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2020 Hydrant Flushing

July 6, 2020 

Bleow is the anticipated schedule for the annual hydrant flushing program.
 
July 6: Water Plant to 11 Street E.
July 7-10: 11 Street E to Greentree & 11 Street E to Willow Point
July 13-17: Hunts (Hwy 9 south to Centre St SE) & Riverside (10 Street E to 5 Street E)
July 20-27: Bankview & the Industrial & 5 Street E to 900 block of Newcastle Trail
July 28-31: 900 block of Newcastle Trail to 12 Street W & Newcastle Street NW to North Drum
August 4-7: Newcastle North & Newcastle south & Upper Midland
August 10-14: Newcastle South & Nacmine & Lower Midland
August 16-31: Rosedale to East Coulee

For any questions regarding the hydrant flushing schedule, please contact 403-823-1340.

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Drumheller Aquaplex Woman's Shower Upgrade

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06/30/2020 

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Spray Park to Reopen Thursday July 2nd


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

June 29, 2020 
 
The Spray Park is reopening on Thursday July 2nd, with some restrictions in place to comply with Alberta Health Services Guidelines. The Town has been working through the requirements from Alberta Health Services and have developed a plan to reopen the very popular spray park for residents and visitors alike.

"In Stage 2, there is still a requirement to maintain 2 meters of distance between people and to isolate the spray park from other features in Rotary Park. Through discussions with Alberta Heath, the Town has determined to use a value of 10 square meters per person to determine occupancy limits that meet the social distancing guidelines." explained Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "This means the capacity of the area is 64 including staff. In addition, sanitization will occur hourly and attendants will be present to monitor occupancy levels and enforce physical distancing among users."

The Spray Park and outdoor washrooms will be open daily from 11:00am – 6:00pm weather dependent, with sanitization occurring every once every 50 minutes. During the sanitization process, users must safely leave the facilities for attendants to sanitize the Spray Park & washrooms.

The Town of Drumheller is currently planning to open the Aquaplex and Badlands Community Facilities for Stage 3 in the hopes there will be fewer restrictions in place to provide the best service and experience possible. We want to remain compliant with the guidelines keeping our staff and users safe.

The Town of Drumheller will be updating their website and social media channels as soon as information is available on future openings. Please visit www.drumheller.ca, follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date and accurate information.

Please visit Alberta Biz Connect for the Relaunch Guidance Documents https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx


For more Information Contact:

Town of Drumheller Communications

403-823-6300

communications@drumheller.ca

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OptionPay

June 29, 2020

The Town of Drumheller now accepts credit card payments through OptionPay! These credit card payments can be made from the comfort of your home and schedule, or at Town Hall. Please see our examples below displaying the information required to pay Monthly Utilities Invoice, Pet Licence Renewal, Accounts Receivable, Property Tax Payments and Business Licence. 

Click here to pay via OptionPay.

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions in Stage 2 of the Relaunch

June 26, 2020​

Why isn't the Aquaplex open yet?

Neither the indoor and the outdoor pool at the Aquaplex are currently open due to both construction and the current Provincial Health Guidelines.

  • The Town of Drumheller, as well as many other municipalities across Alberta were not expecting recreation facilities to open any sooner than Stage 3, which was initially indicated by the Province to occur on September 1st when the relaunch strategy was published. In addition, temporary layoffs of all recreation staff occurred May 6th with the expectation to return September 1st.
  • Construction in the women's change room has commenced to update plumbing, showers and accessibility. This project started when the province originally indicated that swimming pools were in stage three of the reopening, giving time to complete the work without interrupting the customer experience. We anticipate the project to be complete by September 1st.
  • In order to remain compliant to the Provincial Health Guidelines, the facility itself does not meet the requirements to keep staff and users safe. The guidelines state there should be one-way traffic implemented for washrooms and change rooms. This is an extremely difficult measure to implement in our facility and is not a quick or inexpensive job.
  • Maintaining 2m physical distancing at all times, which drastically limits capacity; adjusting the width of swim lanes to enable physical distancing. This would include alternating lanes, for example, having one-way swimming per lane (e.g., swimmers use middle of the lane only and return by the adjacent lane).
  • Under the current guidelines, the steam room and hot tub are closed.
  • General pool use would only permit cohorts groups in restricted sizes, with 2m spacing between cohorts, with restrictions of other cohorts mixing.
  • We are keen to invest time and effort to improve our digital management system for forms, waivers, lessons etc. to eliminate paper and this is a great time to do so.
  • Staffing levels would have to increase significantly to meet the guidelines, which contributes to capacity allowance, but ultimately would also be an additional cost. Alternatively, if the staffing levels are not increased, the hours of operation would have to be significantly reduced in order to provide time for proper sanitization of the facility.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization results in an increase in staffing levels to meet these guidelines.

