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MEDIA RELEASE - Planning for the Festive Season in the Drumheller Valley is well underway


OCTOBER 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLANNING FOR DRUMHELLER'S FESTIVE SEASON IS WELL UNDERWAY

Planning for the festive season in the Drumheller Valley is well underway and aims to provide residents and visitors a joyful experience, despite COVID-19.

The Town of Drumheller is in the planning phases of several different events which invites opportunities for volunteers, vendors, not-for-profits, artists and performance groups to participate. The committee is looking for additional volunteers this year to make this festive favourite as safe as possible.

"We have a unique opportunity to utilize some of the unspent Canada Day and summer events budget during our festive season", explains April Harrison, Manager of Community Development and Social Planning for the Town of Drumheller. "Right now, we are planning to run 'Firework Fridays' at Rotary Park and 'Santa Saturdays' at the Plaza throughout the festive season. We would love to see involvement from our merchants and enthusiast groups to provide entertainment and participate in activities."

Harrison anticipates that 'Firework Fridays' will be hosted at Rotary Park each Friday from 4:00pm – 8:15pm starting November 27th and 'Santa Saturdays' will be downtown at the plaza from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. These events will run for four weeks, ending on December 18th.

"A series of these festive events is a way of making the best of a challenging year. Bringing the community together to celebrate the holidays safely is what we are working toward," continues Harrison. "We've put in a special request in to the North Pole for Santa to join us as well!" "

Vendors, not-for-profits, artists and performance groups that are interested in having a booth or in participating in any of the events should contact events@drumheller.ca or 403-823-1324 to secure their spot.

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MEDIA RELEASE - Organizational Structure Changes at Town Hall

OCTOBER 20, 2020

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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE CHANGES AT TOWN HALL

The Drumheller Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) department plays a significant role in our community, and has recently received a new department title. In an effort to better represent the work being done, which is well beyond the scope of the FCSS remit, and to align with other municipal departments with similar responsibilities, FCSS will now be known as Community Development and Social Planning (CDSP).

Areas that CDSP is responsible for include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Research – (e.g. the Community Social Needs Assessment, Rural Homelessness Assessment etc.)
  • Preventative social programming for children, youth, families, seniors and the wider community through FCSS
  • Community engagement and development (e.g. work to establish a family violence unit and other community committee work)
  • Fostering a welcoming and inclusive community where all residents and visitors enjoy a sense of belonging and our diversity is celebrated
  • Community events
  • Developing a Municipal Poverty Reduction Strategy
  • The Community Counselling program

"We recognize the incredible work that this team has been doing stretches well beyond the realm of FCSS, which is the reason for the rebranding" states CAO Darryl Drohomerski.

Since January 2020, the CDSP Team has successfully secured 12 of 21 grant applications with approval pending on several. Many of these grants offer significant funding to further develop and achieve CDSP's community focused objectives and support the work of other community agencies and services. To learn more about Community Development and Social Planning, please visit their web pages.

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MEDIA RELEASE - Support for Town's COVID-19 Response Expenses Arrives with M.O.S.T. Program

OCTOBER 14, 2020

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SUPPORT FOR TOWN'S COVID-19 RESPONSE EXPENSES ARRIVES WITH M.O.S.T. PROGRAM

The Town of Drumheller has secured financial support for the incremental operating costs incurred through the Municipal Operating Support Transfer (M.O.S.T.) program. This program provides funding to be used to offset operating costs, response and restart, as well as other losses or deficits which are the result of COVID-19.

"We are happy the Province has recognized the significant effort that municipalities like ours have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19." States Mayor Colberg "These funds can be used to recover expenses the Town has already incurred to prevent the spread of COVID-19 which significantly lessens the local burden of Drumheller's emergency response this spring."

The M.O.S.T. program outlines eligible expenses, including operating costs surrounding:

  • Personal Protective Equipment,
  • Communications,
  • Additional cleaning,
  • Supplemental staffing and,
  • Additional supports for vulnerable populations.

The Provincial Government of Alberta recognized the need that the Town of Drumheller and other municipalities had to protect its residents and as such has received $813,249.00.

To read more about M.O.S.T., please visit their website to review the program details.

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MEDIA RELEASE - Bore Hole Drilling to Occur Throughout the Valley

MEDIA RELEASE - DRUMHELLER TO PARTICIPATE IN LARGE-SCALE EFFORT TO MAP OUT THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON RURAL HOUSING AND SERVICES

SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

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DRUMHELLER TO PARTICIPATE IN LARGE-SCALE EFFORT TO MAP OUT THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 ON RURAL HOUSING AND SERVICES


In Fall 2020, Drumheller will take part in the second collective effort to measure housing instability and service needs across rural Alberta.

The Town of Drumheller's participation is funded in part through the Government of Canada's Reaching Home program, administered through the Alberta Rural Development Network.

