Feb 26 NOTES
Calendar to Mar 17th

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Yet another happy new Norouz/year -- this time March 13 -- it's great to have so many new beginnings!
= MAIN ITEMS Ccl Mtg Mar 5: DVP 6001 Gleneagles; Homeowner Grant 2007; Capilano Rugby Club - Alternative Approval Process; DVP Applic for 545 Clyde for receipt: Correspondence on affordable/accessible housing
= Vive le Canada; CULTUREWATCH; Salmagundi; Calendar to Mar 17th+; Ccl Mtg NOTES Feb 26th (Fiscal Sustainability Priorities and 2007 Budget Schedule; Hollyburn Ridge Cabins (Benefits Analysis; Approval of non-Family Transfers to be given to Dir/Parks); 2007 Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel; Seawalk Report); AGENDA Mar 5th; WRA Report: Save the Gleneagles Great Hall, Background and Letter; Quotations

As you read in the Feb 19th mtg notes, Cclr Day reported that the 72 lighthouses designated heritage are deteriorating b/c the Coast Guard has neither the expertise nor the money to maintain them.  Senator Carney has got Bill S-220 passed in the Senate and it now goes to the House of Commons.  Please write to your MPs and ask for them to support this bill to preserve an important part of our heritage.
+ We saw "Number 14" some years ago and loved it, funny -- written by locals and Colin Heath who'd been with Cirque du Soleil now living in Vancouver was one of the writers (and acted in it).  It travelled.  It's now back before going to NY to be on Broadway!  Highly recommended.
+ VOA performs Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos March 3, 6, 8, 10.

Needs Assessment of Child Care Resources for the North Shore
The North Shore Child Care Planning Committee, in partnership with District of West Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and the District of North Vancouver, are currently conducting a needs assessment of child care resources for the North Shore.  We want to hear from parents who have children (ages 0-12) who are currently receiving child care, or parents who are trying to find child care.
Your input is very important and the information you provide will be used for child care planning and policy development.  For a copy of this survey and all instructions, please visit http://www.nscr.bc.ca
Food Concession Opportunity - Dundarave Park
RFP 07 03 Food Concession Operations, Dundarave Park; 2506 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver, BC.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS  DWV invites proposals from qualified food service operators to operate the existing Food Concession. This is primarily a seasonal (May to September) take-out service from a Concession with a patio.
A Site Tour of the facility is scheduled for March 13, 2007 between 11:00 a.m. and Noon.
Request for Proposal packages will be available for pick up, as of March 5, 2007 from the Purchasing & Risk Management Department, at the DWV Operations Centre, between the hours of 7:30am and 4pm.
Enquiries regarding this Request for Proposal shall be directed to: 
John Goyan , Manager, Purchasing &am= p; Risk Management; Phone: 925-7061 / Fax: 925-5959
Email: jgoyan@westvancouver.ca
Litvinenko Acquaintance Shot in US -- Crime: 3 March 2007, Saturday.
An American who recently claimed that the Kremlin was involved in the poisoning of a former KGB agent was on Thursday night shot near his Maryland home, FT reported.
Paul Joyal was a former director of security for the Senate intelligence committee and editor of an intelligence newsletter on Russia.
Joyal was an acquaintance of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent who died in London last year after he was poisoned with polonium-210.

===  CALENDAR to March 5th to 17th = ; ===  [See FBG, Silk Purse, Library at end]

--->  Yard Trimmings collection Starts Up Again March 1st
Note: If your regular collection day is Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, your first collection will be the week of March 5 - only zones collected on Thursday and Friday will start March 1 and 2.
A checklist appears on the DWV website: http://www.westvancouver.ca/article.asp?a=4938&c=978
Need more info? Call 984.9730 or visit www.nsrp.bc.ca. And don't forget to register for the Lawn Care & Maintenance Workshop on April 7th - visit gardensmart.ca for details!

===  Tues Mar 6
~ 7:30pm ~  Movie TURTLES CAN FLY at the Kay Meek Ctr
This movie is a different take on the classic boy's coming-of-age story, this time set against the parched, mountainous Kurdistan on the Turkish-Iraqi border immediately before the recent American invasion.
Wine and coffee bar opens at 7pm.  Film screenings begin at 7:30pm. Each film is introduced by a special guest speaker. Stay after the film to meet our guest speaker and discuss the film with friends. Wine and coffee bar is open.  Save 20% when you buy the series of five films. $10 single film.  Call the Box Office at 913 3634 to reserve tix; visit kaymeekcentre.com for longer descriptions about each film and for information about other events at the Kay Meek Centre.

===  Thurs Mar 8
THE NYLONS "Standing Up For Nature" Benefit Concert at KMC
~ 7pm ~ a cash bar reception and silent auction/raffle
~ 8pm ~  The entertainment begins with commentary by Rafe Mair, an opening act by Edith Wallace and Michael Creber followed by our featured attraction - The Nylons!
-- presented by The Coalition to Save Eagleridge Bluffs.  The evening will begin with a reception featuring complimentary appetizers and a host bar. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the auction which showcases some terrific "green experiences" and exciting gifts and services, packages that range from gardening and hiking experiences to pampering, golf and gourmet! The feature attraction, the Nylons, will be preceded by the exceptionally talented Edith Wallace.  "Standing up for Nature" is a benefit concert to support a U.B.C. Botanical Gardens project designed to replicate and research one of the most fragile ecosystems in Canada -- a Garry Oak and Arbutus Woodland. Proceeds will assist the Old Growth Conservancy Society -- a newly created West Vancouver organization committed to protecting the ecological integrity of a majestic old growth forest, and to increasing public appreciation of the natural values of our Upper Lands -- and to help underwrite legal costs associated with fighting the injunction and appeal.
Contact the box office at 604 913-3634.  For more information about the event, click on our poster or visit our website, www.eagleridgebluffs.ca.

===  Fri Mar 9
~ 7:30pm ~ at the FBG:  Tibet Slide Show with thangka master Kalsang Dawa
Learn about: The history of Tibetan Art, Cultural beliefs, and Buddhist rituals, Symbolism and techniques of thangka painting, Rocks and minerals used in art, Carpet-weaving
Visit: Ancient wall paintings, Remote Buddhist monasteries, Historic Potala palaces, Urban markets,Scenic Himalayan landscapes.  Information  on Tour to Tibet with Kalsang Dawa, June 7-21, will be provided
Free Admission; Info 925 7266

===  Sat Mar 10
~ 7pm ~ Pro Arte Vocational Programs: "SHOWCASE 2007" at KMC
An evening showcase of performances by Pro Arte's Vocational & Pre-Professional dance programs

===  Sun Mar 11
~ 2:30 pm ~ Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Travels East at KMC
Welcome the Iranian New Year "Norouz"! The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Junior Strings team up with Amir Koushkani and the Safa Ensemble in a concert that blends Iranian & Western classical music.  Emma Bazinet and Aryo Nazaradeh will be featured VYSO soloists.


+++   DWV Ccl Cmte of the Whole Mtg Monday Mar 12   +++
but at the KMC at the same time:
"Tuesdays with Morrie", Arts Club on tour.
Most of us have had the experience of that teacher, the one who alters the course of your life. This is the story of one of those teachers. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch learns that his favourite professor is battling Lou Gehrig's disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie and what starts as a simple visit turns into a last class in the meaning of life. Based on the best-selling book.
Monday, March 12, 8pm.  Tix $34/$28/$23.

===  Tues Mar 13  ~ 7pm - Midnight ~ Norouz: Iranian New Year at Ambleside Park
The 13th of March celebration is called, Chaha Shanbeh Souri, literal translation (red or fiery Wednesday).  http://www.cultureofiran.com/

===  Thurs Mar 15
~ 5:30pm ~ NShFamily & Youth Justice Cmte at CNV M Hall
~ 7:30 - 9:30pm ~ WV Streamkeeper Society --  Public Mtg
                at St Stephen's Anglican Church, 885 - 22nd St., WV
Presentations re Rodgers and Marr Creeks, followed by biz and other creek reports at 8pm.  Agenda in next issue.