We are currently planning to open the Aquaplex for Stage 3 in hopes there will be fewer restrictions in place to provide the best service and experience possible. We want to remain compliant with the guidelines keeping our staff and users safe.

Click here to review the COVID-19 Relaunch Guidance for Swimming Pools and Whirlpools

Why isn't the Badlands Community Facility open yet?

There are many complexities in opening this facility safely during Stage 2, all of which have significant costs associated with them.

  • The Town of Drumheller, as well as many other municipalities across Alberta were not expecting recreation facilities to open any sooner than Stage 3, which was initially indicated by the Province to occur on September 1 when the relaunch strategy was published. In addition, temporary layoffs of all recreation staff occurred May 6th with the expectation to return September 1st.
  • The guidelines set by the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) indicate users of cardio equipment must be 3m apart while all other users must maintain 2m distance. Due to these guidelines, the capacity would drastically reduce.
  • The CMOH recommends that facilities close off access to change rooms.
  • The running track would be unavailable, otherwise limited to two runners at a time with staff member posted to monitor capacity and enforce physical distancing.
  • Staffing levels would have to increase significantly to meet the guidelines, which contributes to capacity allowance, but ultimately would also be an additional cost. Alternatively, if the staffing levels are not increased, the hours of operation would have to be significantly reduced in order to provide time for proper sanitization of the facility.
  • We are keen to invest time and effort to improve our digital management system for forms, waivers, lessons etc. to eliminate paper and this is a great time to do so
  • To mitigate "spray", power racks would be unavailable and heavy lifting would be discouraged.

We are able to provide tours to clients for the banquet side of the facility on an appointment only basis until we reopen. Click here to review the COVID-19 Relaunch Guidance for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation

What is happening with my recreation membership?

When the doors closed to our facilities on March 17th, the Town announced that memberships would be paused and extended according to membership type and duration of the closure, and no membership fees incurring until the facility reopens. This remains the same and will do so until the facilities reopen.

I hear the Spray Park is opening. Why is the Spray Park limited to only 64 people?

The Spray Park is opening for use on July 2nd, with restrictions. From discussions with Alberta Heath, the Town has determined that we will use a value of 10sq.m per person in order to determine occupancy limits that meet social distancing guidelines. That total is 64 including staff. Due to Alberta Health restrictions, sanitization occurs hourly and attendants will be present to monitor occupancy levels and enforce physical distancing among users.

The Spray Park and outdoor washrooms will be open from 11:00am – 6:00pm, with sanitization occurring every 50min. During the sanitization process, users must safely leave the facilities for attendants to sanitize the Spray Park & washrooms:

11:00am – 11:50am

12:00pm – 12:50pm

1:00pm – 1:50pm 2:00pm – 2:50pm 3:00pm – 3:50pm 4:00pm – 4:50pm

5:00pm – CLOSE (6:00pm)

Is there a detailed budget audit report available regarding the COVID-19 Response expenses available to the public?

Not yet.

An audit is in progress and the work will be complete by a local third party agency. When completed, The Town of Drumheller will share this information to the public at a Council Meeting. There is no scheduled date as of yet, as the magnitude of this project requires time. When this information is prepared and ready to present to Council, we will update on our website and social media pages.

When will the Library open?

The public is not able to access the Library as the Badlands Community Facility is closed, however will be providing curbside pickup starting July 13th.

