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March 10, 2014 Council Meeting Highlights

Mar 13, 2014

DELEGATION

Reach Child & Youth Development Society
Council viewed a presentation from Reach Child & Youth Development Society Executive Director, Renie D’Aquila, regarding a funding campaign to develop a new child development centre at Kin House. Council resolved that Delta work with Reach on a Federal Government grant application for potential funding towards Reach’s new centre. View the presentation.

Deltassist
Council received a delegation from Deltassist that presented the organization’s Annual Report and discussed the Christmas Hamper Program. Deltassist representatives in attendance were Maurice Bouchard, President, Doug Sabourin, Executive Director, Carroll Lefebvre, Director, Garth Cuthbert, Director, Elaine Greggain, Secretary, and Len Stroh, Treasurer. View the presentation.

Here and Now Youth Engangement Foundation
Council received a delegation from Isabella Thompson, President and Founder, and Tara Joshi, Director of Youth Engagement, of the Here and Now Youth Engagement Foundation, regarding youth mental health and awareness. Council granted the delegates $1,500 to support their attendance at an upcoming conference in Ottawa. View the presentation.

BYLAWS

Final adoption: Delta Council Members Remuneration Bylaw No. 7317, 2014 Council gave final consideration and adoption to Bylaw No. 7317, 2014, which adjusts Mayor and Council salaries to the average of the four closest municipal comparators (Coquitlam, Richmond, Township of Langley and District of North Vancouver). View the staff report.

Final adoption: Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977 Amendment (Prohibition of Medical Marihuana facilities – P13-10) Bylaw No. 7313, 2014
Council gave final consideration and adoption to Bylaw No. 7313, 2014, which prohibits medical marihuana production facilities throughout Delta on lands located outside of the Agricultural Land Reserve. Entrepreneurs seeking to establish a medical marihuana production facility in Delta would be required to apply for a site-specific re-zoning, subject to Council approval.  View the staff report.

Staff is awaiting approval from the Minister of Agriculture regarding the status of Bylaw No. 7314, 2014, which would prohibit medical marihuana production facilities on lands located within the Agricultural Land Reserve. Staff will report back to Council at a future meeting regarding Bylaw No. 7314 upon receipt of a response from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Delta Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 7319, 2014 and Municipal Ticketing Information Bylaw No. 7320, 2014
Council gave first, second and third readings to amended Bylaws No. 7319, 2014 and No. 7320, 2014. The bylaw amendments would provide Inspectors and Delta Police Officers with the ability to enforce the prohibition of non-commercial medical marihuana operations in Delta. View the staff report.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Parks, Recreation & Culture 2014 Commission Work Plan
Council approved the 2014 Parks, Recreation & Culture Commission Work Plan, which outlines new and continued projects and initiatives for this year, including taking over management of the Harris Barn, Ladner sport field openings, continued delivery of programs and services and community-wide and special events. View the staff report.

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Fraser Surrey Docks proposed Direct Transfer Coal Facility Update
Council approved a recommendation to request that Port Metro Vancouver provide details of additional Environmental Impact Assessment information requested from Fraser Surrey Docks. A recommendation was also approved to request the port authority provide an opportunity for the independent interagency review committee proposed by Delta to review the scope of the supplementary information requested and the results of that assessment. View staff report.

2014 UBCM Resolutions
Council approved the following 2014 resolutions to be submitted to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA) for endorsement prior to submission to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM):

  • Child Poverty
  • Concurrent Disorders and Chronic Offenders
  • Property Reclassification of Medical Marihuana Production Facilities
  • Trade and Technology Skills Training
  • Groundwater Use Determination Under BC Contaminated Sites Regulation

Each year, municipalities are invited to submit resolutions for debate at the annual UBCM convention. View the staff report.

Child and Youth $20 Drop-in Special
Council approved the Parks, Recreation & Culture department proposed child and youth summer pricing promotion. The promotion provides a cost incentive to encourage children and youth to participate in drop-in programs at Delta recreation facilities throughout summer. The program will offer a special summer fee of $20 per person and apply only to the period of June 26–September 7, 2014. View the staff report.

Age-friendly British Columbia Community Designation
Council approved a recommendation that the Corporation of Delta endorse age-friendly initiatives and services in our community and apply to the Province of British Columbia to promote Delta as an age-friendly community. Council also approved a recommendation to apply for funding through the Health Communities Capacity Building program to support the development of two seniors expos. View the staff report.

Ladner Leisure Centre Award Authorization
Council authorized the Director of Finance and Director of Community Planning & Development to move forward with the contract award process for the remediation work of the failed Ladner Leisure Centre façade. The Corporation of Delta will award contracts to an architectural firm and a project manager, as well as amend the contract with Heatherbrae Builders Co Ltd. to include the removal of the arena’s interior walls by an abatement specialist. The 2014 Financial Plan contains an insurance reserve intended to cover costs of emergency repairs and infrastructure failures such as the repairs at Ladner Leisure Centre. View the staff report. ______________________________________________________________________

Issued by the Office of the Mayor - March 12, 2014

View the Council reports and complete agenda from the March 10, 2014 Regular Meeting of Council

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor's Office at 604-946-3210 or email mayor@delta.ca.