===  Fri Mar 16
~ 7:30 - 8:30 ~ Discover the Art of this Land at the Kay Meek Centre Studio Theatre
An evening of dialogue exploring Coastal Salish artistic expression with internationally renowned First Nations artists Xwa lack tun, Charles Elliot, Stan Green, and Lyle Wilson, facilitated by Bill McLennan, Curator of the Pacific Northwest, Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Images of masterworks in museum collections around the world will be used to highlight unique artistic elements that define Coast Salish design.
Admission is free. Call 604-925-7220 to reserve seats or for more information.

===  Sat Mar 17  ~ 2 - 3:30pm ~ Sculpture Dedication Ceremony (Ambleside Park)
The official unveiling and dedication of Sna7m Sm=E1nit (Spirit of the Mountain, pronounced Snah-um Smah-nate) at the entrance to Ch'tl'am (Ambleside Park). After the ceremony, enjoy live entertainment, kids' activities, displays of the sculpture in the making, and take home a special keepsake.
+++   NO DWV Ccl Mtg Monday Mar 19   +++

Feb 27 - March 11
"Scenic Passage"  An exhibition of exploration and adventure focusing on the acrylics and watercolours of artists Roger Ayliffe, Enda Bardell, and Martin Henry. With their desires to share nature's amazing secrets, you will discover something new and revitalize your sense of wonder as you gain insight into the art focusing on the BC landscapes and wilderness.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 27th from 6-8 pm


=  IRAN -- A Celebration of Art & Culture -- March 2 - 25
Mixed Media by Dr. Houshang Seyhoun, Leila Amin, Ramin Jamalpour, & Neda Navid
Opening Reception:  Friday, March 2  6-8pm
Gallery will be open 5-9pm during Chahar-shanbeh souri, Tuesday, March 13

=  NB: An abbreviated notice of this appeared in WVM2007-6:
The Importance of Mentoring with John Clement 
7:30pm February 28 at the Ferry Building Gallery; Admission is Free
[John Clement is a prot=E9g=E9e of America's most important constructivist sculptors, Mark di Suvero and John Henry.  His] career is soaring since his inclusion in the Vancouver Biennale. At 37, Clement is the youngest artist in the Biennale, having recently received invitations to exhibit in Paris and Zurich in 2007 and the Biennale in Ube, Japan in 2008.
The US Minister of Cultural Affairs and the US Consulate [are] proud to present American Speaker Series showcasing five top American sculptors working in the world today. [It has been organized] in conjunction with the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale.  These five artists have been selected to interpret public sculpture in the City of Vancouver. Each artist will speak in a designated community partner venue around Vancouver culminating in a Sculpture Symposium held at the Vancouver Public Library.
All five speakers currently have work in the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale installed around different locations in Vancouver.  http://www.vancouverbiennale.com/sculptures_page.php?sculptureID=18


=  THE GALLERY AT THE LIBRARY PRESENTS=8A  Iran: The Art of a Culture March 1 - 23
Works by Niloofar Abedi, Goga Bayat, Pooneh Erfat, Shahla Homayouni and Nurieh Mozafarri.
~ 6:30 - 8pm ~ Friday, March 9 Please join us for the opening reception hosted by the Friends of the Library. Everyone is welcome.

~ 10:30 - 12:30pm ~ A reading and discussion of James Joyce's "Ulysses". Tuesdays, March 6 and 20

~ 6:30pm ~ Thursday, March 15  "Darwin's Nightmare", a documentary and discussion moderated by Harry Greenwood. An award-winning documentary about the impoverished fishermen of Mwanza, Tanzania, brought about by capitalism and globalization.

Sign-up begins March 1. Phone 604-925-7408 to register for these free programs.
* MAD SCIENCE presents Dr. Suess's Bartholomew & the Oobleck (Ages 6 -12)
~ 2 - 3pm ~ Thursday, March 15 Find out how deception and science can be used to perform magic tricks. See amazing substances like '[Scaredy] Cat Powder', 'Paper that burns in a Flash', and 'Invisible Light'. Get to make your own sample of 'Oobleck' to take home.
~ 6:15 - 8:30pm ~ Friday, March 16  A night of great cinema after hours at the library. Organized and refreshments provided by the Library's Teen Advisory Group.
* FULL OF BEANS (Ages 6-9)
~ 2 - 3pm ~ Tuesday, March 20  An action-packed hour of fun with school yard games, clapping songs & skipping rhymes.

=====  Ccl Mtg= NOTES Feb 26th  =====[Corrections to name spellings etc welcome]
Cclr Ferguson still absent
1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA --  February 26, 2007 Regular Council Agenda
Some additions, including letters, and 10.1, cancellation of March 19 ccl mtg
2.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES of February 05 and February 12, 2007 Regular Council Minutes and February 15, 2007 Town Hall Meeting Minutes
Mayor: somebody wants to address this issue
Catherine Barr: a couple of brief questions on behalf of our nbrhd group wrt Hugo Ray motion Feb 12 minutes; question of motion as passed
first, it refers to the Hugo Ray Park Society as a group, however it seems to me to be directly related to the motion of July 17 wch refers to WV Field Hockey Assn, representing one sport, Hugo Ray maybe representing more than one sport
Since the two groups not represented by same mbrs on the same board, they are two distinctly different groups.  Does that affect the motion as passed?

{It shdn't be left to residents to point out this discrepancy.  Someone shd hv noticed -- and mentioned and questioned -- that this motion didn't match the one last year.  Leave it to you whether Clerk's shd note it or Parks provide the background, or that an eagle-eyed mbr of Ccl reading carefully and doing research shd.   OTOH, councillors get just over $20K and have to go through the whole package and senior staff get around $100K (and the Mayor a bit over $60K).}

Mayor: do you have any other questions?
CB: Secondly: the motion Feb 12 refers to "previously approved project"; part of the panic in the nbrhd; we were under the impression there is no previously approved project, simply to fundraise and plan for a project, yet everything from this motion, to the NSNews to the Hugo Ray Park Society website as if project approved, put to bed.  Need clarification.
Mayor: when Ccl gets to adoption of minutes, Ccl had some points to make for clarification so that's helpful.
RD: move adoption for Feb 5 and 15, and that the Feb 12 reg mtg minutes be amended as follows: in item 9 reference to [D Hyde, not quite audible], be placed prior to the question being called on the motion, and also item 9, for clarity the word " for the purposes of fundraising" be added to the motion after Phase One, and adopted as amended.
Sop: I read this motion approval be given to Society to expand the scope of their interest on an approved project that included the upgrading of 3 and 4 -- to me an expanded process
too many unanswered questions about that expanded process
if raise $7.5M, what expectations?
field upgrading and the like: let alone the concern of the residents
Mayor: we're approving the minutes, the question is on that amendment if that provides clarification
The substance of the motion itself, and I'm going to ask the Clerk for clarification, I don't think it's appropriate but I might be wrong
SSch: not for substance of the motion at this time, but for clarity, correct
Mayor: so for now let's just discuss adding for clarification.
Sop: how does it clarify?
Mayor: b/c Ccl understanding of the proposal that necessary for purposes of fundraising
Sop: I disagree, it states right there approval for continuing of the buildout
Mayor: and that was the motion that was passed
Sop: that passed but to say now just for the interpretation of raising of funds, that we don't intend necessarily to do that in the future, that's wrong
that's how perceived, as approval, how else?
perceived you're going to get field 3, 4, and 5 in the future; too many unanswered questions wrt to costs to the taxpayer, funding road networks, and everything else
Mayor: much work to be done on this, understand contentious; it behooves us even more to pay attention to all the aspects of this proposal, but for the purposes of fundraising, the Society returned to Ccl saying we're going to have to include the regrading of fields 3 and 4, in our fundraising pitch, and that passed

