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For immediate release

August 10 2017


Share your thoughts on plastic bag use

The Town of Drumheller wants to hear your thoughts on plastic bag use, as well as your ideas for reducing their impact on the environment. An online questionnaire on how you use plastic bags and possible options for reducing their use is now live on the website. The survey will be open until August 25 and can be found at

“Many municipalities are looking at ways to deal effectively with plastic bags, as they can create an issue within the waste system”, explained Mayor Terry Yemen. “The information that we will collect from this survey will help Council, and the administration team, make an informed decision about any issues concerned with plastic bag use.”

“We are looking forward to hearing people’s thoughts on plastic bags,” added Darryl Drohomerski, “if people feel their use in Drumheller is an issue we will look at the options and work with residents and retailers to come up with a plan that is reasonable and sustainable”.

For more information contact

Julia Fielding

Economic Development/Communications

Town of Drumheller

(403) 823-1320

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Council Announces New CAO

DRUMHELLER, July 24, 2017 – Drumheller Council is pleased to announce that Mr. Darryl Drohomerski has been appointed the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Drumheller, effective October 1, 2017.

Council was pleased to have significant interest shown in this competition from across Canada with Waterhouse Search consultant, Grant Smith, speaking with each applicant to determine their suitability for the Town of Drumheller CAO.   From the results of his conversations, eight names were put forward by Mr. Smith for Council to select five candidates to be interviewed.   Council interviewed those candidates on June 13th and were unanimous in confirming their choice for the new CAO.

Darryl commenced his current role as Infrastructure Services Director with the Town of Drumheller on August 2, 2016 and since that time has proven to be a strong leader, has shown incredible dedication in his responsibilities and has shown extension insight into the delivery of effective and efficient municipal services.   Previously Darryl was employed by the City of Winnipeg for 21 years.  His responsibilities included managing solid waste services and roles in water distribution and treatment. Darryl brings 25 years of hands-on experience in strategic planning, project management, system engineering strategies and professional experience to the position along with a wide range of skills. 

Mayor Yemen stated, “Council wishes Darryl all the best in his new role of CAO and anticipates a smooth transition because of his working relationship with the current CAO Ray Romanetz over the last yearWe look forward to Darryl leading our administration.  We believe he will be a tremendous asset to our community in his new role."

Mayor Yemen acknowledged the lasting contributions of current CAO Ray Romanetz who will be retiring after 35 years as CAO. Mayor Yemen stated, “Ray’s contribution to this Town is admirable and he is leaving the Town in an outstanding position, both financially and in our working relationships, regionally and provincially.”  

Darryl Drohomerski concurred with the Mayor’s comments and stated, “I am honoured that Mayor Yemen and Council have chosen me to help lead the Town

of Drumheller into the future. I am very thankful for the excellent tutelage from Ray over the last year and his knowledge and experience of Drumheller is second

to none and will be greatly missed. Drumheller is a great community and I am excited to lead our staff to make this an even better place to work, play and live.


For more information, contact:

Terry Yemen                                                              


Office: (403)823-1922                                                

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Tuesday July 18, 2017 11:00 AM


Fire Advisory in Town of Drumheller


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 ADVISORY. This advisory represents a Moderate 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.


The  FIRE ADVISORY allows for the use of barbecues, recreational/residential camp fires compliant with bylaw 16-10 and fires in designated camping and recreational areas .

Permitted as well are fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and stationary barbecues that burn combustible materials compliant with bylaw 16-10.

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

This fire ban takes effect Tuesday July 18, 2017 AT 10:00 AM and will remain in effect until further notice.  This FIRE ADVISORY is for all properties contained within the Municipal Boundaries of the Town of Drumheller.



Contact:    Bruce Wade , Fire Chief

                 (403) 823-1323

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July 14, 2017

New Highway Lighting Improvements Announced

The Town of Drumheller is pleased to announce that Alberta Transportation will be upgrading highway street lighting from 17th Street West to the east entrance of Hunter Drive in Nacmine in addition to improved traffic lighting at the intersection of Highways 56 and 10.

