November 9, 2010 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes

Community Safety Committee





Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Anderson Room

Richmond City Hall


Councillor Derek Dang, Chair

Councillor Ken Johnston, Vice-Chair (arrived 4:13 p.m.)

Councillor Linda Barnes*

Councillor Sue Halsey-Brandt*

Councillor Bill McNulty


*Prior to the Call to Order, Mayor Brodie appointed Councillors Linda Barnes and Sue Halsey-Brandt as temporary members of the Community Safety Committee for Tuesday, November 9, 2010.


Councillor Evelina Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Greg Halsey-Brandt


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 Wednesday, October 13, 2010, be adopted as circulated.











Tuesday, December 14, 2010, (tentative date) at 4:00 p.m. in the Anderson Room




Councillor Johnston entered the meeting (4:13 p.m.).








Michael McCoy and Judy Valsonis, Touchstone Family Association (TFA), provided background information and commented on the Touchstone Family Association Performance Outcome and Restorative Justice Evaluation Report 2009-2010.



In reply to queries from Committee, Mr. McCoy and Ms. Valsonis provided the following information:




since 2003, TFA has self-funded the Richmond Restorative Justice Program (RRJP);




TFA has sought funding opportunities at all levels of government with little or no success;




the RRJP can be expanded if required;




volunteers are accredited by facilitating five forums with a certified facilitator; and




loss prevention officers from large retailers often do not attend forums as their employers do not compensate them for their time.









(File Ref. No.:) (REDMS No. 3051969)



Phyllis Carlyle, General Manager, Law & Community Safety, provided background information and advised that the proposed agreement with TFA seeks a positive obligation to participate in a knowledge transfer.   Ms. Carlyle noted that this provision would ensure that there is no break in continuity in care should Council elect to resource the program in a different manner at the end of the term.



It was moved and seconded




That the Touchstone Family Association’s Restorative Justice Performance Outcome Evaluation Report, 2010 Snap Shot and Overview of Funding Challenges and Opportunities be received for information;




That the City enter into a three year contract with Touchstone Family Association, as outlined in option 1 of the report of the General Manager of Law & Community Safety dated November 5, 2010, and that there be a requirement for annual reporting on the service provided; and




The Richmond Board of Education be advised of Council’s decision and a copy be sent to the Council / School Board Liaison Committee.








(File Ref. No.:  09-5000-01) (REDMS No. 3045408)



It was moved and seconded



That the report entitled “Transit Police in the Community Report” dated October 21, 2010 from the OIC, Richmond RCMP be tabled until the next Community Safety Committee meeting.







Grease Management Program

(File Ref. No.:  12-8060-20-8595/8650/8651) (REDMS No. 2897858)



Wayne Mercer, Manager, Community Bylaws, provided background information.



In reply to queries from Committee, Mr. Mercer and Jim Young, Manager, Engineering Design and Construction advised the following:




the Grease Management Program is an education based program, whereby restaurant owners are informed about the importance of disposing  grease properly, and not down the drain;




many restaurants have changed their grease disposing practices, however the City continues to see grease in sewer lines; and




the education portion of the program is coming to an end, and enforcement measures are to follow.



Discussion ensued regarding the costs associated with proper disposal of grease and it was noted that there are companies that utilize grease for biofuels and therefore  pick it up free of charge.



Committee queried whether or not grease could be disposed of in organics bins and requested that staff advise prior to the matter appearing before Council.



Discussion further ensued regarding the amount of the proposed fines and it was noted that the fines be reviewed once the program has matured. 



It was moved and seconded




That Drainage, Dyke and Sanitary Sewer Bylaw No. 7551, Amendment Bylaw No. 8595 (Attachment 1), be introduced and given first, second and third readings;




That Municipal Ticket Information Authorization Bylaw No. 7321, Amendment Bylaw No. 8650 (Attachment 2) be introduced and given first, second and third reading;




That Notice of Bylaw Violation Dispute Adjudication Bylaw No. 8122, Amendment Bylaw No. 8651 (Attachment 3) be introduced and given first, second and third reading; and




That staff report back on the Grease Management Program in one year.







