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The Town of Drumheller to move forward on new water feature at Rotary Park



​July 8th 2019

 Following a report presented at the council meeting on Monday July 8th the fountain will not reopen, however staff, in consultation with the public, will start the process of looking at replacement water feature for this area.

Since the fountain has been filled at the end of May it has lost 1,600,000 litres of water, which is double the capacity of the indoor pool. As the fountain has been operated this summer, the amount of water leaking from the fountain has increased. The fountain and spray park share some of the same infrastructure and in order to not damage that equipment, it was determined that the fountain shouldn't operate any longer.

"As the water loss increased every time the fountain was switched on we felt we had no options but to stop operating the fountain. It is vital that we protect the remaining Rotary Spray Park infrastructure." outlined Dave Brett, Director of Infrastructure for the Town of Drumheller.

"This is a very difficult decision as the fountain is a much loved part of our community", explained Mayor Heather Colberg. "However it is clear the current fountain infrastructure is at the end of its life. We will be working with the public and community organizations, in early fall of 2019 to determine what kind of water feature to construct with implementation in spring 2020. We are excited to hear people's ideas and to make the area an even better place for people to spend time."

The fountain area will have some beautification work completed such as flower pots to make the area more attractive for the remainder of the summer. A request for proposals is being drafted this week for a company to work with the community to develop recommendations. People should look out for the public consultation sessions.

NOTES The report given to council is attached to the media release.

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer


Outdoor pool opening delayed



​ June 25th 2019

 Town of Drumheller crews have been working over the last couple of weeks to get the outdoor pool open for the season. While filling the pool with water, it was discovered that more than 30% of the pool's water was lost in a 24 hour period.

The crews are working on finding and fixing the leak. Once the leak has been identified and the pipes repaired, the pool will be filled and tested and then be ready to open up to the public.

"The timeline to fill, heat and receive a water sample result is about 8 days which means the pool will not be open by Canada Day" added Julia Fielding Communication Officer. "We are all very frustrated by this leak and we are working hard to get the Outdoor Pool open as soon as we can."

"We recognize the inconvenience that the delay in opening the outdoor pool causes and we apologize for the delay," outlined Dave Brett, 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".

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 823 1320

403 820 1481

Fountain Update



​ June 18, 2019

When crews were getting the fountain ready for the season they measured a huge loss of water. In 2018 significant leaks were discovered. The major leaks were repaired and some pipes were lined at a cost of $65,000. It was estimated that it would cost at least a further $180,000 to complete the work. During the 2019 budget discussions council felt this was not a good use of public money and therefore instructed administration to keep the fountain running as much as they could through this summer and look at alternatives for 2020; such as an extension to the spray park.

"Unfortunately despite the work last year there are still significant losses of water and so we have decided run the fountain on a reduced schedule," explained Darryl Drohomerski, CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "The Public Works team: in partnership with Alberta Health have created a schedule of running the fountain Thursday morning to Monday morning every week over the summer, apart from holiday Mondays when it will run to Tuesday morning."

"We appreciate the fountain is an important part of the summer experience in Drumheller," outlined Dave Brett Director of Infrastructure. "However we take water conservation seriously and with the loss of 63,896 litres in a 25 hour period (that is 68% of what the fountain holds) we feel this is the best option available. On days the fountain is not running, the spray park will still be available for people to enjoy." 

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer


Recycling program to continue in its current form for 2019



​June 11th 2019

 On June 10 2019, council voted to continue with the current recycling program at this time, with the subject being revisited in one year to account for changes in the global recyclables market.

This is a difficult decision for council to make particularly with the high interest in the online survey on a curbside program" said Mayor Heather Colberg. "I want people to appreciate we are not turning our back on recycling, or on the environment. We will continue to monitor recycling solutions as well as looking into possible waste reduction. With the uncertainty globally we want to be sure this is resolved before going forward"

"A number of other communities in Alberta are revisiting their curbside recycling programs due to recyclers reviewing their sorting standards," explained Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "Our current process results in low contamination rates, which is crucial at this time due to the volatility of the recycling markets."

