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Mid-size town Mayors form Caucus

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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.


Gas smell draws emergency services Tuesday morning

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Drumheller Fire were called out at 9:00 am Tuesday morning to a gas smell emanating from the Golden Hills Outreach School location on Centre Street. Buildings were evacuated, and utilities services attended the scene. Fans were used to clear the smell from the building.

Kneehill County proposes to present energy resolution to Rural Municipalties of Alberta

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Ken King, Reeve of Kneehill County, is set to draw up a resolution pertaining to the progress of renewable energy and the availability of electricity. This will be submitted for the Rural Municipalities of Alberta 2024 Fall Convention.
The Renewable Electricity Act’s ministerial duties is to ensure and develop ways so that a minimum of 30% of the annual electric energy used in Alberta will be generated from renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar farms.
The resolution will look to the Province of Alberta to put in place a minimum approach of what renewable energy developers would be required to provide, ensuring that grid stability problems will be avoided when renewable energy manufacturing is lower.
The Mail reached out to Reeve King about the resolution. “It is our belief that the consumer through the AESO should not be on the hook for sourcing power when the power generation supply is low,” says King, “We recognize the good work, and the value of the work the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) performs, however, we feel that the power generation companies in Alberta have a responsibility to provide a stable, reliable, consistent level of power for the AESO to access.”
The resolution will address what the power generation companies’ responsibility is when providing a minimum power level at any time required by the AESO. It will also ask the Government of Alberta to implement legislation of baseline power so that reliability and sustainability, along with environmental and climate goals, can be met with Kneehill County’s electric supply into the future.


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