Jan 25 Ccl NOTES
Calendar to Feb 11

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

Budget Blues and Countdown to the Olympic torch!
Main Items on Agenda Feb 1st: Dundarave Festival of Lights; Olympic Transportation Plan; Road Closure/Hwy Dedication 4112 Burkehill (Bylaw Adoption); Strategic Plan WG Final Report; Second Reading of Amended Bylaw for Fees and Charges for Sec Stes (staged, reviewed); 2010 Draft BUDGET BYLAW (info to be provided so why not time for public and cmnty groups to review and comment?); Metro Regional Growth Strategy (not supporting; has Upper Lands a Green Zone?); DVP App for 2604 Palmerston set for Mar 1; some letters on the budget in Correspondence (why aren't they with that agenda item?)
Vive le Canada (Victoria and Vancouver); ANIMALWATCH (even more Octopi, if I don't watch I think I'm going to die! and bottle-nosed dolphins' teamwork); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Good/Sad News); UPDATES (Gleneagles Clubhouse; WVSPCA); Olympic Torch Relay Feb 10
=  CALENDAR to Feb 12th; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre, Music)
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES Jan 25th: DVP App 4726 Woodvalley Place; [WV Streamkeeper/EPN] Student Salmon Survey; Sport Field Master Plan; Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw / Draft Budget 2010 Bylaw {Version 6 not presented, Version 5 defeated; met Jan 27 re more options for reducing the increase? Zero anyone? nope! mtg produced .69% }; Correspondence including Cmnty Grants Cmte minutes of June 8 last year {at last -- maybe b/c of changes and as a result of my questions?}, flooding on Cranley, Theme for Heritage Week Feb 15 - 21 Sport and Recreation {fits in with Olympics!}; reply re loan from Endowment Fund but not legal opinion requested. 
=  Ccl Mtg Feb 1st -- SUBSCRIBER SUMMARY!
=  NEWSWATCH (US grain for fuel; Patience/Endurance tested); MAIKU (inspired by The Edward Curtis Project, play at PH in NV); QUOTATIONS/BUDGETS/ECONOMISTS/PUN

***  LATE-BREAKING NEWS !  Budget down to zero?
Ccl heading toward a zero-increase budget for 2010 at ccl mtg Feb 8th.
At the Feb 1st Council Meeting, Council chose not to adopt a 0.69% tax increase.  A Motion was approved to defer to a Finance Committee mtg on Wed Feb 3rd at 9:30am to review the budget in more detail. At that meeting, Council directed staff to prepare the Budget Bylaw with a 0% tax increase.
From:  http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=24256

===  Vive le Canada  ===  Victoria and Vancouver
>  It is quite amazing to step back into Victoria and Vancouver in 1936. How we have changed, except for the RCMP Musical Ride. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo95I5uKbyY
>  An interesting time lapse film of Vancouver.
Vancouver Cityhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fu3MkvC3w0
>  Fantastic 360=B0 Panorama view from the air of Metropolitan Vancouver.
     Warning: it does take a bit of time to load the picture.

===  ANIMALWATCH  === Octopi
2009 Feb 14  -- Julia and I visited Cia (Julia's sister) in Seattle. We visited the Seattle Aquarium. The aquarium was attempting to mate an octopus  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLewseacjfU
>  2006 Aug 07  -- Here is a video that shows how smart cephalopods are. This is my octo opening a vending machine toy container to get to a crab. The first time I put one in, it took him a day to open it. This video...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_umYYoqaGl4&NR=1
We put a crab in a glass jar and screwed the cover on. Watch Violet the octopus unscrew the cap and remove the crab. Here's where Violet lives: www.biomescenter.com  
2007 Apr 24  -- When we were tide pooling in Monterey, Melanie spotted an octopus in a little pool!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJKtZNUWAuE
2006 Nov 14 --  Great Barrier Reef  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLLQOK1gZE4&NR=1
>  Octopus vs scuba diver, Victoria BC  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIwYYc9tUe4&NR=1
2009 Oct 29  --   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ50PYMXDCQ
A pod of [bottlenosed] dolphins off the coast of Florida have developed a remarkable hunting strategy in order to catch fish. Another awesome thing about this technique is that only one female in the pod can create this ring.  From the first episode (Challenges of Life) of the new BBC series Life. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lbpcy

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===
+  Good news
        Ccl seems poised to pass a "zero per cent" budget Feb 8th -- they listened.
        ADRA, ITAC, WVM, and others requested reduction and time.  Appreciated.
fyi: The Maclean's survey of 31 Canadian cities found that, on average, in comparing staff numbers, cities have one FTE per 100 residents - for West Vancouver it's one FTE per 70 residents (or 60, if including Transit), at the low end of the range. ie higher number of staff per resident.
Elizabeth James's column in the NSNews provided some information and statistics:
        Outside the suites looking in  -- Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"The easiest cheque to write is the one drawn on someone else's money."  William R. Bennett, former B.C. premier
+  Sad news
Olga Ruskin, woman of many accomplishments and with several of us at the founding of the North Shore Heritage Cmte, later she was the WV rep.  Many may have seen her programs on Shaw, Our Pioneers and Neighbours.  Some of her Shaw shows (three of them, Munday, North Lonsdale, Spillsbury) are up here: http://www.youtube.com/user/pioneighbour
And here are some recent "video blogs": http://vancouververitas.blogspot.com/
Her obituary (also in VSun Tu Feb 2, pF6): http://obits.theglobeandmail.com/events/display/2514
Celebration of her life will be 11am Tuesday March 23 at the Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings.

===  UPDATES ===
Council Approves Operator for Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse Restaurant / Banquet Hall
Tuesday, January 26 http://www.westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=24668
Last night District of West Vancouver Council approved a Licence Agreement with Mr. Bernd Rohde of West Vancouver, to provide restaurant and banquet hall services at the newly-renovated Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse. "Mr. Rohde has a track record of success in food services and event management and exactly the commitment to working with the community that we were looking for," said Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.
In April, the Gleneagles Golf Course Clubhouse will officially open to the public. The facility will be a natural gathering place for golfers and the community to enjoy. All ages will be welcomed in both the restaurant and the banquet hall.  The restaurant will be open early to meet the needs of those teeing off first thing in the morning, and will provide service to golfers, residents and visitors throughout the day.
The Clubhouse facility features a magnificent banquet ball (also known as The Great Hall) to host weddings, parties, and special events. The banquet hall services will be available for the community to book at competitive rates...
For booking information and facility updates, please visit westvancouver.ca/gleneaglesgolf 
WVSPCA                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Loonies for Love... February is Love Month and our animals on the North Shore need a little love.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Help make the life of our shelter animals more comfortable by participating in our Loonies for Love program. 
Bring your Loonies, or spare change, to the SPCA shelter on Pound Road beside the Ambleside playing fields
in West Vancouver.  Your kind contribution will help in our efforts to save the lives of these homeless animals.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                * Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Join us! We are thrilled to play host to visitors from around the world, and to celebrate with our community and communities across Canada in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. Our planned celebration showcases the unique character of our community and features live performances, visual artistry, traditional and contemporary music. We are honoured to be a part of an exceptional Olympic tradition. This event is free and open to the public.
+ Horseshoe Bay Olympic Torch Run and Pancake Breakfast                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
The Torch arrives by BC Ferry at 7am at Horseshoe Bay after visiting Bowen Island.  Gather at 7am at the Ferry Terminal in Horseshoe Bay, and along Bay and Nelson Streets to cheer on our Olympic Torch bearers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Make your way to the Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr for a Pancake Breakfast
7:30 - 9 amCommunity Breakfast Relay Route - Gleneagles Community Centre 
Hosted by the Horseshoe Bay Biz Assn, the Western Residents' Association, DWV, Safeway, and Blenz Coffee.  Admission:  Tons of community spirit!                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
6 - 7 pm - Live music and performance from local artists and community groups - WV Cmnty Ctr Spirit Square
7 - 9 pm - Cheer on our West Vancouver torchbearers as they carry the Olympic spirit into our community
The WV section of the Torch Relay will commence at approx 6:35pm from Hwy 1 and Westmount. It will run south to Marine Dr and then go north up 22nd, across Mathers, south on 15th, on Inglewood, south on 11th to Marine Dr and then west to the Cmnty Ctr.
The Official Torch Relay Celebration will take place beginning at 6:45 PM with Chor Leoni.
The Torch is expected to arrive at Spirit Square at 8:00 PM.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
9 - 9:15 pm - Canadian Winter Sport Showcase 
Twice nightly the Spirit Square will come alive with this unique performance created specially for West Vancouver 2010 by URP Event Production and Creative Services. A cast of 12 professional dancers perform in, around, and on top of the building in a celebration of Canada's winter sports. The live performance is complemented by a dynamic soundtrack, huge video screen, and high tech lighting design.
9:15 - 11 pm - Delhi 2 Dublin 
Vancouver-based Delhi 2 Dublin is a group of five musicians who mash up electronica and world music, keeping it heavy on the Bhangra, Celtic, and Dub flavours. The crew -- by fusing tabla, fiddle, dhol, Punjabi vocals, and electric sitar with scorching electronic beats -- takes listeners of all ages on a wild ride through global sounds and synchronicities.
More Information        Updated Torch Relay Route  --  Traffic and parking during the Torch Relay 
                Follow the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay on its tour across Canada
                Information about the Olympic Torch coming through your community
For more info -- www.westvancouver2010.ca/torchrelay                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

===  CALENDAR to Feb 11th  ===
{Pls note a) that all mtgs are at M Hall unless indicated otherwise and b) with such a long gap between ccl mtgs and WVMs along with often no or v short notice of mtgs on the DWV website, this section, while hoping to, cannot possibly, be complete.  Please check DWV website wrt cmtes and WGs that are of interest to you.}
= Tuesday Feb 2  ~5:30pm ~ Housing Pilot Prog WG
= Wednesday Feb 3
        ~ 9:30am ~ Special Finance Cmte (re Budget 2010 shooting for zero!)
        ~ 4pm ~ Climate Action WG at Cmnty Ctr (Cedar Rm)
        ~ 6:30pm ~ Lower Caulfeild Nbrhd Review at St Francis in the Wood Church
= Thursday Feb 4
~ 7:30am ~ Field Sports Forum WG; Worksyard Conference Rm, Operations Ctr, 3755 Cypress Bowl Rd
~ 6:45 - 8:45pm ~ Devt Information Open House re 2203 Marine Dr and 787 - 815 22nd St
                WV Library, Welsh Hall
= Wednesday Feb 10  ~ 5 - 9:30pm ~ WV Cmnty Ctr -- Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration
        Olympic Torch Relay Community Celebration
= Thursday Feb 11 ~ 4:30pm ~ Design Review Cmte [CANCELLED]

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- for Event Calendar: http://www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
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2010 Olympics Library Events
From throat singers to Arctic storytellers, the library has many interesting events planned during the Olympics period. For the latest up-to-date information on events happening at your library please visit our website  www.westvanlibrary.ca to download a copy of our Library Olympic Schedule...
English Corner
Practise English conversation, discuss interesting topics, make new friends. Come to English Corner Friday, February 5 from 10 to 11:30am in the Welsh Hall.  Find out more...

