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New Grant Awarded to Local Businesses


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​June 2nd 2020

 The Town of Drumheller is pleased to announce applicants for the new "Interior Building Improvement Grant" selected on May 28, 2020.

Businesses receiving the grant include – Diana Restaurant, RA Hamilton, Riverside Pharmacy, Sam's Car & Truck Wash, Bold Efexx and Drumheller Registries.

The grant will fund up to 75% of the improvements up to a maximum of $2,500 dollars with the applicant responsible for the balance of the contribution. Eligible costs include interior painting, floor covering, electrical and plumbing fixtures as well as labour and materials.

"Town Council is always looking for ways to help local businesses make improvements to help increase traffic to their stores.This is an opportunity for businesses to freshen up their interiors and find their uniqueness without shouldering the complete cost of the improvements." Said Mayor Heather Colberg.

The grant also stipulates labour and materials must be sourced locally from companies holding a valid Drumheller business license. This will benefit local building supply stores, local contractors and tradespeople. Some exceptions will apply for materials that are unavailable in Drumheller.

In the April 27th Council meeting, Councillor Jay Garbutt commented, "I am pleased Administration was able to bring an excellent grant program forward during this time to help local business owners improve their interiors with no new spending asks or budget increases."

Applicants were notified on June 1, 2020.

If you have any questions about this grant, please contact Sean Wallace, Manager of Economic Development at (403) 823-1316 or swallace@drumheller.ca.


For more Information Contact:

Sean Wallace, Manager of Economic Development at (403) 823-1316 or swallace@drumheller.ca.

Or the communications Team 

Council Rescinds SOLE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date June 1st 

At their June 1st meeting Council approved the rescinding of the State of Local Emergency (SOLE) as of Monday June 1st at 18.40 pm.

The SOLE was initially declared at noon on March 20th and on May 19 it was extended to August 11th 2020.

Mayor Colberg commented "We made the decision to implement and extend the SOLE with the best interests of our community in mind. The declaration was made to protect our Town. There have been no new cases of COVID-19 since May 1st, however, if we have an increase of cases we have the ability to implement the SOLE as needed.


I want to thank our community for being diligent for over 80 days as we took every precaution in our power to protect our residents. We are aware that COVID-19 has not gone away and we ask you to continue following health guidelines and maintaining social distancing."

"We will continue to monitor the situation, particularly as businesses and outdoor facilities re-open and we experience a steady influx of visitors," explained Greg Peters Director of Emergency Management. "We are still following the relaunch strategy of the province with stage two due to begin on June 15."

A State of Local Emergency gives the Town access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act including personnel, from other orders of government if required.

Please check our website www.drumheller.ca for further updates. 


For more Information Contact:

Town of Drumheller Communications
403-823-6300
communications@drumheller.ca

Drumheller to Reopen Outdoor Recreation Facilities & Playgrounds

May 25, 2020
Town of Drumheller
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Drumheller to Reopen Outdoor Recreation Facilities & Playgrounds

On May 25th, Council approved the reopening of all playgrounds and outdoor recreation facilities in Drumheller, with restrictions. This includes tennis, pickleball and basketball courts, the D.A.S.E. Skateboard Park, and community playgrounds. The Town anticipates all outdoor recreation facilities will be open by 12:00PM on Saturday, May 30th.

"I remind users that these amenities will not be sanitized. Please review the guidelines provided by Alberta Health prior to use. Where clear direction is not specified, we ask you to use discretion and make responsible choices," stated Incident Commander, Greg Peters.

The ability to keep facilities open will be solely dependant on the community's compliance with the provincial guidelines. Some of the guidelines include:

  • Clean and disinfect toys and sports equipment prior to and after use.
  • Caution should be taken around playground equipment.Unorganized, non-contact sport only. Scrimmage and league sports are still restricted.
  • Activities in public spaces should not include the sharing of common equipment, unless the individuals are from the same household.Practice good hygiene: wash and sanitize hands often.
  • Choose activities that do not include contact with other individuals.

