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Town of Drumheller

Aquaplex Closure Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​November 5th 2018

 The Town of Drumheller is working hard with contractors to fix the leak in the pool and get it open for the public as soon as possible. The pool is now drained and the contractors are determining the best long term solution.

As outlined in our earlier release, one of the drain structures at the deep end of the pool has a wide split on the side, which water was leaking through.

"We appreciate this causes a huge inconvenience to all our users and we offer them our sincere apologies," said Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "Everyone involved in the pool is disappointed and frustrated, but we are working hard to find the best solution to the problem so that we can re-open the pool for our users."

"As we did with the modernization project, we will be extending Aquaplex memberships for the length of the closure, once we know how long that be," added Darren Goldthorpe Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture.

We will provide further updates as they come available. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia FIelding

Communications Officer 

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

Darryl Drohomerksi

ddrohomerksi@dinosaurvalley.com

Aquaplex Closure


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​October 31st 2018

 Unfortunately the Town of Drumheller has to announce that the Aquaplex will be closed for a period of time as a significant leak has been discovered.

The source of the leak is one of two drain structures at the deep end of the pool installed as part of the pool renovation. The structure has a wide split on the side which is where the water is going. In order to repair the structure and prevent further damage the pool has to be drained. The contractor has been contacted and a plan is being developed to enact a repair as quickly as possible.

"We recognize the inconvenience that the closure of the pool causes all users and we offer them our sincere apologies," said Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "Everyone involved in the pool is extremely disappointed, but we are working as quickly as possible to correct the problem so that we can re-open the pool for our users."

We will provide further updates as they come available.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications officer

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

Landfill fire update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 October 30, 2018 4pm

 The Town of Drumheller can confirm that the fire at the landfill has been extinguished.

The landfill has now reopened and a new tipping face has been opened up and landfill staff will continue to monitor the original tipping face for hotspots.

Landfill staff will be directing users and so we ask that everyone follows all instructions closely and use caution whilst at the facility.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

403 820 1481

Or Greg Peters

Director of Protective Services

403 334 1643.

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Local partners report on findings from the tourism business retention and expansion survey


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date  September 17, 2018

 Eighty seven tourism businesses in the Drumheller area participated in the Tourism Industry Business Retention and Expansion (TIBRE) pilot program earlier this year. Alberta Culture and Tourism presented the final results to Town Council on Monday, September 17.

Business retention and expansion are components of an economic development strategy that focuses on nurturing and supporting businesses in a community. TIBRE is a Government of Alberta pilot program. The Drumheller pilot was developed in partnership with local partners and is designed to identify retention issues and expansion opportunities for existing tourism businesses within Alberta.

Some of the results were as follows.

  • 70% of the businesses surveyed had been in operation for more than 10 years
  • Participating businesses had 257 full time and 146 part time employees year round
  • 78% of visitors were local/Albertan, 16% were other parts of Canada, 4% are international with 2% unknown


"The TIBRE program has provided the tourism industry in Drumheller an opportunity to start the conversation and begin identifying industry-specific development issues and opportunities in the Drumheller area," outlined Alyssa Berry of Travel Drumheller. "This is just the beginning and continued efforts are needed."

"We will be holding a facilitated planning session to determine immediate, middle and long-term needs of businesses this fall," added Julia Fielding Economic Development Officer for the town of Drumheller. "We have heard from tourism businesses and now we want to work with them to provide the support they need to flourish."


For more Information Contact:

Julia FIelding

Communications Officer

403-823-1320
jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

Drumheller FCSS to launch Subsidised Counselling Program

​September 6th 2018


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 Drumheller Valley FCSS; together with Wheatland County Counselling is pleased to launch a subsidised counselling program for Drumheller residents.

"This program comes as a direct response to the need for affordable, accessible Counselling services in town; which was identified as a priority in the Community Needs Assessment." said April Harrison, Drumheller Valley FCSS Coordinator.

"Individuals, couples, and families can access up to 12 counselling sessions to address a wide variety of concerns," outlined Harrison. "Clients will complete an initial assessment with Wheatland County Counselling and, if eligible, the amount that they pay will be on a sliding scale based on family income".

The project is funded by the Town of Drumheller, initially until December 2018, as a trial to determine demand/need.

