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Replacement of Brine Heating and Cooling System


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Guidance on putting up fences

With spring here many people are thinking about  building or replacing their fences.

To help with the process here are the guidelines for putting up a fence or hedge:​

In residential areas there are height restrictions and these are as follows:

in a rear or side yard they cannot be higher than 1.8m  (6ft)

for a front yard they can't exceed 1.2m (4ft)

and for corner lot they cannot be higher than 0.91m (3ft)

Fences can be made of wood, brick, stone, concrete, or metal. Barbed wire and electric fences are not permitted in residential areas.

We would also advise anyone looking to put up a fence or hedge to contact Alberta One Call at

If you have any other questions feel free to contact our Development Officer at 403 823 1310.

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Town of Drumheller ratifies four year agreement with Outside Workers, CUPE Local 135



Date 15 May 2019

Council ratified the Collective Agreement with CUPE Local 135 at the Council meeting on Monday May 13, 2019.

The term of the agreement is for four years, expiring December 31, 2022 and includes the following increases:

  • 1.0% on January 1, 2019
  • 0.65% on July 1, 2019
  • 1.0% on January 1, 2020
  • 0.75% on July 1, 2020
  • 2.0% on January 1, 2021
  • 2.5% on January 1, 2022

There are also a number of other changes that will streamline operations and improve benefits for staff.

"This agreement is in line with other settlements in Alberta over the last year. We are satisfied with the effort both the Town and CUPE Local 135 made to improve and modernize the Collective Agreement which recognizes recent changes in legislation and how we work together", states CAO Darryl Drohomerski.

Mayor Heather Colberg stated "Council recognizes the hard work and contributions of our outside workers and we are happy that they recognize the difficult economy that we all face as individuals and taxpayers and have ratified an agreement that supports both the employees and taxpayer."

"Having a new 4-year contract in place that recognizes the value of employee efforts while maintaining fiscal balance, is great news for Drumheller.Knowing future labour costs, our single largest expense item, significantly improves the multi-year budgeting process. Congratulations to the bargaining team members representing both parties, well done!" – Barb Miller, Deputy CAO/Director Corporate Services.

For more Information Contact:

Darryl Drohomerski


(403) 823-1339

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Community Better Challenge - ParticipACTION

In Partnership with ParticipACTION and the Community Better Challenge, we are offering series of free events available for everyone to try. Make sure to track your progress on the ParticipACTION app and the Community Better Challenge to help Drumheller win a prize of $150,000! The more physical activity we track, the closer we get to the prize. Track active minutes through the app to be automatically counted toward our community score. The more you track, the greater chance your community has of winning. You also have the chance to win great prizes for yourself when you use the app. Click here to download the app from the App Store or get it on Google Play!

This challenge runs from May 31st to June 16th. Connect with friends and neighbours while participating in physical activity right in Drumheller!  We have planned 3 Try It Days - check them out below!!

On June 5th, the Drumheller Aquaplex will be offering two fitness sessions. Try out Aquatic Zumba, using the properties of water to start working your body from the moment you get it! Try out AquaZumba in the morning or in the evening for FREE. Class tiesa re 9:00AM - 9:45AM and 7:30PM - 8:15PM.

On June 10th, the Aquaplex is offering an opportunity for those ages 13 yrs + to come and try a FREE adult lesson, learning or improving on skills that YOU want to work on.

On June 12th, join us at 5:15PM until 6:30PM for a fun evening full of flow, postures and nature. Our awesome yoga instructors, Jenn and Jessica will guide what we hope to be the largest yoga class Drumheller's ever seen! Bring a chair, a mat and your family to Centennial Park (behind the BCF). Let's get active together this season with Yoga in the Park!  

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Mill Rate approved



Date May 14 2019

 On May 13 2019, council approved the 2019 Mill Rate.

The 2019 Operating Budget which was previously approved by Council on March 18th, 2019 detailed a 1.9% increase to the municipal property tax requisition.