"We are aware with the warmer weather arriving that enjoying the outdoors is a great boost for the community, as well as helping with individual mental health." added Mayor Heather Colberg. "There will be signage at our sites to remind users what is and what is not okay. I want to remind everyone that we are still under provincial public health emergency as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to practice social distancing and be careful, compassionate, and caring. "

To review the guidelines, please see below.

Provincial Guidance for Playgrounds: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-playgrounds.pdf

Provincial Guidance for Outdoor Recreation: https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-guidance-outdoor-recreation.pdf

Town of Drumheller Communications
403-823-6300
communications@drumheller.ca 


Town of Drumheller Supports Dragons through Enconomic Incentive


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 May 25, 2020

Town of Drumheller
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Drumheller Supports Dragons through Economic Incentive

On May 25th Council approved a change in fee structure for facility rental for the Drumheller Dragons AJHL Hockey Team for the next four years.

"The Dragons produce significant economic spinoffs in the community which can be conservatively estimated at a minimum of one million dollars per year," said Sean Wallace Manager of Economic Development. "In addition, the Dragons are a non-profit entity who contribute enormously to other non-profits both through financial support and in the provision of volunteers. Losing this hockey team would be a grave loss to our community."

This decision is a follow up from the May 11 Council Meeting when Mr. Blair Christianson presented to Council the financial stress which is being placed on the hockey team due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Mr. Christianson explained that the hockey team is predicting revenue losses of approximately $330,000 and without a fee restructure the Dragons Hockey Team would no longer be viable in the short-term.

"These adjustments to the fee structure will have a financial impact of $66,291.50 over four years. When compared to the positive economic impact brought to the community by the team, council felt it was worth making the adjustments," added Mayor Heather Colberg. "It will ensure the community retains the Dragons and the great impact they have on the quality of life of our community."

Here is the approved adjusted fee schedule:

2020/2021 hockey season – Financial impact: ($26,513.00)
2021/2022 hockey season – Financial impact: ($19,884.75)
2022/2023 hockey season – Financial impact: ($13,265.50)
2023/2024 hockey season – Financial impact: ($6,628.25)
2024/2025 hockey season – Financial impact: ($0.00)

Town of Drumheller Communications
403-823-6300
communications@drumheller.ca

The Star Mine Suspension Bridge Closed Until Further Notice


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 21 2020

 The Star Mine Suspension Bridge in Rosedale will remain closed to the public, even if COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. The closure is due to safety concerns surrounding the Suspension Bridge, making it unsafe for use.

"The Suspension Bridge was inspected as part of a larger inspection throughout the Valley by the Flood Mitigation and Resiliency Office," explains Chief Administrative Officer, Darryl Drohomerski. "During the inspection, it was determined the northeast timber bridge support was in extremely poor condition. As a result, it was decided to close access to the bridge. A fence has been erected at the entrance to the bridge and the parking lot will be closed to the public until a repair can be made."

There are currently 'No Trespassing' signs installed at the entrance of the parking lot, to prohibit use. The Town encourages community members to contact the RCMP or Bylaw if they see anyone attempting to climb the fence to gain access to the bridge.

"The bridge must be repaired before it is safe to reopen to the public," continues Drohomerski. "A plan is being established to resolve the issue and enable this repair as early as possible; however, a specific date cannot be determined at this time."


For more Information Contact:

Communications Team  communications@drumheller.ca

Town Sets 2020 Mill Rate


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

May 12, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Town of Drumheller Sets 2020 Mill Rate

During the council meeting of May 11 2020, council adopted Bylaw 10-20, which is the 2020 Mill Rate Bylaw, as proposed by Town administration.

"Council had already worked hard with Administration to bring in an operating budget with the lowest tax increase possible which would still allow us to meet our objectives for 2020," said Mayor Colberg, "and that was long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaving the Mill Rate at those levels is the right thing to do, now more than ever, due to the province-wide economic uncertainty."

Councillor Garbutt added "We're confident that our CAO and his team will find efficiencies to make up for the shortfall in revenue caused by the drop in overall assessment."

The 2020 Operating Budget detailed a 1.9% increase to the municipal property tax requisition.On average, the municipal portion of the tax bill will reflect a 1.9% increase.

The 2020 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 2020 Drumheller and District Seniors Foundation requisition decreased slightly (1.14%) over 2019.

