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Drumheller Launches First-Ever Online Budget Tool

January 26, 2021

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DRUMHELLER LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER ONLINE BUDGET TOOL

The Town of Drumheller Council & Administration are seeking citizen budget priorities for the 2021 Annual Operations Budget through an online budgeting tool called Ethelo.

"We are looking forward to launching this product to the community," begins CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "We initially planned to launch Ethelo in 2020, but was stalled to launch due to the pandemic. Ethelo is a fairly simplistic tool that allows us to capture resident feedback regarding what they believe their residential property taxes should be allocated toward."

Residents can allocate funding in the amount they desire to certain service categories; General Government, Public Works & Transportation Services, Garbage Collection, Family Community Support Services, Community Services & Economic Stimulus, Recreation and Cultural Services and Protective Services. Users can also make trade-offs by selecting the service categories that are most important to them, while balancing off the other service categories to ensure the proposed budget is balanced and obtainable.

"A really interesting component of this tool is participants have an opportunity to compare their answers with other users to gauge the differences, or similarities of how the spending was allocated," shares Councillor Tony Lacher. "We are looking forward to seeing the results."

Users have until February 10, 2021 to participate, and edit their budget, provide feedback or see updated group results and comments. Administration and Council will be reviewing information gathered by the Citizen Budget tool on February 22, 2021, before budget deliberations begin. In early March, Council will approve the 2021-2022 Operating Budget and this budget information will be communicated back to the community.

"There is consideration that this project is solely an online component. We don't have an opportunity to do in person consultation like we've traditionally done in the past," continues Drohomerski. "However, this method of public participation could result in more feedback than we've ever had."

An operations budget is approved yearly by Council that includes revenues, recoveries, and expenditures relating to ongoing operational items in the organization. The operations budget is one of two types of budgeting through the town; operations and capital. Capital Budget is the Town's plan to purchase, build, maintain, repair and potentially replace assets among the community. For example, snow removal is included in the annual operational budget; a new sander would be considered in the capital budget.

Public Participation for the 2021 Capital Budget will be in March 2021.

To get started, please visit https://drumhellervalley.ethelo.net/page/welcome

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DRUMHELLER RESCINDS STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY

 January 25, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - DRUMHELLER RESCINDS STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY

The Town of Drumheller has rescinded the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) at the Regular Council Meeting on Monday, January 25, 2021. The SOLE was engaged for exactly 10 weeks before being repealed unanimously[1].

"We have seen our local numbers dropping steadily," states CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "We haven't had to do too much in terms of additional measures outside of what the Province has done. It's evident our community came together to control the spread by following the public health measures."

Drumheller continues to follow public health restrictions under the State of Public Health Emergency set by the Province, including mandatory masks in public spaces; a Bylaw Mayor and Council approved November 23, 2020[2]. The Provincial mask mandate came into effect shortly after on December 8, 2020[3].

"The cancellation of the State of Local Emergency does not change the public health measures set by the province or our own Mask Bylaw," explains Councillor Tom Zariski. "We are not out of the woods yet, and want to remind everyone in Drumheller to continue being diligent when it comes to COVID-19."

Local COVID-19 case numbers are published by The Drumheller Mail.

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[1] https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/media-releases/media-release-town-of-drumheller-declares-a-state-of-local-emergency-due-to-rising-covid-19-cases
[2] https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/media-releases/media-release-town-of-drumheller-passes-mandatory-mask-bylaw
[3] https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

Media Release - Mandatory Health Measures will Remain in Effect Across the Province until January 21, 2021

January 8, 2021

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MANDATORY HEALTH MEASURES WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT ACROSS THE PROVINCE UNTIL JANUARY 21, 2021

On Thursday January 7, 2021, Premier Jason Kenney announced that COVID-19 restrictions will remain in effect for at least another two weeks, with the exception of in-person classes.

Current restrictions put in place December 13, 2020 forced closures on Drumheller's recreation facilities (Badlands Community Facility, Drumheller Aquaplex and the Drumheller Memorial Arena) as well as stifling many festive events over the holiday season. Additionally, the mandatory health measures indicated that businesses and services are required to temporarily close, reduce capacity or limit in-person services[i]. Town Hall will remain closed to in-person services until January 21, 2021.