{not quite -- a bit confusing -- as pointed out above and earlier, the Society did not return.  The Assn did not return, a new group/org, a Society, did.  The first was the WV Field Hockey Assn, this is the Hugo Ray Park Society.  This may be morphing -- caterpillar to butterfly -- but the change in name of cmnty group involved ought to have been explained in the letter and motion under consideration.  Is this a change in name or two different groups?}
VV: echo Cclr Sop's concern
we lost clarity of the subject matter; this is the clarity of the minutes
felt discomfort; this whole approval in principle, we all had different interpretations at the time we voted on it....
I think we have an unfair subject matter, minutes difficult; given the underlying....
feel better if we revisited this subject and brought adequate clarity for public and us
enabled them to fundraise but what obligation it leaves us under quite unclear
Mayor: tipping into substance
remind that in July Ccl gave approval to go ahead to fundraise; motion was to continue
however, ambitious project
CAO: was for funding and planning; expect we'd be working with them, provide more detail
if Ccl wants to reconsider this, Ccl shd introduce that at a later date
Mayor: if want to do that have to reintroduce by one who voted in majority, or I cd do that
Sop: it was amended tonight for fundraising only
Mayor: that's the rationale
Sop:  those in audience and voting negative was that the change meant change
after we said the original project, fields 2 and 3, as you stated, we supported that, but this is different
but now saying to verify Field 3 and 4
all this came about b/c of lack of proper public notification
not witnessing fundraising on buildout
Mayor: this is a beginning of a major
but it's your prerogative; that's motion on the floor
Sop: may I bring forward a motion next week?
Mayor: you can't b/c you didn't vote in the majority, not according to our procedure bylaw
Sop: who will do that?
Mayor: I can consider that, and I know we're doing quite a bit of work in the cmnty as well and we've had one mtg with the Society and it wd be well worth providing greater clarity on the project, I think; but I'm sorry that's not your prerogative, having voted in the minority.
I'll call the question on amending the minutes, then I'll make a comment on procedure b/c of concern to cmnty
I'll vote in favour so motion carries
Mayor continues: wrt proper process, at time of decision last week  I've had a couple of challenges from the cmnty, b/c it was a tie vote and I had to cast the deciding vote.  I chose to give my reasons  for casting the deciding vote and that's been questioned as inappropriate.
it's not inappropriate according to our Procedure bylaw -- I hadn't been part of the debate, so it allows the public to understand where I was coming from
however much has ensued since that time, v ambitious fundraising goal
as this project unfolds, plenty of opp to shape the final outcome
don't know what we'll end up with; we realize we have a lot of work to do, ahead of us.

re:  (1) Development Variance Permit Application 07-001 (6001 Gleneagles Drive); and (2) Comments on GVRD Discussion Paper on a Draft Affordable Housing Strategy be ratified.
4.         Squamish Nation Sculpture Symposium Update for receipt.
KWong: Gung Hay Fat Choy
Kirsten Baker-Williams of Sq Nation with me
June last year, presentation to Ccl; getting close to dedication in March, so update
in audience is the artist, Xwa-lack-tun
Xwa-lack-tun was born in Squamish and currently resides in the Xwemelchstn community in West Vancouver. He received his education from Emily Carr College of Art and Capilano College. Xwa-lack-tun has recently returned from a trip to Scotland where he was invited to demonstrate his unique carving techniques to promote the country's totem pole project. He and his team are excited about this opportunity to create and develop new expressions of Squamish Art right at home.}
KBW: ....with school on Reserve
Sculpture Jury Process [names]; three sites, three artists in final
represents traditional aboriginal ppl of the North Shore
Choice unanimous: Rick Harry Xa
KW: in sculpture, see thunderbird official symbol of the Sq Nation
basketry, kinnickkinnick; 8ft in ht, 22 ft wide -- weighs, Kevin?
KP: 4 tons, then down to 2 tons
KW: started with blessing ceremony
company resp to cut using water
72 hours to cut, all computer-driven; design was downloaded; 72 hours later, clean
December, site work started; signs to inform public; pouring of concrete; put sculpture into fdn; media there to watch raising of the sculpture; ppl walking by, watching
exhibit WV Library and Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr;
Xla Tun opened his studio; Feb 10 had a studio tour
artist's talk at Library so ppl got to meet artist
sculpture progress exhibit at Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr Feb 10 to Mar 15
Mar 16, talk 7:30 at KMC Discover the Art of the  Land (Coast Salish)
KBW: unveiling; will be done in significant way
Dedication Ceremony March 17 from 2 to 2:30
ppl call the Lions, Sq call the Sisters
ppl coming from all over, including Scotland
KW: for youth; keepsake giveaway for the cmnty
Artist studio open house 10am to 4pm
two great exhibits, one at Museum and the other at FBG
loan objects from other museums; private colln and Sq colln never seen before; contemporary and historical pieces
opening March 20 [at Museum]; will also have lecture series and carving demonstrations as well
FBG Sq contemporary work
collaborate with Spirit Gallery in HBay open March 22
KBW: Education component for WV and Sq school systems
KW: Cmnty Benefits -- will leave a legacy; bring Sq Nation and WV together; educate and involve public, launch public art program Ccl has approved; enable expanded cultural services offerings, strengthen connection with the NV, collaborative mailing with Arts and Culture Commission
Financial summary
capital grant $250K, Sq Nation contributed $50K, DWV Public Art $25K, staff and volunteer time $25K, sponsor NSN $10K, for a total of $360K; on time and on budget
MS:$360K -- what is it being spent on?
Ans: you mean how allocated?
$150K to commissioning.... $50K on publicity, photography and advertisement, $80K exhibit research, $80K dedication
Sop: I assumed when we received grant for $250K was for this
not quite aware we and Sq N and NSN wd be adding another $110K to the project; how did that come about?
Ans: Cultural capital will only sponsor up to 75% of any project
have 11 projects;
have to show other grants, involve Dist level and other partners
hasn't differed in terms of budget allocation
Sop: so if $150K on design where did all the other moneys go?
Ans: $150K commissioning; expenses, some cash and some in kind
$50K publicity, advertising ..... $80K dedication ceremony
Sop: want to see other contributions, don't mind but think we deserve a breakdown
Mayor: do that for the cultural capitals grant; a lot is staff time
perhaps you'd consider doing that?  April?
Ans: project finished end of March; April and May completing final report
more than happy to come back with that and the other 11 projects as well
Mayor: what we can expect in future, and the ones we didn't do to
VV: appreciated your giving us a greeting for the Chinese New Year; told year of the pig or the boar
Ans: it's the pig, golden pig, don't know why golden
VV: relieved not the boar -- thought it wd be a warning
Mayor: thank you and to Xwa; hope a fabulous turn out
5.         M. Littlejohn, Director, Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association, regarding 2006 North Shore Mountain Biking Economic Impact
ML: Sea to Sky Mtn Biking Economic Impact Study; here with colleague
project goals: measure value, support planning, create template; focus on economic impact of trails
three additional: NSh, Sq, Whistler
impact of $10.3M; $6.6M in Whistler largely from support and promotion
CSTA: Cdn Sport Tourism Alliance -- designed study/survey
STEAM (acronym for Sport Tourism.....)
interviewed mtn bikers June to midSept; 300 visitor parties per cmnty
total valid 522 surveys; most day trip only; a few overnight
30 to 39 largest age group; over 30 over 65%; largely males
90% come to NSh primarily for mtn biking; NSh noted for number of trails and variety; 50% to NSh didn't spend any money
1700 riders per week using NSh trails; GVRD riders spent??? $1.57M; outside, half a million
authorized trails can generate greater visitor revenue; opp to elevate the reputation of the region
sop: with envtalist and staff walked area
structures some years ago 6 to 8ft up but he's gone and they've been torn down
stone in ground; envtal stability have to come first, recreation second; this shows a need
Ans: some benefit to cmnty.......
Mayor: recall a couple of years ago, difficult to explain
I travelled around with .... of Wales and he was quite critical of our trails, amt of work to keep in shape and amt of destruction given construction; has there been improvement?
Ans: always the fringe element in ev sport
seems the bikes hv become lighter, more all mtn style not larger, stunts
movement toward that but depends on topography of the area
[Received with thx]
6.         Presentation of Government Finance Officers Association Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for 2005 Annual Report: for receipt
Mayor: clear and creative, enables us to be more transparent; includes 2006 - 10 so includes our goals
[start of text]
I am pleased to announce that the District of West Vancouver has received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 2005 Annual Financial Report.   
The GFOA is the professional association of state/provincial and local finance officers in the United States and Canada, and has served the public finance profession since 1906. The Award Program, which was established in 1945, is designed to recognize and encourage excellence in financial reporting by state/provincial and local governments
Congratulations to Richard Laing and the staff involved in creating our annual reports.  They have been evolving over recent years to meet changing legislative requirements and provide our residents with a more comprehensive and readable account of our financial progress. 
I know that further changes are being made to our budget documents to align them more closely with our annual financial report.  We look forward to seeing this information on March 12 and again offer Council's congratulations to staff on receiving this prestigious award. 
[end of text]
congratulate Dir Laing and his staff, and to our Communications Director, Patricia Leslie
working over years.....  probably producing a report long before required
comprehensive and readable account; look forward; thank for an outstanding job
[handed over; applause]
JC: we wondered why he was dressed up!
7.         Fiscal Sustainability Priorities and 2007 Budget Schedule (File:  0005?01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Fiscal Sustainability Priorities for 2007/2008 and the 2007 Budget Process as outlined within the report of the Chief Administrative Officer entitled "Fiscal Sustainability Priorities and 2007 Budget Schedule", dated February 13, 2007 be approved.
CAO gave background of the Finance & Audit Cmte: dealing with two topics, the priorities from the Task Force work and the budget
service recovery rates; some changes in user fees in 2008
phased implementation re rec subsidies and report on them commenced this year
third priority alternate funding:
review service levels take us to 2008
identify new revenue sources -- analysis, cmnty consultation; started, identified new ones and notified Min of Finance
identify specific M land assets underutilized now, see towards end of this year
ten-year plan, re use of referendum, Task Force felt strongly about; likely policy in time for 2008 election, time normally going to ref
dept expenditure reviews, cyclical, three for........
v aggressive schedule; may require some expertise we don't have inhouse
administrators' adv cmte wd like to form a task force within the region, shd be helpful to us
throughout ref to cmnty consultation
anticipate good use in order to arrive at final decision
v substantive step forward on issues identified by Task Force
Budget Process itself:
booklet and email form
philosophies, principles
divisional budgets, trend five-year, ...... , including staffing, how well done wrt 2006 goals
some 2007 targets
beyond that of a balance sheet for residents to understand where dollars being spent
same info on utilities albeit approved so residents see entire picture
draft budget later than aiming for but took time to put together
March 12, townhall mtg last week in March
new cmnty forum website provide ppl opp for electronic comment on budget
hope Cmte of the Whole mtg late march with adoption early to midApril
will change tax notices so more comprehensive, services, issues, and trends
clearly indicate where non M issues
one biz in WV, the M taxes down around 25% of total collected.
MS: lot of work; inform public; hope a lot more interested; public money we're dealing with; where spent and why
positive step forward for District
Sop: I'd like to give congrats after I know what the budget will be
one of the broad statements was that budgeting has to change
a lot of 'big picture', possible positive for sustainability
not clear picture from 50-odd recommendations, prop tax and increase in percentages
five or seven priorities, where show up
CAO: come forward on 12th, tax rate a decision of Ccl not of cmte
Sop: review of service levels; for money spent, see outcomes ev day for some
how are you going to bring that in with no detail so we get a better understanding.
monitoring service of performance
CAO: a lot re outcome, how describe it
can measure activities, eg number of bldg permits
when outcome, then when and standard and that's where we'll need input of ccl and cmnty
quality of life measures -- a lot of variables not under control of Ccl
that's the kind of discussion we need
VV: I like the look of this; has the intention of progress in the right direction; always can say move more quickly
I was hoping this may not lead to but cd preclude, sep biz units, eg Gleneagles
be it rugby or field hockey
[want/if] set of biz units, then total shd be balanced
the other example, again using Gleneagles -- it has good revenue
but when we ask how much to maintain golf greens, say oh well, that's in with maintenance
have some recordkeeping by maintenance!
also hoping for our M staff filling out timesheets, go toward getting handle on time priorities
CAO: certainly contemplated looking at user fees, look at ways services delivered.......
financial systems allows us to provide that info
Mayor: clear this Ccl really hungry for what lies below; agree with Cclr Smith, staff eager to
even our auditors say we don't usually get questions like this, it helps.
Fin and Aud meets weekly or ev two weeks, not once a year