"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 $2,267 in 2019 to $2,313 in 2020, an increase of $46.

A $300,000 residential property will see a tax bill increase from $3,401 in 2019 to $3,470 in 2020, an increase of $69.

A $500,000 commercial property will see a tax bill from $8,770 in 2019 to $8,906 in 2020, an increase of $136.


For more information, contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO, Town of Drumheller

403-823-1312

CAO@drumheller.ca

First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

May 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First Confirmed COVID-19 Case

During today's Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) daily website update we received news that Drumheller has two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Mayor Colberg explains "while it's scary to hear this news, it was likely inevitable.I don't know the details about the individuals, but I hope they are able to fight this virus and recover. Now more than ever, I want to stress the importance of social distancing, washing hands and clean, clean, clean. Together we are at war with this virus and can fight this, but we need to stay committed in our efforts.STAY HOME.Practice social distancing. Help your neighbour. If they need assistance with groceries or their prescription, pick it up for them. We are responding to this virus by being careful, compassionate and caring."

Remember to always:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash. Lather your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your face

Drumheller continues to operate under a State of Emergency. For more information check for updates at www.drumheller.ca

Erica Crocker

Communications Team

Town of Drumheller

commnications@drumheller.ca

Distribution List:

Real Country: RWalters@stingray.com

Boom FM: JBlanke@stingray.com

Drumheller Mail: news@drumhellermail.com 

Town of Drumheller COVID-19 Response

May 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Yesterday, the Province of Alberta announced their "Opening Soon" relaunch strategy.
In keeping with the policy and directive with the Government of Alberta, The Town of Drumheller has the following updates:

With Provincial clarifications received today, private campgrounds in Drumheller may re-open immediately. The order issued on April 23, 2020 is rescinded. AHS guidelines will be in effect and will be monitored to ensure campgrounds are maintaining appropriate prevention measures.

The thru plan launched last week including barricades placed throughout town to encourage Local Traffic Only, will remain in effect until Stage 1 of the "Opening Soon" strategy is implemented, which is scheduled for May 14, 2020. This does not affect our surrounding residents who work in town and utilize local services. They are considered part of the local community and will continue to be welcomed.

The Director Emergency Management Darwin Durnie explains, "the announcement yesterday from the Province is encouraging. We have transitioned from fighting the pandemic to managing the risk. However, we wish to remind everyone that we are still under a State of Public Health Emergency. Our facilities and attractions remain closed and we are still concerned that an increased number of visitors could increase the spread of COVID-19 to our community and if an injury occurs, it will put stress on our small local health care system. We want to have all available resources for the management of COVID-19. We continue to respond in a careful, compassionate and caring manner and the safety of our community is our first priority."

Mayor Colberg is hopeful the "Opening Soon" strategy will help the Town recover from this devastating pandemic. "I was pleased to hear the Premier's announcement yesterday. I'm glad our campgrounds can begin to open and welcome a limited number of visitors. However, the barricades will remain in place as a reminder that we are not out of the woods yet. If we open the barricades and let visitors into Town we run the risk of becoming infected and shutting down completely again. So we will begin to re-open slowly and continue to clean clean clean, and maintain social distancing. Together we can get through this."

Erica Crocker
Communications Team
Town of Drumheller
commnications@drumheller.ca


Distribution List:
Real Country: RWalters@stingray.com
Boom FM: JBlanke@stingray.com
Drumheller Mail: news@drumhellermail.com

Town of Drumheller Announces Temporary Lay-offs

May 1, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Town of Drumheller has temporarily laid off 25 casual and seasonal employees as part of the organization's response to COVID-19. Like many local businesses and other municipalities, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Town operations and programs. Due to mandatory facility and program closures, the lay-offs were announced today to employees.
CAO Darryl Drohomerski explains, "this decision was not made lightly, but like many of our local businesses are struggling with effects from COVID-19, so are we. We need to be mindful of the impacts on our citizens."
"I want to thank everyone for their careful, compassionate and caring response to protect our community from COVID-19. Their dedication to be redeployed to help clean our community is appreciated and we hope they will return soon, once we re-open our facilities and re-start programs," stated Mayor Colberg.
The Town is committed to providing essential services to the community. However, some operational levels of service may be adjusted while staff remain focused on the response to this global pandemic.

