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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

7pm Update on Red Deer river levels


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​April 24

7pm 

The updated river forecast received for the Red Deer River indicates a 10-20cm increase by noon Wednesday April 25. River flow is not available at this time.

If citizens are experiencing flooding in low lying area sandbags are available at the Public Works Building at 117 7th Avenue Drumheller. In addition sandbags will be available at the East Coulee water station and the Rosedale fire hall from 9pm.

The Town of Drumheller is working with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and other provincial agencies as we monitor the situation.

Citizens are recommended to monitor local media as well as the Town's Facebook Page and website for the latest information and to stay away from low lying areas. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 820 1481

April 24 5pm Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​April 24

5pm 

 The state of local emergency for Wayne and Highway 10x remains in effect as does the mandatory evacuation.

The Reception Centre will be closing at 6pm this evening. If people evacuate from Highway 10X and Wayne after 6pm they are requested to call 403 334 2564 and leave contact details. All evacuated residents are requested to call this number and register if they have not already done so.

Those citizens that remain in the evacuation area are recommended by Alberta Health Services to boil their water. For additional information please visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/eph/Page15235.aspx

Citizens are recommended to monitor local media as well as the Town's Facebook Page and website for the latest information and to stay away from low lying areas.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 8201481

April 24 3pm Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Tuesday April 24, 2018

3:00PM


The state of local emergency for Wayne and Highway 10x remains in effect as does the mandatory evacuation.

Alberta Transportation have completed their inspections for today and are now working at removing debris which is affecting a number of bridges.

The level of the Red Deer River, as forecasted, is rising and is still predicted peak at

700-750 cubic meters tomorrow at noon. For comparison in 2013 the river flows were 1300 cubic metres.

The Town of Drumheller is working with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and other provincial agencies as we monitor the situation.

If any citizens require assistance please call 403 823 6300 until 4:30PM and then the emergency number at 403 823 2512.

Those citizens that remain in the evacuation area are recommended by Alberta Health Services to boil their water. For additional information please visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/eph/Page15235.aspx

Citizens are recommended to monitor local media as well as the Town's Facebook Page and website for the latest information and to stay away from low lying areas. 

For people who are wishing to visit the Royal Tyrrell  Museum the museum is still open as is downtown Drumheller. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 829 1481

April 24 11.45 Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​Tuesday April, 24

11:45AM

 The state of local emergency for Wayne and Highway 10x remains in effect as does the mandatory evacuation.

At this time the forecast for the Rosebud River remains at current levels however we are continuing to monitor the situation.

For the Red Deer River the flow was 619 cubic meters per second at 9:00AM and it is predicted to be 700-750 cubic meters tomorrow at noon.

The Town of Drumheller is working with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and other provincial agencies as we monitor the situation.

Those citizens that remain in the evacuation area are recommended by Alberta Health Services to boil their water. For additional information please visit https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/eph/Page15235.aspx

Citizens are recommended to monitor local media as well as the Town's Facebook Page and website for the latest information.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 8201481

9am update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​Tuesday, April 24

9:00AM

 The state of local emergency for Wayne and Highway 10x remains in effect as does the mandatory evacuation. This mandatory evacuation is due to the need to ensure the integrity of the bridges along the highway.

Alberta transportation are inspecting the road and bridges along highway 10x and will be reporting back shortly.

The Rosebud River dropped 2 inches overnight. However there is still snow melt which is expected to affect the level.

The levels of the Red Deer river are being monitored through the emergency management systems. It rose 0.5 metres overnight which is 1 metre below the levels seen on Saturday evening.

The Reception Centre at the Stampede Barn re-opened at 8:00AM for residents affected by the evacuation of Wayne and Highway 10X area.

We remind affected residents if they have not yet registered they are asked to do so. Call 403 334 2564.

Town crews continue to monitor river levels and additional updates will be forthcoming.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

4038201481

Update on Mandatory Evacuation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Monday, April 23 

10:40PM 

 All residents within the evacuated area have now been notified.

The Reception Centre will be closing at midnight and we want to remind all evacuated residents to register with the Reception centre, which is the Stampede Barn by midnight tonight. They can do this in person or call 403 334 2564.

River levels forecasts remain as previously reported at this time.

Town staff continue to actively monitor the situation throughout the valley and remain in contact with provincial forecasters.


For more Information Contact:

Barb Miller

403 820 2045

Mandatory Evacuation Order


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​Monday, April 23 2018

6.30PM

 The town of Drumheller has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the residents of Wayne and Highway 10X.

Members of the Drumheller fire department will be going door to door notifying residents of the mandatory evacuation order.

We ask all residents to follow all directions from the fire department and other assisting emergency services.

All evacuated residents must register with the Reception Centre  which is at the Stampede and Ag Society building.


For more information contact:

Barb Miller

403 820 2045

Water levels 2pm update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​April 23 2018

2pm  

 There are no changes at this time.

We are in constant communication with provincial forecasters and updates will be given as more information becomes available. Citizens are recommended to monitor local media as well as the Town's Facebook Page and website for the latest information.

Home owners in low lying areas are advised to start making preparations to protect their wells.

If property owners require assistance please call 403 823 1330 until 4.30 and then our emergency line on 403 820 2156.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Cell 403 820 1481

Office 403 823 1320

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

12.00 Update on River Levels


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date April 23 2018

​noon

Here is an additional update on the high river levels in the Drumheller Valley.

Provincial forecasters are stating that due to the increasing spring run off going into tributaries the Rosebud River is predicted to rise an additional 5 to 6 inches.

