Minutes of Meeting, October 16, 2008

 

Present: Leonore Bradley (Guildford Community Partners), Bonnie Burnside (Whalley CA), Nick Kapty (Cranley Park RA), Barb Paton (Semiahmoo RA), Mike Proscow (Country Woods RA), Velma Wilson (Cloverdale CA), Rosemary Zelinka (Elgin Ratepayers and Coordinator for Surrey ASC).

 

1. Appointment of Chair

Nick Kapty was appointed Chair for this meeting.

 

2. Approval of Agenda

The Agenda was approved as circulated.

 

3. Minutes of Previous Meeting

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

 

4. Reports from Community associations/groups

Mike Proscow reported that he had attended a meeting in Grandview Heights where the City is setting up a new Community Advisory Committee for Area 5(a). Apparently over 50% of residents in this area, bounded by 24 and 26 Aves and 164 and 168 Sts. want to sell their properties for development. About 680 units are planned, some of which would be adjoining estate homes which are only about 8 years old. The CAC appears to be mostly comprised of people wishing to sell rather than stay in the neighbourhood. It was noted that such a composition of a CAC was one of the issues raised in the Sept. presentation to Council. It was agreed that, if necessary, a letter would be sent by Surrey ASC to Council pointing this out and suggesting additional representation from adjoining areas and even from community associations elsewhere in S. Surrey.

 

Bonnie Burnside reported that the Farmers’ Market in Whalley is now finished for the season. There was discussion on the proposed facilities in the new 2010 Olympics Preparation Centre and whether there is adequate planning for more recreation facilities in Whalley, in view of the number of residences under construction.

Leonor Bradley advised that Guildford Community Partners/Tynehead CA will be organizing an all-candidates meeting before the municipal election. She expressed concerns about traffic flows in her neighbourhood when the 156 St. underpass is completed.

 

Barb Paton advised that Semiahmoo Residents is making a presentation to Council on Nov.3 and will be holding an all candidates meeting at Earl Marriott School at 7 pm on Nov. 4. It was noted that SFU is holding a public lecture at 7 pm on Nov. 3 at its Surrey Campus with a guest speaker on the topic of “Transport and Neighbourhoods”

 

5. Business arising from the Minutes

(a) Work program 2008-9

The Coordinator described the community grant application to the City, which is based on the assumption that we have a community developer working part-time for us, and involves holding three workshops for the public: on ways of making your home more sustainable, on effective interaction with City Hall, and on how to start and operate a community group.

Before this meeting, the Executive authorized the circulation of the request for proposals to hire a community developer. It was moved by Barb Paton and seconded by Leonor Bradley that the Executive be authorized to hire, on a contract, a qualified community developer part-time for up to 6 months, at fees not to exceed $10,000, plus expenses. CARRIED

It was agreed that Judy McLeod, Long Range Planning Manager for the City, or her designate, will be invited to the November general meeting, to talk about the process for review of the OCP, which is just starting. Consideration will be given to holding the meeting in another place, at another date, starting at 6.30 pm to allow for meet/mingle, and providing refreshments. Members will also be invited to bring several people from their member organizations.

(b) Standing Rules

Item 1 of the Standing Rules regarding sharing of members’ contact information was approved.

Item 2 was approved at the September meeting.

Item 3, regarding decisions on advocacy items, was tabled for further discussion

 

6. New Business

Barb Paton was appointed Acting Coordinator while Rosemary Zelinka is away (Nov 7-Dec. 2)

 

7. Next Meeting

Thursday, Nov 20 at 7.00 pm, or as determined.

 

8. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9.15 pm.