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Chamber elects new members to board


board.jpgThe Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce has a full board of directors going forward into this year.
    The chamber held its annual general meeting on Tuesday, March 23 at the Ramada. The chamber had five seats to fill on the board of directors, and six candidates, spurring an election.
     Elaine Piwin of RBC in Drumheller and Gordon Van Kannel of Drumheller Co-op let their names stand. Piwin was elected to a three-year term, as were newcomers Ed Mah of McDonald’s, John Shoff of Reality Bytes and Connie Tremblay of Re/Max Drumheller. Van Kannel was elected to a one-year term in the seat vacated by Vicki Myers, who resigned from the board. Mayor Bryce Nimmo swore the new board members in.
    It was an exciting year for the Chamber of Commerce. After MaxCampus completed a presentation on their services and first year of operation, they launched into business.
    It was another stellar year for The World’s Largest Dinosaur. Between December 2008 and November 2009, 118,172 visitors climbed the World’s Largest Dinosaur. Chamber manager Heather Bitz reported this was the second busiest year for the World’s Largest Dinosaur since it opened in 2000. On the September long weekend the attraction welcomed its one-millionth visitor.
    The dinosaur also gave back last year, contributing to a number of community groups through the Legacy Fund, and most recently made a commitment of $250,000 over the next five years to the Badlands Community Facility.
    Jeff Hall, fundraising chair for the Badlands Community Facility expressed his appreciation to the members of the chamber for their support of the program.
    Another highlight for the chamber was in August of last year when the Visitor Information Centre at the World’s Largest Dinosaur was accredited, which will enhance the centre’s visibility and allow the staff to promote the valley.
    The Annual Chamber Golf Tournament was another success. Last year 130 participants came out, and with the funds raised from the event, the chamber was able to put $3,500 towards the Canada Day Parade and send local student, Alana Augert, to the Alberta Youth Entrepreneur Camp. They awarded bursaries to Nicole Stahl and Stanley Ituah and the chamber donated $4,660.15 each to Big Country Victim Services and DARTS.
    Downtown Drumheller had another successful year. Mike Todor presented the committee’s report that highlighted a number of exciting events they were involved in, including the Olympic Torch Celebrations and Paint the Town Red.
    Many of these activities benefitted local community groups including the Morgan Jayne Project, The Elks Club and the Drumheller and District Humane Society.
    The group is ambitiously pursuing projects to enhance downtown Drumheller, including working on cosmetic improvements with Communities in Bloom, lobbying to bring the Alberta Main Street Project to Drumheller and working on long term plans for an outdoor market/ park recreation area in the downtown core.
    Following the reports, the chamber’s Financial Statements were presented.

Riverside Packers bring home the bacon


riverside-packers.jpgDrumheller Riverside Packers went to the Alberta 2010 Meat Industry Convention and Trade Show on Friday, March 12 in Edmonton, armed with their best ham, bacon, sausages and pepperoni and came back with armful of trophies, including the top one: the Challenge Cup for the best overall results.
    Over 200 people came to the trade show and convention, organized bi-annually by the Alberta Food Processors Association to exchange information and knowledge through networking and to see presenters discussing marketing, new technology input to products and government programs.
    It is also an opportunity to showcase products as there are two competitions to enter: the People’s Choice and the Processed Meat.
    This year, 12 plants across Alberta entered the competition.
    For the Processed Meat competition, exhibitors were judged on bacon skin on, bone in ham (fully cooked), back bacon, large casing sausage (cooked and smoked min. 4 inch casing), small casing sausage (cooked and smoked max 40 mm casing), emulsion sausage (any cashing form).
    In this competition, Riverside Packers received:

  •  Gold on small casing sausage.
  •  Bronze on large casing sausage.
  •  Bronze on emulsion sausage.
  •  Bronze on boneless ham.
  •  Silver on bacon
  •  Gold on back bacon
  •  Gold on bone-in ham.

    The People’s Choice competition relates to jerky, pepperoni and deli trays. Riverside Packers picked up third place for pepperoni as well as for the deli tray.
    During the dinner on Saturday night, they were awarded with the Challenge Cup for the best overall results, with 626.75 points out of a maximum of 700.

Parking Task Force meets with Alberta Transportation and iTrans


task-force.jpg    The Parking Task Force met with Tony Chelick, operations manager from Alberta Transportation and Jay Magus, senior project manager from iTrans, the consulting company which carried out the traffic flow analysis, in a public meeting on Wednesday, March 24 at Town Hall.
    The meeting was set up to discuss the traffic flow problem on 3rd Avenue and the options available to reduce the problems caused by increased traffic without having to introduce parallel parking on 3rd Avenue.
    Task Force chair, Barry Fullerton presented an overview to the invited parties of the questions the Task Force had on the two intersections on Highway 9, the first one being the 2nd Avenue intersection, as well as the 3rd Avenue one.
    iTrans explained they carried out a study directed by the town in 2006/2007.  Following the study and a collision review, a consensus was reached the bridge structure would not be widened and, to accommodate pedestrians on the bridge, the left hand turn southbound should be removed.
    Provincial highways have certain standards that they strive for and, to control traffic in an organized way, intersection spacing on highways needs to be 400 metres. iTrans therefore looked at the intersections on 2 Avenue, 3rd Avenue and Railway Avenue W.
    To adhere to Alberta Transportation’s requirements, iTrans carried out a field investigation on 2nd Avenue, a public meeting and traffic counts analysis.
    iTrans then recommended to close the left hand turn and straight through from 2nd Avenue westbound as well as eastbound.
    iTrans and Alberta Transportation explained that leaving this intersection open on 2 Avenue would also create a safety issue. 
    As traffic increases, it would get harder to turn left from 2 Avenue onto the highway and drivers would start taking more risks, causing what is called an intersection failure.
    The meeting then moved on to the traffic lights at 3rd Avenue. 
    The Task Force proposed changing the lights to give vehicles turning left on to the highway an advanced turn, introducing a split phasing light for westbound traffic.  iTrans and Alberta Transportation explained that there would need to be two lanes on 3rd Avenue to enable this.     
    The Task Force suggested two lanes could be created by putting parallel parking on the north side of the road from 1st Street West to Highway 9, leaving angle parking on the other side of the road.
    iTrans explained this may not be possible but they will be doing a traffic flow analysis, using a synchro analysis software, on the various scenarios to include a second lane on 3rd Avenue, keeping the maximum angle and/or parallel parking possible. They will be reporting back to the Task Force for next week’s meeting.
    Alberta Transportation confirmed that changes could be made on 3rd Avenue as long as they did not negatively impact Highway  9.
    A discussion took place regarding the lifespan of the bridge as its replacement would change the traffic setup. Alberta Transportation said they would check this information and report back next week.
    John Shoff, Task Force member and downtown merchant, told inSide Drumheller, “Alberta Transportation seems willing to negotiate with the Task Force quite well, as long as we come up with realistic alternatives.”


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