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August 15, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Aug 16, 2016

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Animal Expo

The 8th Annual Delta Community Animal Expo returns to Ladner Memorial Park on Sunday, August 21st. This free, family event includes games and activities, a dog-house building competition, booths from wildlife rescue organizations and animal support businesses, dog and rabbit agility shows, and a variety of food trucks. The Expo also brings awareness and fundraising opportunities to the Tollie Fund, which allows the Delta Community Animal Shelter to provide veterinarian assistance, behavior rehabilitation, and other types of support to animals currently at the shelter. The event runs from 10 am through 3 pm. 

Concerts in the Park

The remaining three Concerts in the Park are happening now through the end of August. The next concert features the Halifax Wharf Rats at Ladner Memorial Park on August 17, followed by Bossa Dias at North Delta’s Social Heart Plaza on August 23, and finally closing the concert series with Rhythm Rush at Diefenbaker Park on August 24. All concerts are free and begin at 7 pm, visit Delta.ca/Concerts for more information.   

Mayor Jackson’s Garden Contest for Kids

The Mayor’s Garden Contest for Kids officially opened on August 5, and all children between the ages of 5 and 16 are invited to submit a photo of themselves actively gardening. There are great prizes to be won, including a one-year drop-in admission pass valid at all Delta Parks, Recreation and Culture facilities. The contest closes on September 12, 2016. For contest details and to download the entry form, go to Delta.ca/GardenContest. Photos can be sent by regular mail to Municipal Hall, dropped off at any recreation facility or emailed to kidsgardencontest@delta.ca

PRESENTATIONS

Delta Islanders Lacrosse Team

The Delta Islanders Intermediate Lacrosse B Team was recognized by Council forwinning the silver medal at the BC Provincial Lacrosse Championships. The team, made up of grade 11 and 12 boys from Delta and one player from Abbotsford, finished the regular season in second place and the second lowest penalty minutes in the league. The team also won several individual awards, including Paul Bains and Joshua Vaughn winning league all-star selections, and Brent Morrisson being named league all-star goaltender. At the Provincial Tournament, Joseph Knight was selected to the all-star team, Tyler Pongracz was named Best Goalie, and Paul Bains was named Most Sportsmanlike Player. This year’s Provincial Tournament was held in Langley, BC.

BYLAWS 

Final Adoption, 72nd Avenue Revitalization

72nd Avenue Revitalization Bylaw No. 7224, 2013 Amendment Bylaw No. 7587, 2016 received final consideration and adoption from Council. The bylaw offers municipal property tax exemptions, reduced development cost charges and municipal fee exemptions for eligible projects located in an expanded 72nd Avenue Economic Investment Incentive Zone. The revitalization bylaw is intended to encourage investment in high density residential projects, specifically, the replacement of single family residential with townhouse developments through lot consolidation; to encourage driveway access from roads other than 72nd Avenue; to enhance the attractiveness of the 72nd Avenue corridor; and to encourage low environmental impact developments. View the staff report.

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Metro Vancouver Air Quality Monitoring

Council received a preliminary summary of Metro Vancouver’s air quality monitoring projected conducted near railway lines between June 2014 and May 2015. The results reveal particulate matter concentrations at all stations were within the ambient air quality health objective. Very short term spikes of elevated particulate concentrations were rare and the values were comparable to other areas of the Lower Fraser Valley. Metro Vancouver will be performing additional data analysis to determine if there are any other associations present between particulate matter, coal dust concertation and the local air quality. View the staff report.

Discover Ladner Initiative

Council approved support of $2,500 to go towards the Ladner Business Association’s #DiscoverLadner initiative. The support would be given in response to a letter sent by the Ladner Business Association requesting the funds to promote the initiative through Facebook ads. The #DiscoverLadner initiative is supported by the action plan of the South Delta Business Sustainability Strategy, and addresses discussions about ‘buy local’ campaigns which have occurred at the Invest in Delta Mayor’s Standing Committee and recent meetings between Delta staff and representatives of local business leadership groups. View the staff report. 

View the Council report and complete agenda from the August 15, 2016 Regular Meeting.