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What's Happening in Chestermere

Chestermere Utilities Inc. is Finished

Chestermere City Council has officially closed the doors on Chestermere Utilities Incorporated (CUI).

“Our community asked us to find a better path forward for utility services in Chestermere," says Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. "This marks the end of CUI’s existence as we know it and the beginning of the City of Chestermere managing utilities for our community.”

To mark the occasion, City Council met in front of the CUI building and ceremonially removed the now defunct company’s logo from the exterior.

Although it is a significant change in management, Chalmers says that residents should not experience any disruption in services. The only tangible changes to homeowners are that bills will now come from the City of Chestermere and utility inquiries will need to be made at City Hall, not the CUI building.

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Black carts coming this year

Although the City of Chestermere only took over utility operations a few weeks ago, they are already making changes to improve services for residents, starting with providing black garbage carts later this year.

“We are delighted that our staff are already finding new ways to serve residents better,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “Many residents have been asking for this service for a long time. We heard you Chestermere, and we are pleased to be taking action.”

City Council approved the idea on August 20 after a presentation from the City’s new Environmental Services team. The black carts have been ordered and are expected to arrive before Christmas.

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Chestermere adopts harmonized school and playground speed limits

This September, Chestermere will join communities across the province by implementing harmonized playground and school zone speed limits. 

“We looked at the overwhelming evidence that having a consistent speed limit at consistent times reduces collisions,” says Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “Safety is of the utmost importance in our community, and we are keen to add these measures to protect the children of our city.”

After implementation on September 3, the speed limits for all playground and school zones in the City of Chestermere will be 30 km/h from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. every day.  

Council passed the change on August 20 at their Council meeting following a presentation from Municipal Enforcement and a public consultation period. 

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Chestermere welcomes Japanese Consul-General

On August 20, City of Chestermere officials were honoured by the first visit of Consul General of Japan in Calgary Shigenobu Kobayashi.

“We were delighted to welcome Mr. Kobayashi to our lakeside community,” says Chestermere Mayor Marshall Chalmers. “This is the first time we have had the Consul-General visit our city and we hope that it marks the beginning of a strong relationship between Chestermere and the Japanese community.”

Mr. Kobayashi and Ms. Noriko Ikeyama, Consul for Economic Affairs, visited the new city to meet with local officials on matters of mutual interest, learn more about the new city’s economic opportunities and build relationships with local stakeholders.

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Chestermere Profile: Sandra Strbac & Hair Affair


Sandra Strbac has been a Chestermere resident since 2007 and is the owner of a local business, Hair Affair.

She and her husband decided to move to Chestermere because they were looking for a community to settle in, with a laid-back feel where they could get to know their neighbours. Strbac adds that Chestermere always held a special place in her heart as her parents had their wedding reception at the Chestermere Landing 41 years ago!
 
When Strbac opened the doors to Hair Affair in 2012, she says there were few other hair salons in the community and she found it was the perfect opportunity to showcase her trade.
 
“From day one I’ve had huge support from Chestermere residents and have had quite the loyal following, says Strbac. “If I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing.” 
 
Hair Affair is a fully licensed salon and Strbac is a red seal certified master colorist. She enjoys providing one-on-one appointments to her customers that cater directly to their needs.
 
“It’s extremely rewarding seeing happy clients leaving the salon every day. I’m very blessed to be able to live and work in our amazing city,” says Strbac.

In an effort to highlight our local businesses we will be profiling small business owners here in the coming months. Contact us if you’re interested in being profiled or if there is a small business you want to see highlighted. 
 
Contact us at comms@chestermere.ca

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