"Along with 26 other rural Alberta communities, Drumheller will be collecting resident feedback over October 1 to October 31, 2020." April Harrison, FCSS Coordinator, explains. "The survey will be administered by local service providers including Drumheller Valley FCSS, Drumheller Salvation Army, the Family Resource Network, MH Enterprise, and local schools, AHS, Turning Point, Riverside Medical and Wheatland Crisis Society. The survey will be available digitally/online or through paper surveys."

Drumheller's participation follows a pioneer project that covered 20 communities throughout rural Alberta in 2018. The project surveyed 1,771 individuals on location at 185 service providers across 20 communities with a total population of 291,531 (StatsCan 2016).

1,098 of those surveyed declared that they did not have stable housing and/or they were at-risk of losing their housing. Respondents from the 2018 project identified "low income", "[inability] to pay rent/mortgage", "inadequate housing", and "job loss" as top reasons for why their housing situation was unstable.

These inequities could have compounded with the COVID-19 pandemic—which has caused evictions and job losses—and the project aims to collect much-needed data on its extent. With resident feedback, the survey will help identify the type and the number of homes currently needed in each community; and the kind of services and resources needed by residents. Data collected from the project will help the town and local service providers better understand and address identified gaps within the community.

To learn more about the project and ways to participate, please contact April Harrison at aharrison@drumheller.ca.

Learn More:

Rural Homelessness Estimation Project - 2018 Provincial Report: https://www.ardn.ca/publications/2018-rural-homelessness-estimation-project-rhep

Rural Homelessness Estimation Project - individual community summaries: https://www.ardn.ca/publications/2018-rural-homelessness-estimation-project-rhep

Link to the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DYDGKYG

Follow FCSS on Facebook, Instagram, or visit their section on Drumheller.ca

MEDIA RELEASE - Dike Condition Inspections


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MEDIA RELEASE - Municipal Development Plan Bylaw & Land Use Bylaw


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Today, Town council has given first reading to two cornerstone statutory documents, Bylaw 17.20 Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and Bylaw 16.20 Land Use Bylaw (LUB). 

The Municipal Development Plan is the Town's visionary community plan. It provides high level guidance, goals and policy. The Drumheller MDP does what few municipal plans have managed to do, place disaster response and the changing climate directly at the core of its growth logic and long term vision. By placing the river at the heart of planning, the MDP supplants decades of reactive policies with bold, pro-active measures.
The LUB introduces many key innovations. It shifts the system from "use" to "form", reconnecting regulation to intent and greatly simplifies the document structure. Twenty-one districts have been reduced to eight and further innovations related to signage and parking modernize Drumheller's ability to attract investment. 

Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer, Darwin Durnie "is excited to see the MDP and LUB presented to council. Not only does this lay the foundation for changing the channel on flood readiness, these two new bold visionary documents will help us attract development by enabling investment, not controlling it. While we know the river can be a threat to us, for the majority of time, it's an asset. We need to understand what opportunities it can create for future growth of the valley." 

"This is about stimulating development and making it easier for people to come to town and get their business up and running as fast as possible by accelerating processes and minimizing delays, states Darryl Drohomerksi, CAO and Development Officer. 

Municipal Planning Commission (MPC) Chair, Tom Zariski sees this first reading as "an opportunity to turn the corner. For years, MPC has been considered reactive and negative. The new LUB will allow us to be proactive and clearly define areas for growth and areas where we will no longer accept development. I'm eager to see these changes." 

Consultation will begin on the two by-laws featuring a website where residents can provide feedback on the proposed changes. A public hearing for the Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw will take place on October 26th. 

View the Land Planning site here: landplanning.drumheller.ca

See below to review the presentation.

MEDIA RELEASE - DRUMHELLER AQUAPLEX UPDATE


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September 11, 2020, 

Earlier today, the Drumheller Aquaplex was closed immediately due to Electrical Safety Code violations being brought to Administration's attention. These safety concerns were quickly addressed by Town Administration, a local electrician and an Electrical Safety Code Inspector.

"Upon discussion with the electrician and the Electrical Safety Codes Inspector the issue is significant enough to pose a safety risk," explains the Director of Infrastructure Services, Dave Brett. "We closed the pool immediately so we could fully investigate and determine the extent of the issue."

After carrying out an inspection with the electrical contractor and Electrical Inspector, the extent of the repairs have been identified. "The full repair requires parts that are backordered and therefore unavailable for approximately 4 weeks. However, the crew worked quickly to put together a temporary repair to make the system safe and allow the Aquaplex to re-open as soon as possible," Brett continues. "This temporary fix has been approved by the Electrical Safety Codes inspector."

Once the correct parts arrive, Town Administration will schedule a closure to bring the system fully up to code.

For updates, please visit Drumheller.ca or the Town of Drumheller's Facebook Page.

