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November 6, 2017 Council Meeting Highlights

Nov 10, 2017

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – November 7, 2017 

MAYOR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Remembrance Day Ceremonies

Delta will be holding our official Remembrance Day ceremonies in both North and South Delta on Saturday, November 11. The North Delta ceremony will take place at the North Delta Social Heart Plaza on 84 Avenue, commencing at 10:40 am. A reception will follow at the North Delta Recreation Centre, hosted by the Kennedy Seniors Society. 

In South Delta, the ceremony will be held at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park in Ladner. The Parade will start at 10:15 am from the Royal Canadian Legion at 4896 Delta Street and end at the Cenotaph for the 10:45 am ceremony.

Heritage Awards

Mayor Lois E. Jackson announced a call for nominations for the 2018 Delta Heritage Awards. The awards are given to people and places that epitomize efforts to preserve, maintain, or restore heritage buildings or locations in Delta. Recipients of these awards will be acknowledged during the February 2018 Heritage Week Opening Ceremonies. For more information, visit Delta.ca/HeritageAwards.

PRESENTATIONS

Mayor’s Garden Contest for Kids

Mayor Jackson presented the winners of her 2017 Garden Contest for Kids. The contest is an annual event to encourage children and youth between the ages of 5 and 16 to be active outdoors and cultivate an appreciation for nature by learning how to garden. The individual winners were:

Flower Category

1st Place – Juliet Harris Unger

2nd Place – Vamakshi Parikh

3rd Place – Caleb Rebeiro

Vegetable Category

1st Place – Abhinav Kannan

2nd Place – Raina Zang

3rd Place – Nicolas Mahaux

In the School Classroom Category, the winner was Hawthorne Elementary. The students will receive 20 small garden trowels, a wheelbarrow, a load of topsoil, and a one hour classroom visit by one of Delta’s gardeners. 

Air Quality in Delta and the Lower Fraser Valley

Council received a presentation from Metro Vancouver’s Superintendent, Environmental Monitoring and Sampling regarding Air Quality in Delta. 

Enviro-Smart Organics Permit & Licence Amendment Applications

Council received a presentation from Metro Vancouver’s Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division Manager regarding Enviro-Smart Organics Air Quality Management Permit and Composting Licence Amendment Applications. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS

Fraser Valley Regional Library – Proposed 2018 Budget

Council approved Budget Option 3, as presented in the 2018 Budget for the Fraser Valley Regional Library. Option 3 represents a 2.86% increase, which includes an extra 2% specifically for library materials. This option responds to the demand for more books, as noted by results of the recent Library Plan public consultation process. Although council approved Option 3, the budget ultimately needs to be approved by the FVRL board, with no guarantee that the board will support the same budget option. FVRL establishes an annual budget for the provision of library services to 15 municipalities, with each member charged a levy to cover operating costs of the library branches and central administration services. View the staff report.

Proposed Grain and Potash Terminals at Fraser Surrey Docks

Council received information regarding two proposed grain and potash terminals at Fraser Surrey Docks. As part of the application review period there will be the opportunity for public comments to be submitted. Staff recommend that the Port of Vancouver be requested to work with the proponents of the proposed terminals to conduct a cumulative impacts assessment of the community and environmental impacts of these proposed developments. 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.