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Drumheller council award $274,000 contract for bridge repairs

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The tender to repair the Star Mine Suspension Bridge, which has been closed to the public since April 2020, was awarded during the Town of Drumheller regular council meeting on Monday, October 16.

Structural concerns had been identified during a routine bridge inspection in the spring of 2020, which prompted closure to the public for safety reasons, and repairs and reopening of the bridge were delayed due to ongoing landowner negotiations for access to the north side of the river.

“Realistically, our delay in opening (the Star Mine Suspension Bridge) was due in large part that the land the bridge sat on was privately held,” explains Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Darryl Drohomerski. “Ultimately we came to an agreement (with the landowners) to purchase it earlier this year, which then allowed us to move forward with the plans to do the work.”

A total of four bids were received at the time of the tender closing, ranging from $274,700 to $666,794; council awarded the tender in the amount of $274,700, excluding GST to Volker Stevin Highways Ltd.

The repair work will entail “two major components,” according to CAO Drohomerski.

The first portion of work will require repairing a washout on the north side of the bridge in order to gain access; Volker will also need to install culverts to help prevent future washouts from happening.

Once this is completed, Volker will then be able to begin repairs on the pier and post which were of initial concern. A large crane will be required to support the bridge during this portion of the repairs.

Alberta Transportation provided $200,000 in funding to support the project, and an additional $152,600 is being requested as part of the Town’s 2024 Capital Budget funding.

While the repair will include some municipal funding, CAO Drohomerski shares, in the future, funds from the paid parking program could help to offset these types of costs.

“Being able to use paid parking funds from the Suspension Bridge area to help offset the cost of maintaining the bridge, in our minds, is paramount to the long term success of it. Most residents don’t appreciate the size and scope of some of this work that’s required to maintain infrastructure that we all take for granted,” he says.

Construction and repairs are expected to be completed by the end of April 2024 to allow the Star Mine Suspension Bridge to be reopened for the 2024 tourist season.

Drumheller welcomes new Corporate Services director

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Drumheller administration and Town council officially welcomed Victoria Chan as the Town’s new Corporate Services director during the regular Monday, October 16 council meeting.
While Ms. Chan will be responsible for the Town’s finances and budget preparations, the role also encompasses other responsibilities, including recreation and community services.
“I’m so delighted and feel very privileged. The team and staff at the Town office are professionals and dedicated,” she tells the Mail.
Ms. Chan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and also holds a Master of Law degree, and has extensive experience at multiple government levels, from federal and provincial, to territorial, First Nations, and municipal. Prior to accepting the position in Drumheller, Ms. Chan served as the Corporate Services director of Woodlands County, located northwest of Edmonton in north-central Alberta.
“It is a challenge to work in a relatively medium-sized municipality that serves half a million tourists a year,” she says. “It is similar to all those other resort and tourist towns across Canada--how you can maintain the service level, how you can continue to attract tourists, but then in the meantime also address the infrastructure deficit. It is a challenge, and I’m definitely looking forward to that challenge.”
She adds that with the position focusing also on Community Services and Recreation, she will not only be focused on the numbers-driven side of the municipal landscape, but will also focus on the “soft, human side of it.”
While her career has been focused on finances and accounting, Ms. Chan says the move to Drumheller will fulfill another, personal niche with her love of dinosaurs, and she is looking forward to being closer to family and friends in Calgary.

Drumheller RCMP issue winter travel advisory

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Drumheller RCMP have issued a winter travel advisory on Monday, October 23 with snow flurries in the forecast.
With the cold and extreme weather season approaching, Drumheller RCMP remind the public to take proper precautions for winter travel.
Staff Sergeant Rob Harms shares motorists should plan, exercise caution, be diligent and consider the following:
Always check and monitor weather and road conditions before embarking – ensure it is safe and appropriate to travel;
Ensure that your vehicle is in good running condition and that tires are appropriate for the conditions;
Ensure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and is kept as full as possible during long journeys;
Always carry a cell phone and charger in your vehicle;
Dress for the current and expected weather conditions;
Keep a first aid kit, shovel, and booster cables in your vehicle;
Carry a winter kit in your vehicle including extra clothing, blankets, food, and water, and
Drive to the road conditions and exercise caution in winter conditions.
For current information on road and travel conditions, log onto 511 Alberta, for road safety and precautions, log onto


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