MEDIA RELEASE - AQUAPLEX CLOSURE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DRUMHELLER AQUAPLEX TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Effective immediately, the Drumheller Aquaplex is closed due to a safety issue. At this time, crews are unable to provide a timeline as to when the facility can safely reopen.

For updates, please visit Drumheller.ca or the Town of Drumheller's Facebook Page.

Town of Drumheller Communications

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INDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES SCHEDULED TO RE-OPEN SEPTEMBER 9, 2020


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 INDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES SCHEDULED TO RE-OPEN SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

The Town of Drumheller has scheduled indoor recreation facilities to re-open on Wednesday September 9th. This includes the Drumheller Memorial Arena, Drumheller Aquaplex and the Badlands Community Facility.

"Based on the requirements set out in the Provincial Health Guidelines in June we felt we weren't ready to re-open our indoor recreation facilities at that time and opened up the outdoor facilities, such as the spray park instead. Our recreation staff have now returned and are developing and implementing measures to ensure that our facilities are set up safely for the public and our staff, explained Darryl Drohomerski, CAO Town of Drumheller. "I ask for people's patience as this has been a large undertaking and staff are having to adapt to a completely new way of using the facilities."

"We are very excited to be back and can't wait to welcome people back to our facilities," added Darren Goldthorpe, Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture. "There will be significant changes to the user experience in order to meet the health guidelines. We will be launching an information campaign to show people what these changes are and we ask users to make themselves aware of the new procedures in advance. Users can expect some schedule adjustments, capacity limitations, and some equipment will be out of use for the time being. We ask for everyone's patience as work through everything in a safe manner."

The biggest adjustment for users is that they will have to reserve their time in the recreation facilities online prior to arrival. "The ability to contact trace and to maintain proper capacity numbers is a huge part of the relaunch," Goldthorpe continues. "Through our online portal, users can reserve their spots within our facilities and drop-in classes. Our staff are going through the training to assist all of our patrons with this new process."

Members will be contacted regarding their memberships as the weeks continue, however Mayor and Council has agreed to waive admission fees for drop-in and members for the entire month of September.

In June the Province of Alberta announced Stage 2 of the Provincial Relaunch Strategy would begin on Friday, June 12, 2020. This announcement moved a number of Stage 3 items to Stage 2 including outdoor recreation, fitness and sports centres.

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

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COUNCIL APPROVES TAX DEFERRAL DATE TO NOVEMBER 30 TO HELP RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY COVID-19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​July 20 2020

 To help support citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Drumheller is committed to providing increased flexibility to aid ratepayers with the 2020 Property Tax payment. Taxpayers (residential and commercial) who normally pay their property taxes in a lump sum on or before the due date of August 31, are now able to take an additional ninety (90) days to pay their taxes without penalty. 2020 Property taxes are now due on November 30, 2020.

"Due to the economic uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and the thought that some of our residents are just starting back to work, Council approved tax deferrals until November 30, without penalty. This decision was made in effort of assisting residents with possible financial burden. However, customers can still pay their taxes prior to August 31 if they wish, and we encourage residents to do so if they are able," states CAO Darryl Drohomerski.

For those customers on the monthly payment plan, there is no change for due dates.

There is no requirement to contact the town to indicate your wish to pay your 2020 Property Taxes later than August 31. For further details about the deferral, please call 403-823-1314 or email  propertytaxes@drumheller.ca



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Drumheller Introduces New Incentive Program to Spur Economic Growth


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

July 20 2020

On July 20, 2020, Council approved the new Residential Development Incentive bylaw as a stimulus for economic and population growth. This bylaw provides incentives for developers to build homes in the $180,000 to $250,000 price range and rental properties whose rent will be no more than $850 per month.

The Incentives provide a sliding scale of tax abatements on the municipal portion of property tax.The Residential Developers Housing Incentive Policy offers a three (3) year Incentive while the Multi-unit Dwelling Incentive Policy offers a Four (4) year incentive.

"Residential incentives benefit the community as they expand the tax base increasing funding which is available for town programs. This program offers a clear 'return on investment' as it incentivizes developers to build new dwellings in a budget range not previously tapped. After the incentive expires the town will collect taxes on these properties for decades," explained Sean Wallace Manager of Economic Development. "The bylaw's purpose is to encourage developers to build new affordable dwellings and rentals for Millennials and Seniors and although there are dwellings for sale in the price range stated in the bylaw many people prefer to buy new."

"This incentive program illustrates how Administration and Council are being proactive and creating new ways to increase the tax base of our community and build its future prosperity." added Mayor Heather Colberg. "The Residential Incentives complement our new Commercial Incentives for a whole of government approach to growing our community."


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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

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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/

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Kathryn Kolaczek
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Town Sets 2020 Mill Rate


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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

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

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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
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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


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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

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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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