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March 30, 2015 Council Meeting Highlights

Mar 31, 2015




MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS


Ottawa Delegation
Last week, March 22–26, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Councillor Ian L. Paton, CAO George V. Harvie, and Fire Chief Dan Copeland travelled to Ottawa to meet with a number of federal ministers to discuss priority issues for Delta. Topics discussed include Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Expansion project, funding for ongoing maintenance dredging of the Fraser River secondary channels, funding options for Boundary Bay Airport, project eligibility for disaster mitigation infrastructure, and Canada Post’s transition to community mailboxes.

#TalkDelta Municipal Open Houses
Mayor Jackson invited Delta residents and businesses to the upcoming #TalkDelta Municipal Open Houses from 4–9 pm on Wednesday, April 8 in Ladner at the Ladner Leisure Centre; Thursday, April 9 in Tsawwassen at the South Delta Recreation Centre; and Wednesday, April 15 in North Delta at the Sungod Recreation Centre

Start the engagement early and join us for a Twitter Town Hall to discuss transportation on Tuesday, April 7, 12–1 pm. Follow @CorpDelta.

2015 Heritage Banner Design Contest
Mayor Jackson and Council announced the Heritage Banner Design Contest will run for a second year, and Delta is accepting entries for the 2015 contest from March 30–June 1, 2015. Three winners, including one overall grand prize winner, will be chosen.

2015 Mayor Jackson’s Garden Contest for Kids
Mayor Jackson encouraged local youth to participate in her annual Garden Contest for Kids by growing a garden this spring/summer. Youth ages 5–16 are invited to submit an entry form and photograph of them actively participating and caring for their garden from August 7–September 14, 2015 to win a prize. 

SPECIAL PRESENTATION


Delta Youth Sustainability Network
Mayor Lois E. Jackson recognized the winners of the Delta Youth Environmental League’s Design A Green Sign contest with a certificate. Congratulations to all participants for being an advocate for our environment and creating awareness of the importance of sustainability. View the presentation.

Big Sisters
Council received a delegation from Vanessa Woznow, Manager of Marketing and Communications, Big Sisters, who gave a presentation to promote and raise awareness of the Big Sisters program and need for volunteers. View the presentation.

DISCUSSION REPORTS


Feedback – Metro Vancouver Transportation & Transit Referendum
Council received a summary of the feedback submitted by Delta residents and businesses regarding the upcoming Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Referendum (Plebiscite by Elections BC). More than 200 responses were received: 60% were clearly inclined to vote “No,” citing distrust of Translink and opposition to another tax; 10% were clearly inclined to vote “Yes,” citing long-term benefits; and 30% did not indicate a voting preference but included comments. View the staff report.

Coal Dustfall Monitoring Update
Council received the final results of the year-long Coal Dustfall Monitoring project, which will be analyzed along with Metro Vancouver results to develop meaningful conclusions and recommendations for Council’s consideration. The January 2015 results were similar to the October sample and did not exceed the Air Quality guidelines for total dustfall. View the staff report.

Irrigation System Improvement Projects
Council granted early budget approval for the Irrigation System Improvement Projects prior to formal approval of the 2015 Financial Plan. Early approval will benefit the farming community by allowing the work to be completed ahead of spring planting and providing better operation of the new system during the upcoming irrigation season. It will also allow for the work to be completed within the Department of Fisheries and Oceans timing window. View the staff report.

Great Blue Heron Way
Council approved the recommendation that a letter be sent to the Great Blue Heron Way Committee in support of its efforts to create trail linkages between Delta and neighbouring communities. The Great Blue Heron Way is a vision of Tsawwassen First Nation and would be a multi-use recreational trail connecting TFN lands, Delta and nearby communities. View the staff report.

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Issued by the Office of the Mayor – March 30, 2015

View the Council reports and complete agenda from the March 30, 2015 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.