Minutes of Meeting, January 17, 2008


Present: Doug Bell, Leonor Bradley (Guildford Community Partners Society), Bonnie Burnside (Whalley CA), Nick Kapty (Cranley Place RA), Rob Langford (Fraser Heights CA) Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Wally Sandvoss (Port Kells CA), Fred Weber (Ocena Park CA), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator for Surrey ASC).


1. Appointment of Chair

Fred Weber was appointed Chair for this meeting.


2. Approval of Agenda

Moved by Barb Paton and seconded by Wally Sandvoss, that the Agenda be approved. CARRIED


3. Minutes

Moved by Barb Paton, seconded by Bonnie Burnside, that the Minutes of the November meeting be approved as circulated. CARRIED


4. Business arising from the Minutes

(a) It was reported that Surrey ASC has not been awarded a grant by the City. It looks as if we will be awarded a grant by the United Way, provided we can find a sponsoring organization that is a federally registered charity. Ocean Park CA will be approached about this.

(b) Input to City projects:

- Bonnie Burnside will check with the City regarding when the next Mayor’s Community Association Advisory Committee will be held.

- Barb Paton will investigate the ads about an Employment Land Strategy.

- Wally Sandvoss advised that he is now officially a member of the City’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC). There are 28 members on the Committee, which meets every two months. Following discussion regarding a proposed motion to MAC proposed by Wally, it was agreed that Wally should inform MAC that Surrey ASC supports emphasizing the importance of multiculturalism at a grass-roots level and would be interested in encouraging participation at this level.

(c) AGM on Feb. 21:

Notices for the AGM will be sent out a month before the AGM, in accordance with our Bylaws.

While the five current directors are willing to stand for re-election, we need to increase numbers to our full complement of seven. Anyone interested in running for the Executive is asked to contact Rosemary Zelinka at 604-536-1639 or by e-mail.


5. Work program

The Coordinator reported that if the United Way grant is received, we are planning a workshop on “Building Strong Communities” or similar title, for late April/early May. It would replace the Volunteer Appreciation dinner and would be held on a Saturday. A workshop organizer would be hired to arrange the details of the workshop, reporting to the Executive. Details of potential session topics was circulated to Surrey ASC membership, but not much response has been received.

It was moved by Rob Langford and seconded by Wally Sandvoss that provided United Way funding is forthcoming, expenditures of up to $10,000 be authorized to organize and hold a workshop on building communities in late April/early May. CARRIED


6. New Business

It was moved by Leonor Bradley and seconded by Bonnie Burnside that Barb Paton be reimbursed $123.89 for renewal if our website domain name.


7. Reports from Communities

(a) Fraser Heights: There are issues regarding traffic calming and traffic congestion, speed and access. With the assistance of Coun. Gill, a “laundry list” has been given to the City’s Engineering Dept.

(b) Guildford: there are traffic speeding issues along 158 St as a result of the 156 St. underpass.

(c) Ocean Park: objections by the CA to NAVCAN about noise resulting from changed airplane flight paths over the Peninsula resulted in a 90 day review and then a rerouting more over Boundary Bay.


8. Next Meeting

The AGM will be held at 7.00 pm, Thursday February 21, at Port Kells Community Hall


9. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9.10 pm.