September 29, 2014 Council Meeting Highlights
Oct 01, 2014
Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention
Mayor Lois E. Jackson provided a brief summary of last week’s UBCM Convention, noting a number of productive meetings between Delta Council and key provincial ministers to address issues affecting Delta and the region including, secondary channel dredging of Ladner Harbour; the highway network and enhancing Delta’s transportation infrastructure and the highway system to support the movement of people and goods; firefighters role as emergency medical responders; mental health and addictions; and Delta’s Saving our Industrial Lands initiative.
North & South Delta Seniors Expos Holly Park Bike Pump Track Opening
The first of Delta’s two Senior’s Expos occurred on Saturday September 20th at McKee Seniors Recreation Centre where over 400 people attended, interacted and took part in live demonstrations, giveaways, and a Delta Police scooter clinic. The next Senior’s Expo will be held this Saturday October 4th at Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre in North Delta from 10 am to 4 pm.
On Saturday October 4th, Delta Council will celebrate the grand opening of the Holly Park bike pump track in Ladner. The track was designed and built by the Shed Bike Club, who will be on hand to demonstrate their skills at the opening. Bring your bike and helmet and join us at the grand opening!
2nd Annual Delta Studio Stomp
The 2nd Annual Delta Studio Stomp takes you on a tour through artist studios in North Delta on Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th. It’s a free event, with partial proceeds from the sale of any artwork donated to the Delta Hospital Foundation. Check it out and support your local artists! Find more information at www.deltastudiostomp.com.
Rezoning, Restrictive Covenant Discharge and Subdivision within the ALR at 4221 64 Street
Council gave first and second readings to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 7365, and approved the staff recommendation to refer Bylaw No. 7365 to a Public Hearing. This bylaw would allow the subject property to be rezoned from A1 Agriculture to a Comprehensive Development Zone, to create two residential lots within the Agricultural Land Reserve. View the staff report.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2: Preliminary Environmental Mitigation Concepts
Council received an update regarding the fourth stage of consultation being undertaken by Port Metro Vancouver for the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. Port Metro Vancouver released a “Preliminary Environmental Concepts” report and has invited the public to comment until October 10, 2014.
Staff will continue to participate and update Council on Port Metro Vancouver’s consultation program and provide formal feedback and recommendations on the Environmental Impact Statement, which is expected to be released in early 2015. Delta’s response to the Environmental Impact Statement and the proposed mitigation measures will be reported through Council directly to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. View the staff report.
Tourism Delta Funding Request
Council approved the recommendation to provide funding in the amount of $2,600 to Tourism Delta, to support the 2015 Delta Activities Map publication, which is scheduled to be distributed to the Delta Visitor Centre, local business and organizations and BC Ferries. Tourism Delta is a volunteer committee comprised of community stakeholders working together to promote Delta as a tourism destination. Delta staff will collaborate with Tourism Delta volunteers on promoting community events and other tourism opportunities. View the staff report.
Coal Dust Sample Analysis
Council received information regarding results from a suspected coal dust sample received from a Delta resident in early September. The sample had been obtained from a resident who wiped their patio table and submitted it to Delta. The sample was evaluated by an independent consultant (Acuren), who determined the sample primarily consisted of various mineral compounds and organic matter consistent with soil contents (dirt) that are likely part of the local natural environment. The coal content of the dust sample was estimated at less than 2%, with very few coal particles identified. The overall black appearance of the material submitted to Delta can therefore be attributed to the soil components, not coal. This result is consistent with previous analysis of suspected coal dust material collected from within the community, including the 2013 Tsawwassen coal dust monitoring study, where the coal content of dust deposits was shown to be less than 5%. View the staff report and Acuren report.
ICBC Cost-Share Funding Agreement to Facilitate 8 Road & Crosswalk Improvement Projects
Council endorsed a cost-share funding agreement between Delta and ICBC, that will provide for eight capital projects to be completed to help reduce the frequency and/or severity of crashes by improving road safety. Delta’s contribution towards these projects is a total of $65,000. View the staff report.
Point Roberts Radio Tower Petition
Delta Council endorsed the Cross Border Coalition Against the Towers petition seeking federal government action regarding the Point Roberts radio broadcasting tower proposal. The 3,500 signature petition calls for the Industry Canada Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister to file an informal objection in the Federal Communications Commission’s file against the BBC’s broadcast license renewal application for station KRPI 1550 AM. The petition also requests the Ministers to initiate an inquiry into Industry Canada not objecting to the Federal Communications Commission decision granting the construction permit of five 150-foot AM radio towers immediately adjacent to a densely populated community of 23,000 Canadians and allowing an increase in nighttime wattage to the maximum of 50,000 watts.
Delta will forward a copy of the petition directly to the Industry Canada Minister, along with Delta’s Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Assembly. Delta will also participate in the upcoming public hearing scheduled for the end of October in Bellingham. View the staff report.
Issued by the Office of the Mayor – October 1, 2014
View the Council reports and complete agenda from the September 29, 2014 Regular Meeting of Council
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