D R A F T

SURREY ASSOCIATION OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

 

MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING

 

Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 7.00 pm

 

Port Kells Community Hall, 18818  88 Ave.

 

Persons present:   Bonnie Burnside (Whalley CA), Ann Cassidy (Bolivar Heights RA) Bob Dhaliwal (W. Panorama Ridge RA), George Davies (Royal Heights Park),  Rick Hart (Fleetwood CA) Deb Jack (Surrey Environmental Partners), Cindy Law (CRONIC), Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Liz Walker (CRONIC), Velma Wilson (Cloverdale CA), Fred Weber (Ocean Park CA), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator for Surrey ASC).

 

1.           Chair for the Meeting

Fred Weber was appointed Chair of the meeting.

 

2.  Guest speaker

Mike Franklin, the City’s Crime Reduction Manager advised that he is taking a fresh approach to the City’s Crime Reduction Strategy, which he prefers to refer to as “Community Safety”.  He works as a team with the RCMP and crime prevention organizations and is building a consultative network.  He regards success as business investment, new development, reduced poverty, reduced infractions and victimization, smiling citizens, carbon footprint reduction, and community participation and commitment. His is intending to work on nine projects:

1)           Intelligence led problem solving – use of integrated service teams (ISTs);

2)           Community Safety Charter -pledges are secured from businesses and individuals;             

3)           Business Watch – encouraging businesses to take responsibility for security;

4)           Minimum security standards, e.g. CEPTED;

5)           Close circuit TV (CCTV).  Needs strategic placement and real time response;

6)           Intruder alarm verification e.g. a central station for businesses;

7)           Crime Reduction website improvements;

8)           Youth programs – more support and resources; and

9)           Criminal justice system – prolific offender management team needs more resources.

 

Surrey ASC members emphasized the need for closer community involvement, expressed concerns about the overconcentration of social service facilities in Newton and lack of on-street police presence in Newton, pointed out that some burglars are not charged but sent somewhere else by the police, questioned if here is sufficient funding for Mike to achieve his work program, and emphasized the need for more help from other levels of government.

 

Mike said he would investigate our concerns and get back to us.

 

3.           Approval of Minutes

The Minutes of the March monthly meeting of Surrey ASC were approved as circulated. 

 

4.           Reports from Member Organizations

Deb Jack mentioned a delegation to City Council by Surrey Environmental Partners requesting more public consultation on environmental issues.

 

Whalley CA and Bolivar Heights are holding a meeting on emergency preparedness on May 1 or May 4, to be announced.

 

5. Any Other Business

(a)  Bylaw enforcement - The Coordinator reported on Corporate Report R047 which presents a very rosy picture of bylaw enforcement in Surrey.  It was agreed that a letter would be sent to Council expressing our concerns, and that our June meeting would be given over to compiling more issues we have with bylaw enforcement, for transmittal to Council in Sept/Oct.  It was further agreed that a committee would be established to prepare for the June meeting.    Ann Cassidy, Rick Hart, and Fred Weber volunteered to be on the committee, and Darlene Bowyer was added as someone already expressing an interest in such a committee.

 

(b)  The Coordinator mentioned an e-mail received from the Mayor’s assistant regarding the previous meeting of the Stakeholders’ group on the Housing Action Plan.  She will clarify its meaning with the Mayor’s assistant.  It was agreed that the attached survey of secondary suite practices in other municipalities will be sent out to Surrey ASC members.

 

(c)  Barb Paton described changes to Surrey ASC’s website, including addition of a calendar, a list of contact info for community associations, and pages for individual community associations to use that do not have their own website.

 

(d)  The Coordinator advised of an e-mail received from the City Beautification Coordinator stating that no applications have been received from community associations or groups for funding under the Community Enhancement Grant program.  Several members mentioned that they are intending to do so.  All members will be reminded of the availability of the grant.

 

(e)  The Coordinator advised that she had been contacted by the Abbotsford Connecting Neighbourhoods group, which has been formed based on Surrey ASC. She will speak at their next meeting on our activities and exchange information with the group.

 

(f)  Finances – the United Way has confirmed that it wishes unexpended funds from its grant to be returned to them, as of March 31 and it is not prepared to consider any further extensions.  About $1400 will be returned to them, leaving us with sufficient funds to only carry out our core activities for a year or two.  However, additional grants can be sought from other funders, including the City. This will be discussed at our strategic planning session.

 

(g)  S. of Fraser Rapid Transit Study – it was noted that representatives from several community associations are participating in this study.

 

5.   Next meeting

May 20, regarding strategic planning.

 

6            Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9.50 pm