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Town of Drumheller ratifies four year agreement with Outside Workers, CUPE Local 135


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date 15 May 2019

Council ratified the Collective Agreement with CUPE Local 135 at the Council meeting on Monday May 13, 2019.

The term of the agreement is for four years, expiring December 31, 2022 and includes the following increases:

  • 1.0% on January 1, 2019
  • 0.65% on July 1, 2019
  • 1.0% on January 1, 2020
  • 0.75% on July 1, 2020
  • 2.0% on January 1, 2021
  • 2.5% on January 1, 2022

There are also a number of other changes that will streamline operations and improve benefits for staff.

"This agreement is in line with other settlements in Alberta over the last year. We are satisfied with the effort both the Town and CUPE Local 135 made to improve and modernize the Collective Agreement which recognizes recent changes in legislation and how we work together", states CAO Darryl Drohomerski.

Mayor Heather Colberg stated "Council recognizes the hard work and contributions of our outside workers and we are happy that they recognize the difficult economy that we all face as individuals and taxpayers and have ratified an agreement that supports both the employees and taxpayer."

"Having a new 4-year contract in place that recognizes the value of employee efforts while maintaining fiscal balance, is great news for Drumheller.Knowing future labour costs, our single largest expense item, significantly improves the multi-year budgeting process. Congratulations to the bargaining team members representing both parties, well done!" – Barb Miller, Deputy CAO/Director Corporate Services.



For more Information Contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

(403) 823-1339

Mill Rate approved


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date May 14 2019

 On May 13 2019, council approved the 2019 Mill Rate.

The 2019 Operating Budget which was previously approved by Council on March 18th, 2019 detailed a 1.9% increase to the municipal property tax requisition.

The 2019 Alberta School Foundation Fund (ASFF) requisition was estimated to decrease based on year over year equalized assessment values, and therefore, most residential ratepayers will see a decrease in the ASFF levy amount on their tax notice.

The 2019 Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation requisition decreased slightly (0.66%) over 2018.

"The mill rate is the amount of tax payable per dollar of the assessed value of a property. The mill rate is based on "mills." It is a figure that represents the amount per $1,000 of the assessed value of property, which is used to calculate the amount of property tax." explained Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller.

The examples below show the effect on an average tax bill, reflecting adjustments to the municipal, school and seniors foundation combined.

Examples are:

A $200,000 residential property will see a tax bill increase from $2,225 in 2018 to $2,267 in 2019, a monthly increase of $3.50

A $300,000 residential property will see a tax bill increase from $3,337 in 2018 to $3,401 in 2019, a monthly increase of $5.33.

A $500,000 commercial property will see a tax bill from $8,658 in 2018 to $8,770 in 2019, a monthly increase of $9.33.


For more Information Contact:

Barb Miller

Deputy CAO/Director of Corporate Services

403 823 1311

Working towards a better Drumheller


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​18th April 2019

 On Monday April 15th Council approved the 2019 capital budget. The approved budget includes new initiatives to move Drumheller forward as well as important equipment and infrastructure projects.

The 2019 Capital Budget includes expenditures totaling $21,452,020. These expenses include $12,098,120 in funded projects carried forward from 2018, including two previously funded Flood Mitigation Projects.

There are a number of projects which have been requested for Provincial grant funding, however, these will only take place if grants are received. These projects include;

$1,600,000 for the bridge 11 replacement on Highway 10X

$1,500, 000 for the replacement of the Nacmine force main

These funds come from the following areas:

Reserves: $4,569,400

Grant funding: $12,366,420

Debt: $1,758,400

Mayor Heather Colberg said "this Capital budget includes vital infrastructure projects and other new exciting items such as a new town app and equipment for the new plaza. All of these are fundamental elements to taking our town forward, and we are excited to get them started."



For more information, contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

Badlands Community Facility New Hours of Operation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 5, 2019

The Badlands Community Facility will be experiencing changes in their hours of operation. The BCF will now be closed every Statutory Holiday apart from Family Day, Canada Day and Remembrance Day for Town Events which take place there. The first statutory holidays to be affected are Good Friday and Easter Monday.

The weekday and weekend hours will take into effect July 2nd, 2019. This means the Facility will close at 9:00pm rather than 10:00pm on week days, 7:00pm rather than 8:00pm on weekends. This change in operational hours will not affect events that are booked on the banquet side of the facility, i.e. Weddings with late night reception.

This decision was based on the low numbers using the fitness area and field houses at those times. For example, on Friday nights during this time there was a total of 55 members and 25 drop-in admissions over the whole of 2018.

The Aquaplex will still be open on the majority of Statutory Holidays. For the Easter break, the hours for both Good Friday and Easter Monday are Lane Swim 11:30am to 1:00pm and then 1:00pm-4:00pm for Public Swim.

This decision was ultimately taken in an attempt to make the best use of available resources and efficiencies by the request to have a 5% reduction in operational budget. A collaborative effort by Mayor, Council and Administration reviewed operations to ensure we are making the best use of resources. Both the BCF and the Aquaplex resulted in reducing the hours of operation. The data gathered from the walk-around statistics, admissions, scan-ins etc. determined that facility use was low at these times.

For more Information Contact:

Darren Goldthorpe
Manager of Recreation, Arts & Culture
dgoldthorpe@dinosaurvalley.com
403-823-1364


Street Sweeping


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 5, 2019.

The Town of Drumheller anticipates that the spring street sweeping will start on Monday April 8th. The Public Works team will start in Nacmine and work Eastward. Downtown Drumheller will have street cleaning, including hosing and flushing of curbs, and this work is anticipated on Wednesday April 10th. Please pay attention to the signage in designated areas. This work is weather dependent.

There will be No Parking in the downtown area during the sweeping process. Please be aware that the street sweeper may cause a slower traffic flow.

For more Information Contact:

Dave Brett
Director of Infrastructure Services
dbrett@dinosaurvalley.com
403-823-1308

Distribution List:

CFCWrwalters@stingray.com

Drum FMNEWS@DrumhellerOnline.com DrumFM@DrumhellerOnline.com.

Drumheller Mailnews@drumhellermail.com

WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​March 26, 2019

Due to repairs required on the water distribution system, located on 2 Ave & 7 Street West, your water service will be interrupted on Tuesday March 26, 2019 at 2:00PM. The towns' crew are on site and it is anticipated that the water service should be restored by 8:00 p.m. March 26, 2019.

We advise that you fill containers with water so you have a supply on hand to meet your cooking and personal hygiene requirements.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.


For more Information Contact:  Kevin Blanchett, Operations Manager 403-823-1330

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


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


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