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Town of Drumheller

Changes in funding for Criminal Record Checks and community Photocopying


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date January 18 2019

The Town of Drumheller will no longer be funding volunteer criminal record checks or photocopying for not for profit organizations. As such organizations will need to find alternate funding for these activities.

"As part of our annual budget review we look to ensure that we allocate our resources effectively," outlined April Harrison FCSS Coordinator. "Consequently, the decision was taken to cease both the community photocopying and criminal record check program effective January 1, 2019."

"We recognize that this will come as a disappointment to the many organizations that have utilized these programs over the years" added Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "The decision was not taken lightly."

The funding previously allocated to these programs will be redirected towards priority areas such as out of school youth programming, poverty reduction/alleviation initiatives and the Community Counselling Program, many of which were identified in the social needs assessment completed in 2017. 


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

403 823 1320

Pay and Park system for tourism hotspots being investigated


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date January 8th 2019

 The Town of Drumheller is investigating new ways of generating revenue to reduce the burden on property tax payers.

In an effort to recover some of the costs associated with managing the washrooms, facilities and parking lots at the Hoo Doo's and the suspension bridge, Council asked administration to look at revenue alternatives.

A number of proposals were researched and presented to council at the council meeting on Monday January 7th. The proposal presented included A Park Plus payment system, a honesty box system and employing students to act as information guides as well as collecting parking fees.

"There are infrastructure costs associated with the 500,000 visitors to our valley, which are currently being borne by the Drumheller tax payer," outlined Greg Peters, Director of Protective Services. "Paying to park for visitors is one idea being discussed to recoup some of those costs."

Administration will be solidifying the suggestions from the council meeting last night and bringing back a recommendation to the February 11, 2019 Council meeting.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

403 8231320

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


Signalized Crosswalks Installed


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​2018-12-07

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

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com


Aquaplex Closure Update Nov 30th


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​November 30 2018

 The repair work to the pool has been completed. The contractor has poured the concrete slurry under the damaged drain and the damage to the drain has been repaired.

As outlined in an earlier release, one of the drain structures at the deep end of the pool had a wide split on the side, which water was leaking through. It was found that the crack had been caused by the drain slumping due to a loss of support underneath.

"Pool staff will be cleaning the pool over the weekend. They will also leave some water in the pool to test the repair," explained Julia Fielding Communications Officer of the town of Drumheller. "If there is no leak they will begin filling the pool."

"We are aiming to open the pool at the beginning of the week of 10th December if all goes well." added Darren Goldthorpe Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture. "Thank you for your patience, staff are working hard to get the pool open as soon as possible."


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications officer

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

Weight restrictions imposed on Bridge 11 at Wayne


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​November 22nd 2018

 The Town of Drumheller announced today that Bridge 11 on Highway 10X now has been given a reduced weight rating of 3 tonnes. This restriction takes place immediately.

"Bridges 9, 10 and 11 have been inspected this week as part of regular maintenance and specifically, after the Wayne flood earlier this year," outlined Julia Fielding Communications Officer of the Town of Drumheller. "The inspection indicated that the bridge has deteriorated substantially over the last two years."

"The bridge inspectors have reduced the bridge rating (the weight that can go over the bridge) and the maximum weight that can cross this structure is now 3 tonnes. This is a significant downgrade as most of the bridges can handle on average16-24 tonnes," Darryl Drohomerski went on to explain. "We will be putting up signage and contacting the school bus operator that travels this route to inform them a route change is required immediately".

Bridge 11 is on the capital budget list for replacement, pending grant funding. The town has applied for a STIP (Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program) grant to repair the bridge the last two years and will do so again this year. The town will also be applying for Disaster Recovery Program funding for this project.


For more Information Contact:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

Drumheller FCSS wins $10,000 to create a Welcome Program


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​Nov 20 2018

 Drumheller Family and Community Support Services are very excited to announce that their Welcome Program was one of the 50 winners of the Aviva Community Fund.

