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Town Council establish a Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office



​November 27

 On Monday November 25th Council adopted Bylaw 15.19 which establishes the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office. In this meeting Council also approved the appointment of Darwin Durnie as Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer and created an advisory committee to oversee the program implementation.

The responsibilities of the program will be to administer and manage flood readiness, oversee drought management and direct infrastructure projects related to the flood resiliency project.

"This is a very important step in our flood mitigation program and we have chosen a person who is capable, responsible and knows the valley very well", outlined Mayor Heather Colberg. "With the magnitude of this project, we look forward to working with, and using Darwin's expertise".

"The vision from Council for this office is to be proactive and change the channel on flood readiness, with a sustainable plan to protect Drumheller from future flooding", outlined Darryl Drohomerski, CAO for the Town of Drumheller.

Darwin Durnie added, "Council and CAO have been very innovative in creating a program office. It will allow the Town to focus on daily operations while the program can be efficient and nimble dealing with this very complex project. I'm pleased we can continue to change the channel on flood preparedness."


This program is being funded by the Federal Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, the Alberta Community Resilience Program and the Town of Drumheller. These funds are aimed to help Canadian communities mitigate future flooding disasters and supports the design and construction of projects that protect critical infrastructure from flooding and drought and to help ensure public safety.

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

Parking Charges Pilot a Success



​October 29 2019

Council approved the continuation of parking charges at the Hoodoo parking lot for 2020 with the rate of $2 per personal vehicle, and a new charge of $10 for commercial vehicles such as coaches.

Piloting Pay to Play options for parking was a strategic aim of Council in 2019. After investigating a number of options such as automated parking kiosks and volunteer parking, it was agreed to hire parking attendants at the Hoodoos parking lot for the 2019 season to pilot the program,

The program ran June 28th to September 8th; Thursday to Monday from 9.30am until 7.30pm, Attendants were supplied with handouts, maps and other brochures to provide information to the public.

Some of the facts from the program in 2019 are:

Total number of paying visitors: 20,670.

Total amount of fees collected: $41,627.95

Total Expenses (wages, equipment etc): $14,068.98

Net revenue: $27,558.97

"Council is thrilled with the success in this pilot. It has proven a great return on investment, with the revenue generated destined to improve this very popular area in our valley, without having to take funds from tax payers," said Kristyne DeMott, Deputy Mayor.

There were a series of recommendations made for the program in 2020, including

Improved signage and uniforms

Customer service training for staff

Develop a policy for coaches and communicate with tour companies on the parking fees

"We are thrilled about how the project worked this year. There are issues which we will work on rectifying for 2020," added Greg Peters, Director of Protective Services.

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding
Communications Officer

403 823 1320

Town Prepares for Snow



​Friday, September 27, 2019

With the weather forecast of snow this weekend public works crews are getting prepared, though it is not anticipated that there will be large accumulations of snow in the Valley.

"We have staff monitoring the weather this weekend and will be prepared for any significant snowfall in the valley." states Darryl Drohomerski CAO, of the Town of Drumheller.

As the snow may be wet and heavy, we ask residents to be careful as tree limbs may snap without warning, and to take account of the road conditions if traveling.

Attached is our link of the our snow removal map

For more Information Contact:
Julia Fielding
Communications Officer

Council approves a policy to provide relief of Property Tax on destructed improvements



On Monday August 19th Council approved Policy no. C-02-19 providing guidance to council when asked to consider relief of Municipal Property Tax on improvements which have been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable as a result of extenuating circumstances.

"Providing some means of financial relief to those affected by rare and devastating circumstances such as a residential fire demonstrates Council's ongoing commitment to the Town of Drumheller core values, one of which is 'Valuing the people who live here'. It is with a high degree of optimism that a thick layer of dust will build upon it before the policy is ever referred to for guidance, in light of such circumstances again," stated Barbara Miller Deputy CAO/Director of Corporate Services.

"This policy gives Council a means of offering support to people affected by terrible events such as a fire," outlined Mayor Heather Colberg. "The policy also offers valuable guidance to current and future councils in cases, of what we hope will be rare events."


Improvements relate to structures on the land and not the land itself. This is consistent with property tax bills. 

For more Information Contact:

Barbara Miller

Deputy CAO/Director of Corporate Services

403 823 1311

Town of Drumheller ratifies four year agreement with Inside Workers, CUPE Local 4604



​August 20 2019

 Council ratified the Collective Agreement with CUPE Local 4604 at the Council meeting on Monday August 19, 2019.

The term of the agreement is for four years, expiring December 31, 2022 and includes the following increases:

1.0% on January 1, 2019

0.65% on July 1, 2019

0.50% Market Adjustment September 1, 2019

1.0% on January 1, 2020

0.50% Market Adjustment January 1, 2020

0.75% on July 1, 2020

2.0% on January 1, 2021

2.5% on January 1, 2022

Mayor Heather Colberg stated "Council recognizes the important contribution our inside workers make to our organization and thanks both bargaining teams for their hard work on creating this agreement. We are happy that this agreement supports both the employees and taxpayer."

"We are pleased to have reached a 4-year agreement with CUPE 4604 members. The negotiated outcomes provide for; fair and continued recognition of employees; fiscal responsibility for ratepayers and budget stability for the organization. Bargaining outcomes include the updating of a number of Articles within the agreement to align with recent legislative changes, modernize the language used and eliminate any ambiguity. Congratulations to the bargaining team members representing both parties for a job well done!" Barb Miller, Deputy CAO/Director Corporate Services.

For more Information Contact:

Barbara Miller

Deputy CAO/ Director Corporate Services

403 823 1311




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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