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Mayor Colberg sits on Supporting Alberta Working Parents Advisory Group

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A new Supporting Alberta Working Parents Advisory Group has been announced by the province on Thursday, April 22.
Minister of Children’s Services Rebecca Schulz will head the group to provide initiatives to help working parents, particularly women, be part of Alberta’s economic recovery; the group is made up of eight representatives from across the province, including Drumheller’s Mayor Heather Colberg.
“I met (Minister Schulz) during the Women in Politics Zoom meeting, and I was honoured to be asked by the Minister to be part of this group,” Mayor Colberg says.
Mayor Colberg is the only municipal leader on the group and joins representatives from Hines Health Services, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area, YWCA Calgary, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Alberta Association of Child Care Operators, and Families That Work.
Although her own children are now grown, Mayor Colberg says she still understands the struggle that comes from trying to raise a young family while also working--whether in or out of the home.
“I was very lucky when my children were growing up. My husband was a farmer, and we were ahead of the curve (at Hi-Way 9) with working from home,” she says. As a rural municipal leader she also understands the unique challenges faced by rural working parents.
Mayor Colberg encourages anyone to reach out to her at mayor@drumheller.ca with ideas about how to better support and help working parents across the province; these ideas will then be brought before the advisory group and Minister Schulz for further development into initiatives and programs to help working families.


Woman pleads guilty to drug charges

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A Drumheller woman was fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to possession of drugs.
Jaime Ryan appeared in provincial court on Friday, April 9 via telephone connection where she pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.
The court heard that on July 29, 2020, Hanna RCMP responded to a collision. The complainant followed the driver. When RCMP approached the vehicle the driver appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was fumbling to find documents. Ryan was placed under arrested for impaired driving. When police searched her car, they discovered 4.06 grams of methamphetamine in her purse.
The federal prosecutor and defence submitted a joint submission of a $1,000 fine. Defence said Ryan has been in a cycle of abusive relationships and drug addiction, and has been taking counselling for her addiction and mental health.
Judge De Souza agreed with the joint submission, and allowed time to pay until January 2022.

Zero increase for residential, farmland taxes in Wheatland County

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The final 2021 capital and operating budgets for Wheatland County were approved by council during the regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 6, following revisions to the interim budget previously approved in December 2020.
Although the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed financial challenges for many municipalities across the province, Wheatland County approved a zero per cent tax increase for residential and farmland properties in the 2021 operating budget.
“The 2021 final budget that council approved strikes a balance between fiscal responsibility and providing the municipal services our residents and businesses expect,” Wheatland County Reeve Amber Link said in a statement. “The ratepayer engagement survey that was undertaken during the 2021 budget process contributed to the prioritization of budget allocation.”
Nearly $2.1 million was allocated for the new Carseland Fire Hall, as well as more than $3.9 million for wastewater projects throughout the county, including $2.8 million for the Rosebud wastewater system in the capital budget.
The county also allocated $687,000 to support not-for-profits and hamlet projects, such as repairing and replacing sidewalks and concrete, and to support area libraries.
One of the largest budgeted expenditures is more than $13 million for road construction throughout the county.
“This is the culmination of a long and thorough process. Even though there’s not a ton of discussion there’s been months of discussion and iterations and adaptations,” Reeve Link said during the meeting.
The final operating budget of $63.1 million, and the final capital budget of $21.5 million was passed unanimously by council.


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