"We can't wait to get started on creating the program to offer support to newcomers to Drumheller," explained April Harrison of Drumheller FCSS. "Part of the program will be to create a number of block buddies and so if you are interested in volunteering for this program please contact Drumheller FCSS".

"It is amazing what a small town like Drumheller can do," outlined Laura Dougan, Community Services Coordinator. "Thank you so much to everyone who voted, we are thrilled to win the funds and help support new people to our community."

Please watch out for updates as the program gets set up.

NOTES

The Aviva Community Fund donated over $1 million to fund charitable initiatives across Canada, and their theme this year is bringing people together to create change within their community. 


For more Information Contact:

Laura Dougan

Community Services Coordinator

ldougan@dinosaurvalley.com

403 823 1365

Aquaplex Closure Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​November 19 2018

 The Town of Drumheller has hired a contractor to make the needed repairs to the Aquaplex. These repairs will involve pouring a concrete slurry under the damaged drain.These repairs will be covered under warranty.

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. It was found that the crack has been caused by the drain slumping due to a loss of support underneath. The contractor will be mud jacking under the drain and then making repairs to the drain structure.

"Coordination of sub-contractors by the contractor will see the work starting on Friday and being completed by November 26th," said Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "After the repairs are completed, it will take around 10 days to fill and heat the pool and have the water tested by Alberta Health Services."

"We will be extending Aquaplex memberships for the length of the closure," added Darren Goldthorpe Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture. "We thank people for their patience, we appreciate this has taken longer to be resolved than any of us would like."

We will continue to provide further updates as they come available.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications officer

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

Aquaplex Closure Update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com


Landfill fire update


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 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

jfielding@dinosaurvalley.com

403 820 1481

Or Greg Peters

Director of Protective Services

403 334 1643.

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Rotary Spray Park Closed Today for Maintenance


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​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

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com


Street/Stop Sign Open House & Survey


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

​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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stopsign

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com


Rotary Spray Park Closed for Day


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com

Land Use Bylaw Amendment - Retail Cannabis Locations


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.
    www.aglc.ca

"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 https://aglc.ca/cannabis

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com

Distribution List:

CFCW- apetrie@newcap.ca

Drum FM – email – drumnews@goldenwestradio.com;

Drumheller Mail – email - news@drumhellermail.com


Downtown Revitalization Project - Phase One


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

​July 9, 2018

 The creation of the temporary downtown plaza and street patio areas will begin over the next two weeks.


"The biggest piece of feedback received during the visioning exercise for downtown was to create more public gathering spaces and areas for the public to spend time downtown and this pilot aims to do just that." explained Darryl Drohomerski CAO of the Town of Drumheller. "It is the first part of achieving the vision presented earlier this year".

"There will be planters installed at the intersection of Centre Street and the north side of 3rd Ave to create a plaza/gathering area, which will include a small cabin," explained Armia Mikhaiel, Director of Infrastructure. "There will also be patio areas placed on 3rd Ave in front of 3rd Avenue Arts."

The project will affect traffic flow: There will be no traffic down Centre Street from 3rd Ave to the alley located beside the Legion.


The first phase of the Downtown Revitalization Project will begin at the end of this week with Infrastructure Services and the Drumheller Penitentiary, and work is expected to be completed by July 12th, 2018. Please watch out for crews as they carry out this work.


NOTES:

There is a map attached to outline the plaza area.

For more Information contact:

Erica Crocker
Marketing and Sales Officer

Acting Communications Officer to July 23rd, 2018

403-823-1338
ecrocker@dinosaurvalley.com

Distribution List:

CFCW – apetrie@newcap.ca
Drum FM – email – drumnews@goldenwestradio.com;

Drumheller Mail – email - news@drumhellermail.com


Drumheller River Hazard Study


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

​July 3, 2018



The Province of Alberta will be conducting a River Hazard Study on the Red Deer and Rosebud Rivers as well as area creeks through the Town of Drumheller and surrounding municipalities for the next several months. The work will include surveys conducted in and adjacent to the water bodies.

