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Drumheller to Reopen Outdoor Recreation Facilities & Playgrounds

May 25, 2020
Town of Drumheller
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Drumheller to Reopen Outdoor Recreation Facilities & Playgrounds

On May 25th, Council approved the reopening of all playgrounds and outdoor recreation facilities in Drumheller, with restrictions. This includes tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, the D.A.S.E. Skateboard Park, and community playgrounds. The Town anticipates all outdoor recreation facilities will be open by 12:00PM on Saturday, May 30th.

"I remind users that these amenities will not be sanitized. Please review the guidelines provided by Alberta Health prior to use. Where clear direction is not specified, we ask you to use discretion and make responsible choices," stated Incident Commander, Greg Peters.

The ability to keep facilities open will be solely dependant on the community's compliance with the provincial guidelines. Some of the guidelines include:

  • Clean and disinfect toys and sports equipment prior to and after use.
  • Caution should be taken around playground equipment.Unorganized, non-contact sport only. Scrimmage and league sports are still restricted.
  • Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of common equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household.Practice good hygiene: wash and sanitize hands often.
  • Choose activities that do not include contact with other individuals.

"We are aware with the warmer weather arriving that enjoying the outdoors is a great boost for the community, as well as helping with individual mental health." added Mayor Heather Colberg. "There will be signage at our sites to remind users what is and what is not okay. I want to remind everyone that we are still under provincial public health emergency as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to practice social distancing and be careful, compassionate, and caring. "

To review the guidelines, please see below.

Provincial Guidance for Playgrounds: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-playgrounds.pdf

Provincial Guidance for Outdoor Recreation: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-outdoor-recreation.pdf

Town of Drumheller Communications
403-823-6300
communications@drumheller.ca 


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Town of Drumheller Supports Dragons through Enconomic Incentive


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 May 25, 2020

Town of Drumheller
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Drumheller Supports Dragons through Economic Incentive

On May 25th Council approved a change in fee structure for facility rental for the Drumheller Dragons AJHL Hockey Team for the next four years.

"The Dragons produce significant economic spinoffs in the community which can be conservatively estimated at a minimum of one million dollars per year," said Sean Wallace Manager of Economic Development. "In addition, the Dragons are a non-profit entity who contribute enormously to other non-profits both through financial support and in the provision of volunteers. Losing this hockey team would be a grave loss to our community."

This decision is a follow up from the May 11 Council Meeting when Mr. Blair Christianson presented to Council the financial stress which is being placed on the hockey team due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Mr. Christianson explained that the hockey team is predicting revenue losses of approximately $330,000 and without a fee restructure the Dragons Hockey Team would no longer be viable in the short-term.

"These adjustments to the fee structure will have a financial impact of $66,291.50 over four years. When compared to the positive economic impact brought to the community by the team, council felt it was worth making the adjustments," added Mayor Heather Colberg. "It will ensure the community retains the Dragons and the great impact they have on the quality of life of our community."

Here is the approved adjusted fee schedule:

2020/2021 hockey season – Financial impact: ($26,513.00)
2021/2022 hockey season – Financial impact: ($19,884.75)
2022/2023 hockey season – Financial impact: ($13,265.50)
2023/2024 hockey season – Financial impact: ($6,628.25)
2024/2025 hockey season – Financial impact: ($0.00)

Town of Drumheller Communications
403-823-6300
communications@drumheller.ca
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The Star Mine Suspension Bridge Closed Until Further Notice


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 21 2020

 The Star Mine Suspension Bridge in Rosedale will remain closed to the public, even if COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The closure is due to safety concerns surrounding the Suspension Bridge, making it unsafe for use.

"The Suspension Bridge was inspected as part of a larger inspection throughout the Valley by the Flood Mitigation and Resiliency Office," explains Chief Administrative Officer, Darryl Drohomerski. "During the inspection, it was determined the northeast timber bridge support was in extremely poor condition. As a result, it was decided to close access to the bridge. A fence has been erected at the entrance to the bridge and the parking lot will be closed to the public until a repair can be made."

There are currently 'No Trespassing' signs installed at the entrance of the parking lot, to prohibit use. The Town encourages community members to contact the RCMP or Bylaw if they see anyone attempting to climb the fence to gain access to the bridge.

"The bridge must be repaired before it is safe to reopen to the public," continues Drohomerski. "A plan is being established to resolve the issue and enable this repair as early as possible; however, a specific date cannot be determined at this time."


