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Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, July 20, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, July 20, 2020

Council adopted the minutes from the July 6 Regular Council Meeting.
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Staff Sergeant Ed Bourque provided a presentation on police survey trends. High areas of concern include break and enter, drugs, property crimes vandalism, and theft from vehicles. They are looking to align the annual performance plan with issues identified by the public in the survey. One issue is police visibility, having a presence in the community and schools and they are implementing measures to address this. They are looking at partnering with neighbouring detachments to increase visibility and adding bike and plainclothes patrols.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski provided an update on COVID-19. Drumheller was upgraded to a “Watch Community” because of the larger spread of cases. This is when there are more than 10 cases in a zone or a ratio of 50 per 100,000 or greater. As of Monday evening, there were 13 new cases in Drumheller. He noted many people have ‘pandemic fatigue’ and people are not being as stringent in adhering to the protocols. He recommends people wear a mask in public areas, cover mouth and nose when you sneeze, wash hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer, and maintain social distancing. If you have symptoms go to www.albertahealthservices.ca to see if you require testing, or call 811. They are doing testing at the Drumheller Health Centre Monday through Friday by appointment.
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Council passed first reading Bylaw 14.20 to amend the Municipal Development Bylaw to change a portion of the East Rosedale Industrial area from Industrial Development to Industrial Development/Compatible Commercial Development area. There is interest from an individual to develop a tourism-related attraction. A Public Hearing for the bylaw will be held on August 4.
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Council passed the first reading of Bylaw 15.20 to change the land use bylaw of the same portion of land above from Medium Industrial District to Direct Control District.
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Council approved a request for decision to defer property tax payment without penalty from August 31 to November 30 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic challenges. These are for property owners who normally pay taxes in a lump sum before August 31.
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Council passed a motion to submit an Asset Management Capacity-Building Cohort Application - jointly offered by Rural Municipality Association, the Alberta Urban Municipality Association, and Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta. The Town of Drumheller commits to incur travel and accommodation charges associated with the Cohort Training and understands these will not be reimbursed. The Town of Drumheller recognizes participants may be asked to work with the project team to provide at least one meeting space to hold a meeting. The Town of Drumheller will commit three people for training for the purpose of learning:
• Establishment and development of an internal Asset Management Team.
• Development of an Asset Management Policy.
• Development of an Asset Management Strategy.
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Council also passed a motion to direct staff to apply for the Federation Canadian Municipalities Municipal Asset Management Program for Palliser Regional Asset Management project. Further, it committed $5,000 from its operating budget toward the cost of this initiative for training and data conversion (scanning and organizing drawings and records into a format usable for a GIS-based asset management system).
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Council passed third reading of Bylaw 13.20 the Residential Development Incentive Program. This would offer tax abatements for up to three years on qualifying single-family residential developments and multi-unit residential developments.
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Administration presented their semi-annual reports. Mr. Drohomerski noted many of the projects that were expected to be completed in the first six months of the year had been deferred or took longer because of the staffing resources Involved.
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Councillor reports were presented for information.

