Dec 6th Ccl Mtg NOTES
Dec 13/15 Ccl AGENDAS
Calendar to Dec 22

by Carolanne Reynolds, Editor

EVEN MORE FINANCE and BUDGET, but Merry Christmas anyway!
MAIN ITEMS on ccl mtg AGENDA Dec 13th: HEAVY!!!  Why when so many busy and holidays???
Public Hearing on the Zoning Amendment Bylaw (V IMPORTANT! will it affect the character of your nbrhd?).
2011 Budget right after PH, info 'to be provided'; to be a timetable for info/input in January.
Items: Wetmore ($14.5M and Alternative Approval Process); Zoning and Subdivision Amendment Bylaws; Child Care Plan; Strategic Transportation Plan; Lower Caulfeild Heritage Conservation Area; Revised Terms for Awards Cmte; Fees and Charges, Biz Licence Bylaws; Apptmts to Bds and Cmtes; Lease for Wetmore site; Update re 370/380 Mathers; Devt Applic Status Report Dec 3; Correspondence List
Riddles; Vive le Canada (sculpture of the Queen); from the EDITOR'S DESK (Minutes?; humour); UPDATES & INFO (Christmas trees; Red Nose)
=  CALENDAR to Dec 22nd; CULTUREWATCH (Theatre; Art; Music, Opera, Photography)
=  Update 27a
=  Ccl Mtg NOTES Dec 6th: Budget Input; Level Crossing at MDr (Pk R); fees and charges; prohibition of selling rabbits; sec stes regs; etc; Bylaws on waterworks, utilities, etc for adoption; ccl mtg for Monday Dec 20th! {Just learned a closed ccl mtg 8am Wed Dec 15}
=  Ccl Mtg AGENDAs Dec 13th, 15th
=  ANIMALWATCH (dog, deer, cat); INFObits (Women; Lennon); BUDGETWATCH (deliberations :-)); LANGUAGEWATCH (Pronunciation :-)); MAIKU; QUOTATIONS/THOUGHTS/PUNS/RIDDLE ANSWERS

RIDDLES         o  What do elves learn in school?
        o  What do you get when you cross an archer with a gift-wrapper?
   o  What do you call a bunch of grandmasters of chess bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?

===  Vive le CANADA  ===  Dec 9 -- Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada
The unveiling of a sculpture of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada
"On behalf of all Canadians, I am proud to be present for the unveiling of a sculpture of Her Majesty The Queen of Canada, created by Mr. Phil White, which will be integrated into the Sovereigns' Arches in the Senate Foyer.
"This unveiling takes place two days before the 79th anniversary of the Statute of Westminster (1931), a British law that clarified the powers of Canada's Parliament, and that marked a pivotal moment on Canada's road to independence, including the status of the Canadian Crown.
"Canadians have enjoyed a long and special relationship with Her Majesty the Queen, who has come to Canada on 22 occasions since her accession to the throne almost 60 years ago. On her most recent tour in June, Her Majesty had the opportunity to unveil the chosen maquette.
"This sculpture will serve as a reminder of the high esteem in which Canadians hold Her Majesty, especially as we look forward to her Diamond Jubilee in 2012."

===  from the EDITOR'S DESK  ===  Budget; Minutes; Humour
BUDGET -- Don't be spooked!  Zero does NOT mean zero money!  It refers to the tax RATE increase.  Last year had 0% tax rate increase, and the budget was up ~$1M and there was ~$500K surplus!  (see my submission)
Some info on the divisions:
Below, in the Dec 6 ccl mtg notes, you'll see a transcript.  Ever wondered what the Ccl Minutes have?  Here are a couple of examples for you to make a comparison.
G Pajari: "spoke relative to budget concerns and in support of a zero tax rate increase for 2011."
CR (me): "spoke relative to the zero tax rate for 2010 and provided suggestions for the 2011 budget."
+  Some humour -- women irrational?
Dispatches and The Debaters are two of my favourite radio programs -- one int'l info and the other v funny.
Can't help passing on the link for  Sat Dec 04 - Irrational Women & Handshakes 5.11
This week on the Debaters there's a battle of the sexes brewing between Nikki Payne and Simon Rakoff as Simon asserts that women are irrational and Nikki counters with her own facts and funny. Next up....greetings! Specifically the handshake. Has it lost its purpose? What with fistpumps, high fives and secret society finger wags, where does the old handshake stack up? Ron Josol and Darrin Rose will have you slapping your thigh if not your neighbour's, Saturday at 1:00 pm on CBC Radio One.
Play Audio Clip  The Debaters Season 5 Episode 11 (Irrational Women & Handshakes)
===  UPDATES & INFO  ===
+ Howe Sound Lions Club Annual Christmas Tree Sales
Friday Dec 3 - 24 at AMBLESIDE PARK from 9am to 8pm
                   Support the Howe Sound Lions Club AND purchase your Christmas tree at the same time!