For more Information Contact:

Communications Team  communications@drumheller.ca

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2020 Property Tax FAQs

It's just about that time again. Property taxes are due on August 31.To avoid penalties being applied, your payment must be received by the Town no later than 11:59 pm on August 31, 2020.

Below is a compilation of frequently asked questions about property taxes and assessments.

How can I appeal if I don't agree with my assessment? 

The important item is that you can appeal your assessment, not your taxes or municipal services. The first step is to compare your assessment to other similar properties. Using the Internet, browse to our home page, www.drumheller.ca, and select the Depts menu on the top banner, then choose Corporate Services, Property Assessment, Property Tax Search. On the Property Tax webpage select the applicable search option. The following web address from Alberta Municipal Affairs has helpful information and may assist you: https://www.alberta.ca/municipal-property-assessment-publications.aspx . Town Hall staff can answer most of your concerns at (403) 823-6300. If you require more information than we can provide, our assessors Rodney Vikse or Steve Washington at Wild Rose Assessment Services Ltd. in Red Deer can be reached by calling (403) 343-3357 or by fax at (403) 343-3299. 

If you are still not satisfied with the explanation, your appeal must be filed with the Assessment Review Board Clerk at the Town of Drumheller, 224 Centre Street, Drumheller AB T0J 0Y4, within 60 days after the Property Assessment and Tax Notice is sent. The 'final date for complaint' is located on the top right corner of the notice. Only the Municipal Government Board has jurisdiction to deal with complaints about assessments for designated industrial & linear properties, not the Assessment Review Board. 

A fee of $50 per assessment for residential and farmland or $650 per assessment for other types of assessment must accompany the prescribed appeal form. This fee will be refunded to the appellant if the appeal is withdrawn prior to the appeal being heard by the Board, or if the Board rules in favor of the appellant. This form is available at Town Hall or downloaded from the Alberta Municipal Affairs website: https://www.alberta.ca/Property-assessment-complaints-and-appeals.aspx 

What is "Market Value Assessment"?
Market Value Assessment values reasonably reflects the market value of your property and creates a more equitable and comparative assessment of all properties. Assessment values are based on the most recent sales information that can be obtained. All properties are re-assessed every year. The term "Improvements" refers to anything that is not "Land". This is the total of the improvements on that property, which includes any changes made in the previous year. The effective date of the assessment is December 31st of the previous year. 

How is Market Assessment used to calculate my property taxes?
The assessment itself does not generate property taxes. The Town determines the amount of revenue required to be raised by taxes for maintaining and delivering municipal services. The requisitioning bodies determine the values of the Designated Industrial Properties, Education and Seniors' Housing requisitions. Council has no control or voice in these portions of the taxes. The revenues required divided by the assessment produces the tax rate. A tax rate of 0.01234 is equal to $12.34 per $1,000 of assessment. 

What is the due date?
The due date for your tax payment is August 31st. Please refer to the next paragraph for the penalty rates. 

What are the penalty rates?
There will be a 5% penalty on the unpaid current levy on September 1st and an additional 5% penalty on the unpaid current levy on November 1st. All arrears are subject to a monthly penalty of 0.75% per month or 9.00% per annum, calculated on the first day of each month.
Please refer to the reverse side for more information.

What other charges can be applied to my tax bill? 

Unpaid utility invoices and any costs related to by-law infractions such as weed notices, snow removal, unsightly premises and when applicable, water & sewer connections are charged to the tax account. You are notified by letter of any charges being applied to your account. The property owner, not the renter, is responsible for adhering to any Bylaws.

Payment Options
NEW! This year we are accepting credit card payments using Option Pay on our website and etransfer payments at etransfer@drumheller.ca. The Town of Drumheller also accepts, debit, cash or cheque payments, as well as online payments through banking institutions. Post-dated cheques are acceptable. If paying by cheque, include the bottom portion of your property assessment and tax notice to ensure payments are applied correctly.
Online payments, telephone banking, etransfers or payments made through banking institutions, may take up to 4 business days to be processed and must reflect the correct roll number which can be found on the top of your property assessment and tax notice. Ensure to adjust your payment dates accordingly to avoid penalties for, any and all, late payments. 

A fee of $25.00 is applicable for any and all requests to transfer payments, or credit balances to other properties. 

Is there other methods of paying taxes?
Another method is the installment plan. This allows us to electronically charge your bank account with the monthly portion of the taxes on the last day of each month. Since your payments are spread throughout the entire year there are no penalties in September or November, and there is no pre-payment bonus.

