March 9, 2015 Council Meeting Highlights
Mar 10, 2015
Mayor and Council call on Fraser Health Authority to Restore Delta Hospital Services
Mayor Jackson and Delta Council unanimously endorsed a staff report requesting Fraser Health Authority address service level shortfalls at Delta Hospital through the implementation of both short-term and long-term measures as identified by hospital physicians and the Delta Division of Family Practice. The request includes the immediate provision of four acute surgical beds and a cast clinic at Delta Hospital.
Council is requesting that Fraser Health work towards restoring Delta Hospital to a full service community hospital and that Delta be treated fairly with respect to receiving its fair share of necessary medical services. The report identifies Delta as the only community in British Columbia with a population greater than 60,000 that does not have full surgical care at its local hospital.
View the presentation by CAO George V. Harvie
View the staff report.
Canadian Cancer Society – Delta Relay for Life
On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, representatives from the Delta Relay for Life organizing committee presented information on this year’s event. The 2015 Delta Relay for Life will be held on Saturday May 30 from 11am to 11pm at North Delta Secondary School. To register, donate, or get involved, please visit the Delta Relay for Life website.
Mayor Jackson was presented with a certificate of recognition from the Canadian Cancer Society for her contributions and ongoing support towards the Relay.
Last week’s Port Metro Vancouver Fire
Mayor Lois E. Jackson commended the quick, coordinated response by Vancouver Fire and the various emergency responders and agencies involved in last week’s chemical fire at Port Metro Vancouver.
Mayor Jackson highlighted a Delta public safety project currently in the planning stages, which is the construction of a new fire hall, training facility and Emergency Operations Centre at Boundary Bay Airport. Delta recently submitted a grant application to the Federal Building Canada Fund to seek funding for this important initiative and will continue to lobby for this infrastructure to meet its growing public safety needs to protect citizens and community infrastructure.
@MayorofDelta Twitter page Launched
Last week an official Mayor of Delta Twitter page was launched; the site is similar to the Mayor of Delta Facebook page, and offers citizens another way to keep connected with news and events from Mayor and Council. Mayor Jackson’s Twitter address is @MayorofDelta. Be sure to follow the Mayor on Twitter.
2015 Financial Plan Consultation and Launch of Citizen Budget
Last week, Delta also launched a new online public engagement tool, known as Citizen Budget, as part of its 2015 Financial Plan consultation. Citizen Budget is a software program that allows you to simulate your own Delta municipal budget by allocating tax dollars to your preferred funding categories. Mayor Jackson encouraged residents to try the program and experience some of the decisions Council faces when developing the annual budget. March 23, 2015 is the deadline to provide feedback on Delta’s proposed 2015 Financial Plan.
Reminder – March 16 Public Feedback Deadline re: Metro Vancouver Transportation & Transit Referendum
Mayor Jackson reminded residents and businesses that March 16th is the deadline to submit feedback to Delta Council on the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Referendum. Send your feedback by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All feedback received will be compiled and publicly reported at the March 30 Regular Meeting of Delta Council. For more information, view the Mayor’s Message on the upcoming Referendum and for information on how to submit your feedback.
2015 Delta Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting
March 18th is the 105th Annual General Meeting of the Delta Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Jackson will present a “State of the Community” address, and swear in the next term of Board of Directors and Officers.
Delta’s Annual Earth Day Photo Contest Underway
This year Earth Day will take place on April 22nd, and as part of Delta’s Earth Day events, the 7th annual Earth Day Photo Contest is now underway. Delta residents are invited to take a photograph of a natural space, landscape, wildlife or something green in Delta. Submit your photograph by Monday April 6th to email@example.com. All contest photos will be featured on Delta’s Facebook page and on display in the Municipal Hall foyer throughout the month of April. For contest details, visit our website.
Next Council Meeting – March 30
The Mayor noted that with Spring Break starting next week, the next Regular Meeting of Council will be held Monday March 30th in the Council Chambers at Delta Municipal Hall. Mayor Jackson wished everyone a safe and happy Spring Break and reminded parents to visit our website for a listing of spring break activities or call the Parks & Recreation Customer Service line at 604-952-3000.
Meetings with Federal Officials in Ottawa
Council authorized Mayor Jackson, Councillor Paton, CAO George V. Harvie and the Mayor’s Executive Assistant to travel to Ottawa this month to meet with key federal government staff for three and a half days of meetings to discuss the following issues:
- Asia-Pacific Gateway, including Roberts Bank Terminal 2, role of inland ports, speculation on agricultural land and federal oversight of Port Metro Vancouver
- Funding for ongoing maintenance dredging of Fraser River secondary channels
- Proposed amendments to the federal Additions-to-Reserve Policy
- Medical marijuana production on agricultural land
- Canada Post transition to community mailboxes
- New Building Canada Fund – project eligibility and scope of program for disaster mitigation infrastructure
- Funding options for Boundary Bay Airport
The cost of the Ottawa delegation will not exceed $19,500. Staff will report back on the success of the delegation at a future Regular Meeting of Council. Previous Ottawa delegations have proven worthwhile in terms of supporting Delta’s interests, establishing key contacts and fostering relationships with federal staff. View the staff report.
2015 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Resolutions
Council endorsed the following resolutions to be forwarded to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association for endorsement prior to submission to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM):
- A sustainable dredging program for the secondary channels of the Lower Fraser River
- Geographic scope of environmental impact assessments
- Management of nuisance urban wildlife
- Widening of the range of services within the Parkland Development Cost Charges provision
The 2015 UBCM Convention will be held September 21-25, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. View the staff report.
Highway 17 Road Widening Project
Council authorized sending a letter to the Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Chief Bryce Williams, Tsawwassen First Nation, to reiterate Delta’s request for the construction of a pedestrian and cyclist overpass at 52 Street over Highway 17, in conjunction with the Highway 17 Road Widening Project. Delta is also asking the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Tsawwassen First Nation to provide information on the road widening project to the public through their websites and social media pages. View the staff report.
2014 Climate Action Report
Council endorsed submission of Delta’s Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program progress report to the Province in order for Delta to receive its 2014 rebate. The report summarizes Delta’s 2014 climate action progress towards the goals set out in the British Columbia Climate Action Charter. Since 2007, Delta has experienced a net 15% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions. View the staff report.
Stop the Radio Towers Coalition – Facility Fee Rental Grant
Council approved a facility fee rental grant to enable the Stop the Radio Towers Coalition to host a community fundraiser at the Harris Barn on June 7, 2015. Council continues to support the Stop the Radio Towers Coalition, who has been actively working for the community to ensure that the proposed radio towers in Point Roberts does not receive approval. View the staff report.
2015 $20 Child & Youth Summer Pass
Based on the success of last year’s Child & Youth Summer Pass, by Parks, Recreation & Culture, Council approved the 2015 Child & Youth $20 Summer Pass, which will be available for sale at the upcoming Talk Delta Municipal Open Houses in April. The Child & Youth Summer Pass program will run from June 25 to September 7, 2015. View the staff report.