Community Meetings

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RCA Community meetings are the perfect venue to get the residents voices heard and to obtain updates about issues and projects affecting our community.

AGM Success -Tuesday Nov 6, 2018 (6:45PM-7:30PM)

Thank you everyone for attending our Annual General Meeting that was held on November 6th! We had 53 members and families attend which was a fantastic turnout.Meeting was focused on the formal agenda and elections of the Board of Directors. Our membership voted in:

  • Christina Matisons - President,
  • Olga Maciejewski - Director Communications,
  • Elise Rowland- Director of Community Playgrounds,
  • Ryan Munday - Director at Large,
  • Bob Smiley - Director at Large,
  • Ken Schultz - Director at Large

and retaining current positions - Walter Janzen - Treasurer, Allison Adair - Director at Large, Denise Dodds - Director at Large

We also farewelled Douglas Ratke who has made an outstanding contribution to RCA over his years on the Board and as an avid volunteer.

Our next meeting, in Feb 2019, will be focused on community updates and we will have an open forum discussion about community issues. Ward 12 and City of Calgary representatives will be in attendance.

Riverbend Community Association is very excited about the new leadership and a new vison for the future:

  • renewed focus on our mission and vision
  • new board structure defined by results and not by traditional roles that have no alignment to our vision
  • engaging volunteers with community events and activities
  • take a different approach to the budget and better plan for repairs and upgrades of the building to ensure that it remains a central hub of our community
  • continue to introduce technology to streamline and automate processes to cut down on expenses
  • Build community engagement to understand issues that matter to our residents

We are in a very difficult spot financially. We will need the community to rise up and support the RCA with volunteering, gifts of service, trades etc. There's a great deal of work ahead, but also a new hope for the better future.

TUESDAY April 17, 2018 Meeting (7PM-9PM) RECAP

1. MP Tom Kmiec provided updates in writing prior to the meeting.

2. Representatives from Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating provided updates:

  • Civic Census is underway. The deadline to submit your census online is next week and then door to door census collection will begin. It is much more cost efficient to complete the census online.
  • Traffic on 18th Street: The city is working toward options to reroute traffic to 24th street by placing additional lights on 18th street and the new Ogden/Glenmore interchange
  • Construction on 18th Street: Incomplete work, asphalt showing on the sidewalks. There is one permit that is still open to run an IT fibre line for the BRT stations. It is anticipated to be completed sometime in the summer.
  • Trees on 18th Street: Councillor Keating’s office reached out to Urban Forestry. and they were informed that medians are poor habitats for trees but UF will investigate the cause of the condition of the trees. It is unlikely that they will be replanted but there may be alternative methods to beautify the median
  • Upcoming stormwater system upgrade: Outfall located on the east bank of the Bow River at the end of the regional pathway between Riverview Circle S.E. and Quarry Way S.E. suffered damage during the 2013 flood and has been identified for repair. Construction is expected to take approximately two (2) weeks commencing the week of April 23, 2018. Work will be performed from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The pathway adjacent to the outfall will remain open for the two (2) weeks duration, with temporary sign boards and flag persons monitoring pedestrian traffic and ensuring safety during equipment and material set up.

3. Updates from Schools:

Riverbend School:

  • Christina Matisons, Incoming VP Administration and Olga Maciejewski will be new alternating RCA Representatives on Riverbend School Council.
  • Riverbend School Book Drive is now on! Donate new and gently used books for children aged 0-8 until April 26th. Donated books are contributed to Calgary Reads Book Bank.
  • Fence Mural will be put up on the North chain-link fence in front of Riverbend School. This should be completed by June.
  • Kindergarten registration is now open. Parents are encouraged to register before school lets out in June.

Holy Angels School:

  • Sarah T, RCA Board of Directors Secretary is the new RCA Representative on the Holy Angels School Council.
  • Student Discovery Day – April 19, 2018

● Health & Wellness Fare – May 10, 2018

● Kindergarten registration is now open. Parents are encouraged to register before school lets out in June.

4. Safety & Crime Prevention

  • Discussion about recent concerns about car break ins and car prawlings -please review information on Safety & Crime Prevention page. Police is aware of these concerns.
  • Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity as well as lock their vehicles

5. Updates from Riverbend Community Association

  • Events planned for 2018
  • Two new board members: Christina Matisons – incoming VP Administrations and Allison Adair – Director Crime Prevention & Safety
  • Lots of opportunities to engage -see our Volunteer Opportunities page for more details
  • We lost two long term volunteers and community contributors- our most sincere condolences to the family of David Crutcher and Les Aasen
  • Roller Skating Program starting June 2nd on Saturdays from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.

6. Updates from RCA Development & Planning Committee

  • Secondary Suites Council's vote from March 12th
  • Playgrounds: There are several parks listed as being in poor to fair condition and are at risk of being removed. We would like to take a look at all of the playgrounds in Riverbend and develop some ideas for how to best utilize the remaining playgrounds and what sort of replacement equipment we would like to see.

TUESDAY Feb 20, 2018 Meeting (7PM-9PM) RECAP

1. Representatives from MLA Brandy Payne (Associate Minister of Health), Ward 12 Councillor Shane Keating provided updates:

  • Green Line LRT
    • Councilor Keating is advocating to extend Stage 1 all the way to MacKenzie Towne station, which would benefit several surrounding communities in Ward 12
    • Stage 1 funding is all in place; bidding process will be starting soon
    • A report outlining what to expect in future stages of the project is due in March
  • 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey
  • Transportation

2. Calgary Board of Education Trustee Mike Bradshaw and Separate Board Trustee Cathie Williams also provided updates

3. Safety & Crime Prevention

  • Discussion about recent concerns about car break ins and car prawlings -please review information on Safety & Crime Prevention page

4. Updates from Riverbend Community Association

5. Updates from RCA Development & Planning Committee

  • President of Ecco Recycling -Alec McDougall provided updates about new honey program as well as planned facility changes due to Green Line LRT project. Landfill will be closing in 2024, materials recovery facility is extended until 2037. RV storage and Wood chip facility will be removed to make space for the QP Green line LRT station.
  • Sofina Chicken Processing plant is being relocated from Ramsay (under Lilydale ownership) to Dufferin North Industrial Park. New plan is built with state of the art equipment and there should not be any odour related concerns
  • New South Hill Community
  • River Rock Manor playground space -engaging community on ideas how to utilize this space.
  • Update on Secondary Suites Council's vote on March 12th
  • Changes to Shepard Landfill hours: Starting Feb. 5, 2018, the Spyhill and East Calgary sites will be open Monday - Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Shepard site will be closed to residential and commercial traffic. Industrial waste will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday to Friday.
  • Discussed concerns about vehicles speeding while exiting Carburn Park. Discussing options on how to address this issue with the City.
  • Discussed concerns about dogs running off leash in green space between Riverbend School and Bow River pathway. Please review available Responsible Pet Ownership materials.
  • Riverbend School Fence Project- school is engaging the community to decorate the chain link fence- please see picture below