May 16, 2022 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes

General Purposes Committee


Monday, May 16, 2022


Council Chambers
Richmond City Hall


Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie, Chair
Councillor Chak Au
Councillor Carol Day
Councillor Andy Hobbs
Councillor Alexa Loo (by teleconference)
Councillor Bill McNulty
Councillor Linda McPhail (by teleconference)
Councillor Harold Steves (by teleconference)
Councillor Michael Wolfe (by teleconference)

Call to Order:

The Chair called the meeting to order at 4:09 p.m.






It was moved and seconded



That Federal Electoral Boundaries be added to the agenda as Item No. 4.









It was moved and seconded



That the minutes of the meeting of the General Purposes Committee held on May 2, 2022, be adopted as circulated.









Kevin Quinn, CEO, and Sarah Ross, Vice President of Planning, TransLink, provided a PowerPoint presentation (copy on file) and an overview of the Transport 2050: 10-Year Priorities, anticipated to go to the Mayors and Board for approval in summer 2022.



The presentation outlined the prioritization of the first decade of projects identified in the Regional Transportation Strategy and relevant investments, made or proposed, to make progress toward Transport 2050 targets, including the goal to achieve a majority fully electrified fleet by 2033.  In particular, growth of the bus service overall with significant improvements to passenger safety, the doubling of local bus service, and a reliable and fast transit network, were noted.



In response to comments and questions from the Committee, the delegation noted the difficulty with bus operating needs and providing safe and effective bus layover locations, and reported that their staff are working closely with the City’s Engineering Division to assess and evaluate options.  It was further noted there is a high level of communication, both with the Port and with the Province, with respect to plans to achieve the highest quality bus service for the Highway 91 corridor.



Scott Macintosh, Senior Project Manager, TransLink, provided an update on the Capstan Canada Line Station.



It was noted that construction on the Capstan Station (the first infill station to be constructed on the Canada Line) began in 2021, with the majority of the work to date happening underground.  It was further noted that construction activities are progressing for the station’s structural foundation, with installation of the building’s services now underway, and the station remains on track to open in 2023.



It was also noted that the temporary public art installed on the fencing around the site was commissioned from Richmond based artists, and that a video featuring the local artists and their art pieces was produced, has been extensively promoted on social media and, as part of Doors Open Richmond, the artwork will be featured on the Richmond Public Art Walking Tour on June 5, 2022.  Details of the permanent public art piece for the station will be shared once finalized.






Election Procedure Amendment Bylaw for Mail Ballot Voting
(File Ref. No. 12-8125-90) (REDMS No. 6874788)



It was moved and seconded



That “Civic Election Administration and Procedure Bylaw No. 7244, Amendment Bylaw No. 10349” be introduced and given first, second, and third readings.









Federal Electoral boundaries
(File Ref. No.) (REDMS No.)



The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission of British Columbia proposed change to the district boundary of Steveston-Richmond East, was discussed. In particular, it was noted that the change includes a small section of Delta.  Further discussion ensued with respect to providing the City’s comments and feedback. As a result of the discussion, the following referral motion was introduced:



It was moved and seconded



That staff take a look at the proposed changes to British Columbia’s federal electoral district boundaries with respect to Steveston-Richmond East, and provide comments.









It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (4:43 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, May 16, 2022.



Mayor Malcolm D. Brodie

Lorraine Anderson
Legislative Services Associate