Here are a few highlights from the Monday, Aug. 29 council meeting.
Afternoon session consent reports:
- Pedestrian Facilities at 55B Street & Centre Street - Contract Award
Council awarded a contract for pedestrian facilities at 55B Street and Centre Street to Winvan Paving Limited.
- Delta's Rain Garden Program to Apply for FCM's Sustainable Communities Award Council endorsed staff to proceed with an application for the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities Sustainable Communities Award for Delta's school rain garden program.
- Pool Safety Plan Policies Updated
Council approved an updated pool safety plan for Delta that complies with the new B.C. Pool Regulations introduced by the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.
- Council Supports Extension of Hours of Banquet Room at Coast Tsawwassen Inn
Council endorsed a resolution supporting a Food-Primary Licence Amendment Application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. The amendment involves an extension of the hours of operation for the banquet room facility at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn from midnight to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
- SAFERhome Standards Society
The SAFERhome Standards Society, a nonprofit organization funded through the Ministry of Housing and B.C. Housing, presented information to council on how communities can build to SAFERhome Standards today, increasing inclusivity in the built environment without segregation or labeling.
Council endorsed a motion that staff be directed to do an analysis of the SAFERhome standards and report back with recommendations on how Delta can encourage a wide range of housing to support seniors and the physically challenged.
- TransLink Service Improvements
Acting Mayor Bruce McDonald advised of TransLink's service improvements to the 601
Bridgeport Station/South Delta bus route - as of Sept. 5, buses will run every 20 minutes instead of every half hour, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. This increased service is being implemented to better serve the current demand and make transit more attractive for new riders.
As well, on Sept. 5, TransLink is adding three more trips to the #104 Annacis Island/22nd Street Station bus route between 6:43pm and 7:35pm.
TransLink is holding a series of Public Meetings in September to provide an opportunity to learn about TransLink's budget supplement and the associated projects. The closest meeting to Delta will be held in Surrey at the Guilford Recreation Centre on Wednesday September 14th from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. For more information and all other meeting dates visit www.translink.ca
- Healthy Communities BC Walking Challenge
Aug. 8 to Sept. 19, 2011 is the B.C. Walking Challenge. Healthy Families B.C. is challenging British Columbians to "Walk to Win" in a six-week contest to encourage walking, mapping and sharing of your favourite walking routes. Families or individuals can win BC getaway trips, bikes, fitness passes, footwear gift certificates and more.
Post your favourite walking routes in Delta on the Healthy Families BC website and you may win a prize! Posting your story about Delta also increases the opportunity for Delta to win $10,000 towards creating or improving a local hiking or walking trail. For more information, visit http://www.healthyfamiliesbcwalkingchallenge.ca.
- Delta's Top Ten Employers in South Delta
In the Aug. 26 edition of the South Delta Leader, the Corporation of Delta was named one of the Top Ten Employers in South Delta. As an employer we continue to strive to provide a healthy workplace and high quality municipal services to the community.
- Kennedy & McKee Seniors Open House - Saturday September 10th
On Saturday September 10th, both the Kennedy and McKee Seniors' Recreation Centres are holding their annual open houses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open houses will provide a preview of Fall program offerings and allow people who have not visited our centres to see what they have to offer to the 50 plus crowd.
- Delta Fire Department Awards Ceremony - Thursday September 8th
On September 8th a ceremony will be held to recognize exemplary service in the Delta Fire Department, identifying those firefighters with 20, 25 and 35 and beyond years of service.
- Temporary Protection Order for the Kittson Residence at 9230 Ladner Trunk Road
Council passed a Temporary Protection Order for 60 days to allow time to discuss options for preserving the Kittson Residence with the property owners who recently submitted an application for its demolition.
- Delta's Energy & GHG Retrofits to Apply for FCM's Sustainable Communities Award
Council endorsed staff to proceed with submitting an application for the Sungod Recreation Centre and Ladner Leisure Centre Energy and GHG reduction retrofits to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Award Program.
- Ladner Harbour Sewage Lagoon - Licence of Occupation
Council approved a Licence of Occupation with the Provincial Government to allow Delta to take over the management of the trail system surrounding the Ladner Harbour Sewage Lagoon. The trail surrounding the Lagoon is well established and a popular walking trail for local area residents and visitors to the adjacent Ladner Harbour Park. Entering into a Licence with the Province will allow Delta to maintain the trail system using approved trail maintenance criteria, and to work with the Kiwanis Club of Tsawwassen, Ladner and others to replace the foot bridge.
- Highway 17 & 62B Street Traffic Signals
Council received an update on the coordination of the traffic signals at the Highway 17 and Highway 99 interchange with the traffic signal at the intersection of 62B Street and 60 Avenue, along with the steps to be taken to reduce traffic congestion.
With the coordination of the traffic signals in September, some relief will likely be provided in the southbound direction to reduce traffic delays currently experienced on 62B Street onto Highway 17 in time for the fall harvest season.
- ICBC Cost Share Funding
Council received an update on ICBC's cost-share funding for 2011 capital projects; five projects have been approved by ICBC for cost-share funding in 2011. The total amount of funding for these projects is $41,000.
- Soil Deposit - 6145 104 Street
Council endorsed staff recommendations regarding the deposit of an additional 36,500 cubic metres of good quality topsoil for the property at 6145 104 Street and that the Agricultural Land Commission be advised.