 +++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
The next exhibition is Monster, presented with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad with the support of the Audain Foundation, opening February 4
Monster  --   Exhibition runs from February 5 to May 8
Presented with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad with the support of the Audain Foundation
Opening Reception Feb 4 Thursday 7pm
Monsters have appeared throughout the ages and in most cultures. Fear, paranoia, and the triumph of good over evil manifests itself in horror, polarized societies, and intolerance giving rise to monsters rooted in folklore, mythology, legend, literature, art, and popular culture. This contemporary art exhibition features innovative works by leading Canadian and international artists Shuvinai Ashoona, Shary Boyle, Lutz Braun, Beau Dick, Marcel Dzama, Alexandra Flood, Sandra Meigs, Nick Sikkuark, Corin Sworn, Joseph Tisiga, Howie Tsui, and Nicola Tyson who explore monstrous sensibilities in their practice.
Artist talks: Saturday, February 6 -- Howie Tsui: 1 - 2:30pm; Alexandra Flood: 3 - 4:30pm
                                             Saturday March 20 -- Sandra Meigs: 1:30 - 3pm
+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++  http://ferrybuildinggallery.com/
TED HARRISON "Painting Stories"
The Ferry Building Gallery is honoured to present an exhibition of 27 original illustrations for The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Shooting of Dan McGrew.  On loan from the Yukon Arts Centre.  The exhibition is generously sponsored by Julie Miller, Prudential Sussex Realty.  There will also be additional works from Artists For Kids.
Opening Reception: Feb 9 Tuesday 6 - 8pm 
+++ SILK PURSE +++  www.silkpurse.ca
"Super Natural BC  --  February 2 - 14
To celebrate BC in 2010, this unique exhibition of 20 artists from the Lower Mainland represents all visual art disciplines and depicts BC landscape art, Vancouver cityscapes, and awe-inspiring images of the West Coast. Vancouver is home to a very rich and diverse art scene and the Silk Purse welcomes artists: Enda Bardell, Marnie Boullard, Kirsten Chursinoff, Betty Ditters, Joan Fraser, Jim Gladden, Sachiyo Grossmann, Charlotte Grundig, Amir Jam, Tessa Johnston, Sarah Johnstone, Louisa Leibman, Frank Levin, Marguerite Mahy, Christiane Markgraf, B. Adrienne Moore, Gloria O'Neil, Barbara Parkin, Riitta Peirone, and Cathy Roddie for this special show during the Olympics.
Opening Reception: TUESDAY February 2nd from 6 - 8pm
To see a list of events: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
To see the electronic newsletter, the address is http://kaymeekcentre.weebly.com.
Getting onto the mail list: the simplest method is to call the box office (604 913 3634) or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com  For a complete list: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
+ 7:30pm Monday Feb 8 +  MOVIES AT THE MEEK: CAIRO TIME

+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
The Winter Issue of "The Torch" is available.
To view the newsletter, just click the following link for direct access:
As well, here is the link to the Military Service Recognition Book Submission Form mentioned in Peter Cherry's Memorabilia Report. Page 1 - http://www.westvan60.com/Images/scan0013.jpg  Page 2 - http://www.westvan60.com/Images/scan0014.jpg
The newsletter is available to any non-member who is interested.  To sign up, please fill in the form at the bottom of the webpage, http://www.westvan60.com/newsletter.html
Please email me at thetorch60@telus.net, if you would like to submit an article, or if you have any questions or comments.  Thank you for your interest.
        Best regards,  Janice Mackay-Smith, The Torch
***  One of the Legion's most popular entertainers, Greg Hampson, will be singing here for your listening and/or dance pleasure on Saturday, February 6th.  As weekend dance music is now limited to Special Events, you may enjoy coming down and seeing Greg.  He will be playing from 7 to 11pm.  He plays wonderful music, he is great to dance to, and he takes requests!
+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
CHAMBER BREAKFAST Jan 20 with the Mayor was sold out; v good speech, on DWV website:
>>>  Paint the town Red Award Presentation and Chamber 2010 Social                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
5 - 7pm Thursday, February 11th
Hosted by Crave Restaurant, 1362 Marine Dr.  Complimentary hors d'oeuvres from Heirloom Catering prepared by Chef Wayne Martin. Wayne Martin is the owner of Crave and Fraiche Restaurants.  Complimentary wine sponsored by Red Rooster Wines.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
MEMBERS FREE  -- Non-Members - $25 (plus GST) for one ticket or $40 (plus GST) for two tickets (If a non-member joins the WV Chamber at time of registration for Awards the $25/$40 fee will be waived)                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Members and Non-Members MUST Register for the Social at www.westvanchamber.com under Events
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ===  CULTUREWATCH  ===
Cultural Olympiad Events:
+  THE ARTS CLUB (687 1644)
- Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily -- January 7 - February 7 -- Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
        by Joanna McClelland Glass, directed by Marti Maraden
        Starring Nicola Cavendish and Fiona Reid
A world premiere co-production with Canada's National Arts Centre English Theatre
Friendship, Maid to Order  --  A finely crafted portrait of Mrs. D and Peggy, whose longstanding employer-servant relationship may be coming to an end. The women cross class and cultural boundaries in this tale of love and loss and loyalty, set in Toronto. http://www.artsclub.com/20092010/plays/mrs-dexter-and-her-daily.htm
- NEVERMORE: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe
        Production conceived by Jonathan Christenson and Bretta Gerecke
Presented with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad -- Jan 21 - Feb 6 -- Granville Island Stage
A Catalyst Theatre production, presented with The Cultch and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
A Musical Fable for Adults -- "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." So wrote Poe nearly two hundred years ago. His lingering myths are fused with music in this enthralling, fantastical rendering of the Gothic dreamscape of his life, revealing the psychology of the man whose haunting, darkly comic writings resonate in each of our tell-tale hearts. http://www.artsclub.com/20092010/plays/nevermore.htm
+  VANCOUVER PLAYHOUSE  --  tix 873 3311
Beyond Eden -- world premiere, part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad  -- Jan 16 to Feb 6
In the abandoned Haida village of Ninstints stand totem poles. They have stood there for decades. Lewis Wilson and his long-time friend and colleague Max Tomson are on an expedition to rescue these totem poles and save them from their waterlogged, beetle-infested, and fragile condition. On their journey both men struggle: Wilson with his authority and resistance to removing the poles; Max to find his place between the white world and his Haida ancestry.
+  Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery  --  224 8007 -- Ivanov by Chekhov Jan 22 to Feb 14
        New translation by Tom Stoppard
*  MUSIC   +  VSO -- See www.vancouversymphony.ca --