If we can be of further help please call us at (403) 823-6300 or visit us at Town Hall.
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Town Sets 2020 Mill Rate


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 12, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Drumheller Sets 2020 Mill Rate

During the council meeting of May 11 2020, council adopted Bylaw 10-20, which is the 2020 Mill Rate Bylaw, as proposed by Town administration.

"Council had already worked hard with Administration to bring in an operating budget with the lowest tax increase possible which would still allow us to meet our objectives for 2020," said Mayor Colberg, "and that was long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaving the Mill Rate at those levels is the right thing to do, now more than ever, due to the province-wide economic uncertainty."

Councillor Garbutt added "We're confident that our CAO and his team will find efficiencies to make up for the shortfall in revenue caused by the drop in overall assessment."

The 2020 Operating Budget detailed a 1.9% increase to the municipal property tax requisition.On average, the municipal portion of the tax bill will reflect a 1.9% increase.

The 2020 Alberta School Foundation Fund (ASFF) requisition was estimated to decrease based on year over year equalized assessment values, and therefore, most residential ratepayers will see a decrease in the ASFF levy amount on their tax notice.

The 2020 Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation requisition decreased slightly (1.14%) over 2019.

"The mill rate is the amount of tax payable per dollar of the assessed value of a property. The mill rate is based on "mills." It is a figure that represents the amount per $1,000 of the assessed value of property, which is used to calculate the amount of property tax." explained Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller.

The examples below show the effect on an average tax bill, reflecting adjustments to the municipal, school and seniors foundation combined.

Examples are:

A $200,000 residential property will see a tax bill increase from $2,267 in 2019 to $2,313 in 2020, an increase of $46.

A $300,000 residential property will see a tax bill increase from $3,401 in 2019 to $3,470 in 2020, an increase of $69.

A $500,000 commercial property will see a tax bill from $8,770 in 2019 to $8,906 in 2020, an increase of $136.


For more information, contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO, Town of Drumheller

403-823-1312

CAO@drumheller.ca

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Request for Quotation for Drumheller Memorial Arena Refrigeration Contract 2020

2020-05-05 

Reference Number: 

May 5, 2020 

Posting Date:

May 21, 2020 

​Last Update:

May 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm Local Time  

A mandatory site tour will be held on May 12 at 1:00 pm local time at the Drumheller memorial arena, next to the worlds largest Dinosaur.

Closing Date:

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Recycling at Landfill Resumes

Recycling for the Town of Drumheller & surrounding area will resume Monday May 4th, 2020 at the landfill site only. The Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association will introduce a phased approach to the reintroduction of the program to Drumheller. Community collection sites in Drumheller will remain closed. Therefore, residents will have to drive their recycling materials to the landfill.

Acceptable products for recycling include cardboard, newsprint, tin, plastics (no film) and bond paper. A two (2) metre social distancing protocol will continue at all times, with all recycling containers sanitized after public use.

Landfill hours Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm , Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday Closed


For any questions, please contact the Drumheller District Solid Waste Management Association.

WEB: https://www.drumhellerlandfill.com/
TEL: 403-823-1345
EMAIL: info@drumhellerlandfill.com 

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First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

May 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

During today's Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) daily website update we received news that Drumheller has two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Mayor Colberg explains "while it's scary to hear this news, it was likely inevitable.I don't know the details about the individuals, but I hope they are able to fight this virus and recover. Now more than ever, I want to stress the importance of social distancing, washing hands and clean, clean, clean. Together we are at war with this virus and can fight this, but we need to stay committed in our efforts.STAY HOME.Practice social distancing. Help your neighbour. If they need assistance with groceries or their prescription, pick it up for them. We are responding to this virus by being careful, compassionate and caring."

Remember to always:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash. Lather your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your face

Drumheller continues to operate under a State of Emergency. For more information check for updates at www.drumheller.ca

Erica Crocker

Communications Team

Town of Drumheller

commnications@drumheller.ca

Distribution List:

Real Country: RWalters@stingray.com

Boom FM: JBlanke@stingray.com

Drumheller Mail: news@drumhellermail.com 

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Town of Drumheller COVID-19 Response

May 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yesterday, the Province of Alberta announced their "Opening Soon" relaunch strategy.
In keeping with the policy and directive with the Government of Alberta, The Town of Drumheller has the following updates:

With Provincial clarifications received today, private campgrounds in Drumheller may re-open immediately. The order issued on April 23, 2020 is rescinded. AHS guidelines will be in effect and will be monitored to ensure campgrounds are maintaining appropriate prevention measures.

