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$2 parking charge now in place at the Hoodoos Parking Lot

There is now a $2 parking charge at the Hoodoo parking lot. 

 It is a pilot project to take the burden off of the taxpayers as we are trying to find ways to enhance the parking lot such as resurfacing which could cost over one hundred thousand dollars. 

The charge will be in place until the end of the summer and we will review the feedback at the end of the program to see if it will be pursued for the future.

There will be town staff at the Hoodoo parking lot Thursday to Monday taking the $2 charge. People can pay with credit, debit or cash.

It is planned that if all goes well at the Hoodoo parking lot, It could be set in place at other tourist sites in Drumheller, such as the Suspension Bridge. 

If anyone has any further questions please contact us at 403 823 1320.

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July 4th Update on the fountain

​The fountain will not be running the weekend of July 4th - July 7th, 2019.

Over the Canada Day long weekend water loss was recorded at 162m3 per day. When the fountain capacity is 94m3 this is a highly significant loss. A second issue is that the ground surrounding the fountain is saturated and there is significant amount of water getting into the control vault. The vault is the location of all the electrical controls for the fountain, irrigation system and spray park. We want to prevent damage to these controls and keep our staff safe.

We apologize for the inconvenience of the fountain being closed.This is a difficult decision as we appreciate the fountain is a great attraction for both locals and tourists alike, however we take water conservation and staff safety extremely seriously.

We will inform you about future weekends as soon as we can.

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July 3rd Update on Outdoor Pool Repairs

Here is an update on the status of the leaks at the outdoor pool.

Upon further investigation it was found that there were a number of spiral cracks in the return circulation piping. These types of breaks are not repairable by installing a lining and instead require significant excavations along the pipe to remove and replace each break. Because of the number of breaks we have decided to replace all the return piping instead of repairing sections and possibly have this problem re-occur. This will give a longer term solution especially as we are looking to use a more resilient material such as High Density Polyethylene (HDPE).

In order to have the repair fixed as soon as possible, whilst ensuring town staff can concentrate on other work we will be hiring a local contractor to complete the work. A number of local contractors have been contacted about carrying out the work. 

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Town Page for July 3rd 2019

​View this week's Town of Drumheller town page as published in the Drumheller Mail.                

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Alberta Dutch Elm Disease Awareness Week June 22 - 28

Dutch Elm Disease Awareness Week is recognized annually throughout the province of Alberta from June 22- 28. The intent is to raise awareness on how dangerous Dutch elm disease (DED) is, the importance of elm trees to our communities, and that DED can be prevented. At present, Alberta has the largest DED-free American elm stand in the world, and it is important to protect this valuable resource. The Society to Prevent Dutch Elm Disease (STOPDED) is asking for your assistance to save our beautiful elm trees from this deadly disease.

DED is caused by a fungus that clogs the elm tree's water conducting system, causing the tree to die. The fungus is primarily spread from one elm tree to another by three species of beetles, the smaller European, the native and the banded elm bark beetle. The beetles are attracted to weak and dying trees, which serve as breeding sites for the beetles. Once the beetles have pupated and turned into adults they leave the brood gallery and fly to healthy elms to feed, thus transporting the fungus on their bodies from one tree to the next. Monitoring for the beetles is done annually throughout the province by STOPDED. The smaller elm bark beetles have been found throughout the province in low numbers and now the banded elm bark beetle is found in larger numbers throughout the City of Medicine Hat and area. For this reason we must be even more vigilant.

Leaves on a DED-infected elm will wilt or droop, curl and become brown. This appears in mid-June to mid-July. Leaves on trees infected later in the season usually turn yellow and drop prematurely. Leaf symptoms are accompanied by brown staining under the bark. All DED suspect elms must be tested in a lab so if you think you see DED symptoms call the hotline.

During DED Awareness Week, please take a moment and find out how you can help save our elms.

What can you do?

  • Be aware of the Alberta elm pruning ban between April 1 and September 30. The beetles are most active at this time and can be attracted to the scent of fresh tree cuts, possibly infecting a healthy elm.
  • Keep your elm trees healthy, and vigorous.
  • Water elms well from April to mid-August. To allow the tree to harden off for the winter, watering should be stopped mid-August followed by a good soaking or two before freeze-up.
  • Only between October 1 to March 31, remove dead branches and trees as they can provide beetle habitat.
  • Dispose of all elm wood immediately by burning, burying or chipping.
  • Report all suspect trees to the DED Hotline at 1-877-837-ELMS. A confirmed DED tree must be removed immediately to prevent further spread.

What you shouldn't do!

  • Do not transport or store elm firewood at any time! DED and the beetles are declared pests under the AB Agricultural Pests Act and this can be enforce.
  • Do not transport elm firewood into Alberta! Firewood is confiscated at all the Alberta-Montana border crossings.
  • Do not prune elms between April 1 to September 30.

To report a DED suspect elm tree or for more information, call the STOPDED hotline at 1-877-837-ELMS or check out the web site at www.stopded.org.

Our elms are a treasure that we cannot afford to lose. 

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