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March 7, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Mar 08, 2016



MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS


Daylight Saving Time


On Sunday, March 13, Daylight Saving Time starts, meaning it is time to spring your clocks forward one hour. In addition to changing the clocks, Delta Fire & Emergency Services wanted to impress upon Delta residents to change the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout their homes. This practice is recommended to be done a minimum of twice a year, when the clocks change in the spring and fall. Delta Fire also encourages Delta residents to test alarms monthly as an effective way to help prevent fire-related emergencies.

Free Sustainable Gardening Workshops


Delta’s Free Sustainable Gardening Workshops return on March 10, and Delta residents are invited to register to learn from our team of instructors on a variety of topics. From small-space gardening and pest control to harvesting honey, there is a workshop for everyone interested in exercising their green thumb, regardless of experience. These workshops run throughout the spring and summer, until the beginning of October. For more information or to register, please go to Delta.ca/SustainableWorkshops.

Spring/Summer Registration


Delta’s 2016 Spring and Summer Leisure Guide is online to view. Physical copies will be available for pick up at local recreation centres, libraries, and health units on March 10, when registration opens up. If you’re thinking about programs for the spring or are planning ahead for the summer, use the opportunity to download the guide and start mapping your spring and summer activities. The guide is available at Delta.ca/LeisureGuide.

PRESENTATIONS


2016 Delta Relay for Life


Council received a presentation from Ian Tait from the Organizing Committee for Delta Relay for Life. The Relay for Life, an initiative of the Canadian Cancer Society, provided information regarding the Society’s mission to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer through research, information, support, and prevention. The presentation also outlined the goals for the 2016 Delta Relay for Life, including greater engagement from The Corporation of Delta, business and youth, with a goal of 200 participants and 25 teams, and to exceed the 2015 fundraising numbers of $58,000. There are several ways to support the Relay: through registration of a team, donation, volunteerism, or sponsorship. Council also approved the recommendation that Delta Noise Control Bylaw No. 1906, 1972 be relaxed on Saturday, June 11, 2016 between 8 pm and 10 pm to accommodate the Relay for Life. Council also approved that a facility rental fee grant of 100% of the rental fee be awarded to the Canadian Cancer Society for the use of the Delta showstage. View the staff report.

DISCUSSION REPORTS


George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project


Council received a staff update regarding the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and information on the Metro Vancouver staff report that was submitted to the Intergovernment and Finance Committee requesting an additional two months to evaluate the impacts of the Project. Delta Council supports the recommendations to send a copy of the Delta staff report to the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure as well as all Metro Vancouver Directors. Furthermore, Delta Council will request that the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure retain the current timeline for conducting the Project Definition Report review while continuing to receive input from stakeholders. View the staff report.

Grand Prix of Art

Council approved support for the 2016 Grand Prix of Art scheduled to take place in Ladner Village on July 17, 2016. Support for the event would come in the form of a facility rental fee grant of $612 provided to the Artists in the Village Society for use of the Ladner Community Centre and McKee Seniors Recreation Centre main halls, a financial contribution of $3,500 to cover costs of 30 tents, and a Highway Use Permit to allow the use of tents at various locations around Ladner. These funding requests are covered in the 2016 Financial Plan. View the staff report.

Memorial Park Sport Court Concept Plan


Council approved support for the proposed improvements to the sport court at Memorial Park in Ladner. This support involves approval of conceptual plans attached to the staff report and the undertaking of a public information process to communicate the proposed changes and to gather input on the plans. The project will receive funding of $80,000 to develop and reinvigorate the underutilized northwest corner of Memorial Park. View the staff report. 

View the Council report and complete agenda from the March 7, 2016 Regular Meeting.

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