May 10, 2011 - Minutes

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City of Richmond Meeting Minutes

Community Safety Committee





Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Anderson Room

Richmond City Hall


Councillor Derek Dang, Chair

Councillor Ken Johnston, Vice-Chair

Councillor Evelina Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Greg Halsey-Brandt

Councillor Bill McNulty

Mayor Malcolm Brodie

Also Present:

Councillor Sue 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 Tuesday, April 12, 2011, be adopted as circulated.











Tuesday, June 14, 2011, (tentative date) at 4:00 p.m. in the Anderson Room








With the aid of a PowerPoint presentation (copy on file, City Clerk’s Office), David Guscott, President & CEO, accompanied by Doug Watson, Vice-President of Operation, E-Comm, provided an update on E-Comm’s activities.



Mr. Guscott highlighted the following information:




E-Comm has exceeded its set target levels for service;




E-Comm has recently upgraded several operational components in an effort to continue to improve service; and




emergency services with municipalities is a top priority and E-Comm is working with individual municipalities to identify and address concerns.



Mr. Guscott advised that a new strategic plan in underway and is intended to guide E-Comm until 2020.  He noted that improved services and company growth are at the forefront of E-Comm’s new direction and that these initiatives should result in lower costs for member municipalities.



Also, he spoke of E-Comm’s budget and reviewed statistics related to call volumes.



Mr. Guscott concluded by commenting on E-Comm’s call procedures as they relate to motor vehicle incidents.








Non-Farm Use Fill Applications by 0826239 BC Ltd. for Properties Located at 20100 Westminster Highway and 6980 No. 9 Road

(File Ref. No.:  12-8080-12) (REDMS No. 3061912)



Magda Laljee, Supervisor, Community Bylaws, provided background information.



In reply to queries from Committee, Ms. Laljee and Lori Larsen, Professional Agrologist, Senior Project Manager, Keystone Environmental Ltd., advised the following regarding the proposed application:




in the event wasabi farming does not take place on the subject site, the propose fill would still be suitable for other types of farming;




the applicant anticipates that the proposed project take two years to complete;




as a condition, the applicant will be required to post a performance bond in a form and amount deemed acceptable by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC);




the performance bond is intended to guarantee that all required mitigation and monitoring measures are completed as prescribed, as well ensure the rehabilitation of the land in the event the project is not completed; and




granular top soil from British Columbia is anticipated to fill the subject site.



Yad Kallu, President WCH Ltd., advised that it is anticipated that the proposed project be completed in several phases, filling approximately five acres at a time.  Also, Mr. Kallu noted that once farming begins, the soil would be continuously replenished and refertilized in order to keep it viable for farming.



In reply to a query regarding wildlife in the area, Ms. Larsen advised that the Agrologist Report was conducted with a Registered Professional Biologist, and placement of the fill was designed to not overcrowd the site’s surrounding ditches.



It was moved and seconded




That Council endorse the non-farm use applications submitted by 0826239 BC Ltd to fill the properties located at 20100 Westminster Highway and 6980 No 9 Road to an agricultural standard suitable for the purpose of wasabi farming; and




That the endorsed applications be forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for consideration with the recommendation that the ALC incorporate as a condition of permit:





The requirement for a performance bond, in a form and amount deemed acceptable to the ALC as a mitigation measure until the satisfactory completion of the proposed project and;





The requirement for quarterly inspections and monitoring by a professional agrologist as well as the submission of quarterly activity reports to the ALC with a copy to the City.








Mayor Brodie left the meeting (4:33 p.m.) and did not return.




Community Bylaws – March 2011 Activity Report

(File Ref. No.:  12-8060-01) (REDMS No. 3196259)



Discussion ensued regarding the City’s bylaws as they relate to fireworks.  As a result of the discussion, the following referral was introduced:



It was moved and seconded



That staff report back on the congruence of the City’s Noise and Fireworks Regulation Bylaws as they relate to fireworks displays.






Phyllis Carlyle, General Manager, Law & Community Safety, advised that staff have met with E-Comm to sharpen the protocol surrounding fireworks, and E-Comm personnel will now be notified of approved fireworks display permits in Richmond.



In reply to a query from Committee, Ms. Laljee advised that tickets have been issued to fraudulent SPARC tag users.  Also, Ms. Laljee spoke of dangerous dog regulations.



It was moved and seconded



That the Community Bylaws Monthly Activity Report dated April 20, 2011, from the General Manager, Law & Community Safety, be received for information.







RCMP's Monthly Report – March 2011 Activities

(File Ref. No.:  09-5000-01) (REDMS No. 3193178)



Deanne Burleigh, Operations Officer, Richmond RCMP, replied to queries from Committee and advised that (i) the video game theft suspects have not been apprehended; and (ii) concerns related to policing in the Hamilton community have diminished.



It was moved and seconded



That the OIC’s report entitled “RCMP’s Monthly Report – March 2011 Activities” dated March 11, 2011, be received for information.







RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program

(File Ref. No.:  09-5000-01) (REDMS No. 3195373)



In response to a comment made by Committee, Steve Ilott, Auxiliary Constable Coordinator, advised that a troop of 25 new Auxiliary Constables would ensure that the program continues to fulfill its mandate – to support community police activities relating to public safety and crime prevention within the City of Richmond.



It was moved and seconded



That the report entitled “RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program” (dated April 18, 2011 from the OIC, RCMP) be received for information.







Status of the Equipment Replacement Reserve Fund

(File Ref. No.:  02-0650-07) (REDMS No. 3086058)



John McGowan, Fire Chief, Richmond Fire-Rescue, provided background information.



It was moved and seconded



That the report entitled “Status of the Equipment Replacement Reserve Fund” from the Fire Chief dated April 26, 2011 be received for information.







2011 First Quarter Report – Fire-Rescue

(File Ref. No.: ) (REDMS No. 3198846)



Fire Chief McGowan drew attention to Page 3 of the staff report and noted that the estimated building loss total for the first quarter was $291,350.



In reply to a query regarding the fire at 9360 Cambie Road, Fire Chief McGowan advised that a memorandum dated May 5, 2011 (copy on file, City Clerk’s Office) has been circulated to Council.



It was moved and seconded



That the report on Fire-Rescue’s operations for the 1st Quarter ending March 31, 2011 be received for information.







FIRE Chief Briefing

(Oral Report) 



Items for discussion:




Transcaer Training Incident



Fire Chief McGowan highlighted that Richmond Fire-Rescue participated in a Transcaer training incident hosted by Delta.





Councillor Johnston left the meeting (5:08 p.m.) and did not return.





Richmond Sockeye Alumni Association



Fire Chief McGowan noted that the Richmond Sockeye Alumni Association presented Richmond Fire-Rescue with a scholarship notification.




RCMP/OIC Briefing

(Oral Report) 



Items for discussion:




Live Scan



Ms. Burleigh announced that a Live Scan machine has arrived at the Richmond RCMP detachment and has already processed over 50 fingerprinting requests.  She noted that detachment staff are still being trained on the new device and that the backlog of fingerprint requests will be addressed.




RCMP Marine Vessel



Ms. Burleigh highlighted that the Richmond RCMP are collaborating with local elementary schools to have students in grades five through seven participate in naming the new RCMP marine vessel.







Discussion ensued regarding the provincial response to Richmond’s resolution submission to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities regarding Victim Services.








It was moved and seconded



That the meeting adjourn (5:12 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, May 10, 2011.



Councillor Derek Dang


Hanieh Floujeh

Committee Clerk