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May 9, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

May 10, 2016

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mayor Jackson’s Garden Contest for Kids

Every year, children between the ages of 5 and 16 are invited to participate in Mayor Jackson’s Garden Contest for Kids. The photography element of the contest takes place in August, but now is the time to get started on your gardens! Entrants can grow a balcony garden, container garden, patio garden, or a vegetable garden. With a variety of fantastic prizes available, don’t hesitate on exercising your green thumb. For more information, go to Delta.ca/GardenContest.    

Do Your Doo Diligence 

From May 8 through 14, The Corporation of Delta, along with other municipalities across the lower mainland, will be reminding residents to pick up after their pet as part of Do Your Doo Diligence Week. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness for the potential health concerns caused by pet waste. Show respect for your neighbours by helping to create a clean and pleasant environment in your community. For more information, please go to Delta.ca.  

Stage 1 Water Restrictions

With the warmer weather upon us and summer months quickly approaching, water usage in Metro Vancouver is expected to double. As a result, the Corporation of Delta will be activating Stage 1 of Metro Vancouver’s Water Shortage Response Plan on May 15, 2016. Stage 1 Water Restrictions limits the days and times in which residents and businesses can water their lawns in an effort to conserve water when rainfall is at its lowest. For more details, please refer to Delta.ca/WaterRestrictions.  

DISCUSSION REPORTS

2015 Audited Financial Statements

Council received a presentation regarding the 2015 Consolidated Financial Statements as audited by the accounting firm, BDO. The statements are a useful representation of the municipality’s finances and financial viability, both long and short term. The financial statements indicate revenue sources, economic activities and the quality of its financial management. The statements will be included in the Corporation of Delta’s 2016 Annual Report, which is to be published by the end of June 2016. View the staff report.  

North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion

Council received the final report from George V. Harvie, Chief Administrative Officer, regarding the North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion project. The project, completed in February 2016, was approved in 2011 and commenced in November 2013. The expansion provides many community benefits including civic presence, access to municipal services, program space, social gathering space, increased recreational programs, a fitness centre, repurposed space in the existing facility for the Reach Child and Youth Development Society, a pottery studio, gallery space, change rooms, increased parking, and improved pedestrian and vehicle circulation. The expansion was a 28,000 ft2 (2,601 m2) addition that was constructed while access to existing facilities remained open. The project’s total cost was $14,350,000, without borrowing, which was less than the approved budget of $14,500,000. View the staff report.

Parkland Storage – North Delta Lions Club

Council approved the placement of an architecturally enhanced, 40 foot storage container in the Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre parking lot. The current storage container used by the Lions Club requires relocation as it is currently on land that is intended to be redeveloped. The container houses a number of assets for community events and initiatives. The Lions Club will fund the cost associated with the storage container placement and will work with the Kennedy House Seniors Society to ensure that the container receives appropriate aesthetic treatment. View the staff report.

View the Council report and complete agenda from the May 9, 2016 Regular Meeting.

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