"It's not the news we were hoping for, however, we recognize the importance of these measures." shares Darren Goldthorpe, Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture. "We are looking forward to the next announcement which hopefully allows us to re-open our doors. A reminder to our users that all memberships and automatic membership payments have been suspended. When the Town facilities are permitted to reopen, memberships will be reactivated upon the request of each member."

Outdoor recreation, including outdoor rinks[ii] and tobogganing[iii] are still permitted provided users follow the guidelines set by the Province. Residents of Drumheller should be reminded that outdoor rinks across the community, with the exception of the rink at the Plaza, are not owned or maintained by the Town of Drumheller. Users should contact the respective Community Associations for information on rinks.

Payments at Town Hall are accessible outside of in-person transactions:

  • Sign up for the preauthorized payment plan, the payment is automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the due date. You can do this via email utilities@drumheller.ca
  • Through your financial institution's online, smartphone app or telephone payment system
  • Pay directly at financial institution
  • E-transfer the invoice to etransfer@drumheller.ca.
  • OptionPay.[iv] Please note there is a service fee to this option.
  • Drop the payment off in a sealed envelope through our drop-slot beside the front doors

"The Province announced on December 8th mandatory restrictions including work from home measures and restricting in-person services," explains Darryl Drohomerski, CAO. "We are doing our best to comply with these measures, especially after experiencing positive cases of COVID-19 within our organization. We do not want to take that chance again because of the disruption it causes to public services, and potentially jeopardizing the safety of our staff and public."

The Government of Alberta announced that Businesses, organizations and service providers will be given at least one week's notice prior to changes to the current health measures that may affect them. Government will continue to consult with affected industries[v].

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[i] https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

[ii] https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/announcements/information-on-outdoor-rinks

[iii] https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/announcements/toboggan-hill-1

[iv] https://www.optionpay.ca/payment/town-of-drumheller/index.php.

[v] https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=76017B67ED950-D40C-FFF7-68D47A9194167F73

3rd Avenue W Closed to Traffic at McConkey Park January 7 and 8 for Sewer Repair Work


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

January 6, 2021


3rd Avenue W Closed to Traffic at McConkey Park January 7 and 8 
for Sewer Repair Work

Because of emergency sewer repair work, the section of roadway on 3rd Avenue W, at
the intersection of 2nd Avenue W and Newcastle Trail, will be closed to traffic on January 7
and 8, 2021. The closure will be between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm for these two
days. Steel plates will be placed over the excavation at night and the street reopened to
traffic between the hours of 5 pm to 8 am.
For westbound traffic along 2nd and 3rd Avenue, there will be a detour at 8th Street W
that will direct traffic down the alley (4th Avenue W) and around the construction. For
eastbound traffic, there will be a detour at Ploeg Street directing traffic onto Highway
575. There will be no parking on the street in this area while the road is closed to traffic.
Work is expected to be complete by Friday, January 8 in the afternoon and the road
completely reopened to traffic.


For further information, please contact Kevin Blanchett, Manager of Operations, at 403-823-1351

MEDIA RELEASE - Council Approves 2021 Fee Schedule with no Change in Fees from 2020

December 21, 2020 

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COUNCIL APPROVES 2021 FEE SCHEDULE WITH NO CHANGE IN FEES FROM 2020

Town Council approved the 2021 fee schedule at the December 21, 2020 Council meeting. The schedule will see no change in fees from 2020 rates. 

Council and administration have recognized the challenges our community has endured in 2020," states Mayor Colberg. "We are so excited to welcome everyone back to our facilities when they reopen, and we hope residents see this as an incentive to use them. That is the reason we maintained fees at the 2020 level." 

"With the effects of COVID-19 still in the community and province, Council and Administration did not want to burden users of our services with a cost increase, especially after the financially challenging year we just experienced," explained CAO Darryl Drohomerski. 

In addition to the rate freeze, Administration will be performing a service fee analysis on the Town's recreation facilities. "We want to ensure that we are remaining competitive with other jurisdictions, but most importantly that we are cost-responsible to our tax payers and our users of our services," shares Elin Gwinner, Finance Manager for the Town of Drumheller. "Throughout the next year we will be analyzing the fees at the BCF, Aquaplex, Arena and Ball Diamonds. Until that is completed we are satisfied with maintaining the 2020 rates for 2021 for recreation and other service areas." 

