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2004 Agendas & Minutes

General Purposes Committee Meeting Minutes - July 5, 2004



General Purposes Committee



Monday, July 5th, 2004


Anderson Room
Richmond City Hall


Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie, Chair
Councillor Linda Barnes
Councillor Derek Dang
Councillor Evelina Halsey-Brandt
Councillor Sue Halsey-Brandt
Councillor Rob Howard
Councillor Kiichi Kumagai
Councillor Bill McNulty
Councillor Harold Steves



Call to Order:

The Chair called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.








It was moved and seconded



That the minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on Monday, June 21st,2004, be adopted as circulated.








Val Lofvendahl, Reptile Rescue, Adoption and Education Society, c/o 8080 Gilbert Road.



Ms. Val Lofvendahl stated that she would like the City to help the Reptile Rescue, Adoption and Education Society to find suitable premises within the City where they can continue to operate.  The current premises, in Ms. Lofvendahls residence, were unsuitable given that they now house both her family and twenty-two reptiles.



Ms. Lofvendahl then responded to questions from Committee, and provided the following information:



     Attempts would be made to adopt out those reptiles suitable as pets, and information would be provided on their proper care and feeding requirements.



         A facility in the range of 1,000 to 1,500 sq.ft. would be suitable.



         The difference between her facility and the Rainforest Reptile Refuge in Surrey is that facility does not adopt out the animals



         Feeding costs at her facility are approximately $200 per month



         Pet stores will not accept the return of reptiles they have sold



         Once the Society is granted charitable status, the intent is to seek grant funding and other sources of donations.



In addition, staff responded to questions from Committee and advised that the only bylaw dealing with reptiles was in relation to selling and trading of animals but there was nothing relating to keeping reptiles.  As well, pet stores are required to place signs on cages indicating food requirements and eventual size of the reptiles.



It was moved and seconded



That staff be directed to:





verify the compliance of pet stores in relation to the educational component of the bylaw to ensure that pertinent information is being provided when selling reptiles.





meet with Ms. Lofvendahl to provide information on the City Grants Program





work in partnership with the SPCA or other organizations to investigate the possibility of locating property where a trailer could be located to house reptiles.




Prior to the question being called, Cllr. Kumagai asked if the Society kept records of where the reptiles were originally purchased, and Ms. Lofvendahl responded that this was included on the questionnaire that donors completed when bringing in their reptiles.  Cllr. Kumagai requested that this information be provided to staff so that they could follow-up on the educational program with the pet stores involved.



  The question on the motion was then called, and it was CARRIED.








(Report:  June 15/04, File No.:  12-8275-30-010/Vol 01) (REDMS No. 1281520)



It was moved and seconded



That City Council NOT support the application to amend the liquor licence for J&B Investments doing business as Zodiac Karaoke at 155 8291 Alexandra Road (for reasons outlined in the report dated June 15, 2004 from the Manager, Customer Service).


Prior to the question being called, Ms. Stevens advised that staff were developing a policy which would provide guidelines for approving  such requests.


The question on the motion was then called, and it was CARRIED.




It was moved and seconded



That staff develop a policy covering requests to extend the hours of operation for various establishments that serve liquor.








It was moved and seconded

That staff report on the process for establishing karaoke premises that serve liquor versus those which do not serve liquor, and whether or not the extent of police involvement has increased for those establishments which have changed from not serving alcohol to serving alcohol.











(Report:  June 21/04, File No.:   ) (REDMS No. 1302485)




It was moved and seconded




That the efforts of the Fraser River Port Authority to secure sustainable federal government funding for:





Annual dredging activities, and





Essential public infrastructure that promotes appropriate flood protection and sound river management,




(as outlined in Attachment 1 to the report dated June 21, 2004 from the Manager, Building Approvals), be supported.












It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (4.53 p.m.).






Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee of the Council of the City of Richmond held on Monday,       July 5th, 2004.



Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie

Valerie Wilmot
Executive Assistant, Human Resources

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