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June 27, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Jun 28, 2016

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Canada Day

Canada Day is this Friday, July 1, and everyone is invited to come join the festivities taking place throughout Delta. First, head to Diefenbaker Park in Tsawwassen at 10 am for family activities with an official ceremony and cake cutting at 1 pm. Afterwards, Kirkland House in Ladner hosts more food, fun and games for people of all ages, including rides, antique tractors, and live music to enjoy. Finally, round out the evening with the magical fireworks display taking place at North Delta’s Chalmers Park. Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs, and celebrate Canada’s birthday in style. Go to Delta.ca/CanadaDay for more information.  

Delta Hospital Golf Tournament

Mayor Lois E. Jackson extended congratulations to the Delta Hospital for raising a record breaking $206,000 as part of the Delta Hospital Golf Tournament. This is the 17th year for the event, which saw 151 golfers hit the links to help raise money for cancer care. A total of 200 people enjoyed the sit-down dinner, contributing to the final amount raised. Mayor Jackson also offered thanks to titled sponsor, Century Group, as well as 51 other sponsors, auction donors, and volunteers for their commitment to Delta Hospital.   

Delta Seniors Bus

On June 28, 2016, the new Delta Seniors Bus servicing Ladner and Tsawwassen will be picking up its first clients for transportation. The bus has plenty of space for walkers and is fully equipped with an automatic lift to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. The bus will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:30 am until 4 pm. The new bus service mirrors the North Delta Seniors Bus, which started three years ago. The North Delta Seniors Bus has been a tremendous success, currently serving 350 registered riders. To register as a bus client, call 604-358-8765. For more information, call 604-940-6721.

PRESENTATIONS

2016 Heritage Commission Scholarship

Mayor Lois E. Jackson was proud to present a certificate to the the winner of the 2016 Heritage Commission Scholarship, Aidan Graham. Aidan, graduating from South Delta Secondary School, submitted an ornamental yellow-cedar paddle with a First Nations-style salmon carved and painted onto it. The work represents the importance of both the salmon and the paddle to the lives of First Nations people and Delta immigrants. Aidan has been accepted to study at Langara College in the fall and will be able to apply the scholarship of $1000 to his studies in business. To learn more about the scholarship, please visit Delta.ca.

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Publicly Available Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Council approved the recommendation that staff bring forward a proposal to the 2017 Business Plan Workshop for the installation of publicly available electric vehicle charging stations at locations in North Delta, Ladner and Tsawwassen. With the increasing demand for electric vehicles, many municipalities are updating infrastructure to include public charging stations. Currently, there are 459 available to the public across BC. Part of the proposal included in the 2017 Business Plan will be the recommendation that funding for proposed electric vehicle charging stations be provided through Delta’s Carbon Tax refund reserve. View the staff report.  

British Columbia’s Land Based Spill Response System

Council received information regarding the Province’s proposed revisions to the provincial spill response system, and endorsed comments to be submitted, along with a letter from Mayor Jackson, to the Minister of Environment regarding the proposed revisions. The revisions are based upon a review that addresses land spill prevention, response and recovery, and risk management in order to reduce harm, lower costs, and preserve the environment. Considering the amount of hazardous material currently transported within Delta’s boundaries, as well as proposed oil pipelines, revisions to British Columbia’s Land Based Spill Response are poised to benefit Delta. View the staff report.  

2015 Drinking Water Quality Report

Council received a report on Delta’s drinking water quality reporting results for the 2015 calendar year. In 2015, staff conducted nearly 1,400 water sample tests from Delta’s drinking water distribution system, obtained from 34 testing stations throughout Delta. The results met the provincial requirements as outline in the Drinking Water Protection Regulation. None of the samples taken tested positive for E.coli. View the staff report. 

View the Council report and complete agenda from the June 27, 2016 Regular Meeting.