{Yeah, but no notice of mtg on DWV Calendar.  Found out there was a Fin/Aud cmte mtg Tuesday afternoon but it did not appear on the Calendar.  Another snook cocked at the public and any pretence of notification?}

the prop tax is such a regressive tax
CAO was at conference in Victoria; other CAOs joining with us
getting support beyond cmnty; my only concern is the aggressive time frame
thanks to Cclrs Smith, Clark, Soprovich.......; think we'll be checking back.
8.         Hollyburn Ridge Cabins - Benefits Analysis
            1.         The report dated Feb 16 from the Manager of Parks ... be received.
            2.         Staff report back to Council with findings of a market analysis and a recommended annual fee for new Permits and for assignments of Permits to take effect at the end of the current permit term.
            3.         Municipal cabins for which the Permit to Occupy has expired and has not been re-issued, or, for which a Permit to Occupy has been revoked, and which are considered by the District to be suitable for re-occupation, be offered to the public in accordance with process requirements under the Community Charter for a term to coincide with the current term.
            4.         Staff continue to work closely with the Hollyburn Ridge Association to assess the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the cabin area and our related management activities.
Paul Healey: Mgr of an organic salad farm and part-time elem teacher in Langley
future of cabins that have fallen into disrepair
one cabin listed here, 213, is in excellent condition and passed inspection
transfer from prev owner to myself; list of repairs -- have invested $20K, $21.5K repairs mandated by DWV; $18K for structures, some of wch have been removed
after one of the few to have made the transfer
report contains substantial info untrue; unfair hardship on myself
not approved....
those who make improvements, to hand to another person for free.....
thousands of hours of labour
in summary wd like Ccl to review; if not, reimburse; thank you
Mayor: thank you for your presentation
Catherine Rockindale: Prez of Hollyburn Ridge Assn
thanks to staff for collaborative efforts; supported by the majority of mbrs
portrays accurately xxxxxx of the Assn
Mgmt of cabins; thank Mayor and Ccl for support
Sop: understand continuum of cabins really a result of the great work the org is doing
but see maybe ten that fell through the cracks
wd like to ask your view of witnessing cabin upkeep
what you've been able to ascertain
if meet an impasse, where are they left? what's the guarantee?
some ppl fall through the cracks; what's the view of the Assn
CRock: not clear your question
about the ten cabins permits revoked? some walked away?
you're asking down the road or the ten that lost?
Sop: understand some just walked away but some difficulties b/c some assumptions -- investment out the window, just wanted view of Assn
CRock: ea cabin is diff; some invested
some mbrs were invited to join Assn but didn't
for last three years Assn has communicated with them, encouraging them to maintain their cabins -- took some encouragement including volunteer help to assist them; some ignored
said that this was being applied equitably across all, same deadline
if just under 100 meeting deadline -- roofs in middle of winter -- that commitment shows the dedication
at the same time, a lot of ppl no effort or partial and lost their permit
some don't always act in own best interests
Mayor: Mr Pike
KP: see Mr Leavers who wrote the report
DL: as reported earlier, revenue streams identified
fiscal social and cmnty benefits
staff has just completed exhaustive inspection to ensure compliance
over 60 years; from over 200 dropped to 109
encouraging restoration of all; must be maintained by the permitholder; designed to ensure cabin conservation
permit transfer currently under review by solicitor
financial asset to cmnty but a social asset as well.....
many agree not reaching full market
after expiry 2009, new permit negotiated; the report outlines benefits
Sop: plan to take some of these cabins and put them up for renewal into the process
7 out of 10 didn't keep up, value attached to that cabin, shift it off to a prospective newcomer
transferring one's hard efforts to somebody new, xxxxx or just looking at transfer permit
DL: approached all permit holders as to how cabins shd be kept
determined by the frequency of the inspections
inspection process lapsed time of last permit, mid90s, only got back on that the last two years