The thru plan launched last week including barricades placed throughout town to encourage Local Traffic Only, will remain in effect until Stage 1 of the "Opening Soon" strategy is implemented, which is scheduled for May 14, 2020. This does not affect our surrounding residents who work in town and utilize local services. They are considered part of the local community and will continue to be welcomed.

The Director Emergency Management Darwin Durnie explains, "the announcement yesterday from the Province is encouraging. We have transitioned from fighting the pandemic to managing the risk. However, we wish to remind everyone that we are still under a State of Public Health Emergency. Our facilities and attractions remain closed and we are still concerned that an increased number of visitors could increase the spread of COVID-19 to our community and if an injury occurs, it will put stress on our small local health care system. We want to have all available resources for the management of COVID-19. We continue to respond in a careful, compassionate and caring manner and the safety of our community is our first priority."

Mayor Colberg is hopeful the "Opening Soon" strategy will help the Town recover from this devastating pandemic. "I was pleased to hear the Premier's announcement yesterday. I'm glad our campgrounds can begin to open and welcome a limited number of visitors. However, the barricades will remain in place as a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet. If we open the barricades and let visitors into Town we run the risk of becoming infected and shutting down completely again. So we will begin to re-open slowly and continue to clean clean clean, and maintain social distancing. Together we can get through this."

Erica Crocker
Communications Team
Town of Drumheller
commnications@drumheller.ca


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Real Country: RWalters@stingray.com
Boom FM: JBlanke@stingray.com
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Town of Drumheller Announces Temporary Lay-offs

May 1, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Town of Drumheller has temporarily laid off 25 casual and seasonal employees as part of the organization's response to COVID-19. Like many local businesses and other municipalities, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Town operations and programs. Due to mandatory facility and program closures, the lay-offs were announced today to employees.
CAO Darryl Drohomerski explains, "this decision was not made lightly, but like many of our local businesses are struggling with effects from COVID-19, so are we. We need to be mindful of the impacts on our citizens."
"I want to thank everyone for their careful, compassionate and caring response to protect our community from COVID-19. Their dedication to be redeployed to help clean our community is appreciated and we hope they will return soon, once we re-open our facilities and re-start programs," stated Mayor Colberg.
The Town is committed to providing essential services to the community. However, some operational levels of service may be adjusted while staff remain focused on the response to this global pandemic.

Darryl Drohomerski
CAO, Town of Drumheller
403-823-1312
CAO@Drumheller.ca

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Spring Clean up Revised


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spring Clean Up Revised

The popular annual Spring Clean up program will be continuing with a new name and date. This annual program, now called Community Clean-up, will be taking place in September.

A program review last winter determined that the resources required for the Spring Clean up program caused delays in starting street cleaning, spring beautification and other seasonal activities. Administration recommended to move the program to the Fall while still maintaining the same curbside pickup that occurs during the Spring. Additionally, the Town of Drumheller will be providing two vouchers to each residential property to use at the landfill anytime in the calendar year.

"Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted our business as usual, transforming it to business unusual. The plans to change Spring Clean up to "Community Clean up" in the fall were never finalized," explained Darryl Drohomerski CAO. "As a temporary solution, fees at the landfill were waived for Drumheller residents during the traditional Spring Clean Up period to ensure residents were not storing refuse for an extended period."

Tonight, Council officially approved having Community Clean-up in September with the program occurring in the fall in future years. However, there is still some uncertainty over the program taking place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Town of Drumheller will keep residents informed of any changes to Community Clean up as we continue to navigate through these changing circumstances.

For more information contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer
Town of Drumheller

communications@drumheller.ca

Distribution List:

Real Country: RWalters@stingray.com

Boom FM: JBlanke@stingray.com

Drumheller Mail: news@drumhellermail.com 

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CAMPGROUNDS CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date April 23

As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Drumheller has implemented an order to close private campgrounds until June 1st, effective Friday April 24, 2020 at noon. As non-essential businesses, campgrounds are being closed to limit the risk of COVID-19 exposure in Drumheller. Drumheller currently has no COVID-19 cases recorded.

The order states in part:

"All campgrounds are hereby ordered to shut down and cease operating and shall refuse entry to all recreational visitors for any purpose whatsoever."

The following exception shall apply:

Campgrounds may admit only patrons who have an existing site lease of no less than six months in duration, AND, the Campground Operator has satisfied themselves that the patron so admitted has no other place of permanent residence in the Province of Alberta, AND, the Campground Operator complies with the provisions stipulated in the Guidelines for the Safe Operation of Campgrounds as published by the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Alberta."

