December 14, 2015 Council Meeting Highlights
Dec 15, 2015
Long Service Award for George V. Harvie
Mayor Jackson and Delta Council were honoured to present Delta Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. George V. Harvie, with an award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in recognition of his 45 years of service to local governments. Mr. Harvie is a long-time resident of South Delta and has been the CAO for the Corporation of Delta since 2001. Prior to that, he spent over 30 years with the City of Burnaby in a variety of senior executive positions and roles, including Deputy City Manager.
Operation Red Nose/Holiday Safety
Stay safe this holiday season! If you’re using a real Christmas tree ensure that it’s well watered, that it and any other decorations are a safe distance from any heat source;lights and flames are put out when leaving the house or going to bed, and that gifts are kept out of plain sight, whether it be from a window or in the back seat of your car. Furthermore, if you’re planning on drinking at any of your celebrations, please refrain from driving. Please call Operation Red Nose, an annual, by donation, safe pick up option made possible by generous volunteers. Call 604-943-0460 for information, or learn more about Operation Red Nose and holiday safety at Delta.ca.
Garbage and Recycling Collection Calendar
Delta’s 2016 Garbage and Recycling Calendar will be mailed out in early January. The Calendar will also be available for download from Delta.ca, or for pick up from any Delta Recreation Centre or at the Municipal Hall. There is also a Collection Schedule free app available for your smartphone to ensure that you never miss another collection day. Please visit Delta.ca for more information.
DISCUSSION REPORTS Community Playgrounds
Council approved the proposed amendments to the criteria by which playgrounds controlled by the Delta School District access funding through the community initiated Cost Sharing Projects Policy. The amendments prioritize financial assistance to natural play spaces over traditional playgrounds through $5,000 of professional landscape architecture services and a maximum contribution from Delta of $45,000. The emphasis on the development of natural play spaces supports the collective efforts of Delta and the PAC to enhance child development through the reintroduction of risk. View the Staff Report.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2
Council received a summary of the comments on the supplemental information that has been forwarded to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) with regards to the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project. The comments recognize some deficiencies regarding the potential for accidents and malfunctions and in the project list for the cumulative assessment. Council approved that a letter be sent to CEAA, Delta MP Carla Qualtrough, Delta-North MLA Scott Hamilton, and Delta-South MLA Vicki Huntington highlighting these issues. View the Staff Report.
WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty Environmental Assessment
Council received an update on the environmental assessment process for the proposed WesPac Tilbury Marine Jetty project and endorsed staff comments to be provided to the BC Environmental Assessment Office as part of the Application Information Requirements for the project. The project is in the pre-application phase of the environmental process. WesPac is proposing to construct and operate a marine jetty for loading Liquefied Natural Gas onto carriers and barges adjacent to the existing FortisBC LNG facility on Tilbury Island. View the Staff Report.
South Delta Infrastructure Improvements Open House
Council received a report regarding the South Delta Infrastructure Improvements Open House. The Open House was a resounding success, attended by 269 residents and business owners with an average rating of 4.4 out of five from 54 feedback forms. The open house provided information to citizens regarding various projects taking place throughout South Delta over the next few years. View the Staff Report.
Fraser Surrey Docks Direct Transfer Coal Facility
Council received an update regarding the issuance of an amendment to the Fraser Surrey Docks existing Project Permit from Port Metro Vancouver for the construction and operation of a Direct Transfer Coal Facility. The amendment allows for the direct transfer of coal from trains to ocean-going vessels in place of barges. View the Staff Report.