{why?  just as maintenance of Gleneagles clubhouse neglected and allowed to deteriorate so now faces substantial renovation or, some want, demolition.  The Great Hall contains memories and is also a social asset to the WV cmnty.  As a cclr said at another ccl mtg, it's the only public facility residents can use for weddings, graduation parties, etc.
Important to note the difference that those cabins were really the responsibility of permit holders to maintain.
So maybe unfair of me to imply any connection at all -- if so, sorry.}

doesn't remove the fact that the permit requires cabin kept to a certain standard -- agreeing to keep cabin in that connection
Sop: so $50K spent over ten years, fall short one year so lose $50K
DL: no, make inspections before renewing that permit
Sop: the remaining 102 odd cabins; real advantage to cabins, heritage and social needs
rather than seeing collapse of ten or 12 ev year
what is there in the future that's going to guarantee...  going to stay there
DL: the cabin's state of repair is solely that of the permittee
process purely to retain a viable
[MS made motion above]
Thank Mr Leavers and Mr Pike for the work they've done on these cabins
think report full and factual
action plan over next year or two will lead to a resolution ev more than satisfied with
CAO: Mr Healey's circumstances have been forwarded to staff for their consideration

{will it come back to Ccl for ratification or will staff just make the decision? hope former.}

VV: that's the issue we want to have clarified
revoked or expired, be offered to public
for consideration of what?? what money? discretion of staff to offer to person who spent money when offered to public
CAO: have to talk to solicitors; probably a range of issues
maybe just in terms of permit; if just transfer cost; xxxxxxx
will have to come back to Ccl for direction
for example, if market right not transferring for $20K and we wanted to use a similar scheme, question wd arise if some or all to person who engaged those costs
have to come back to Ccl; don't know right now what we can legally do
JC: think we shd not forget Ms Rockindale and the Assn and the hard work they do.....
make mbrship of that Assn a condition of permit holder
MS: in first part of motion, presume that includes, first part of report wch I hope all mbrs of Ccl have read, ..... as Mr Stuart has said, staff come up with a process for Ccl
RD: point out that Hollyburn--
CRock: Hollyburn Ridge
RD: Hollyburn Ridge Assn just received a heritage award
surprising cabins survived as they have; cabins on Grouse and Seymour all gone
thanks these have remained and in good shape.
the report, good, has director with a capital D -- is that Mr Leavers or Mr Pike?
Ans: Mr Pike.
9.         Hollyburn Cabins - Delegation of Approval for Non-Family Transfers (File:  1145?04?H)
RECOMMENDED: THAT authority to approve non-family transfers of the permit-to-occupy for Hollyburn Cabins be transferred to the Director, Parks and Community Services.
{no longer to Ccl???}
Sop: what wd be the backup position of coming to Ccl
like filming
I get a little funny that we can tick these things off as elected officials
odd no backup position; democracy?
if complaint, where going to go -- seven of us and one Director
KP: we advise citizens that if they don't like the decision they can come to Ccl and we can help them to come to Ccl
MS: this is going to save staff time and Ccl time; when we don't have any comment on transfer
RD: same thing; we always do what staff recommends
our role is to deal with problems
staff in cooperation with Assn, routine matters; our job matters that occasionally arise
VV: agree with this motion
not like a power that the Bd of V enjoys
this keeps us in control, routine; looks like an efficiency to me
Sop: where does it say Ccl will be apprised of a difficult situation
Mayor: implied with ev motion
KP: don't know how to say -- we always ask if shd come to Ccl
re cabins, you will see some back here
some will say we don't like and will come to you
Sop: maybe I'm a little bit more inquisitive than most; you know I am
if cabins taken away from us then; something can't touch on; we won't see it again
take a permit, transfer to them, don't meet standard, time; this will all be gone
think some answers before
Mayor: a permit goes with responsibilities
our job is policy; transfer of a permit flows from the policy
take minor decisions that are not political and given to staff so we can concentrate on policy
CAO: really dealing with two parties who have agreed, on a voluntary basis, and asking if you approve it; we've got agreement between two parties; if not can come to Ccl
PASSES with Sop opposed
10.       2007 Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel
            1.         If so required, the first sitting be held on March 28, at 11am at the Municipal Hall;
            2.         The Director of Finance give notice of the date, time and place of the first sitting of the 2007 Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel in accordance with the Community Charter;
            3.         Cclrs Day, Soprovich, and Vaughan be appointed to the 2007 Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel; and
            4.         Councillors Clark, Ferguson, and Smith be appointed as alternates.
***re added agenda item 10.1
SSch: excuse me Madam Mayor, we had a motion re March 19 reg ccl mtg [cancellation]
mbrs of Ccl away and felt many residents might be as well
11.       Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
Mayor: any want to withdraw?
MS item 12; JC item 25; RD item 18
12.       Seawalk - Performance, Condition and Future Considerations (File:  2195?01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated Feb 12 from the Parks Operations Manager ...be received for information.
MS: Seawalk receives up to 3M visits a year; cmnty justifiably proud of; seawalk done in 1967 added a couple of blocks since then
any plan to provide lighting near Lawson park
understand there's a proposal bet 15 and 16th to provide a trail through those props
KP: in major and long-range plan is upgrading of park lanes bet 18th and Amb
route it will take and when not planned out yet, over next years
in short run, eke the pathway around the open lands near the silk Purse and just east of there, probably done April; were going to do last winter but weather...
walk to shoreline in and back, informal
at present not plans for lights that stretch Lawson, have that that request before
by tracks has lighting, such a pleasant walk along water good to have it; will look into that
VV: we did have an enquiry about the seawalk after the storm -- photos here
the mbr of the public was asking if done according to engineers -- his question was who pays; if done by engr, who pays
how are these done? engrs? informal landscaping without standards?
KP: this report in reply to many questions from David Adams and Don McTavish
the edgers -- don't think they were engineered
sewer pipe, etc, engrs from GVRD
edgers were partly aesthetic and partly practical; did pay
concern, logs coming ashore might break edgers so cemented them down and that didn't work so pinned them down; we're doing pinning and those are staying in place
edgers in granite b/c ppl asked for them; in 1996 turned down ppl didn't want to lose granite, not wanting to lose granite along seawall
VV: question is is this the best value for taxpayer? trial and error? doesn't seem to be working out
RD: don't call that trial and error; generally speaking the seawalk has done remarkably well
between Sept and Jan seven serious storms and only pinned resisted storms, others didn't
one of reasons did so well, walk in 2002 was raised two feet and 3ft widened -- ppl complained but wider, better for walking
remarkable how well seawall has done; engg success
v promising, that Shoreline Study/Report and have an adv cmte; placing rocks for sandbars.....  this shd help
seawalk a great success, 3M walkers a year, technically speaking a success as well
Mayor: shall we have a motion to receive the report?
SSch: just looking at that, Ccl can approve each of those items 12, 18, 25 if they wish in one motion.
Mayor: so let's continue
13.       UBCM Grant - Integrated Emergency Planning for Local Governments and First Nations
            1.         the report dated February 22, 2007 from the Acting Director, North Shore Emergency Management Office be received; and
            2.         the funding proposal for Integrated Emergency Planning for Local Governments and First Nations be endorsed and be submitted to the UBCM for consideration.
14.       Development Applications Status List for receipt
15.       Correspondence... received.  {In last WVM; only those discussed here}
(18)     D.R. Corrigan, Mayor, City of Burnaby, February 08, 2007, regarding Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) - British Columbia and Alberta
RD: raises alarm, makes it possible for devprs to sue Ms if they place obstacles in the way of devt
Bby first M to raise alarms in terms of possible limitation of M to regulate devt; I'm wondering if we're still studying the impact of TILMA or
CAO: UBCM reviewing it; according to our legal sources, M zoning not included in study
are continuing discussions
anticipate a more detailed report from UBCM and that will form basis re discussion re interpretation of the Act; at this point been told those concerns unfounded, M zoning wd not fall under this Act
RD: the letter from Bby raised possibiilty quality of life considerations wd not be exempted
the odd zoning M makes wrt quality of life
CAO: at this point my feeling conjecture; may be some political overtones in letter, will certainly bring back to Ccl, [if] swell of concern throughout prov
Mayor: at GVRD mtg Friday; TILMA wd not take effect until 2009, so have time, will make sure comes back to Ccl.
RD: letter says says 2009 but not really the case according to the Bby letter, not appear to contravene
maybe Bby's own reading of this, seem to be pessimistic
will hold off, you'll be reporting to us
CAO: whether 2009 or now, our understanding M land-use decisions wd not fall under this Act
if potential, sure UBCM wd note and will bring back
25)     February 12, 2007, regarding Gleneagles Golf Course Great Hall
JC: report wrt Gl Golf Facility, at that time quoted re Great Hall by consultant as $200 per sq ft for renovation costs times the 4600-odd sq ft that it is, at $935,600, and we were talking about a golf proshop, clubhouse, whatever, that was going to be, quoted by staff at roughly $1M, so that's almost $2M
subsequent estimate from consultant came in as $3.2M, fully over $1.3M difference and higher than what numbers seem to add up to
don't want to belabour but want to get numbers straight before we--
CAO: this letter is mixing apples and oranges a little bit
was an estimate done by a consultant purporting to look at a possible renovation
our estimates, we used BTY and have for many of our facilities, well-recognized in the construction biz, they're clearly suggesting $200/sf for renovation is not achievable these days
we'll give you a report next week or following
JC:  good
Mayor: timely for our budget discussion
RD: Heritage Week a success; Fayre successful, good turnout, number of exhibits and groups, in Park Royal N; cmnty groups
probably Carolanne Reynolds will have a few words as well in Question Period to talk about Heritage Fayre, generally speaking quite a success.  Good week.
Mayor: thank you
RD: I just wd mention that I think Carolanne Reynolds deserves I think commendation for her work on heritage over the years.  She was on the first heritage cmte when she was on Ccl in the early 90s and has worked v hard to set up HWk and has made many contributions to heritage over the years and it shd be acknowledged.
Sop: hear, hear.

