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DRUMHELLER COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date  March 31st 2020

 During this time of economic uncertainty, The Town of Drumheller and Chamber of Commerce has partnered to establish an economic recovery task force to provide resources to help local businesses navigate the various financial aid and deferral programs offered by:

  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Alberta
  • Town of Drumheller
  • Major banks and private lenders

This task force will also assist charitable and non-profit organizations with grant applications recently announced by the Province https://floodreadiness.drumheller.ca/covid-19/

The aim of this program is to provide Drumheller businesses, non-profits and charitable organizationswith telephone or online support with:

  • Information and eligibility about financial aid programs launched by the Governments of Canada and Alberta;
  • Information and eligibility about FCSS Grant program for charitable and non-profit organizations;
  • Information and eligibility about the Town of Drumheller's deferral programs;
  • Information about the Canada Revenue Agency's filing deadline changes and payment deferral program;
  • Information about the mortgage, lines of credit and other debt deferral programs offered by Canada's largest lenders;
  • Contact information for all the above programs;
  • Coaching on how to advocate your case if eligibility is not automatic;

If you need support, please contact one of the following advisors below:

PROGRAM ADVICE

Ascend Financial                        Alok Verma             403 823 1212      averma@ascendlp.com

Community Futures                   Micheal Love          403 820 2356       m.love@cfbigcountry.ca

MH Enterprises                         Darcy Paarup         403-823-6934       info@drumhellerjobs.com

MNP                                          Jeff Hall                  403-823-7800       Jeff.hall@mnp.ca


LEGAL ADVICE

Kloot, Wilkins & Associates  Colin Kloot                403 823 4000

FCSS GRANT APPLICATION ADVICE

Town of Drumheller               Rose Poulson        403 823 1317

                                              Laura Dougan        403 823 1365


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 823 1320

COVID-19 Help with Utility Bills and Property Taxes


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 23, 2020

​ Help with Utility Bills and Property Taxes

To help support citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic utility customers (residential and commercial) can defer utility water payments until July 5, 2020.There will be no interest or penalties or disconnections from March 24 – July 5, 2020.At the end of the deferral period, a pro-rated payment schedule will be confirmed with the account holder. Customers will continue to receive bills so they can monitor their account.Please email utilities@drumheller.ca or call 403-823-1302 for further information.

Town of Drumheller is committed to providing increased flexibility and immediate short-term relief for the 2020 Property Tax payment. Taxpayers (residential and commercial) who are enrolled in the monthly preauthorized tax installment plan can defer their monthly payment until June, 2020. For further details, please call 403-823-1314.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 820 1481

Town of Drumheller Declares a SOLE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date March 20 2020

 The Town of Drumheller has declared a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) as of Friday March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Mayor Colberg commented "we've made this decision with the best interests of our community in mind. We know COVID-19 will come to Drumheller, we just don't know when. We want to prepare now and take every precaution in our power to protect the vulnerable in our community. This declaration is another step to protect our Town."
The State of Local Emergency gives the Town access to additional resources, and special powers under the Emergency Management Act including personnel, from other orders of government if required.
Our top priority is maintaining critical infrastructure and essential services" claims Darwin Durnie, Director Emergency Management. All Town services are still operating (except public recreation facilities). Water, sewer, waste services and power are still operating and serving our community. We have implemented our infectious disease plan, separated staff to various town facilities to practice social distancing and implemented stand-by status for all employees, so resources are available if staff are required to self-isolate or get infected with the virus.
Please check our website www.drumheller.ca for further updates.

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 820 1481

Town of Drumheller response to COVID 19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​March 13 2020

The Town of Drumheller is taking immediate action, following the direction of Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, to assist in containing the spread of COVID-19.

Tonight, the Drumheller Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) met with officials from Alberta Health to coordinate the community's response plan. The following are now implemented:

  • The Town is now a no hand shake community until April 30th.
  • All unessential staff travel is cancelled.
  • The Town is cancelling all events that have more than 50 attendees in town operated facilities until further notice. The Town will re-evaluate on an ongoing basis, with direction from Alberta Health.
  • The Town is increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning in its facilities.

Mayor Colberg announced "we are taking a careful, compassionate and caring approach to COVID-19.We have a responsibility to our employees who keep the town operating and the entire community. Alberta Health is the lead agency and we are monitoring and following their instructions daily. We know that COVID-19 is going to come to Drumheller, we just don't know when. Together, our community is committed to minimizing the impacts."

We all have a part to play. As a first step, we encourage all residents in town to practice frequent hand-washing.

Please check our website www.drumheller.ca for further updates. 




