CITY OF CHESTERMERE | SPRING 2018
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Cove Park project Mayor's Message Upcoming Events
connection Happy Spring! After a long winter, enjoy the outdoors with a walk in the parks around Chestermere.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR After what seems like an endless winter, signs of spring are finally showing up around our community. In our world, one seasonal indicator is the budget review - which is happening in early April. You are welcome to come and observe these discussions as they are open to all members of the public. If you are not able to make it, rest assured that we understand that residents are feeling the strain of local taxes and your Council will be taking a close look at our spending. As we look into the City's finances, it is important to note that we are looking at the budget in the broader context of what we would like to achieve over the next year as set out in the Strategic Plan. We adopted this guiding plan in February and I invite you to take time to read the plan on our website and learn about where we are going as a community. Story continues on page 2
Building a Safe Community Now that spring has arrived, are you itching to get started on the renovations you’ve been dreaming about all winter? Whether you plan to create a backyard oasis with a hot tub, build a deck or finally tackle the basement, be sure to check with the City to see if you require a permit. Why Permits Matter Getting a permit is part of keeping your home safe for your family and future families who may purchase your property. “Permits are there to keep residents safe and to help protect their investments,” says Harold Wicke, Building Safety Codes Officer for the City of Chestermere. “We want to help residents avoid costly future issues that can result from substandard work.” Alberta Safety Codes ensure that the structures in which we live, work and play meet standards to avoid collapse, fire and other potential dangers. Getting your Permits If you are building a new structure, or altering an existing one, chances are that you will be required to obtain a permit. The staff from the Development and Infrastructure Services Department can help you...
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The Strategic Plan was created directly from the conversations we had with you last fall during the election and future adjustments will be informed by the conversations we continue to have with you. Opportunities to connect are really important to us and we are eager to participate in community events and create opportunities to meet with you often.
This project includes beach and peninsula rehabilitation, a new natural playground as well as landscaping. The beach phase was completed in November. Construction continues on the point of the peninsula and fabrication of the playground features will begin this spring. To ensure the safety of residents, the park will remain closed for the duration of the construction. A preview video of the park’s playground design is available on the website! For more information about the project, designs and closures please visit www.chestermere.ca/covepark.
North end of the lake/Off-leash area: Presenting to the Rotary Club - Thank you for the invitation
Over the past few months that has included presentations to the Rotary Club, the creation of a 'Dirt to Door' Development Industry Breakfast, speaking at local sporting events, and offering more Coffee with Council opportunities, just to name a few. Throughout the spring, we are going to be out and about at events like the Rec Centre fundraiser, the Emergency Preparedness Open House, Seniors' Week Celebrations, neighbourhood block parties and more. If you see us, please take some time to say hi and let us know what’s on your mind. We are more than happy to visit. If you miss us at events, I encourage you to follow what’s happening at City Hall by signing up for the monthly Mayor’s Message at www.chestermere.ca/ notifyme. We look forward to connecting with you.
A contractor for this project was awarded in February, and the planning and design concepts are being created. This project will include adding natural boundaries, low profile fencing and removal of noxious and nuisance weeds to support healthy interactions between all park users. More project information will be posted to the website at www.chestermere.ca/projects.
Township Road 240 Upgrade:
Construction will begin again in May. While results are weather dependent, the team is aiming to have the entire portion from Rainbow Road to the eastern border paved by the end of 2018. The work will begin with paving the portion that was prepared last year. This work will require the roads to be closed for the duration of construction and residents in Kinniburgh and the south east communities will need to take Hwy 791 south to access Glenmore Trail. For more details on this project and the full phasing schedule, visit www.chestermere.ca/240upgrade.
Mayor Marshall Chalmers
What do you love about Chestermere? I love the people and the true sense of community. The way our community comes together in times of celebration or tragedy – our city remains a tight knit place. Why did you decide to run for Council? Seeing the great things that could be done here and also the things that needed changing, I wanted to be a part of that and to contribute to the success of a place that I am proud to call home. Is there anything that has surprised you about being on Council? All the behind the scenes work that is being done by City staff. Along side that, the processes that must be followed has really been valuable information for understanding the inner workings of what it takes to run a community. What are you hoping to achieve during your term? During my term, I hope to rebuild the relationship between residents and their city representatives through open communication and collaboration. I’m also hoping to see some commercial/industrial business come to town to help provide some relief to our residents and lighten the tax burden.
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The year of Michelle's favourite Chestermere memory: The Olympic Torch Relay
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Get Involved:Cannabis Legalization
Last year, a bill to legalize recreational cannabis was introduced by the Government of Canada. Each level of government has different responsibilities that pertain to the legalization. Over the next several months, the City of Chestermere will be updating its bylaws and policies to prepare for the legalization of recreational cannabis. Before we draft the regulations that will be in place for Chestermere, we would like to hear from you. Please take our survey to let us know what you think about cannabis use and sale in Chestermere. To take the survey visit: www.chestermere.ca/legalization
December 21, 2017: Local youth Jay Bailey receives $1,000 Mikkelsen Award to host a unique talent show later this year. www.chestermere.ca/youthaward
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determine whether you require a permit and walk you through the process of obtaining one. “Before you or your contractor pound that first nail, check to see if you need a permit,” says Planning and Development Services Manager, Jeff Gibeau. “We are committed to making this process as easy as possible for you and are more than happy to help,” says Gibeau. Whether doing the work yourself or contracting it out, the ultimate responsibility to obtain permits lies with the homeowner. However, a licensed contractor can apply for permits on your behalf - provided they have proof of your authorization. After the permit is issued and the construction has commenced, several stages of inspections will be performed by Safety Codes Inspectors for Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Gas compliance (depending on the project).