+  OPERATION RED NOSE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
FREE, volunteer driving service from 9pm to 3am on Dec ... 17, 18, and 31st.  Volunteers working in teams of three people, will be the designated drivers to escort car owners and their cars home safely.  Donations are welcome.  Call 1 877 604 NOSE.                                                                                                                                                                                                               
===  SUBSCRIBER UPDATE 27a  ===  Dec 9
This brief update (if elsewhere in this newsletter, indicated by [#] so not repeated):
Mtg cancelled Fri [#]; gathering added Sat [#]; viva opera Sat (last perf); budget :-) [#]; qtn/thought/pun [#].  COUNCIL MTG AGENDA main items [#]
== Saturday Dec 11 ~ 7:30pm ~ Last night of Lucia di Lammermoor! Brava!
Just back from Vancouver Opera and, what a performance!  After Lucia's first aria (Act I cavatina) there was a burst of prolonged applause for Eglise Gutierrez -- those high notes were a marvel.  The mad scene was captivating followed by Edgardo (Lucia's love, sung movingly by tenor Michael Fabiano).  I'll spoil it for you.  They're both dead by the end. So well done tonight, there was a standing ovation -- nearly everyone!  I really felt I'd been to the opera.  Reminded me of Europe.
===  SUBSCRIBER UPDATE 27b  ===  included in this issue

===  CALENDAR to Dec 22nd  ===
All mtgs are at M Hall unless indicated otherwise.  NOTE: shown are mtgs known at this date; often there are additions, changes, cancellations after WVM goes out.  Check the DWV Calendar: http://www.westvancouver.ca/Calendar.aspx  .  Notices/mtgs/changes too late for the last WVM or too early for the next one are sent to subscribers as updates.  They then, unfortunately later, appear in the newsletter.
CANCELLED:  == Friday Dec 10  ~ 9am ~ Cmnty Grants Cmte Mtg at Cmnty Ctr
ONGOING:   Dundarave Festival of Lights
Music and lights fill Dundarave Beach for the month of December with a variety of beachside festivities. Bundle up in your warm woollies, grab the whole family and head down to Dundarave to enjoy this fun filled event full of bright lights, decorated trees, live music, and Christmas cheer.  All proceeds are donated to combat homelessness. 
Date: On now to January 6, 2011  Info: www.dundaravefestival.com 
ADDED:  == Saturday Dec 11 ~ 6pm ~  John Weston, MP and The North Shore Leaders Council
                invite you to.... A Special Christmas Gathering -- Dress: Festive attire
Cocktail Reception (Cash Bar) at Larson Station, The Seaview Room, 6190 Marine Drive, WV
In the North Shore Leaders Council mission of supporting John Weston, MP, 
The North Shore Leaders Council and John Weston take great pleasure in welcoming special guest, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Please RSVP at aprilaccola@telus.net  for this fun and informative event.
== Sunday Dec 12  --  Holiday Carolling Celebration
The Village at Park Royal is hosting its first Holiday Carolling Celebration in front of Whole Foods on Sunday, December 12th from 2pm to 3pm. Whole Foods Market will be hosting the SPCA and Santa Paws from 11am to 1:30pm to start the day, and holiday singing group, Noel, will leading us into several holiday favourites afterwards. Stop by for some fun singing, delicious hot chocolate or hot apple cider and delicious treats from Whole Foods Market.
== Tuesday Dec 14  -- Enjoy the Christmas Magic!
Bonfire, Carol Sing-a-long, Festive Treats, Lantern Parade starts at 6pm at St. Monica's
Sponsored by the Horseshoe Bay Business Association
== Thursday Dec 16  ~ 6pm ~ NSh Family Court / Youth Justice Cmte mtg CANCELLED
== Friday Dec 17  ~  3:15pm ~ Concert in the Atrium -- features the West Vancouver Youth Band.
== Saturday Dec 18 ~ 2 - 9pm ~ Christmas Wassail & Bonfire Night; Carol ships about 7:50pm.
== Tuesday Dec 21  ~ 7pm ~ Parks Master Plan WG

+++  WV MEMORIAL LIBRARY +++  www.westvanlibrary.ca/event/calendar.php
+  ONGOING Fridays: Dec 17  --  English Corner  --  10 - 11:30am
        Come practise English Conversation! Free, no registration required.
+  Philosophers' Café -- 10:30am Friday Dec 17
Egoism -- are people interested only in themselves? When they give presents or cards are they really just out to meet their own needs?  No registration required; admission $5.
Music at the Library
          ~ 1:15 -1 :45pm ~ Wednesday December 15; and 11 - 11:15am Thursday December 16
          ~ 2 - 2:30pm ~ Monday December 20; 11 - and 11:15am Tuesday December 21
Music of the Season.  Our piano has returned to the Main Hall and we are excited to make use of it during the month of December. Come in out of the cold, treat yourself to a hot chocolate and listen to some seasonal music.
== Sunday Dec 19  ~ 2pm~
CBC personality Grant Lawrence returns to his old stomping grounds!
Grant Lawrence will entertain with a slideshow presentation and book signing of Adventures In Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound.
