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.
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.
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.
Protective Services requests include a new truck for Bylaw Enforcement. Additional considerations are upgrades to the RCMP Cells.
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.
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.
Cemetery Projects under consideration include Phase 3 fence and landscaping. Additional considerations include beautification and improvements to the scatter garden.
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.
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.
Council will continue the Capital Budget Discussion at a later meeting looking at funding models.
Complete minutes from council meetings can be found at
www.drumheller.ca once they have been adopted.