The Community Standards Bylaw promotes good neighbour relationships through regulation of neighbourhood nuisances like fire pit use, noise, weeds and grass, and untidy properties.
Over the past year, the City of Calgary has conducted a review of this bylaw to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of Calgarians. The review found that while most of the Community Standards Bylaw meets citizen needs and effectively addresses neighbourhood issues, there are some areas of the bylaw that can be improved.
A number of bylaw changes are being considered and we would like your feedback on these changes, you can find the survey here. Your input is greatly appreciated and it will be used to help make decisions on the proposed amendments to the Community Standards Bylaw that will be provided to Council later this year.
It is that time of year again on June 26th, 2016 (9am – 1:30pm) when all of Crestmont gets out to clean up their yards, garages, and basements and gathers up the debris and garbage to bring down to the Crestmont Hall where the City of Calgary has packer trucks waiting. GEEP will also have bins for electronics and the Crestmont Community Association will have food, coffee and snacks.
Make it a fun day for your family! We will have pick-up sticks, vests, gloves and garbage bags at the hall so you can take your family out into the neighbourhood green spaces to pick up garbage and debris that blow in from the wind.
We will also set up a free table for items that are still in good condition that you no longer wish to keep. Someone else in the community may be able to use it. It’s all about recycling items in a safe manner.
This is a family friendly event and a good way to teach our children the value of keeping all our spaces clean and to feel like they can contribute in a positive way by giving back to their community.
Please check back here for any updates / changes prior to June 26th.
On June 18th, the CCA with MLA Deborah Drever and the City of Calgary are throwing a community Block Party from 12pm – 3pm to celebrate Neighbour Day!
The party will be on the west side of the storm water pond at the end of the 500 block of Cresthaven Place (see map above). There will be Spolumbo’s Sausages and buns, drinks, prizes, games and fun for all ages. Just look for the big bouncy house and all the happy people enjoying the company of their neighbours.
Stay informed and visit our website for all the details and any last-minute changes.
Have you ever noticed that your junk is “stuff” and everyone else’s stuff is “junk”? Well get the stuff that you no longer need, and instead of making it into actual junk, sell it to someone else so it can be their stuff instead!
On May 28th, the Crestmont Community Association is joining forces with the Valley Ridge Community Association to put together a MASSIVE multi-community garage sale. The garage sale will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and will be advertised in the Calgary Herald, the Valley Breeze and the Crestmont Courier.
Maps of both communities with all participating homes will be made available prior to the garage sale at the Crestmont Hall as well as the Valley Ridge gas station, pharmacy, liquor store, Van Gogh’s, and Kijiji. To have your home added to the list, and make some money on your spring cleaning, please visit www.crestmontcommunity.org/events-calendar/garage-sale-application/. You can add your address and a brief description of what you are selling.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Community Safety Chat with Constable Price on May 10th. This was a very informative session and we learned a few key points:
Speed is a personal choice, can you live with the consequences?
Out-of-sight out-of-mind. If you leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, expect that sooner or later they will be removed for you.
Keep your insurance and registration in your wallet. If someone breaks into your vehicle and your insurance and registration are there, they can simply pull into your garage, close the garage door and use something in your garage to break into your home. Your address is on those documents, so don’t leave them in your vehicle.
If you see something suspicious then don’t be afraid to call. It is safer to make the call then it is to think “oh it’s probably nothing” and then something gets stolen, damaged or worse. Make the call to 911, they are happy to hear your voice.
Take flyers off your door, it is a sign to thieves that you are not home. When your neighbours are on holiday take their flyers as well, help out your community.
Get an alarm system, at the very least it reduces how long a burglar can be in your home. It is better they have 10 – 20 minutes to look around and then get out than if they have the entire day to explore everywhere in your home.
A Doorbell Camera can notify you when someone is at your door so you can call the police if they are not known to you and try to break in. Most interact with your smartphone so you don’t even have to be home to keep an eye open.
Do not give money to homeless people. Give money to CUPS and Mustard Seed, etc. The money doesn’t help the homeless people directly and there are several “professional homeless people” that make a lot of money doing it. Maybe even more than you do. If you want to help, give your money to the service providers whose job it is to help the homeless properly.
Don’t be a vigilante, be the best witness you can be. Especially when it is just property, that can always be replaced. Your life cannot. Everyone has a smartphone or other cameras handy so take pictures, call the police, get the bad guys caught red-handed.