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March 6, 2017 Council Meeting Highlights

Mar 07, 2017

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – March 7, 2017 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Museum Open Houses

Residents are invited to take part in creating a vision for a new museum and cultural centre in Delta by attending one of two Open Houses. The first Open House will take place on March 7 from 5 – 7:30 pm at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre in South Delta. The second Open House will take place on March 9 from 5 – 7:30 pm at the North Delta Recreation Centre. The new Museum and Cultural Centre will be moving from the historic Municipal Hall to 4450 Clarence Taylor Crescent, just south of the Delta Municipal Hall. 

Free Sustainable Gardening Workshops

Delta’s Free Sustainable Workshops return for 2017 and registration is now open for March workshops. The first workshop, Veggies 101: Planning Your First Garden, will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm at Ladner Community Centre. This is a perfect place to start if you’ve ever felt inspired to grow your own food. To register for Free Sustainable Workshops, please go to Delta.ca/SustainableWorkshops

Earth Day Photo Contest

If you have an eye for nature, grab your camera and start snapping pictures! We are now accepting submissions for the 9th Annual Earth Day Photo Contest. There are three categories in which photographers can compete: Youth, Teen, and Adult. The deadline for entires is Friday, March 31, with winners being announced on Friday, April 21. This year’s Grand Prize is a new Waterproof Digital Camera. For full contest rules and regulations, go to Delta.ca/EarthDay.

DISCUSSION REPORTS 

George Massey Tunnel Replacement Update

Council received an update regarding the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. The update focused on the Environmental Assessment Certificate, in which Environment Minister, Mary Polak and Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister, Peter Fassbender, concluded that no significant adverse effects are likely to occur. The Certificate also contains 33 legally binding and enforceable conditions. The update also included two calls for tender for preliminary construction work that were issued in January, as well as a Request for Qualifications for the main construction contract, which closed in August 2016. From the Request for Qualifications, three bid teams were short-listed to proceed with a Request for Proposal. The Ministry is expected to choose a preferred option by summer 2017. View the staff report.

2017 UBCM Resolutions

Council received an update regarding the 2017 Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) resolutions. The resolutions must be considered and approved by the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA) prior to submission to UBCM. The deadline for submissions to LMLGA is March 24, 2017. The resolutions for consideration are: funding for drug recognition training experts, diking seismic requirements, Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative – continued funding for Local Action Teams, social support services for seniors, and affordable child care. The UBCM convention takes place September 2017. View the staff report. 

North Delta Centre for Performing Arts Grant Application

Council approved the submission of an application for funding through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for the construction of the North Delta Centre for Performing Arts. The project involves the construction of a new 11,000 square foot Performing Arts Centre to replace the existing Firehall Centre for the Arts on 84 Avenue. The new centre will consist of a three-storey theatre space, a two-storey front entrance, and a single-story theatre service space. The space will also include a 140 seat theatre, music rooms, meeting spaces, and a set design area to accommodate an additional 200 people. View the staff report. 

Diefenbaker Park – Playground Proposal Memorandum of Understanding

Council approved entering into a memorandum of understanding between the Corporation of Delta and the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen in order to develop a music-based play space in Diefenbaker Park. Delta will support the project by providing detailed designs that meet the approval of both Delta and the Rotary Club, construction and installation of the designs and associated features, and external expertise where required. The Club’s financial commitment toward the space is 50 % of the projected costs to a maximum of $30,000. 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.