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Hussar joins Alberta Municipality political call

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The Village of Hussar has joined the call to keep political parties out of local elections. At the Tuesday, March 5 Regular Meeting, council members were presented with a Request for Decision about the Alberta Municipalities (ABmunis) resolution they have underway to keep this from happening.

Last year, ABmunis asked Albertans to complete a short online public survey, conducted by the Government of Alberta, in relation to the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), and their mission to keep local elections separate and prove that Albertans are not supportive of political parties interfering with them.

“Provincial party affiliation should have no bearing on local Municipal governance or elections. Everyone has their own thoughts and preferences in political parties but at the local municipal level as a councilor, in my opinion you can't let that influence how you govern your municipality. As local elected officials we have to work effectively and respectfully with whichever party is in power at the time,” Hussar Mayor Les Schultz tells the Mail.

ABmunis has concluded from the results of the survey, conducted by Janet Brown Opinion Research in September 2023, that Albertans explicitly do not want the encroachment of political parties at the local level. The Government of Alberta has yet to commit to casting aside any plans to leave local elections independent, although the vast majority, almost 70 per cent of Albertans, are not in support of the interference.

“Sixty-eight per cent of respondents indicated that they would prefer to see municipal candidates run as individuals. Only 24 per cent of respondents would prefer to see municipal candidates run as members of a political party. Sixty-nine per cent of respondents think that political parties would make municipal governments more decisive and less effective,” it states about the survey results in their message to Hussar Council.

Alberta’s Premier Danielle Smith mandated a letter to Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver instructing him to work, alongside with Minister of Justice Mickey Avery, to review the LAEA and recommend amendments that will “strengthen public trust in and the integrity of our municipal election laws.”


Water master study looks at water tower demolishing

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A recommendation from the Town of Drumheller's recent Water Mastering Service Study could see to removal of four water towers throughout the community, such as the one located on 3 Street West, built in 1937, and the addition of a 2,000 cubic metre reservoir to serve the community.

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A Water Mastering Service Study has been conducted to provide recommendations for upgrades to the water storage systems to better meet the needs of the Town and its residents.
Drumheller’s Capital Project Manager Kelcie Wilson, and Utilities Manager Bill Adams presented council with the results of the study at the Monday, March 18, Regular Council Meeting where council members adopted the 2024 Water Mastering Service Study as presented.
The recommendation is to remove the four water towers at Bankview, Greentree, Huntington and Rosedale, and build a 2000 cubic metre reservoir, improving water quality and greater fire flow.
Pressure concerns in several locations do not meet the maximum day plus fire flow criteria. This means the maximum amount of water delivered to the system, or the amount required for a fire hydrant to deliver for firefighters, is not meeting their full capacity.
“It is noted that there is sufficient pumping capacity at the water treatment plant to meet the system demands, and there’s also sufficient treated water storage to meet system demands,” states Wilson, “Although, much of our total water storage from our water towers is not useful or practical due to its low elevation relative to its service area.”
The Town had already approved $200,000 to the Utility Capital Budget for maintenance on the Bankview and Huntington towers, but the funds were reallocated to the Reservoir Pre-Design plans that are underway.
“All we’re really doing here is deleting the two stations and reallocating the same amount of money to a new Reservoir Pre-Design, and the pre-design allows you to go ahead down this road of reaffirming the study planning for this eventual replacement,” said acting Deputy Mayor Tony Lacher at the meeting.
There are also plans to twin the main from the water treatment plant. This will to coordinate the upgrades those water mains need. Extending the water main south of the Royal Tyrrell Museum may be required to better service Starland County and a new water main is proposed for Rosedale to better meet the fire flow targets there.
The total projected cost of upgrading the existing water towers is $6.2 million, where the construction of the reservoir, with the cost of decommissioning the existing towers is just over $5.6 million.

Wheatland man facing drug charges

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On March 27th at approximately 10:15 pm, a member of the Drumheller Municipal Traffic Unit conducted a traffic stop during routine patrols on a grey 2003 Chev pickup truck in the alley of the 500 block of 3rd Avenue West in Drumheller. During the traffic stop two adult males were detained and the vehicle was searched.

During the search, various quantities of illicit drugs were located including 33.8 grams of methamphetamine, nearly 1.5 grams of crack cocaine, and 136 Clonazepam pills. Other evidence of drug trafficking was found including a scale and quantities of cash.

As a result of the investigation, a 50 year old male from Wheatland County was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking; and
possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The same male was also found to have three outstanding warrants for his arrest. The male was released from custody on an undertaking and is scheduled to appear in the Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on June 14th, 2024. The second male was not charged and released.

Staff Sergeant Robert HARMS of Drumheller RCMP stated that “Proactive patrols are a key part of policing and our crime reduction strategy. This traffic stop resulted in several officers at the scene investigating and yet again more drugs removed off the streets of Drumheller.”

If you have any information regarding illicit drug or criminal activity, please contact Drumheller RCMP at 403.823.7590 or contact your local Police Service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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