Darryl Drohomerski
CAO, Town of Drumheller
403-823-1312
CAO@Drumheller.ca

Distribution List:
Real Country: RWalters@stingray.com
Boom FM: JBlanke@stingray.com
Drumheller Mail: news@drumhellermail.com

Spring Clean up Revised


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Spring Clean Up Revised

The popular annual Spring Clean up program will be continuing with a new name and date. This annual program, now called Community Clean-up, will be taking place in September.

A program review last winter determined that the resources required for the Spring Clean up program caused delays in starting street cleaning, spring beautification and other seasonal activities. Administration recommended to move the program to the Fall while still maintaining the same curbside pickup that occurs during the Spring. Additionally, the Town of Drumheller will be providing two vouchers to each residential property to use at the landfill anytime in the calendar year.

"Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted our business as usual, transforming it to business unusual. The plans to change Spring Clean up to "Community Clean up" in the fall were never finalized," explained Darryl Drohomerski CAO. "As a temporary solution, fees at the landfill were waived for Drumheller residents during the traditional Spring Clean Up period to ensure residents were not storing refuse for an extended period."

Tonight, Council officially approved having Community Clean-up in September with the program occurring in the fall in future years. However, there is still some uncertainty over the program taking place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Town of Drumheller will keep residents informed of any changes to Community Clean up as we continue to navigate through these changing circumstances.

For more information contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer
Town of Drumheller

communications@drumheller.ca

Distribution List:

Real Country: RWalters@stingray.com

Boom FM: JBlanke@stingray.com

Drumheller Mail: news@drumhellermail.com 

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS CANCELLED UNTIL JUNE 30th


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date April 17 

As part of our ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Town of Drumheller is cancelling all events and programs until June 30th.All indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, bookings and programs will be suspended as the number of cases in Alberta and nationwide continue to rise.

"We are following what our neighbouring cities like Calgary and Red Deer are doing in support of planking the curve in Alberta," states Mayor Colberg. "We know you want to enjoy our amazing landscapes and facilities, but please stay home and stay healthy. We will reopen when it's appropriate."

This ban includes events hosted by the Town of Drumheller as well as existing event permit applications that were scheduled to occur prior to June 30th. All events such as festivals, conferences, weddings, banquets, cultural programs, graduation ceremonies, and downtown plaza events have been cancelled.

The Director Emergency Management Darwin Durnie, explains "our decision is based on recommendations from the medical community who have been following the global pandemic. They indicate we may require up to 12 weeks of social distancing to be effective in protecting our community.We know these announcements have impacts on everyone and we thank the community for their patience as we respond to COVID-19 in a careful, compassionate and caring manner. We will take every action possible to limit the potential exposure to COVID-19."

The Town of Drumheller will contact event organizers to arrange refunds. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 820 1481

DRUMHELLER COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date  March 31st 2020

 During this time of economic uncertainty, The Town of Drumheller and Chamber of Commerce has partnered to establish an economic recovery task force to provide resources to help local businesses navigate the various financial aid and deferral programs offered by:

  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Alberta
  • Town of Drumheller
  • Major banks and private lenders

This task force will also assist charitable and non-profit organizations with grant applications recently announced by the Province https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/covid-19/

The aim of this program is to provide Drumheller businesses, non-profits and charitable organizationswith telephone or online support with:

  • Information and eligibility about financial aid programs launched by the Governments of Canada and Alberta;
  • Information and eligibility about FCSS Grant program for charitable and non-profit organizations;
  • Information and eligibility about the Town of Drumheller's deferral programs;
  • Information about the Canada Revenue Agency's filing deadline changes and payment deferral program;
  • Information about the mortgage, lines of credit and other debt deferral programs offered by Canada's largest lenders;
  • Contact information for all the above programs;
  • Coaching on how to advocate your case if eligibility is not automatic;

If you need support, please contact one of the following advisors below:

PROGRAM ADVICE

Ascend Financial                        Alok Verma             403 823 1212      averma@ascendlp.com

