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Friends of DVSS taking on tennis court resurfacing project

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The Friends of DVSS are embarking on another project to make the school facilities better for students and the community.
The Friends of DVSS spearheaded the building of the tennis and basketball courts about seven years ago. Since then, the site has settled and cracked, leaving areas of the court not level and water pools. They are putting together a plan to resurface the courts.
“We are going to strip off the old surface and fill in the low spots so it is all level again and then resurface it. We are going to add lines for two tennis courts and five pickleball courts because we are adding an extra,” said Friends of DVSS President Koren McDougald, adding they will also resurface and paint the basketball court.
In its short lifespan, McDougald said it has been a simple yet popular addition to the community. It is well used by the school, especially during the pandemic, with many classes utilizing the space. Summer days also bring out tennis players as well as hoopers playing pick-up. The Pickleball Club also gets on the court, when they can.
“The Pickleball Club has something like 60 members now,” said McDougald. “The international students use it, and the school uses it.”
To fund the project, they have applied for a Community Facility Enhancement Grant of $422,000 from the province as well as a grant from the Town of Drumheller.
The Friends of DVSS will also contribute funds it has raised.
“Normally, we would be in a strong situation and probably wouldn’t have applied for the town grant, but we were supposed to have a casino in February, and of course, they are not having casinos right now,” she said. “The surface needs to be done sooner than later.”
The court was built about seven years ago, and many from the community contributed as sponsors. At that time, it cost about $314,973, and the town provided about $100,000 of in-kind work.
“It has been a great project involving a lot of different groups,” said McDougald.
The Friends of DVSS has been around since 2003 and has contributed to the school in myriad ways, from improving the facility to buying equipment. Typically McDougald says they do a larger-scale project every three years.
Friends of DVSS has contracted Tomko Sports to complete the work. This includes the stripping, site prep, and resurfacing.

Raymond Hill reopens

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Raymond Hill is open to traffic again, but the town says it won’t expend too many resources to keep it up.
The Raymond Hill runs parallel to Highway 56, running north of Highway 10. Earlier this year a slide closed the road, and residents from Drumheller and Wheatland County who use the road, rallied to have it reopened. They began a petition, which was presented to the Town of Drumheller.
At the May 10 Drumheller council meeting, CAO Darryl Drohomerski provided a report to council on the Raymond Hill Road Public Submission. The town received a petition to reopen the road on April 5. Administration scrutinized the petition under the stipulations of the Municipal Government Act and deemed it did not meet the requirements. He added the Town and Wheatland County are working together to reopen and maintain the road.
“People weren’t really talking about using it much until we shut it down, and now it is really important,” said Drohomerski. “It looks like it’s mostly for access for farm machinery. We are just going to pay attention and see if that is the case.”
He explains they have reopened the road, but they are not investing in repairing it. The town supplied a few barricades to slow the slide, and Wheatland County is to complete some grading.
“Both Wheatland and us, Town of Drumheller, have done a significant amount of work to repair that slide, so we are going to do our best to prevent it from getting worse, but we are not going to fix it all,” said Drohomerski.

Village of Carbon residents respond to gas station survey

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Residents in the Village of Carbon were surveyed regarding interest in a potential new gas station for the village.
AFD Petroleum previously installed an unmanned gas station in the village, which opened in May 2019, though this was pulled out of the village less than two years later.
In April 2021 the Village of Carbon asked residents to fill out a survey about the need for a new gas station in the village.
A total of 116 residents had completed the survey as of May 13.
Of the respondents, 78.4 per cent said they would like to see a gas station brought back to the village while 21.6 per cent said no.
Although many of the respondents noted a gas station would benefit the village, not only giving residents a place to fuel up locally and also drawing traffic into the village, there were viability concerns due to the closure of AFD Petroleum and the former G&B Fuels.
Other concerns noted in the survey included location, associated costs to the village and residents, and light and noise pollution.


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