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No end in sight for Rosedale post office closure

Rosedale post office closure

Now over two weeks, residents of Rosedale and the surrounding area who have post office boxes in the community have been coming to Drumheller to pick up their mail.
On September 10 the Rosedale Post Office was temporarily closed. Customers were directed to pick up their mail at the Drumheller outlet for the foreseeable future.
According to a letter posted at the Rosedale location, Canada Post is “working diligently to find a permanent solution for mail delivery and retail services.”
Rosedale area resident Keith Hodgson says it has become an inconvenience for residents as well as rural customers in the area. He says restrictions at the Drumheller Post Office due to COVID -19, only allowing a limited number in the office has compounded the inconvenience. Rosedale box holders have to pick their mail from the customer service desk.
“It doesn’t help when you can only have two people in the lobby area at a time,” he said.
He says they have not heard of any update from Canada Post. The Drumheller Mail reached out to Canada Post and in an email, it stated they have no further updates. There are just over 180 mailboxes in the Rosedale Post Office.
Customers who are not able to pick up their own mail can have someone pick it up on their behalf with a letter of authorization and government-issued photo identification. More information is available at www.canadapost.ca


Council okays park and pay at the hoodoos for 2021

Hoodoo paid parking

Drumheller Town Council has agreed to continue its program to charge for parking at the Hoodoo site.
The town implemented a pilot project to charge for parking at the Hoodoo site. In the initial pilot in 2019 parking was charged at $2 per car. In 2020 they added a charge of $10 for buses. In the first year, the program raised $27,559.
This year with declining tourism numbers during the COVID-19, the program was not as successful. With about 4,000 less cars, the program raised about $19,000.
The program utilized four employees to work rotating shifts, including a permanent town employee as a supervisor. The Canada Summer Jobs 2020 placement program subsidized three employees between July 13 and August 28. This helped make up for the loss in revenue.
Some of the recommendations discussed include that the program requires at least two staff members to safely operate and handle cash. It is also an opportunity to increase customer service and to supply parking attendants with tourist information, maps, and flyers. They could cross-train with Travel Drumheller or the Chamber of Commerce staff to familiarize employees with the valley’s offerings.
For security, they recommended a portable power supply to install security cameras in the portable shelter.
Council agreed to continue the program for the coming summer with a charge of $2 per personal car and $10 per bus.

Council agrees to sell former town works shop

Public Works Shop

Drumheller Town Council has agreed to sell its former Infrastructure Works Shop for $900,000.
The shop was vacated in 2018 after the Town of Drumheller purchased the former TriCan building on Premier Way. This became the new Drumheller Infrastructure Services Shop and also houses the emergency centre. The purchase price was $1.73 million and the town took possession July 6, 2018.
At the time of the purchase, CAO Darryl Drohomerski notes the town had outgrown the former shop and it was at the end of its usable lifespan.
At Drumheller Town Council’s Monday, September 28 meeting council agreed to sell the former Infrastructure shop property for $900,000. An offer for the property came from developer Wellings 2019 Inc. According to the Request for Decision, it is a large senior’s housing developer of 55-plus properties.
“We are ecstatic that we have a developer who wants to develop housing for 55-plus,” said Drohomerski. “It’s a great show of confidence that Drumheller is a destination for seniors in Alberta.”
The conditions of the sale include the removal of all structures on site, rezoning the property to residential, and an environmental remediation report for the site. All work must be complete within 240 days of the acceptance of the offer.
The purchase of the new Public Works Building was funded through the Capital Reserve Building Fund and the proceeds from the sale of the former shop will be returned to this fund for future building replacements and improvement.


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