Heather Colberg... Drumheller Mayor
Town of Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg is participating in the creation of a Mid-Size Towns Mayor Caucus, along with the Mayors of other towns like Carstairs, Didsbury, Olds and Three Hills.
This caucus will be for these communities to explore joint opportunities and help each other out and share ideas, along with the hopes of gaining more access from the Provincial and Federal governments in grants for undertaking projects like infrastructure.
The Mail spoke with Mayor Colberg about what these towns share as common needs, and how they hope to get the attention from the governments to address their issues.
“I think we’re all trying to get more access to grants for infrastructure. That’s the big one,” explains Mayor Colberg. “Really, it’s just trying to differentiate our towns. We’re not small, but we’re not the big cities like Calgary or Edmonton. We want to be able to have a stronger voice because we do make up a lot of the middle-ground. With a stronger voice we can put together the framework for how they (the government) determine the grants, and how we can be higher on the priority list versus the big cities, as one voice.”
There is a $250 membership fee that all Mayors involved in the caucus pay, with Drumheller’s town council approving this fee at the January 29, 2024, Regular Council Meeting. The full list of participating Mayors is expected to be in by the end of February, 2024.