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Drumheller Town Council approves Utility Rate Bylaw

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Drumheller’s Town Council approved the 2024 Utility Rate Bylaw on December 18, 2023. There will be a 3% in water and a 6% increase in wastewater. The Town of Drumheller (TOD) continues on a track to self-sustainability. This is ensuring that long-term infrastructure investments are maintained for regulatory compliance.
Fee increases went into effect on January 1st, 2024. The cubic metre charge for water will increase by $0.07, from $2.2386 to $2.3058, and the wastewater will increase by $0.14, from $2.4131 to $2.5579. The monthly charges per household consuming 15 cubic metres will increase by $9.58.
“Our utility systems are on the path to self-sufficiency through responsible cost increases. The investment in our water and wastewater system in 2023 and 2024 is in large part the result of proper financial planning over the last several years which allows the Town to self-fund these expenditures,” say CAO Darryl Drohomerski.
The utility system is a vital part of the TOD’s infrastructure. These rate increases are in accordance with timelines required to reach a sustainable utility and to reach financial stability.


Drumheller man charged in road rage incident

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On Jan. 5, 2024, at around 8 a.m., a male came into the Beiseker detachment advising that he was just involved in a physical altercation with another male at the Centex gas station and he may have injured him. Officers attended the Centex gas station and located a 80-year-old victim with serious injuries. EMS was called and STARS was utilized to transport the male to hospital where he remains in stable condition. Investigation indicates that the assault was as the result of a road rage incident that occurred on the Highway. After the assault, the suspect broke the victims vehicle window and stole his vehicle keys.

RCMP have charged 56-year-old Drumheller resident Chris Shearer with:
Aggravated assault
Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
Robbery
Mischief

Shearer was taken before a justice of the peace and remanded into custody with his next court date set for Feb. 1 2024, at the Alberta Court of Justice in Airdrie.

Councillor Schetzsle resigns from Special Areas Board

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Special Areas Board Councillor Graham Schetzsle has stepped down from his role on the Special Areas Advisory Council.
Graham represented Special Area No. 4 – Subdivision 1 on the Advisory Council since 2017 and has been an integral part of the Special Areas team. Besides his work on Advisory Council, Graham was active on many different boards and committees in the region.
He was passionate about ensuring communities had access high quality health services and served on both the Consort and District Medical Centre Board and the East Central Ambulance Association. He also represented Special Area No. 4 on regional boards including the Acadia Foundation and Big Country Waste Management Commission. Graham was known for his focus on efficient and responsive services that met ratepayer needs.
“I would like to thank Graham for his service over the past six years with the Special Areas,” said Special Areas Chair Jordon Christianson.”Not only as a member of the Advisory Council, but also for his service on numerous other committees and boards where he represented the Special Areas professionally and effectively. We will certainly miss Graham’s strong leadership and his thoughtful nature, and we wish him success as he focuses on his many other projects”
As a result of this vacancy, Special Areas will be holding a byelection for the office of Advisory Council for Special Area No. 4 – Subdivision 1. More information on the nomination process and important dates will be shared later this month on www.specialareas.ab.ca.


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