{how very kind of Rod.   And Bill.  Pls forgive bolding.  Yes, I was on the interim heritage group in 1987 that set up a heritage cmte for ccl, was elected 1988 and became first cclr (alderman at that time) for heritage, organized the first heritage celebration during Heritage Week in 1989.  I've made sure celebration/recognition/events in some way ever since.  We must keep up awareness or lose what we cherish.  It is our responsibility to pass on to newcomers and children what we treasure and what we value in our cmnty and traditions.  They can't join us in celebration if they don't know what's special and gives meaning to us.}

Sop: we had our first mtg of the Cmnty Services Working Group

{NO NOTICE AT ALL of this!!!}

our first task will be of course to look at the grants and in remaining time look at the cmnty services framework on NSh and other issues.
Great group, great cross-section, I think it's going to be wonderful b/c action-orientated; ev going to do best
Mr Jenkins is away; he asked me to start the mtg without him but I didn't want to; Envtal Working Group will wait for him to return
Madam Mayor, we're on the Cmtny Engagement Cmte and have one more working group, Cmnty Ctr; will do fairly soon
Mayor: report will be coming to Ccl to provide the overall framework for all the working groups in place; next critical step is linking public engagement and the forums on line; info will come forth in a couple of weeks
been a lot of work getting here, but I have dropped in on most of the working groups

{good thing she knows when they're meeting b/c it sure hasn't been on the DWV website!!!}

a lot of energy, a lot of really positive feeling about being given a job to do for the M and we appreciate everybody's involvement
I wd  like to comment on the GVRD board mtg on Friday; housing working paper; joined by many in rejecting levies for affordable housing; don't know where board is going with the housing issue; a lot of interest
Cclr Clark, I hope you can attend the special afternoon session in light of the group you chair for WV, but there's also a lot of division of opinion as to just how much M govt shd get involved, really a prov or fed govt responsibility.
=83 Resident: nbrs shd be consulted; shd be deferred
Cclr V said streets not involved; Smith said still right to refuse
morphed into a society
Cclr Day uneasy with the sponsorship, size incompatible with the nbrhd
Mayor, you think address traffic, if MOT won't help out
based on these prev comments, will Ccl do the right thing and withdraw support if traffic not addressed?
Mayor: Mr Pike comment on mtg
KP: haven't a date yet
open house for plan to be understood a bit better
came back to Ccl a year ago with a complete consultation plan, was carried out and had add'l mtgs to those
whole new issues have cropped up; don't want impression nothing's been done around Hugo Ray
Mayor: in general sponsorship policy, coming Mar 12 and that has to be in place before any group can go out and fundraise for/with the M
important ev step of the way
Man: doesn't completely answer -- Ccl withdraw?
Mayor: premature; tricky is the timing; ans from MOT?
Brent Dozzi: awaiting ans from MOT; impact on traffic signal on MDr and Hwy 1
access Keith Rd to Hwy -- two weeks for that report to be complete
mtg last summer, they have a sketch of our proposal; anticipating next four to six weeks
=83 Stephen Gibbon: 3rd and Mathers -- the traffic in our nbrhd even without devt of Hugo Ray, growth there, school, church; traffic intolerable
been quiet b/c probs to.....
with this change in scope and training ctr for field sports
traffic study for just field hockey wd suggest 20 to 30% increase
on Superbowl Sunday, my son was leaving beginning of church time, power line down, waited while being cleared and struck up conversation with firefighter comment was with the parking that way, no way they cd get a firetruck down
not the first time; called them b/c I was having trouble getting my small vehicle down without losing mirrors
what can Ccl do?
traffic calming on Hadden -- ppl do not drive slower, more dangerous for pedestrians, you have to cross in the middle of a blind corner, switch sides
what will Ccl do; huge amount of traffic
Mayor: an excellent question, one thing Ccl for sure; leveraging $1M for parking
nightmare right now; not sure we thought of this independent of HR Park; might come out of mtg
CAO: so many pieces of the puzzle; issues around parking, components, no funding for
over next six months to a year and at that point Ccl's going to decide what's going to go forward
go or no go re hwy access depends on what's being proposed
got to think about opening lines of communication
then as fundraising occurs or doesn't occur
might find club can raise v little money, notwithstanding that Ccl may want to proceed with parking improvements
=83 Craig Turner: my question has already been addressed
=83 Howard Whishall/Whishaw (sp?): 3rd St, also HR Park
has Ccl or the HR Park made anyone aware of plans five or ten years from now? what will happen to park?
find out from HRPk Society?  I've heard nothing, I know they have a plan
KP: when went to cmnty in open houses last year, full plan laid out of three phases, total some $13M, included artificial turfing of 1 and 2, upgrades to 3 and 4, and a new field, No. 5; that's changed somewhat since then as we're aware
that plan will be av to the public as we go out into cmnty and talk to ppl again
plans of Society depend almost totally on success in raising money for the upgrades they want to carry out; if their ambitions will be met
Mayor: and to be clear, proposal now is artificial turf on 1 and 2, and regrading/levelling on grass fields 3 and 4
KP: that's right, and they also want to do some upgrading to the interior of the building/clubhouse; no, field No 5 has not reentered the project scope.
Mayor: but definitely a public asset, a public park
Man: but will it remain a public park?
turf fields as you see in Ambleside, surrounded by fences, not particularly public friendly; only good for sporting activities; public access to these fields restricted
will 3 and 4 be for sports only or public as well?
KP: grass fields for now b/c they sit on that dump expect to settle, expect pathways down to the river
do agree with you, sir, when we build artif fields and fences, they don't look welcoming
recog a specialty use
=83 Michelle Riley: 424 Hadden; some of these things have been talked about already
hope specific answer that meets my question
re Mr Pike, cmnty consultation -- great, particularly since scope has shifted
last week HRPSociety letter asked permission, multisport and year round, as well as changes to clubhouse plans
want to note in their motion, did Ccl approve that letter?
appears Society needs this to meet their funding
Mayor: good question, we had a mtg right afterward...my feeling after last mtg, nobody gained anything and a lot of misunderstanding
and here tonight lack of clarity on the part of some mbrs of Ccl during discussion tonight re minutes
our feeling in general, and Ccl hasn't made a decision b/c the sponsorship policy hasn't come to Ccl, but I doubt we wd support corporate sponsorship of those fields
so that's an outstanding piece of policy that will be publicly discussed/debated and publicly decided
have to wait to see what comes out of Ccl debate on that
wrt the multisport component, we have questioned re national, re scale and feel of it
we found part of a fundraising appeal, mbrs of Ccl uneasy
feel this is a cmnty facility and like cmnty feel of it
sponsorship by cmnty families, like Pattison reading room.......
possible change to clubhouse not fundamental is just improvement to what is there, not anticipate use wd change that much
CAO: I think there's a fundamental shift between doing some interior renovations to the clubhouse and moving to a national ctr.  As with much of the project we don't understand what it means; in some ways a vision
timing maybe unfortunate; appeal for an infrastructure grant that has a deadline
better if Ccl has the opp to look at all these different  pieces of the puzzle, what works and what doesn't in terms of the cmnty, and what we can do about transportation
lot of discussion before we move forward; fundraising is key
MR: can't assume successful or not successful with fundraising
if they come with money, money will talk and  hard to say no
difficult; need to have concerns addressed
Mayor: come in next week or two; opp to put all in front of you
MR: as long as all in front, in open, and on the record.
Mayor: I have Carolanne Reynolds, just coming off Heritage Weekend
Carolanne Reynolds: Heritage Week.
Mayor: Week, I know.
CR: that's really great
Thank you Cclr Day for your kind words; and thank you Cclr Vaughan for coming by the Heritage Fayre
it was lots of fun and the Gleneagles ppl were really happy b/c an opp to let ppl know that the Great Hall needs support from the public and they got a lot of support
As I said, it was fun b/c we had Bruce McArthur there as a red-legged frog, Paul Berlinguette was there as a tailed frog; we had the piper
there was a little boy, about that high, blonde; about two or three, standing absolutely transfixed -- at Milton the piper who's quite large, playing the pipes -- he just stood there as if he'd been frozen, just listening to the pipes.  It must have been quite an experience for him.
I do want to thank staff for the help they gave to us, specifically Stephen Mikicich and Donna Nomura for putting it in Tidings
It was really great and this was the best HFayre ever, so I'm looking forward to next year.  It's an opp for these various cmnty groups to let the public know what ppl can join in.
The SPCA was there, of course they had to cover the dog's ears when the piper played--
Block Watch was there, the Legion was there -- the many good things they do, and the award they've just got
It's an opp; there aren't many ways in wch many of these cmnty, non-profit, volunteer groups can let the public know informally and in general how many v different things that they [residents] can be involved in to contribute and to get involved in the cmnty.
It's just a marvellous opp, so I do have a lot of ppl to thank.

