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What's Happening in Chestermere

Council slashes local utility rates by 8% 

City Council recently made major changes to local utility rates.

“On behalf of City Council, I am very pleased to announce an 8% utility rate reduction for our community,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers.

The work to cut rates began from City Council’s very first days in office. Tasked by voters to find a better path forward, Council decided last fall that the status quo of Chestermere Utilities Inc. (CUI) would no longer be a viable option.

The decrease is the cumulative impact of making utility rate changes to the fees for water, sewage and stormwater management. The rate changes will take effect August 1 and will be visible on the August bill (that is sent to residents in September).

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Working together for the growth of Chestermere

In July, area developers Qualico Communities and Anthem United (the developers of Chelsea and Dawson’s Landing in Chestermere) came together in a brand new front-ending agreement with the City.

“As one of the fastest growing communities in Canada, we rely on healthy relationships with our development community to ensure that together, we create the most amazing neighbourhoods and communities,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers.

The developers met with Mayor Chalmers to sign an agreement to front-end the costs to construct the Rainbow Road Sanitary Trunk in Chestermere. This project will allow for the new developments to commence and serve up to 40,000 residents at full build-out.


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City offers grants to community social support programs

Chestermere’s Human Services Advisory Board (HSA) will soon be awarding up to $200,000 in grants to social service programs that target the most critical need in our community and will make a significant difference in the lives of people experiencing poverty.

A streamlined application process is available to encourage local not-for-profit and registered charity organizations to seek this grant funding through Chestermere Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and the United Way/Chestermere Partnership.

“Our preference is to partner with agencies that offer programs focusing on prevention, early intervention and community development services,” says Danielle Fermin, Manager of Community Support Services for the City of Chestermere. 

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Invasive Species Education & Monitoring

Aquatic Invasive Species pose one of the greatest threats to our lake. They
include plants (weeds) and animals (mussels) that can infest our lake, damage
pumps and irrigation systems, and clog boat props.

Evidence of Flowering Rush, an invasive plant, has been spotted in Chestermere Lake over the past few seasons. The City is working with Alberta Environment to pilot the most effective ways to remove this species.

If you see Flowering Rush in the water, please do not try to remove it yourself as broken pieces of the plant can regenerate into new plants.

The best way to help prevent the spread of invasive species is to clean, drain and dry all your boating equipment, especially if you have been boating in a lake or river outside of Alberta.

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New summer banners unveiled

More than 1,500 residents of all ages and backgrounds participated in the Faces of Chestermere project by the City's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and 25 families were photographed for new street banners that are now hanging in Anniversary Park (left photo).

Take a stroll over to the park and check out the amazing diverse faces of our community!

And, earlier this summer, the Streetscapes Committee unveiled new streetlight banners along Chestermere’s main roads (right photo).

The committee's goal was to use the banners as a way of showing Chestermere residents and visitors the many things our city has to offer. 

The banners will remain up for the summer season!

Chestermere Family Profile: the Wagemakers Family 


Maria and her spouse Curtis, along with their teenage daughter Hannah, baby daughter Giuliana and Siberian Husky Sadie love Chestermere’s small city atmosphere.
 
“We have made lifelong friendships with so many of our neighbours and the kids have found it easy to make friends just by going outside!” says Maria.
 
The Wagemakers moved to Chestermere in 2015, but had been visiting the city for years to go boating on the lake. Now they enjoy regular access to the lake and all the local amenities which are harder to find in larger cities.
 
“We also enjoy attending as many of the local events around Chestermere as possible - most recently Canada Day and Pride in the Park,” says Maria. “Giuliana and I also attend the mommy and baby groups at the Parent Link Centre!”
 
Interested in being profiled in our next edition? Contact us at comms@chestermere.ca

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