March 16, 2015 - Agenda

City of Richmond Meeting Agenda

General Purposes Committee 

Anderson Room, City Hall
6911 No. 3 Road

Monday, March 16, 2015
4:00 p.m.


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Motion to adopt the minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on Monday, March 2, 2015.









POLICY 3707 – Long Term Financial Management Strategy
(File Ref. No. 0970-03-01) (REDMS No. 4531019)



See Page GP-11 for full report









the 2015 budgeted expenditure of gaming revenue is 18 million and the total gaming revenue allocated to reserves since 2004 is 56.1 million dollars;



and the City of Richmond has 854.3 million in our investment portfolio;



and in 2015 these reserves from gaming revenue contributed approximately 76.9 million dollars to the comprehensive Major Capitals Facilities Program which included Minoru Aquatic centre, seniors centre, City Centre Community centre, and replacement of No. 1 Fire Hall;




BE IT RESOLVED that Policy 3707 that currently states: under tax revenue that tax increases will be at Vancouver’s CPI rate (to maintain current programs and maintain existing infrastructure at the same level of service) plus 1.0% towards infrastructure be changed to state: up to 1% towards infrastructure.









Gaming Revenue Update
(File Ref. No. 03-0905-01) (REDMS No. 4266078 v. 2)



See Page GP-14 for full report



Designated Speaker:  Cindy Gilfillan







That the proposed gaming revenue allocation model as presented in the staff report titled, Gaming Revenue Update, from the Director of Finance be endorsed effective January 1, 2016;




That a Council Initiative account be established, and $3.0M of the existing Gaming Revenue Provision be transferred to this account;




That $12.0M of the existing Gaming Revenue Provision be transferred to the Capital Reserve (Revolving Fund) for future capital work;




That the 2016 Operating Budget decrease by $1.4M to remove tax funded grants and increase by $1.4M for transfer to the Capital Reserve (Revolving Fund) for a net impact of zero to the Operating Budget;




That a Grant Provision account be established for the unspent grant funds to accumulate for future distribution;




That item 2 of the Long Term Financial Management Strategy Policy 3707 be amended as follows:





Gaming revenues are designated for the capital reserves, the major capital community facility replacement program, the grants program, the Council initiatives account, and towards the cost of policing relating to gaming activities.”









Resolution for LMLGA and UBCM: Environmental Bill of Rights
(File Ref. No. 01-0150-01) (REDMS No. 4520265 v. 2)



See Page GP-27 for full report



Designated Speaker:  Amarjeet Rattan






That Council approve the following resolution to be forwarded to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA) for consideration:



Environmental Bill of Rights



WHEREAS municipalities and regional districts are the government nearest to people and the natural environment, and therefore share a deep concern for the welfare of the natural environment and understand that a healthy environment is inextricably linked to the health of individuals, families, future generations and communities;



AND WHEREAS fostering the environmental well-being of the community is a municipal purpose under section 7(d) of the Community Charter and regional district purpose under section 2(d) of the Local Government Act;



THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Lower Mainland Local Government Association (LMLGA) and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) request that the Province of British Columbia enact a Provincial environmental bill of rights that:




recognizes the right of every resident to live in a healthy environment, including the right to clean air, clean water, clean food and vibrant ecosystems;




provides for public participation in decision-making respecting the environment and access to environmental information;




provides access to justice when environmental rights are infringed; and




has whistleblower protection






Port Metro Vancouver Resolution to LMLGA, UBCM and FCM
(File Ref. No. 01-0140-20-PMVA1) (REDMS No. 4508241)



See Page GP-30 for full report



Designated Speaker:  Amarjeet Rattan







That the Port Metro Vancouver Resolution, as proposed in the February 25, 2015 staff report from the Director, Intergovernmental Relations and Protocol Unit, be submitted to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association, the Union of BC Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for their endorsement (Attachment 2);




That a letter and the staff report titled “Port Metro Vancouver Resolution to LMLGA, UBCM and FCM” dated February 25, 2015, be sent to Metro Vancouver, the City of Vancouver, the Corporation of Delta, the City of Coquitlam, the Village of Belcarra, the City of Burnaby, the City of New Westminster, the City of Port Moody, the City of North Vancouver, the City of Surrey, the District of North Vancouver, the City of Port Coquitlam, the District of West Vancouver, the District of Maple Ridge, the City of Pitt Meadows and the Township of Langley, requesting their support for the endorsement of the Port Metro Vancouver Resolution; and




That the above mentioned letter and staff report be copied to the Office of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Transport Canada, the Premier of British Columbia, the BC Minister of Agriculture, Richmond Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Assembly, the Federal Leader of the Official Opposition and the Provincial (BC) Leader of the Official Opposition.









Kiwanis Towers – Second Disbursement from the Affordable Housing Reserve Fund to 7378 Gollner Avenue
(File Ref. No. 08-4057-01) (REDMS No. 4324592 v. 16)



See Page GP-40 for full report



Designated Speaker:  Dena Kae Beno







That, subject to Resolution 2 below, $5,848,406 be paid to Richmond Kiwanis Senior Citizens Housing Society (the “Society”) towards construction costs associated with 296 subsidized senior housing units at 7378 Gollner Avenue (formerly 6251 Minoru Boulevard) to be used by the Society




That, pursuant to the Contribution Agreement, dated November 9, 2012, between the City and the Society, no payment be made by the City until:





substantial completion of all 148 Seniors Housing Units in the first tower is confirmed by a quantity surveyor retained by and reporting to BC Housing; and





the City grants its final building inspection permitting occupancy of all 148 units;




That the Chief Administrative Officer and the General Manager of Community Services be authorized to:





negotiate and execute all amendments to the Contribution Agreement and other agreements and documents in relation to the disbursements and revised payment schedule; and





disburse the amount as stated in Resolution 1 above.