 +++  WV MUSEUM  +++  Visit:  http://www.westvanmuseum.blogspot.com/
KAO TANABE  --  October 26 to December 23
Takao Tanabe is one of Canada's most respected artists with a career spanning over six decades. This exhibition profiles a series of new watercolour paintings of the Rocky Mountains in winter alongside a selection of earlier works from the artist's own collection.  For more info about this exhibition, pls visit the Museum website or call 925 7295.
+++  FERRY BUILDING GALLERY  +++ http://ferrybuildinggallery.com ~ 925 7290
+  Nov 19 - Dec 19  --  Great Stuff  --  Christmas Gift & Art Sale
Jewellery, Pottery, Textiles, Cards, Paintings, Prints, Mosaics, and much more...created by 43 local artisans.  One of a kind items just in time for the Christmas shopper!
Great Stuff Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 6pm; Fridays 10am - 8pm
+++ SILK PURSE +++  www.silkpurse.ca
December 2 - 19  --  "Photographic Reflections"
An exhibition of photographic reflections reveals an array of fascinating patterns, intense colours, and organic and geometrical shapes. Photos include scenes of Canada, Europe, and the North Shore, and are presented by photographic artists Gary Eder, Keiko Imaizumi, Niloofar Miri, and Ensieh Rastegar.
Complete list of events: http://kaymeekcentre.com/on_stage/events_calendar
Electronic newsletter: http://kaymeekcentre.weebly.com
Simplest way to get on email list, call 913 3634 or email tickets@kaymeekcentre.com
                        See CULTUREWATCH -- VSO at KMC Dec 18
+++ ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 60, West Vancouver +++
Website: http://www.westvan60.com/  --  ofc: 922 3587; lounge: 922 1920
"Where Volunteers make the difference." Chartered November 17th, 1926
The Winter Issue of "The Torch" is now available
 To view the newsletter, just click the following link for direct access:
 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
COMING EVENTS:  Saturday, December 11th & 18th-Special Meat Draws of Turkeys and Hams
+++  WV CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  +++ http://www.westvanchamber.com
Recovering from Christmas Dinner!
+ Hendry Hall  983 2633  --  Beauty and the Beast, Christmas Pantomime; Dec 3 - 19
+ Vancouver Playhouse ~ www.vancouverplayhouse.com 873 3311
        ~ Noel Coward's Brief Encounter , Nov 27 - Dec 23
+ Arts Club (tel 687 1644)
      It's a Wonderful Life to Jan 2nd (Granville Island Stage)
         White Christmas to Jan 2nd (Stanley Stage)
      Patron Saint of Stanley Park (Revue Stage) Dec 1st to Dec 26
+ Jericho Arts Centre -- Dec 15 - 19
The Comedy Company present a sizzling comedy revue, Christmas Nuts III  (Third Time Lucky), featuring The Cirque du Silly a high-wire Trapeze Act; The Three Tenors; Tammy Whynott and Patsy Cline; Sister Mary Immaculate, the Irish nun; Phil Spector's Christmas Medley; Robert Palmer and Hockey Night in Canada; Stand-up comedy; and the tell-all Full Mounty
                Tickets: $16 - $18 --  CLICK HERE for reservations, or call 604 224 8007, ext. 3
    Calendar of Events: http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/calendar_of_events.html
Also:  http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/e-glance/eglance_sept10.html
Member Discounts at shop.
-  VAG PUBLIC PROGRAMS  --  All Programs free for Members.
- NOW SHOWING: July 1, 2010 - January 3, 2011 -- IN DIALOGUE WITH CARR: Douglas Coupland, Evan Lee, Liz Magor, Marianne Nicolson
For more information on the Gallery's relocation campaign, visit our new relocation website at www.newvanartgallery.com. You can also join the discussion on our Facebook page.
+  VSO  There are just so many great things, pls go to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's website:
        http://www.vancouversymphony.ca/ and choose from all those magic musical offerings.
+++  Traditional Christmas Concerts
The Lower Mainland's most beloved Holiday music tradition! Maestro Bramwell Tovey leads the orchestra and two great choirs (as well as playing the piano!) in a celebration of the Holiday spirit, with carols, Christmas music, and plenty of audience sing-alongs! Maestro Tovey's arrangements of popular Christmas songs have become legendary crowd-pleasers over the years, and if you have yet to experience them, then don't miss out this Holiday Season! And, Vancouver's very own Bard, Christopher Gaze, narrates special, heartwarming and humorous Christmas stories.
Centennial Theatre: 4pm and 7:30pm Dec 17th; Kay Meek Theatre: 4pm and 7:30pm Dec 18th
Please click here for all the details.
+++  Vivaldi's FOUR SEASONS at Chan Ctr UBC; 8pm Fri/Sat Dec 17/18 -- 876 3434
Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D Major; Telemann: Don Quixote Suite; Vivaldi: Four Seasons
Dale Barltrop, Leader/Violin; Alessandro Juliani, Narrator (of Don Quixote)
+ EARLY MUSIC VANCOUVER --  40th Anniversary Season
Early Music Vancouver -- 1254 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver BC   V6H 1B6
T: 604 732-1610  F: 604 732-1602  E: staff@earlymusic.bc.ca  W: www.earlymusic.bc.ca
Why do Bach's cantatas, each composed for a specific religious service, continue to be performed and appreciated by audiences 300 years later, and in contexts and circumstances far removed from those of Bach's time? This talk will explore why we go to a concert hall to hear music composed for the church, and why Bach's cantatas have a universality that goes far beyond their original purpose, with specific attention to the four cantatas being performed at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, on Wednesday, December 22.