January 23, 2018: The City has begun the search to hire a permanent Chief Administrative Officer. www.chestermere.ca/news
February 8, 2018: Half of Webster Industrial Park Phase 1 (of 2) is spoken for. City Council has accepted more letters of intent for land in the City’s southeast light industrial development. www.investchestermere.ca
If you need advice or require adjustments to the application, just give the team a call. “A typical construction project wraps up within a year. However, in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, the City has a Permit Extension Process. We want to help people make their home a safe structure that will last,” adds Gibeau. Residents can call (403) 207-7075 for advice or visit www.chestermere.ca/permit.
February 21, 2018: City Council adopted a four year Strategic Plan for the City. The plan has an updated vision, mission and values as well as 13 overall goals for the City. www.chestermere.ca/stratplan
March 31, 2018: The annual Easter Egg Hunt came to Chestermere for its eighth year. This egg-citing event for kids raised funds for the United Way/Chestermere Partnership to support programs in our community. www.chestermere.ca/egghunt
STAFF AT THE CITY The people behind the work happening at the City of Chestermere
UPCOMING EVENTS April: Get your boat decal
Alarm rings. Shower. Get dressed. Get the kids up. Breakfast (maybe). Coffee to go. Backpacks. Let the dog out. Drop kids off. Commute. Stuck in traffic. Red lights. Still stuck in traffic. Pay a ridiculous amount to park. Finally get in to work.
Starting April 3, residents can get the 2018 decal that allows free boat launching for the summer! Please bring your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, Pleasure Craft License and proof of address. April 3-30: Chestermere City Hall (105 Marina Road) May 1 - end of summer: Chestermere Boat Launch www.chestermere.ca/boats
This is a typical morning for many Chestermere residents as over 60% work outside of our community.
April 9 from 10-2: Parent Link Centre Open House
What if your mornings didn’t have to be that way? What if you could work right here in Chestermere? That’s what the team at the City is working to accomplish as they create the City’s first light industrial park. Located in the far southeast corner of Chestermere, it is anticipated that at full build out, the Webster Business Park could provide around 700 local jobs. When the City purchased the land in 2015, they immediately began getting the property ready for development by creating a land use plan for the area, defining lots and bringing utilities to the property (with the upgrade of Township Road 240). The project includes expertise from the City’s Economic Development, Engineering, Planning, Accounting, and Project Management staff as well as help from Colliers International – the brokers for the property.
Have children ages 0-6? Come tour our Parent Link facility and find out about free programs! Take a look around our play area, register for programs and pick up early childhood resources. Chestermere City Hall (105 Marina Road) www.chestermere.ca/plc
April 15 from 1-3:30: Chestermere Volunteer Job Fair
Visit Chestermere’s first volunteer job fair to connect with organizations in need of volunteers in the community. Camp Chestermere (1041 East Lakeview Rd) https://volunteerjobfair.wixsite.com/chestermere
May 12: Emergency Preparedness Week Open House
Learn how the City of Chestermere is prepared for emergencies and how you can be prepared too! The day will include tours of the Fire Hall, resources, emergency vehicle demonstrations, and a visit from Sparky! Chestermere Fire Hall (156 East Chestermere Drive) www.chestermere.ca/calendars
June 1-Aug 31: Backpack Program
Support local students with back to school financial assistance. You can drop off donations of backpacks, school supplies or gift cards to City Hall and help to alleviate school stress for students and their parents. www.chestermere.ca/backpackprogram
June 4-10: Chestermere Seniors' Week
Celebrate Seniors' Week with activities at the Rec Centre! Activities include a Wellness Expo, the Lions Club Free Pancake Breakfast, slo pitch games and a Pickleball Tournament. Finish off the day with the “Taste of Chestermere” Dinner . Chestermere Rec Centre (201 West Chestermere Drive) firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (403) 272-1338
June 5 from 1-4: Seniors’ Tea “Bringing more businesses to Chestermere is a big priority for us,” says Catherine Proulx, Economic Development Manager. “We want to provide more opportunities for the people who live here to work here. It makes our economy and community stronger.” Businesses, including small manufacturing and trades, have already submitted letters of intent for more than 50% of Phase 1 (of 2) and the City is eager to finish the Subdivision Plan for the property this summer.
Celebrate Seniors' Week in Chestermere and enjoy tea, snacks, live music and good company. Chestermere Public Library (105B Marina Road) www.chestermere.ca/calendars
June 9 from 9-4: Lemonade Day
Support Chestermere's youngest entrepreneurs during Lemonade Day. Youth have been learning how to run a business for weeks and they will put their skills to the test at their Lemonade Stands all around the community. View the locations map on the website lemonadeday.org/chestermere
Development takes time but the staff working on the project anticipate that businesses could get shovels in the ground in Webster as early as 2020. In the meantime, it’s something to dream about while you wait at a red light.
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