The Drumheller and District Solid Waste Management Association (DDSWMA) currently provides the recycling program for the residents of the Town of Drumheller.The program is a voluntary drop off with people separating into bins.The household recyclables are then transported to the Recycling Facility at the Landfill where a final sort of the material and processing takes place. The DDSWMA has several buyers for their processed material and due to the low contamination are still able to secure buyers for the majority of what they handle.

Here is the list of what can be recycled 


clean & dry, corrugated boxes. No waxed boxes.

please remove plastic liners, wood inserts, packing etc.

all box board, ie: cereal, soap or dry food boxes.

Please remove plastic liners

brown paper bags & brown paper envelopes.


clean & dry newspapers, T.V times, auto traders etc.

any flyers that come with the newspaper may go with the newspaper

glossy magazines with staples


any glossy catalogues

glossy manuals of magazines with glue or string binding


any type of computer paper

white bond off paper, loose-leaf, photocopy paper, tablet paper blank or with one color of print

any color of bond paper, loose-leaf, "post it" notes

N.C.R paper (no carbon required)

file folders (with NO plastic or metal)

colored and white envelopes with or without windows

thermal fax paper

Greeting cards (non-glossy, NO foil or plastic)


you may rinse tin cans, remove label and flatten for easier storage and transporting, however it is not necessary for our process

Please do NOT mix with aluminum or bimetal cans.

metal tops from glass jars are acceptable, please be sure to remove plastic or paper seals from the inside the lids

DO NOT INCLUDE beer caps, bottle caps or canning lids that have plastic or rubber liners

DO NOT include paint cans, aerosol cans, propane tanks, and gasoline or fuel containers, batteries or foil products


ALL household plastic containers must be clean and contain NO contaminates, such as food/condiment residual, steel handles or foil seals

Grades 1-7 accepted, excluding plastic film such as grocery bags, and NO Styrofoam

For the convenience of members there are drop of locations at the Town of Drumheller parking lot across from the 7-11, beside the Subway Restaurant, at the East Coulee Community Hall, beside the Rosedale Skating Rink and adjacent to the Nacmine Store for all your recycling materials.

For more information contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 823 1320




 June 6th 2019

 The Economic Development Advisory Committee has approved the recipients of the 2019 storefront grants.The businesses include: R & J Flowers, The Royal Den of Hair Connoisseurs, Reality Bytes, Drumheller Denture Clinic, Caracol Clay Studio and Gallery, and Water Pure and Simple.

Downtown revitalization continues to be a top priority of the Economic Development Advisory Committee.

"It is great to have businesses embrace the opportunity to improve their storefront appearance" explained Mayor Heather Colberg."The storefront grant program is an important economic development initiative to support the development and beautification of our Town."

"It's a great program that helps supplement costs incurred by businesses to complete renovations or add new features such as blade signs", added Sean Wallace, Manager of Economic Development."The Economic Development Advisory Committee received a number of applications in 2019 and we thank all of those business owners who applied."


The Economic Development Advisory Committee is made up of elected officials, members of the administration team at the Town of Drumheller and volunteer members of the business community.

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer




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

Contact:Bruce Wade , Fire Chief

(403) 823-1323


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.


Incinerators (for farm and acreage use)

All Fire Permits suspended

All Fireworks

Regulated burning barrels

Solid fuel barbeques (charcoal briquettes)


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


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.

Mill Rate approved



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

Badlands Community Facility New Hours of Operation



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

Street Sweeping



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

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​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



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 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. 


"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


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

For more Information Contact:
Michelle Tetreault

Aquaplex Now Open



​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,

Signalized Crosswalks Installed




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


Aquaplex Closure Update



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

Darryl Drohomerski


Landfill fire update



 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

403 820 1481

Or Greg Peters

Director of Protective Services

403 334 1643.

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Rotary Spray Park Closed Today for Maintenance



​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


Street/Stop Sign Open House & Survey


​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

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018


Rotary Spray Park Closed for Day


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


Land Use Bylaw Amendment - Retail Cannabis Locations


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.

"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

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018


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