The Red Deer River is predicted to rise 1 metre. This will take the river levels to those of Saturday evening with the expectation that the Newcastle beach area and other low lying areas will flood.

We are in constant communication with provincial forecasters and updates will be given as more information becomes available. Citizens are recommended to monitor local media as well as the Town's Facebook Page and website for the latest information.

Home owners in low lying areas with wells are advised to start making preparations to protect their wells.

If property owners require assistance please call  403 823 1330 and after 4.30 please call  our emergency line on 403 820 2512.


For more Information Contact:

Barb Miller 

403 820 2045

Town of Drumheller Sets 2018 Mill Rate


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date  April 17, 2018

 During the regular meeting of April 17, 2018, council adopted Bylaw 05-18, being the 2018 Mill Rate Bylaw, as proposed by Town administration.

The 2018 Operating Budget which was previously approved by Council on March 19, 2018 detailed a 3% increase to the municipal property tax requisition. On average, the municipal portion of the tax bill will reflect a 3% increase.

Overall, the 2018 Alberta School Foundation Fund (ASFF) requisition increased by 1.44% and therefore, most residential ratepayers will see an increase in the ASFF levy amount on their tax notice.

The 2018 Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation requisition increased by 3.8% over 2017.

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 $2,148 in 2017 to $2,225 in 2018, an increase of $77.

A $300,000 residential property will see a tax bill increase from $3,222 in 2017 to $3,337 in 2018, an increase of $115.

A $500,000 commercial property will see a tax bill from $8,390 in 2017 to $8,658 in 2018, an increase of $268.


For more Information Contact:

Barb Miller

Director of Corporate Services

403 823 1311

Winners of photo contest announced


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​11th April


On Monday April 9th Mayor and Council announced the winners of the photo contest as they unveiled their new vision and mission.

The photo contest was open to residents of Drumheller to share images which they felt showed the valley off at its best. The winners of the competition were Brian Rideout and Tracey Dalton. The photographs will be used on the Town website for promotional pieces and the winners receive great cash prizes. Council plan on making the photo contest an annual event.

The mission and vision was created by a working group set up by Mayor and Council. This group included staff and members of council. The working group also chose these images, which they felt best illustrated this new vision and mission for Drumheller.

The vision for our community is 'To be the cleanest, friendliest, most sought after community in Alberta.' The mission is: 'To provide good government and promote leadership that encourages positive community and business relationships towards a better quality of life for everyone.'

"It is inspiring to see our citizens becoming involved in this contest and seeing their visions for the image which shows what our valley is all about," enthused Mayor Heather Colberg. "Thank you to everyone who sent in images, it's obvious we all love our community."



For more Information contact:

Heather Colberg

Mayor of Drumheller

hcolberg@dinosaurvalley.com

Distribution List:

CFCW- addison@cfcw.com

Drum FM – email – drumnews@goldenwestradio.com;

Drumheller Mail – email - news@drumhellermail.com

The Town of Drumheller to buy a new building for Public Works


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​April 6 2018

 Town Council agreed on Tuesday April 3rd to purchase 702 Premier Way; which is currently owned by Trican, for its new Public Works facility.

This is a conditional offer whilst the town does their due diligence. If there are no issues, conditions will be removed on April 30th.

There have been plans for a number of years to replace the current facilities as they are at the end of life and require continual, expensive, repairs. The intent had been to construct a new public works facility by the water treatment plant, the most recent cost estimate for which being $5,000,000. The affordability of this project has caused the building to be delayed in the Capital Budget every year.

"This is a great opportunity for the town," explained Darryl Drohomerski, "This building is a wonderful option for both the staff and for tax payers. The staff will now have facilities which meet their needs and the cost for the tax payer is much lower than building a new facility."

"Council approved the purchase of 702 Premier Way for the sum of $1,730,000 on Tuesday with a possession date of July 6 2018 provided that all conditions are met." Drohomerski added.


For more Information Contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

403.823.1339

A Kilo of Kindness shown by generous youth and seniors in our community


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Kilo of Kindness mobilized children and youth to donate specific non-perishable food items for the local food bank as a lead up to Easter.

Kilo of Kindness is a program which was created and supported by the Community Building Initiative (CBI) to bring awareness of hunger in our local community. A recent Social Needs Assessment in Drumheller highlighted that food insecurity and food costs are a concern locally. With the help of the 3 local schools in Drumheller, as well as the Pioneer Trail Seniors Center who made several of the bags, a Half Ton of kindness was given not just a Kilo.

"The Kilo of Kindness started as a simple idea to get kids involved in giving back to their community and will become an annual event to continue to support the local food bank during the Easter season." explained Jodi McIlwraith Community Services Coordinator.

"The Kilo of Kindness couldn't come at a better time for us here at the Salvation Army food bank. We are often in need of donations in the spring and it's very exciting to have kids of our community caring for the needs of others." added Jenessa McAuley Community and Family Services Salvation Army. "A huge thanks to Jodi McIlwraith from Community Building Initiative (CBI) for coordinating the school drive effort and raising awareness among young people about local hunger issues."

In an affluent country such as Canada there are still so many families who live below the poverty line as measured for developed nations. Children make up one quarter of 4.8 Million Canadians living in poverty according to census Canada. Over 850,000 Canadians turn to a food bank each month for help.

Distribution List:

CFCW- addison@cfcw.com

Drum FM – email – drumnews@goldenwestradio.com;

Drumheller Mail – email - news@drumhellermail.com

For more Information Contact:

Jodi McIlwraith

Community Services Coordinator

jmcilwraith@dinosaurvalley.com