WERA General Meeting of September 27, 2016

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Meeting commenced: 7:10 p.m.
                                Chair: Elmer Rudolph; Recorder: Gavin McLeod
                                Number of attendees: 8
Approval of minutes of previous meetings: Motion to approve minutes of May 24, 2016, moved by Gavin McLeod seconded by Heather McKenzie.
Additional Agenda Items:
Before and after school care for Lord Tweedsmuir students (Katrina Ingraham): Katrina Ingraham reported on her intent to create a before and after day care facility at St. Aidan’s church, the target audience will be students at Lord Tweedsmuir K to 6 school. The hours will be 7 am to 9 am and 2:45 pm to 6 pm.
There will be space for up to 30 children. There are plans to have a drop off zone. Katrina represents Starling Child Care, a for profit company. More information at www.starlingchildcare.ca/
Review of City Draft Proposal for Land Use Map for the new O.C.P. Vision 2041 (Elmer Rudolph): The city has reached the final stages of its OCP consultation process. The city presented many infill options for consideration. The most popular options were laneway houses and townhouses. It was announced that the draft OCP will be created in early 2017. One topic of conversation was the conversion of large garages to laneway houses. A few years ago, there was a surge in construction of large garages, possibly looking to convert to laneway houses when allowed. There are obstacles to the conversions due to building code and the cities creation of standards for laneway housing.
Report on Latest Residents Association Forum (Gavin McLeod): Elmer Rudolph could not attend so Gavin McLeod attended in his place. The major topic presented was the OCP (Vision 2041). The major topic brought up by a Residents’ Association Rep was traffic enforcement. Gavin McLeod requested that the bicycle pedestrian crossing to River Drive be included as a topic but was told that there was nothing to report.
Neighbourhood Traffic Advisory Committee Report (Gavin McLeod): The committee discussed the following: air quality assessment near Ecole Glenbrook Middle school and Ecole Qayqyat Elementary school; traffic signal timing policy; congestion management principals and quick wins for walking in Queensborough.
Community Policing Committee Report (Gavin McLeod): Deputy Constable Dave Jansen provided an update on crime statistics for calls for service, overall there was a reduction of 2 percent except for the Sapperton area which had an increase of 1 percent which averages about 25 calls over the year. There were additional arrests in a home invasion investigation. There was an investigation of a report of a shooting that took place in the 300 block of Carnarvon, it was reported to be a targeted shooting. The Emergency Response Team was involved in two incidents, both involved mental health issues.
ActBiped Committee Report (Mary Wilson): Mary Wilson is not an official member of the committee but attends the meetings. Mary reported that Translink provide $150,000.00 for traffic control people during the repair of the Pattullo bridge. The traffic control people reported a high level of verbal abuse from drivers. A motion was passed to thank them.
Stewardson Way overpass to River Drive: Elmer was informed that money is still the issue between provincial government, Translink and the City of New Westminster, the city does not want to spend that much. It appears that there will be a cancellation of the Q2Q bridge due to the latest estimate of around 39 million dollars, the original estimate was around 9 million dollars. If it is cancelled the money could be used toward the River Drive crossing.
20th Street Traffic Control during Patullo Bridge Closure August 13-14 (Elmer Rudolph): Elmer Rudolph reported on traffic problems created by the repairs on the Pattullo bridge crossing. The problems were added to by repaving of Seventh Avenue between Twentieth street and Twenty-Second street, there was one traffic control person at the Twentieth and Seventh intersection which was chaotic including fender benders and driver hostility which was even directed at the traffic control person.
Appointment of WERA delegate to Neighbourhood Traffic Advisory Committee (Elmer Rudolph): Elmer Rudolph asked for volunteers for the position of delegate to the Neighbourhood Traffic Advisory Committee; Gavin McLeod and Frank Norman accepted the opportunity.
Meeting Adjourned: 20:25
Next meeting: Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday November 22, 2016 at Unity in Action Church from 7 pm to 9 pm. The meeting will be an AGM with elections of officers and collection of $2 dues.

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