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


Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, July 6, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, July 6, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg swore Kristyne DeMott in as Deputy Mayor for the months of July and August.
Mayor Colberg proclaimed July 19-25 as National Drowning Prevention Week.
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Council adopted the minutes of the June 22 council meeting.
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Chair of the Policing Committee Larry Coney, presented the 2020 Policing Survey. This year 153 took the survey identifying priorities in policing. The survey showed 81 per cent of respondents were concerned with break and enters. Drug trafficking, property crimes and vandalism, theft from vehicles, impaired driving, and distracted driving were also identified as areas of concern. He noted these areas have remained the top concern over the last few years. A majority of respondents said they would like to see more police visibility. Coney will be leaving the position of chair and has joined the Alberta Association of Police Governance (AAPG). There are three volunteer vacancies on the policing committee.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski updated council on the Alberta Relaunch Strategy. The town is completing some HVAC work at the BCF and is still aiming for a late August, early September opening. He noted many communities are working on a strategy to open and adhere to protocols. The Aquaplex remains closed as they work on a new changeroom, and they will not be opening the outdoor pool until the changeroom work is complete The spray park opened July 2 and the town has been receiving positive feedback.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented a Request for Decision for the 2020 Street Improvement Program. The town received three bids, however, all were over the budgeted allotment. To remedy this, a number of projects have been deferred. The majority of work this year is at Cedar Crescent and the town-owned parking lot near the Shoppers Drug Mart. Council awarded the contract to Rubydale Asphalt Works for $1,044,674.86.
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Manager of Economic Development Sean Wallace presented the Residential Development Incentive programs Bylaw. The goal is to bring positive economic growth, population growth, and expanded tax base. A developer who builds a home with a sale value of $180,000 - $250,000 could save up to $4,025 in taxes over three years, and the developer of a multi-unit development could save between $7,500 - $22,000 in taxes over four years, based on the number of units. Council passed first and second reading of the bylaw.

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

Council Notes from the Regular Meeting of Monday, June 24, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Town Council Regular Meeting
Monday, June 22, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg thanked everyone who came out for the Father’s Day Drive-by Parade and congratulated all the graduates in the valley finishing up a very different school year.
She also noted the Canada Day Parade has been cancelled.
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Council adopted the minutes from the June 8 Regular Council Meeting.
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Council approved its summer meeting schedule, cancelling the Committee of the Whole Meetings for the remainder of June, July, and August.
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The Flood Mitigation and Climate Change Office presented its financial report as well as its semi-annual report. Bob Jenkins presented the financial report. He noted this is a six-year project and council has so far adopted the first year of budgeting. The major funding for the project is from the federal government of $22 million of the approximately $55 million project. $20 million comes from the province for land acquisition and a further $6.6 million from the Community Resiliency program. The Town of Drumheller’s cash contribution is $5 million, plus in-kind expense. The budget for 2020 is about $20 million and so far 1.411 million has been expensed. He noted as the program progresses, there will need to be interim borrowing as the federal grant money is only released as the project develops.
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Chief Flood Mitigation and Resiliency Officer Darwin Durnie presented the semi-annual report. The office was busy in the first half of the year working on a number of fronts from finance to regulatory and governance, convenience capacity, structural measures, and updating the Municipal Emergency plan. They have also initiated its communication and community engagement.
Looking forward to the remainder of the year, they will work on stockpiling rip rap and hardening beams, looking at stormwater management utility relocation and protection, work on flood inundation maps, securing fill, and work on the hoodoo and centennial park berms. It will also focus on its passive warning system and continued work on its urban tree strategy and finish up Newcastle beach, and also creating more boat launch areas.
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Council approved a motion to approve the renaming of the portion on 1st Avenue West from Centre Street West to 2nd Street West as Riverside Drive West.
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Director of Infrastructure Services, Dave Brett, brought forward a Request for Decision for some changes to the See Click Fix, Town of Drumheller app. There are concerns about a number of unacceptable submissions targeting administration and Drumheller Town Council. It provided some recommendations for council to consider, including changing some privacy settings and restricting the ability to comment on other submissions. Some categories will remain completely private such as COVID-19. They also suggested streamlining the number of categories to field complaints.
The final recommendation is looking at different ways to remove the ability of residents to make anonymous submissions. This is to create accountability for users of the apps. Options include; completely removing the ability for users to make anonymous submissions; asking for the name and contact details as part of the submission. This would be compulsory, but not visible to the public, but visible to staff and; or removing “guest” submission. This allows a person to post anonymous, but they would have to register with the app. This information could only be accessible to See Click Fix and could only be accessed by following the company’s terms and conditions. Administration took the council’s suggestions and will continue to work on a solution.
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Mr. Brett offers a proposal that would allow the town to open the spray park July 2. The area would be fenced off and there would only be 64 people allowed in the spray park, with hourly scheduled cleaning. This comes at an expense of $2,000 a week for staffing to open 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

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


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