SURREY ASSOCIATION OF SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

 

MINUTES OF GENERAL MEETING (Link to Power Point Presentation)

 

Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 7.00 pm

 

Port Kells Community Hall, 18918  88 Ave.

 

Persons present:   Doug Bell (Clayton), Darlene Bowyer and Doug Wibble and Steve Greenlee (Port Kells CA), Ann Cassidy (Bolivar Heights Community Assoc), Connie Cochrane, and Keith Cochrane and Mel Dear (Royal Park Group), Bob Dhaliwal and Tammy Ritchie (W. Panorama Ridge RA), Deb Jack (Surrey Environmental Partners),  Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Mike Proskow and Dave Moffatt (Country Woods Residents Assoc), Kelly Smith and Randy Kolstad and Maureen Kolstad and Gail Harris, and Grant Rice and Tamara Leitch and Jennifer White (St Helen’s Park), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator for Surrey ASC).

 

1.           Chair for the Meeting

Rosemary Zelinka was appointed Chair of the meeting.

 

2.           Guest speakers

Ed Warzel, the Manager of Bylaw Enforcement and Licences for the City of Surrey introduced his senior officers, Rick Bamford and Dave Hornung, and his administration manager.

 

Ed provided a slide presentation regarding the staffing and work of his department.  This is attached as a separate file.

 

The department’s approach in responding to complaints is to talk with bylaw infractors and to persuade them to comply, and only take legal action as a last resort. Ed said that they had 10,000 complaints last year and resolved 9,771 of these.

 

Responsibilities include graffiti, secondary suites, animal control, noise, abandoned properties, recovery homes, controlled substances, parking, and zoning infractions, but not building violations which are the responsibility of the Building Dept.

 

Questions were posed throughout the presentation.  Following the presentation, one Surrey ASC member expressed concerns about the quality of the community falling because many people have no respect for the bylaws.  Another member showed several files comprising 3 years of paperwork in trying to get action to close a secondary suite and to remove some RV’s from agricultural land. It was wondered why tickets can be issued and fines levied for some violations, but not for others.

 

Ed advised that the Community Charter states that municipalities cannot be held liable as a result of not enforcing the bylaws.

 

The bylaw officers were thanked for their presentation, and they left the meeting at 9.30 p.m. It was observed that contrary to what some members of the public had been told, matters related to enclosing decks and similar issues are not Bylaw Enforcement’s responsibility.

 

It was moved by Barb Paton and seconded by  Darlene Bowyer, that the Coordinator prepare a request to City Council to become a delegation regarding bylaw enforcement issues. CARRIED

 

3.  Next meeting

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.

 

4.           Adjournment  - 9.40 p.m.