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August 25, 2014 Council Meeting Highlights

Aug 26, 2014

MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Canadian Association of Police Governance Annual Conference
Mayor Lois E. Jackson returned from the Canadian Association of Police Governance Conference in Halifax where, along with CAO George Harvie, Chief Constable Jim Cessford, Melissa Lowe from Delta Police and Delta Police Board members Karla Rockwell and Hari Aroon, she participated in several informative seminars and round-table discussions, especially in regards to the struggle many police services in Canada face managing calls involving persons with mental illness. Specifically, the time offers must spend in emergency wards while individuals are waiting to be assessed by health care professionals. Mayor Jackson looks forward to working with the Delta Police Board to facilitate changes for the betterment of all parties in relation to these challenges. 

Decision on Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility Project
Last Thursday, Port Metro Vancouver announced its approval of the Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility. In response to this decision, Mayor Jackson requested that Delta's CAO George Harvie provide a complete report to Council at the next Regular Meeting of Council on September 8. The report will include an analysis of conditions set out by Port Metro Vancouver for Fraser Surrey Docks to meet environmental and safety standards, Metro Vancouver's role in relation to their Air Quality Regulatory Program and whether an air quality permit will be required, and an update on the Corporation of Delta's independent coal dust monitoring program. View Port Metro Vancouver's news release.

Elliott Street Wharf Public Fish Sales
Fish sales commenced the week of August 12 and, depending on weather conditions and availability, will be conducted until September 30 from 8 am–5 pm daily. When the Wharfinger notifies Delta that fish sales are available, we will post an update on the Corporation of Delta's Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow us on Facebook.com/CorpofDelta and Twitter.com/CorpDelta.

Online Newsletter
Delta's first online newsletter will be delivered to email inboxes this September. Keep updated on Delta's initiatives and events, and subscribe to the online newsletter today

Luminary Festival
Attend the Luminary Festival on Saturday, September 6, at North Delta's Sunstone Park and discover unique entertainment, amazing costumes and the lantern parade. 

9th Annual Day at the Farm
Celebrate Delta's agriculture and nature with Day at the Farm on Saturday, September 6, at Westham Island Herb Farm, coordinated by Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust. 

Last Concert in the Park
Enjoy the last concert of the summer Concerts in the Park series on Wednesday, August 27, at Sunshine Hills Park. 

Labour Day Hours of Operation
Please note this weekend is Labour Day long weekend and the Municipal Hall will be closed on Monday, September 1. The next Regular Meeting of Council is on Monday, September 8, at the Municipal Hall. 

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS

Flood Protection – Boundary Bay Dike
Council approved the recommendation to award a contract for the Boundary Bay Dike Foreshore Upgrades (two sites) project to SNC-Lavalin Inc. in the amount of $94,920, including GST. The federal and provincial governments have partnered to fund flood protection infrastructure projects in British Columbia. The funding arrangements are made through the Provincial Flood Protection Program (Emergency Management BC) and the Federal Building Canada Fund – Communities Component. View the staff report. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Ladner Leisure Centre Update
Council approved the recommendation to revise the scope of work and funding for the Ladner Leisure Centre project budget from $3.8 million to $3.94 million, to include additional pre-planned maintenance and security system work. The $140K will be allocated within the 2014 budget. Council received a project progress update noting that while the project is scheduled to complete on time (November 10), the August 28 milestone of ice-making will be delayed to allow for the seismic steel upgrade and painting of the entire interior, which was added outside of the project's original scope of work. View the staff report. View the staff presentation.

North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion Update
Council received an update on the North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion project. Construction commenced on July 7, 2014, and the project is proceeding on schedule and within budget. Upcoming key milestones include completion of excavation for the new building, completion of new water services, and footings poured. View the staff report. View the staff presentation.

Ladner Sport Field Enhancement Project Update
Council received an update on the Ladner Sport Field Enhancement Project, which noted the project is proceeding on schedule and within budget. The Cromie Park baseball diamond was completed in April 2014 and is in use. Dugald Morrison Park synthetic turf field will be completed early this September with the grand opening scheduled for September 13, and construction for the field house at Dugald Morrison Park commenced on August 5 and is anticipated to be complete in early 2015. Hawthorne Park softball diamond redevelopment is under way and anticipated to be open for play by the end of April 2015. View the staff report. View the staff presentation. 

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Issued by the Office of the Mayor  – August 26, 2014

View the Council reports and complete agenda from the August 26, 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.