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Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, January 25, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, January 25, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg opened the meeting expressing her appreciation that some personal services restrictions were lifted by the Provincial Government.
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Council accepted the minutes from the January 11 regular council meeting.
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Council accepted a motion to extend the leave of absence with pay for Councillor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk for eight weeks for health reasons.
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Council approved the reappointments of Catherine Bonneville for a three-year term and appointed Robert Graham for a three-year term to the Airport Commission.
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Council agreed to revoke the State of Local Emergency as of January 25. CAO Darryl Drohomerski noted the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rate across the province have been dropping. Drumheller will continue to abide by the provincial restrictions.
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Council approved a Request for Decision to endorse the use of municipal reserves and environmental reserves lands for the construction and maintenance of flood mitigation berms. Council also adopted a resolution declaring the public will not be adversely affected by the use of municipal and environmental reserves for the construction and maintenance of flood mitigation berms.
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Council passed a resolution to authorize the Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer to enter into contracts for the following engineering firms for Projects 1 to 11, (dike design budget and recommend the award of engineering contracts) up to the maximum amounts specified:
Wood PLC - $700,000; Klohn Crippen Berger - $650,000; Kerr Wood Leidal - $400,000; and, the Council of the Town of Drumheller approve a Construction Monitoring Budget for Projects 1 to 11 in the amount of $1,630,000, to be awarded when the design work is complete.
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Council held a Public Hearing for Bylaw 01.21 to change the land designation on a portion of the former public works site from environmental reserve to residential. There is a proposed senior living facility planned for the site. CAO Drohomerski says they don’t expect the hills on the site to be removed. Tracy Morse spoke against the bylaw. She says since the town blocked access on nearby 10 Avenue SW, the alleyway adjacent to the proposed parcel has attracted speeders and criminal activity. As a resident, she enjoys the hills in the area, the wildlife and it is a noise break. John Bruins had questions about the bylaw, but had many of his concerns addressed by learning more about the plans. Mayor Colberg closed the Public Hearing.
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Director of Infrastructure Services Dave Brett presented the 2020 snow removal strategy and maps. He has updated the plan and identified areas where they will be removing service from the strategy immediately or at the end of the season. They have also changed the tolerance of snow from 0 tolerance of accumulations of 2.5 centimetres. Council approved the strategy.
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Council approved Section 3, Policy #3.02.10.11 the Pay and Performance Innovation Incentive Plan. This plan is to engage and reward employees and volunteers to drive continuous changes and innovation in the community and workplace.
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Council went into a closed session to discuss land planning.

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


Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, January 18, 2021

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Council Overview
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Committee of the Whole Council Meeting
Monday, January 18, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg thanked the Drumheller Fire Department and staff for the work to putting together and carrying out the annual Christmas Tree Burn last Sunday, January 17 at the Newcastle Recreation Area.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker provided a presentation of the Town of Drumheller Social Media Policy and Guidelines. The Town’s goal is to ensure any communications, including social media, helps advance its philosophy, keeps stakeholders informed and engaged, and complies with all applicable laws and Town policies and guidelines. It outlines the responsibilities of both authorized content providers, as well as personal use.
All employees are responsible for protecting the Town’s brand and reputation. The Town trusts when employees participate in social media, they will act responsibly, exercise good judgment, maintain the highest degree of professionalism, respect confidentiality when communicating any information regarding the town, town business, or town employees. Social media is to comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Intellectual Property Legislation, and Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation. Councillors Jay Garbutt and Tom Zariski pointed out, while council is not bound by the policy, but felt it left councillors unaccountable.
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Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer, Darwin Durnie, updated Council on the Flood Mitigation Project. He said Alberta Environment has completed a public engagement portion of its flood study. This will help the office move forward on the engineering and design portion of the project. The study will also help the office identify flood elevations in its planning. The office has received clearance from the Alberta Indigenous Consultation office for the engagement it has done to date, allowing them to move forward on land assembly and construction.
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Director of Protective Services, Greg Peters, provided an update on COVID-19. He noted Premier Kenney announced on Monday morning the province is running out of its supply of vaccines. He says last week residents of Hillview Lodge have received vaccines, but it is very difficult to get numbers of how many people have been vaccinated locally. Provincially COVID -19 case numbers are trending down, but are still elevated. The town is seeing good compliance with the mask bylaw.
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CAO Darryl Drohomerski noted administration is planning to bring a motion to rescind the State Of Local Emergency at the January 25 Council meeting

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

Council Notes from Regular Council Meeting Monday, January 11, 2021

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Council Overview
Information from Drumheller
Regular Council Meeting
Monday, January 11, 2021

Mayor Heather Colberg proclaimed January Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
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Councillor Tom Zariski was sworn in as Deputy Mayor for January and February 2021.
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Council adopted the December 21, 2020, Regular Council Meeting minutes.
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Council passed first reading of Bylaw 01-21 to amend the boundaries of Lot 19 E.R. (Environmental Reserve) in Block 3 containing 6.80 Acres, created by Subdivision Plan No. 811 1554. This is a portion of land the former Public Works shop was located and is no longer required as an environmental reserve. This is to satisfy the conditions of a potential sale of this parcel. A public hearing for the bylaw is slated for January 25.
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Council appointed Sharon Clark to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB). Ms. Clark has served on the Municipal Planning Commission for many years and has practiced law for about 35 years.
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Council approved all three readings of Bylaw 18.20 to amend the Cemetery bylaw to add the requirements to use and manage a Scatter Garden. Council also approved a motion to approve the charges for the scatter garden in the amended 2021 service fee schedule.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters provided a COVID-19 update to council. Last week Protective Services dealt with two public health complaints; one was unfounded and one was resolved. He noted Health Minister Tyler Shandro outlined the province’s capacity to administer vaccines. The major issue is whether the federal government’s ability to provide the vaccines in a timely manner. The province also expanded the eligibility for vaccines to emergency medical responders and paramedics. Council Jay Garbutt raised the question as to whether Drumheller should continue with a State of Local Emergency because, at this point, the town is not undertaking any extraordinarily measures to deal with COVID-19. Council agreed to revisit this in the near future.
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Communications officer Erica Crocker presented the results of a survey to solicit feedback on the fireworks bylaw. The results overall showed residents would prefer a lower cost for a permit and be able to purchase a permit at a fireworks retailer. The survey and results are on the Town of Drumheller website under announcements’ for the public to review.

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


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