===  COUNCIL NOTES Jan 25th   ===
What happened?
No Version 6 Budget 2010 presented at mtg! Instead Ccl unanimously defeated last week's Version 5 of Budget 2010 that had a 2.43% increase!
Since no Version 6 presentation (Mon Jan 25), must have known it wasn't going to fly.  Looks like Ccl has been listening....  Ccl has asked staff to come back scenarios zero, 0.5%, and 1.0%.  The CAO, quite justifiably and reasonably, asked for direction before preparing the new bylaw for Ccl's consideration Monday Feb 1st.
The Mayor then called for a Finance Cmte/Workshop -- OPEN!-- for 9am Wednesday Jan 27.
So it looks as if it will be reduced but how much and where are the questions.........
Keep in mind even if "zero" achieved, there's still the average household's increase of the $238 utility fees.
Watch the debate in action!  Act Two will be Monday Feb 1st.  It's your money.
Other Highlights of the Ccl mtg:
=  Interesting presentation by Streamkeepers and EPN re salmon coming back to our streams
=  Impressive report on the Sport Field Master Plan (Terms of Reference and Collaborative Funding)
=  Budget: 7:45 - 9:22; Comments by ITAC, ADRA, Yours Truly, and others (most advocate zero)
=  Oil Tank Presentation with clarification and mea culpa
=  Reports: Opening of new Childcare Ctr, Opening of the Welsh Hall (at the Library)
=  Mayor rightly pleased her talk at the Ch of Commerce breakfast was sold out even when double the usual price.
===  Ccl Mtg NOTES Jan 25th   ===
RECOMMENDED: THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the January 25, 2010 regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
(a) personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality;
2.  personal information about an identifiable individual who is being considered for a municipal award or honour, or who has offered to provide a gift to the municipality on condition of anonymity;
4.  the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;
5.  the security of the property of the municipality;
3. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION -- Council will then proceed with the closed session.
7:00 PM  following conclusion of the closed session
Mayor: Welcome...before a motion to approve the agenda, just to congratulate on behalf of Ccl and the entire cmnty, the WVPD for its quick action last Tuesday afternoon when we were faced with armed robbers in Dundarave.  This was a first class containment exercise in real life involving collaboration between the VPD, NV RCMP, the NV RCMP Dog Unit, AirOne, and the WVPD.  It was a real life example of the incredible importance of our interoperability with our E-Comm radio system and integrated policing.  And everybody deserves our congratulations and our gratitude, and we are in v good hands here in WV, so thank you. Those ppl were in court in the morning and charged.
Amended by adding to Item 10 and replacing the first page... updating title and motion re oil tank storage presentation; withdrawing Item 12 and adding to Correspondence List items 12.1, 12.2, and 12.3 (a) to (m).
... as circulated: January 11, 2010 Regular Ccl Meeting; and January 18, 2010 Special Ccl Mtg.
W. Kim and J. McDaniel regarding Student Salmon Surveys (File:  1015-01)
                PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
John Barker: Coordinator of Student Programs with WV Streamkeepers
[text provided:
Madam Mayor, Council.
My name is John Barker. With me tonight are two students from WV Secondary School: Joseph McDaniel, a Grade 11 student, and Wonjun Kim, a Grade 10 student
I am a member of the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society and serve as the coordinator of Student Programs.  Streamkeepers are volunteers from the community whose task is to help maintain the health of our streams and work to protect and enhance the salmon, trout, and other aquatic species that reside in these waters.
For many years, among other activities, Streamkeepers have surveyed streams in our community, enumerating returning salmon that will spawn in our local creeks.
A few years ago we were approached by a teacher sponsor of a student group at WV Secondary to see if there was an initiative that could involve students in some of the Streamkeeper work.
We decided to offer an opportunity to these students, who are members of a school organization called EPN, that stands for Environment Protection Network, and for the students to join Streamkeepers in surveying some of our creeks for returning adult salmon.
In December last year we completed our third year of this program.  Our participating numbers have grown from 28 students in the first year, to 32 in the second year and 46 students last year.
The program is as follows. 
Students are divided into teams and each team has a Streamkeeper sponsor who works with the students. This past year, we had nine teams surveying zones mainly on Brothers Creek but also including Hadden, Lawson, and McDonald plus a team of students from Bowen Island who surveyed two streams in that community.
Each team completes one survey a week for seven weeks starting in mid-October. 
We had a rather remarkable year for returning salmon but that is the story for the students to tell. 
Now I would like to turn this over to them. Wonjun Kim will be providing you with a statistical summary of the findings for 2009 and he will be followed by Joseph McDaniel who will give you a student's perspective of the learning experience from this program.
As a student who has been part of the Salmon Survey program for three years now, I can truly say that it has been a tremendously valuable learning experience for us all.
One of the first things it taught us was responsibility, for we'd have to show up at the survey site on the same day and time for eight weeks a row, and not just be there with all our gear, but be there with willingness and enthusiasm to learn all that the Streamkeepers would teach us.
And one of the most important things they taught us was not just to see the creek or the fish as isolated things, but to see them as part of a whole environment, a whole community that we as humans are responsible for stewarding and nurturing.
And so when we went out we wouldn't just count fish, but would look out for the birds, the trees, and vegetation and learn to appreciate them all. And it is this appreciation for all creatures that we as youth want to pass on to our parents, our friends, and future generations.
Lastly, I would like to say that the Salmon Survey program has been great fun for us all. Whenever we went out we'd always be so thrilled to see the fish battling their way upstream, whether [it was] the first fish we'd seen or the hundredth.
And we are so grateful to the Streamkeepers [for giving] us this opportunity to have fun and do good work at the same time, and we hope that the excitement can continue for years to come.
Mayor: why higher numbers?
Ans: fluctuation in runs; rain, perfect for salmon to return
TP: you do incredible work wonderful -- anything else you do?
Ans: one of the main events, ongoing maintenance and stewardship of Hay Park
100 juvenile salmon and cutthroat trout
special to Eva Jordensen...
annual Tenderfoot Egg-Take; Adopt-a-Fry event in April
Sop: congratulations
before you were born cd see a sea of red -- where gone?
incredible work by volunteers, numbers slightly increase in 30 years
where did they go? those fish are disappearing; can't accept fact nothing is done world wide
Mayor: think you shd come annually
windup was marvellous but at high school so think shd come [to Ccl]
ML: congratulations, Cclr Sop, whose thanks is often longer than the presentation
congratulations; wish I was a competent as you in a PowerPoint presentation
8. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-029 (4726 Woodvalley Place) (File:  1010-20-09-029)
At the Dec 14 reg mtg Ccl received the report dated Dec 1 from the Cmnty Planner and set the date for consideration for Jan 25.
{The report on the application received but no correspondence.}
{Geri Boyle, staff, gave overview; already there want to make more convenient while they age; slide has drawing; coverage less than 10% and FAR of .17, protects trees on north face}
variances storeys, bldg ht, accessory bldg, parking; want to have sec street and want parking not to be pervious.
Sop: what classification does it come into?
GB: sgl-fam house
Sop: registered?
GB: wd hv to be; some of those procedures still being developed
Sop: if new owner doesn't want sec ste?
GB: second kitchen eg wd hv to be decommissioned?
Sop: process, Mr Sokol? Ms Boyle? See, I--
Mayor: --excuse me, Cclr Sop, if you've got some questions--
Sop: that's the question I'm asking; I haven't got an answer yet
Mayor: I think what you're getting at is the whole subject of the debate, so I think that's for Ccl to work out, given the proposal in front of us, and Ms Boyle will be available in that discussion if we have further questions.  I don't think she's able to say without Ccl's discussion of variances
Sop: I'm just asking, I didn't get an answer; you said ask questions; that's what I'm doing
Mayor: The debate is for Ccl to have, not for the senior planner to have with you before we get there.  Do you have any other questions?
Sop: well, the question was to Mr Sokol then.
Sokol: applicant will be able to submit plans with a sec ste; plans will be reviewed, if no bldg plans they cd still use that sq ftg as part of main house b/c still well below FAR allowed.
Ev: ref to a shed that owner wishes to retain -- what's the signif?
GB: shed came to staff's attention when being reviewed
original with Bldg Dept, originally going to Bd of Var
shed has been there for many years b/c trees grown up around it
Ev: does it matter if there's a shed or not?
GB: applicant wd like to keep it?
Marty Bailey [?]: shed is a workshop, there when I bought it in 2005
difficult to move; when I had the prop surveyed and close to prop line
we're not looking to rent, v small house, ....
Sokol: one of the variances is to the sideyard to 3ft 3in to accommodate the shed
Mayor: no correspondence?
SSch: no
{Mayor asked three times, no one came forth}
SW moved: THAT the proposed DVP App which would provide for an existing dwelling with a third storey and covered deck to be retained, be approved.
{How did it get built without approval? Did anyone ask?}
Great proposal the applicant wants to age in place; secondary or not has nothing to do with it, support of diversified houses in our nbrhds.
Ev: likewise comfortable; goals we've been
like one of the pilot projects
Sop: I'm always curious when new devt when it comes by a diff way, by addn of a ste to a house
appearance of the variances, quite high from normal standards
all the best to the owner, is this a new direction we're going to find?
devt in future a secondary ste in a home?  this the norm for the entire WV?
have we finished our dialogue on housing?
I don't think so; I question these things
some other person may come along, get ste in future, thus another large house; where are the guarantees?
TP: supportive of sec stes -- cd this hv gone forth as an inlaw ste with the policy we had before? b/c it's not going to be a rental unit
GB: in original discussion, had been talking to us as an inlaw ste? started talking long ago
ML: not sure you answered Cclr Panz's question cd this have gone ahead?
GB: yes
ML: that was my question.
Mayor: this is a classic example of a number of variances; speak directly to maintaining nbrhd character
conforming houses that can be v destructive of the lot, the setting, and the nbrhd
I don't think anyone in WV wd consider a 1750sf with 800sf ste or addition as excessive in the least, so my msg as a result of the Housing Dialogue is to encourage ppl to work with what they've got and to respect the site that they own, and believe that our Ccl is v interested in that and less interested in the support that our Zoning Bylaw lends to large insensitive homes.

{so fix the bylaw!  counting basements in the FAR wd help}

I think this is a successful step forward; I'm v plsd with the application myself.  Call the question?
Sop: may I just comment back?
Mayor: sure
Sop: and respectfully; I agree, Mdm Mayor
When others look at the bylaw, max 25ft and we're at 35'10", we're offering
highest bldg face 22ft and we're at 33ft+ inches
number of storeys two and a basement to four and a basement
somebody comes along and says, they got a great variance, terrific; I'm going to do the same thing