The new fees will come into effect on January 1st 2021.

MEDIA RELEASE - Drumheller Braces for Mandatory COVID-19 Closures

On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Premier Jason Kenney unveiled new measures that will be in effect until January 12 at the earliest. The new measures include many restrictions and closures for various service industries, including Drumheller's recreation facilities and events.

The Premier announced that closures would take effect Sunday, December 13 at 12:01am. This effectively closes Town Hall, the Drumheller Aquaplex, Badlands Community Facility and the Drumheller Memorial arena to the public. The Government of Alberta Website[i] states that outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.

"We recognize the importance of the provincial measures, and we've been following the guidelines very closely since we re-opened in September," states Darren Goldthorpe, Manager of Recreation Arts and Culture. "Our team is working quickly to contact our clients who have reserved spaces with us. Memberships and payments have been paused during this closure and will resume when the member is ready to return. We appreciate everyone's support as we work through this, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at our facilities when it is safe to do so."

All memberships and automatic membership payments will be suspended. When the Town facilities are permitted to reopen, memberships will be reactivated upon the request of each member; the same process is in place from the September re-opening.

Town Hall will be closed to the public effective Friday, December 11 at 4:30pm until January 12 at the earliest.

The announcements have also effectively cancelled all the festive events, with some exceptions. The Chief Medical Officer of Health announced yesterday that drive-by or drive-in events are still permitted, provided participants remain in their vehicles.

"We are permitted to have drive-in fireworks," states Karen Schneck, the Community Events Coordinator for the Town of Drumheller. "Our live music streams, markets, visits with Santa and other festive events are unable to proceed, but I believe we can make the best out of the fireworks and still enjoy some festive cheer!"

A reminder that there are a few local COVID-19 Community Response Programs[ii] available to those in need. 


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[i] https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
[ii] https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/covid-19-community-response

MEDIA RELEASE - Council Passes new Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw

December 8, 2020

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COUNCIL PASSES NEW MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND LAND USE BYLAW

Yesterday, Council gave third 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 to establish true resiliency. 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 that will lead to development enablement versus development control. Twenty-one districts have been reduced to eight and further innovations related to signage and creating layers such as the unique neighbourhoods throughout the valley modernize Drumheller's ability to attract investment.

Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer, Darwin Durnie explains "The passing of these bylaws truly changes the channel for the Town. To truly understand the impacts of flood mitigation, we needed to understand how it impacts our planning process. While we know the river can be a threat to us, for the majority of time, it's an asset and these documents reflect that fact."

Mayor Heather Colberg discussed the importance of these bylaws being living documents. "I'm pleased that there will be regular monitoring and reviews of the document, including the first review set for June 2021.This is the single largest public engagement process we've ever undertaken and I'm grateful for the input we received from residents and the time they took to review these documents. It's not the easiest read, but they are important to our future. We took a bold approach to this process, and the results will surely improve our ability to grow sustainably, resiliently and to attract investment."

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

These new bylaws will come into effect on March 1, 2021.

For more information please contact:

Palliser Regional Municipal Services
Devin Diano
403-854-3371
ddiano@palliserservices.ca

MEDIA RELEASE - PROVINCIAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IMPACT DRUMHELLER’S RECREATION SERVICES

NOVEMBER 25, 2020

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PROVINCIAL COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS IMPACT DRUMHELLER'S RECREATION SERVICES

On November 24th, the Province declared a state of public health emergency and announced additional mandatory measures for at least three weeks in effort to stop the spike in COVID-19 Cases. These measures include restricted access to some businesses starting November 27th that directly impact Drumheller's recreation facilities[i].

