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March 27, 2017 Council Meeting Highlights

Mar 29, 2017

Office of the Mayor

For immediate release – March 29, 2017 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Spring Clean-Up

Residents are invited to take advantage of the increased garbage volume limit as part of the Corporation of Delta’s annual Spring Clean-Up program. The next pick-up days are for North Delta, and will take place on Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6. Residents who receive weekly garbage collection are asked to put their excess and bulky items on the curb for collection by 7 am on their collection day. Learn more at Delta.ca/SpringCleanUp. 

PRESENTATION – AFTERNOON SESSION 

Update on Delta Matters – Investing in our Community

Council received a presentation from the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Member of Parliament for Delta, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. The presentation covered a variety of topics concerning Delta, including investments in the community and infrastructure, implementation of key health and social policy, balancing the environment and economy, constituent engagement, and a look ahead on 2017. Some of the key areas of interest included a new Canada Child Benefit, support for local businesses, seniors initiatives, the Highway 91 and 72nd Avenue interchange, a new lane on the Alex Fraser Bridge, the opioid crisis and funding for BC, legalization and regulation of marijuana in Canada, Port/Oceans Protection Plan, the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project environmental review process, and intergovernmental collaboration. 

PRESENTATIONS – EVENING SESSION 

Mayor’s State of the Community Address

Mayor Lois E. Jackson delivered her State of the Community Address, starting with Delta’s pursuit of reclassification from a Corporation to a City. Mayor Jackson reiterated her commitment to a debt-free Delta, projected in 2018, while also investing in building significant infrastructure and community assets, while capitalizing on federal and provincial grants. Furthermore, she provided updates on the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project environmental review, as well as many other projects involving or affecting Delta. In terms of local economy, Mayor Jackson reflected on the efforts made by Delta staff to preserve agriculture in Delta, while also working with proponents, other levels of government, and stakeholders on development projects. In closing, Mayor Jackson acknowledged the achievements of Delta’s Climate Change Initiatives, including the achievement in carbon neutrality, which includes carbon neutrality as well as a reduction in corporate emissions. Read Mayor Lois E. Jackson’s State of the Community Address.

Presentation to Mayor Jackson – Project Champion, Boundary Bay Airport Cenotaph and Air Cadet Commemorative Pathway

Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie presented Mayor Lois E. Jackson with the 2017 Delta Heritage Award of Merit, honouring her as Project Champion for the Boundary Bay Airport Cenotaph and Air Cadet Commemorative Pathway. In October 2015, the Air Cadet League of Canada approached the Corporation of Delta with a proposal to develop a small garden at Boundary Bay Airport to commemorate their 75th Anniversary. Mayor Jackson challenged staff to find a location which appropriately commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadet League of Canada and 75 years of history at the Boundary Bay Airport. Under Mayor Jackson’s advocacy and leadership, this project reflects and honours those who served here at Royal Canadian Air Force Station Boundary Bay during World War II. 

Snow Angels

Mayor Jackson acknowledged the Snow Angel volunteers who were kept very busy over the past winter season. Throughout Delta, 64 citizens were assisted by over 30 snow angels multiple times this winter. As a result of their generosity, the Snow Angels were the subject of numerous calls and letters received by Council from people expressing their appreciation and sincere gratitude for our volunteers. Mayor Jackson also thanked Delta staff, as well as volunteer Snow Angel Coordinators Patty Lee and Debbie Martin. Snow Angels will be invited to Delta’s Volunteer Recognition Ceremony this summer. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS 

Ladner Harbour Sewage Lagoon Pedestrian Bridge Replacement

Council authorized the potential development of a pedestrian bridge design for a crossing at Ladner Harbour Sewage Lagoon walkway. Currently, the Corporation of Delta maintains the pedestrian trail in accordance with a license of occupation with the Province of British Columbia. The conditions at the park have changed since the license was executed, allowing for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to support the construction of a replacement pedestrian bridge. Engaging with a consultant will determine an appropriate design and associated costs. View the staff report. 

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Habitat Enhancement Program Update

Council received an update on the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s (VFPA) Habitat Enhancement Program in Delta. The Program was initiated with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2012, part of which includes the creation, restoration, and enhancement of fish habitats to offset potential future impacts from development projects. There are two current (Glenrose Tidal Marsh Project and Salt Marsh Restoration in Boundary Bay and Roberts Bank) and two proposed (Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project and Westham Island Canoe Pass Tidal Marsh Project) habitat enhancement projects in Delta. Staff will continue to provide updates as these projects move forward. View the staff report. 

Meetings with Federal Officials in Ottawa

Council approved a delegation to travel to Ottawa in order to meet with federal government officials and discuss several priority issues for Delta. The proposed delegation includes Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie, Chief Constable Neil Dubord, Fire Chief Dan Copeland, and Executive Assistant to the Mayor Dona Packer. The delegation will travel to Ottawa from April 9 until April 12, 2017. Important issues include, a sustainable dredging plan for Delta, the Oceans Protection Plan, legalization and regulation of cannabis in Canada, federal grant funding opportunities, the Department of National Defence Building and an electrical substation at Boundary Bay Airport. 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.