{YES, wise to be worried -- those are considerable variances!}

that's where we're heading with sgl-fam lots throughout this cmnty
Mayor: and away from blasting
9. Sport Field Master Plan Terms of Reference and Collaborative Funding Model (File:  0117-20-FSF1)
Corinne Ambor, staff: MaryJo Campbell is here to give the presentation tonight
MJC: and predecessor received feedback needing a game plan
Support Field Master Plan SFMP; FSFWG
two components: T of Ref; collaborative funding mode
TofRef, used input from other groups; WG reviewed in early Dec; circulated to groups; broadly supported
Collaborative Funding: $10K in budget for this master plan; groups will match by $5K in-kind expertise and $5K in cash donations
Wd like to get going on plan asap.
TP asked all the mbrs of the WG to stand: Thank you for all your hard work.
I move THAT
1.  The report dated January 25, 2010 from the Park Programs Manager titled, be received;
2.  The Draft Terms of Reference attached as Appendix A be approved;
3.  The Collaborative Funding Model in this report be approved, and that Working Group and staff be directed to proceed.
wd like to amend, "subject to approval of the 2010 Budget".
I think it wd be appropriate to release a decision Ccl made wrt Ambleside
I'll read this out: proceed with Option One [described; no parkade] and Option Two [described plus second phase of public consultation]
wrt location of field house I have a question -- clarification?
AM: refer to Andrew Parks, Mgr of Parks
AP: been working with groups on this; still working on details, looking at a site close to where existing field bldg is.
TP: great interest to soccer cmnty of Field B, is that embedded in the plan?
AP: through this process, we're making all effort that we don't compromise; xxx
alternate field B; looking fwd for WG to recommend
TP: I've had the pleasure of working with two groups; have worked well together and not always easy; worth noting how these sports field groups have increased and many youth.
The users in 1986 1845 and in 2004, 7580; trend upward and think Sports Field Master Plan looking how to use more efficiently, working collaboratively, shd be commended.
Ev: thank you to the group, in particularly for making that monetary contribution both in-kind and cash, demonstrates earnestness.  Value that and them
Mayor: we're running to keep up with the sports field users; we're all the beneficiaries
10. [Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4628 - 2010 Draft Budget Bylaw (File:  1610-20-4628)
        Information to be provided.
RECOMMENDED:  THAT "[Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw" be read a first and second time.
Mayor: we'll move first reading, hear public, then move to second reading and Ccl debate
This is opening the discussion
David Marley: When I heard Cclr Sop speak about red, thought he was talking about the budget
pare it by $1.8M
2008 election; wanted to see introduction of some fiscal restraint
half way through term; take action now
Barbara Pettit: Western Nbrhds, neither chair nor vice chair
commend on budget; watched last week, and BSC
model for responding to NIMBYism
84% want more variety in housing options
want to test new options and how they can be integrated
our WG was asked to devp [pilot projects]; selected two; commend you for including our recommendations in the budget; high priority in the budget
learning and ....; with more staff time can look
wch we are currently developing
will give Ccl useful direction, housing needs; achieve a more sustainable cmnty
on behalf of the WG privilege to work with professional staff xxxxx
as a private citizen; b/c involved with WG have heard nothing but positive from
report the Robbie Burns Night was an absolutely huge success
Scott Hean: last time I think I came after the dog
glad to see .... budget attracts a goodly crowd
after I pushed the send button, I realized a made a gross error, so I won't go into that again
live in HBay and mbr of ITAC; speaking on behalf of myself and my wife
the as-usual attitude disappointing
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As you know, I am the cofounder of the Interested Taxpayers Action Committee ("ITAC") which will submit its position relative to the District's proposed budget on January 25. Garrett Polman will be making that submission on behalf of ITAC, which position I wholeheartedly support particularly increasing reserves to infrastructure (roads, sewers, water).
The apparent business as usual attitude contained in the budget is quite disappointing.  While District staff and you have made a concerted effort to have a more timely budget debate (and thank you for that), these efforts have resulted in a continued status quo operating environment.  Notwithstanding numerous voices in the community over the past 3 or 4 years which said enough is enough particularly in these times of trouble, this status quo environment is no longer valid. 
I once had a boss who kept saying (as a paraphrase)  "give me a breakout strategy not the small band aids you guys always come up with".  Band aids are not the answer here.
Every where one looks, the damage of this current and continuing worldwide economic shock can be seen:
Building permits down in West Vancouver 64% year over year, 
For rent signs in empty store fronts along Marine Drive,
the increasing list of people deferring their taxes,
seniors on a fixed income (and a growing percentage of DVW's aging static population) have seen a real decrease in their incomes, and
Other municipalities are experiencing the pain...like the City of Vancouver  laying off staff to help cover a $60 or $61 million shortfall, and
the District of North Vancouver is now saying it is in an unsustainable environment and cannot continue its present course.
It is very clear the status quo is simply no longer acceptable nor can it be tolerated any further. The time has come to not only review but to revitalize our ways of managing our taxpayers hard earned money.   
The trumpet call  "services will be cut"  has been used by many in the past. No doubt it will sound during this debate. It will be loud and full of fear.  As one of a growing group of concerned sincere residents, I respond  "nonsense" for the call is spurious at worst and disingenuous at best. It is not believable on a $62+ million operating budget that 4% to 5% can't be identified as excessive, fluff, padding and/or nice to have.  This 4% to 5% needs to be permanently eliminated from the budget.
Madam Mayor and Councilors'...Peter Drucker once said "The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic."
Let us not be among those who said we did nothing to change our logic.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Presentation to Council, West Vancouver 2010 Budget  (Version for oral delivery)
Good evening, Your Worship and Council.  My name is Garrett Polman and I live at 2635 Westhill Way.  I represent ITAC, the Interested Taxpayers' Action Committee.
Last week several of you stressed a deep recession is the time to focus
strongly on those services that directly benefit the public and on replenishing our infrastructure reserves.  The draft budget does the opposite: it carries nothing for infrastructure and is loaded with overhead goodies.  We appeal to you to redress the balance.  Here are some suggestions:
Here's a list of all units where proposed expense increases exceed 10%. There are nine of these, and the average increase sought is 27%.  None of this is going to services for residents. The first seven are pure overhead and the last two are primarily related to enforcement of secondary suites and oil tanks.    
$136,684   27.3%      Chief Administrative Officer
$109,106   28.5%      Communications
$ 74,215    36.0%      Deputy CAO
$ 24,846    13.1%      Emergency Program
$ 21,841    11.3%      HR Payroll Services
$215,114   21.2%      Finance
$ 44,184    12.7%      Finance Taxes & Utilities
$238,313   65.6%      Fire Dept.-Fire Prevention
$186,983   26.2%      Bylaw Enforcement
That totals $1,051,286.  That's a 2% tax increase we can do without..   
Secondly, the Balanced Scorecard.  It's is a good management technique, but you probably didn't expect it to have a $700,000 plus price tag, nearly all of it for administrative expenses and hundreds of thousands of dollars for consultants.  It adds 1% to operating costs.  ITAC suggests you cut it all and instead of outside consultants seek the expertise of community volunteers.   
Thirdly.  When the 2009 budget was presented, it was promised that all vacant staff positions would be scrutinized.  Implicit in that review was a promise of some reductions.  Delta did this, and they identified $1 million in savings in a matter of months.  I hold in my hand the 2009 plan.  538 staff positions.  And here is the 2010 plan.  Before proposing 7 new staff, also 538 positions.  They're exactly the same.  What happened?  Is it credible that out of all the retirements and turnover during an entire year, there wasn't one vacancy where a position could be eliminated or consolidated?  In an organization that has more staff per resident than any other Metro Vancouver municipality?  It's a disappointing outcome.  Our recommendation is to set a target for this year-say a saving of $750,000 and ensure delivery of this target. 
Finally, some of our expenses are too high.  A few examples:
We spent $131,000 on ads in the NSN in 2008, the last year of published expenses.  At $2000 or so for a full page ad, that's equivalent to more than one full- page ad per week.  And for 2010 the budget seeks an additional $109,000 for Communications, a 28.5% increase bringing that budget to half a million dollars.   
Secondly, we spent $822,000 in 2008 on telephones.  That's over $100 per month per employee.  I thought I was over that problem when my teenage kids grew up.  It's double what the District and the City of North Vancouver spent. 
ITAC recommends a strong focus on what benefits the residents and on prudent reserves for infrastructure.   First, we suggest $1.8 million in expense reductions, and we've identified areas with potential for significant savings.  This will get us from a 2.43% tax increase proposed by staff to a 1% decrease.  It's a reduction of less than 3% from the proposed operational budget, and it still allows an increase of almost a million dollars for expenses. 
Then, secondly, top that off by increasing the infrastructure reserves.  You might want to look at some options:
Add $500,000 to the reserves.  That would mean a zero percent tax increase.
Add $1 million to the reserves.   That would mean a 1% tax hike.
Thank you.
Garrett H. Polman  Retired (Treasury Board, Ottawa, and Financial Manager at JPMorgan Chase Bank)
Gordon Ward Hall: [text supplied:  COMMENTS ON WEST VANCOUVER 2010 BUDGET
Good evening Your Worship and Council. My name is Gordon Ward Hall and I am President of Ambleside & Dundarave Ratepayers' Association (ADRA).
West Vancouver's budget presentation and ITAC's letter and presentation to Mayor and Council contain important information that is of major concern to ADRA members.  It should be of concern to all residents namely: -
West Vancouver's operating expenditures per resident is from 17% to 67% higher than in all the other municipalities in the Lower Mainland.
West Vancouver's operating expenditures increased by over 6% per year from 2003 to 2008 during a period when the inflation rate averaged 2% and when the increase in the number of residents in the district was under 0.4%.
In the present budget there is an average 27% increase in costs in nine management departments.
The overall increase in Divisional Operating Expenses in the 2010 Budget is 4.64%.  This is during a period of severe economic downturn where the inflation rate is just over 1% and when the Provincial Government is instituting wage freezes and laying off employees and Vancouver City is targeting administrative reductions.
ADRA considers that the emphasis should be on reducing the spiraling costs of both management and operating expenses and to focus on the efficient delivery of core services at the lowest cost.  Instead it would appear that the focus has been diverted to the installation of the "Balanced Scorecard Management System" which is reflected by the major increase in costs in the management departments.
The average West Vancouver household is already faced with a $238 increase in the cost of utility services.   This is equivalent to nearly a 5% increase in their taxes.  The economic downturn has severely lowered the income of many households, especially seniors, and any increase in Municipal tax will be a further burden on them.  It is important therefore to minimize tax increases.
The overall focus should be to control operating expenses, as there is a limit to the money that can be raised from other sources in order to lower taxes.   In order to reduce operating expenses, the management system and structure will have to be reviewed and streamlined in all areas including the Police and Fire Departments. The necessity and the cost of proposed additional programs should be reviewed to establish if they are really necessary or whether they can be handled within the present management structure.   An example is the proposed cost of $238,313 for additional Fire Prevention.
The lack of a resolve to control operating costs and tax increases is again reflected in the Five-Year Plan that surprisingly includes a 4% yearly increase in taxes.
Based on this submission ADRA recommends a zero increase in taxes, and recommends that Council request management to take the necessary steps to reduce operating expenses so that there is no need for an increase in municipal taxes.
Alex Tunner: Good evening
a few words about the little one-page Item I sent to you yesterday, no need to display as overhead
speaking as mbr of V4S; to generate info for WG
=B7       Note the $8 M deficit for 2010 ... that's not spelled out in the budget;
=B7       Note that the $238 utility increase is 8% of property tax, or 6% of combined (property tax + utility) amount.
=B7       Also note the high 40% of the District's total revenue which is from fees & charges.
=B7       Why they still don't report Consolidated Financial Statements is puzzling - it's a required sine-qua-non for GFOA accreditation
operating costs have been rising at 6% per year looks like $8M deficit in 2010, what's been happening
40% from user fees on top of taxes
revenue from prop taxes has....
one of the problems I see is that there's an emphasis on the 2.43%; citizens lose sight of 6% increase xxx
one of the problems I've had looking at budget docs
some lack of clarity
no consolidated financial statements, a requirement for the GFOA award DWV is seeking
all activities including utilities; stmt of debts and reserves; reserve accumulation
V4S WG, found no indication anything in particular citizens wanted to chop but no desire for tax increases
having worked with this material for some time
I've managed to boil down numbers to a sgl word: the sgl word is ENOUGH
enough of programs and services, citizens are content with what they have, and enough of increases in taxes and charges; and the place to look for these is in efficiencies; that is contained in recommendations of WG and there's plenty of evidence in what we've collected from other Ms to show there is indeed room for efficiencies here.
Thank you.
Mayor: Alec Orr-Ewing
{ANS sounded like he said he agreed with previous speaker and didn't come up}
Andy Krawczyk: slightly diff from prev speakers, a little bit of a microcosm
what it is all of these dollars have been referencing really do
mbr of Cmnty Ctr Bd and having been mbr of several WGs
delivering as a citizen -- you are well-served whether by staff or volunteers
resources must be maintained you as Ccl and I hope as cmnty hv asked for
as mbr of Cmnty Ctr Services Society, here's some of the things I've observed over the years
volunteer board, 14 of us, put in countless hours doing cmnty's biz; progs, liaison with other groups; overseeing finance; looking at future resource gathering
support of staff cdn't be done without their help and advice
b/c otherwise we wd offer not value added, but strictly value, and you have asked for value-added, and in order to do that, staff is necessary so that we can truly provide that extra multiple
This does not happen by chance in that it does not happen by random; it happens b/c of deliberate decisions made by you as Ccl and it happens b/c of the extraordinary work that staff that you employ, and volunteers that have come to add, put in, in order to make this cmnty work
Ask that you consider that, coming up with difficult task of budget, wch I do not envy.
CR: Carolanne Reynolds, Editor of West Van Matters {holding up an issue}.
Readers have expressed  preference for a zero increase -- wch supports what others have said tonight, including ADRA, ITAC, and Cclrs Smith and Soprovich.
btw, today Prez Obama announced a program freeze for three years, so it's affecting everybody.
My reply to them was that a new version of the budget wd be presented this evening, wch is what I understood was said last week -- but perhaps that's changed, I don't know -- but since Ccl has asked for public input, it is my hope that the updated information, or whatever information you have now, will be well circulated to citizens for them to assist Ccl and staff in the difficult task this year, by working with them providing practical recommendations for reductions and sources of revenue.
In that case, I wd request that you pls delay passage to allow for this cooperation and the opportunity for further input whether as individuals now that they've seen the information, or perhaps by appointing a Task Force that cd take the next six to eight weeks b/c even at that, that wd be April 15th and it doesn't have to be passed until May 15th, and the departments are well practised in using the existing budget to go forward.  They don't need to know how much MORE money they've got; they can provide the essential.