To register on the program: Clients wishing to access the service can self-refer online at https://www.wheatlandcountycounselling.com/contact or by phone: (403) 901-3761

About Wheatland County Counselling

Wheatland County Counselling Inc. is a full service, private counselling practice serving the communities of Strathmore and Drumheller. Services are offered by a Registered Psychologist/Certified Play Therapist and a registered Provisional Psychologist.


For more Information Contact:

April Harrison

FCSS Coordinator

aharrison@dinosaurvalley.com

403 823 1315 

Rotary Spray Park Closed Today for Maintenance


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​July 19, 2018

The Rotary Spray Park is currently closed again today, Thursday July 19, and expected to re-open around 4:00PM this evening. 


There is further preventative maintenance being done to the Spray Park. "We discovered more caulking that needed to be completed during yesterdays work. Caulking the spray park prevents water from getting under the pad that may cause damage," explains Reg Bennett, Manager of Technical Service for the Town of Drumheller.

The Spray Park is expected to re-open this afternoon around 4:00PM, once the work is completed.

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com


Street/Stop Sign Open House & Survey


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

​July 19, 2018

There will be an open house at the Badlands Community Facility on Thursday, July 26 from 6:30PM – 7:30PM to discuss the stop sign changes that occurred on 1 st SW & 7 ave NE. There will also be a digital survey for community members to fill out regarding these changes.

"In response to the Public Participation Survey we did a few weeks ago, a very large number of citizens wish to provide feedback on Town activities digitally. We are launching a public survey asking for feedback regarding the traffic movement in the Bankview area, which includes questions about stop signs and traffic calmed streets."explains CAO Darryl Drohomerski "We also welcome residents to attend anytime during the Open House at the BCF to discuss with Town representatives the changes to be made in the area."

This Open House will run 6:30PM and 7:30PM and those interested in attending, can show up at anytime throughout the hour to open up a discussion with Town administration as well as view the preliminary results of the survey.

The survey is currently available https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stopsign

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com


Rotary Spray Park Closed for Day


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July, 18 2018

The Rotary Spray Park is currently closed and expected to re-open around 4:00PM this evening, Wednesday, July 18.

We are performing preventative maintenance to the splash pad. "The Spray Park is being re-caulked to prevent water from getting under the pad causing damage," says Reg Bennett, Manager of Technical Service for the Town of Drumheller.


For more Information Contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com

Land Use Bylaw Amendment - Retail Cannabis Locations


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 10, 2018

 Mayor and Council have passed the amendment of the Land Use Bylaw No.10-08 for cannabis retail locations. The Town of Drumheller is now following the policies the AGLC recommends for retail cannabis locations:


A retail cannabis license will not be issued if the premise is located within 100 metres of:

  1. a provincial health care facility, or a boundary of the parcel of land on which the facility is located, or
  2. a building containing a school or a boundary of the parcel of land which the facility is located, or
  3. a boundary of a parcel of land that is designated as a school reserve or municipal and school reserve under the Municipal Government Act.
    www.aglc.ca

"The Town is excited to make changes to our land use by-law that will allow cannabis retailers within our community," says Chief Administrative Officer, Darryl Drohomerski. "We believe the changes will meet the needs of our residents as well as the business community."

For more information about retail cannabis locations and other cannabis related items, visit https://aglc.ca/cannabis

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com

Distribution List:

CFCW- apetrie@newcap.ca

Drum FM – email – drumnews@goldenwestradio.com;

Drumheller Mail – email - news@drumhellermail.com


Downtown Revitalization Project - Phase One


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

​July 9, 2018

 The creation of the temporary downtown plaza and street patio areas will begin over the next two weeks.


"The biggest piece of feedback received during the visioning exercise for downtown was to create more public gathering spaces and areas for the public to spend time downtown and this pilot aims to do just that." explained Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "It is the first part of achieving the vision presented earlier this year".

"There will be planters installed at the intersection of Centre Street and the north side of 3rd Ave to create a plaza/gathering area, which will include a small cabin," explained Armia Mikhaiel, Director of Infrastructure. "There will also be patio areas placed on 3rd Ave in front of 3rd Avenue Arts."

The project will affect traffic flow: There will be no traffic down Centre Street from 3rd Ave to the alley located beside the Legion.


The first phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project will begin at the end of this week with Infrastructure Services and the Drumheller Penitentiary, and work is expected to be completed by July 12th, 2018. Please watch out for crews as they carry out this work.