Visit their website for more details https://www.drumhellerlibrary.ca/
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Revised Council Meeting Schedule - June 22, 2020

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CANCELLED Request for Quotation for Pump at Penitentiary Lift Station

AB-2020-04071

ToD 2020-06-24 

Reference Number: 

June 24, 2020 

Posting Date:

July 3, 2020 

​Last Update:

CANCELLED July 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm Local Time 

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Flood Mitigation and Climate Adaptaion Semi-Annual Report

June 24, 2020

Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office has published their semi-annual report. For more information on Drumheller's Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program please visit our dedicate website floodreadiness.drumheller.ca 
 

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COVID-19 Community Response Page

Covid-19 Community Response Programs

Thanks to grant funding from the United Way of South Eastern Alberta, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada, we are able to offer a number of programs to meet community needs that have resulted from Covid-19, or that have been exacerbated by it. These programs will be available for the duration of the funding only.

55+ Subsidised Hot Meals Program

Freshly made hot meals delivered to your door. We are pleased to partners with local Badlands Express Meals to Go to provide eligible residents with a discount of up to 75% on meals, depending on household income. Register for the program here: https://bit.ly/CV-19_55HotMeals or call 403-823-1317.

Supporting Our Seniors Program – Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for volunteers to support seniors with lawn mowing, yard work or just being a friendly voice on the phone. If you're interested call 403-823-1315 to sign up! 

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Traffic Bylaw

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Community Standards Bylaw

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Tourism Cooridor Bylaw

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Aquaplex Indoor Pool Pump & Motor

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Reference Number: 

06/22/2020 

Posting Date:
 

​July 2, 2020

​Last Update:

​July 2, 2020

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Request for Tender - 2020 Street Improvement Program

AB-2020-03928 

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 June 17, 2020

Posting Date: 

June 17, 2020 

​Last Update:

July 2, 2020 at 9:00 am Local Time

Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting on June 23, 2020 at 10:00 am, outside of Town Hall, 224 Centre Street 

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Certified Playground Inspector

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06/16/2020 

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RCMP Forms

March 19, 2020

Please save/download a copy of the forms below for Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector Checks.


  • There is a $40.00 NON-REFUNDABLE fee.
  • Payment is only required if you reside within Town of Drumheller taxation areas.  
  • A copy of the receipt must accompany the application along with two pieces of government ID, one should be picture ID with current residing address.
  • The Motor vehicle collision statement must have copies of the Drivers license, valid insurance and registration attached.

All forms to be printed off and returned to KDrumhellerServices@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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TOWN OF DRUMHELLER PREPARES FOR REOPENING OF RECREATION FACILITIES

June 10, 2020
TOWN OF DRUMHELLER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TOWN OF DRUMHELLER PREPARES FOR REOPENING OF RECREATION FACILITIES

The Province of Alberta announced that Stage 2 of the Provincial Relaunch Strategy begins Friday, June 12, 2020. A number of Stage 3 items are now scheduled for reopening in Stage 2. The announcements states that indoor and outdoor recreation, fitness and sports centres, including gyms and swimming pools, with measures in place, are able to reopen as soon as Friday.

"We are excited that the Province has provided the guidance to reopen many of our beloved facilities earlier than we anticipated, however this does not change our approach to reopening," explains Darryl Drohomerski, CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "We will continue as planned with our measured approach. The safety of our residents and employees is our highest priority and we will not rush to reopen any of our facilities before we have the people and processes in place to do so safely."

Town Administration will be currently reviewing what areas and services will be able to operate safely when they reopen. This includes outdoor facilities like the Rotary Spray Park, the outdoor swimming pool and the fountain."

The Town of Drumheller's indoor recreation facilities are planning to open as soon as they can safely. "Members at the Drumheller Aquaplex and Badlands Community Facility will continue to have their memberships extended due to the closure, and will not incur membership fees. Should anyone receive a renewal notice for their memberships, we ask everyone for patience as staff work to update the membership database for when the facilities reopen," states Drohomerski.

