.
Drohomerski explained their goal is to make easy access out of everyone’s neighbourhood. The town plans to clear these up within three or four working days. They are already working on this.
Council was given booklets to review to see if they wished to discuss and change the current plan.
The town spent $15,000 for one day of snow removal with an estimate of $60,000 to get most of the current snow cleared after 40 cm of snow fell in the Valley.
Hills and other streets are taken care of on a complaint driven basis. Sanding and salting typically follow the main routes but are mostly complaint driven as well.
This topic will be brought back to council at the next COW meeting.
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Each department head gave a report on their departments to Council for information.
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The meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.


Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, October 30, 2017;

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Organiztional Meeting
Monday, October 30, 2017

On Monday, October 30, the annual Organizational Meeting commenced at Town Hall.
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Mr. Colin Kloot sworn in Mayor Heather Colberg and councillors Kristyne De Mott, Jay Garbutt, Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk, Tony Lacher, Fred Makowecki, and Tom Zariski as new council for Drumheller.
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Once everyone was sworn in, Mr. Terry Yemen passed the chain of office to Heather Colberg as a symbol of mayorship.
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Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk was sworn in by Mr. Kloot to become Deputy Mayor for the months of November and December.
Colberg made opening remarks about her new leadership and a bright path for Drumheller.
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A seating change was arranged where councillors were placed on one side of the room and administration on the other to create a more open space and warrant transparent communication between council and the public.
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Presentations and gifts were handed to former Mayor Terry Yemen and councillors Patrick Kolafa, Tara McMillian, and Sharel Shoff by Mayor Colberg.
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Appointments were made to different boards and commissions by volunteers who had previously showed interest and signed up.
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All three spots were filled by Clayton Gillis, Shelly Rymal, and Stacey Gallagher for the Municipal Planning Commission.
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For the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, three spots were taken care of by Keith Hodgson, Karen Bertamini, and Eileen Lefley.
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Patrick and Katherine Bonnyville filled the two positions needed for the Drumheller Airport Commission and Elizabeth Gallagher filled one of the three positions available for the Drumheller Public Library Board.
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Colberg made a proclamation, announcing that November will be Family Violence Prevention month in the Town of Drumheller.
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The next Council of the Whole (COW) Meeting will be on November 6 and the next regular council meeting will be November 14.
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COUncil Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, October 10 2017;

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Due to the absence of Mayor Terry Yemen, the meeting was chaired by Deputy Mayor Tom Zariski.
Councillors provided updates on the committees to which they were appointed previously, as this was the final meeting of the current council prior to the Municipal Election coming up on Monday, October 16.
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Deputy Mayor Zariski publicly thanked both former CAO Ray Romanetz, and Mayor Yemen for their work on behalf of the Town, and also thanked his fellow councillors for their hard work on behalf of the citizens of Drumheller.
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Councillor Kolafa reported on the improvements done to the Drumheller Airport, namely, crack filling on the runway, and installation of a cardlock fuel system at the airport to allow pilots to have 24 hour access to fuel to fill their aircraft.
Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk asked if it had ever been discussed on holding drag races on the airport when it is closed. Mr. Kolafa did say that it is possible to hold racing in various forms, but the commission has not been approached in that regard.
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Councillors Zariski and Shoff led a discussion on the Municipal Planning Commission and it’s role, plus the members of the current Commission and the expertise they offer to the decision-making of planning and the rules by which they are governed.
Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk suggested that each councillor sit on the MPC for at least one year during their term.
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Councillor Kolafa reported on the Solid Waste Management Association, saying revenues have fallen, mainly due to the absence of activity from the energy sector, but activity at the site had been enjoying a slight increase of late. Councillor Zariski made a comment about the recycling programs offered by the site, but suggested more information could be circulated to help residents understand that the only segment that makes money for the association, is the cardboard return program. It was also suggested by Councillor Shoff that some residents had contacted her about how recycling of glass works, and that currently glass from the landfill is returned to a plant in Calgary.
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Councillor Kolafa then gave an update on another board he sits on as a town representative, the Public Library Board. The library is doing well, there was a lot of outreach projects to the community over the summer months. He noted that Hussar lost their library after the school closed in June, and Chinook Credit Union is handling some requests and services to the public. The free memberships offered by the Library honouring Canada 150, proved to be a popular program, but probably would not continue in the future. He highlighted that Drumheller pays over $80,000 into the Marigold Library System, and receives some $144,000 in value from the regional system.
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Councillor Shoff made a report from Community Futures and said they had been busy with loan repayments of late and they have a meeting coming up this week. Community Futures works with prospective business developers to create business plans, and then possibly help with financing of new business locating in the area.
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Councillor Zariski informed council on how the Community Advisory Committee functions and their liaison with the local police detachment. He also spoke about the Policing Committee and how they work with the RCMP members. They have compiled a survey asking for input from citizens on how policing is done in Drumheller. Mr. Zariski remarked that the Citizens on Patrol, the volunteers who patrol at night to help keep the town safer by conducting patrols and contacting authorities if any questionable activity is witnessed by members.
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Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk provided a report on recent activities of Hope College, and the fact that they have moved to a smaller, downtown location. They have 11 students currently registered in a massage therapy program, with two on a wait list. They are also working on a college prep program to prepare students for entry into college programs.
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Councillor Zariski gave an update on the Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation, and how they want to take a step back and meet with the foundation’s other partners, to possibly redefine their role and how best to serve the needs of the senior community. He said that there is a variety of senior’s housing options available in the valley and asked if the options there are what is really needed by today’s seniors.
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He commented that the Heritage Steering committee had been assisting the East Coulee School museum in their goals of late and their funding projects are underway. Mr. Zariski named the Drumheller Armouries as possibly the next heritage building that the committee could assist for the future re-development.
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