WERA Annual General Meeting November 2015

WERA General Meeting of November 24, 2015
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Meeting commenced: 7:11 p.m.
                                Chair: Elmer Rudolph; Recorder: Gavin McLeod
                                Number of attendees: 9
Approval of minutes of previous meetings: Motion to approve minutes of May 26, 2015. Moved by Gavin McLeod and seconded by Mary Wilson.
Additional Agenda Items: Speeding vehicles on Hamilton Street between 16th and 18th.
Summary of November 7, 2015 Workshop Vision 2041 – Official Community Plan: Elmer Rudolph reported on the Workshop, tables were assigned based on community. The purpose was to engage the community in the designing of a higher density New Westminster moving towards 20141. Three preset alternatives were presented comprised of low infill, medium infill and high infill. Various forms of infill including small lot house, small lot duplex, triplex, fourplex, row houses, town houses, low rise and high rise apartment buildings. The next step will be Official Community Plan Development and Adoption (January 2016 - June 2016). Nothing is set in stone, there will probably be changes before full implementation.
Communication from president of Mood Park Residents’ Association: The president contacted other residence associations asking them to support him at a joint meeting of residents’ association. The main topic would be the densification of New Westminster especially the corridors along 8th and 10th Avenues.
Update on 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 still being consulted. Elmer Rudolph suggested that New Westminster may be attempting to obtain some funding from Translink.
Financial Report by Secretary/ Treasurer: The Secretary/ Treasurer reported that, as of
October 31, 2015:
Chequing: $467.65; Equity Shares: $78.08; Community Savings Bond: $101.05; Total: $646.78
October 31, 2014
Chequing: $495.65; Equity Shares: $77.51; Community Savings Bond: $100; Total: $ 673.16
A decrease of $26.38 year to year.
Dues Collection: $16 in dues was collected and will be deposited in the Credit Union account.
Donation to Unity In Action Church for use of hall: Elmer suggested that we contribute $50 to the church for use of the hall for the year, the Church does not pay property tax. There was a suggestion to make $50 a monthly amount, that would drain the bank account in less than two years. A motion was made to pay $50, the motion was seconded and passed.
Community Policing Report by Gavin McLeod: Inspector Hyland reported that calls for service for the last year in the west end were down by 21%; Skytrain Stations (where NWPD responded) were down by 6%. Mike Walmsley reported that there is an increase in vehicle traffic in the area of 22nd and Hamilton Street area and believes it might be due to a dial‐a‐dope operation. Mike Walmsley also reported that there has been drug activity in the cul-de-sac located at the end of 9th Avenue near 23rd Street. There has been an increase in
young males in vehicles at this location as well as drinking and drug activity at the bench located nearby.
ActBiPed Report by Mary Wilson:  Mary reported problems with access across 10th avenue to Burnaby citing the availability of stores and other resources at Highgate; the development at the former Safeway site will undoubtedly increase traffic along 10th avenue, there is a problematical crossing at 13th street but there should be a crossing at 18th street. Mary conducted a Jane’s walk across 10th to Burnaby this year and did a tour with the ActBiPed committee. New Westminster will have to work with Burnaby on improving access.
Meeting adjourned at: 8:40 p.m.
Coyote activity near Lord Tweedsmuir School: Gavin McLeod observed a skinny mangy coyote on the morning of October 21, then phoned the New Westminster animal shelter and was subsequently referred to Stanly Park Ecology. The only advice provided was how to scare the coyote and how to discourage them.

Next meeting: Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday January 26, 2016 at Unity in Action Church from 7 pm to 9 pm.

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