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Council Notes from the Special Meeting and COW of Monday, May 4, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town Council
Special Meeting and Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, May 4, 2020

Special Council Meeting
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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Committee of the Whole
Mayor Heather Colberg declared May 3-9, 2020 as National Emergency Preparedness Week in Drumheller.
Mayor Colberg proclaimed May Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in Drumheller.
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Council reviewed the 2020 draft Capital Budget.
Projects under consideration for Administration include Town Hall HVAC upgrades and server upgrades. Some projects carried over include software upgrades, and telephone systems upgrade. Additional considerations include council AV upgrades.
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Protective Services requests include a new truck for Bylaw Enforcement. Additional considerations are upgrades to the RCMP Cells.
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Under Common Services, council is considering the purchase of two new trucks and a grader. Carried over projects from the previous year include a flusher truck and a plow truck, which have both been purchased. Additional considerations include snow plow and hydraulics for a 1 ton truck and a Hydrovac unit. CAO Darryl Drohomerski notes this may be a piece of equipment they could purchase as a used unit. Council is also considering an LED light upgrade for Public Works. Stimulus funding possibilities include a shop expansion for flood response storage.
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Considerations under Roads and Streets include the Street Rehabilitation Program, improvement to the suspension bridge access, and Bridge #9 deck replacement on Highway 10X. Additional considerations include beautification to medians and boulevards, developing an East Coulee snow dump, and Bridge # 11 renovation or replacement. Stimulus Funding possibilities include the Raymond Hill Slide, The Wayne Hill icing, and turning lane development at the landfill. Airport runway lighting is grant dependent.
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Cemetery Projects under consideration include Phase 3 fence and landscaping. Additional considerations include beautification and improvements to the scatter garden.
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Under economic development, tourism, and community facility projects they are looking at putting downtown plaza improvements off for a year due to COVID, but continue on some of its branding work. Additional considerations include decorative light installation, Nacmine entrance beautifications, and a block party trailer with a wrap. Stimulus considerations include parking improvements at the Hoodoos, Swinging Bridge, and Little Church.
Recreation, Parks and Culture projects considered include the addition of a lady’s dressing and an ice plant assessment at the arena, replacement of the Little Tykes Playground, trail development and spray park upgrades. Equipment replacement includes wide angel mower and fitness equipment. Carried over projects include Aquaplex air handling unit and change room upgrades. Additional considerations include ball diamond improvements, splash park inspection and repair. They are also considering BCF field house netting replacements, electrical upgrades, security cameras, and patio furniture.
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Under Water and Wastewater, they are considering high lift pump station replacement and HVAC work at the water treatment plant, penitentiary booster station, Newcastle water tower and vault upgrades, and system controls. Other considerations include a water treatment plant building management system. Stimulus grant possibilities include water main river crossings and force main crossings and the Nacmine force main replacement and odor mitigation and improvements at the wastewater treatment plant river outfall. Carried over wastewater projects include East Coulee lift station work, an abs blower, and a wastewater treatment plant air quality assessment.
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Council will continue the Capital Budget Discussion at a later meeting looking at funding models.
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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, April 27, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, April 27, 2020

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the regular council meeting by recognizing National Day of Mourning in Canada on April. 28. This is dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job, or due to work-related tragedy. This year this day takes on extra meaning as we express our gratitude to the healthcare workers on the front lines, groceries, transport, and service staff helping to keep communities running.
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Council adopted Special Council Meeting Minutes for April 9, 2020, and adopted Regular Council Meeting Minutes for April 14, 2020.
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Council approved a motion to renew the declaration of State of Local Emergency for a further seven days.
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Council approved a motion to reschedule the Community Clean up in the fall, with two vouchers for eligible residents to use the landfill free of charge to utilize at any time throughout the year. This will be contingent this autumn on the lifting of restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is a pilot program. This program aligns with council’s strategic priorities of the town’s status as a flood community, the town’s goal of being an attractive place for spring, summer visitor season, and the town’s objective of providing good service to residents.
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Council approved a motion based on the recommendation of the Economic Development Advisory Committee to establish the Interior Building Improvement Grant for the 2020 calendar year. This would be a fund of $10,000 that would provide up to 75 per cent of the cost of improvement to a maximum of $2,500. This would be to incentivize business owners to enhance their interiors and add to the community by making improvements and fostering community pride. Work must be completed by August 31, 2020.
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Complete minutes from council meetings can be found at
www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.

Council Notes from the Special & Committee of the Whole Council Meeting of Monday, April 20, 2020

 

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller Town
Special & Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, April 20, 2020

Special Council Meeting Monday, April 20

Emergency Management director Darwin Durnie gave council a brief update of the COVID-19 Response. It has been 38 days since EOC has stood up and so far there have been no safety incidents. The cleaning crews continue to be out in force and the Economic Recovery Taskforce has reached out to 125 businesses. The EOC has supplied 250 sneeze guards and over 200 social distancing footprints have been deployed to 42 businesses. Its seven-day incident action plan includes applying for the Canada Summer Student program asking for 32 positions, and implementing additional technology to make town hall paperless. They have formed a financial issue strategic team to develop a long term financial plan. They are working with updated provincial grocery store protocols and are working with private campgrounds. With the warm weather, they are anticipating more visitations and are monitoring flood conditions.
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Council renewed the Declaration of the A State of Local Emergency to remain in effect until April 28.

Committee of the Whole Monday, April 20

Mayor Heather Colberg acknowledged International Earth Day on April 22.
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Council discussed its Purchasing Policy. It was last updated in 2017. CAO Darryl Drohomerski discussed the differences among purchase methods. A Request For Quotation Proposal is typically for a low-value purchase. A Request For Tender is a formal public invitation for typically higher-priced goods or projects. A Request for Proposal is an invitation for a supplier to showcase their enterprise by proposing how their service, product, and methods can provide a solution. Council discussed amending the policy to reflect a greater price differential for local supplies, up from the current 5 per cent on individual purchases up to $25,000.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett initiated 2020 Capital Budget discussions. He identified over 90 capital projects, with a value of $45 Million including flood mitigation. There was also a list of potential equipment purchases. About $20 million of these projects are dependent on grant funding. He listed previous year totals and noted if council wishes to spend more than $4 million on capital projects, it would require additional staff resources to execute. Council agreed to return to the discussion at a later date with more information to better prioritize projects.


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