CITY OF CHESTERMERE | FALL 2017
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- Firefighter Visits - Election Candidates - Township Road 240
ELECTION 2017: CHOOSE WHO WILL MAKE DECISIONS FOR YOUR CITY
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR Saying goodbye is never easy How do I say goodbye in under 350 words after 10 years in the Mayor’s chair and three more in Council? How can I possibly thank the people who stood by me, encouraged me, and believed in me? Or the ones who kept me motivated, inspired, and on the right path so I could give our community my all? There aren’t enough words to tell all those people that I appreciate them for being in my corner, having faith that I could do the job, and most importantly, telling me when I didn’t measure up, in a kind, caring way so that I could make changes and improve. How do I let our community know that I’m so very proud of what we have achieved together by supporting one another and challenging ourselves to do better? Even when we seemed to be surrounded by darkness, positivity and kindness triumphed through the bright lights that insisted on shining. I would have been lost without them. Story continues on page 3
Ignite your home fire safety On a bright day this past spring, Chestermere Fire Services (CFS) responded to a call from a home and arrived to find a garbage bin on the driveway engulfed in flames. Heavy smoke was coming from the garage. The homeowner, who made the 9-1-1 call, told crews that he had dragged the flaming bin out of the garage before it caused additional damage. He explained that earlier that day, he had stained the deck and discarded the paint rags, as many homeowners do, into the garbage bin in the garage. Crews established that the vapors from the soiled paint rags mixing with the additional combustibles in the non-ventilated bin caused the contents to spontaneously combust, causing the fire.
“Fortunately the homeowner had a working smoke detector installed in his garage, which alerted him and his family to the fire and enabled them to take quick action to save their home,” says Fire Captain Joel Fournie. Working smoke alarms can provide an early warning that gives you the much needed time to leave a home. Captain Fournie explains that all areas of the home should have a working smoke alarm, including the garage. Fire Safety begins at home To help avoid other close calls like the bin fire, CFS is proactively visiting neighbhourhoods in Chestermere to... Story continues on page 2
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Cornerstone Community Park: The park located at the corner of Chestermere Boulevard and Rainbow Road is home to Door-to-door Fire Home Safety Surveys are happening the new Centre for Community Leadership now all around Chestermere. With this program, building. Many local landscape companies firefighters will ask you to participate in a quick survey and volunteers came together over the and offer you a free home check. summer to create a welcoming space for the community to enjoy. The Grand Opening was “This program is a great way for homeowners to learn celebrated on September 22. The remaining if they have any potential hazards, as well as to get work includes the parking lot and pathway fire prevention questions answered,” says Fire Chief connections which will be complete this fall. educate Chestermerians about fire safety and how you can protect your family.
Brian Pomrenke. “Proactively reducing the risk of fire in your home is easy to do and we hope to educate Chestermere residents with the information they need to keep everyone safe.”
Craig Fawcett Beach Volleyball Courts: A donation in memory of community member Craig Fawcett and funds contributed by the City were used to complete the new double Wondering how to check if your smoke alarm works? Test court. An official ceremony took place in July it! In addition, smoke alarms should be replaced 10 years and the plaque at the new courts will serve as from the manufacture date (found on the back or side of a reminder of Craig’s legacy and contributions. the alarm), not the date of purchase or installation. CFS recommends checking them every month for battery Township Road 240 Upgrade: Construction replacement. of Township Road 240 is progressing on schedule. The underground utilities are Chestermere Fire Services crews will be offering this complete and the preparation for the road is program around the community from June to October. If under way. Excavation and the gravel base for they missed you, or you would like an earlier visit contact the asphalt will take place this fall. The road (403) 272-9878 to book an appointment. will re-open once construction concludes for the season. For more information In addition to home safety surveys, on this multi-year project please visit additional programs and activities will www.chestermere.ca/240upgrade. be revving up this fall in preparation for the annual Fire Prevention Week that runs from October 8-14. This year’s More details about these and upcoming projects will be posted to theme is: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 www.chestermere.ca/projects Ways Out! as they become available. For more information on Fire Prevention please visit www.chestermere.ca/fire
Election Candidates For Mayor • • • • •
Bhatti, Khaleel Blanchard, Ray Chalmers, Marshall Hodgson, Jeff Roch, Ryan
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Amoruso, Greg Bold, Laurie Burness, Cathy Fleger, Tommy Foat, Mel Funk, Blaine Gill, Mo Kardash, Anna
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Kersch, Allan Narayan, Ritesh Schell, Laurianne Taylor, Amy Thompson, Clayton James • Wagner, Yvette • Young, Michelle
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I have worked with the best of the best and am humbled by all that I’ve learned from them. How do I express my genuine hope that whoever sits in the Mayor’s chair next continues to encourage our residents to showcase our beautiful community to each other and the outside world? While I am very sad that my time as your Mayor is coming to an end, I have been honoured to represent you all, and I am excited to pursue new adventures as a resident in this diverse and progressive community. I am so proud of everything that this Council, and past ones, have accomplished while I’ve been Mayor. They benefit not only my family, and community, but all of our residents past, present and future. Thank you to everyone who helped pave the road for my journey, both as an individual and a Mayor. What an incredible experience! Sincerely, Mayor Patricia Matthews
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June 14, 2017: This spring, City Council passed an amendment to the Land Use Bylaw to allow for smaller single detached housing in future developments. This recent change to the City’s growth plans will allow more opportunities for a wider range of housing types. www.chestermere.ca/mdp