Flood Mitigation Work


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date March 4th 2020

 Starting this week, residents will see activity along the diking system and at the Newcastle Beach related to grubbing, outfall maintenance and thinning of bush.

These activities are a necessary maintenance to ensure the operational readiness of the diking system and to make room for the river. The brush and willows growing along the shores can be both friend and foe when it comes to protecting the riverbank from erosion. The willows and brush provide armour. This generally occurs on outside bends in the river. On inside bends, brush and willows slow the water down and depositions of silt and gravel occur.

As the river levels fluctuate during a season or over years the deposition makes the bank higher diminishing channel capacity. The Newcastle Beach is a prime example of the outside bend erosion and the inside growing higher with deposition.

Crews will also be removing brush and trees from the vicinity of storm outfalls adjacent to some bridges. This work will be completed in part by utilizing the Work Release Program from the Drumheller Institution directed by the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office.

Darwin Durnie, Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer commented, "I'm very pleased that the flood program and Institution can cooperate in the implementation of some activities required to make Drumheller flood ready." 


For more Information Contact:

Darwin Durnie

Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer

Town of Drumheller

403.875.1456

A Community Children’s Book to be published


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 22 2020

 It's a beautiful day in the Badlands, and a small Anodontosaurus named Eugene has lost his human…

Four local non-profit organisations are excited to finally share with the community an exciting book project they have been working on for the last 12 months. The picture book 'Have You Seen My Human? A Badlands DinoStory' is set in the Drumheller Valley and is designed to help caregivers support children's healthy development.

"We see this as an exciting and intriguing way to promote our community and share an important social story," said Louise Henrickson, Coordinator, Drumheller Family Literacy Society. "Reading with children helps to promote early literacy skills and healthy relationship development. BUT this is more than a story; it includes practical hints and tips to explore our community with childlike curiosity and support your child's development".

"The Badlands DinoStory project does so many great things at once; supports early childhood development; provides an opportunity for a local author and artist to showcase their talents; highlights fun, affordable ways for families to play together in the valley; promotes tourism; and raises funds for four local, non-profit programs; it's a huge win all round," exclaimed April Harrison – FCSS Coordinator, Drumheller Valley FCSS.

"The Library is thrilled to have been a part of making such a beautiful book about our community. We can't wait to share it with young readers and their families," added Emily Hollingshead, Director of Library Services, Drumheller Public Library.

Funds raised throughthe sale of thebook will support community-based projects offered by each of the partners, such as the Drumheller Early Years Fair, affordable tutoring, out of school activities for local youth, and enhanced library programming.

The official book launch will take place at the Chamber's Spring Expo Trade Show April

24-25, 2020 at the Badlands Community Facility. The Author and Illustrator will be on site to sign copies, tell you more about the book and maybe hint at what Eugene does next. For those of you that cannot wait until then, the book will be soft launched at the Spring Sports, Recreation & Arts Expo at the BCF on March 4, 2020.

Stay tuned for the cover reveal on Thursday February 27, 2020 on the @DrumFCSS Facebook page.


For more Information Contact:

April Harrison

FCSS Coordinator

403 823 1315 

Have your say in setting policing priorities in the Drumheller Area


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 13 2020

The Policing Committee has released their annual survey. This survey is to collect opinions on policing in the Drumheller area and to assist in determining policing priorities for the coming year.

"We are very proud of the citizen input that will be used to help formulate the three local priorities for policing in our community. This process is highly regarded for its participation by the public," outlined Councillor Fred Makowecki who is the Council representative on the Committee.

"This is a chance for every person in our policing area to participate in this important yearly task. Please let your voice count," added Larry Coney, Chair of the Policing Committee.

The Policing Committee was established to act as a liaison between Town Council, the RCMP Detachment, Bylaw Enforcement, and the citizens of Drumheller and the rural areas served by the Drumheller Detachment of the RCMP. The committee aims to foster responsible community actions towards the creation of a safe, secure community.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RQDN6FJ


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

jfielding@drumheller.ca

403 823 1320

Town App makes it easier for residents to communicate with staff


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​February 10th 2020

 It has just become a lot easier for residents to connect with the Town of Drumheller with the launch of a new civic engagement tool — the SeeClickFix App. This App provides residents a simple way to report issues to the Town and track the status of their request all the way through to resolution.

This reporting mobile App will allow where residents can report issues such as potholes. It uses the phone's location device to locate and map issues. It links similar reports, from different users together. These issues would then be sent to the appropriate person. The complainant will get a report that the work is complete if they requested being informed. It maps issues to allow accurate monitoring.