The 2019 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 2019 Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation requisition decreased slightly (0.66%) over 2018.

"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 $2,225 in 2018 to $2,267 in 2019, a monthly increase of $3.50

A $300,000 residential property will see a tax bill increase from $3,337 in 2018 to $3,401 in 2019, a monthly increase of $5.33.

A $500,000 commercial property will see a tax bill from $8,658 in 2018 to $8,770 in 2019, a monthly increase of $9.33.

For more Information Contact:

Barb Miller

Deputy CAO/Director of Corporate Services

403 823 1311

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2019 - 4 Door 3/4 Ton - 4x4 Truck


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Information session on the Development Planning Process

 Our Development Officer and Manager of Economic Development are holding an information session on the Development Permitting Process for commercial properties  at the Badlands Community Facility.

The session is being held from 10 am to 12:30 pm on June 20th in the Large Multipurpose Room. The session is open to commercial real estate agents, as well as commercial real estate developers, contract companies, trades people, etc. This session is NOT for residential development permits. 

Registration is required by emailing or calling Sean Wallace at 403-823-1316.

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Public Works Week May 19-25

As Mayor Heather Colberg proclaimed at the Council Meeting on May 13; May 19 to 25 is National Public Works Week. 

Whereas Public Works professionals focus on infrastructure, facilities and services that are of vital importance to sustainable and resilient communities and to the public health, high quality of life and well­ being of the people of Drumheller; and

Whereas these infrastructure, facilities and services could not be provided without the dedicated efforts of public works professionals, who are engineers, managers and employees at all levels of government and the private sector, who are responsible for rebuilding, improving and protecting our community's transportation, water supply, water treatment and solid waste systems, and public buildings.

Whereas "It Starts Here" is the theme for the 2019 National Public Works Week.

THEREFORE, I do hereby proclaim the week of May 19 - 25, 2019 as National Public Works Week and encourage our citizens to thank the public works staff in our community for all the hard work they do.

Dated at Drumheller, Alberta this 13th day of May, 2019. 

To celebrate and showcase the work of our Public Works team we will be hosting an Open House at the Public Works building on Friday May 24 from 4 until 7.

There will be

A sand bagging and flood protection booth

A variety of vehicles and equipment  for people to view

A booth showcasing the distribution of drinking water as well as sewer repair

A bbq run by members of council.

We cant wait for you to come along and help us celebrate National Public Works Week.

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DIY Apron

​With the use of chalk paint and stencils, you can create your very own customised apron, right in time for BBQ season! A great Father's Day gift for those Dad's who love to grill!

Scroll through the available stencils, and let us know which one is your favourite! 

​Event Details Friday, May 31

Cost: $44.63 incld. gst

Western GM Art Gallery

Instructor: Kim Grant
Event Times
6:00PM - 9:00PM 
Registration Deadline
Friday, May 24 4:00PM

Please note, classes may not run due to lack of registered participants (minimum participants must be met). Cancellation Notice: Program dates, times & fees are subject to change. Call 403-823-1370 for class cancellations & changes or 

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Request for Proposal - 2019 Road Improvement Program

APC - 2019-03200

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Pre- Bid  Meeting:  Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will take p\lace on May 16, 2019 at 10:00 am Local TIme at the Badlands COmmunity Facility, 80 Veterans Way, Drumheller, Alberta

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Badlands Community Facility - Field House Closure May 10 - 12, 2019

Please be advised that regularly scheduled programs and activities will not be available from Friday, May 10 to Sunday May, 12 at Noon. We welcome the Royal Canadian Legion Command Alberta and NWT Convention to Drumheller!
For further information, please contact the Badlands Community Facility at 403-823-1370 or 

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Asian Fusion Cooking Workshop

Let your taste buds travel the world and experience the diverse and unique flavours from the exotic countries of Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam! In this cooking workshop, Sareca Ngoeun will breakdown and reveal the secrets to making classic Asian dishes rustic, easy and simple. Venture on out and and your "Springroll on!"