DRUMHELLER AQUAPLEX

  • Aquatic fitness classes paused until December 18, 2020 at the earliest
  • All lessons paused until December 18, 2020 at the earliest
  • Household Swims available through the Reservation Portal
  • Individual lane swim available through the Reservation Portal

DRUMHELLER MEMORIAL ARENA

  • All user groups paused until December 18, 2020 at the earliest
  • Free Family/Cohort Skate paused until December 18, 2020 at the earliest
  • Private one-on-one lessons available for bookings only (no private group lessons permitted)
  • Household Skate available for bookings only

BADLANDS COMMUNITY FACILITY

  • All Banquet Halls, Small Multipurpose Room and Large Multipurpose Room are closed until December 18, 2020 at the earliest
  • All drop-in sport and fitness classes paused until December 18, 2020 at the earliest
  • Private one-on-one lessons available for bookings only (no private group lessons permitted)
  • Household bookings for the field house are available

Currently, the Drumheller Public Library remains open from 9:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00pm – 6:00pm Monday through Saturday. Library cards remain free of charge. Updates for the library can be found on their website.

The Province also announced that in order to remain open, capacity of these facilities must be limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code. However, these measures were already in place at Drumheller's recreation facilities upon re-opening back in September to limit capacity and maximize safety.

"Despite the restrictions, we are very happy that we are still able to offer recreation to our community even if it's limited," shares Darren Goldthorpe, Manager of Recreation Arts and Culture. "With the new mandatory measures scheduled for Friday, we want to remind our users that safety has always been our number one priority. On top of our current extensive cleaning measures at all of our recreation facilities, we will be scheduling a deep clean and sanitization of the Badlands Community Facility once a month. This will be scheduled after hours in effort of not impacting users in our regular hours of operation. Our first deep clean will occur tonight."

As of November 23rd, Bylaw 20.20[ii] came into effect for the Town of Drumheller which mandates use of face coverings in indoor public spaces to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Users are required to wear a mask when in our facilities until users are actively engaging in athletic or fitness activity.

POPULAR LINKS

Online Recreation Reservation Portal
Drumheller Public Library
Town of Drumheller Mask Bylaw No. 20.20

DRUMHELLER RECREATION CONTACT INFORMATION

Drumheller Aquaplex: 403-823-1322
Drumheller Memorial Arena: 403-823-1326
Badlands Community Facility: 403-823-1370

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[i] https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx
[ii] https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/media-releases/media-release-town-of-drumheller-passes-mandatory-mask-bylaw

MEDIA RELEASE - TOWN OF DRUMHELLER DECLARES A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY DUE TO RISING COVID-19 CASES

NOVEMBER 23, 2020

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TOWN OF DRUMHELLER DECLARES A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY DUE TO RISING COVID-19 CASES

The Town of Drumheller has declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) as of Monday, November 23, 2020 with aims to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

"The safety and wellbeing of our community continues to be our top priority," explains Jay Garbutt, Deputy Mayor of the Town of Drumheller. "This is tough, but we believe as a community we can work together to slow the spread."

The State of Local Emergency gives the Town access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act not available under the Municipal Government Act. A description the powers a SOLE can be described in Section 24(1)(b) of the Emergency Management Act

Section 24(1)(b) of the Emergency Management Act allows municipalities to exercise the same powers in a state of local emergency as the Minister may exercise in a provincial state of emergency (note that the current provincial state of public health emergency differs from a provincial state of emergency, and includes slightly different provincial powers). These powers are found in s. 19(1) and are as follows:

a.put into operation an emergency plan or program;

b.authorize or require a local authority to put into effect an emergency plan or program for the municipality;

c.acquire or utilize any real or personal property considered necessary to prevent, combat, or alleviate the effects of an emergency or disaster;

d.authorize or require any qualified person to render aid of a type the person is qualified to provide;

e.control or prohibit travel to or from any area of Alberta;

f.provide for the restoration of essential facilities and the distribution of essential supplies and provide, maintain, and coordinate emergency medical, welfare, and other essential services in any part of Alberta;

g.order the evacuation of persons and the removal of livestock and personal property from any area of Alberta that is or may be affected by a disaster and make arrangements for the adequate care and protection of those persons or livestock and of the personal property;

h.authorize the entry into any building or on any land, without warrant, by any person in the course of implementing an emergency plan or program;

i.cause the demolition or removal of any trees, structures, or crops if the demolition or removal is necessary or appropriate in order to reach the scene of a disaster, or to attempt to forestall its occurrence or to combat its progress;

j.procure or fix prices for food, clothing, fuel, equipment, medical supplies, or other essential supplies and the use of any property, services, resources, or equipment within any part of Alberta for the duration of the state of emergency;

k.authorize the conscription of persons needed to meet an emergency.[1]

"We are not currently, nor do we anticipate, enacting an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) or Incident Command Post (ICP)," states Darryl Drohomerski, Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Drumheller. We want to be prepared in the event cases continue to escalate. A SOLE will help us do this."