And maybe perhaps have a webpage wch, uh, residents can write in with their practical suggestions where they wd like to see changes and cuts.  I think if we work collaboratively, wch is what the Mission Statement says; we all work together in trying to address this and get the budget down to what's at least closer to the drastic cut ...  that some of the seniors who speak to me -- their taxes go up b/c of their fixed assets in their home, and their income doesn't move or goes down.
So, I think if we put the call out to everybody to work together to come up with practical solutions, I hope you will allow that time, and I hope you will consider the positive, constructive suggestions that the public will make, working with you.
Thank you.
Rick Gregory (?): Spirit Trail
Public amenities don't materialize; ppl willing to back up with funding
funding from other sources, $2.5M funding, Prov $750K, TransLink, and Park Royal $500M
Mayor: $500K
Ans: yes, $500K; for a total of $4.2M; speaks volumes
Ccl prepared to do all it can to address the need.
overwhelming positive response; everyone v much behind this project
pleasure last spring working with this group, diverse, but through patience and discussion able to move forward
your job, not an easy one
taxes put toward this will leave a legacy no one will question
Heather Drugge: live in Ambleside
speaking as a citizen who has lived in WV for 20 years
CAWG and Parks
not proportional to other Ms; not only do we pay more, pay higher levels to others
b/c we can doesn't mean we shd
xxx reallocation is required
know we're coming up with a plan that will improve our cmnty .... but will also ....
dollar amts
don't believe perforce xxx; mgmt look xxx
shifting money from roadwork to walking; when priorities shift so shd our tax xxx
the recent V4S survey, wch I thought was an excellent exercise, revealed that 97% of the cmnty wd prefer a zero per cent tax increase
I urge Ccl to direct staff to produce a budget that will enable progressive changes to our cmnty and at the same time not increase taxes
The positive steps we have looked at efficiencies through amalgamating with our NSh counterparts can extend to other areas include Police, Fire, Engg, and Library services
WV can become a model combing progressive policy with fiscal prudence.  Let's start moving in that direction.
Mayor: anybody further?
Martin Element: lived in WV for 38 years
moved in last month so large proportion of my family lives here
b/c I will be back
love it here when they immigrated here at 60 years of age; spent 20 years reminding me
things for free; beautiful seawalk
had a short mtg with Madam on a project hope to get going later this year
was an 8 o'clock mtg and she's already had two mtgs so short
gave her a small card
been here 38 years and seen a lot of mayors come and go but since you have been in power I hv not seen as many visible and practical things happen in such a short time
whatever you have done with the money
from the visible and amenity POV a first class job
hearing the presentation, don't envy what you're going to face
as to gentlemen .... you've done a commendable job
even down to roads, bridges, on seawall extension, not a garden pine, someone is thinking
fact you were able to pull off what you did last summer; must have been a lot of naysayers; a first class concert in a park
dragging WV into the 21st century kicking and screaming -- need to give yourselves a pat on the back for that.
Mayor: anyone else?  so Ccl will begin debate; xxx
I know we're uncomfortable with 2.43%; eager to go
I'm on E-Comm Bd, seen that ...
also seen thoughtful involvement... BSC...  driven by cmnty's long-term goals, hard to think but xxx
Ccl has supported unanimously the direct link of xxx with BSC
Staff provided 2.43% last week; don't expect it to be supported by Ccl but on floor
Our CAO .... 1%...with .....
have seniors calling me
to get lower, can scale back repairs to Library
we believe we've got a better biz model for sec stes
more modest estimates for Police and Fire; line in the sand we want to draw hope rest will want to follow
consultants hired, a tenuous one
hope BSC, a financial coordinator better controls, leasing agent -- we have numerous leases
begin Parks WG... know how passive  xxx
Cclrs have expressed a range of concerns; fleet replacement timing and costs
expect issues tonight focus on best practices; optimizing financial tools
these shd not be overlooked; heart and soul of the plan
new ideas all wish
energy daycare funded 2/3 by prov; Spirit Trail, funded entirely by
opening of Welsh Hall last Friday xxx; list goes on and on
these take v little resources, created by the ppl who live here
to staff, Ccl really appreciates the work you've done; not xxx of Ccl xxx
We will make our best effort ... for the cmnty
ev day we let ppl down and exceed expectations and the next day changes all over again
counting on all of us to keep a ... this Ccl
real issues and willing to take the long view
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January 25, 2010 Council Meeting   --  Our Balanced Scorecard   --  Mayor Goldsmith-Jones
We have seen a year of major economic decline internationally, layoffs within provincial and local governments, steeply climbing graphs that show the gap between infrastructure replacement costs and infrastructure replacement funding to cover those costs.  No member of Council can disregard this environment.
In West Vancouver, we have also seen a year of thoughtful involvement by a cross section of the community in developing our strategic plan.  Our staff has created a powerful business management tool in the balanced scorecard, so that budget decisions are driven by the community's long term goals.  Should we choose to cut budgets, we can see what we are choosing to put off, or not do.  Council has supported unanimously the direct link between our strategic goals and our budget process, through the balanced scorecard.  Tonight we put that tool to the test.
Staff presented a draft budget recommending a 2.43% tax rate increase at our public Finance Committee meeting last Monday.  Based on our fairly cursory comments in public last week, I do not expect this increase to be supported by Council, but it is on the floor to start to our budget debate.
Our Chief Administrative Officer has some recommendations that get to an increase that is closer to 1.0% by reducing capital transfers for work on the Marine Drive barrier replacements and almost all of the upgrading to Gordon Avenue - although we do need a mid-block crosswalk, it scales back repairs to the library based on the Board Chair's refined suggestion, and it is based on a much better and more cost effective business model for implementing secondary suites legislation, and more accurate and much more modest estimates for Police and Fire labour agreements (and a line in the sand on increases which we hope the rest of the region's management has the courage to follow).   Mr. McRadu can speak to any of these recommendations tonight depending on Council's direction.
Turning to new initiatives within the Balanced Scorecard, the assumption that staffing can be added, or that consultants will be hired for special projects is a tenuous one.  I hope we can continue to work from the Balanced Scorecard to keep funding in place for a Financial Coordinator being recommended, who can bring better financial controls to all departments, and a leasing agent who will ensure that the District's leases are current and maximizing value for the taxpayer - our leases are numerous, and the revenue they generate in many cases has not kept current.  I am prepared to support the resources to begin the Parks Master Plan, because I know how much heavy lifting our own citizens will do on that working group and there is everything to be gained by that.
Councillors have expressed a range of concerns about staffing numbers and funding essential infrastructure replacement.  Some of the minor capital requests are being questioned, including fleet replacement timing and costs. 
I expect that the issues in our discussion tonight will focus on best business practices and measuring what we achieve.  There is a particular focus in the balanced scorecard on optimizing financial tools, measuring service costs and providing for the long term financial stability of the community through development of the taxpayer owned land-based assets.  These should not be overlooked.
Nor would I wish to neglect the heart and soul of the plan, which is about civic responsibility and community life.  New ideas flourish during a time of change.  Ways to support the energy in the community that we see at the opening of the Gordon House childcare last week, in the use of the Spirit Trail or at the commemoration last Friday of the Welsh Music Hall due to the $2 million bequest given to the library, or in the 100 or so volunteers who were in this Council chamber on Saturday afternoon being trained as volunteers for the celebrations that will take place here during the Olympics.  The list goes on and on, and it is generated by the people who live here, and their expectations of us.
All of Council appreciates the work our staff have done to put together the balanced scorecard.  The budget is now the property of Council to shape further, in our best effort to represent the expectations of the entire community.  Our job is hard - every day we let some people down, and do things that were beyond expectations, in a good way.  And then the next day it changes all over again.  I am counting on a first class discussion, and our ability to listen across our differences to understand one another and find a balanced, prudent way forward.   
turn over to Cclr Walker to move second reading and then I'll try to monitor/manage the debate
SW: preparing, I went to review the budget for last ten years and increased by $15M
entirely new financial staff at table
not look at past, these are our expectations
we all know 2.43% will not be acceptable; have to drill down
ask staff to drill down
figure out how to deliver services WV expects, and how to be more financially accountable
talked about it last year, see what we can do for residents
Staff knows we appreciate all the services in past year; all here for the same goal
wrt BSC, opportunities to refine
utilize WGs for some of these initiatives so eliminate use of consultants
re Hburn Ridge; users and experts in land devt
pay parking -- part of larger parks plan, will leave that to Cclr Panz
do question some support staff at $60K sure we can get for a lot less, know you can in private sector
emergency planning; Communications Budget -- $500K a $20K increase, seems highly high to me
know focus outreach maybe that cmte can reach those goals
$30K for a .....?  compensation model hope
all of our benchmarking, public av -- some  $30K better spent somewhere else
wrt incremental.  Once fill new Fin Dir position, part of role, how to get away from incremental budgeting
As one of the other speakers said, look at amalg of Fire and Police; ways we can work together; goes back to revision
we talk about leading by example
Ccl support our staff supporting some of these initiatives
residents have to talk about how we're going to support ourselves; all residents, not sustainable, green biz xxx
ML:  ... This inspiring excellence and leading by example
in my opinion,  any increase above zero is not acceptable
same level of services for less money; or increase without having to raise taxes
Important for ppl to understand even at 2.43%, the average, when you add utilities, it's an 8.04% increase
difficult; don't see it as realistic
even,...still 7%
waste and solid fees and they are going up; we are delaying the day of reckoning xxx
infrastructure has to be replaced and we're not putting enough in
74.6M from   ?????
we're not talking about eliminating taxes, eliminating tax increases
we lead Metro V, and talk to other Ms; burdened with [fees?] from MetroV
all being based on assessed values
confident we can do better and hope we take that opp
Mayor: anyone?
TP: first time we've had the BSC proposed to us
agree with Cclr Walker look at things in a diff way ...  where we want to go ... share
quality of life we expect in WV; my concern going too far done zero budget we sort of shoot ourselves in the foot and don't take xxx
think it wd be worth spending a bit more time on the BSC, don't know if others want to do that
understand $600K tied to BSC and not sure xxx
it's a tool we need to be using in this discussion; not sure anyone wants to go through that xxx
Mayor: let's hear from ...  then be clear how to reduce
Ev: Let me weigh in.  As an introduction, I don't think a zero budget is the holy grail of budgeting
trying to achieve worthy goal; some haven't been recognized
I'm not suggesting 2.43% is what I'm comfortable with but many of us have worked with/on the expenses and sure we can get it down to a lower figure
we are dealing with some costs beyond our control
eg within budget contractual wage increases and step increases and combined $1.5M and that's between 2 and 2.5%
if this Ccl not bound to this figure, immediately the 2.43 wd be down to zero
this debate more difficult -- yes, we can cut but it's a question if we shd
distinction between good mngmt and good govt
believe we can do better than 2.43
one element staff, staffing, and payroll a target
my biz experience and working with over many years
commend the level of attention staff give to this cmnty
see staff as part of the soln ad not part of the problem
MS: ... struggle with the concept
some ppl do not seem to realize there is a fundamental change going on
{debt/shortfall?} over a trillion $ in US, Canada
and when things come out of the economy things will be less rosy than now; our chn subsiding our life style
Prov, Fed, can't control, we can only in M
ev other justification -- we can be a leader
cd come out with an economic plan that truly reflects what's going on
fundamentally it is 4.6% increase
Andy is quite right and Cclr Evison, staff have worked hard, what they thought this Ccl wanted
exempt staff reduce increase by 2% and they shd be saluted for that
not staff, it's Ccl, focus, we try to do too much
this is the second mtg we've had to discuss budget, one Finance mtg
another one scheduled for last week cdn't attend, cancelled ...  xxx
we shd be able to say knock on any door, your money went for this and be proud
looking at some of these figs: two Ford Ranger pickups for $28K b/c have to be hybrids and you can buy one for $13K or $14K
why have politically correct? -- don't buy it any more
connection to the Srs' Ctr for $240K in the budget.  I went over there and paced it off, it's 50 or 60ft, that's $5K a foot!
At some point we've got to recognize that we cannot keep building Taj Mahals every time we turn around
The money just isn't there.  We've used up almost all our capital reserves
if we can't sit back now and take a sober second look at what we're doing, I don't think we ever will be able to
I wdn't support any cut of any nec program in the District that's well delivered
I'm talking about making cuts to things like hybrid pickups, $5K a foot connections, 100s of thousands of dollars on consultants.
I put consultants same category as lawyers, all you get is the bill
this is the year we can lead by example
Fire Services, a more friendly labour model and can staff with NV
what's wrong with contracting out?
our Srs Ctr $500K; 30% [users] not WV, nothing wrong with charging
we've got a Cadillac facility -- you're welcome to use it, a lot cheaper than building your own
have to get on with it
do agree with Cclr Lewis and other cclrs, now is the time; freeze over above the $238 hit between the eyes
3% or 3 1/2% ... sky is falling ... take a hard look at what we're doing and do a better job
Sop: speak?
Mayor: you didn't put your hand up
Sop: guess the buck stops here; why we get paid the big bucks
Mayor: no increase for Ccl
Sop: have seen tax increases over the years; 2% or less, thought close to inflation
thought what was needed along the way; pattern we've lived with for some time
must say since new CAO came to this cmnty and Finance Dept, who brought forth to us, open transparent format
most of these cclrs new so wdn't have known
was innovation started last year, look at long-term profies ?profits? and sustainability
a scorecard to keep us on track
Mr Leigh and other citizens, WG, some here tonight, a product we can be proud of
don't want to go downhill xxx
many phone me; trouble meeting their taxes
60% of this cmnty {seniors?} xxx  some live below our stipends-- believe that!
we shd be jumping for joy what we've achieved xxx
quality staff, live with every day
got a call from a citizen who had a problem, xxx, found he had to have some xxx by the District -- with 20 minutes solved overwhelmed
we have this quality cmnty and come down to budget time
$xxx, we can find all the resources to balance budget to zero
and secure our future to this scorecard; simple as this; not going to support 2.43
and if we tell staff to come back, tell them what; see xxx
Mayor: we're at second reading, sounds as if we're going to defeat this 2.43% proposal; and start again; will go around the table
Sop: go; not know then???
Mayor: xxx
Ev: voting on?
Mayor: on 2.43% increase
Sop: polled vote
Mayor: so that's defeated, so now?  reintroducing next week? second reading?
SSch: second reading was defeated but if .... draft bylaws ...
Mayor: so we'll do the same thing as next week
ML: wd it be possible for staff to come with several scenarios?
wd like to know implications, maybe 1.5 and 1%
I'd like to see anything above zero to go to infrastructure
CAO: timeline v difficult
we have proposed some ways to reduce; next week and cd have that next week; infrastructure, staffing
... can come back with some proposals