Co-presented by Early Music Vancouver and the Vancouver Public Library.
For more info on the "Early Music in Context" lecture series, please visit: http://www.earlymusic.bc.ca/O-LibraryLectures.html
* PHOTOGRAPHY  Caroun Art Gallery (CAG), www.Caroun.net
December 1 - 31 from noon to 8pm -- "New Year Art & Craft Sale"
                                                 Painting, Calligraphy, Photographs, different Crafts (gifts)

===  COUNCIL MTG NOTES Dec 6th ===
6pm in MHall Main Floor Conference Room; 7pm ccl mtg in chamber
At 6pm the reg cci mtg will commence in open session and be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public .
6:00 PM
RECOMMENDED: In the public interest, members of the public excluded from part of the Dec 6th 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;
(c)  labour relations or other employee relations;
(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;
(f)  law enforcement, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the conduct of an investigation under or enforcement of an enactment;
(g)  litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality; and
(k)  negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.
7:00 PM
Mayor: wd like to call to order, if I cd
in five years, I've never used the gavel, and I'm not going to start now.
Welcome to our ccl mtg; full agenda, wonderful to see so many mbrs of the public here
Awards WV received in the past week
first presentation by Chief Constable Lepine, in recognition of Constable James Hudson and his medal of valour wch he was presented in Govt House recently
Chief: my distinct honour to introduce Constable Hudson
joined WVPD in 2005; prior to joining he was employed by DWV as an outdoor recreation program coordinator; also worked as a part-time ski instructor up Cypress
in 2007 he was selected for the position of canine-handler and was assigned to police services dog Kaden
Const Hudson is an avid mtn-biker, and as a result of his passion for this area he was awarded a gold medal in mtn-bike slalom in the 2009 World Police and Fire Games
We're here to honour Const Hudson for a specific incident this evening.
On Sept 13, 2009, he responded to a report of a drowning man in the Capilano River.
{impressive story.  Briefly -- a man in distress, two had tried to save him, Hudson swam out and swam back in the swift-flowing dangerous water with the man on his back where he and others performed CPR till ambulance arrived.  The man (and the other two) now fully recovered.  The medal was given at the ceremony Nov 13 by Lieutenant Governor Steven Point.}
We are proud of him.... valiant, risked his own life to save another mbr of this cmnty/
J Hudson: great to be here, awarded this medal, overwhelming; app everyone's support
my family is really proud of me.
we take risks in our job and that's what we joined up to do and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
The man survived and the other two heroes as well
Mayor: tyvm and point of pride you started off at the Gleneagles Cmnty Ctr.....
aspired to be on police force, make us so proud, we're thrilled
both WVPD and M awards at Justice Institute's gala last week, for ensuring the security of all at the Olympic Games; only four awards given
{Mayor read a bit from the remarks}
historic in our country
integrated RCMP, Cdn Forces, VPD, and WVPD; hosted games, small local force still ran cmnty [as well]
204K ppl accredited, over 1M cu ft of air space controlled, 90K flights monitored for 43 days, ......
2M spectators screened by private security
35 int'l protected persons, .....
serve well into future
quite an honour and pleased to be there on your behalf
again, thank you, Chief Lepine and team
Evison wd like to acknowledge an outstanding volunteer
Ev: good things come in packages of three
NSEMO, tri-M ofc; I'm a director on behalf of WV
make announcement .... lifetime award to Lori Bean (sp?)
extensive foundation ESS leaders in the region
signif contribs in NSh and throughout prov
awarded by xxx service of BC
Mayor: finally Cclr Smith
MS: pleasure to announce on Nov 5 WV Cmnty Ctr received a prestigious world architecture festival award for ppl with disabilities, excellent example for access to all citizens
I see Barbara Brink and others here
Mayor: part of the vision to make access and inclusion front and ctr
WV is leading in that regard.
        amended: adding to Item 11
6.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES -- as circulated:
Nov 15, 2010 Regular Council Mtg; Nov 22, 2010 Special Council Mtg; and Nov 25, 2010 Special Council Mtg.
7.  2011 Proposed Budget (File:  0860-01)  --  Information to be provided.
Mayor: ambitious agenda; ongoing discussion wrt Budget; Ccl listen, take, and staff
next year xxx, and come back in January
Ms Leemhuis has some brief corrections from prev
NL, Dir/Fin: appreciation to cmnty who have contributed, feedback
look fwd to engaging with cmnty and into 2011; diverse vibrant and involved cmnty
one item required clarification re WVMEA; increments as part of negotiated contracts
five-yr contract: for 2008 it was 3%; 2009 was 3.5%; 2010 and 2011 are 4%; and the 2012 year will be based on the settlement of four M MetroV wage settlements; patterned after those.
look forward to hearing from Ccl and the cmnty.