NOTES:

There is a map attached to outline the plaza area.

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com

Distribution List:

CFCW – apetrie@newcap.ca
Drum FM – email – drumnews@goldenwestradio.com;

Drumheller Mail – email - news@drumhellermail.com


Drumheller River Hazard Study


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

​July 3, 2018



The Province of Alberta will be conducting a River Hazard Study on the Red Deer and Rosebud Rivers as well as area creeks through the Town of Drumheller and surrounding municipalities for the next several months. The work will include surveys conducted in and adjacent to the water bodies.

Please see documentation provided (below) by the Province of Alberta for a detailed description of the study.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the individual listed on the Provincial notification


Town of Drumheller Receives a Ministers Awards for Municipal Excellence


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 July 3, 2018


The Town of Drumheller Receives a Ministers Awards for Municipal Excellence in the Innovation category for Dinowalk – Dinosaur Street Naming Project

The Hon. Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs has awarded the Town of Drumheller an Innovation award.

The Ministers Awards for Municipal Excellence have been awarded since 2002, to encourage municipalities to share their successes by recognizing accomplishments in the provision of municipal services in Alberta. Each year municipalities, whether individually or in partnership with other organizations, have highlighted practices including new and unique approaches to issues, streamlined processes for existing practices, and creative community partnerships.

Awards are given in five categories: Innovation; Partnerships; Safe Communities; Smaller Municipalities; and Larger Municipalities.

The Ministers Awards Review Committee reviewed 45 submissions to the program this year. The committee recognized the Dinowalk / Dinosaur Street Naming Project as the winner of the Innovation category.

"These ideas and concepts were a product of collaboration with Urban Systems, MarketingHits, the Economic Development Advisory Committee (which includes representatives from the Drumheller Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Big Country in addition to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and other key community members with Board Chair, Summer Manca) and Travel Drumheller." added Julia Fielding, Economic Development and Communication Officer for the Town of Drumheller.

"It is always great to be recognized by our peers from other municipalities. This is an example of a great partnership program," noted CAO Darryl Drohomerski.

The selection of the dinosaur types and medallions took place in July 2017.Secondary street names of Drumheller dinosaurs took place in September, 2017 and the final installation of Wikipedia linked medallions will be installed during the Summer of 2018.

Digital aspects of the project will be taken-over by Travel Drumheller in order to promote an interesting walking experience in the form of a virtual scavenger hunt that connects our guests to the stories about dinosaurs that once roamed Drumheller, over 67 million years ago.

Media Inquiries:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

403-823-1339 


Example of the medallions that will take visitors to www.dinowalk.ca

Cannabis Retail Open House


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​June 19 2018

 The Town of Drumheller invites residents to an Open House on Wednesday June 20 4.30pm until 6pm at the Badlands Community Facility.

"This open house is to highlight the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw which would allow cannabis retail stores to set up in Drumheller," explained Julia Fielding Communications Officer. "Staff will be there to answer questions about the process, and in addition there will be maps to illustrate where retail stores could be located according to the new Land Use Bylaw."

This is an open house to help inform residents prior to the public hearing on the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw; which takes place on Monday June 25 at Town Hall.

There will be a future meeting, later in the summer, to discuss the public consumption of cannabis.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 8231320

Outdoor pool opening delayed


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​May 25th 2018

 Town of Drumheller crews have been working hard this week to get the outdoor pool open. However the inspection and maintenance program, which takes place prior to seasonal operation, has identified at least one leak in one of the pipes.

The crews are now working on exposing the leaking pipe and checking for other leaks. Once all the leaking spots have been identified and the pipes repaired, the pool will then be filled and tested ready to open up to the public.

"We recognise the inconvenience that the delay in the outdoor pool will cause and we want to apologise for the delay," outlined Armia Mikhaeil Director of Infrastructure. "Crews are working hard to fix the issues and we hope get the pool open as soon as possible for everyone to enjoy".

"In addition tests carried out for the preparation to get the fountain operational showed that there is a significant amount of water loss occurring." added Julia Fielding Communication Officer. "This indicates one or several leaking points and so crews are currently working with an engineering firm to come up with a solution. Unfortunately it is very possible the fountain will not be operational this summer." 