Community Futures                   Micheal Love          403 820 2356       m.love@cfbigcountry.ca

MH Enterprises                         Darcy Paarup         403-823-6934       info@drumhellerjobs.com

MNP                                          Jeff Hall                  403-823-7800       Jeff.hall@mnp.ca


LEGAL ADVICE

Kloot, Wilkins & Associates  Colin Kloot                403 823 4000

FCSS GRANT APPLICATION ADVICE

Town of Drumheller               Rose Poulson        403 823 1317

                                              Laura Dougan        403 823 1365


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 823 1320

COVID-19 Help with Utility Bills and Property Taxes


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 23, 2020

​ Help with Utility Bills and Property Taxes

To help support citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic utility customers (residential and commercial) can defer utility water payments until July 5, 2020.There will be no interest or penalties or disconnections from March 24 – July 5, 2020.At the end of the deferral period, a pro-rated payment schedule will be confirmed with the account holder. Customers will continue to receive bills so they can monitor their account.Please email utilities@drumheller.ca or call 403-823-1302 for further information.

Town of Drumheller is committed to providing increased flexibility and immediate short-term relief for the 2020 Property Tax payment. Taxpayers (residential and commercial) who are enrolled in the monthly preauthorized tax installment plan can defer their monthly payment until June, 2020. For further details, please call 403-823-1314.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 820 1481

Town of Drumheller Declares a SOLE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date March 20 2020

 The Town of Drumheller has declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) as of Friday March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Mayor Colberg commented "we've made this decision with the best interests of our community in mind. We know COVID-19 will come to Drumheller, we just don't know when. We want to prepare now and take every precaution in our power to protect the vulnerable in our community. This declaration is another step to protect our Town."
The State of Local Emergency gives the Town access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act including personnel, from other orders of government if required.
Our top priority is maintaining critical infrastructure and essential services" claims Darwin Durnie, Director Emergency Management. All Town services are still operating (except public recreation facilities). Water, sewer, waste services and power are still operating and serving our community. We have implemented our infectious disease plan, separated staff to various town facilities to practice social distancing and implemented stand-by status for all employees, so resources are available if staff are required to self-isolate or get infected with the virus.
Please check our website www.drumheller.ca for further updates.

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 820 1481

Town of Drumheller response to COVID 19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​March 13 2020

The Town of Drumheller is taking immediate action, following the direction of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, to assist in containing the spread of COVID-19.

Tonight, the Drumheller Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) met with officials from Alberta Health to coordinate the community's response plan. The following are now implemented:

  • The Town is now a no hand shake community until April 30th.
  • All unessential staff travel is cancelled.
  • The Town is cancelling all events that have more than 50 attendees in town operated facilities until further notice. The Town will re-evaluate on an ongoing basis, with direction from Alberta Health.
  • The Town is increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning in its facilities.

Mayor Colberg announced "we are taking a careful, compassionate and caring approach to COVID-19.We have a responsibility to our employees who keep the town operating and the entire community. Alberta Health is the lead agency and we are monitoring and following their instructions daily. We know that COVID-19 is going to come to Drumheller, we just don't know when. Together, our community is committed to minimizing the impacts."

We all have a part to play. As a first step, we encourage all residents in town to practice frequent hand-washing.

Please check our website www.drumheller.ca for further updates. 




Town App makes it easier for residents to communicate with staff


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​February 10th 2020

 It has just become a lot easier for residents to connect with the Town of Drumheller with the launch of a new civic engagement tool — the SeeClickFix App. This App provides residents a simple way to report issues to the Town and track the status of their request all the way through to resolution.

This reporting mobile App will allow where residents can report issues such as potholes. It uses the phone's location device to locate and map issues. It links similar reports, from different users together. These issues would then be sent to the appropriate person. The complainant will get a report that the work is complete if they requested being informed. It maps issues to allow accurate monitoring.

Several departments' staff will receive notifications and manage requests directly in the App. Requests will be managed through its workflow program. The two-way integration allows staff to manage the work involved in completing the request while giving residents a simple platform to submit and follow their requests to completion.

