Coun­cil Notes From the reg­u­lar meet­ing of Town Coun­cil

Monday, Oc­to­ber 3, 2016

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS -

Linda Traquair, spokesper­son for the 55 Plus Se­nior Games, pro­vided Coun­cil with an up­date on the Games that took place over the week­end of Septem­ber 30 to Oc­to­ber 2. She gave a thank you to all who vol­un­teered and the busi­nesses that do­nated to the Game’s suc­cess. Ms. Traquair said that the games were a suc­cess de­spite the rain on Satur­day and very ben­e­fi­cial for the Town of Drumheller. In prepa­ra­tion for the games over $14,000 was sourced back to the com­mu­nity by way of the sig­nage and props needed for the Games. All lo­cal sources were used and a lot of money was fun­nelled back into the com­mu­nity. “I didn’t speak to a sin­gle per­son who wasn’t happy with their time in Drumheller and that is a bit un­usual to have no com­plaints,” Traquair said.

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CAO Ray Ro­manetz pre­sented a pro­posal brought to the Coun­cil by ATCO Elec­tric to re­new the lease agree­ment with the town that ex­pires on Oc­to­ber 31, 2016. This lease is for the land sit­u­ated by the Ro­tary Park and al­lows them to uti­lize an ac­cess road through the park to carry out their work when needed.

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Mr. Ro­manetz brought forth a re­quest from the Golf Course for the town to pro­vide In-Kind as­sis­tance with tear­ing down a build­ing on its prop­erty. The coun­cil agreed to this re­quest. Coun­cil­lor Tom Zariski sup­ported the pro­posal stat­ing that the golf course is non profit busi­ness that pro­vides jobs, en­ter­tain­ment, and brings peo­ple in to spend money in the com­mu­nity. The golf course does not have water or sewer ser­vices from the town and has been around for close to 60 years. Coun­cil­lor Jay Garbutt re­quested an es­ti­mate of the cost to com­plete the re­moval and chal­lenged the idea of it be­ing con­sid­ered a non profit busi­ness if it is owned by share­hold­ers. Zariski ex­plained that the shares are non-eq­uity shares which re­sult in no profit for the share­hold­ers. Any profit that is made is turned around to pay on­go­ing costs. Mr. Ro­manetz said that the es­ti­mate is sub­stan­tial and Zariski said that it would be be­tween $20,000 and $25,000. Coun­cil­lor Garbutt asked, “In com­par­i­son to other or­ga­ni­za­tions the town has helped, how does this com­pare?”. “Most or­ga­ni­za­tions make smaller re­quests but the golf course hasn’t made a re­quest in over 20 years.” Zariski said, “So although this is a big re­quest they haven’t re­quired help in a long time.” Zariski clar­i­fied that the town would be re­spon­si­ble for the tear down of the build­ing, labour, and equip­ment.

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Direc­tor of In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vices Dar­ryl Dro­homer­ski up­dated coun­cil on the Aquaplex mod­ern­iza­tion project. Dro­homer­ski said that he would have a re­port of costs and a time­line to present at the next Town Coun­cil meet­ing.

••••• Direc­tor of Cor­po­rate Ser­vices Bar­bara Miller

pro­posed that an amend­ment of the com­pen­sa­tion and ex­pense al­lowance be made to bet­ter re­flect the needs of Coun­cil so that they can gov­ern ef­fec­tively. The Coun­cil agreed that the pol­icy should re­move the cap of 5 days for coun­cil­lors and 10 days for the Mayor when manda­tory meet­ings and training goes over this al­lot­ted time.

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Ms. Miller also pro­posed that as a part of the tax re­cov­ery process un­der the Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment Act that prop­er­ties with a tax caveat reg­is­tered against them must be avail­able for the public to place a bid on the prop­er­ties. The value of the prop­er­ties are to be as­sessed based on a mass ap­praisal ap­proach and these costs would be passed on to the prop­erty own­ers. Coun­cil set the as­sessed value as the re­serve bid price for prop­er­ties for the Jan­uary 27, 2017 tax re­cov­ery auc­tion. Last year there were five to seven prop­er­ties auc­tioned at the tax re­cov­ery auc­tion and from the 2016 year there are 22 prop­er­ties go­ing into this auc­tion.

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Ms. Miller pro­vided an up­date on the 2016 Strate­gic Ini­tia­tive of creat­ing a new or­ga­ni­za­tion, “Friends of Drumheller So­ci­ety” to fur­ther re­cre­ation and cul­ture needs within the com­mu­nity. The strat­egy is to form an or­ga­ni­za­tion that would op­er­ate and fi­nan­cially sup­port cap­i­tal needs through fundrais­ing in the most ef­fec­tive way. Direc­tor of Cor­po­rate Ser­vices Bar­bara Miller, and coun­cil­lors Tara McMil­lan, and Tom Zariski vol­un­teered to be a part of the core group in the “Friends of Drumheller So­ci­ety.” They will be three of the five core vol­un­teers needed for the so­ci­ety to be­come a suc­cess. This so­ci­ety will help Drumheller fundraise more suc­cess­fully to fill fi­nan­cial needs for projects.

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Coun­cil­lor Jay Garbutt up­dated Coun­cil that the Drumheller Hous­ing Ad­min­is­tra­tion has put in an ap­pli­ca­tion for a grant for an ad­di­tional hous­ing de­vel­op­ment. The provin­cial govern­ment an­nounced that changes have been made through Canada Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and the prov­ince that look pos­i­tive to be able to se­cure more af­ford­able hous­ing in Drumheller.

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