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January 9, 2017 Council Meeting Highlights

Jan 10, 2017

Office of the Mayor




For immediate release – January 10, 2017

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Snow/Ice Concerns and Removal

Mayor Lois E. Jackson thanked all the residents of North Delta for their patience, while Delta’s Engineering Operations crews provided salt and sand to help deal with the packed ice and snow over the last week. Crews worked incredibly hard to provide relief to hilly and residential areas throughout North Delta. Delta’s Chief Administrative Officer, George V. Harvie, had also extended the working hours for the crews and will look into further measures should more snow be on its way. If another snow/ice event were to happen this winter, Delta residents are encouraged to help neighbours-in-need and seniors by clearing snow or ice that accumulates on sidewalks and driveways in their areas. To report snow and ice concerns, please call the Engineering Department 604-946-3260.   

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

The Corporation of Delta is excited to help you achieve all of your personal and community goals for 2017. Delta recreation centres offer a variety of classes and programs to help you hit your fitness marks or cultivate your creative side. If you’re looking to give back to your community, there are many opportunities popping up throughout the year. Whether you’d like to help out at Tour de Delta, provide comfort to shelter animals at the animal shelter, or find a new career, be sure to visit Delta.ca for more information on how you can be the best you in 2017. 

Delta Idol Submissions

The search for the next Delta Idol has officially started. Delta residents between the ages of 12 and 19 are invited to submit their demo to potentially perform live on February 24, 2017 at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre. The grand prize for the winner of this annual event is three hours of recording time and one hour of mix time at local recording studio Fresh Air Audio Inc. Deadline for submissions is January 20, 2017. Learn more at Delta.ca

PRESENTATIONS

George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and Highway 91 at 72 Avenue Interchange Project

Council received a presentation from Geoff Freer, Executive Project Director, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, with regards to the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. The presentation provided a project overview, as well as the most current timeline and projected figures. The Application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office for an environmental certificate for the George Massey Tunney Replacement project has been submitted, with a decision expected on the environmental review in early 2017. View the staff report and presentation.   

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Invest in Delta Mayor’s Standing Committee Update

Council received an update regarding the Invest in Delta Mayor’s Standing Committee. The purpose of this committee is to provide advice to Council on implementation measures to promote industrial, commercial, and residential investment throughout Delta to ensure the long-term vibrancy and attractiveness of Delta’s communities. Some of the initiatives and recommendations that are underway, in the planning stage, or require further analysis by staff include replacing crop identification signs with ‘Buy Local in Delta’ signs, reviewing forthcoming plans for redevelopment of the Ladner Waterfront, providing feedback on the South Delta Business Sustainability Strategy, and meeting to discuss economic development for North Delta Businesses. View the staff report.    

Pinewood Leisure Centre – Licenced Before and After School Care Program

Council endorsed the implementation of a licenced before and after school care program in 2017 at the Pinewood Leisure Centre located at 11777 Pinewood Drive. After surveying and communicating with families in the area, it is apparent that there is a need for a before and after school care program at Pinewood. This program will be available from Monday through Friday (excluding stat holidays, professional development days, and school breaks), from 7 am until 9 am and from 3 pm until 6 pm, with a 1:12 staff to child ratio (maximum 24 children per day), and for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. Staff will continue to communicate with families regarding the offering of this program in April. View the staff report

CORRESPONDENCE

Volunteer Cancer Drivers

Council approved a grant of $5,000 to assist the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. This grant was requested in a letter sent to Delta Council by George Garret, Vice-President of the Society. The Volunteer Cancer Drivers serve 300 cancer patients every month, including 29 Delta residents whom are taken to hospitals in Vancouver and Surrey, then returned home. The Society was launched in 2016 and received funding from Delta Council to cover start-up costs. Over the first ten months, the drivers logged 164,625 km and 7,185 hours. 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.