By: Deputy Mayor Jay Garbutt
Another month has come and gone in 2015 and council and administration are hard at work on various projects in the valley.
We are very excited to announce that we will be beautifying the community further with work expected to happen this summer on the north and south entrances of Drumheller.
Work is progressing fast with TELUS crews as they install fibre optic technology and the downtown cast iron water line replacement project has not slowed down either.
Providing high quality utilities to our residents is a priority.
This month Council approved an additional 10 years on the Alta Gas Franchise for natural gas distribution.
Council also chose to leave the franchise fee, which is ultimately passed on to consumers, unchanged.
We thank the public for their overwhelming response to our online poll at dinosaurvalley.com in regards to the Canada 150 grant application.
We provided 3 project options, hoodoo redevelopment, trail system upgrades, and barrier free graduated entry into the Aquaplex pool.
70% of respondents voted for Aquaplex upgrades.
We have applied for 500 thousand dollars to assist in the construction and await a response from the Canada 150 grant program.
Speaking of grants, we have also completed the Canada Mortgage and Housing Seed Funding Grant.
We are hoping to receive 10 thousand dollars to fund a needs assessment study to determine where the demand lies in regards to low rental social housing.
We are eager to start a new social housing development in Drumheller and by completing this assessment it will allow us to access even more money to start construction of units.
In closing, I want to encourage you and your family to celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday at the feet of the World’s Largest Dinosaur in Drumheller.
The planning committee has done a great job again this year with a fantastic main stage line up and family friendly activities.
Don’t forget about the GIANT parade that day as well, starting at 10am! See you July 1st in Drumheller.