June 15, 2010 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes

Community Safety Committee





Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Anderson Room

Richmond City Hall


Councillor Derek Dang, Chair

Councillor Ken Johnston, Vice-Chair (arrived at 4:26 p.m.)

Councillor Evelina Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Greg Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Bill McNulty

Mayor Malcolm Brodie

Also Present:

Councillor Sue Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Linda Barnes (arrived at 4:56 p.m.)

Councillor Harold Steves (arrived at 4:56 p.m.)

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 Community Safety Committee held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, be adopted as circulated.












Tuesday, July 13, 2010, (tentative date) at 4:00 p.m. in the Anderson Room









Ken Shymanski, President and CEO of E-Comm, to provide updated information on the activities and services provided by E-Comm.



Ken Shymanski, President and CEO of E-Comm, and Doug Watson, Vice-President of Operations of E-Comm, distributed copies of their report (attached to and forming part of these Minutes as Schedule 1) and spoke of  E-Comm’s phenomenal growth and improvements in service levels since its inception in 1999.



In response to queries, Mr. Shymanski and Mr. Watson provided the following information:




the service level contract of E-Comm with Metro Vancouver specifies  that 95% of calls are answered in 5 seconds or less;




in the ten-month period from June 2009 to May 2010, E-Comm has consistently achieved its target service level except in June 2009 when fraudulent calls and an unexpected high level of activity by TELUS affected E-Comm’s service delivery; and




the decrease in cost per call is attributed to E-Comm’s operational efficiency and the introduction of a single support technology which enabled it to achieve economies of scale resulting in cost reduction.



The Committee requested E-Comm to provide information and statistics  on (i)  the increase in Richmond RCMP emergency call volume during the 2010 Winter Olympics; and (ii) Richmond’s 9-1-1 monthly call volumes from February 2009 to May 2010.



The Committee also requested staff to study whether there is a correlation between the increase in  Richmond’s emergency call volumes with the City’s  population growth.








Richmond Fire-Rescue Recruitment / Outreach Video



The video presentation was postponed due to technical problems.








Imposed Clean Up of an Unsightly Property - Civic Address: 23060 Westminster HIGHwAy - Legal Description: Lot 41, Sec 36 Blk5N RG4W, Plan 8421

(File Ref. No.:  12-8075-20) (REDMS No. 2882707)



Magda Laljee, Supervisor, Community Bylaws, provided background information and in response to a query, stated that the reason cited by the owner of subject property for non-compliance with the ‘Order to Comply’ is that the said property is up for sale.



Mr. Adrianus Johannes Jacobus Rosbergen, owner of the property located at 23060 Westminster Highway, spoke about the circumstances which resulted in the accumulation of vehicles and materials on his property.  In response to queries, Mr. Rosbergen mentioned that he is currently cleaning up the property and that the owners of vehicles parked on his property have been advised to remove their vehicles.



In response to a query, Ms. Laljee clarified that the subject of the ‘Order to Comply’ does not include the vehicles parked on Mr. Rosbergen’s property.



Discussion ensued regarding the time needed by Mr. Rosbergen to remove the subject materials from his property. As a result of the discussion, the following motion was introduced:



It was moved and seconded




That Walden Disposal and Tractor Service, as contractor for the City, be authorized to remove and dispose of all discarded materials on or after July 15, 2010 at 23060 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, in accordance with the “Order to Comply” dated April 22, 2010 issued under the Unsightly Premises Bylaw No. 7162 and section 17(1) of the Community Charter; and




That the final cost of this removal and disposal, estimated at $4299.75 (including fees and taxes), be invoiced to the registered owner of the property located at 23060 Westminster Hwy.








(File Ref. No.:  09-5000-01) (REDMS No. 2902152)



Rendall Nesset, OIC, Richmond RCMP, advised  that enforcement of traffic laws, especially at the intersections, is an ongoing project of Richmond RCMP in response to the reported pedestrian accidents.  He added that Richmond RCMP remains vigilant in enforcing the new legislation on the use of cell phones while driving and will continue to conduct vehicle inspections to enforce other traffic laws such as the use of seatbelts. With regard to the theft of copper wires in the City’s lamp posts, Mr. Nesset reported on the arrest and prosecution of the suspect although restitution would be difficult to obtain in the said case.



In response to queries, OIC Nesset provided the following information:




the drivers apprehended during the vehicle checks conducted by RCMP on May 13, 2010 were charged and ticketed for various traffic violations;




the April 10 statistics on fraud include credit card thefts occurring at gas stations and RCMP will give more attention to repeated incidents at particular gas stations;




the new bylaw on record-keeping requirements for business establishments helped the RCMP in identifying the suspect of the copper wire theft case; and




the rise in reported sexual offences is attributed to historical incidents, i.e., incidents which happened in the past but were reported only recently.



It was moved and seconded



That the staff report dated May 20, 2010, from the Officer in Charge, Richmond RCMP Detachment, entitled “RCMP’s Monthly Activity Report for June 2010” be received for information.







Vial of Life Program – Richmond Fire-Rescue Support

(File Ref. No.:) (REDMS No. 2907371)



In response to queries, Fire Chief John McGowan and Deputy Fire Chief Kim Howell advised the following:




the vials will be distributed by the participating pharmacies and Richmond Fire-Rescue (RFR) will participate in the public education aspect of the Vial of Life (VOL) Program;




the Working Group of VOL is actively seeking the support of the community to meet the financial requirements of the Program;




the proposed $3,000 contribution by Council is intended to support the VOL Program in general and not earmarked for any specific item which needs funding;




the proposed in-kind support of RFR staff time to the Program is part of the work program of RFR; and




Some of the data needed for the evaluation of the Program will be provided by RFR.



It was moved and seconded







the in-kind support of Richmond Fire-Rescue staff time to the Vial of Life Program be approved, and staff report back on the success of the program by June 2011 and the time requirement of the Program; and




a one-time $3,000 contribution to the Vial of Life Program be supported and the amount be funded from the Council Contingency Fund account.








(File Ref. No.:  12-8060-01) (REDMS No. 2860186)



It was moved and seconded



That the soil processing non-farm use application submitted by Kutny’s Landscaping Ltd. for their topsoil business at 9811 No 6 Road be endorsed.







FIRE Chief Briefing

(Oral Report) 







RCMP/OIC Briefing

(Oral Report) 

























It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (5:04 p.m.).







Certified a true and correct copy of the Minutes of the meeting of the Community Safety Committee of the Council of the City of Richmond held on Tuesday, June 15, 2010.



Councillor Derek Dang


Rustico Agawin

Committee Clerk