"For staff, SeeClickFix provides an intuitive way to keep track of requests, communicate between departments, and close the loop with residents. The App includes a high-quality Customer Record Management (CRM) system which will improve the work order management system and create a transparent (for both staff and residents) issue management process." Explained Darryl Drohomerski, CAO.

"This app is an easy and convenient way for residents to submit non-emergency service requests. They are also then able to monitor the progress on the issue," said Mayor Heather Colberg. "Council and administration are determined to increase two-way communications with the community and this App is a great step forward in achieving this aim."

Drumheller's partnership with SeeClickFix is a part of a larger effort to provide residents with operational visibility and access to digital communication.

NOTES

This reporting mobile App will enable residents report issues such as potholes, weeds, unsightly property and water odour. It uses the phone's location device to locate and map issues. It links similar reports, from different users together. These issues would then be sent to the appropriate person. The complainant will get a report that the work is complete if they requested being informed. It maps issues to allow accurate monitoring.

See Click Fix came in below budget at $5,000 per year.

$15,000 was allocated in the Capital Budget for the creation of the Town App and $7,500 allocated in the operating budget for the hosting and updating of the App.

It stands alone from the website but will pull links to Council schedules. It can be proactive sending out information regarding up-coming work such as street cleaning. It will also be used to send out Emergency Notices. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 8231320

jfielding@drumheller.ca


Land Aquisition Policy for the Flood Mitigation Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​January 20 2020

 The Town of Drumheller council passed the Land Acquisition policy for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program. This policy provides a fair and objective process for selecting and acquiring properties needed for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program.

The policy needs to be reviewed by the provincial and federal governments before any acquisitions can begin.

A Town owned company 878947 Alberta Ltd. will be the land purchaser. The Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer – Darwin Durnie will be the manager of 878947 Alberta Ltd. and will be authorized to execute purchase agreements.

"Parcels for acquisition have not yet been selected." Durnie continued to comment I am "committed to a respectful and confidential process to assist residents to relocate in Drumheller."

Scott Land and Lease is the land agent for the program. They will undertake initial contact with owners, conduct negotiations and secure signed purchase agreements. Each acquisition will be determined on an individual basis. Greg Meidinger – Senior VP & Project Manager Scott Land & Lease says "we are encouraged town council has adopted this proactive and transparent policy for land acquisitions. We have close to 30 years experience as land agents and are dedicated to a fair process."

Land acquisitions will be based on fair market value. To determine fair market value, the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office will engage independent appraisers. Purchase price will be either the fair market value or the 2014 tax assessment value for the property, whichever is greater.

Mayor Colberg explains "I'm delighted to see this policy adopted. As a flood community, it is critical to have our processes in place. Once we get the green light from our federal and provincial partners, we can start resolving issues for residents that have been patiently waiting years for action."

For further information please call:Darwin Durnie

Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer

Phone: 403-823-0994

Email: ddurnie@drumheller.ca

Frequently Asked Questions – Land Acquisition Policy

What is the land acquisition policy?

It is the policy that provides a fair and objective process for selecting properties that will be required for the resiliency and flood mitigation program.

Why will lands be acquired by the Town?

There are several circumstances that may result in the acquisition of land for the resiliency and flood mitigation program. They include:

  • To make room for the river
  • For construction of infrastructure such as dikes and berms
  • To remove occupants and developments that are at high risk from flooding
  • For natural areas and parks
  • For borrow areas (an area where soil is excavated for use at another location) to provide fill for present and future dikes
  • For development areas for displaced residents and businesses

What lands will be required?

The number of properties is still undetermined and no parcels have yet been selected for purchase. The properties to be required will be based on an individual risk assessment considering the following factors: people, property, environment and economy. These will be weighed against the frequency and impact of potential flooding.

Who will purchase the lands?

A Town owned company (878947 Alberta Ltd.) will be the land purchaser.The Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer – Darwin Durnie will be the manager of the Land Corporation and will be authorized to execute purchase agreements.

How does the land acquisition process work?

Land acquisitions will be based on fair market value.

To determine fair market value, the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) will engage an independent appraiser to establish a fair market value. Purchase price will be either the fair market value or the 2014 tax assessment value for the property, whichever is greater.

Scott Land and Lease will be the land agent. They will undertake initial contact with owners, conduct negotiations and secure signed purchase agreements. Each acquisition will be determined on an individual basis.

