In­for­ma­tional meet­ing on pro­posed park­ing changes tonight

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller res­i­dents have a chance tonight to see the con­tro­ver­sial pro­pos­als to change park­ing in down­town Drumheller, and have their voices heard.

The Town of Drumheller ad­ver­tised the in­for­ma­tion ses­sion in the town page of The Drumheller Mail. The meet­ing is tonight, Wed­nes­day, May 20 at the Civic Cen­tre beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This is the first fo­rum res­i­dents will have to re­view the pro­posed plans and op­tions, al­though Coun­cil­lor Blaine McDon­ald said any res­i­dent was able to pick up a copy of the study at town of­fice.

“The pub­lic meet­ing is for the con­sul­tant to tell the pub­lic what his rec­om­men­da­tions are, then we want in­put from the pub­lic,” said McDon­ald. “We al­ready had the down­town mer­chant’s meet­ing, by in­vite only, and now we are go­ing to have a pub­lic meet­ing to get the pub­lic’s in­put, and put them with the con­sul­tant’s rec­om­men­da­tions, the mer­chants from down­town’s rec­om­men­da­tions and then we will make a de­ci­sion.”

Coun­cil­lor Karen Ber­tamini says she is still un­sure what rec­om­men­da­tions she will choose.

“Right now any­thing is on the ta­ble. We are re­ally looking to the com­mu­nity. This wasn’t some­thing coun­cil ini­ti­ated. The change has been forced on us by the change in the provin- cial road­way, and the bridge,” said Ber­tamini.

McDon­ald says changes have to be made.

“We are kind of be­hind the eight ball be­cause we are deal­ing with prob­lems the no left turn changes on the bridge cre­ated,” said McDon­ald.

“The is­sue is not whether or not some­thing will change, the is­sue is what will change.”

Ber­tamini says coun­cil had lit­tle say in the changes to the bridge in the first place.

“Coun­cil had no let. The prov­ince owns the road, it owns the bridge. The prov­ince asked for our opin­ion,” said Ber­tamini. “The prov­ince came back and said ‘ thank you for your in­put,’ and did what they wanted.”

McDon­ald said one op­tion the town may pur­sue is sea­sonal changes.

“It wasn’t in the rec­om­men­da­tions, but we did talk to the con­sul­tants with the whole sea­sonal idea. We may be able to stay with the an­gle park­ing we have now, and then have some sort of par­al­lel deal in the sum­mer months,” said McDon­ald.

He says the changes are a bridg­ing mea­sure un­til a more

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