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Future of the fountain area under discussion



​October 3rd 2019

 At the September 30 Council meeting recommendations were presented for the future of the fountain. These recommendations included:

  • That the fountain is salvageable, and can therefore be incorporated into the design of the Flood Mitigation and Adaptation Measures for the Rotary Park area
  • That detailed designs and estimates need to be completed with costs for differentuses of the area. The cost estimates provided at the meeting are completed at a very high level and need more detail to properly inform a decision on the repairs of the fountain
  • That detailed operating cost estimates for the possible operational methods need to be created
  • That a task force be established within the community, including Rotary representatives, to review the long term plans for the area
  • "Council agreed with the above recommendations and now administration will start working on these items.We want to meet the needs of residents and visitors the best we can within our budget," outlined Darryl Drohomerski, CAO. "Therefore this task group, with representation from the Rotary Club of Drumheller and other community members will create a series of cost effective options; which will then be put to the public for comment."

"Before the fountain was removed we wanted to ensure that we had investigated every aspect to save this much loved facility," added Dave Brett, Director of Infrastructure. "With thorough investigative and methodical work we came up with a solution to keep the fountain operating, albeit in a modified way. We will now work on the possibilities for the area and supporting the task force in their decision making."

The task force will be created shortly and the public are encouraged to look out for the engagement piece for the fountain area.

For more Information Contact:

              Julia Fielding
Communications Officer

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

Renumeration and Expense Allowance for Mayor and Council approved



 Following months of consideration, Policy No. C-01-19 Remuneration and Expense Allowance for Mayor and Council was adopted during the regular meeting of Council of September 16th.

The decision to do so came long after recommendations were first presented to Council by the Chair of the Elected Officials Remuneration Review Committee in December, just ahead of Bill C-44 coming into effect on January 1st.Bill C-44 eliminated the 1/3 tax exemption previously granted to those serving in the role of a municipal elected official.

"Council was not keen to consider a change in honorarium while asking administration for a 5% budget reduction and first wanted to get a true understanding of the negative impact that Bill C-44 would have" explained Mayor Colberg, adding "this decision, faced by councils across the country, was difficult; and so we wanted to be one of the last out the gate, taking the time to observe how other municipalities across the country were addressing the issue"

Administration completed their evaluation of the report over the summer and made recommendation to adopt the policy as was being presented.

"It is essential that Mayor and Councillor Honorariums are fair and equitable so as to not devalue the level of responsibility, the time that is dedicated and the importance of the roles that are held by our elected officials" stated Darryl Drohomerski, CAO.

"As with any position, fair and equitable remuneration is a key success factor in recruitment and retention.This policy update helps to adjust for the financial loss that has been experienced by our elected officials this year as a direct result of Bill C-44 coming into law" Barbara Miller, Deputy CAO, Director Corporate Services. "As Returning Officer, reasonable pay for the position is essential in ensuring ongoing interest and engagement.I am delighted that those who may consider running for council in future elections will do so knowing that our community fairly compensates those who serve as an elected official for the Town of Drumheller".

For more Information Contact:

Barb Miller

Deputy CAO/Director, Corporate Services

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

Results of homelessness survey released



Date 14 August 2019

 The results are now in from the Rural Homelessness Estimation Project, which took place in Drumheller in October 2018. Drumheller Valley FCSS and local partner organisations ran the project as part of a Province wide homelessness count. In total, 20 communities took part, making it one of the largest coordinated rural homelessness data collection projects ever completed anywhere in the world.

"This project was coordinated by Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA), administered by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN), and funded in part by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy," explained April Harrison, Drumheller Valley FCSS Coordinator. "26 people out of the 83 who completed the survey felt their housing situation was unstable. Unstable housing is classified as "difficulty paying rent, spending a major portion of the household income on housing, having frequent moves, living in overcrowded conditions, or doubling up with friends and relatives".

"A Housing sub-committee has been established as part of the wider Poverty Reduction strategy" outlined Jenessa McAuley of the Salvation Army, which was involved in the Homelessness Estimation project. "They will use these results and the results gleaned from a number of other reports to develop an action plan to try and address homelessness and housing insecurity in Drumheller."


The provincial report (with data from all 20 communities) was released at the end of June.

The project used the homelessness estimation method described in the ARDN's Step-by-Step Guide to Estimating Rural Homelessness.

The report for Drumheller is attached for information

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer


The Town of Drumheller to move forward on new water feature at Rotary Park



​July 8th 2019

 Following a report presented at the council meeting on Monday July 8th the fountain will not reopen, however staff, in consultation with the public, will start the process of looking at replacement water feature for this area.

Since the fountain has been filled at the end of May it has lost 1,600,000 litres of water, which is double the capacity of the indoor pool. As the fountain has been operated this summer, the amount of water leaking from the fountain has increased. The fountain and spray park share some of the same infrastructure and in order to not damage that equipment, it was determined that the fountain shouldn't operate any longer.

"As the water loss increased every time the fountain was switched on we felt we had no options but to stop operating the fountain. It is vital that we protect the remaining Rotary Spray Park infrastructure." outlined Dave Brett, Director of Infrastructure for the Town of Drumheller.

"This is a very difficult decision as the fountain is a much loved part of our community", explained Mayor Heather Colberg. "However it is clear the current fountain infrastructure is at the end of its life. We will be working with the public and community organizations, in early fall of 2019 to determine what kind of water feature to construct with implementation in spring 2020. We are excited to hear people's ideas and to make the area an even better place for people to spend time."

The fountain area will have some beautification work completed such as flower pots to make the area more attractive for the remainder of the summer. A request for proposals is being drafted this week for a company to work with the community to develop recommendations. People should look out for the public consultation sessions.

NOTES The report given to council is attached to the media release.

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer





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

Distribution List:






​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


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