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Town of Drumheller

Working towards a better Drumheller


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​March 18 2019

 On Monday March 18th Council approved the 2019 tax supported operating budget. The approved budget combined a number of new initiatives to move Drumheller forward, savings in the operational budget which resulted in a 1.9% increase in the municipal portion of property tax.

"As council we would like to thank administration for working to find reductions in our operating budget. Expenses cut were a result of months of long detailed examination of the operating budget item by item. We found and initiated savings of $407,000, which equates to approximately 4.9% of the 5% reduction requested by Council. Throughout the year, together, we will continue to look for ways to streamline our operations," explained Deputy Mayor Fred Makowecki. "At the same time, including as many new requests for funding we could afford including the Economic Task Force recommendation of a full time Economic Development Officer, we still had new spending in excess of $300,000. It is only through the efficiencies in operating found by administration the tax increase was kept to a minimum."

"This year we will see a reduced rural MSI (Municipal Sustainability Initiative) grant, an increase in energy costs, plus the carbon tax, all which are out of our control. The 1.9% equates to a $3 per month average increase for the homeowner ", added Mayor Heather Colberg. "We are proud of the efforts of administration to lower our expenditures and fund programs within our budget. These savings found will enable the implementation of complex, strategic and economic plans to support productive growth and change in the community."


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding 

Communications Officer

403 8231320

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com


Drumheller is partnering with Canada and Alberta to change the channel on flood readiness


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Drumheller, Alberta, March 12, 2019—The governments of Canada and Alberta are investing a total of $50M in Drumheller's Flood Mitigation and Climate Adaptation System to help reduce the risk of flooding in Drumheller and to keep residents, properties and businesses safe from future flooding disasters. 

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities for Canada announced a federal investment of $22M for Drumheller from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. This fund helps communities adapt to and mitigate future flooding disasters that are growing in frequency as a result of climate change.

The Town has also received confirmation from Minister Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks for Alberta, that Drumheller was approved for $28M from the Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP), a multi-year grant program that supports the design and construction of projects that protect critical infrastructure from flooding and drought and to help ensure public safety.

Council passed a motion in November 2018 to finance up to $5M for this plan, bringing the total investment to $55M for Drumheller's Flood Mitigation and Climate Adaptation System, a disaster mitigation project that is expected to take up to 10-years to plan and implement fully. 

Drumheller will be working with its funding partners to confirm the terms, conditions and implementation of the announced funding over the next few months. It is hoped that a project ground breaking can be held in early May.

Residents of the community are encouraged to visit www.dinosaurvalley.com and register to receive Drumheller's online flood readiness newsletter to stay informed on the latest developments, plan ahead and prepare as the next flood season approaches. To have the newsletters mailed to their home, residents can call 403-823-6300. 

Quotes

"Living in a flood community is living with an imminent risk that threatens not only our people and our property, but also our economic prosperity and the very culture that put us on the map as the Dinosaur Capital of the World. We are extremely grateful for these significant investments by both the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada and the personal interest of Minister Champagne. The strong support for our proactive and sustainable flood mitigation and climate adaptation plan is most welcome. Together, we will change the channel on flood readiness in Drumheller and shape a safe and prosperous future for our community."
Heather Colberg, Mayor of Drumheller 

"Taking concrete steps to adapt to the impacts of climate change is more and more essential to ensuring a safe prosperous future for our kids and grandkids. Residents of Drumheller will benefit from our investments because the Government of Canada is getting ahead of the impacts of flooding. This important work will equip the community with the infrastructure needed to better protect residents, become more resilient to future flooding events and greatly reduce the costs of recovery following extreme weather incidents."
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Links

Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund (DMAF)
Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP)


For more Information Contact:
Michelle Tetreault
403-519.8651
mmtetreault@gmail.com


Company appointed to demolish Elks building


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​11 February 2019

 Dakota Reclamators Ltd from Calgary has been awarded the contract to demolish the old Elks building on Centre Street.