{NB folks, keep in mind the 2008 CPI was 2.1%, 2009 was 0%; further more non-union wages in Canada went up by 1.5% in the year ending Nov 2010.}
Heather Johnston: moved here from Seattle two and half years ago and we get so much more here and pay less prop tax
enormously impressed; if you have to raise taxes a little bit now, we're happy to pay it.
Mayor: Welcome to WV
Gordon Ward Hall: [ADRA Prez, TEXT SUPPLIED]
     It is disappointing that an inflammatory e-mail is circulating stating that a "special interest group is influencing Council with phony logic, faulty accounting, and outright lies".   The e-mail further claims that if a zero tax rate increase is approved, all sorts of services will have to be cut.   It also claims that ITAC controls four members of Council on financial issues, inferring that these four councillors are not capable of analyzing and making independent decisions on the budget.   This sort of e-mail is divisive and counterproductive.   Rather, we should be working together to provide input to Council to come up with the best decisions for our community.
     I would like to go back to last year's budget review when the first staff presentation called for a 2.68% tax rate increase (compared to the 2.35% proposed by staff for this year).  After much discussion and a couple of rewrites, Council voted for a zero tax rate increase.   The 2010 year-end forecasted costs are approximately $500,000 below the budget.  So not only was there a zero tax rate increase, but the District will have a surplus at year-end.  Council and staff are to be congratulated for this result.
     ADRA made similar budget proposals for last year and this year, namely a zero tax rate increase, a reduction in operating expenses, and no cuts in services. It is our view that the District's operating costs are too high and can and should be reduced without affecting the provision of services.
     Statistics on these high and increasing operating costs were presented to Council at the last budget meetings and confirmed in a report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business issued December 2010.  This report shows that West Vancouver has the third highest operating costs per capita among the larger municipalities in the Province and had a 52.3% increase between 2000 and 2008, again one of the highest in the Province.  
     CFBI states: -  "municipal operating expenses continue to increase at an unsustainably high rate, an average of 201% faster than population growth".
(Note that West Vancouver's increase was 319%).   CFBI continues: --
"This continued overspending is financed mostly through substantial increases in property tax revenues and user fees" .........  "If municipalities continue to spend at rates double that of population and inflation growth the sustainability of the programs and services these programs fund will be in jeopardy - taxpayer paycheques are simply not increasing at an equal rate".
     There should be no doubt now that West Vancouver's operating costs are high and that they have been increasing by three times the sum of the rate of inflation and population growth for the last ten years.
     We cannot continue to cover the ever-rising costs with higher taxes and user fees based on the assumption that West Vancouver residents are wealthy.  Rather we must recognize the increasing percentage of seniors and other residents whose income has actually decreased in the past few years.
     As there have been major cost increases over the last few years it should be possible to reduce them without cutting any services.   We recognize there is a conundrum.   Do we reduce costs or taxes first?  We believe there should be no increase in taxes first.   There are incidental costs that can be reduced, as was done last year, to achieve a zero tax rate increase while Council and Management undertake the harder task of reducing operating costs without affecting the provision of services.
     The final result of a reduction in operating costs is that not only will there be no tax rate increase but [also] it will allow provision to be made each year for the unavoidable and expensive replacement of our infrastructure.
     We conclude by reminding everyone that there is going to be an increase in the rates for the provision of utility services that will amount to approximately a 3% increase in property taxes.  I've been told it's much higher, but I believe it's about 3% is about right.
Thank you   
Rhonda Mailey:  We are blessed to live in this cmnty, world class; amenities second to none
look at zero per cent based budget and say, what? how? what are we going to give up?
{Alarm bells: it's not a zero per cent based budget, it's not a zero budget -- so again another person worried about an amt less than is being proposed by a zero per cent tax rate increase.}
won't enjoy flowers, banners? change so playing fields not attended to as they are? snow removal a big issue
doesn't seem realistic
as a taxpayer and a businesswoman, I'm all for for responsible and fiscal budget -- zero per cent doesn't make any sense at all
{it's not zero!  Anyway, found out later that this speaker is the wife of the campaign team writer who wrote the fear-factor email several speakers referred to saying with zero possibly Library wd hv to be closed one day a week, flower baskets/playing fields affected, etc}
Jan Obertas: as others attested to; feel privileged to live in this cmnty as well, commend all of you for improvements; WV one of the most amazing places to live
appreciate how fiscally responsible all of you have been in the past
as biz owner realize how difficult to operate with or the potential of a zero budget
feel for seniors, ppl on limited income; believe in govt we've elected and you will be responsible with our money, and if there is to be an increase, I wd support if needed
{Apparently another who believe the "zero" means the budget will not increase, but in fact it did, b/c it's the RATE, not the amount so clearly this is contributing to some ppl's alarm.}
[7:29] Keith Pople: director of ADRA  [TEXT NOT RECEIVED]
want to speak about ITAC's submission and confirm Mr Ward Hall's recommendation
increase in overall op costs and salaries cited by ITAC on Nov 22 concerning to me
Comparison made over five-yr period with popn growth
following week an article written by Jeff Lee in VSun re CFIB used the same rationale as ITAC
several cities vastly overspending and approaching financial unsustainability
have also seen Dean Mailey's emotional email endeavouring to discredit ITAC's submission to Ccl.  Mr Mailey's email contains sev inaccuracies and ridiculous statements; circulated by Barbara Brink as she said to her vast email database.
