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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, February 25, 2019

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Council Notes
Drumheller Town Council
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, February 25, 2019

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Councillors Tony Lacher, Jay Garbutt, and Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk were absent from the meeting.
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Councillor Fred Makowecki was sworn in as deputy mayor for the months of March and April.
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Mayor Heather Colberg declared this week to be Freedom to Read Week.
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Council heard a delegation from ATCO Electric’s Jen Friesen, Nick Peelar, and Patrick Charron about better understanding electricity costs and to field questions regarding customers bills.
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Council held a review of strategic plan work priorities. Communications officer Julia Fielding said work continues on the Economic Development Strategy and will be brought to council in the near future. FCSS coordinator April Harrison provided an update on work on poverty reduction in the community. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said Drumheller and the surrounding counties are collaborating to meet in the spring to find ways to find greater efficiencies together. CAO Drohomerski said the town plans to install the downtown
plaza in the current Elks building location once it’s torn down. He said they won’t be closing Centre Street this year. Director of Protective Services Greg Peters said the town received $5,000 grant funding to carry out an emergency scenario practice. A scenario has not been decided upon yet. Ms. Fielding said a community profile and promotional piece for Drumheller to be published by Travel Alberta has been drafted and hopes it will be completed by the end of next week.
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CAO Drohomerski and Mr. Peters lead a discussion over revisions made to the draft Community Standards Bylaw as were recommended by council last week. They removed time limits on fire pits, saying if there is a disturbance due to smoke or noise that other sections is sufficient. Derelict vehicles will be assessed based on the discretion of the CAO. Discussions were held over the Tourism Corridor Bylaw but no major changes were made.
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Council held discussion over the draft Municipal Emergency Management Bylaw which identifies the powers and roles of officials and individuals in the event of an emergency. It comes to first reading on March 18.
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Council heard a roundtable discussion from councillor Makowecki regarding Airbnbs. He said there are Airbnbs in the community who registered for business licenses and
development permits, which are required, but a number of others who have not registered. He said council should look how to integrate these businesses so they are accountable and could be marketed to town visitors. CAO Drohomerski said there are 50 Airbnbs in the community and they should be contacted to let them know licensing is required.


Council Notes from the Regular Council meeting of Monday, February 19, 2019

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Council Notes

Drumheller Town Council
Regular Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Council heard a delegation from Travel Drumheller Chair Ryan Semchuk on branding on behalf of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. He shared his knowledge regarding marketing and branding to council on how to establish a successful message to people.
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Council held second reading of the Community Standards Bylaw. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said the bylaw was changed based on council’s previous recommendations. Acceptable noise levels were worded to be discretionary and does not include provisions to use a noise measuring device, which was previously discussed.
A variety of fines are to be tiered at $250, $500, and $750, respectively.
Councillor Jay Garbutt pointed out a clause saying any amplifying device is not allowed which may disturb residents, saying the downtown plaza would violate this, recommending a time limit be included in an amendment. It was noted signage regulations were included in this bylaw and two others, and recommendations were made to remove it and only include them in the Land Use Bylaw. Discussion was held over provisions for backyard fire pits to cease at 1:00 a.m., with suggestion from Councillor Lisa Hansen- Zacharuk to remove it as other clauses would cover that potential situation.
A motion was made and accepted unanimously to table second reading because of the significant changes proposed by council.
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Council held first reading of Bylaw 03.19, being a bylaw to amend the Land Use Bylaw to change the former town hall building from community resources district to an R4 residential zoning to allow for apartments to be built there.
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Council held first reading of Bylaw 04.19 being the Tourism Corridor Bylaw, which would require property owners on priority areas along highways to maintain different standards of appearances, care, and maintenance.
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Council heard a request for decision from CAO Drohomerski to award professional engineering services for paved roads and bridge structures, for a three year period, to MPE Engineering Ltd.
Engineering fees are included in the Street Improvement Program Capital Budget. Their engineering fees were lower than the next best tender bid and have strong experience in similar projects.
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Council held round table discussions. Councillor Garbutt said the Drumheller Housing Association is exploring an opportunity which may provide a temporary emergency shelter, as one of the low-housing apartments currently has a vacancy. The association is wondering if the apartment could be used as a emergency shelter, as Drumheller lacks that type of service, but the discussions at this point have just begun and there would need to be collaboration with other community partners.
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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, February 11, 2019