When will acquisition begin?

This policy must be deemed acceptable by the provincial and federal governments before any acquisitions can begin. Parcels for acquisition have not yet been selected. The grant funding guidelines also indicate that before any land purchases can commence, a green house gas emission assessment, a climate impact assessment and indigenous consultation must be completed. It is anticipated these will be finished by late spring.

How much money is being spent on land acquisitions?

While it is difficult to determine the amount, it's important to note that each acquisition will be determined individually based on fair market value.

What do I do if I'm a homeowner who thinks their property will be acquired?

At this time, no action is required.Parcels have not yet been selected for purchase. Once the process commences, a Scott Land & Lease representative will contact affected homeowners. 


Town Council establish a Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​November 27

 On Monday November 25th Council adopted Bylaw 15.19 which establishes the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office. In this meeting Council also approved the appointment of Darwin Durnie as Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer and created an advisory committee to oversee the program implementation.

The responsibilities of the program will be to administer and manage flood readiness, oversee drought management and direct infrastructure projects related to the flood resiliency project.

"This is a very important step in our flood mitigation program and we have chosen a person who is capable, responsible and knows the valley very well", outlined Mayor Heather Colberg. "With the magnitude of this project, we look forward to working with, and using Darwin's expertise".

"The vision from Council for this office is to be proactive and change the channel on flood readiness, with a sustainable plan to protect Drumheller from future flooding", outlined Darryl Drohomerski, CAO for the Town of Drumheller.

Darwin Durnie added, "Council and CAO have been very innovative in creating a program office. It will allow the Town to focus on daily operations while the program can be efficient and nimble dealing with this very complex project. I'm pleased we can continue to change the channel on flood preparedness."

Notes

This program is being funded by the Federal Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, the Alberta Community Resilience Program and the Town of Drumheller. These funds are aimed to help Canadian communities mitigate future flooding disasters and supports the design and construction of projects that protect critical infrastructure from flooding and drought and to help ensure public safety.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

jfielding@drumheller.ca


Town Prepares for Snow


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​Friday, September 27, 2019

With the weather forecast of snow this weekend public works crews are getting prepared, though it is not anticipated that there will be large accumulations of snow in the Valley.

"We have staff monitoring the weather this weekend and will be prepared for any significant snowfall in the valley." states Darryl Drohomerski CAO, of the Town of Drumheller.

As the snow may be wet and heavy, we ask residents to be careful as tree limbs may snap without warning, and to take account of the road conditions if traveling.

Attached is our link of the our snow removal map https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/maps

For more Information Contact:
Julia Fielding
Communications Officer
communications@dinosaurvalley.com
403-823-1320

FIRE RESTRICTION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:00 P.M.

Contact:Bruce Wade , Fire Chief

(403) 823-1323

SUBJECT:FIRE RESTRICTION

Due to existing dry conditions the Town of Drumheller, in its capacity as Local Fire Authority and pursuant to the Town of Drumheller Fire Bylaw 04.07, is issuing a FIRE RESTRICTION. This advisory represents a SEVERE FIRE RISK with respect to open air fires.

Open air fires include fires for the burning of weeds, grass, leaves; fires related to recreational uses in non-approved containers; and the burning of coal, straw and/or other materials. Please note the following regarding the FIRE RESTRICTION.

PROHIBITED:

Incinerators (for farm and acreage use)

All Fire Permits suspended

All Fireworks

Regulated burning barrels

Solid fuel barbeques (charcoal briquettes)

ALLOWED:

Internal household fire places

All fires in Commercial licensed designated camping and recreational areas

Recreational fire pits under Bylaw 04.07 (backyard fire pits)

Gas or Propane stoves and Barbecues that are CSA approved or UL certified

Portable propane fire pits that are CSA approved or UL certified

Catalytic or infrared-style heaters

Campstoves

Natural gas and propane barbecues are not affected by this FIRE RESTRICTION.

This fire ban takes effect WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019 AT 1:00 P.M. and will remain in effect until further notice.This FIRE RESTRICTION is for all properties contained within the Municipal Boundaries of the Town of Drumheller.


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