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July 11, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Jul 12, 2016

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Burns Bog Fire


Council extended gratitude to all of those who participated in dealing with the Burns Bog Fire, including Delta Fire, Delta Police, BC Wildfire Services, Metro Vancouver Parks, and Delta Staff. Thanks was also offered to the businesses and property owners in the area for their understanding regarding closures and evacuations. Delta will be requesting a meeting with Metro Vancouver’s Scientific Advisory Panel and utilizing the expertise of Delta staff to identify a scientific-based solution for Burns Bog’s recovery.   

Tour de Delta


Congratulations to all the cyclists, staff, and over 400 volunteers that participated in the Tour de Delta over the weekend. On the women’s side, Joelle Numainville from Quebec dominated, winning all three Tour de Delta races. For the men, Ryan Roth from Ontario won the White Spot Road Race, Scott Law from Australia won the Brenco Criterium, and Elliott Doyle from Quebec won the MK Delta Criterium. Full race results can be found at TourdeDelta.ca.  

Grand Prix of Art


On July 17, a different type of race is happening throughout Ladner Village. Artists in the Village, the Corporation of Delta and the Travellingbrush.ca are uniting artists of all levels to compete in a one-of-a-kind race against the clock. Starting at 10 am, competitors will have three hours to create an original piece and present their works for display and adjudication at Ladner Community Centre. Spectators are welcome to attend and vote for their favourite as the “People’s Choice Award”. For more information, go to GrandPrixofArt.ca/Delta.

DISCUSSION REPORTS


South Delta Business Sustainability Strategy Update


Council received an update regarding the South Delta Business Sustainability Strategy. Over the course of approximately a year, the Corporation of Delta has made great strides towards achieving actions in the Strategy. Some of the highlights include, the establishment of the Invest in Delta Mayor’s Standing Committee to oversee and coordinate the Strategy, the Mayor’s Economic Breakfast on January 29, 2016, Delta’s delegation to Ottawa in April 2016 to meet with Federal Government representatives, and the adoption of South Delta Revitalization Tax Exemption Program Bylaw No. 7574 by Council at the June 13, 2016 Regular Meeting, among other successes. View the staff report. 

Urban Reforestation Project – 2015 Tree Planting Status


Council received a status update on the trees planted as part of the Urban Reforestation Project. As part of the contract awarded to Canadian Landscape and Civil Services Ltd. (CLCS), 589 trees were planted at Cromie Park, Paterson Park, and along Nordel Way. Due to the change in temperature, weather patterns, and lack of rainfall, the nature of planting trees has become a challenging endeavor. Trees that have either died or are stressed due to the transplant are to be replaced by CLCS. To date, 43 trees have been replaced. View the staff report.

South Delta Recreation Centre Accessibility


Council endorsed the recommendations to bring funding for the installation of a vertical lift, upper floor reconfiguration, and an accessibility retrofit for the washrooms at South Delta Recreation Centre to the 2017 Business Planning Workshop for consideration. Council also approved the recommendation for staff to seek grant opportunities to assist in the installation of the lift and other mobility access improvements at the South Delta Recreation Centre. View the staff report.

View the Council report and complete agenda from the July 11, 2016 Regular Meeting.