Mayor: Excuse me, I do think, for all of us, better to keep ppl's names out of it.  The content is fine, but I think out of respect for one another in general.
{Most of us did omit names but the public shd know that D Mailey was on the Mayor's campaign and of course B Brink was appointed by Ccl.}
KP: a great deal of time and thoughtful analysis went into ITAC's verbal presentation on Nov 22 and their letters to Mayor and Ccl.  I believe they have provided a useful service and information for the WV residents and I respectfully suggest that Ccl give serious consideration to the information and recommendations.  I feel the 0% tax increase recommended by ITAC and by ADRA can be achieved without suffering any loss of the services we're presently enjoying.  Thank you.
[7:31] Alex Tunner: technology; I have 43 pages of statistics
First of all, wd like to echo some comments; exceptional place we live in although comments critical, actually meant to be constructive.
often say, those of us here won a winning lottery
compliment Mayor and Ccl, new DirFin for initiatives
our slogan is to lead by example so we've got two problems.
One, our costs have gradually drifted out of line
and reference has been made to the "Trojan horse" memo, actually I think what has happened is that over the years, one might say there were some Trojan porkies that have drifted into the system and have been consuming the energies of the staff and resources of the citizenry
Costs are out of line
Second, concern about infrastructure needs, rebuilding of sewers and so on. MetroV charges
annual reports excellent; always improvements possible; metrics and measurements of performance
sometimes app some footnotes as the goalposts move; utility costs.....
bothered us a little bit V4S WG -- wanted consolidated financial stmts
do have an award, Cdn, financial reports but there's distinguished budget award wch mandates consolidated
not quite there yet
element of confusion; between op and utility how dealt with
performance numbers
Vancouver Sun survey; x number earning more than $75K
[slide 7:36]
chart is a rubber ruler; just says increase; some Ms include utility costs
WV taxes high b/c no industry
West Vancouver Council - Mon. Dec. 6, 2010 -- Alex Tunner, P.Eng.
GREAT PLACE  -  WELL RUN  ...  (We're Winners in Lottery of Life)
2008/CAPITA:  W-VAN = $1800,  METRO = $1300,  BC = $1200
STAFF/1000, EARN > $75,000:   W-Van = 2.77,  METRO = 1.55  ?
CRISES ??  -  ALARM ON COUNCIL & IN PRESS  ...  "66%"  ...
New Construction = 1.25% of Previous Year End  (Actual Range = 1.5-2%).Cumulative New Construction, Effective 2009.
Allocation of New Construction to the Infrastructure Fund = 40% (Initially).
In Practice, the Allocation % would vary, in line with circumstances.
Note that 40% of 1.25% = 0.50%  -  that's a tiny re-allocation of Property Taxes.   
The aim here was to show a possible way of dealing with three "Crises" facing West Vancouver, via an Infrastructure Fund built-up by accumulating a fraction of each year's New Construction to provide a "new revenue base".
The three Crises are:
West Van's excessive operating costs (well documented);
The large future costs required to renew the District's aging infrastructure;
The large costs anticipated from TransLink and Metro Vancouver services.
The Infrastructure Fund would:
Slightly reduce the Property Tax revenues flowing into General Operations, thereby fostering gradual cost reductions.  
Provide a revenue base for meeting the future costs of infrastructure renewal, Metro Vancouver services and TransLink. 
Mayor: I allowed Mr Ward Hall a bit more time; nearly finished?
AT: a bit more
no pension plan for infrastructure
all taxes on to user pay
why current method, all prop taxes into. instead of utilities
look at infrastructure a diff way
I call it a pension plan
[7:39]  Chart ... 40% of new construction, put it toward infrastructure
in closing like to say, imp to sit down and examine the assumptions on wch we're .... our costs
general constraint on gen fund; long-term strategy
ML: are you talking about 40% of the taxes on net new construction?
AT: yes
Mayor: we get it
AT: half of one per cent
Mayor: you'll provide them
AT: will send out tonight
[7:41] Nicole Navarrete: three chn, nine, five, and two; support tax rate increase
opening two child care ctrs last year
understand seniors 25% on fixed income; need to maintain service level to them as well
[7:43] George Pajari: [TEXT SUPPLIED]
Your Worship and Councillors -- thank you for the opportunity to speak to you and the community
tonight about the critical decisions facing you with respect to the budget.
   It seems that a very misleading email has been circulating suggesting that a 0% tax rate [increase] is irresponsible. Some have referred to this letter [email] as the Trojan Horse letter. I decline to do so as the Trojan Horse required some intelligence to put together.
   I only have three minutes to try to explain why 0%, I believe, is your only option; and I beg your indulgence that with three minutes I do not have time to praise the many great things Council and staff have accomplished and will, perforce, concentrate on the arguments why 0% is important.