This program is SOLD OUT!

​Event Details Thursday, June 20

Instructor: Sareca Ngoeun

Member: $32.00 | Non-member: $36.80

Min # of registrants: 6
Max # of registrants: 10

Badlands Community Facility Commercial Kitchen
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5:30PM - 8:30PM (3hrs)
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June 13, 4:00PM

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Street signs on 7th Ave East being changed

 The Town of Drumheller will be making some changes to street signs on 7th Ave E, Drumheller between 7th Street East and 19 Street East.

It was brought to the attention of the Town of Drumheller that 7th Ave East between 7th Street and 19th Street is currently signed as Railway Ave. Upon investigation it has been determined that this section of road is 7th Ave East and had been incorrectly signed as Railway Ave.

We will be replacing the signs in mid May, as we are keen to ensure that emergency services have the correct addresses in emergencies.

This section of road was named Railway Ave in the early 20th century (pre-1963), however at some point in the late 20th century the road was renamed 7th Ave East but the street signage was not updated. All current legal descriptions, maps, registries, government data bases identify the street as 7th Ave East.

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Julia Fielding Communications Officer 403 823 1320

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April Flood Readiness Newsletter

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Be emergency ready

Facts About Emergency Preparedness

  1. Roughly 5,000 earthquakes are recorded in Canada every year.
  2. The worldwide cost of natural disasters has skyrocketed from $2 billion in the 1980s, to $27 billion over the past decade.
  3. Canada's first billion dollar disaster, the Saguenay flood of 1996, triggered a surge of water, rocks, trees and mud that forced 12,000 residents to evacuate their homes.
  4. Some hailstones are the size of peas while others can be as big as baseballs.
  5. Approximately 85% of Canadians agree that having an emergency kit is important in ensuring their and their family's safety, yet only 40% have prepared or bought an emergency kit. Complete yours online at
  6. In 2011, flooding in Manitoba and Saskatchewan featured the highest water levels and flows in modern history. Over 11,000 residents were displaced from their homes.
  7. Ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of an ice storm.
  8. The deadliest heat wave in Canadian history produced temperatures exceeding 44ºC in Manitoba and Ontario in 1936. Rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees.
  9. In 2007, the Prairies experienced 410 severe weather events including tornadoes, heavy rain, wind and hail, nearly double the yearly average of 221 events.
  10. The coldest temperature reached in North America was –63ºC, recorded in 1947 in Snag, Yukon.
  11. The largest landslide in Canada involved 185 million m3 of material and created a 40m deep scar that covered the size of 80 city blocks in 1894 at Saint-Alban, Quebec.
  12. Hurricanes are bigger and cause more widespread damage than tornadoes (a very large system can be up to 1,000 kilometres wide).
  13. One of the most destructive and disruptive storms in Canadian history was the 1998 ice storm in Eastern Canada causing hardship for 4 million people and costing $3 billion. Power outages lasted for up to 4 weeks.
  14. The June 23, 2010 earthquake in Val-des-Bois, Quebec produced the strongest shaking ever experienced in Ottawa and was felt as far away as Kentucky in the United States.
  15. Using non-voice communication technology like text messaging, email, or social media instead of telephones takes up less bandwidth and helps reduce network congestion after an emergency.
  16. At the end of October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the northeast of the North American continent. When the hurricane made landfall in the United States it blended with a continental cold front forming a storm described as the "Monsterstorm" by the media.

Using technology during disasters​

We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:

  • If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn't.
  • If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone's battery.
  • Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note, cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
  • Keep extra batteries or a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don't have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
  • Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child's school, or insurance agent.
  • If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
  • Conserve your smartphone's battery by reducing the screen's brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!

Remember, in an emergency or to save a life, call 9-1-1 for help. You cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or another information system, call that number for non-emergencies.

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Badlands Youth Centre - Sponsorship

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