{Some explanation: Heritage Weekend is the third weekend in September; Heritage Week, and it's across Canada, starts on the third Monday of February.  There are several events and activities.  I shd hv thanked Cypress Mtn also for again having a free snowshoe tour and barbecue.  As referred to earlier, DWV had its first heritage celebration in Feb 1989.  DWV started giving Heritage Awards on the Saturday 11 years ago.  Heritage Fayre only started about three years ago.  There are so many public-spirited volunteers doing a whole range of things that benefit the cmnty that most are not aware of -- how many know about the Wetland Partners or the Shoreline Group let alone WV Streamkeepers? -- and contributing enhances our feeling of belonging.}

Mayor: may I ask the winning haiku?
CR: not yet
Mayor: well, you'll share that with us
CR: right
Mayor: thank you
CR: Oh, and about the Lunar New Year, btw, it is the Year of the Golden Boar, and although it's generally known as the pig, the boar of course is the male pig
to be golden, in some -- the Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese, in some of them it's every only once every 60 years, only ev 60 gets Golden Boar, and in some only every 600 years so this is a v v special year.
The other thing: about the mtgs, notifications
I understand you are going to come out with your guidelines for notification of meetings b/c I heard Cclr Sop again mention about a mtg that was not posted so I'm hoping those guidelines are going to come out soon.
Mayor: Ev cmte has had its first orientation--
CR: oh, has it.
Mayor: --well, almost every one, and to agree to their schedule and then we will be publishing for all the working groups when they're meeting, where they're meeting and that will be posted on the website, so that you can sort of look out and plan.  That will be part of the report that's coming to Ccl in a week or two.
CR: yes, thank you very much and happy lunar new year; and now we're looking forward to Norouz, the Persian New Year
{I forgot to add that it's March 13 and will be celebrated in Ambleside Park -- firejumping!; see Calendar earlier in this newsletter.}
Mayor: right.
{Well, we look forward to the 'report' but the Cmnty Charter, the legislation, is that all mtgs are public and there's no exception made for a mtg just b/c it's called 'orientation'.  Apologies for pointing out that niggling bit.}
thx/thx  ~9:20 -- 18.. ADJOURNMENT

=====  AGENDA Ccl= Mtg Mar 5th  =====
1.  APPROVAL OF AGENDA:  March 05, 2007 Regular Council Agenda
2.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES:  February 19, 2007 Committee of the Whole Minutes
3.         K. Campbell, Executive Director, WV Chamber of Commerce regarding 2006 Chamber Update and Fee for Service Report
4.         Development Variance Permit Application No. 07?001 (6001 Gleneagles Drive)             At the February 19, 2007 Committee of the Whole meeting, Council recommended that the report dated February 08, 2007 from the Community Planner titled "Development Variance Permit Application No. 07?001 (6001 Gleneagles Drive)" be received for consideration at the March 5, 2007 Council Meeting.  Council's recommendation was ratified at the February 26, 2007 Regular Council Meeting.
RECOMMENDED:  THAT all written and verbal submissions,...be received.
If Council wishes a further staff report, then:
RECOMMENDED:  THAT Staff report back regarding submissions ... to allow Council to make a determination
RECOMMENDED:  THAT the Development Variance Permit Application... be approved.
5.         Proposed 2nd Annual Rotary Run in West Vancouver on May 27, 2007
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Rotary Club of West Vancouver's request to host a 10 km run along the Seawall on May 27, 2007 be approved based on [fulfilment] of all District requirements.
6.         Home Owner Grant 2007 (File:  0955?06)
            THAT Council contact the Minister of Finance with regard to inequities in the Home Owner Grant Program, and request that legislation be introduced to ensure that all communities of British Columbia receive similar treatment in the application of an equitable Home Owner Grant regime.
7.         Capilano Rugby Club - Alternative Approval Process (File:  1145?06)
            1.         WHEREAS the District has entered into an agreement with the Capilano Rugby Football Club to lease a clubhouse, grand stand and change rooms located on District owned land legally described as Parcel Identifier 007?614?403 Block 1 District Lot 790 Plan 15857 and to permit the Club to use the playing fields on the land.  The term of the lease and licence agreement is 25 years;
            2.         AND WHEREAS under the lease and licence agreement, the District will incur on the expiry or earlier termination of the lease and licence agreement a liability to compensate the Club in an amount equal to:
                        (a)       the then depreciated market value of the clubhouse, grand stand and change rooms; plus
                        (b)       $250,000, being the Club's initial investment in the playing fields, less $10,000 per year for every complete or partial calendar year from April 2, 2007 to the date of expiry or early termination.
            3.         AND WHEREAS, pursuant to section 175 of the Community Charter, Council may incur a liability under an agreement for more than 5 years only with approval of the electors by elector assent or by alternative approval process under section 86 of the Community Charter.
            4.         AND WHEREAS the provisions in the lease and licence agreement under which the District would incur the above contingent liability to compensate the Club are expressly subject to the outcome of an alternative approval process such that, if 10% of the electors sign and submit elector response forms by the deadline, the lease and licence agreement will continue but it will not include the above liability to compensate the Club;
            5.         AND WHEREAS the Municipal Clerk will make available to the public during regular business hours copies of the lease and licence agreement and records relating to it as of the date of the first notice of alternative approval process published pursuant to section 86 of the Community Charter,
            6.         NOW THEREFORE Council resolves as follows:
                        (a)       An alternative approval process will be provided in relation to the liability to compensate the Club that would be incurred under the lease and licence agreement.
                        (b)       Elector responses shall be in the form before Council this day.
                        (c)        The deadline for elector response forms shall be 4:00 pm on April 24, 2007.
                        (d)       The Municipal Clerk is authorized to prepare and publish a Notice of Alternative Approval Process.
                        (e)       A fair determination of the total number of eligible electors of the District of West Vancouver is 33,311. (Appendix B)
8.         Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
9.         Development Permit Application No. 07?002 (545 Clyde Avenue) (File:  1010?20?07?002)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Council Information Report from the Senior Community Planner dated February 22, 2007 regarding Devt Permit Application No. 07-002 for 545 Clyde Avenue be received.
10.       Correspondence List (File:  0120?04)
Request for Delegation
(1)       D. Lunden, Member, North Shore Committee, February 20, 2007, regarding request for delegation regarding Super Cities Walk for Multiple Sclerosis
            Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response regarding delegation scheduling.
Action Required
(2)       A. Duyker, Community Action Coordinator, Canadian Cancer Society, February 19, 2007, regarding proclamation request
            Referred to the Municipal Clerk for response.
(3)       February 22, 2007, regarding Development - Marine Drive and 24th Street - Capers and Whole Foods
            Referred to Director of Planning, Lands and Permits for consideration and response.
(4)       L. Bean, Administrative Supervisor/Teams Support, North Shore Emergency Management Office, February 14, 2007, regarding NSEMO Volunteer Recognition Event - April 18
            Referred to Mayor and Council for consideration and response.
(5)       Mayor S. Hartwell, Chair, Community Economic Development Committee, Union of British Columbia Municipalities, February 23, 2007, regarding Renewed Fisheries Act Tabled
            Referred to Director of Parks and Community Services for consideration and response.
No Action Required (receipt only)
(6)       Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
            (a)       Board of Variance Minutes January 17, 2007 (File: 2310-02)
(7)       S. Gaetz, President, Lower Mainland Local Government Association, January 22, 2007, regarding 2007 Resolutions
(8)       S. Gilmour, Chair, Housing Committee, Lionsview Seniors' Planning Society, January 26, 2007, regarding discussion paper on a regional affordable housing strategy for Greater Vancouver
(9)       U. Kleemann, Manager, Lower Mainland Chapter, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, February 15, 2007, regarding affordable and accessible housing initiatives in West Vancouver
(10)     Undated, regarding traffic, speeding and parking violations in the Glenmore neighbourhood
Responses to Correspondence -- No items presented.
Responses to Questions in Question Period -- No items presented.