   Normally I would not waste my time on this if it were not for the fact it was written by a former campaign communications director and endorsed by the Chair of the Community Centres.
   This message states "An overwhelming majority of residents want more, not less, in the way of services." Yet the most recent Synovate survey showed that only 7% of residents are willing to pay for more services. If one believes 7% is overwhelmingly greater than 50%, how seriously can we take the [his] other points on the budget?
   Now to the allegation that 0% is not responsible.
   I ask you, is it responsible for the Library Board to spend $40,000 on custom furniture with inlaid veneer carved to match the pattern in the carpet, while turning down $4,000 for the complete works of Shakespeare on DVD?
   Is it responsible for the Municipality to hand a blank cheque to Telus for a new phone system contract that was not tendered and that cost several times what another Lower Mainland municipality spent for a comparable phone system?
   Is it responsible to establish a reserve fund and promise the community that you would not touch the money in that fund below a certain level, and yet, when Victoria amended the legislation allowing you to break your promise, you had your arms in the piggy bank up to your elbows until the municipal auditor told you to come clean and tell the community that the promise was fiction and the fund had been seriously depleted?
   In short, in some of the areas of the Municipality I have direct experience, I see waste, extravagance, and a contempt for the community that beggars belief.
   And then we have salaries. Some departments have combined their 3-4% increase in salaries with bumping staff up the ladder resulting in total salary increases closer to 10%. Go down to the community centre, ask those on fixed incomes how many have seen their pensions go up 10%. Ask the people sitting behind me how many had their incomes 10% more this year.
   So back to the claim that 0% is unsustainable. Perhaps in the long run, but so is the waste, extravagance, and ridiculous salary increases that appear to go on year after year. So I would argue that as long as you are increasing salaries several times faster than the incomes of your ratepayers, so long as you are wasting hundreds of thousands on untendered contracts, and tens of thousands matching your furniture to your carpets, and as long as you tell residents one thing about a reserve fund and do another, 0% is appropriate until such time as you can get a handle on these problems.
   Indeed, anything more than 0% would be irresponsible.
Thank you.
Mayor: Next is--
{stopped by applause; then unintelligible comment}
--yeah, I really can't accept the comment that anybody in this room, or in the broad cmnty, has anything but the utmost respect for the cmnty we live in and represent.
{ -- separate from profligate spending?}
Now, Maggie Pappas
Maggie Pappas: I concur with your conclusion
ev in this room respects this cmnty otherwise we wdn't be here
for myself; speaking to all of you; reason
Cclr Smith said something xxxx
I, Marley, Sop, Panz....  we all are right ... this is a great cmnty
in politics ...  need to look for a better economy, of course
yes....  ....eliminate (?)
can we expect experts, months, year financials
shd accept +2.35%, ... cost us more money in the long run
lead dialogue; majority of the public.....
you must lead; listen to the majority of the public
survey after survey, xxx ...  as they are; don't want them neglected
gain is less than $100 a year; few wd give up  [a dinner out]
let's be reasonable, collectively, collaboratively
this is...  don't move quickly; best interests
[7:50] KSteig: [TEXT SUPPLIED]
Most of you already know what I will say tonight because I say pretty much the same thing about the budget every year. 
West Vancouver's parks and natural areas are its most important assets. They are unique and irreplaceable and they are the reason why many of us feel fortunate to live here.
With respect, I urge you to ensure that there are sufficient funds in the 2011 budget to continue the work of the Parks Master Planning Working Group and to follow through on recommendations that may be made by this group toward parks and natural areas protection.
And to ensure that there are sufficient funds to continue and improve on invasive alien plants control in the District.
And to ensure that there are sufficient staff members to work with the community in the community's own important volunteer work in parks and natural areas protection, including invasive plants control.  Maintaining good communication between staff and volunteers is key to successful community stewardship programs.
Letting our parks and natural areas deteriorate due to lack of funds will be more costly in the long run.
Thank you for listening.
Speaking again for parks and protection
Mayor: Carolanne Reynolds  --  and that concludes my list in case anybody else wishes to speak, then pls sign the list.
CR:  Editor, West Van Matters
One might be amused were it not so appalling to receive an email full of distortions and threats; and from ppl one might expect to be well-informed.
Let's get some terms and facts straight.
Many appear to interpret 'zero' as the same amount each year.
This lack of understanding is what has led some to say zero unsustainable -- and amazingly not to realize the converse is true: salaries rising 4% per year, wch is 22% over five years, is unsustainable as well.
Anyway, not what meant, and indeed NOT what happened last year.
The term is a zero percentage TAX RATE increase.
Last year, revenues increased ~$1M and the anticipated surplus for this year is ~$500K.
That's a result of Ccl's having been responsible and passed a zero per cent tax rate increase, and staff's having been careful.
I'd say a success story all round!
And we can do it again.
Residents' incomes decreased by 9 to 30%, so I think we ought to try -- b/c we're not really looking at 2.35%, we're looking at the 7, 11, and 13% in utilities as well, but that does mean, I understand, ~8% for us.