Currently, there are no scheduled dates as to reopening any facilities.

"We are committed to providing updates on all of our facilities as we reopen," says Mayor Heather Colberg. "On behalf of Council and Administration, especially our recreation staff, we are excited to welcome everyone back. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through these changing circumstances."

The Town of Drumheller will be updating their website and social media channels as soon as information is available. Please visit www.drumheller.ca, follow us on Facebook, and Twitter for up to date and accurate information.

Please visit Alberta Biz Connect for the Relaunch Guidance Documents https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx

Town of Drumheller Communications

403-823-6300

communications@drumheller.ca


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COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN FINANCIAL REPORT

June 8, 2020
TOWN OF DRUMHELLER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN FIANCIAL REPORT

((Drumheller, AB - June 8, 2020) With the termination of the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) on June 1st, 2020, Drumheller Town Council is releasing the total amount invested in the prevention of COVID 19 infections in the valley during the SOLE period.

The municipality, under the guidance from the Provincial and Federal governments as well as the World Health Organization, took the necessary steps to establish the Director of Emergency Management role, the Drumheller Emergency Management Agency, the Emergency Operations Centre, the Economic First Aid Program, physical barriers, communications for residents, and much more. As of today, those costs amount to approximately $192.00 per person.

"At the end of the day, we did our very best to ensure that we took the right actions to protect the health and safety of our community," said Mayor Colberg. "Having had zero cases of COVID 19 to date, is an achievement that the DEM, DEMA, everyone at the EOC, and all the residents of Drumheller who followed the safety protocols, should be proud of."

The Director of Emergency Management (DEM) and Drumheller Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) knew that the Town of Drumheller was unique for a number of different reasons and required a unique response. These included:

  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum and our surrounding Badlands see thousands of visitors every year from tourists outside of our region. We needed to protect the community and the reputation of the Town as a safe place to visit.

  • Our population is on average, older than the average town's population in Alberta. Because this community was at higher risk of becoming infected, additional measures needed to be taken.

  • The Drumheller Institution, by nature of what it does, is at higher risk of infection. As well, its employees travel in and out of the Town of Drumheller on a daily basis.

Town Council committed to protecting the health and safety of community in Drumheller and its unique needs.

On June 1, 2020 Council cancelled the State of Local Emergency (SOLE). Since then administration was able to calculate the total investment for the COVID 19 Response Plan during the SOLE period and it has amounted to $192.00 per person or a total of $1,541,700.00.

As with other communities, we are lobbying for Disaster Relief Funding from the Provincial Government. Regardless of the Town's success in receiving this funding, through years of sound financial management, Drumheller is well positioned to finance this additional expense through its reserves. Council committed to residents when the SOLE was launched that it would do everything it could to protect the safety and wellbeing of the community. Part of that commitment was to protect the community without raising taxes in 2020 more than the 1.9% increase already budgeted in January of 2020, prior to the COVID 19 global pandemic.

"Remembering that our work as a council is not done and is ever evolving as we respond to this health crisis, is essential. Great learning has come from this, and it is something we have not seen in Drumheller since the Spanish Flu. This experience has been transformative in how we prepare for future emergencies.

We understand this crisis has had an immense impact on families and businesses across our community, and we are with you every step of the way.

We are grateful for the strong support we had from so many people in our community, thank you to all of you," said Mayor Colberg.

For more information on the COVID 19 Response Plan Financial Summary, please visit https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/covid-19/.

For a link to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit:
https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/covid-19/

For a link to the Letter from the Mayor, please visit:
https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/covid-19/

If you have questions about this press release, please contact:

Kathryn Kolaczek
403-819-2547
kathryn@alchemycommunications.ca

Town of Drumheller Communications

403-823-6300

communications@drumheller.ca

Distribution List:

Real Country: RWalters@stingray.com

Boom FM: JBlanke@stingray.com

Drumheller Mail: news@drumhellermail.com 


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COVID-19 Projected Expenses

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Message from The Mayor - COVID-19 Response

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Covid 19 situation is changing rapidly please check back for further details. Learn more at Drumheller.ca/covid