June 27, 2017: The City collaborated with Alberta Agriculture & Forestry to better understand aquatic invasive species and the best methods to eradicate them. www.chestermere.ca/ais
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Has the number of businesses in Chestermere grown in the last few years? Since 2010, more than 200 new businesses have opened in Chestermere (including home based businesses). We know that this city needs more businesses and an Economic Development team was created in 2014 to increase the focus on attracting more enterprises. What is the City’s plan to increase the number of businesses in Chestermere? There are three main strategies we are pursuing. 1: We are aggressively marketing Chestermere to targeted industries and sharing the news that Chestermere is one of the ‘best untapped retail markets in the Calgary region.’ 2: We are working to support existing local businesses to help them thrive. 3: We are pursuing our own light industrial development: the Webster Industrial Park. What is currently happening with the City’s light industrial lands? In 2015, the City purchased 101 acres of land in the southeast corner of the community to develop a light industrial park. The City has already sold 6 acres, completed an Outline Plan for the area, hired a broker (Colliers International) to help sell parcels and will begin detailed engineering design this fall. This project is currently on schedule and at full build out, the park is estimated to provide between 500 and 1500 local jobs and generate $1 Million in taxes for the City each year. If you are looking for a new location for your business, contact Colliers International at (403) 571-8767. For more information on Economic Development visit www.investchestermere.ca
July 24, 2017: On July 17, friends and family met to witness the unveiling of a plaque to name Chestermere’s new beach volleyball courts in memory of long-time resident Craig Fawcett. www.chestermere.ca/parks
July 2017: The Community celebrated two amazing festivals this summer: Canada Day 150 celebrations and Water Festival, both held in John Peake Park. www.chestermere.ca/events
September 22, 2017: The community came together to celebrate the grand opening of the RediBuilt Centre for Community Leadership and new Cornerstone Community Park park. www.chestermere.ca/projects
STAFF AT THE CITY
The people behind the work happening at the City of Chestermere
On the outside, Chestermere may be a picturesque community, but there are many individuals and families in our neighbourhoods needing support. Jessica*, a single parent of three children in Chestermere recently separated from her partner. After being laid off, she found it difficult to cover her family’s basic needs and wasn’t sure how she would manage back to school supplies for her kids. Jessica contacted the Community Resource Centre (CRC) and staff began connecting her with resources including the Good Food Box (where she can purchase affordable fruit and vegetables at a low cost), and local sports opportunities that help keep her children active. As for school supplies, “the Backpack Program has been so helpful for my family. I really don’t know what I would do without it. It is a definitely a huge help,” said Jessica.
Since meeting with staff, Jessica is feeling more positive and confident about her future knowing that her family is supported and cared for by the community. Everyone has a unique situation, and whether families are facing job loss, unexpected illness, family trauma or other circumstances, the welcoming and supporting staff at the CRC are eager to help. The Centre is available to assist residents who need an extra hand and can provide information and access to a variety of resources and programs. The work of the Centre is made possible through the generous donations of Chestermere residents. “Throughout the year, we have multiple programs and campaigns looking for donations. Whether you donate a backpack, jacket or gift card, we hope you will keep the CRC in mind for your next community donation,” says Tippe. The annual Jacket Racket has started again and will run until late October. Each year, gently used and new winter wear is generously donated by the community to adults and children in Chestermere looking to stay warm during the winter months.
September 5 - October 13: Jacket Racket Donations are being accepted for new or gently used winter wear (coats, snowsuits, hats, mitts, scarves) for children and adults. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall. Those in need of warm winter clothing can contact the Community Resource Centre for pick up times. Chestermere City Hall (105 Marina Road) www.chestermere.ca/crc October 7, 14 & 16: Municipal Election Voting Days Residents of Chestermere will elect a City Council made up of six Councillors and one Mayor. This Council will serve a four year term from October 2017 to October 2021. All voting is held at the Chestermere Rec Centre from 10:00 a.m.—8:00 p.m. No special reasons are required to vote on advance voting days. Please bring identification. Chestermere Recreation Centre - Main Hall (201 West Chestermere Drive) www.chestermere.ca/election2017 October 21: Early Learning & Child Care Conference An annual conference for parents, foster parents, caregivers, childcare providers, and preschool teachers to develop new relationships with others in their field and to gain knowledge in areas related to children ages 0 to 5 years old. This year’s theme is Smart Start for Boys. Purchase tickets online by October 18. Prince of Peace Banquet Hall (285030 Luther Rose Blvd NE, Calgary) www.chestermere.ca/elcc November 24: Play Day Celebrate National Play Day at the Chestermere Rec Centre. Families with children ages 0-5 are invited to a fun-filled day of games and activities focused around supporting your child’s development. We are currently looking for parents, professionals and front-line service providers working with children to host an activity or volunteer! If you would like to be involved or have any questions, please contact (403) 207-7076. Chestermere Recreation Centre - Main Hall (201 West Chestermere Drive) www.chestermere.ca/formative5 November 25: Winter Lights Festival Celebrate winter and the official lighting of the Christmas lights display in John Peake Park! Throughout the evening you can cozy up around the fire pits, enjoy delicious food from food trucks, participate in kids’ activities and more! Stay tuned for more details. John Peake Park (100 John Morris Way) www.chestermere.ca/winterlights December 9: Christmas with Dignity Celebration The annual celebration involves activities for all ages! Kids can browse the Christmas Store and enjoy a special visit from Santa, while parents can bid on the silent auction. All proceeds assist families in Chestermere and area to help meet basic needs throughout the year. Please contact the Community Resource Centre at (403) 207-7079 if you have items to donate. Chestermere City Hall (105 Marina Road) www.chestermere.ca/cwd
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