WERA General Meeting Of September 22, 2015

WERA General Meeting of September 22, 2015
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May 26, 2015: commenced 7:11 p.m.
                                Chair: Elmer Rudolph; Recorder: Gavin McLeod
                                Number of attendees: 7
Approval of minutes of previous meetings: Motion to approve minutes of May 26, 2015. Moved by Mary Wilson and seconded by Gavin McLeod.
Additional Agenda Items: Stewardson Way Crosswalk, Community policing report, Digital Inclusion Committee Report and Appointment of representative to the Neighbourhood Traffic Advisory Committee.
Stewardson Way Crosswalk: Elmer Rudolph reported that there has been little progress toward implementing the plan to place a crosswalk across Stewardson Way to provide access to River Drive. Money has been set aside but Translink   is reluctant to proceed but no reason was given. An update will be provided at the WERA November Annual General Meeting.
1407 Sixth Ave - HRA Development and Subdivision Application:
The lot is 66 feet wide with an old house (built in 1901), the house is in poor condition but will be restored. The intent is to divide the property and build a second house. The city will be removing a lane allowance at the back of the property.
Official Community Plan:
Elmer Rudolph provided an update on the Official Community Plan. There will be a meeting on October 17 for community representatives and a bus tour of areas where various types of densification have been implemented.
The city website states that “A series of public events will be held in the fall that explore the results of the research with the community”.
ActBiPed Report by Mary Wilson:  Mary reported on concerns about pedestrian safety at unmarked sidewalks, very intersection is considered to have unmarked sidewalks but there are vehicle drivers who are not aware of, or who do not respect this fact. Mary is particularly interested in providing better pedestrian access across 10th avenue to Burnaby and the shopping area around Highgate. A crossing at 18th street at 10th avenue would be desirable. There will be a tour of the area by representatives of the ActBiPed committee.
Meeting adjourned at: 8:40 p.m.
Next meeting: Tentatively Tuesday September 22, 2015 at Unity in Action Church from 7pm to 9pm.
Community Policing Committee Report: Gavin McLeod reported from the previous committee meeting.
Reports of property crime showed an overall 15 to 20 percent reduction, the greatest reduction was in the west end and at Skytrain stations. There was an increase of 10 to 12 percent increase in robberies and assaults, uttering threats and harassing communications. There was a homicide in the west end but there is no recent information. There was a major motor vehicle accident on the Pattullo bridge involving 32 vehicles. There was a shooting in Queensborough that was reported to be targeted. The New Westminster police department has released a smartphone app for smartphones.

Meeting adjourned at: 8:25

Next meeting: Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday November 19th 2015 at Unity in Action Church from 7 pm to 9 pm.

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