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July 2017

Habitat in Drumheller

Following the generous donation of land on Poplar Street by a private citizen, Habitat searched for champions in the community and people who cared deeply about helping local families build long-term stability through affordable home ownership. The regional Habitat committee was formally established in May 2016. This local group of caring individuals are working to be champions for Habitat and raise funds for the first Habitat build Drumheller in the spring/summer of 2018.

With this first build next year, we will be looking for qualifying homeowners. We have three primary criteria: Demonstrated need, the ability to take on an affordable mortgage through Habitat and the related expenses of home ownership, and a willingness to partner with Habitat.

For more information on Habitat and our work in Drumheller, or to learn more about Habitat home ownership, please visit

We will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday October 3rd, 2017. Please watch this web site for more information.

Who we are and what we do

Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta is a non-profit organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and affordable place to live. We bring communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership. Habitat Southern Alberta is a member of Habitat for Humanity Canada, and part of a worldwide network that spans 93 countries, and has built over 500,000 homes.

Habitat’s homeownership model helps communities to expand their affordable housing inventory and helps families achieve strength, stability and independence through affordable home ownership. Our homes are funded through the generosity of our regional communities, donors, and sponsors, and are built by local construction contractors and volunteers. The homes are sold to families with no down payment and are financed with affordable, no-interest mortgages. 

The Town of Drumheller is always prepared to deal with issues that may surface from time to time and most issues can be resolved during regular business hours.  However, sometimes there is an issue that needs immediate attention and the best way to deal with it is to phone the Town's 24 Hour Trouble Line so that on-call staff can attend to the matter quickly and efficiently.


The 24 Hour Trouble Line is 403.823.2512

and is intended for non-emergent issues that require attention from a Town staff  member.


Matters that are considered serious emergencies should call 911 immediately

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Funding Options for

Flood Mitigation Presented to Council

DRUMHELLER, July 13, 2017


In 2015, Drumheller was approved under the Alberta Community Resilience Program in the amount of $6.4 Million for two flood mitigation priorities at 90/10% cost sharing on the first $3 Million and 70/30% thereafter for each project:  East Midland and Newcastle.   Drumheller has had ongoing discussions with the Province and Federal governments on other grant programs that would help offset the municipality’s portion of the cost.    Although, a further grant program from the Federal government may be available down the road to help offset future flood mitigation projects, at this time there is no further funding to help offset these costs. The Town is applying for Federal funding later this month for future flood mitigation projects.  Although the adoption of two borrowing bylaws ensures that the borrowing option is in place and the dollars can be accessed immediately when the funding agreement and the dyke ownership is finalized with the Province, Council intends to debate the consequences of borrowing versus using reserves prior to final reading.

The two flood mitigation projects are summarized as follows:

  1. East Midland & Newcastle – The majority of residents are located within the flood fringe.  The total 2014 assessed value for residents in the flood fringe, not including land, is approximately $51M.  In Midland and Newcastle, to protect against the potential of future floods the existing berms will need to be built higher. As well, erosion control riverbank stability, and installation of a drainage pipe with a backflow preventer between North Railway Avenue and the CNR tracks will be constructed.

Total Project Estimated Costs:  $3,727,000

Provincial Contribution: Project Approved Cost:  $3,211,000

Assessed Value:  $51M

Benefit Cost:  13.7

Municipal Contribution:  $516,000

  1. Central Drumheller 2nd Street West to 5th Street East – Project requires construction of a new berm and raising of the existing berm to help protect central Drumheller from future floods.

Total Project Estimated Costs:  $3,718,000

Provincial Contribution:  Project Approved Cost:  $3,202,600

Assessed Value:  $49M

Benefit Cost:  13.4

Municipal Contribution: $497,400

Once the funding agreement is signed, the Town will proceed to the design phase with hopes of tendering the project this fall. 

CAO Ray Romanetz states, “As we work on finalizing the funding agreement, the Town is proactively looking at taking steps that will reduce the likelihood of project delays down the road”.

“We’ve worked hard and will continue to work hard to get the maximum amount of funding from the Province and Federal governments, but it’s time that we get the shovels in the ground to make sure that we are protected from future flooding”, states Mayor Terry Yemen.

A detailed breakdown of the scope of projects is available at .


For more information, contact:

Terry Yemen                                                               Ray Romanetz, P. Eng.

Mayor                                                                         CAO, Town of Drumheller

Office: (403)823-1922                                                Office: (403) 823-1339


As per Council’s direction, during the summer months, a Council Committee Meeting will be held only at the call of the Mayor or in his absence, the Deputy Mayor.  Please be advised that there will be no Council Committee Meeting  on July 17th.


Revised Request for Proposals -  Information Technology Managed Services


The Town of Drumheller invites qualified bidders to submit proposals for the provision of Information Technology Managed Services.

An optional Site Visit will take place at Town Hall, 224 Centre Street, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 10:30 am MDT. 

This opportunity will close on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 2:00 pm MDT.

 For complete information on this Request for Proposal please CLICK HERE

 or visit the Alberta Purchasing Connection at  Alberta Purchasing Connection.









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The Town of Drumheller Infrastructure Services Department will be conducting a town-wide Hydrant Flushing Program. 

A good fire hydrant maintenance program will ensure operational reliability in the event of a fire. Here you will find the   2017 Fire Hydrant Flushing schedule  Please note that there may be circumstances when this schedule has to change. This  will be commuicated through social media and the website. 

Below are some of the reasons for flushing hydrants:

  • To maintain the highest possible standard of drinking water set for the by Alberta Environment.
  • Flushing the hydrant will ensure ease of operation and will allow staff to take necessary flow and pressure tests.
  • Maintenance of hydrant parts are exercised at this time to ensure ease of operation for fire department personnel.
  • During our 2017 Hydrant Flushing Program, there will be areas within our Town that may encounter discolored water for a short period of time.

This is normal for the clarity to become somewhat disturbed.

However, this does not indicate that the water is contaminated or unsafe for consumption.

In the event that you find your household or place of business with discolored water, just simply allow your cold water faucets to run for a minimum of five minutes and the problem should resolve itself.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Throughout this flushing program, if there are any questions or concerns, please contact the Infrastructure Services Department at (403) 823-1330.

dog walking

With the warmer weather more people are out on the streets and paths around town.  It is imperative when you are walking your dog that the dog is on a leash and the dog owner has control of the dog at all times.  Unleashed and leashed dogs may have a problem when encountering each other and this does a disservice to both dogs and their owners! 


BYLAW 02-17 Water and Wastewater was adopted on Monday February 21st 2017

Recent changes were made to the water and wastewater bylaw. Here is a short fact sheet which explains the new bylaw, why it was updated and who will be affected by the change. 

Q and A on Bylaw 02-17 Water and Wastewater