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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole Meeting of Monday, March 13, 2017

 

 

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Council Notes
Committee of the Whole Meeting
Monday, March 13, 2017

Deputy Mayor Patrick Kolafa briefly commented on some of the activities he participated in last week including Travel Alberta’s SHiFT Program, An Evening at the Library on Saturday, March 11 and the 5th Birthday of the Badlands Community Facility.
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Darren Goldthorpe, manager of Recreation, Art and Culture updated council on plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday. He told Council the Heritage Art and Culture Committee is working on ideas to celebrate, including a picnic on the 150th day of the year, (May 30) He also highlighted some of the work on the ParticipACTION150 playlist activities. Some events coming in the short term include shuffleboard, yoga and an Earth Day clean-up. Flags have been ordered for the entrances into town as well as around the BCF.
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Deputy Mayor Patrick Kolafa shared his experience attending the AUMA Mayor’s Caucus Meeting on Tuesday, March 7. A number of government ministers did presentations, including Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Brian Mason to address concerns of the AUMA. He recently announced that the remaining funds from the Federal Building Canada Fund would be used for provincial infrastructure as well as to pay off the debt, and not for Municipal infrastructure. Councillor Kolafa was able to have a brief conversation with the minister on flood mitigation.
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Councillor Sharel Shoff did a report on Palliser Municipal Services. It recently held a board meeting and has made some recommendations to amend its funding formula for the members. She also noted that Beiseker has sent a letter expressing its wishes to no longer be a member.
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Councillor Shoff also spoke about Community Futures. She said it has made good progress in collecting outstanding business loans, allowing it to work more on investing in projects. It recently went forward and purchased two shipping containers to be refitted as micro business outlets. Its main focus is to get the word out about the services it provides.
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Councillor Shoff also led a discussion on a meeting held on February 16 by Starland Studios. It invited a number of professionals in the film production industry. About 70 came out for the meeting.
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Council Notes from the Regular Council Meeting of Monday, March 6, 2017

 

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Council Notes
From the regular meeting of Town Council
Monday, March 6, 2017

Deputy Mayor Pat Kolafa chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Terry Yemen, and called the meeting to order at 4:30 p.m..
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Council approved awarding the contract for Aquaplex renovations to Pearl Rose Construction from Red Deer, in the amount of $1,475,000. (See story, page 1.) The contract was re-tendered, and according to Infrastructure Services Director Darryl Drohomerski, more interest was shown in this tender than previous. CAO Ray Romanetz confirmed to Council that the Town had projects completed by this contractor in the past, and they were satisfied with the work performed.
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Council Notes from the Committee of the Whole meeting of Monday, February 27, 2017

 

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Committee of the Whole
Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Deputy Mayor Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk opened the meeting.
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Summer Manca, and Julia Fielding from the Drumheller Economic Advisory Committee addressed Council to provide an update on the group’s activities in 2016.
Drumheller is a member of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership whose membership comprises a number of municipalities across Central Alberta. The group provided some funding for six projects totalling $17,000, and has come up with some new guidelines for 2017.
The advisory committee has also started installation of “wayfinding signs” in the downtown core to help visitors with directions to various attractions.
Ms. Fielding also included a number of events upcoming to showcase the town and talked about the cooperation their group have with neighbouring communities and elected bodies like Kneehill County Council. She also told Council there have been a lot of changes and exchange of ideas in the time she has been with the group.
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Brock Harrington from Community Futures who also is vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, addressed Council about facilitating some new ideas at the area attractions, like encouraging youth to open businesses at the Hoodoos, or the Swinging Bridge, all designed to give the touring public a better visitor experience.
Mr. Harrington proposed a two year pilot program where micro-businesses would open and provide services to tourists, and give them training to operate the businesses. He asked for Council’s blessing to engage an aggressive timeline in order to have the package ready in time for the tourist season on June 1.
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Director of Community Services Paul Salvatore provided Council with a history of public markets in Drumheller, Farmer’s Markets, and Special Events, in Drumheller, especially during the summer. Four public markets were held in 2016. There are more vendors and more ideas coming forth over time, and the Hutterite vendors selling fruits and vegetables from various parking lots, are under provincial agriculture guidelines and not handled by the Town. Permits for vendor carts cost $200, and they are required to purchase a business licence for the town. Vendors are also required to purchase liability insurance, before proceeding.
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