{well, easier if already have pinpointed some places to reduce}

know wrt infrastructure, prepared to reduce the fleet
at this point in time diff scenarios
...  can come back within BSC
some of the proposals you have already seen, can go through it now or next week
SW: what Cclr L was proposing; some guidance for Mr McRadu for next week
Mayor: we've defeated
cd come with intro/first reading xxx; don't know how best to do that for next week
ML: we already have diff scenarios
spreadsheet level; shd not be that onerous
have heard Cclr Walker went through ev on scorecard she wanted to happen
save staff the logistical problems of drafting the bylaw; tweaking
CAO: the whole purpose of BSC and Strategic Plan was so that BSC will direct budget
work prog we've done every year; trying to look at three-year process
hope serious discussion about those costs; tremendous work you have ahead of us
No 4 of BSC tries to address a number of those issues
what items are you prepared to support?  we're prepared to push off; we've come with our best; made clear service level wd stay the same
have reduced from 5% down to 2.43; heard reduce further and prepared to to do that;  number of scenarios
reduction of some of the infrastructure; if directed not be touched will take a great deal of time, ie involving staffing
Sop: say to you a zero, .5, and 1%; during week roll up our sleeves
Mayor: ask staff to quantify that
This focus this achieved but not tied to budgeting process, it was a list
exercise discipline; tried to organize a Finance Cmte mtg -- happens every week
don't mind, xxx ; meet this week, so next Monday we can pick a path
ev mbr of Ccl wd like to know consequences
TP: know that came out of consultation with cmnty over past year
financial sustainability; other mission stmts as well and don't want to lose sight of that
want to do a long-term strat plan
if we can't do under BSC wonder why we went out to cmnty
zero, got to comfortable zero's not going to come back
this is a three-year program that can be deferred or amalgamated
parks sitting there since 2006
the natural space has not been taken care of and it's a big part of why a lot of us live in this cmnty
look at our assets, how we're managing
maybe some of those parks shd not be parks
there's more to this doc than just the financial component
if this means Spirit Trail gone or can't fix roof on Library or xxx
Mayor: motion, then we can debate that
Sop: refer to FCmte re zero, .5, 1% for 2010
Mayor: further comments
Ev: if we're going to take this route we shd be allowed to include infrastructure, shd not be sacrosanct
through infrastructure we can access what I raised last week, paddy wagon
spent a lot of time, comfortable with about 1%
want to be clear if less than 1%; comes the time too aggressive we put things at risk
public to understand
Sop: we'll sit down and discuss all these factors; shdn't be fear
great cmnty
{what is the motion again???}
Mayor: Ccl to consider a zero, 0.5%, 1.0%, discuss next week
MS: why not bring in .5 and 1 and vote on it next week
Mayor: ...
CAO: believe brought to FCmte; bring scenarios
midweek, Wed, give us a day
if you agree to that we need to get a budget doc in place for next week; real time crunch to get for Monday, need Wed/Thur
MS: don't want to be obstreperous
direct budget 1%, .5, and zero, then debate it next week; mtg?
Mayor: usu wed at 9
someone:  Th at 9
Mayor: levy Police xxx; or srs' walkway
MS: trouble with going through the BSC; only a part
not all the $74M is in the BSC; missing a lot of items we cd pull out
Mayor: Mr McRadu has xxx
priorities; some things get pushed off and some do happen, so
ML: to Cclr Smith's point, I don't think our core operating expenses are out of the question; xxx
Sop: change my motion, bring scenarios to FCmte then we come next week
some v positive things on that scorecard
some not done one two three, some further
points to a budget process that.... money every year
staff move dept, processes, so they want to spend
we don't sit with line items ev day; we give direction ev day
I've never had so much exposure to ppl who have cited their concerns
WV has among the highest xx[assessments?]xx in BC
never had that same pressure as this last year; ppl are having it tougher to meet and saying why
so get down to brass tacks; get down to zero
MetroV how'd you do that, terrific staff, ...  I believe we can do it
don't want fear tactics, shdn't be doing this that
incredible steps, most citizens aren't even aware of yet
Ev: in principle don't disagree with most of what Cclr Sop has said; how do we get there?
looking at three options in a Finance Cmte
might agree .5 and I might want an X expense and someone else a Y expense
asking for three budgets?
Mayor: ...  in the morning Mr McRadu will ask me what does Ccl want
fundamental shift; common understanding of how we get there
next Monday of what tax rate it will be and how we'll get there
just provides that much more clarity
Ev: xxx staff to prepare ... or jump into presentation without input
Mayor: a public mtg; open discourse
Sop: polled vote
Mayor: go the other way
Wed or Thurs? at 9am; don't know cclrs' calendars yet
welcome to workshop Wed morning at 9am
11. Oil Tank Presentation (File:  1802-06)
        PowerPoint presentation to be provided.
        RECOMMENDED: THAT the presentation from the Fire Chief be received for information.
Fire Chief Jim Cook: Asst Chief Martin Ernst has dealt with the public he's the scorecard
xxx only about 1000 removed leaving about 3500
life expectancy 15 to 25 years; 90% leak
to remove danger to the environment
recent article in the Prov newspaper, owner resp to disclose to purchasers and liable for [remediation?]...
MErnst: photo of tank; removing a tank not as obtrusive as you might think
pile of contaminated fill and one clean; ... trying to
tanks we know exist
FChCook ?: xxx decommissioned declare to Fire Dept and will not have to pay fee
information will be kept on file but still owner's resp stay decommissioned
may want to choose to leave tank if not a danger, will have to pay the $250 fee and required to tank pressure test ev two years
will provide assistance whether leaking; key msg, like to be removed
a lot of ppl looking to remove
most had info sent to them before but prop owners may have changed
if tank and want it removed, come to Fire Dept and get permit xxx
staff will come around recommend licensed consultant and xxx
Fire Dept will determine if contamination, replace with clean soil
MErnst: xxx
Chief: happy ending but there's more
notices early Dec, received wealth of info and about the proper way to communicate
public apology from Mayor and me; want to publicly apologize; and to Mayor and xxx
deadline extended to June 1st
time to do pay bill; those who have come forward and paid shown, we have cancelled the fees for that
email: firedepartment@westvancouver.ca
we've answered, think most
ongoing for a long time, now brought to forefront
Sop: so you can leave the tank in the ground but has to be in a decommissioned state?
see if any residuals?
none, considered decommissioned?
MErnst: if it passes the pressure test; if fails xxx
Sop: fill full of sand?
MErnst: no more; removal is preferred
Sop: you can't suggest a company but
MErnst: we have a list of companies, registered regulated;  contractors anyone can get a licence
Sop: exorbitant bill to an unsuspecting contractor, if told thousands?
Fire Dept be there?
MErnst: part of the reason moving more to consultant rather than contractor is b/c will plot a course of action
seeps under the foundation of the home
bio-mediation, eat the oil up rather than remove b/c impossible to get rid of
if engineer-led xxx
contractors don't test as they dig, that's what the engineer is for
MS: we're going to charge $250 a year for everyone who has a tank?
Chief: correct; monitoring fee
MS: still buying furnace oil still pay fee
know any other M charging a fee for using an underground tank?
MErnst: back East and down the coast but here we may be ahead of the curve
MS: a person with a tank pretty well everyone in 1950s and 60s
and followed solution, empty the tank filled with sand, fee even though inert
Chief: difficulty, if a purchaser comes in may need xxx
do a metal detection test
problem with doing that, may give questions from potential buyer and have to anyway
take it out only have to do it once
taking it out and their fees being cancelled
Mayor: how many ppl still using furnace oil?
Chief: don't have that info
Mayor: that made some ppl on their heels xxx
maybe want to take a one-on-one approach
you're saying you have to change your whole heating system and not sure we have that right
Chief: have the right to xxx
able to change the bylaw
Mayor: or even the fee
MS: what we're doing is we're interfering with the market place, by forcing safe, cheap, comfortable, clean to switch to gas