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

 

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Council heard results from communications officer Julia Fielding regarding online survey results for recycling options. Regarding curbside recycling, 72 per cent of 855 online respondents were in favour, with 54 per cent in favour of alternate week pick up and 40 per cent in favour of weekly collection. Respondents were nearly split 50/50 on whether there should be commingled collection or sorted collections. Organic waste collection was a split issue, with 35 per cent in favour, 28 not in favour, and 32 per cent saying it would depend on the cost. Most people were in favour of paying between $8-11 per month for the service. Councillor Jay Garbutt asked if there was an estimate for operational costs of a program. CAO Darryl Drohomerski said there was variability whether it was weekly or biweekly pickup, and comingled or sorted, and said the $8-11 was close to what they were looking at. Councillor Garbutt asked what the capital investment costs would be, with Mr. Drohomerski saying it would depend on the system used, but cited additional costs for purchasing bins and increased staff for sorting. Councillor Tom Zariski said the results were good but council would need more statistical and cost estimate information from administration to move forward with a decision, with Mr. Drohomerski agreeing. Mayor Heather Colberg said she spoke to a mayor of another town which recently switched and they saw an increase in recycling having to go to the landfill because it was contaminated, as well as additional staff to educate and enforce proper recycling, and said the town should look carefully at options going forward.
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Director of Protective Services Greg Peters brought ideas for paid parking at the Hoodoo tourist site. He said at least two staff would be required to collect funds at the site if council wanted to collect from paid parking that way. He said a traffic plan would be needed to ensure traffic isn’t backed up onto the highway. He estimated a cost of $15,000 - $18,000 for staff and to purchase digital fund collection machines. Councillor Fred Makowecki asked if there would be issue to blocking access to a provincial site, with Councillor Garbutt saying individuals are legally allowed to refuse to pay but most people would willingly pay a nominal fee to a valuable service. CAO Drohomerski said the paid parking would be introduced at the Hoodoo site as a pilot test. Councillor Garbutt said if the potential revenue is not at least double to operating costs then he wondered why they would pursue the project. CAO Drohomerski said the site gets about 200,000 visitors and estimated 500-1,000 on a Saturday, and with an estimate of $2 per car with a ballpark of four people in each car, would generate much more than the startup costs over the summer. An estimate of $200,000 was provided by CAO Drohomerski to refurbish both the washrooms and the parking lot there, with a plan in place to increase the size of the parking lot. Council gave approval to move forward with the pilot project.
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Mr. Peters presented a draft of a Public Behaviour Bylaw which included prohibitions not included in the existing Community Standard Bylaw, which includes bullying, cannabis and tobacco consumption, bullying, fighting, loitering, and public defecation offences. Councillor Garbutt asked to see fines for public consumption of cannabis and tobacco increased to be similar to other rates included in the bylaw (they were drafted at $50 for first offences and $100 subsequently).
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CAO Drohomerski presented a draft of the Tourism Corridor Property Standards bylaw, which would set higher appearance and upkeep standards for properties along busy tourist routes in Drumheller. Areas in Drumheller would be divided into either ‘Priority 1 or 2 areas,’ which were not included in the draft bylaw provided but included areas like downtown and major highways coming into town. Highlights include a shortened time period for property owners to correct unsightly premises, property owners to ensure waste is properly contained and regularly collected, and increased standards for maintaining grass and weeds. CAO Drohomerski said affected property owners will be notified and communicated with. Councillor Hansen-Zacharuk voiced concern over the drafted fine of $500 for first time offences on business’ who were victim of graffiti, saying often removing graffiti can be costly for property owners, with CAO Drohomerski taking note.
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Councillor Makowecki brought two items for discussions from his role with the Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Committee: SAEWA (Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association) membership and Extended Producer Responsibility. He suggested the town express their non-interest in encouraging DDSWM’s membership to SAEWA due to increased costs, questionable evidence the program is more environmentally friendly, and that the Drumheller landfill still has 50 years of life left. He presented a letter from the mayor of Acme and encouraged council send a letter of support to the initiative. The EPR framework incentivizes producers to create more recyclable materials.
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Mayor Heather Colberg brought a discussion forward over the accounts receivable policy on delinquent accounts, over concerns that funds were not being collected or that the policy was not being followed. After a discussion in open council, a motion was made to move in camera.


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