Council Notes

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS -

From the reg­u­lar meet­ing of Council of the Whole Mon­day, Sept. 12, 2016

Mayor Ye­men re­ceived a let­ter from the Hon­ourable Ralph Goodale, fed­eral Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Safety, in re­sponse to an ear­lier re­quest from the Mayor's of­fice, ask­ing for added com­pen­sa­tion to the town for pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the Fed­eral Pen­i­ten­tiary by the lo­cal RCMP de­tach­ment. Mr Goodale as­sured the mayor that he takes the pro­tec­tion and se­cu­rity of Cana­di­ans "very se­ri­ously", and, has asked the war­den of the pen­i­ten­tiary and the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of RCMP's K Di­vi­sion, to meet with him to find a so­lu­tion to the is­sue.

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Council also re­ceived a let­ter from Lacy Wil­liamson of the Bad­lands Hell­rais­ers derby group, ask­ing for per­mis­sion to uti­lize the for­mer ten­nis courts area to build a new roller derby track, and pay for it by fundrais­ing ef­forts by the group.

Council has pre­vi­ously promised the land to the curl­ing rink group for the even­tual con­struc­tion of a new curl­ing rink build­ing.

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A let­ter has been re­ceived by Council from the owner of Drumheller Chrysler, in the hopes of build­ing a new ac­cess to their lo­ca­tion on High­way 9 South by al­low­ing traf­fic through what is now the cen­tre me­dian, as presently, south­bound traf­fic must turn right on High­way 9, then make a u-turn at the end of the block.

In 2004 Council asked for an opin­ion and clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the mat­ter from Hanna's Tony Che­lick, op­er­a­tions man­ager for the cen­tral dis­trict of Al­berta Trans­porta­tion. Mr. Che­lick replied in a let­ter to the town, that a re­cent traf­fic study done on town roads, con­cluded that no changes to the present sce­nario be im­ple­mented. There is also pro­vi­sion for a ser­vice road to be con­structed in front of busi­nesses along High­way 9 where none presently ex­ists, with ac­cess to the ser­vice road pro­vided at ex­ist­ing in­ter­sec­tions. Council wishes to re­open dis­cus­sions to ex­plore op­tions.

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Drumheller-Stet­tler MLA Rick Strankman at­tended council to in­form them of his ef­forts and the gov­ern­ment's pol­icy on the pro­posed Flood Mit­i­ga­tion lob­by­ing cur­rently un­der­way. Coun­cils po­si­tion is that the prov­ince is re­spon­si­ble for 100 per­cent fund­ing for flood mit­i­ga­tion as per pre­vi­ous agree­ments.

Council is also look­ing for up­dated flood map­ping from the prov­ince that will al­low the Town to pro­ceed with re­me­dial ef­forts un­der the new guide­lines. Strankman echoed the Mayor's frus­tra­tion in the de­lay that has come about sub­se­quent to a pre­vi­ous meet­ing with Min­is­ter Brian Ma­son ear­lier this spring. He is fear­ful that, de­spite the fund­ing ap­proval for re­me­di­a­tion, be­ing done, that the Prov­ince has not given any time­lines to ei­ther he, or the Town.

The Mayor chas­tised Mr. Strankman in that he is the voice from this area in the leg­is­la­ture and that Strankman has been un­able to pro­vide any an­swers to the Town.

Coun­cil­lor Gar­butt asked the MLA not to wait any longer for re­me­di­a­tion to the Ft. McMur­ray, be­fore hold­ing the Prov­ince to task. He re­it­er­ated to Strankman that the Prov­ince con­tin­ues to put off this lo­cal sit­u­a­tion, de­spite an ear­lier ur­gency that was prior to the June fires in Ft. Mc Mur­ray.

Mr. Strankman told Council he prob­a­bly would not be able to ask ques­tions in the Leg­is­la­ture un­til sit­ting re­sumes, pre­sum­ably at the end of Oc­to­ber.

Mr. Strankman did ask Council for bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion on when they speak to the provin­cial de­part­ments, that he be in­formed.

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Council has re­ceived a let­ter from Craig Ste­wart, Op­er­a­tions Man­ager for the Cen­tral Re­gion, Al­berta Trans­porta­tion, say­ing they would not al­low a pro­posed road clo­sure of airspace on First Av­enue in East Coulee to pro­ceed.

An ex­pres­sion of con­cern has also been sent to Al­berta Trans­porta­tion from East Coulee res­i­dent Don Ger­linger.

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