+Save the Gleneagles Great Hall+
THREE PARTS: Background; Letter; Update

*****Part One *  Background from Western Residents' Assn [Contact Secretary: Sian Pitman, pitman8724@shaw.ca]
Gleneagles Clubhouse -History of Reports
Golf Course Users: This report (1996) states that the golf course attracts mostly older users who tend to live in the area plus a large number of occasional or beginner golfers. Skill levels are lower than on regulation length courses. Revenues from green fees increased between 1993 and 1996 from $648,993 to $761,756. The report notes that the clubhouse and pro shop did nothing to attract golfers to the course. In the intervening 10 years, both buildings have deteriorated further and green fees are now in decline.
Quality of Play: A report by Ted Locke Inc. (1996) on the impact of various building sites on quality of play is useful in understanding the nature of the course. An issue raised by this report is whether incorporating the pro shop into the existing clubhouse would improve the course as an "executive" or "regulation par 70" course.
Building Assessment: An assessment of the building (1996) suggested that the cost to update it would be $500,000. The following deficiencies were noted: wiring and fire safety; heating, cooling and seismic inadequacy; lack of disabled access; lighting; wood rot; and poor layout. Subsequently, the municipality put aside $880,000 to renovate or rebuild the clubhouse. In 2004, quantity surveyors estimated that a new or renovated facility would cost in excess of $3 million.
Banquet Facility/Catering Reports: The banquet report states that the clubhouse must host 32 weddings and 200 luncheons a year plus an unspecified number of banquets in order to be successful. The catering report notes that between 1989 and 1992, 54 weddings on average were booked annually (comparable figures were not given for luncheons and banquets). Although the actual weddings exceeded the number required for a successful facility, the report does not state if the facility was marketed aggressively in order to obtain these numbers.
Cancellations rose steeply after 1994. Sixty per cent of the people viewing the building did not book, but many asked if there were plans to upgrade the interior. The report attributes the decline in bookings to the International Plaza and Capilano Suspension Bridge facilities becoming available in 1994 but also states that neglect of building maintenance by the municipality made the banquet facility no longer viable as a business.
Western Residents' Association (WRA) Banquet Hall Study: This study, done in partial completion of an Executive MBA program in 2003, is the closest approximation to a business plan that the District seems to have. The report found that a new 6000-square-foot bistro/banquet hall/pro shop would need to generate about $277,000 in annual revenue to break even and would contribute $11,000 to the District annually. A renovated clubhouse twice the size would need to generate only $212,000 and would contribute $13,000 annually. This assessment confirms the opinion of two event planners that a renovated facility might generate more revenue than a smaller new facility.
Customer Service Building. This report, presented to Council on January 16, 2007 by District staff, summarizes several other reports on the clubhouse. It recommended that a small new building be constructed to provide users with washrooms, pro shop, bistro and a small community meeting area. The building is estimated to cost in the range of $1 million.
The WRA study (above) concluded that a smaller new facility is unlikely to be profitable enough to attract a private operator whereas a larger renovated facility might be able to do so. According to an architect experienced in both Panabode=81 and new construction of similar buildings, the cost of renovation would be approximately $1.2 million in today's dollars. According to estimates by quantity surveyors, the same renovation would cost $3.2 million. This difference in cost suggests that a business plan comparing the revenue potential of the Customer Service Building suggested by staff with a renovated clubhouse as suggested by the WRA is essential.

*****Part Two *  Sample Letter provided by the Western Residents' Assn
(wisely with permission attached/stated to be in Public Correspondence on the Ccl Agenda since Clerk's started blocking end of Nov.  I've added what they have but instead of a separate letter as WRA has, you can just write that information/permission at the bottom of your letter to M&Ccl.)
Date: ________________2007
Mayor and Council, District of West Vancouver, Municipal Hall, 750 - 17th Street, West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 3T3
Dear Mayor Goldsmith-Jones and Members of Council:

re   Great Hall at Gleneagles Golf Course

I support the preservation of the Great Hall at Gleneagles Golf Course and urge West Vancouver Council to do everything possible to save this heritage building.

Yours truly,
Name: ______________________  Address: ________________________________________________________
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Ms Sheila Scholes, Municipal Clerk, District of West Vancouver, 750 - 17th Street, West Vancouver, B.C. V7V 3T3
Dear Ms. Scholes:
re   Attached Council Letter/Submission
Please be advised that the correspondence directed to the Mayor and Council from_____________________ can be listed and published in its entirety in the Public Council Agenda package and on the District Website.

*****Part Three *  There will be an update in the next issue. 
Briefly however, almost $1M has been earmarked for the facility in the capital budget for some years.  This wd not cover either restoration or a new facility (as envisioned).  Budget discussions are coming up so various options, with their relative cost and value to the cmnty, ought to be given to Ccl for consideration.  The Jan 12th ccl mtg notes (WVM2007-4) has some of the initial discussion -- ie annual revenue from the Gl Golf course was ~$700K and now down to under $400K.  Use this money?  Keep just the heritage part, demolish rest and upgrade washrooms, etc?  Lots to think about.

===  QUOTATIONS  ===

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900): "Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong."

Mark Twain (1835-1910): "When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to stop and reconsider."

Rex Harrison (1908 - 1990): "Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it."

Q --  What do you get when you cross a porcupine with an alarm clock?
A --  A stickler for punctuality.