Please see documentation provided (below) by the Province of Alberta for a detailed description of the study.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the individual listed on the Provincial notification


Town of Drumheller Receives a Ministers Awards for Municipal Excellence


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 July 3, 2018


The Town of Drumheller Receives a Ministers Awards for Municipal Excellence in the Innovation category for Dinowalk – Dinosaur Street Naming Project

The Hon. Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs has awarded the Town of Drumheller an Innovation award.

The Ministers Awards for Municipal Excellence have been awarded since 2002, to encourage municipalities to share their successes by recognizing accomplishments in the provision of municipal services in Alberta. Each year municipalities, whether individually or in partnership with other organizations, have highlighted practices including new and unique approaches to issues, streamlined processes for existing practices, and creative community partnerships.

Awards are given in five categories: Innovation; Partnerships; Safe Communities; Smaller Municipalities; and Larger Municipalities.

The Ministers Awards Review Committee reviewed 45 submissions to the program this year. The committee recognized the Dinowalk / Dinosaur Street Naming Project as the winner of the Innovation category.

"These ideas and concepts were a product of collaboration with Urban Systems, MarketingHits, the Economic Development Advisory Committee (which includes representatives from the Drumheller Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Big Country in addition to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and other key community members with Board Chair, Summer Manca) and Travel Drumheller." added Julia Fielding, Economic Development and Communication Officer for the Town of Drumheller.

"It is always great to be recognized by our peers from other municipalities. This is an example of a great partnership program," noted CAO Darryl Drohomerski.

The selection of the dinosaur types and medallions took place in July 2017.Secondary street names of Drumheller dinosaurs took place in September, 2017 and the final installation of Wikipedia linked medallions will be installed during the Summer of 2018.

Digital aspects of the project will be taken-over by Travel Drumheller in order to promote an interesting walking experience in the form of a virtual scavenger hunt that connects our guests to the stories about dinosaurs that once roamed Drumheller, over 67 million years ago.

Media Inquiries:

Darryl Drohomerski

CAO

ddrohomerski@dinosaurvalley.com

403-823-1339 


Example of the medallions that will take visitors to www.dinowalk.ca

Cannabis Retail Open House


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​June 19 2018

 The Town of Drumheller invites residents to an Open House on Wednesday June 20 4.30pm until 6pm at the Badlands Community Facility.

"This open house is to highlight the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw which would allow cannabis retail stores to set up in Drumheller," explained Julia Fielding Communications Officer. "Staff will be there to answer questions about the process, and in addition there will be maps to illustrate where retail stores could be located according to the new Land Use Bylaw."

This is an open house to help inform residents prior to the public hearing on the proposed changes to the Land Use Bylaw; which takes place on Monday June 25 at Town Hall.

There will be a future meeting, later in the summer, to discuss the public consumption of cannabis.


For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

403 8231320

Outdoor pool opening delayed


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

​May 25th 2018

 Town of Drumheller crews have been working hard this week to get the outdoor pool open. However the inspection and maintenance program, which takes place prior to seasonal operation, has identified at least one leak in one of the pipes.

The crews are now working on exposing the leaking pipe and checking for other leaks. Once all the leaking spots have been identified and the pipes repaired, the pool will then be filled and tested ready to open up to the public.

"We recognise the inconvenience that the delay in the outdoor pool will cause and we want to apologise for the delay," outlined Armia Mikhaeil Director of Infrastructure. "Crews are working hard to fix the issues and we hope get the pool open as soon as possible for everyone to enjoy".

"In addition tests carried out for the preparation to get the fountain operational showed that there is a significant amount of water loss occurring." added Julia Fielding Communication Officer. "This indicates one or several leaking points and so crews are currently working with an engineering firm to come up with a solution. Unfortunately it is very possible the fountain will not be operational this summer." 


For more Information Contact:

Julia FIelding

Communications Officer

403 820 1481