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Town appoints Director of Infrastructure Services

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The Town of Drumheller has hired a new Director of Infrastructure Services.
    Born and raised in Calgary, David Brett, P. Eng, PMP, was most recently employed with ATCO Power.   He was introduced at the Monday, March 18 Council Meeting. He is familiar with Drumheller.
    ‘It is a nice town, I did my internship at the Sheerness Power Plant, so I spent a year and a half around this area and driving through Drumheller,” he said. “I have done small town living before when I was working at Sheerness and other places where I have worked.
     He does have municipal experience and worked for the City of Calgary in the Waste Water Group for seven years. His work experience has also taken him to  Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom.
    While he is just getting acquainted with his new role, he foresees that much work will be done on flood mitigation.
    “The flood mitigation stuff is going to be a prime concern for me to make sure the funding we received gets spent in an appropriate manner, in an appropriate way, so the town doesn’t have to worry about flooding too much anymore,” he said.
    The position has been vacant since Armia Mikhaiel’s departure last summer.


Political candidate forum set for April 2

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The Drumheller-Stettler candidates in the upcoming election will meet on Tuesday, April 2 at the Badlands Community Facility.
    The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event and have invited Holly Heffernan (NDP), Nate Horner (UCP), Jason Hushagen (Alberta Independence Party), Mark Nikota (Alberta Party), Rick Strankman (Independent) and Greg Herzog of the Alberta  Advantage Party. Candidates will each have the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their party platform, followed by a question and answer period.
    The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the forum commencing at 7:00 p.m. sharp.
    The provincial election will be held on Tuesday, April 16.

Nacmine man sentenced two years for property crimes

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A Nacmine man was given federal time for a long list of property related offenses.
    Alvin Lee Sieppert, 28, appeared via closed-circuit television from the Calgary Remand Centre in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, March 22. He pleaded guilty to a long list of offenses dating back to April of last year.
    The court heard how on April 8, 2018, RCMP took note of a vehicle driven by Sieppert that was reportedly involved in property crime. Police also noted the license plate was stolen. When stopped, Sieppert and the passenger ducked and switched seats. In the vehicle, they discovered stolen property including personal documents, cheques, and GPS units. Police also discovered a prohibited firearm magazine.
     On June 20 of last year, there was a report of two water tanks being stolen from a local business. The tanks were located on Sieppert’s property. Police also discovered a trailer stolen from Three Hills.
    Sieppert also pleaded guilty to being in possession of vehicle rims and catalytic converters stolen from a local auto recycler on July 12.
    On August 9 Sieppert was operating a motor vehicle with no license plate. It was discovered the vehicle had been taken from a tow truck lot on July 31.
    On September 8, 2018, police executed an arrest warrant at the residence of Sieppert. They discovered a silver Dodge Dakota and trailer that was determined to be stolen. They obtained a search warrant for his home and garage and discovered a collection of stolen property including power tools, bikes, license plates, children’s hockey equipment, cell phones and computers, documents and cheques and a Polaris side by side ATV.
    While on release from the previous charges, on February 20 of this year, Sieppert and an accomplice broke into a building on the Passion Play site and equipment and power tools were taken. They also attempted to take a Ford truck and Dodge Caravan and damaged the ignitions. Sieppert wore a Spiderman mask during the break-in. They fled the scene on a stolen ATV and police were able to follow the tracks back to Sieppert’s residence.
    Defense for Sieppert, Jared Goruk, said with the downturn in the economy, Sieppert had hit hard times which led to bad decisions. He is looking forward to putting this behind him and starting his life as a family man.
    Sieppert addressed the court stating he was sorry for the inconvenience this has caused Drumheller and those affected by his actions.
    The crown and defense agreed on a global federal sentence of two years commencing upon sentencing, already taking into account previous time served.


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