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May 4, 2015 Council Meeting Highlights

May 05, 2015

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS


Delta Trades & Technical Career Fair
With more than 3,500 attendees and 90 exhibits, the third annual Delta Trades & Technical Career Fair was another success. Visit delta.ca/careerfair to keep posted for the 2016 date.

Emergency Preparedness Week
May 3–9 is Emergency Preparedness Week. On May 4, Delta Council experienced Quake Cottage, a mobile earthquake simulator, to better understand the impact of an earthquake. Mayor Jackson urges the community to participate in Emergency Preparedness Week and get prepared for an emergency. There are two free Ask the Expert workshops at Harris Barn in Ladner on Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6.

Heritage Fair
The Delta Museum hosts the Heritage Fair this Saturday, May 9, 11 am–2 pm at the Harris Barn in Ladner. The event showcases student research projects on Canadian history.

Mother’s Day
Mayor Jackson wished all mothers a wonderful Mother’s Day this Sunday. In honour of Mother’s Day, Delta aquatic facilities are hosting Mother’s Day Carnation Swims and giving all parents and guardians free admission on Sunday, May 10.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

2015 Earth Day Photo Contest Winners
Mayor Lois E. Jackson presented the 2015 Earth Day Photo Contest winners with a certificate. Congratulations again to all of the winners! View the Earth Day Photo Contest 2015 Facebook album.

DELEGATIONS/PRESENTATIONS


Port Alberni Trans-shipment Hub
Council received a delegation from the Port Alberni Port Authority, including Ron Crema, Chair, Zoran Knezevic, President and CEO, and David A. McCormick, Director of Public Relations & Business Development. The delegation presented and discussed the Port Alberni Trans-shipment Hub short sea shipping project. View the presentation.

BYLAWS

Final Consideration and Adoption of Bylaws No. 7413 and 7414
Council gave final consideration and adoption to the Delta 2015 to 2019 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 7413, 2015, and the Development Cost Charge Reserve Funds Expenditure Bylaw No. 7414, 2015. View the staff report.

Final Consideration and Adoption of Bylaws No. 7427, 7428, 7429
Council gave final consideration and adoption to the Delta Annual Rates and Tax Collection (Municipal) Bylaw No. 5751, 199 Amendment Bylaw No. 7427, 2015; Delta Annual Rates and Tax Collection (Other) Bylaw No. 5752, 1999 Amendment Bylaw No. 7428, 2015; and Tsawwassen Business Improvement Area Rates Bylaw No. 7429, 2015. View the staff report.

DISCUSSION REPORTS


Update: Invasive Plant Management Program
Council received a review of the Invasive Plant Management Program, which continues to reduce the number of invasive plants in our community. The weed control program and ivy pull events proved to be successful in 2014 and will continue into 2015. Climate Action & Environment staff recognized volunteers from the Cougar Creek Streamkeepers and the Lower Mainland Green Team for their contributions toward the program. View the staff report.

Update: Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
Council received an update on the National Energy Board review of the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project and Metro Vancouver’s participation as an intervenor in this process. Council approved the staff recommendation that Mayor Lois E. Jackson send a letter to Metro Vancouver requesting Delta’s concerns regarding the adequacy of spill response and potential impact to Delta’s sensitive shorelines be brought forward in the submission of written evidence by Metro Vancouver to the National Energy Board. View the staff report.

Update: Roberts Bank Terminal 2
Council received an update regarding the environmental assessment process for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. On March 30, 2015, Port Metro Vancouver submitted the Environmental Impact Statement for Roberts Bank Terminal 2 to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA). Subsequently, on April 17, 2015, CEAA released amended Review Panel Terms of Reference and updated Guidelines for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment. View the staff report. 

Update: Burns Bog Drainage and 2015 Work Plan
Council received a summary of 2014 achievements and 2015 work plan items for Burns Bog, including drainage management and water level monitoring. View the staff report.

Annieville Lions Park – Playground Replacement Proposal
Council approved a proposal by the North Delta Lions Club to replace a portion of the existing playground at Annieville Lions Park and agreed to provide a letter of support to the Lions Club for its application to the Co-op Community Spaces grant. View the staff report.

Grade Five through Eight Pass Program
Council approved the recommendation to expand the Grade Five, Six, and Seven Pass Program to include grade eight students, allowing more Delta youth to establish and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle by participating in drop-in programs at Delta recreation facilities. View the staff report.
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Issued by the Office of the Mayor – May 5, 2015

View the Council reports and complete agenda from the May 4, 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.