Coun­cil Notes

From the reg­u­lar meet­ing Com­mit­tee of the Whole

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE -

Coun­cil heard del­e­ga­tions from Drumheller RCMP Staff Sergeant Grant MacDon­ald and Con­sta­ble Craig Nel­son who pro­vided an up­date on re­cent po­lice ac­tiv­i­ties. The de­tach­ment will be wel­com­ing a new cadet from Regina in the com­ing months. A new con­sta­ble will also be ar­riv­ing from White­horse and should be op­er­a­tional the first week of July. Staff Sergeant Grant MacDon­ald has taken a po­si­tion with the Yukon jus­tice depart­ment and will be leav­ing the force in early July, and is to be re­placed by Kevin Charles from the Hanna de­tach­ment.

Staff Sgt. MacDon­ald iden­ti­fied four de­tach­ment pri­or­i­ties for 2016: in­crease po­lice vis­i­bil­ity (check stops, foot pa­trols), in­crease traf­fic safety (vi­o­la­tion tick­ets/im­paired driv­ing), crime re­duc­tion strat­egy (in­clud­ing mea­sures of mem­bers con­duct­ing con­di­tion checks on per­sons charged and re­leased, as well as street checks) and re­duce sub­stance abuse (drugs) through in­tel­li­gence re­ports pro­vided to plains clothes and via com­mu­nity pre­sen­ta­tions.

The de­tach­ment re­cently re­ceived two new ATVs and an up­dated pa­trol truck, and Staff Sgt. MacDon­ald said the de­tach­ment is well po­si­tioned in terms of equip­ment.

Coun­cil heard a pre­sen­ta­tion from a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Duke of Ed­in­burgh youth awards, of which the Drumheller RCMP is a part­ner. Con­sta­ble Craig Nel­son said the pro­gram ties into the de­tach­ment's wish to en­gage youth.

Coun­cil heard re­ports from Coun­cil­lors Pa­trick Ko­lafa, Lisa Hansen-Zacharuk, Jay Gar­butt, and CAO Ray Ro­manetz, who at­tended the Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties an­nual con­fer­ence in Win­nipeg from June 3 to 5. They at­tended a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent work­shops and study tours on top­ics such as as­set man­age­ment, down­town re­ju­ve­na­tion, flood ways, the arts and art projects, green build­ing, storm wa­ter man­age­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Sharel Shoff re­ported to coun­cil on her at­ten­dance of the Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act re­view sum­mer tour meet­ings held by Al­berta's Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs in Hanna on Wed­nes­day, June 14. Coun. Shoff said at least 75 peo­ple at­tended the con­fer­ence, where they asked for ideas for amend­ments to the MGA, which passed first read­ing in the Al­berta leg­is­la­ture, and will re­quire a num­ber of changes to how mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and coun­cils op­er­ate. Coun. Shoff said she be­lieves it will im­pact smaller mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties sig­nif­i­cantly by de­mand­ing more so­phis­ti­cated train­ing and codes of prac­tice, but less to Drumheller be­cause much of the pro­posed amend­ments are al­ready in place.

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