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September 19, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Sep 20, 2016

For immediate release – September 20, 2016

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Cenotaph Unveiling

Mayor Lois E. Jackson extended thanks to those who attended the Boundary Bay Airport Cenotaph Rededication and Air Cadet Commemorative Pathway opening on Sunday, September 18. The cenotaph and pathway honours an important part of Delta’s history and pays tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Mayor Jackson also congratulated all of those who helped bring this powerful memorial to life.

“Are You Prepared?” Workshops

With the Great British Columbia Shakeout set to happen on October 20, 2016, the Corporation of Delta is providing Delta residents with the opportunity to get prepared for an emergency. On September 27, South Delta Recreation Centre is hosting a free “Are You Prepared?” workshop from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. This workshop will teach you how to make an emergency plan and cover what to do in the event of an emergency or disaster. Register online at DeltaReg.ca or by calling 604-952-3000. 

Annual Boot Drive

Every year, the Delta Fire Fighters Charitable Society collects funds for a variety of recipients as part of the Annual Boot Drive. This year, the Boot Drive will take place over two weekends – September 23 and 24 in South Delta, and on September 30 and October 1 in North Delta, at different locations throughout the communities. This annual fundraising campaign helps many local charities, including Delta Hospital, high school bursaries, the Burn Unit, and Muscular Dystrophy. Learn more at DeltaFirefighters.com. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS

George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project – Environmental Assessment

Council endorsed comments from Delta staff regarding the environmental assessment application for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. The application is now within the legislated 180 day review period, which will end on January 23, 2017. Staff comments related to noise, traffic management, wildlife, spill response, agriculture, and next steps. The staff report and comments will be submitted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office. View the staff report.   

Syrian Refugees in Delta

Council received an update regarding refugee families living in Delta and endorsed recommendations made by staff. Staff recommended that a letter from Mayor Lois E. Jackson be sent to the provincial Minister of Finance, the Honourable Michael de Jong and the federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Honourable John McCallum regarding the ongoing welfare of Syrian Refugees settled in Delta. The Corporation of Delta will also engage with Delta residents regarding volunteer opportunities to support the refugees, as well as become a formal partner with the Delta Local Immigration Partnership. View the staff report.    

Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum Final Draft Report – Roberts Bank Trade Area Study

Council received an update on the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum, Final Draft Report – Roberts Bank Trade Area Study. A key finding in the report was that the amount of train crossing time will almost double from the 2015 crossing time due to the Delta Terminal – Road and Rail Improvement Program and proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project. As a result, the Gateway Transportation Collaboration Forum will be requested to include the 44 Avenue service road and whistle cessation projects as short listed projects. View the staff report.