June 2014 Newsletter
Summer is almost here, Ward 14!
It’s the time of year when my Aldertalk schedule winds down, and it has been a great season. Since January, the attendance has been up. We’ve gone from maxing out at 25, to maxing out at 40. I want to build on that trend: in June, and beyond.
Like every year, we’ll get together for one last discussion in June, then you can all enjoy the warm weather for a few of months, and we’ll return in October. The June session is a first for Aldertalk. It will be at the Bonavista Downs Community Hall (1418 Lake Ontario Road SE) for the first time. I will be there between noon and 2 p.m.—as usual—on June 21. You can learn more at www.calgary.ca/aldertalk.
People really like when I quote interesting facts at Aldertalk. They get such a positive reaction that I’m considering creating the first mainstay in this column. So, let’s give it a try.
Did you know? Installing a water meter has saved Calgarians an average of $30/month on their utility bill.
As you might know, I'm not one for extra requirements and hassles on hard-working people. What I do support is not paying for what you don’t need or use, and anything that reduces waste: waste of money, and waste of resources.
Getting a new water meter installed helps reduce waste. You only pay for what you use. It is free and quick to install. It also eliminates the need for anyone to access your property. You can call (403) 280-3070, or visit www.metercor.com/book-an-installation to book an appointment.
Water meters make sense. They are a great way to conserve a precious natural resource, and with an average reduction in monthly water bills of 30%—about $30/month, $360/year, or a dollar per day—they are hard to argue against. Ninety-seven percent of residences are already metered, and the goal set out by the City’s water meter bylaw is to have 100% metered by the end of the year. Get one installed, if you haven’t already.
If you’re like me, then summer seems to come and go quickly. It is almost here, and that means that the Ward 14 Communities BBQ is just around the corner. Since you’re reading this, you probably agree that community associations are very important. So join me on September 13 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a free lunch, and a celebration of Ward 14’s community associations for all the great things they do.
Feel free to contact me anytime with questions, and concerns. Until next month, I will see you at Aldertalk.