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Februaury 15, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Feb 16, 2016



MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Heritage Week 2016

BC Heritage Week kicked off on Monday and the Corporation of Delta has big plans to celebrate Delta’s storied past. On top of the displays scattered throughout Delta facilities, the 2016 Heritage Hunt Photo Contest and the Heritage Scholarship nominations are also taking place. The Heritage Hunt encourages residents to make their way to local facilities and submit their entry into the provided ballot box. The Heritage Advisory Commission Scholarship seeks to award a graduating Delta high school student $1000 towards their post-secondary education for their interest in local or regional heritage. For information about the Heritage Week festivities, please visit Delta.ca/Heritage.

Annacis Island Congestion

On Friday, February 12, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, accompanied by North Delta MLA Scott Hamilton, Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie, Director of Engineering Steven Lan, and Chief Constable Neil Dubord, met with Annacis Island businesses and employees to address the traffic congestion issues on the Island. The meeting was in response to public feedback received by the Corporation of Delta. The Delta Engineering Department is reviewing all comments provided during the meeting and will present a final recommendation to Council. Any further feedback, comments, or concerns can be forwarded to feedbacktomayor@delta.ca.

Winskill Park Master Plan

The public consultations for the Winskill Park Master Plan have started and all Delta residents are invited to be a part of the process. Over the next six months, Delta will be holding a series of meetings with members of the community, stakeholders, and community organizations to develop a long-range plan for Winskill Park. The next public meeting is May 4 at the South Delta Recreation Centre. To provide feedback, visit Delta.ca/WinskillPark.

PRESENTATIONS

2016 Heritage Awards

At last night’s Council Meeting, Mayor Lois E. Jackson presented the 2016 Heritage Awards to individuals and groups whose work ranges from commemorating one of the province’s most significant archaeological and cultural landscapes to raising awareness of our rich past through today’s technology. She went on to present the Heritage Award of Merit to seven First Nations who were a part of the creation of the səẃq́ʷeqsən (“Recognition Area”) at the Foot of the Alex Fraser Bridge.

 2016 Heritage Award of Merit:

  • Katzie First Nation
  • Kwantlen First Nation
  • Kwikwetlem First Nation
  • Musqueam First Nation
  • Semiahmoo First Nation
  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Tsawwassen First Nation

Mayor Jackson also presented the Friends of Heritage Awards to those who have contributed to heritage advocacy, conservation, and preservation.

2016 Friends of Heritage Awards

  • Boundary Bay Park Association for promoting heritage through activities at the historic Cammidge House
  • Rick Pelletier for his heritage photo restorations and installations at the buildings in Hawthorne Grove Park
  • Gary Cullen for promoting interest and awareness of local heritage through his Facebook group Tsawwassen: Old Photos

DISCUSSION REPORTS

2016 Heritage Banner Design Contest

Council approved the designation of the Heritage Banner Design Contest as an annual program. Coordination of the 2016 Heritage Banner Design Contest will proceed, launching in Spring 2016. Since beginning in 2014, this will be the third consecutive year that the Corporation of Delta has ran the design contest, with each year building on the success and recognition generated from the previous. Staff are currently reviewing submission guidelines and preparing a communications plan in preparation for the 2016 contest. View the staff report. 

Changes to Emergency Management Legislation in BC

Council received an update on the proposed changes to emergency management legislation in British Columbia and approved the recommendations from staff for Mayor Lois E. Jackson to write a letter to the Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness conveying Delta’s support for and concerns with the proposed changes. The changes are meant to update the existing Emergency Program Act, which was introduced in 1993. These updates include modernizing concepts and structure of the Act, clarifying roles and responsibilities, and supporting emergency response and recovery. View the staff report.

Fraser River Management Collaborative

Council approved the establishment of a multi-stakeholder collaborative to develop a comprehensive strategy for the management of the Lower Fraser River and to lobby for ongoing federal funding for river infrastructure and management programs, as recommended by the Ladner Sediment group. This collaborative will also lobby the federal government for secure, long-term funding for the initiative. A copy of the report will be sent to the Fraser Basin Council. The Ladner Sediment group is comprised of business owners, residents and other stakeholders who have an interest in local waterways around Ladner.  View the staff report.

View the Council report and complete agenda from the February 15, 2016 Regular Meeting.

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