May 7, 2007 Minutes

City of Richmond Meeting Minutes

Special Council Meeting

Monday, May 7th, 2007




4:00 p. m.


Anderson Room

Richmond City Hall


Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie

Councillor Linda Barnes

Councillor Cynthia Chen

Councillor Derek Dang

Councillor Evelina Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Sue Halsey-Brandt 

Councillor Rob Howard

Councillor Bill McNulty

Councillor Harold Steves

Corporate Officer – David Weber

Call to Order:

Mayor Brodie called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m., and announced that the meeting would be immediately recessed until the conclusion of the open and closed General Purposes Committee meetings.



The Special Council Meeting reconvened at 5:53 p.m., with all members of Council present.













(Report:  March 7, 2007, File No. 8275-06) (REDMS No. 2084540, 2002645, 2007260, 2056368)



Opportunity for Business Licence Holder to be heard in accordance with Section 60 of the Community Charter – Representative of Pan Pacific Recycling Inc.


Chief Licence Inspector, Amarjeet Rattan, advised that neither a representative of Pan Pacific Recycling Inc. nor their solicitor would be in attendance as they accepted the proposed two week suspension of their business licence.




It was moved and seconded



That the business licence of Pan Pacific Recycling Inc., at Unit # 140-13900 Mitchell Island Rd., Richmond, B.C., be suspended for a period of 14 days, from June 1 - June 14th, 2007 inclusive, for the following reason(s):




In eight business transactions conducted between April 25 to May 3, 2006, Pan Pacific purchased, from undercover police officers, a total of 74 municipal signs of which 57 were the property of the City of Richmond.  The licence holder took no steps to ascertain whether the Cities had authorized the transactions.  These transactions, carried out at the business premises of Pan Pacific, demonstrate conduct that is unacceptable to the City as a licensing authority, in that the holder has demonstrated willingness to trade in property without regard to the lawfulness of various transactions.  In particular, it has demonstrated a willingness to acquire items that in the circumstances, cannot reasonably be assumed to be lawfully owned or held by the persons offering them for trade.




In accordance with the authority granted under the Community Charter Sec. 60 (2), the City deems that by failing to maintain the standard of qualification required for the issuance of a City Business Licence, this business has  violated the Business Licence Bylaw No 7360 at section 5.1 (b) & (d) and Business Licence Regulations Bylaw No 7538 at section 22.1 (b) & (d).











TRANSLINK GOVERNANCE REVIEW PANEL – report recommendations(Report:  April 25, 2007 File No.:  01-0154-01) (REDMS No. 2089476)



It was moved and seconded




That the BC Minister of Transportation be requested to incorporate the following suggested enhancements into the finalization of the proposed changes to the governance and funding structure of TransLink:





include social and environmental expertise within the new TransLink Board of Directors to ensure a balanced consideration of all impacts to achieve sustainability in all future regional transportation decisions;





provide sufficient opportunity for the Council of Mayors to be consulted on the development of the terms of reference of the TransLink Commissioner, the 30-year provincial vision and the 10-year strategic plan, as well as the 3-year operating plan, as the latter plan can have direct impacts on municipal capital and operating budgets;





confirm that regional land use and growth management plans are a criteria in the assessment and approval of the 10-year strategic plan by the Council of Mayors and/or its appointed TransLink Commissioner;





that further consideration be given to opportunities and mechanisms that would reduce the reliance on property taxes as a primary revenue source, such as:






the provision of an equitable funding source drawn from the entire province to support the provincial vision and recognize the contribution of the regional transportation system to the provincial economy; and






allow any Federal Government transfers to offset property tax increases, not just fare increases as recommended by the report;





validate and, if necessary, adjust the financial projections based on the proposed expanded transportation service region under the new revenue structure to ensure revenues and expenditures are kept balanced over the long-term;





that the mechanism for determining the financial contributions and service levels for the new added service regions be structured consistently and equitably across all municipalities of the entire service region; and





that any future expansion of the service region include non local government jurisdictions, such as the Vancouver International Airport Authority road network, including Russ Baker Way and the Arthur Laing Bridge.




That the above letter be copied to all municipalities affected by the proposed expanded transportation service region, TransLink and the Greater Vancouver Regional District. 












It was moved and seconded



That 5 Year Financial Plan (2007 to 2011) Bylaw No. 8216 be adopted.







It was moved and seconded



That Annual Property Tax Rates Bylaw No. 8236 be adopted.











It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (6:12 p.m.).







Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Council of the City of Richmond held on Monday, May7th, 2007.



Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie

Corporate Officer (David Weber)