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October 24, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Oct 26, 2016

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Delta Sports Hall of Fame Awards Gala

On Saturday, October 22, Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta Council attended the Delta Sports Hall of Fame Awards Gala to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of the athletes and builders in our community. Mayor Jackson, Councillors Robert Campbell and Heather King, and Chief Administrative Officer, George V. Harvie, presented awards and gave congratulations to all of the champions acknowledged at the gala and new inductees into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees included:

  • Don Sangster – Builder Inductee (Softball)
  • Davis Sanchez – Athlete Inductee (Football)
  • Andrew McBride – Athlete Inductee (Lacrosse)
  • Joe Higgins – Coach Inductee (Wheelchair Basketball)
  • SurDel Rustlers Soccer – Team Inductee
  • Carole Gair – Pioneer Inductee (Swimming)
  • Wayne Hobbis, Cap’s South Shore Cycle – Sponsor Inductee

Diwali Greetings and Events

Mayor Jackson and Delta Council wish Delta residents a happy and prosperous Diwali, which will be observed on Sunday, October 30. The Corporation of Delta will be celebrating Diwali on Saturday, October 29 at the Firehall Centre for the Arts between 3 pm and 6 pm. Bring the entire family and partake in Rangoli, decorate and take home your own diya, get a henna tattoo, enjoy live entertainment and of course, eat some delicious sweets. Admission for this fantastic event is only $2. 

Halloween Patrol and Events

There are a variety of events taking place over the next week to get you in the spirit of Halloween. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Costume Party Skates at our local arenas and Halloween Spooktaculars at our aquatics centers, as well as Halloween-themed Roaming Rascals and Creative Critters. There is also the South Delta Family Fright Fest at the Ladner Community Centre from 4 until 8 pm on October 26 and the Halloween Murder Mystery Night at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre on October 29. On Halloween night, be aware of the Halloween Patrol, consisting of staff volunteers, providing extra eyes and ears to help reduce vandalism and provide security for Delta parks and facilities. Learn more at Delta.ca

PRESENTATIONS

2016 Mayor Jackson’s Garden Contest for Kids Winners

Mayor Jackson announced the winners of the 2016 Garden Contest for Kids and presented them with their prizes. The Contest is an annual event to encourage children and youth between the ages of 5 and 16 to be active outdoors and cultivate an appreciation for nature through gardening. The winners for the 2016 Mayor Jackson’s Garden Contest for Kids are:

Flower Category

First Place – Vamakshi Parikh

Second Place – Priscilla Nelson

Third Place – Juliet Harris-Unger 

Vegetable Category

First Place – Ryan Noble

Second Place – Matthew Royer

Third Place – Addyson Maitland

In the School Classroom Category, Ms. Suzanne Bohmert’s Grade 4/5 class at Hawthorne Elementary won a wheelbarrow, 10 garden trowels, 10 garden rakes, a load of top soil and a $100 gift card for West Coast Seeds. Congratulations to all of the winners, we look forward to seeing the submissions for next year’s contest. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS 

Crime Severity Index – 2015 Results

Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord gave a summary to Council of the findings of the 2015 Crime Severity Index (CSI) from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. The index accounts for the severity of crime, along with the number of offences in a jurisdiction. To measure the relative safety of our community, the statistics can be compared to similar sized municipalities as well as communities bordering Delta. In general, a downward trend in crime rate and severity can be observed locally, provincially, and nationally. Although a slight increase in CSI between 2014 and 2015 can be noted in Delta, it is below the four year average. View the staff report. 

Pedestrian & Cycling Overpass – Hwy 17 at 52 St.

Council received an update regarding the proposed pedestrian and cycling overpass at Highway 17 and 52 Street. The Corporation of Delta has advocated for construction of an overpass above Highway 17 and 52 Street to provide safe crossing of pedestrians, cyclists, and people using other modes of active transportation.

In April 2016, a delegation led by Mayor Lois E. Jackson and Delta's CAO George V. Harvie met with The Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure to express their concerns regarding this issue. Despite the Ministry staff determining that there is no significant benefit to an overpass, Delta staff continue to believe that an overpass is essential for the safety of Delta residents. In light of the opening of Tsawwassen Mills, Delta staff have recommended that the Province commit to conducting ongoing traffic operation and safety reviews at this location and report back to Delta with the findings. View the staff report. 

2016 Burns Bog Fire Financial Update

Council received a financial update regarding the Burns Bog Fire that occurred in July 2016. Under the Emergency Program Act and the Compensation and Disaster Financial Assistance Regulation, Delta is eligible for financial assistance for emergency response costs incurred during the Fire and for some post-disaster recovery costs. Delta has submitted the eligible costs to the province and is expected to recover approximately 34% of the costs incurred by the Fire, pending review and acceptance by the Province. View the staff report.    

View the Council reports and complete agenda from the October 24, 2016 Council Meeting. 

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor’s office at 604-946-3210 or e-mail mayor@delta.ca.