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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 or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Grace House looks to future with new leadership

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The Grace House is moving forward with a new manager and board chair, and the future looks bright.
Board Chair Donna Powell tells the Mail The Grace House has hired a new manager in Dennis Dafoe. He started in December.
“He moved here last spring and he’s well qualified to run the House and has worked with the Salvation Army in the addictions program,” said Powell. “He’s pretty new, but he has been actively updating the programming. It is really needed and has probably been needed for quite some time, except you have to find the person who is qualified to make those changes, and that’s definitely him.”
The vision of the Grace House “is to create a safe and healthy environment, empowering men to live drug and alcohol-free lives through an individualized 90-day treatment plan. We strive to provide quality care while promoting resilience, dignity, and overall well-being.”
The Grace House admits clients who are over 25 and have a willingness to live a life of sobriety. Clients have also been through a detox centre or have been clean for five days.
Powell said their clients come from a variety of places.
“They can come from detox centres in Calgary. Sometimes we get people from other treatment facilities” she said, adding that often treatment is built into their court-ordered conditions. “These guys generally do pretty good… so it is helpful for them.”
Grace House does its intakes, where its staff gauges the suitability and commitment of each client.
“One of the difficulties in Drumheller is there is no public transportation, it is a challenge to get the guys here,” says Powell.
The Grace House provides life skill programming as well as working through the 12-step program. In their 90 days, they are expected to complete the 12-step workbook and attend meetings daily. The Grace House clients can also seek out individual counselling through partner organizations.
“The facilitator works with all of them and she does the programming, so she helps with the setup,” explains Powell. “The guys pay a portion themselves. I think that’s a good model. They have to be well committed and it has to be something they want. When you are paying for something out of your own pocket partially, that is a bigger commitment.”
She adds that manager Dafoe is also a councillor himself and provides resources.
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