{many smiles since his company sells/distributes oil}

and there are hundreds in WV using furnace oil
MErnst: if somebody's tank and they do not pressure test; they can always above ground
beyond repair
MS: the supplier is digging/dipping {?} for water or oil
can pressure test tank and find a problem in the oil xxx pipeline/hose
pretty big subject so shall leave it there.
12. Impacts of the Economic Downturn on Local Social Service Agencies (File:  0920-07-01/ 0116-CGC1)
1.  The report on "Impacts of the Economic Downturn on Local Social Service Agencies" dated January 14, from the Mgr of Social Services be forwarded to the Cmnty Grants Cmte of Ccl, the NSh Substance Abuse WG, the WV Community Centres Services Society Board, and the WV Memorial Library Board for information;
2.   Copies of this report be forwarded to the North Shore Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislature for information, and to the agencies who responded to the recent City of North Vancouver survey thanking them for their involvement; and
3.   Staff work with the other North Shore municipalities, non-profit agencies, and our relevant committees, working groups and boards to continue to monitor the situation and to explore strategies for community based responses.
13. Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Consent Agenda items be approved: Item 14 - Correspondence List.
14. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)
(2) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes
        (a) Community Grants Committee - June 8, 2009
{Better late than never! no wonder policy/decisions not well-known}
(5) P. Simpson, Executive Director, SAFERhome Standards Society, January 14, 2010, regarding Request for Delegation - SAFERhome Standards Program
        Referred to Municipal Clerk for response.
Mayor: cd we schedule this for March, Ms Scholes?  I totally jives with our access and inclusion policy
MClk: yes, first mtg in March.
(9) L. Foster, President, Heritage BC, January 11, re Heritage Week 2010: February 15-21
then letters added at 12 (see approval of agenda at beginning)
(12) ...
(13) G. McRadu, Chief Administrative Officer, December 18, 2009, reply to G. Pajari regarding the Endowment Fund
{Reply to letter/question asked in September; now awaiting reply to letter/question in December}
Mayor: Now I've made an oversight.  There was a mbr of the public who wished to speak on oil tanks.
still here?  Oh, I'm glad.  Sorry.
Manny Bazunis (?): seems a settlement on the steps of the courthouse; had opp to speak with Chief
the District's responsibility is to prove oil tank to prove on the prop not for me to prove there isn't
and ....
on the steps before mtg...  a simple letter from me ... to the Fire Dept is sufficient to waive this fee
if that can be confirmed, I'll dispense with the rest of my presentation
Chief Cook: on the issue of prop owners been removed
we confirm letter; prop owner's declaration
we had a record of a tank on the prop; we're cancelling the invoice and the fee for that owner
MS: pleasant evening last Wed, yourself, Panz, and others; personally give thanks to Anne Mooi and Leanne Sexsmith
this spring looking forward to joining; others joining that chain
good many out and enthusiastic xxx
Labour Relations Board with our new HR Dir
don't want to create more work for Mr McRadu
what are we going to do with our mbrship; Vanc, Bby, Surrey out; based on my experience, I'm reluctant to see us throw all our eggs in that basket to deal with the labour costs
Vanc $1M
Mr McRadu report whether getting value put off too long, shd address
CAO: discussion going on
they have served notice, will function in 2010; changes
after we know some of these scenarios
the three NSh Ms potential of working together and will come forward with the recommendation
TP: energy forum; housing form
Ev: Housing WG request extend to end of April; how to
Mayor: thank you again for opening of Welsh Hall
huge; brought that Library to life
Leslie, nephew, flew out in less than 24 hours, impressed
Robert Leslie Welsh a huge fan of the Library
understated; faithful not asking for a lot of attention
Congratulations to Ch of Commerce, Breakfast with the Mayor
tix double the price and selling out

{gd speech; on DWV website: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Residents/Level3.aspx?id=24470 }

Chief of Police, Pamela Martin broadcasting from here
and myself speaking about......
sorry will miss Energy Fair, it's the Mayors' Dinner
support Lookout Shelter; safe house
hope and lots to be grateful in this cmnty
thank Ccl for excellent discussion this evening
Ralph Beltz: speaking on behalf of my uncle
he's concerned that his permit was not renewed for his cabin
short letter, can give, don't have to read out
had the cabin for a long time, done the repairs Ccl asked
appears maybe the process wasn't done correctly; now asking Ccl to respectfully reviewed
Mayor: ask it be referred to Dir who's responsible ...
RB: sure; Uncle: had for a long time, nice cabin
have to have a yearly permit to occupy and I've done it for all those years and then they wdn't accept my xxx
expensive this year; I cannot continue, can't stay there, unless permit
appreciate bringing to our attention
Mooi:  xxx and will attend to it this week

===  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Feb 1st   ===
Editor's Musing........
Before Open Mtg at 7pm: the requisite notes/explanation have appeared in the previous two issues so will no longer appear in the newsletter.
The budget is so very important and wanted to get Monday's agenda out to subscribers asap.  Well, we know that BUDGET 2010 is on the agenda, if they follow what they said Monday (Jan 25th), and undoubtedly with such a short time frame one cd not really expect full documentation to be available in advance.  This wd seem to me that after released Monday night (along with answers to some of the questions asked during the past mtgs), that there be time given for the public to review and comment on the new version of the budget.
While many may be overjoyed that the increase will be reduced to 1% or less (and maybe even zero), there may be a diversion of opinion over wch cuts.  Some wd probably wish to keep certain items and cancel others, some to replace cuts, some to make further cuts.  Wdn't Council benefit, in this difficult time and trying to get cmnty acceptance, from hearing residents' views to see what more cd be cut, what cd be substituted, or what shd be reinstated?
What if the cuts are all capital projects that are simply being deferred?
Will the high ratio of staff to residents (and its growth both in number and pay over the past decade or two) be addressed?
IMO, the extra staff and costs for the Olympics shd be in a totally separate category, and not considered an increase on the assumption and commitment that category will be totally removed for 2011.
Another approach.  All are aware that contracts cannot be touched (and staff have already got a 4% increase as of Jan 1st), but why not freeze depts' budgets (except for Engg since we have a serious lack of funding for deteriorating infrastructure) and let them deal with as best they see fit?
The motion recommends not supporting this until "a key issue identified by WV is satisfactorily addressed", but it doesn't mention the key issue.  Hm.  Why on earth not? Devil in the details or buried in a memo or report.  My curiosity wd not let me send this out without finding out what the key issue was.  Sure enough, there it was.  WV feels that if the Upper Lands are to be a Green Zone, this wd affect the municipality's plans for devt.  No doubt.  The relative roles and powers need to be clarified.

