By: Mayor Terry Yemen
It’s hard to believe, but July is officially done and we’re welcoming August. Our hills and lawns were looking a little brown for a while but recent rains have really brought out the beautiful green and the valley looks great once again. Beautification remains an important issue for town council. Be on the lookout for town crews beautifying the highway 9 south entrance with more rock and shrubbery in addition to upgrades to the highway 9 north entrance from the bridge to the North Dinosaur Trail intersection. Council and I would like to applaud our staff for all the hard work they have done in regards to beautification. Our town looks great!
Last month, Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt talked about our Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation application for 10 thousand dollars. I can tell you now that we have confirmation of that grant money and have hired Housing Strategies Inc to conduct the low rental housing needs assessment study. We expect to have a report in a few months.
Our Member of Parliament, Kevin Sorenson, was recently in Drumheller to deliver some good news for one of our largest tourist attractions. Mr. Sorenson confirmed that the Atlas Coal Mine will receive 50 thousand dollars as part of the Canada 150 grant. The money will go towards the next phase of tipple restoration to ensure this landmark stands for years to come.
Finally, a big hello to all of our tourists in Drumheller! I’ve noticed many are vacationing closer to home this year and, with the lower Canadian dollar, I’ve been seeing more visitors from south of the 49th. It’s great to see visitors from across the globe and it goes to show that the Dinosaur Capital of the World is truly an international destination!
By: Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt
Another month has come and gone in 2015 and council and administration are hard at work on various projects in the valley.
We are very excited to announce that we will be beautifying the community further with work expected to happen this summer on the north and south entrances of Drumheller.
Work is progressing fast with TELUS crews as they install fibre optic technology and the downtown cast iron water line replacement project has not slowed down either.
Providing high quality utilities to our residents is a priority.
This month Council approved an additional 10 years on the Alta Gas Franchise for natural gas distribution.
Council also chose to leave the franchise fee, which is ultimately passed on to consumers, unchanged.
We thank the public for their overwhelming response to our online poll at dinosaurvalley.com in regards to the Canada 150 grant application.
We provided 3 project options, hoodoo redevelopment, trail system upgrades, and barrier free graduated entry into the Aquaplex pool.
70% of respondents voted for Aquaplex upgrades.
We have applied for 500 thousand dollars to assist in the construction and await a response from the Canada 150 grant program.
Speaking of grants, we have also completed the Canada Mortgage and Housing Seed Funding Grant.
We are hoping to receive 10 thousand dollars to fund a needs assessment study to determine where the demand lies in regards to low rental social housing.
We are eager to start a new social housing development in Drumheller and by completing this assessment it will allow us to access even more money to start construction of units.
In closing, I want to encourage you and your family to celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday at the feet of the World’s Largest Dinosaur in Drumheller.
The planning committee has done a great job again this year with a fantastic main stage line up and family friendly activities.
Don’t forget about the GIANT parade that day as well, starting at 10am! See you July 1st in Drumheller.
By: Mayor Terry Yemen
What an exciting time to be in the valley!
May’s beautiful weather welcomed tourists from across the country to the Dinosaur Capital of the World.
Thousands walked through the doors of the Royal Tyrrell Museum and hundreds spent their first camping trip of the year in Drumheller during the Victoria Day long weekend.
TELUS continues to work hard installing fibre optic technology in Drumheller.
TELUS is anticipating having this multi-million dollar investment completed by autumn of this year.
Please watch for TELUS crews when you’re driving around town and watch for crews working hard on the cast iron water line replacement project in the downtown as well.
I personally want to welcome Critters 360 to the valley who will supply our pet owners with important pet supplies.
I was on hand to cut the ribbon at Dairy Queen and welcomed the new management there.
It was a hot day and their ice cream tasted fantastic!
I also want to congratulate Alison Rutz on starting a new dance program here in Drumheller as well.
On top of all that, we finalized a new subdivision in Drumheller that will connect 10th Ave SE with the East Bankview neighborhood.
Servicing and construction will begin later this year.
May was a historic month in provincial politics as the PC dynasty ended and an NDP government was elected.
Despite this, Drumheller still has not received flood mitigation money from the province.
I have written our new Premier, Rachel Notley, the new Minister, and MLA Rick Strankman in regards to a flood mitigation program for Drumheller.
We remain confident that we’ll hear an answer soon.
In closing, I want to say a job well done by town staff as they continue to reinvigorate “Munchie Park” at the corner of 3rd Ave and 2nd Street in Drumheller.
I also want to congratulate all of our graduates here in the valley and wish them all the best as they pursue their dreams.
By: Mayor Terry Yemen
Wow! It has been a very exciting and a very busy April in Drumheller!
Telus started their 7.5 million dollar fibre optic project which will greatly enhance internet speeds in the valley.
This project will see an additional 5 jobs in the Town of Drumheller.
Atco Electric continues their expansion project and have officially moved from their office on highway 9 to their brand new location in the industrial park.
We also saw the start of construction on the new skateboard park located in the park near the Drumheller Aquaplex.
You probably noticed a large map regarding the cast-iron replacement in the downtown in the Town Page of Inside Drumheller.
After this summer’s phase is complete, there will only be one more year left and the project will be complete, leaving Drumheller with fantastic new water infrastructure going forward.
In addition to all of this, town council has approved a new development between the Huntington and Hillsview neighborhoods which will open 32 new lots.
When this development is completed it will be a combination of duplexes and single residence.
We’re gearing up for a busy May in Drumheller as well.
I encourage you to take in the Drumheller Miners Festival organized by the Atlas Coal Mine May 1st-3rd and East Coulee Spring Fest is a must for all music lovers in the valley, May 8th-9th.
I want to extend greetings to all of our visitors and I hope you enjoy your visit to The Dinosaur Capital of the World!