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Durnie focuses on G-20 Summit

    Drumheller’s Darwin Durnie has been charged with the monumental task of helping to bring 20 of the world’s Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors together in Toronto this weekend.
    Durnie, who worked for the City of Drumheller and the Town of Drumheller for 18 years is the associate director of facilities and preparation for the G-20 Conference in Toronto on June 26 and 27. The G-20 represents 85 per cent of the world’s gross national product and 80 per cent of world trade.
                                 “My main role is to set up the G-20 in Toronto; however, I am involved in the construction contracts at G-8 in Deerhurst,” Durnie told The Mail.
    The G-8 Summit is an annual meeting of world leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also represented. The 36th meeting of the group is at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.
    Mr. Durnie was also involved in the last Canadian-hosted G-8 Summit, held in  Kananaskis in 2002. He was manager of remote sites  and responsible for set-up.
    Durnie is employed by the Summit Management Office, which is a secretariat established by the Prime Minister.
    Durnie was director of Engineering in Drumheller previous to his appointment for the Kananaskis Summit. Currently he is working as a registered engineering technologist at Stantec in Red Deer.

Mayor Nimmo says “No” to third term

    Mayor Bryce Nimmo, who has led the Town of Drumheller for the past four years, will not seek a third term in the October 18 civic election.
    In an exclusive interview, Mayor Nimmo informed inSide Drumheller he felt he has enjoyed the opportunity to serve the citizens of Drumheller since coming to office in February of 2007.
    He followed former Mayor Paul Ainscough who resigned in the fall of 2006, and defeated former councilor Larry Davidson in a January by-election.
    In the October 2007 civic election, he was re-elected, defeating Robert Jackson for the mayor’s seat.
    “I am pleased with the progress the town has made over the past while, and Drumheller continues to be a wonderful place to live and work”, he said.
    Mayor Nimmo cited several moves made by the Town over the past while that he is pleased to have been part of, including the planning and development of the Badlands Community Facility, the new Wastewater Treatment Plant, and significant changes out at the Regional Landfill.
    The two new schools (St. Anthony’s and DCHS) currently under construction are certainly positive for the town as these are important for a healthy, vibrant community, he added.
    “Drumheller is in a great position for the future, and we are moving in the right direction”, he continued. “Council has also dealt with a lot of planning and land-use issues that are key to our future.”
    Mayor Nimmo was also pleased that the town has significantly increased the number of volunteers involved in work on behalf of the Town.
    “Our committees involved with the new facility, the new Police Commission, and all of the other boards assisting the town, require a lot of time commitment and I am grateful to citizens for their dedication,” he said.
    Though not seeking another term, Mr. Nimmo says he will still help out where needed.
    “Rosalie and I will continue to make Drumheller our home, and I will still volunteer where I can. I want to offer “Good Luck” to the new Council when they take over after the fall election.” 

Water rate complaint heard by Alberta Utilities Commission

    A hearing was underway yesterday at the Drumheller Court House in regards to how the Town of Drumheller bills for water.
    Anthony Audia, owner of Greenwood Villa Mobile Home Park, spurred the action. He filed a complaint to the Alberta Utilities Commission, stating the changes to the utility rate are discriminatory.
Under the changes introduced by the Town of Drumheller, each unit in an apartment complex or in a manufactured home park will be charged the $10 fixed rate for water, and $10 fixed rate for waste water. With 110 units on his property, Audia said his monthly bill increased by $2,200, a cost he will have to pass on to the residents of the trailer court.
    It is written into the Municipal Government Act that a resident can appeal to the commission and it can rule if the billing for the utility service does not conform to the public utility rate structure established by the municipality, has been improperly imposed, or is discriminatory.
    Council passed the new Utility Rate Bylaw on January 18, 2010.


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