Informational meeting on proposed parking changes tonight
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