Several departments' staff will receive notifications and manage requests directly in the App. Requests will be managed through its workflow program. The two-way integration allows staff to manage the work involved in completing the request while giving residents a simple platform to submit and follow their requests to completion.

"For staff, SeeClickFix provides an intuitive way to keep track of requests, communicate between departments, and close the loop with residents. The App includes a high-quality Customer Record Management (CRM) system which will improve the work order management system and create a transparent (for both staff and residents) issue management process." Explained Darryl Drohomerski, CAO.

"This app is an easy and convenient way for residents to submit non-emergency service requests. They are also then able to monitor the progress on the issue," said Mayor Heather Colberg. "Council and administration are determined to increase two-way communications with the community and this App is a great step forward in achieving this aim."

Drumheller's partnership with SeeClickFix is a part of a larger effort to provide residents with operational visibility and access to digital communication.

NOTES

This reporting mobile App will enable residents report issues such as potholes, weeds, unsightly property and water odour. It uses the phone's location device to locate and map issues. It links similar reports, from different users together. These issues would then be sent to the appropriate person. The complainant will get a report that the work is complete if they requested being informed. It maps issues to allow accurate monitoring.

See Click Fix came in below budget at $5,000 per year.

$15,000 was allocated in the Capital Budget for the creation of the Town App and $7,500 allocated in the operating budget for the hosting and updating of the App.

It stands alone from the website but will pull links to Council schedules. It can be proactive sending out information regarding up-coming work such as street cleaning. It will also be used to send out Emergency Notices. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

403 8231320

jfielding@drumheller.ca


Land Aquisition Policy for the Flood Mitigation Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​January 20 2020

 The Town of Drumheller council passed the Land Acquisition policy for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program. This policy provides a fair and objective process for selecting and acquiring properties needed for the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Program.

The policy needs to be reviewed by the provincial and federal governments before any acquisitions can begin.

A Town owned company 878947 Alberta Ltd. will be the land purchaser. The Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer – Darwin Durnie will be the manager of 878947 Alberta Ltd. and will be authorized to execute purchase agreements.

"Parcels for acquisition have not yet been selected." Durnie continued to comment I am "committed to a respectful and confidential process to assist residents to relocate in Drumheller."

Scott Land and Lease is the land agent for the program. They will undertake initial contact with owners, conduct negotiations and secure signed purchase agreements. Each acquisition will be determined on an individual basis. Greg Meidinger – Senior VP & Project Manager Scott Land & Lease says "we are encouraged town council has adopted this proactive and transparent policy for land acquisitions. We have close to 30 years experience as land agents and are dedicated to a fair process."

Land acquisitions will be based on fair market value. To determine fair market value, the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office will engage independent appraisers. Purchase price will be either the fair market value or the 2014 tax assessment value for the property, whichever is greater.

Mayor Colberg explains "I'm delighted to see this policy adopted. As a flood community, it is critical to have our processes in place. Once we get the green light from our federal and provincial partners, we can start resolving issues for residents that have been patiently waiting years for action."

For further information please call:Darwin Durnie

Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer

Phone: 403-823-0994

Email: ddurnie@drumheller.ca

Frequently Asked Questions – Land Acquisition Policy

What is the land acquisition policy?

It is the policy that provides a fair and objective process for selecting properties that will be required for the resiliency and flood mitigation program.

Why will lands be acquired by the Town?

There are several circumstances that may result in the acquisition of land for the resiliency and flood mitigation program. They include:

  • To make room for the river
  • For construction of infrastructure such as dikes and berms
  • To remove occupants and developments that are at high risk from flooding
  • For natural areas and parks
  • For borrow areas (an area where soil is excavated for use at another location) to provide fill for present and future dikes
  • For development areas for displaced residents and businesses

What lands will be required?

The number of properties is still undetermined and no parcels have yet been selected for purchase. The properties to be required will be based on an individual risk assessment considering the following factors: people, property, environment and economy. These will be weighed against the frequency and impact of potential flooding.

Who will purchase the lands?

A Town owned company (878947 Alberta Ltd.) will be the land purchaser.The Chief Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Officer – Darwin Durnie will be the manager of the Land Corporation and will be authorized to execute purchase agreements.

How does the land acquisition process work?

Land acquisitions will be based on fair market value.

To determine fair market value, the Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office (DRFMO) will engage an independent appraiser to establish a fair market value. Purchase price will be either the fair market value or the 2014 tax assessment value for the property, whichever is greater.

Scott Land and Lease will be the land agent. They will undertake initial contact with owners, conduct negotiations and secure signed purchase agreements. Each acquisition will be determined on an individual basis.

When will acquisition begin?

