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Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, April 1, 2019

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, April 1, 2019

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Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting by introducing Mr. Sean Wallace, the new manager of economic development. Mayor Colberg invited council and residents to launch of the new youth library area over the Easter break. She also noted a Job Fair at the BCF on April 11. She also introduced the 20-20 Challenge, where she challenged residents to collect trash for 20 minutes a day from April 1 to April 20 in advent of Earth Day.
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Mayor Colberg proclaimed April 7 to April 13 as National Volunteer Week in Drumheller.
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Vance Neudorf, executive director of Badlands Amphitheatre provided an update on the organization. He said the Badlands Amp was in a transitional phase last season. It was the 25th anniversary of Passion Play and the production has transitioned in a full musical with 25 original songs. Last season it also hosted its first opera, the Icons series, and the Sound and Light show. The production continues to grow and now employs five professional directors and many more on stage and behind the scenes. Its budget tops over a half million dollars. They are aiming to make 2019 a year of stability, to find, fix and fund and increase scope and scale of the production.
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Mayor Heather Colberg on behalf of Canadian Badlands presented Mr. Neudorf with the Cindy Amos Tourism Champion Award.
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Council passed second and third reading of bylaw 01.19 being the Municipal Emergency Management Plan. This is a requirement by the province to update to the plan. Councillor Zariski asked for an explanation of communication to the council in the event of an emergency.
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Council passed second and third reading of Bylaw 02.10 being the Public Behaviour Bylaw. This is a new bylaw drawing on information from the previous Community Standard Bylaw with some updates.
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Council passed second and third reading to Bylaw 05.19 being a bylaw to authorize supplementary assessment tax. This allows the administration to assess a property that has been improved throughout the year. This is a requirement under the Municipal Government Act to be approved annually. Council passed second and third reading to Bylaw 07.19, being a bylaw to amend penalties on unpaid taxes. It makes a provision that payments made online or through telephone banking be deemed to be received by the municipality on the bank transaction date. The by-law also waives penalties imposed on a property owner on September 1 if they were hospitalized within the last 10 days of August and also allows the town to waive penalties due to the death of a property owner during the month of August.
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A Public Hearing was held to consider Bylaw 03.19, being a bylaw to amend the land use of the former Town Hall property on 2nd Avenue West, to change the designation from Community Service District to R-4 Residential. This would allow the owner to convert the building for residential. There were no written submissions for or against the Bylaw. Senior Planner from Palliser Regional Municipal Services, Jeff Laurier, delivered the report.
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Council reverted to its regular Council Meeting and approved second and third reading of Bylaw 03.19.


Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, March 18, 2019

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, March 18, 2019

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The Committee of the Whole meeting of Monday, March 25 is cancelled.
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Council unanimously approved a request for decision to adopt the 2019 tax supported operating budget. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said council has found a 4.9 per cent reduction in operating expenses. Close to $30,000 in savings were suggested by closing the Badlands Community Facility on six general holidays, reduce the BCF’s recreational operating hours by closing one hour earlier each day, and to reduce the operating season of the outdoor pool (to operate from the last week of June to Labour Day). A 1.9 per cent increase to municipal property tax requisition was also proposed. The tax supported operating budget reflects a municipal requisition of $8,884,435 over the 2018 requisition of $8,718,766, which Mayor Heather Colberg said equated to about a $3 per month increase per household.
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Council held and unanimously passed second and third readings for three different bylaws regarding tax incentives for nonresidential development, tax incentives for non-residential vacant buildings, and for waiving fees for new businesses in existing nonresidential buildings.
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Council held first reading of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan bylaw which would replace an existing emergency management bylaw.
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Council held first reading of the Public Behaviour Bylaw which would allow fines for offences such as public cannabis consumption, spitting, etc.
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Council unanimously passed second and third reading of the Tourism Corridor Bylaw, which would create higher levels of upkeep and maintenance of properties along high-traffic areas used by tourists.
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Council held first reading of a Supplementary Tax Bylaw which would allow the town to impose a tax under part 10 of the Municipal Government Act, which is an annual process which allows the town to conduct a supplementary assessment if an issue arises part way through the year.
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Council moved to rescind the second reading of the Community Standards Bylaw as it was found council had forgotten to pass first reading. Then council passed first reading of the bylaw at this meeting.
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Council approved the Safety Policy which works to protect its employees, contractors, visitors, etc., physical assets, being a replacement to an existing policy to be compliant to new Municipal Government Act requirements.
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Council approved the appointment of Tony Ibrahim to a three year term to the Economic Development Advisory Committee. The position was made available after the recent resignation of Michael Todor from the committee. Council made a motion to move in-camera to discuss personnel issues.
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Council moved to appoint Riddell Wiebe to the Heritage, Arts, and Culture Steering Committee for no-fixed term.
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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, March 11, 2019

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, March 11, 2019

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Council heard a delegation from Ryan Semchuk, chair of Travel Drumheller, to provide an update of the organization’s work in 2018 and plans for 2019. He highlighted the organization’s social media and internet stats, as well as marketing and promotions being done by Travel Drumheller.
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Council discussed feedback from the open houses regarding the three different tax incentive bylaws currently being developed, which provide incentive for new businesses in vacant buildings, new commercial developments, and incentives for existing property owners of vacant buildings. One letter was received saying one of the incentives, which would exempt new business from one year of paying property taxes, would affect other taxpayers. Councillor Jay Garbutt said that was a risk needed to be taken to attract new business to Drumheller who might choose to locate elsewhere.
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Council discussed feedback from the tourism corridor bylaw and the community standards bylaw. Mayor Colberg said she heard feedback suggesting the term ‘reasonable time’ in the bylaw is vague and asked for clarification. Director of Protective Services Greg Peters said that language exists in legislation and laws and said he would be hesitant to come up with a definition of reasonable time because it depends on the context of the situation and business. Councillor Garbutt said that should be communicated
to the public and bylaw will be working with individuals and hope they are doing the best they can do to clean up potential violations. Mayor Colberg agreed people would be asked to show their effort to clean up or fix violations. Councillor Kristyne DeMott suggested when the bylaws are passed it be clearly communicated to the public which bylaws, including the land use bylaw, affect whom and how, and communications officer Julia Fielding agreed. Councillor Fred Makowecki asked whether the tourism bylaw affected all properties adjacent to the corridor routes, and Mr. Peters said it might be good to include properties visible from the corridor.
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Council held discussions of the operating budget, but a copy of the changes made since last week’s meeting were not provided to the public. Look for these in the council meeting notes next week when they are brought to the regular council meeting.


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