"We are working with Dakota Reclamators to determine the time line for the demolition, however the work needs to be complete by March 29th," outlined Darryl Drohomerski CAO. The demolition is expected to take approximately one month to complete. This is a complicated project as the building was built to the property lines with pavement on three sides, a building on the fourth side and a main power supply and communication cables for a portion of downtown.

Due to the nature of the work and the closeness to the building to power line, power may need to be switched off to properties in the locality for a short period of time. We will work with property owners to keep the impact to a minimum and informed of dates and times for the work. The alleys around the building will be closed to traffic while the work is going on. We will be working with the adjacent properties to ensure access is maintained as much as possible. There will also be a lane closure on Centre Street in front of the building while the building is being demolished.

"We appreciate the building has been an important part of downtown, however we are excited to think about the future plans for a plaza in the area," added Julia Fielding Communications Officer for the Town of Drumheller.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 823 1320 

communications@dinosaurvalley.com

Aquaplex Now Open


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​December 10, 2018

 The Drumheller Aquaplex will be opening at 10:00AM today. The hot tub will not be available, but is expected to be open next week.

Multi-Facility Membership extensions will be based on 1/3 of the closure time and the full time for Aquaplex only memberships. Extensions will be applied to the memberships within the next two weeks. Swimming lessons are being rescheduled and families should expect to be contacted by staff at the within the next day or two.

The schedule for today is: Aquafit 9:00AM – 10:00AM; Parent & Tot 11:00AM-12:30PM; Lane Swim 11:30AM - 1:00PM; Toonie Swim 6:00PM - 7:30PM, AquaZumba 7:30AM - 8:15PM; Designated Lane swim 10:00AM - 6:00PM.

For more Information Contact:

Andrea Leavitt
Aquatics Supervisor,
aleavitt@dinosaurvalley.com
403-823-1322


Signalized Crosswalks Installed


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​2018-12-07

The Town of Drumheller has upgraded two pedestrian crosswalks to signalized cross walks.


The first signalized cross walk has been installed at the pedestrian crossing on Bridge Street and Grove place near the Liquor Depot. The second has been installed at Railway Ave and 2 St W near Dollarama and Neighbours' Corner Pub.

"There has always been pedestrian cross walks in both of these locations," explains CAO Darryl Drohomerski. "We've had ongoing discussions with Alberta Transportation for signalized crosswalks to be installed in these locations to better protect our pedestrians."

It is encouraged that pedestrians utilize these signalized crosswalks when crossing the road. Drivers need to be aware of these new signalized crosswalks and to properly yield when in use.

For more Information Contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com


Weight restrictions imposed on Bridge 11 at Wayne


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​November 22nd 2018

 The Town of Drumheller announced today that Bridge 11 on Highway 10X now has been given a reduced weight rating of 3 tonnes. This restriction takes place immediately.

"Bridges 9, 10 and 11 have been inspected this week as part of regular maintenance and specifically, after the Wayne flood earlier this year," outlined Julia Fielding Communications Officer of the Town of Drumheller. "The inspection indicated that the bridge has deteriorated substantially over the last two years."

"The bridge inspectors have reduced the bridge rating (the weight that can go over the bridge) and the maximum weight that can cross this structure is now 3 tonnes. This is a significant downgrade as most of the bridges can handle on average16-24 tonnes," Darryl Drohomerski went on to explain. "We will be putting up signage and contacting the school bus operator that travels this route to inform them a route change is required immediately".

Bridge 11 is on the capital budget list for replacement, pending grant funding. The town has applied for a STIP (Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program) grant to repair the bridge the last two years and will do so again this year. The town will also be applying for Disaster Recovery Program funding for this project.


For more Information Contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

Aquaplex Closure Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 13, 2018

The Town of Drumheller is continuing their hard work with contractors to fix the leak in the pool in hopes of opening the Aquaplex doors as soon as possible. The pool is still drained while the contractors search for a company that can fill the void with a slurry mixture.

As outlined in an 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 have a contractor coming later this week to make plans for repairs and that we are hoping these are done as soon as possible," said Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "After the repairs are completed, it will still take about 10 days to fill and heat the pool and have the water tested."

"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 continue to 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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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