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Drumheller considers forming Sports Council

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Rick Ladouceur, Town of Drumheller's Manager of Recreation, Arts & Culture.

The Town of Drumheller is looking into establishing a Sports Council as a new way to connect the Valley.

Thanks in part to Town of Drumheller’s (TOD) Manager of Recreation, Arts & Culture, Rick Ladouceur’s 2023 Parks & Recreation Master Plan, the Town is exploring the possibility of a Sports council.

Ladouceur presented council members with a Request for Direction at the Monday, April 15, Committee of the Whole Meeting about the proposed council, which could be made up of one TOD councillor and seven members-at-large. They will be an advisory group, and a forum for the Valley, when it comes to all opportunities and issues relating to sports.

The objectives of the council will be to share information between different sports organizations, improve various aspects of sport opportunities and bring sporting events to the valley, while providing an accessible and inclusive environment for everyone in the community.

“The formation of Drumheller’s Sports Council provides an important forum for identifying concerns and opportunities for sports in our area,” says Ladouceur during the meeting. “It will integrate a grass-roots initiative, athlete empowerment, state-of-the-art facilities and tourism.”

In the proposal, in order for an organization to get a membership for the Sports Council certain criteria must be met. Applicants must have current involvement with sports in TOD, with a letter of endorsement from their organization. Applicants will also be required to commit to the council for the duration of time, either one or two years. They must also have a strong understanding of any issues that are relevant to sports development in the community.

Council provided direction to establish a short-term task force that would bring on interested parties in a sports council to help shape the terms of reference for establishing and operating a Sports Council.

Council adopts amendments to operating and capital budgets

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At the Regular Council Meeting on April 22, 2024, Council passed the amendments to the 2024 Property Tax-Supported Operating and Capital Budgets. The suggested amendments to the previously approved budgets are a result of cost overruns in several capital projects.
The changes represent a 2.6% increase. Impacts due to this increase will be funded by the Town through the contingency reserve.
The Town’s anticipated 4% tax increase is a response to the high interest rate and inflationary environment and is comparable to other municipalities in Alberta. Council had initially passed the 2024 Property Tax-Supported Operating Budget of approximately $22.3 million, including requisitions at the January 22, 2024, Regular Council Meeting.
The Operating Budget is prepared with a four-year outlook and is reviewed and approved annually. This financial planning provides a strong foundation and the ability for the organization to be flexible with future projects and initiatives.
One quarter, or $5.475 million, of the Town’s 2024 Operating Budget, is represented by provincial requisitions. The Town is responsible for collecting and remitting provincial requisitions, including the Education Requisition (13%), Seniors’ Lodge Requisition (3%) and the RCMP Policing Contract (9%).
“Although inflationary costs have been on somewhat of a downward trend, they remain elevated from those of months ago when the Capital Budget was passed,” says Councillor Tony Lacher. “These same elevated costs flow through to the annual Operating Budget; however, Council is pleased to hold steady on the 4% tax increase proposed at that time.”
Based on the property assessments in the Town of Drumheller for 2023, an average residential property is assessed at $234,000. With the 4% increase in the tax rate, an average homeowner can anticipate seeing an additional $81.66 for the year, or $0.22 per day. The budgeting process is focused on achieving balance, investing in infrastructure and increasing the efficiencies in service delivery while exploring opportunities to reduce costs.

Drumheller emergency services respond to collision

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Drumheller emergency services, including the Drumheller Fire Department, AHS Ambulance and RCMP, responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of South Dinosaur Trail and 13 Street SW shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. An SUV and a motorcyclist collided. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries. Traffic was directed around the scene, but was quickly restored, as emergency services cleared the scene.


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