Barricades are being placed throughout, to encourage Local Traffic Only. Surrounding residents who work in town and utilize local services are considered part of the local community and continue to be welcomed.

"This decision was not made easily but we want to do everything we can to protect our community. We know you want to enjoy our amazing landscape but this is not the right time. Please stay home and stay healthy", states Mayor Colberg.

The Director Emergency Management Darwin Durnie explains, "we made this decision because of an increased number of visitors to the community, even though we have advertised our facilities and attractions are closed. While we appreciate the desire to explore the outdoors, we are concerned this could increase the spread of COVID-19 to our community and if an injury occurs, it will put stress on our small local health care system. We want to have all available resources for the management of COVID-19. We have been responding in a careful, compassionate and caring manner and the safety of our community is our first priority."

The Town of Drumheller declared a state of local emergency (SOLE) on March 20. The SOLE provides provisions that a local authority can implement an order to protect the citizens of the Town. 


For more Information Contact:

Michelle Tetreaut 

Information Officer

403 519 8651

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Spring Clean up 2020 Extended!

April 20, 2020

Spring Clean up is now extended to May 2nd! 

A reminder that this program is self-haul and Town staff will NOT be doing curbside pickup. In order to maintain social distancing at the landfill, there may be extended wait times. Please have patience as we protect our community. 

  • All household, non demolition/construction materials identified under the acceptable items' category will be accepted free of charge at the Drumheller & District Regional Landfill until May 2nd
  • The material will need to be tracked and all loads weighed; however, the disposal fees for acceptable items will be waived for Town of Drumheller residents.
  • Residents will be expected to deliver and off load their materials themselves; Landfill personnel will direct them to the appropriate drop off points and bins for the various materials while maintaining the 2-meter physical distancing policy.
  • All Landfill personnel will ensure that they wear the applicable Personnel Protective Equipment, such as; high vis vest, gloves, steel toed boots, and safety glasses while dealing with the public and or refuse.
  • Freon disposal rate of $15/unit will be waived for Town of Drumheller residents.
  • Demolition, construction, renovation materials as listed below will be accepted however there will be a disposal fee imposed as in previous years.

Acceptable Items:

Household furniture: couches, chairs, mattresses, dressers, desks, shelving, toys, kitchen tables, old clothing, lamps, household goods, etc.

Metal: Freon appliances (Fridges, freezers, air conditioners, water coolers), stoves, dishwashers, washers, dryers, hot water tanks, barbeques, swing sets, eavestrough,lawn mowers/rototillers, weed whippers, chain saws, any gas/dieselpowered equipment must have oil and fuel removed prior to acceptance, car parts and or pieces, etc.

Electronics: computers, televisions, printers, fax machines, mice/keyboard/computer speakers, microwaves, stereos, game stations etc.

Hazardous Household Wastes: Paints, used oil, used oil filters, glycol, household batteries (alkaline lithium and recyclable) household cleaners, fertilizers, garden chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs, agricultural medications, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors etc.

Compostable materials: Trees, branches, leaves, grasses, garden debris.

Other: Tires, propane tanks, helium tanks, lead acid batteries (car batteries)

Un-Acceptable Amnesty Items for the Community Cleanup Event

Disposal fees of $62.50 / metric tonne are in effect for these materials

Commercial/Trade Wastes

Demolition/Building Materials: Fences, Decks, Shingles, Buildings (walls, windows, doors), large volumes of drywall, large volumes of wood etc.

Construction/Renovation Materials: Carpet, Linoleum, Bathroom /Kitchen Renovation materials, insulation etc.

Mobile Equipment: Holiday trailers, campers, tent trailers, utility trailers etc.

Prohibited Materials

  • 45-gallon barrels with lids intact,
  • vehicle propane tanks,
  • complete vehicles,
  • brake pots,
  • PCB containing materials,
  • liquid sewage,
  • radioactive material,
  • ammunition or explosives.

Direct all inquiries to the Drumheller & District Regional Landfill at 403-823-1345 or email at info@drumhellerlandfill.com 

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2020 Street Sweeping

2020 Street Sweeping

Please pay attention to the signage in designated areas.  Please be aware that the street sweeper may cause a slower traffic flow. 

