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Town Hall Reopens to Public


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

July 24, 2020 

TOWN HALL REOPENS TO PUBLIC

Town Hall will now will reopen with regular hours of operation starting Monday, July 27th. On Thursday, July 16 Town Hall was closed to the public effective immediately in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"We are fortunate that the results of our staff who were tested for COVID-19 are negative," explains CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "We feel confident in reopening our doors to our community." 

Residents are able to visit Town Hall Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. It is requested that all individuals visiting Town Hall wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you in the lobby. If you are unable to visit Town Hall, there are many online resources available on drumheller.ca or call 403-823-6300 for assistance.

Remember to always:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash and 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
  • Whenever possible, wear a mask or face shield when in public spaces
  • Stay home if unwell

Town of Drumheller Communications

403-823-6300

communications@drumheller.ca

Appointment Form 

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 dues 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



For more Information Contact:

Town of Drumheller Communications

403-823-6300

communications@drumheller.ca

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."


For more Information Contact:

Town of Drumheller Communications

403-823-6300

communications@drumheller.ca

Town Hall Closed to Public


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

July 16, 2020 

TOWN HALL CLOSED TO PUBLIC

As of Thursday, July 16 Town Hall is closed to the public effective immediately in effort of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

"Due to an individual within our organization who has tested positive for Covid-19 visited Town Hall twice in the last week, Town Hall will be closed to the public effective immediately," Explains CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "We are arranging testing for all Town Hall staff.

Residents are able to visit Town Hall by appointment only. You can schedule at 403-823-6300. It is asked that all individuals visiting Town Hall to wear a mask. If you do not have one, one will be provided for you in the lobby.

Remember to always:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash and 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
  • Whenever possible, wear a mask or face shield when in public spaces

Town of Drumheller Communications

403-823-6300

communications@drumheller.ca

Appointment Form 

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

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


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

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Council Rescinds SOLE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date June 1st 

At their June 1st meeting Council approved the rescinding of the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) as of Monday June 1st at 18.40 pm.

The SOLE was initially declared at noon on March 20th and on May 19 it was extended to August 11th 2020.

Mayor Colberg commented "We made the decision to implement and extend the SOLE with the best interests of our community in mind. The declaration was made to protect our Town. There have been no new cases of COVID-19 since May 1st, however, if we have an increase of cases we have the ability to implement the SOLE as needed.


I want to thank our community for being diligent for over 80 days as we took every precaution in our power to protect our residents. We are aware that COVID-19 has not gone away and we ask you to continue following health guidelines and maintaining social distancing."

"We will continue to monitor the situation, particularly as businesses and outdoor facilities re-open and we experience a steady influx of visitors," explained Greg Peters Director of Emergency Management. "We are still following the relaunch strategy of the province with stage two due to begin on June 15."

A State of Local Emergency gives the Town access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act including personnel, from other orders of government if required.

Please check our website www.drumheller.ca for further updates. 


For more Information Contact:

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

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 


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

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

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

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

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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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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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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

COVID-19 Help with Utility Bills and Property Taxes


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 23, 2020

​ Help with Utility Bills and Property Taxes

To help support citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic utility customers (residential and commercial) can defer utility water payments until July 5, 2020.There will be no interest or penalties or disconnections from March 24 – July 5, 2020.At the end of the deferral period, a pro-rated payment schedule will be confirmed with the account holder. Customers will continue to receive bills so they can monitor their account.Please email utilities@drumheller.ca or call 403-823-1302 for further information.

Town of Drumheller is committed to providing increased flexibility and immediate short-term relief for the 2020 Property Tax payment. Taxpayers (residential and commercial) who are enrolled in the monthly preauthorized tax installment plan can defer their monthly payment until June, 2020. For further details, please call 403-823-1314.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 820 1481

Town of Drumheller Declares a SOLE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date March 20 2020

 The Town of Drumheller has declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) as of Friday March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Mayor Colberg commented "we've made this decision with the best interests of our community in mind. We know COVID-19 will come to Drumheller, we just don't know when. We want to prepare now and take every precaution in our power to protect the vulnerable in our community. This declaration is another step to protect our Town."
The State of Local Emergency gives the Town access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act including personnel, from other orders of government if required.
Our top priority is maintaining critical infrastructure and essential services" claims Darwin Durnie, Director Emergency Management. All Town services are still operating (except public recreation facilities). Water, sewer, waste services and power are still operating and serving our community. We have implemented our infectious disease plan, separated staff to various town facilities to practice social distancing and implemented stand-by status for all employees, so resources are available if staff are required to self-isolate or get infected with the virus.
Please check our website www.drumheller.ca for further updates.