===  Ccl Mtg AGENDA Feb 1st   ===
6:00 PM
RECOMMENDED:  THAT in the public interest, members of the public be excluded from part of the February 1, 2010 regular Council Meeting on the basis of matters to be considered under the following section of the Community Charter:
90. (1) A part of a council meeting may be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to or is one or more of the following:
 (e) the acquisition, disposition, or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality.
7:00 PM  ... following conclusion of the closed session, the following items will be considered:
7. Dundarave Festival of Lights Society (File:  2180-06)
RECOMMENDED:  THAT Council thank G. Allison for the delegation
8. Olympic Presentation and Transportation Plan (File:  3085-01)
                Information to be provided.
BYLAW FOR ADOPTION {wonder why not in a Bylaw section}
9. Road Closure and Removal of Highway Dedication Bylaw 4626, 2009 - 4112 Burkehill Road (File: 0510-04-4112-BUR/1610-20-4626)
This bylaw received first, second, and third readings at the December 14, 2009 meeting. Statutory notice was provided on December 20 and 27, 2009 in the North Shore News.
10. Strategic Planning Working Group Final Report (0117-20-STPLN)
        for receipt
BYLAWS that have had first reading
11. Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4616, 2009 for Secondary Suites (File:  1610-20-4616)
This bylaw received first reading on Nov 2 and was the subject of a Public Hearing on Nov 16.
1. Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw received first reading on November 2 and as attached to this report dated January 25, 2010 from the Director of Planning Lands and Permits be amended to include a First Licence Fee for a secondary suite of $250 for applications made before September 30, 2010, a First Licence Fee of $400 for applications made after that date, and to delete the annual renewal fee; and
2. Fees and Charges ... as amended receive second and third readings.
3. The annual renewal fee be referred to the Finance Committee for discussion and a recommendation to Council of an appropriate fee by June 1, 2010; and
4. Staff report back to Council on a quarterly basis commencing April 1, 2010 on the secondary suites program with a status report including, but not limited to, the number of new suites applied for and approved and their locations; the number of existing suites legalized and approved and their locations; revenue received to date; issues identified; and potential bylaw amendments or administrative changes necessary to resolve those issues.
12. [Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4628 - 2010 Draft Budget Bylaw
(File:  1610-20-4628)  This bylaw received first reading on January 25, 2010.
        Information to be provided.
13. Comments on Draft Metro Regional Growth Strategy (File:  0185-01)
1. Council affirm that the District supports the foundation and the policy directions of the February 2009 Metro Draft Regional Growth Strategy, but does not support adoption of the Strategy at this time, unless the key issue identified by the District can be satisfactorily addressed.
2. Council direct staff to submit the letter to Metro on West Vancouver's comments on the November 2009 Metro Draft Regional Growth Strategy as outlined in the January 22, 2010 report from the Director of Planning, Lands, and Permits.
14. Appointments to Municipal Insurance Association (File:  0115 01/0055 20 MIAB1)
Mayor Goldsmith-Jones as the Council representative; and
G. McRadu, Chief Administrative Officer, as the alternate District representative.
15. Consent Agenda Items - Reports and Correspondence
Item 16 - Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-047 (2604 Palmerston Avenue)
Item 17 - Correspondence List.
16. Development Variance Permit Application No. 09-047 (2604 Palmerston Avenue) (File: 1010-20-09-047)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the Municipal Clerk give notice that the DVP, to allow an at-grade open area under an existing dwelling to be enclosed into liveable floor area, will be considered on Monday, March 1.
17. Correspondence List (File:  0120 24)  --  Correspondence received up to January 22, 2010
Requests for Delegation  --  No items presented.
Action Required
1.  January 19, 2010, regarding 2010 Olympic Pins
        Referred to Chief Administrative Officer for consideration and response.
2.  P. Buck, Communications Manager, The Kidney Foundation of Canada, January 19, 2010, regarding Request for Proclamation - March is Kidney Health Month
        Referred to Municipal Clerk for response.
3.  N. Madatali, President, 1571 and 2461 Bellevue Holdings Inc., Jan 20, re Annual Inspection Fee for Services
        Referred to Fire Chief for consideration and response.
No Action Required (receipt only)
4.  G. Knight, Co-Chair, Hollyburn Heritage Society, Jan 14, re Hollyburn Heritage Society Annual Report for 2009
(5) 4 submissions (a - d) regarding Proposed 2010 Budget
        a) January 25, 2010; b) January 25, 2010; c) January 27, 2010; d) January 26, 2010
Responses to Correspondence  --  No items presented.
Responses to Questions in Question Period  --  No items presented.

===  Ccl Mtg Feb 1st   ===
Bylaw stalled at second reading, deferred to next Monday (Feb 8th).
Finance Cmte mtg 9:30am Wed Feb 3rd  Discussing how to get to zero!
Good news! Smith led off, Lewis, Walker, and Sop also urging zero but Smith said better to have 5 or 6, more pulling together, than 4 - 3.
So the .69% budget increase will come back next Monday night unless they agree on a (mere?) $300K reduction (out of $61M) in wch case WV will lead by example at zero!  Several cclrs gave examples of cuts.
In any case, Ccl and staff deserve praise for not only reducing the budget increase but also trying to do more.
So, looks like ZERO here we come!  Agree with Cclr Walker, not for "bragging rights", but for drawing a line in the sand, and as someone in the gallery said to me later, it's important b/c symbolic and sends a msg.  This Ccl 's getting serious.
=  Great slides by Dundarave Festival of Lights Society (decorated trees at Christmas; raised $25K for the homeless)
=  Slides on Olympics activities; info on parking/travel restrictions; get ready for the torch's arrival on the 10th!
=  Final Report from Strategic Planning WG and BSC Boosters
=  Fees and Charges for Secondary Stes (thoughtful amendments, tempting registration with lower fees)
=  Budget of .69% public input started ~8:11, Ccl debate ~8:30, ending at 9:26 with deferral to next Monday; another kick at the can for the Finance Cmte Wed (3rd) 9:30am -- pls help Ccl wrestle the monster to the floor!
=  Letter re Metro Regional Growth Strategy makes good point -- roles must be made clearer b/c right now appear to overlap; rights that remain WV's to plan/alter GreenZone?
=  Cclr Lewis spooked us with report from MetroV re sewage -- Lions' Gate and Iona, $1.4B by 2020 with a 30-yr amortization period.  Undoubtedly more about this.  If paid by taxation on assessments, then WV's portion is HIGH.  {Time to get away from so many taxes being assessment-based!}

===  NEWSWATCH  ===
+  The Guardian Weekly's Quotation of the week:
Hunger: "The grain grown to produce fuels in the US in 2009 was enough to feed 330 million people for one year." Lester Brown, director of the Earth Policy Institute
+  CPTnet  --  27 January 2010  --  www.cpt.org
AT-TUWANI: Israeli settlers and soldiers invade At-Tuwani, attack and injure villagers
     On Tuesday, 26 January 2010, approximately ten to fifteen Israeli settlers from the Israeli settlement of Ma'on and the Israeli outpost of Havat Ma'on attacked Palestinians in the village of At-Tuwani.  Israeli soldiers in three army jeeps and the settlement security agent of Ma'on accompanied the settlers.  Villagers from At-Tuwani gathered to protest the settlers coming into their village and entering their homes.  An Israeli soldier punched a Palestinian villager, breaking his nose.
     Immediately thereafter, Israeli settlers began throwing stones at the Palestinian villagers while soldiers fired three canisters of tear gas at the Palestinians.  Afterwards, the settlers drove to the entrance of At-Tuwani, and began throwing stones at passersby on the road.
     The day's incident began at 9:20 a.m. when three army jeeps and a pickup truck with an Israeli settler from Havat Ma'on and the settlement security guard from Ma'on drove into At-Tuwani.  The settler accused the villagers of stealing goats.  Palestinians in the village told him to call the police and let police officers search village.  However, the settler continued to walk throughout the village, entering Palestinian homes, accompanied by the soldiers and settlement security guard.  He then made phone calls until other settlers arrived.
     Women of At-Tuwani told CPTers that during the attack, soldiers threatened them and their children, saying that if they did not leave the area, soldiers would arrest all of the men of the village and kill at least one.  Despite their fear, the women remained where they were and told the soldiers they were welcome to arrest them as well as the men.
     The day after the attack, doctors reported that the Palestinian who was punched in the face will need surgery.

===  IA&A  === Initializations, Acronyms, and Abbreviations
The budget has brought up more:
                CID = Caller ID (identification, on phone)
        FTE = Full Time Equivalent (used for staffing information)
                GFOA = Govt Finance Officers Assn
        h/w = hardware
                IT = Information Technology
        s/w = software
                SFMP = Sport Fields Master Plan (approved; bound to be hearing more about this)
        TfT = Trees for Tomorrow
and from now on indicating Cclr Michael Evison, changed from ME (obviously cd be ambiguous) to Ev.

===  MAIKU  ===  2010 January 31  ... during the matinee of The Edward Curtis Project (NV)

                we each view the world
                        through a personal prism
                                float, pass like snowflakes

 ===  QUOTATIONS  ===
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.
                        -- Bertrand Russell, British philosopher (1872 - 1970)
No question is so difficult to answer as that to which the answer is obvious.
                                -- George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright (1856 - 1950)
It is dangerous to be right in matters where the established authorities are wrong.
                        -- Voltaire, French writer (1694 - 1778)
Never base your budget requests on realistic assumptions, as this could lead to a decrease in your funding.
                        -- Scott Adams, Dilbert
Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month; others just go over them.
                                - Sally Poplin
A budget is just a method of worrying before you spend money, as well as afterward.
                                - Unknown
A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it.
                                - William Feather, American author (1889 - 1981)
After the government takes enough to balance the budget, the taxpayer has the job of budgeting the balance.
                                - Unknown
I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.
                                -- Jackie Mason, American comedian (b 1936)
My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
                                -- Errol Flynn, Australian actor (1909 - 1959)
It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it.
                                - George W. Bush, former US president (b 1946)
>  Economists are number crunchers who, if they had any charisma, would have become accountants.
Someone told me recently about an architect, a surgeon, and economist.
The surgeon said, 'Look, we're the most important. God's a surgeon because the very first thing God did was to extract Eve from Adam's rib.'
The architect said, 'No, wait a minute, God is an architect. God made the world in seven days out of chaos.'
>  The economist smiled, 'And who made the chaos?'
The man put his name on the neck of his shirt so he would have collar ID.