RCMP Three Year Strategic Plan 2011 – 2013

(File Ref. No.:  09-5000-01) (REDMS No. 2996747)



Officer In Charge Nesset provided background information and Deanne Burleigh, Operations Officer, Richmond RCMP responded to questions and advised the following regarding the proposed RCMP Three Year Strategic Plan 2011 – 2013:




key community stakeholders were invited to participate in a forum to identify how service delivery could be enhanced and what new initiatives could be considered;




the Plan is able to shift based on changes in the community; and




the Plan is a public document and can be viewed on the City website.



Discussion ensued and Committee commented on the information contained in the Plan and its importance.



It was moved and seconded




That the report dated October 26, 2010 from the Operations Officer, Richmond RCMP and the attached report from the Officer in Charge, Richmond RCMP Detachment entitled “RCMP Three Year Strategic Plan 2011 – 2013” be endorsed; and




That the RCMP Three Year Strategic Plan 2011 – 2013 be presented at a future Council meeting.








(File Ref. No.:  3030604) (REDMS No. 09-5000-01)



OIC Nesset provided background information and reviewed the September 2010 RCMP activity statistics.



It was moved and seconded



That the report entitled “RCMP’s Monthly Report – September 2010 Activities” dated October 13, 2010 from the OIC, Richmond RCMP be received for information.







2010 Third Quarter Report - Fire-Rescue

(File Ref. No.:) (REDMS No. 3045445)



John McGowan, Fire Chief, Richmond Fire-Rescue, provided background information and in reply to queries from Committee advised that building and content loss figures are estimates and a staff report regarding EComm Services is forthcoming.



Councillor Barnes left the meeting (5:32 p.m.) and returned (5:34 p.m.).



It was moved and seconded



That the report entitled “2010 Third Quarter Report – Fire-Rescue” dated October 21, 2010 from the Fire Chief be received for information.







Emergency Resource Inventory Network

(File Ref. No.:  09-5126-01) (REDMS No. 3054494)



Deborah Procter, Manager, Emergency Programs, provided background information and highlighted that the City has been invited by the Federal Government to participate in a project to develop and field test a database that will house an inventory of emergency response resources. 



In response to a comment made by Committee, Ms. Procter noted that the project will be cost neutral and will leave a legacy of a database of emergency response resources that will significantly aid the City in its emergency response.



It was moved and seconded




That Council authorize the City to enter a Memorandum of Understanding with Public Safety Canada concerning the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI) Project 08-0192 TD ERIN – Emergency Resource Inventory Network; and




That the Chief Administrative Officer and the General Manager, Law & Community Safety be authorized to execute the Memorandum of Understanding.









(File Ref. No.:  12-8060-01) (REDMS No. 3048445)



Mr. Mercer briefly reviewed the findings of the September 2010 Community Bylaws activities.



It was moved and seconded



That the staff report entitled “Community Bylaws – Monthly Activity Report for September 2010” dated October 25, 2010 from the General Manager, Law & Community Safety be received for information.







FIRE Chief Briefing

(Oral Report) 



Health and Wellness Fitness Program for Fire-Rescue



Fire Chief McGowan spoke of a health and wellness fitness pilot program offered by the City in partnership with the University of British Columbia.  He highlighted that 32 Fire-Rescue personnel participated in this voluntary program.



Discussion ensued the pilot program and Ms. Carlyle advised that the pilot program is aimed at reducing injury at work.



Councillor Johnston left the meeting (5:46 p.m.) and did not return.




RCMP/OIC Briefing

(Oral Report) 




Bait Car in Action Video



OIC Nesset showed a video of a Bait Car activation in Richmond and commented on the initiative’s success.




Operation Red Nose



OIC Nesset spoke of Operation Red Noise and advised that it will begin its operations at the end of November 2010.




Assistant Commissioner



OIC Nesset advised that Assistant Commissioner Peter German has been promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner – West.  Deputy Chief Norm Lipinski from Edmonton Police Service will replace A/Commr. German as the Lower Mainland Commander.
















Ms. Procter noted that the Richmond House (men’s shelter) will provide approximately ten beds and St. Albans Church will provide sixteen beds in relation to Richmond’s Extreme Weather Response Plan.








It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (6:04 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, November 9, 2010.



Councillor Derek Dang


Hanieh Floujeh

Committee Clerk