All Town services are still operating at this time, including limited recreation services. Water, sewer, waste services and power are still operating and serving our community.

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[1] https://rmalberta.com/news/understanding-states-of-local-emergency

MEDIA RELEASE - TOWN OF DRUMHELLER PASSES MANDATORY MASK BYLAW

NOVEMBER 23, 2020 

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TOWN OF DRUMHELLER PASSES MANDATORY MASK BYLAW

Tonight, at the Regular Council Meeting, Mayor and Council passed a bylaw making face coverings mandatory in indoor public places effective immediately.
"This bylaw is temporary and will only be activated when the Province has Drumheller or our neighbouring communities as listed as Enhanced Status." Explains Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt. "We recognize that this is a controversial topic in our community, however the health and safety of our residents is the most important issue." 

According to Bylaw 20.20, an indoor public place means all or part of a building, structure, or other enclosed area to which the public has access as of right or by invitation, express, or implied, regardless of whether a fee is charged for entry, and for clarification includes but is not limited to: 

i. eating and drinking establishments;
ii. Public Vehicles;
iii. entertainment establishments, amusement arcades, bingo establishments, adult entertainment establishments, and theatres;
iv. markets, retail stores, garden centres, shopping centres, and other places where goods or services are made available to the public;
v. places of worship, community facilities, recreational facilities, and places where people gather for cultural purposes;
vi. gyms, studios, and other exercise facilities;
vii. indoor or enclosed parking facilities;
viii. premises used as an open house, presentation centre, or other facility for real estate purposes;
ix. common areas of hotels, motels, and other short term rentals;
x. medical clinics; and
xi. offices to which the public has access;

The Government of Alberta indicated that for Drumheller to be removed from enhanced status, the cases would have to be less than 10, or less than 50 per 100,000 for thirty consecutive days. As of today, Drumheller has 52 active cases, or 577.4 per 100,000 along with two deaths, ranking us in the top 10 for cases per 100,000 in the province.
A list of exemptions to Bylaw 20.20 can be found on Drumheller.ca 

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MEDIA RELEASE - Drumheller Moves to "Enhanced Status" with Further COVID-19 Measures

NOVEMBER 12, 2020

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DRUMHELLER MOVES TO "ENHANCED STATUS" WITH FURTHER COVID-19 MEASURES

On November 12, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, announced that the Town of Drumheller has moved from "open" to "enhanced" for the first time with 11 positive cases of COVID-19, or 122.1 per 100,000 people. The enhanced restrictions set by Alberta Health Services (AHS) include both mandatory and voluntary measures to prevent the spread:

Mandatory measures

  • Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10pm and close by 11pm - applies to Class A, B or C licences (Nov 13-27).
  • 15-person limit on social and family gatherings - indoors and outdoors - where people are mixing and mingling.
  • 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services.
  • Faith-based gatherings limited to 1/3 capacity at one time.

Voluntary measures

  • No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community. Instead, socialize outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other business that are subject to legal limits and take steps to prevent transmission.
  • Limit of 3 cohorts: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort. Young children who attend child care can be part of 4 cohorts.
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place.
  • Employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.

Metro areas of Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grand Prairie, Lethbridge and Red Deer have additional restrictions effective November 13 through to November 27:

  • Ban on indoor group fitness classes & team sports
  • Ban on group singing, dancing, and performing activities

"We ask that all residents make an effort to limit non-essential travel to metro areas or other hot-spots," says Heather Colberg, Mayor of the Town of Drumheller. "Continue to be diligent on proper hand hygiene, physical distancing and wearing a mask when you cannot be distant."

The Province has indicated that these targeted measures are in place until they see less stress on the health care system. Currently, there are 51 in the ICU.

Supporting documentation:
Enhanced Public Health Measures
Communities under Enhanced Public Measures
Relaunch Status Map

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


OCTOBER 21, 2020

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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

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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.

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