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January 13th, 2016

Town of Drumheller Addresses Business License Bylaw Changes

In late 2015 Travel Drumheller made a presentation to council requesting changes to Schedule B. During the regular council meeting of January 11th, 2016 two options to amend Schedule B of the business license bylaw were presented for discussion. Schedule B regulates the business license fees applicable to the accommodations sector of Drumheller, such as hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast establishments. Its purpose is to provide a stable funding mechanism for Travel Drumheller by shifting the cost of marketing the valley from taxpayers to businesses who profit directly from tourism.

The first option presented to council for consideration, as proposed by Travel Drumheller, was an amendment to simplify the formula used to calculate business license fees to a flat rate of 2% of sales.

A second option presented for consideration was an amendment to remove Schedule B from the bylaw, thus making contributions to Travel Drumheller a voluntary system.

Subsequent to the discussion, Council gave first reading of Bylaw 04.16 for the purpose of removing Schedule B from the Business License Bylaw. First reading passed unanimously. All bylaws require three readings before they are adopted.  

Further discussion around Schedule B of the Business License Bylaw will be held during the next Committee of the Whole meeting on January 18th, 2016 in council chambers.

 

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January 12, 2016

Town of Drumheller Takes Against Odor Concerns

The Town of Drumheller is fully aware of the waste water odor issues plaguing residents in the south Newcastle and east Nacmine areas of Drumheller. Sewage odors have been occurring downstream of the Royal Tyrrell Museum since its opening in 1985. The waste water from the museum flows from a septic holding tank into a second flushing tank. From there the waste water exits through a gravity line that goes underneath the Red Deer River. Due to this slow process, an odor is produced when anaerobic bacteria in the waste water create hydrogen sulfide gas.

The Town of Drumheller is working very closely with Alberta Infrastructure to remedy the situation. Officials will continue to monitor the odor issues and will intensify treatment at various locations to help reduce or eliminate the odor.

At the January 11th, 2016 council meeting, council asked administration to review changes to our utility bylaw that would strengthen enforcement options to deal with non-compliant discharges. The Town has asked the province and their consultants to review more permanent options in an effort to find a solution to the ongoing odor issues.  

 

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