This policy must be deemed acceptable by the provincial and federal governments before any acquisitions can begin. Parcels for acquisition have not yet been selected. The grant funding guidelines also indicate that before any land purchases can commence, a green house gas emission assessment, a climate impact assessment and indigenous consultation must be completed. It is anticipated these will be finished by late spring.

How much money is being spent on land acquisitions?

While it is difficult to determine the amount, it's important to note that each acquisition will be determined individually based on fair market value.

What do I do if I'm a homeowner who thinks their property will be acquired?

At this time, no action is required.Parcels have not yet been selected for purchase. Once the process commences, a Scott Land & Lease representative will contact affected homeowners. 


Drumheller stays competitive with Updated Economic Development Incentive Program


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 January 9, 2020

On January 6, 2020, The Town of Drumheller Council passed new economic development incentives.The change to the "Non-Residential Development Incentive Bylaw" was necessary due to amendments to the Municipal Government Act of Alberta and to make Drumheller a more competitive jurisdiction for investment attraction.

The Bylaw has two incentive policies attached that include the "New Commercial Development Incentive Policy" which is based on a "Return on Investment" (ROI) giving the Town flexibility in determining the level of incentive. Considerations in the policy include direct, indirect and induced gains that clearly demonstrate how much the incentive adds to the local economy through employment and hiring of local services.The second policy, the "New Business Vacant Building Policy" gives new businesses moving into vacant commercial spaces a partial property tax abatement which is passed on to the business owner.The "New Business Vacant Building Policy" is a progressive economic development tool used to fill vacant commercial spaces.

"Drumheller is competing with 5,162 communities in Canada often vying for the same opportunities.In order to standout and be competitive, we must develop unique economic development policies that increase our odds at attracting investment opportunities.Having an incentive policy based on ROI gives the Town flexibility to tailor incentives based on the merits of development.The majority of municipalities in Canada use "cookie cutter" incentive policies that do not take into account the distinctiveness of a given development", outlined Sean Wallace Manager of Economic Development.

"This incentive program illustrates how Council is working to place Economic Development in our Town as a priority. This incentive was a key recommendation of the Economic Development Task Force and it was vital to keep the incentive up to date and competitive to show Drumheller is open for business," added Mayor Heather Colberg.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

jfielding@drumheller.ca

403 823 1320

Utility finances on track to being self-sustaining


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​December 20 2019

 During the special council meeting of December 16th, Council voted and is committed to following the financing strategy which began many years ago to help make our water utility sustainable.

"The utility system is a vital part of the town's infrastructure and it is imperative to put money aside each year to deal with the depreciation of this infrastructure and any expansion or requirements because of new environmental regulations. This financial plan is on track however there is still work to do, especially on the sewage system. We will be reviewing the cost model in 2020 to determine if we can lower the increases to water rates in future years as we move closer to a sustainable utility," explained Darryl Drohomerski, CAO of the Town of Drumheller.

These fees will increase January 1, 2020 at 5% for water and 2% for sewer which will equate to

the average user an approximate increase of $2.93 per month or .10 per day.

($2.15 water + $0.78 wastewater)

"Administration works hard to ensure efficiencies are made whenever possible, however it is vital to put money in reserve to make investments where needed to maintain the safety of our drinking water and keep this plan on track," added Dave Brett, Director of Infrastructure Services. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communciations Officer

403 823 1320

jfielding@drumheller.ca

Town Council establish a Drumheller Resiliency and Flood Mitigation Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​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."

Notes

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

jfielding@drumheller.ca


Town Prepares for Snow


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​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 https://www.dinosaurvalley.com/maps

For more Information Contact:
Julia Fielding
Communications Officer
communications@dinosaurvalley.com
403-823-1320

FIRE RESTRICTION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:00 P.M.

Contact:Bruce Wade , Fire Chief

(403) 823-1323

SUBJECT:FIRE RESTRICTION

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.

PROHIBITED:

Incinerators (for farm and acreage use)

All Fire Permits suspended

All Fireworks

Regulated burning barrels

Solid fuel barbeques (charcoal briquettes)

ALLOWED:

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

Campstoves

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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
dgoldthorpe@dinosaurvalley.com
403-823-1364


Street Sweeping


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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
dbrett@dinosaurvalley.com
403-823-1308

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WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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 www.dinosaurvalley.com 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. 

Quotes

"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

Links

Disaster Mitigation Adaptation Fund (DMAF)
Alberta Community Resilience Program (ACRP)


For more Information Contact:
Michelle Tetreault
403-519.8651
mmtetreault@gmail.com


Aquaplex Now Open


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​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,
aleavitt@dinosaurvalley.com
403-823-1322


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