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Dalum installs new playground

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The community of Dalum now has a new amenity for the community and users of the hall to enjoy.
Last week, a volunteer work bee constructed a new playground adjacent to the Community Hall.
Over 40 volunteers from the community took time out of their week and worked on building the playset with guidance from BDI Play Designs.
Dalum Community Association president Jim Eskeland tells the Mail, there are more young families in the community, and the playground will serve them well.
“The next generation is coming back to the farm, and it is creating energy in the community,” he said.

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He says the new amenity will be great for community groups that use the hall for events, and provide a safe place for kids to recreate. It has accessible elements that allow for youngers with mobility issues and access for wheelchairs. The site has a woodchip base for safety.
Eskeland explains it has been about a year since the association began actively fundraising for the playground. They were successful in securing a Community Facility Enhancement grant (CFEP) grant for about $90,000 to help with construction.
The Association received support for the playground from Wheatland County and the Drumheller Rotary Club.
Eskeland says they are planning a grand opening for the park in the spring.

Drumheller RCMP seek public’s assistance to identify suspects

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Drumheller RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to identify 2 suspects involved in 2 Break and Enters.
At approximately 6:00 am on August 7th, 2023, Drumheller RCMP responded to reports of a break and enter at the Fas Gas convenience store located at 191 Railway Avenue E in Drumheller. Shortly afterwards, RCMP responded to a 2nd break and enter at the Veggie Shack store located at 700 Hwy 9 South in Drumheller. The break and enters occurred sometime during the early morning hours. Damages were done to both buildings and miscellaneous items stolen. Photos of suspects are attached and the public is encouraged to call Drumheller RCMP if recognized.
If you have any information regarding these matters, 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 or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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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.


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