Town wel­comes new In­fra­struc­ture Di­rec­tor

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A for­mer se­nior em­ployee for the City of Winnipeg stepped into his new po­si­tion as Drumheller’s in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor this week.

Dar­ryl Dro­homer­ski, for­mer Winnipeg solid waste man­ager, brings over twenty years ex­pe­ri­ence of se­nior man­age­ment in a large ur­ban cen­tre.

In Winnipeg, he over­saw the city’s tran­si­tion to rolling garbage-can and blue-box col­lect­ing and spear­headed a suc­cess­ful waste min­i­miza­tion strat­egy.

The Winnipeg Free Press de­scribed Dro­homer­ski as “ef­fec­tive and prag­matic,” and for­mer Drumheller in­fra­struc­ture di­rec­tor, Al Ken­drick, who will re­main with the town un­til Oc­to­ber to help the tran­si­tion be­fore his re­tire­ment, said Dro­homer­ski is “a very in­tel­li­gent in­di­vid­ual” and thinks he’ll fill the po­si­tion well.

“It just takes a lit­tle while to get fa­mil­iar with staff and pro­ce­dures, and com­ing from a dif­fer­ent prov­ince there is some dif­fer­ence on the reg­u­la­tory side,” Ken­drick said.

Dro­homer­ski and his wife came to Drumheller for sim­pler liv­ing and to es­cape Winnipeg’s harsh win­ters.

“I just needed a bit of a change in pace and life­style. We were happy in Winnipeg but my wife is from smaller towns, her fa­ther was RCMP, and they moved around small towns a lot, so we wanted to give small com­mu­nity liv­ing a try,” he said.

He left his po­si­tion in Winnipeg in 2014, where he was em­ployed for 21 years, and be­fore tak­ing his po­si­tion in Drumheller, Dro­homer­ski had been run­ning his own en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sult­ing busi­ness from home, work­ing with clients through­out the Prairie Prov­inces.

De­spite com­ing from a large cen­tre with deeper pock­ets, Dro­homer­ski said Drumheller has great re­sources and is al­ready ap­pre­ci­at­ing the flex­i­bil­ity that comes with a smaller depart­ment.

“My opin­ion is a lot of smaller com­mu­ni­ties have more flex­i­bil­ity to do great work very ef­fi­ciently, rather than places like Winnipeg and other large cen­tres, where there’s too many com­pet­ing in­ter­ests and you’re not get­ting as much in­fra­struc­ture work done as you hope,” he said.

“There’s more com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties for the dol­lars that are avail­able. Drumheller does a great job, it seems to me, pri­or­i­tiz­ing in­fras­truc- ture needs and re­place­ments, as we’ve seen around town with the wa­ter main re­place­ment pro­gram, and tak­ing care of in­fra­struc­ture be­fore it be­comes an is­sue. All larger cen­tres tend to have is­sues some­times be­cause they don’t have the abil­ity to jump on the re­pairs they need to do in a timely man­ner.”

Al Ken­drick said the lim­ited bud­get here will be an ad­just­ment for him.

“They have a lot of sim­i­lar strug­gles in ma­jor cen­tres but they have deeper pock­ets and a big­ger tax base than we do in the mu­nic­i­pal en­vi­ron­ment we’re in… you have to ad­just pri­or­i­ties con­tin­u­ally around here,” he said.

As for on­go­ing projects in Drumheller, Dro­homer­ski is fa­mil­iar­iz­ing him­self with the Aquaplex mod­ern­iza­tion, which will see a new liner in­stalled, as well as a num­ber of smaller projects.

For the fu­ture, he said there could be po­ten­tial to in­cor­po­rate some of the ad­vance­ments he made in Winnipeg to Drumheller.

“We have to sit down and find out what we want to do with the in­fra­struc­ture we have and maybe look at in­tro­duc­ing things that larger cen­tres have. But to be hon­est, it is prob­a­bly too early to tell."

For­mer Winnipeg man­ager of solid waste Dar­ryl been de­scribed as “ef­fec­tive and prag­matic” and Dro­homer­ski be­gan work as Drumheller’s new in- over­saw a num­ber of changes to Winnipeg’s waste fras­truc­ture di­rec­tor last week. Dro­homer­ski has col­lec­tion.

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