From the regular meeting Committee of the Whole
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.