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October 3, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Oct 04, 2016

For immediate release – October 4, 2016 


MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Corporation of Delta would like to remind residents of the facility hours for the Monday, October 10, Thanksgiving Holiday. The Municipal Hall, Tsawwassen Arts Centre, Firehall Centre for the Arts, Delta Community Animal Shelter, and Seniors Centres will be closed. The Winskill Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Sungod Recreation Centre, North Delta Recreation Centre, and Ladner Leisure Centre will have regular operating hours. While South Delta Recreation Centre’s Customer Service Office will be closed, the Centre will remain open for regularly scheduled programs and rentals. 

Harvest Day

Delta residents are invited to bring their family out to Harris Barn for Harvest Day on Saturday, October 8th. Come enjoy the children’s crafts and activities, learn gardening tips from resident experts, check out information on Delta’s green programs and services, visit the Delta Farmers’ Institute information booth, and sample goodies from the apple bar. This annual event runs from noon until 3 pm. For more information, go to Delta.ca

Fire Prevention Week

From October 9 through 15, the Delta Fire Department will be promoting Fire Prevention Week throughout Delta. The theme at the forefront of their campaign is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!”, reminding all Delta residents to replace smoke alarms every 10 years. For the past three years, Delta Fire has been educating the public with essential information regarding smoke alarms. As in previous years, the week will kick off Delta Fire’s school and “Fire Chief for a Day” programs. Learn more at Delta.ca. 

PRESENTATION 

Delta Physical Literacy Summit

Council received a presentation from Carlene Lewall from the Delta Gymnastics Society regarding the upcoming Delta Physical Literacy Summit. Physical literacy, as defined by the physical literacy conference in Vancouver in 2015, is “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life”. The purpose of the summit is to educate residents and their children on the importance of staying active in order to understand how their bodies move, develop confidence and self-esteem, employ healthy habits, and learn their boundaries while bonding with others and developing healthy social behavior. The summit will be held on October 20 and 21, 2016, at Seaquam Senior Secondary. View the presentation. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS 

Grade 5 – 8  Pass Program Update

Council received an update on the success of the 2015/2016 Grades Five through Eight Pass Program. During the school year, 4,719 students enrolled in the program, 2,907 of who took advantage of the program (62%). The program provides students the opportunity to use the recreation facilities, participate in regular exercise, and form a pattern of healthy activity. The 2016/2017 school year is anticipated to benefit 4,698 students. View the staff report. 

Diefenbaker Park – Electrical Outlets

Council approved the memorandum of understanding between the Corporation of Delta and the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen regarding the installation of electrical outlets at the base of trees in Diefenbaker Park. The Rotary Club wishes to install additional electrical outlets at the base of 16 trees in the park to enhance the annual Christmas Tree Lighting program. The power will come from the washroom building adjacent to the Rotary Waterworks Playground and be set on a timer to restrict the use of power. The Club has raised the necessary funds to complete the project, with the Corporation of Delta to manage the costs associated with the ongoing operation of the outlets. View the staff report. 

Ecole du Bois-Joli Elementary Cost Sharing Project

Council approved the funding for outdoor playground equipment for Ecole du Bois-Joli Elementary School from the Community Initiated Cost Sharing Project Fund. The project would include the addition of a swing set, two tether ball posts and two steel basketball nets. Le Conseil scolaire francophone del la Colombie-Britannique, School District #93 (CSF) identified the need for outdoor play space improvements, and along with PAC, have demonstrated that they have the funds in excess of their portion of the project. View the staff report.