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November 21, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Nov 22, 2016

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – November 22, 2016

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Heritage Awards

The Corporation of Delta has made a call for nominations for the 2017 Delta Heritage Awards. The Heritage Awards recognize, promote, and encourage heritage conservation by inviting residents to nominate individuals or groups for the Delta Heritage Award of Merit or the Delta Friends of Heritage Award. All nominations can be sent to committeeclerk@delta.ca and are due by December 2, 2016. For nomination criteria, please visit Delta.ca.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town on December 3

Get ready South Delta, Santa Claus is coming to town! On Saturday, December 3, Santa makes his way to the South Delta Recreation Centre for this annual family-friendly event. From 9 am until noon, you and your family can enjoy breakfast, take photos with Santa, partake in the photo booth, go for a skate and partake in a variety of fun, holiday-themed activities. Be sure to visit Delta.ca for more updates on all of our exciting holiday events. 

Operation Red Nose

Operation Red Nose returns on November 25 and 26 to help Delta residents get home safely during the holiday season. Operation Red Nose will also operate on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, and 31. To book a ride, call 604-943-0460. To learn about volunteer opportunities, please visit OperationRedNoseDelta.com

PRESENTATIONS

War Amps Child Amputee Program – Jack Kearney

Mayor Lois E. Jackson presented a certificate of recognition to 10 year-old Jack Kearney, a member of the War Amps Child Amputee Program (CHAMP). Jack, an avid BMX-cyclist, swimmer, and artist, is a strong advocate of the War Amps PLAYSAFE message. He gives presentations to encourage kids to “spot the danger” before they play. As a member of CHAMP, Jack is eligible to receive financial assistance with artificial limbs, counselling and attend regional CHAMP seminars. This certificate recognizes Jack’s efforts in spreading the message of safety, perseverance and positivity in our community. 

2016 Project of the Year Award – Tsawwassen Beach Sewer Main Installation

Council received a presentation from the Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC), congratulating Delta staff on receiving the 2016 Project of the Year Award for the Tsawwassen Beach Sewer Main Installation. This project was awarded for its unique features, complexity, creativity and innovation. PWABC recognizes individuals working for municipalities, utility companies and engineering consulting firms in the field of public works and operations, and promotes excellence and public awareness about the public works profession. View the correspondence from Deryk Lee, President, PWABC. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Winter Season Preparedness

Council received a presentation from the Engineering Department regarding preparedness for the upcoming winter season. The presentation outlined Delta’s Snow and Ice Control Program. Three levels of priority routes were identified for the Snow and Ice Control Program: first priority is major arterial/collector roads and bus routes, second priority is secondary through roads and third priority is minor residential roads and cul-de-sacs. View the staff report. 

Boundary Bay Temporary Flood Protection Works

Council received an update on annual storm preparedness activities in Boundary Bay Village and Beach Grove, as well as long term weather predictions for the upcoming winter storm season. Delta will continue annual temporary flood protection works in the 200 block of Centennial Parkway, where no seawalls exist. The sand berm will also be constructed along the 300 block. Sandbags and cement blocks will be used to secure beach access points south of 4 Avenue and at 16 Avenue. For the Lower Mainland, the highest tides will occur mid-November, December, and January. Installation of annual temporary flood protection works was completed the week of October 10, 2016, almost a month earlier than previous years due to an impending storm event. View the staff report. 

Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project

Council received an update regarding the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project. This year, TransLink held rounds of public consultations focused on two possible alignments for the new bridge and cycling/pedestrian connections. Mayor Lois E. Jackson will request that TransLink construct a six lane bridge which can accommodate pedestrians and cyclists on opening day. Delta will also provide formal comments to the BC Environmental Assessment Office following the two rounds of public consultation takin place in early 2017. View the staff report.

North Delta Bike Pump Track – Community Initiated Cost Sharing Project

Council approved the addition of a bike pump track in North Delta Community Park. Delta will provide funding of $20,000 from the Community Initiated Cost Sharing Project, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of North Delta. Bike pump tracks are small scale, man-made, closed circuits which can be enjoyed by cyclists of all ages and skill levels. With implementation scheduled for 2017, the Rotary Club has committed to contributing 50% of the total project costs. View the staff report. 

Junior A Hockey Franchise

Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Corporation of Delta and a Junior A Hockey franchise to be located at the Sungod Recreation Centre. In the fall of 2016, staff were approached by individuals wishing to establish a new Club in North Delta. The Club will make a formal application to the Board of Governors by December 1, 2016, on which final endorsement will be expected from the BC Hockey League in January 2017. The MOU provides the framework for an initial five year term license of occupation in which use of Sungod would be guaranteed. View the staff report. 

CORRESPONDENCE 

North Delta Christmas Tree Proposal

Council received correspondence from the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society requesting permission to bring a Christmas tree and lighting ceremony to North Delta. The tree to be decorated is located on Municipal property between the George Mackie Library and the Fraser Health building on 84 Avenue. This tree will be decorated with LED Christmas Lights during a ceremony on December 11, 2016. The lights will remain on the tree between December 11 and 31, 2016. Delta Firefighters Charitable Society will spearhead this initiative and use the opportunity to fundraise for Christmas programs in North Delta, benefitting Deltassist and other local groups by helping those most in need during the holiday season. View the correspondence. 

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