• Nacmine: April 17 to April 20
• Newcastle: April 20 to April 23
• Bankview and Huntington: April 23 to 26
• Midland and North Drumheller: April 26 to May 1
• Central Drumheller: May 2 to May 13
• Cambria, Lehigh and East Coulee: May 2 – May 13
• Rosedale and Wayne: May 14 – May 25
• Greentree and Huntington: May 26 – June 1
• Riverside: June 1 – June 10

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EVENTS AND PROGRAMS CANCELLED UNTIL JUNE 30th


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date April 17 

As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Town of Drumheller is cancelling all events and programs until June 30th.All indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, bookings and programs will be suspended as the number of cases in Alberta and nationwide continue to rise.

"We are following what our neighbouring cities like Calgary and Red Deer are doing in support of planking the curve in Alberta," states Mayor Colberg. "We know you want to enjoy our amazing landscapes and facilities, but please stay home and stay healthy. We will reopen when it's appropriate."

This ban includes events hosted by the Town of Drumheller as well as existing event permit applications that were scheduled to occur prior to June 30th. All events such as festivals, conferences, weddings, banquets, cultural programs, graduation ceremonies, and downtown plaza events have been cancelled.

The Director Emergency Management Darwin Durnie, explains "our decision is based on recommendations from the medical community who have been following the global pandemic. They indicate we may require up to 12 weeks of social distancing to be effective in protecting our community.We know these announcements have impacts on everyone and we thank the community for their patience as we respond to COVID-19 in a careful, compassionate and caring manner. We will take every action possible to limit the potential exposure to COVID-19."

The Town of Drumheller will contact event organizers to arrange refunds. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 820 1481

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Support for those experiencing family violence

 It is important to know where you can turn if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Help is available to Albertans dealing with family violence, partner abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, elder abuse, pet abuse, or financial abuse.

We all play a role in learning where to turn to for help. Please consider sharing these supports among your personal and professional networks.

  • Read and share – Family violence during COVID-19 info sheet
  • In case of emergency, call 911. Police and emergency responders will continue to respond throughout the pandemic, even to those in quarantine.
  • Family Violence Info Line
    • anonymous support from trained staff:
      • Call 310-1818 | 24/7 | 170+ languages
      • Chat online alberta.ca/SafetyChat | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily | English
  • Other supports and services for those experiencing family violence 

Aother source of support is Wheatland Crisis Society. The media release below outlines the work they are doing and the programs they are offering (including to Drumheller residents). Thier details are in the image above.
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Municipal Planning Commission has gone virtual

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) meetings will now be held virtually. If you would like to view or participate in a meeting, please contact  development@drumheller.ca 

or call 403-823-1310

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Update on Council Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Council and council committee meetings will be held electronically. All meetings can be streamed live or on-demand by visiting www.dinosaurvalley.com/council-meetings and linking to the Town of Drumheller's YouTube page.

For anyone wishing to make a submission for a scheduled public hearing, submissions can be emailed to submissions@drumheller.ca before or during the meeting.

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DRUMHELLER COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date  March 31st 2020

 During this time of economic uncertainty, The Town of Drumheller and Chamber of Commerce has partnered to establish an economic recovery task force to provide resources to help local businesses navigate the various financial aid and deferral programs offered by:

  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Alberta
  • Town of Drumheller
  • Major banks and private lenders

This task force will also assist charitable and non-profit organizations with grant applications recently announced by the Province https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/covid-19/

The aim of this program is to provide Drumheller businesses, non-profits and charitable organizationswith telephone or online support with:

  • Information and eligibility about financial aid programs launched by the Governments of Canada and Alberta;
  • Information and eligibility about FCSS Grant program for charitable and non-profit organizations;
  • Information and eligibility about the Town of Drumheller's deferral programs;
  • Information about the Canada Revenue Agency's filing deadline changes and payment deferral program;
  • Information about the mortgage, lines of credit and other debt deferral programs offered by Canada's largest lenders;
  • Contact information for all the above programs;
  • Coaching on how to advocate your case if eligibility is not automatic;

If you need support, please contact one of the following advisors below:

PROGRAM ADVICE

Ascend Financial                        Alok Verma             403 823 1212      averma@ascendlp.com

Community Futures                   Micheal Love          403 820 2356       m.love@cfbigcountry.ca

MH Enterprises                         Darcy Paarup         403-823-6934       info@drumhellerjobs.com

MNP                                          Jeff Hall                  403-823-7800       Jeff.hall@mnp.ca


LEGAL ADVICE

Kloot, Wilkins & Associates  Colin Kloot                403 823 4000

FCSS GRANT APPLICATION ADVICE

Town of Drumheller               Rose Poulson        403 823 1317

                                              Laura Dougan        403 823 1365


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 823 1320

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