Hi Ward 14,
The weather is changing, and that usually means some cleaning is in order. Whether it is around the house or in the yard, pretty much everyone does it this time of year, and so does the City of Calgary. So that is the theme for this month: Cleaning!
Cleaning up our rivers
I wish I had a better track record of reminding you about the Annual Pathway and River Cleanup. It is a great event, but this year I fear you are reading this a little too late to sign up. Spots usually fill up fast, and this year it will be on May 7. Oh well, there is still a point to be made.
The pathways and rivers in this city are a huge sense of pride for Calgarians, and I find this is especially true for the people in Ward 14. We just have some of the most beautiful places in the city, and—even if you are not at the annual cleanup—there is really no reason that you can’t pick up some litter to keep it that way. My wife and I make a point to do this every time we go for a walk. It doesn’t take long to find a bin to put it in.
If you want to find out more about the Annual Pathway and River Cleanup visit calgary.ca/pathwayandrivercleanup.
Pothole repair season
As I mentioned, the City does spring cleaning too. For over a month now crews have been sweeping the streets of everything that builds up over the winter. Although protecting your windshield from cracks, and just plain making the streets look good are big reasons they do it, there is another one too. They need clean streets to fix the potholes!
If you know of any potholes, now is the perfect time to get them in the queue for repair. I suggest calling 311, or using the 311 app (which you can get by visiting calgary.ca/mobileapps.
Housekeeping: Dates to be saved!
Here are some important upcoming events:
Neighbour Day – It will be on June 17 this year, and it is exactly what it sounds like: an opportunity to meet your neighbours. Visit calgary.ca/neighbourday to see how the City of Calgary can help you celebrate.
Ward 14 Communities BBQ – Yes, we will be having my BBQ again this year. Mark September 16 in your calendars, and if you are a non-profit organization interested in being an exhibitor at the BBQ, please email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May Counciltalk – Counciltalk will be on May 27 in the main gym at the Queensland Community Centre (649 Queensland Drive S.E.) from noon to 2 p.m. Keep in mind it will be one of only two Counciltalk sessions before the summer break. I really hope I see you at one of them.
That’s all I have to say for May. Summer is just around the corner, so get out and enjoy the clean roads and rivers. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me anytime!
-Councillor Peter Demong