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February 22, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Feb 23, 2016



MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pink Shirt Day

On Wednesday, February 24, The Corporation of Delta is taking part in Pink Shirt Day in an effort to help end bullying in our community. As part of the event, Mayor Lois E. Jackson encourages residents to wear pink and demonstrate kindness to one another. Shirt purchases and donations can be made at PinkShirtDay.ca, with all net proceeds going towards anti-bullying initiatives that directly help youth in need. Last year, these funds went towards the Boys’ & Girls’ Club of Western Canada, Canadian Red Cross BC, Kids Help Phone, Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, and many others.

Spring Break Events

Spring Break is fast approaching and Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture are prepared to help you stay active. From March 14 through March 28, residents can register or drop-in for some of the excellent programs we have available. There are a variety of different camps for all ages, as well as Leaders of Tomorrow Level 1 and 2, First Aid and Lifesaving courses, and many different sports camps. Some of the more notable events being featured during the break are the Earth Hour Swim and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Visit Delta.ca to download the interactive Spring Break guide or to register.   

Delta Career Fair

The Delta Trades & Technical Career Fair is returning to Sungod Recreation Centre on April 28 from 9 am until 8 pm. Students, parents, and the general public are invited to attend this free event to explore trades and technical opportunities through hands-on, interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Industry experts will also be available to field questions and give insight into what your future could hold. For updates or to learn how to become an exhibitor, visit Delta.ca/CareerFair.

PRESENTATIONS

2016 Heritage Awards

At last night’s Council Meeting, Mayor Lois E. Jackson presented the 2016 Heritage Award of Merit to representatives of the Tsawwassen First Nation, the Katzie First Nation and the Kwikwetlem First Nation for the work they’ve done in the creation of səẃq́ʷeqsən (Recognition Area). Alongside the Musqueam, Tsleil-Wauthuth and Semiahmoo First Nations, whose representatives we presented with the 2016 Heritage Award of Merit at the February 15 Council Meeting, these members have contributed greatly to the protection of this archaeologically significant area along South Fraser Perimeter Road.  

Experience Delta

Council received a presentation from Tom Awrey, Executive Director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, and Ian Tait, Special Projects of the Delta Chamber of Commerce regarding the Experience Delta. The presentation highlighted the Suite of Products from Experience Delta, including the community app, quarterly magazine, business directory upgrade, dedicated website, and social media channels. The purpose was to demonstrate how Experience Delta benefits businesses in all communities in Delta, informs and engages residents, tourists and visitors, enhances visitor servicing and outreach programs and utilizes current technology to promote Delta effectively.

Annacis Island Traffic Congestion

Council received a presentation from Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie, Director of Engineering Steven Lan, Chief Constable Neil Dubord, and Property Use & Compliance Manager Hugh Davies regarding the Annacis Island Traffic Congestion. Council approved $130,000 from Council Contingency for additional Delta Police enforcement for up to one year, and for Mayor Lois E. Jackson, along with North Delta MLA Scott Hamilton, to meet with the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Honourable Todd Stone, to request the implementation of the southbound right turn restriction on Highway 91 and to review the Province’s tolling policy. The request to amend Highway Bylaw 6922, and concurrent Municipal Ticketing Information and Bylaw Notice Enforcement was also approved by Council. View the Staff Report.

DISCUSSION REPORTS

2016 Boundary Bay Airport Airshow  

Council approved the request from Alpha Aviation to hold its annual airshow on July 23, 2016, as well as a cash contribution of up to $35,000 as part of The Corporation of Delta’s commitment to a cost-sharing partnership with Alpha Aviation. Subject to receiving the appropriate permits, a beer and wine garden will be permitted at the event. This annual event has remained a free family event due to the support from the Corporation of Delta and contributions from sponsors. Last year’s event was attended by approximately 15,000 people. View the staff report.

2016 Delta Regional Heritage Fair

Council approved a facility rental fee grant and financial support to the Delta Museum and Archives Society to support the hosting of a Delta Regional Heritage Fair in April 2016. The 2016 fair is a planned two day event that will showcase Canadian history through student generated exhibits. Last year’s fair demonstrated an increase in participation by Delta students, citing a 25% increase with submissions of 311 student-created projects, with 94 selected for presentation. View the staff report.

North Delta Recreation Centre and Ladner Readerboards

Council approved the installation of new exterior facility signage, including an electronic readerboard at the North Delta Recreation Centre and a replacement for the Ladner readerboard at Highway 17A and Ladner Trunk Road through a Request for Proposals process. The 2016 Financial Plan includes $150,000 for these projects, both of which provide means of communication with the public, displaying a variety of messages, from emergency related messages to community events and information. The current readerboards in Ladner and North Delta were installed in 2005 and 2006, respectively. View the staff report. 

View the Council report and complete agenda from the February 22, 2016 Regular Meeting.

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