The installation of 28 New light standards between the Canadian Badlands Passion Play Site and east Nacmine will increase the level of safety for drivers. Alberta Transportation has approved the project which addresses concerns that were brought forward by the Town earlier this year.

ATCO electric will be installing the new light standards in the Fall of 2017.

"It's always good news to improve safety and we are pleased that we are able to work with Alberta Transportation and ATCO toward this goal." said Mayor, Terry Yemen.


For more information contact:

Paul Salvatore
Director, Community Services


 July 7, 2017

Albertosaurus Dethrones T-Rex as

Drumheller’s King of the Dinosaurs on Dino Walk

Following intense competition for the naming of Downtown streets, Albertosaurus defeated Tyrannosaurus Rex as the most popular dinosaur in the Dinosaur Capital of the World, Drumheller, Alberta.

The Top 10 Favorite Dinosaurs selected from electronic and print ballots are (in highest voting order):

1. Albertosaurus

2. Tyrannosaurus rex

3. Triceratops

4. Ankylosaurus

5. Gorgosaurus

6. Troodon

7. Centrosaurus

8. Edmontosaurus

9. Stegoceras

10. Parasaurolophus

Voting took place over a fourteen day period, and was completed on July 6th.

The selection of the dinosaurs will result in the addition of new secondary street names in Drumheller’s downtown business district. The newly named streets signage will installed later this Summer.

Medallions that feature the selected dinosaurs will also be added to pedestrian wayfinding signage, which will include a mapped out walking tour of Downtown Drumheller.

I have to admit that I’m a little bit shocked that T-Rex didn’t come out on top, but this will definitely make exploring Drumheller that much more interesting, said Mayor, Terry Yemen.”

Albertosaurus beat T-Rex by 16 votes out of a total of 3,148 votes cast through the process. The good news is that that the top names selected are all very popular and the fact that Drumheller is still home to an 86 foot tall T-Rex makes it hard to overlook that T-Rex continues to be Drumheller’s most iconic dinosaur and cements Drumheller’s position as the Dinosaur Capital of the World.

Summer Manca, Chair – Drumheller Economic Development Advisory Committee says “I think it says something patriotic about Drumheller that we would rally around Albertosaurus, the first dinosaur named after our province and discovered in this area over 100 years ago.”

For more information contact:

Paul Salvatore

Director, Community Services





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On Monday March 6 Council awarded the contract for the Aquaplex modernization to Pearl Rose Construction Ltd from Red Deer.

The work to be undertaken includes the modification of the existing pool liner, installation of a new liner system and hot tub as well as upgrades to mechanical electrical and architectural components within the Aquaplex.

“This bid was just over $217,000 below the previous tender and the contractor has a great deal of experience with  similar projects,  explained Darryl Drohomerski Director of Infrastructure, “ The next steps will be to meet with the contractor and staff to finalize the construction schedule and plan for the switch over to the outdoor pool in May. A priority will be to ensure the best possible service to users of the Aquaplex throughout the summer.”

“Unfortunately disruption to users is unavoidable but the new pool will be a great facility for the people of Drumheller”, added Paul Salvatore Director of Community Services. “We will be communicating as soon as possible about changes to schedules and will continue providing updates to do throughout the summer to keep people informed”.

For more information contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

Director, Infrastructure Services


  • Waste receptacles 2017


GFL is the new collector of commercial bin garbage for the town for the next four years. They commenced work on Monday February 6.

Here is some information on the collection contract:

  • Any business with a large bin (holds more than 5 bags of garbage) is required to use the town’s collector and set up  service  with GFL as per the Solid Waste Management By-Law 06-16 unless the business is disposing of renovation or demolition waste.
  • The Town released a contract for exclusive commercial franchise services and GFL was the successful bidder with the lowest overall prices to the commercial customers in Drumheller for the next four years.
  • Businesses do not have a choice of their collector. They must switch to GFL as stated per By Law 06.16.
  • Huxted was the exclusive franchise provider of this service for many years. That is the reason that their bins were located throughout our community.  Huxted is no longer as service provider on contract to the Town of Drumheller.
  • If you have any questions please contact GFL at (403) 265-0044 or, or the Town at (403) 823-1330.