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 820 1481

Town of Drumheller response to COVID 19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​March 13 2020

The Town of Drumheller is taking immediate action, following the direction of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, to assist in containing the spread of COVID-19.

Tonight, the Drumheller Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) met with officials from Alberta Health to coordinate the community's response plan. The following are now implemented:

  • The Town is now a no hand shake community until April 30th.
  • All unessential staff travel is cancelled.
  • The Town is cancelling all events that have more than 50 attendees in town operated facilities until further notice. The Town will re-evaluate on an ongoing basis, with direction from Alberta Health.
  • The Town is increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning in its facilities.

Mayor Colberg announced "we are taking a careful, compassionate and caring approach to COVID-19.We have a responsibility to our employees who keep the town operating and the entire community. Alberta Health is the lead agency and we are monitoring and following their instructions daily. We know that COVID-19 is going to come to Drumheller, we just don't know when. Together, our community is committed to minimizing the impacts."

We all have a part to play. As a first step, we encourage all residents in town to practice frequent hand-washing.

Please check our website www.drumheller.ca for further updates. 




Land Aquisition Policy for the Flood Mitigation Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​January 20 2020

 The Town of Drumheller council passed the Land Acquisition policy for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program. This policy provides a fair and objective process for selecting and acquiring properties needed for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program.

The policy needs to be reviewed by the provincial and federal governments before any acquisitions can begin.

A Town owned company 878947 Alberta Ltd. will be the land purchaser. The Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer – Darwin Durnie will be the manager of 878947 Alberta Ltd. and will be authorized to execute purchase agreements.

"Parcels for acquisition have not yet been selected." Durnie continued to comment I am "committed to a respectful and confidential process to assist residents to relocate in Drumheller."

Scott Land and Lease is the land agent for the program. They will undertake initial contact with owners, conduct negotiations and secure signed purchase agreements. Each acquisition will be determined on an individual basis. Greg Meidinger – Senior VP & Project Manager Scott Land & Lease says "we are encouraged town council has adopted this proactive and transparent policy for land acquisitions. We have close to 30 years experience as land agents and are dedicated to a fair process."

Land acquisitions will be based on fair market value. To determine fair market value, the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office will engage independent appraisers. Purchase price will be either the fair market value or the 2014 tax assessment value for the property, whichever is greater.

Mayor Colberg explains "I'm delighted to see this policy adopted. As a flood community, it is critical to have our processes in place. Once we get the green light from our federal and provincial partners, we can start resolving issues for residents that have been patiently waiting years for action."

For further information please call:Darwin Durnie

Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer

Phone: 403-823-0994

Email: ddurnie@drumheller.ca

Frequently Asked Questions – Land Acquisition Policy

What is the land acquisition policy?

It is the policy that provides a fair and objective process for selecting properties that will be required for the resiliency and flood mitigation program.

Why will lands be acquired by the Town?

There are several circumstances that may result in the acquisition of land for the resiliency and flood mitigation program. They include:

  • To make room for the river
  • For construction of infrastructure such as dikes and berms
  • To remove occupants and developments that are at high risk from flooding
  • For natural areas and parks
  • For borrow areas (an area where soil is excavated for use at another location) to provide fill for present and future dikes
  • For development areas for displaced residents and businesses

What lands will be required?

The number of properties is still undetermined and no parcels have yet been selected for purchase. The properties to be required will be based on an individual risk assessment considering the following factors: people, property, environment and economy. These will be weighed against the frequency and impact of potential flooding.

Who will purchase the lands?

A Town owned company (878947 Alberta Ltd.) will be the land purchaser.The Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer – Darwin Durnie will be the manager of the Land Corporation and will be authorized to execute purchase agreements.

How does the land acquisition process work?

Land acquisitions will be based on fair market value.

To determine fair market value, the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) will engage an independent appraiser to establish a fair market value. Purchase price will be either the fair market value or the 2014 tax assessment value for the property, whichever is greater.

Scott Land and Lease will be the land agent. They will undertake initial contact with owners, conduct negotiations and secure signed purchase agreements. Each acquisition will be determined on an individual basis.

When will acquisition begin?

This policy must be deemed acceptable by the provincial and federal governments before any acquisitions can begin. Parcels for acquisition have not yet been selected. The grant funding guidelines also indicate that before any land purchases can commence, a green house gas emission assessment, a climate impact assessment and indigenous consultation must be completed. It is anticipated these will be finished by late spring.

How much money is being spent on land acquisitions?

While it is difficult to determine the amount, it's important to note that each acquisition will be determined individually based on fair market value.

What do I do if I'm a homeowner who thinks their property will be acquired?

At this time, no action is required.Parcels have not yet been selected for purchase. Once the process commences, a Scott Land & Lease representative will contact affected homeowners. 


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