For more Information Contact:

Julia FIelding

Communications Officer

403 820 1481

Monitoring of River Levels continues


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​May 22nd 2018

 The Town of Drumheller is keen to keep residents updated on how we monitor water levels in the Red Deer River.

The Town is in constant contact with the personnel from the Dickson Dam, this includes daily updates about reservoir levels, snow pack and outlet flows. In addition as part of the town's Emergency Management Plan staff attended the annual Emergency Preparedness Orientation session at the Dickson Dam on May 17.

The team discussed snowpack levels with the provincial monitoring team. They were informed that the majority of snow has already melted and is in the reservoir. This has happened almost three weeks earlier than in previous years. The operators are concerned that the water levels may not be high enough for the summer requirements and are not releasing much water at this present time.

We want to assure residents that despite this we are still making sure we are prepared for a high river level situation. We encourage people to do the same. For example please make sure you create a 72 hour emergency kit and an emergency plan with your family.

Here is a link to resources to see current water levels and the stations to look at for the most accurate information.

To monitor the Red Deer River watershed, please go to www.Rivers.Alberta.ca and select the following locations:

Skoki Lodge and Limestone Ridge for snow pillow reports of how much snow is in the mountains of the Red Deer River watershed

Gleniffer Reservoir shows the level of the reservoir behind the Dickson Dam

Dickson Dam outlet shows the flow leaving the reservoir

Red Deer River at Drumheller shows the water level and flow at the Gordon Taylor Bridge

NOTES
The primary benefit of the Dickson Dam is an assured and reliable year round water supply (for domestic, Municipal, industrial and agriculture use)

The secondary benefits are:

Hydro electric power generation

Flood attenuation

Improved water quality

Recreation

Improved fisheries habitat


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Economic Development and Communications Officer

403 823 1320

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

Storefront Grant Recipients


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​May 22nd  2018

 The Economic Development Advisory Committee has approved storefront grants to six businesses. The six businesses are: Jurassic Ink Tattoo Parlour, S and J fashions, Country Acres: Bits and Baubles, the current Thrift store building, the rear facing wall of 175 - 3 Ave west, the Drumheller Learning Centre.

Downtown revitalisation has been a priority for the Economic Development Advisory Committee for the last couple of years.

"It is great to have businesses taking up this opportunity to improve their appearance." explained Mayor Heather Colberg, "The storefront grants are an important economic development initiative to support the development of our town."

"It's a great program to help support businesses to complete some renovations." added Summer Manca "The committee had a great number of applications to look through which was exciting to see and we thank all of those business owners who applied."

Notes:

The Economic Development Advisory Committee is made up of elected officials, members of the administration team at the town and volunteer members of the business community.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Economic Development and Communications Officer

403 823 1320

State of local emergency lifted


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​April 26

9.30 am 

 Highway 10x is now open to all traffic and the state of local emergency was lifted at 9.30am today.

The Town of Drumheller will continue to monitor river levels and we ask that people stay away from river banks as they may have been undercut by the high water levels and river flows remain high.

For people affected by the high water there is an information package on the town website. https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/announcements/1413-re-entry-information-package

There are also paper copies available at town hall.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 820 1481

Mandatory Evacuation Lifted


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​April 25 2018

2:00PM 

The mandatory evacuation was lifted on Wednesday, April 25th at 2:00PM. Residents of Wayne and Highway 10X were informed that they were able to return to their homes.

The local state of emergency remains in place and Highway 10x is still only open for local traffic.

The Town of Drumheller continues to work with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and other provincial agencies as we monitor the situation.

Please stay away from river banks as they may have been undercut by the high water levels and river flows remain high.

Here is some information from Alberta Health Services for coping with emergencies. https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/eph/Page15235.aspx


For more information contact

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

403 820 1481

Barb Miller

Acting CAO

bmiller@dinosaurvalley.com

403 820 2045

Update April 25 noon


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​April 25

noon 

 River levels in the Rosebud River are currently decreasing and levels are expected to continue to do so.

River levels in the Red Deer River are also decreasing and are expected to continue to do so.

If citizens are experiencing flooding in low lying area sandbags are available at the Public Works Building at 117 7th Avenue Drumheller, at the East Coulee water station and the Rosedale fire hall.

The Town of Drumheller continues to work with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and other provincial agencies as we monitor the situation.

Please stay away from river banks as they may have been undercut by the high water levels and river flows remain high.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

4038201481