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December 12, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights

Dec 14, 2016

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – December 14, 2016 

2016 BUSINESS AND CAPITAL PLAN WORKSHOP

Last Saturday, Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Delta Council, Chief Administrative Officer, George V. Harvie, and senior staff participated in Delta’s annual Business and Capital Plan Workshop to collaborate on Delta’s financial plan, discuss corporate projects and financial targets, as well as review the proposed 2017/2018 Neighbourhood Road Improvements Plan. Look for public consultation opportunities on the proposed 2017 budget early in the new year.

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Snow Angels Program

Mayor Lois E. Jackson asked residents to provide assistance to seniors and neighbours-in-need by clearing snow from driveways and sidewalks. To volunteer to be an official Snow Angel and help clear snow for Delta residents, please register at Delta.ca/SnowAngels. Mayor Jackson also reminded all commercial property and business owners of their responsibility to clear snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours for pedestrian safety. 

Holiday Programs, Events, and Activities

Get into the holiday spirit with Delta’s holiday-themed programs, events, and activities. From December 18 to 23, and December 27 to 29, the North Delta and South Delta Recreation Centres are hosting the ever-popular Winter Wonderland Skates. Regular admission rates apply. On January 1, 2017, you’re invited to test your bravery by taking the plunge at the annual Polar Bear Swim at Centennial Beach. If you’d prefer to stay warm, there are plenty of dry activities and entertainment for all ages. Visit Delta.ca for all holiday programs, events, and activities. 

Tree Chipping

On Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, the Lions Clubs of Delta will be providing tree chipping for residents looking to dispose of and recycle their real Christmas trees. The Clubs will be located at Memorial Park in Ladner and the South Delta Recreation Centre in Tsawwassen from 9 am until 4 pm, and at Sungod Recreation Center in North Delta from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. Tree chipping is by donation, with all proceeds to be used within the community. Alternatively, you can put your tree out at the curb with Green Can collection or it can be taken to the Enviro-Smart composting facility in Ladner. 

BYLAWS 

Final Consideration and Adoption of Bylaw No. 7613, Bylaw No. 7614, and Bylaw No. 7615

Council adopted amendments to Delta Tree Protection and Regulation Bylaw No. 7415. These amendments allow for industry endorsed tree pruning on private property without a tree cutting permit, multi-family properties with common property to remove one tree per 4,000 m2 within a 24–month period, without requiring an arborist report, provided a tree management plan is submitted, and a $500 security to be collected for each required replacement tree. All three amending bylaws received first, second and third reading at the November 21, 2016 Regular Meeting of Council. View the staff report

Final Consideration and Adoption of Bylaw No. 7624, Bylaw No.7625, and Bylaw No. 7626

Council adopted amendments to Delta Property Enhancement Bylaw No. 7055. These amendments prohibit the allowing of conditions which may provide food, protection, or harbourage for rodents or other nuisance animals, and allow enforcement of the new offence. All three Bylaws received first, second, and third reading at the December 5, 2016 Regular Meeting of Council. View the staff report

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS 

East Ladner Dike Foreshore Upgrades – Contract Award

Council awarded a contract to Key-West Asphalt (333) Ltd. for east Ladner dike foreshore upgrades. Earlier this year, the provincial government approved Delta’s request for financial assistance for two projects adjacent to Boundary Bay through the Public Safety Preparedness and Community Hazard Mitigation Funding Initiative. The project involves improving four beach accesses in Boundary Bay Village and upgrading the Boundary Bay dike foreshore in the east Delta area at the southern end of 96 Street for approximately 450 meters. View the staff report

DISCUSSION REPORTS 

British Columbia Air Access Program 2017/2018 Grant Applications

Council approved the submission of applications for funding through the BC Air Access Program for the Taxi-Lane Rehabilitation Project and the Runway 07-25 and Taxiway Lighting Replacement Project at Boundary Bay Airport. The funding is made available by the Ministry ofTransportation and Infrastructure and goes towards supporting infrastructure improvements for regional and small community airports across the province. If accepted, the funding would improve the safety of the taxi-lane, one of the most utilized taxiing areas at Boundary Bay Airport and increase the visibility at the airport by replacing the lighting system. View the staff report.  

Rail Safety Improvement Program: Grant Applications

Council approved the submission of two projects to Transport Canada’s Rail Safety Improvement Program as grant applications. The first project is bike lane improvements on River Road across the at grade crossing. The improvements would include dedicated bike lanes on either side of River Road that would tie in with existing bike lanes to the east of Centre Street. The second project is whistle cessation along the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor. The funding would be used to undertake a whistle cessation safety evaluation at each of the public at grade crossings along this corridor. View the staff report

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