{CLARIFICATION: did want to verify this so did more checking after the mtg.  Although a cclr had told me 7% as the first, and had confirmed it, the Dir of Engg said that the first of the three increase figures was 5%.  Also, the budget/cost/amt for utilities for 2011 will be 8% more than for 2010.  Obviously the increase to each homeowner varies since usage-based.}

No doubt those who enjoy subsidized services want them to continue, even expand.
No doubt citizens enjoy this quality of life.
No doubt staff ought to be well-paid -- and they already are compared with the private sector
Staff costs are over 80% of the Operating Budget, so let's look at that.
At the last mtg I asked who negotiated the collective agreements and how -- still waiting for an answer.  If it's Human Resources, and management gets the same raise, staff setting its own salaries is not a recipe for restraint.
Some time ago I asked if contracts go to tender, and above what amt, but got a confused reply wch I hope the new Director of Finance will clarify.
It wd be helpful to get the budget binders we used to get; made it easier to provide concrete suggestions of where savings can be made -- and some were even taken!
As for salaries, many think of time as money, and some prefer time.
Many ppl prefer more time off rather than a higher income, esp if they're already making more than $80 or $100K a year.
Some prefer to spend more time with their families or travelling.
Some might want to take a cut of, for example 20%, and work four days a week instead of five.  Some maybe cd take a longer holiday or several shorter ones.
We can generate more revenue -- outsourcing and already, I understand, discussions for partnerships wch will lower costs.
As for cuts, the BSC (Balanced Scorecard) provides status; wd be helpful if dollar figures were given; and confusing to see a priority is to support the Amb Biz Assn -- at what cost? why?
So let's get back to having a roundtable discussion given departmental info so realistic and practical solutions can be found.
um, I started to begin to think, listening to this, that we shd have the "Goldilocks" decision -- not too much, not too hot, [and] not too little, not too cold.  Let's work together and get it just right.
[7:55]  David Marley: keep emotion out
will provide [info/stats/figs]; started a few years ago
everyone has right to own opinions but not to own facts
good luck with your debate
Barb Pettit: director of WRA, but speaking personally; the board is hopelessly split
don't know what's going on in other cities
prop taxes higher {in the Cariboo??? did she mean mill rates?}
[8pm] Mayor: no other speakers; when we get to January more
really great public input we've had; agree with turnout; speak freely without being intimidated
staff 2.35% their best professional advice
will go to Cclr Walker as Chair of Fin Cmte; objective for staff to come forward next week
SW: interesting, controversial; good to hear both sides; thank staff
couple of things into consideration
watched 60 Minutes last night, with Ben Bernanke
$ to sustain
something to take into consideration
responsibilities in managing the public purse
when I ran for Ccl I really wanted to be financially prudent
beginning to realize takes much more to run a M
want to understand the increase in staffing figs over past five years
640 in 2004, now to 740 to date
[increase] about $20M in our Operating fund
part of the info coming forward; slight increase in admin fees
starting to look at an e-service level
minor, but creep; next week talk about where it's at
opp with special events; never before had fees for ppl having events
create a new revenue source
have to look for alternative venues; can't keep relying on prop taxes
shd be considering the subsidies we're offering
hesitate to say this but Barbara Brink and Cmnty Bd won't be happy with me
Residents have paid millions and millions for the facility
and we offer, regardless where from
creates rev, if can increase, shd
at some point we have to look at various ways to create revenues
slight amt of admin support for WGs
have no WGs for 2012 --none I believe?
        {think she means 2011}
had so many great reports from WG, sitting on shelf
look at plans; shd look at Transp, and Arts & Culture 2006 [report]
wd like to eliminate some of the studies allocated for next year
a lot of work wrt 1300block and moving Police Stn to here on the civic site
the Balanced Score Card shows myriad, need to be focused
that Amb Revitalization, can create a lot of new rev from densification and new bldgs
sense of attrition; where the extra 100 employees over past years
good recommendations from ITAC
Pappas good, look at balance
Mayor:  recommendations for reducing the budget?
SW: 2.35% is the beginning, can look further; no need to cut services
opp to gain rev in other areas; no extra burden
utilities have increased already
misnomer 2.35% b/c utilities coming from same payer
Sop: set the record straight
been xxx called a lot of things, even invasive species, but not been called a horse in somebody's stable
2 inches thick; upgrade in reading glasses!
look at deficit spending
time warp we cannot continue on; it will break some day; we have to be cognisant of that
I spent a couple of hours with Ms Leemhuis
opp incredible job on financial reform
next 10, 20, 50 years I won't be here but will have been here when started
for all of those that say services wd go down, you're welcome to your opinion
but that's not correct; will not see it decline
not going to xxxx Library; not move ....
prioritization of what has to be done in a given year
look at increase over year $992K, that taxpayer can adhere to
increase in prop tax
compare the inc in the labour costs, $2,595,000
clear District faced
$1.6M annually and continue to grow
graphs  -- constant percentage of 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7%, all we've ever seen
almost all staff [are] wage increases
somewhere along the line we have to draw some lines in the sand
see sev areas that cd bring us to [zero], some can't discuss with you b/c have to be done in camera
staff look at our summations?
look at with Ccl in camera
look at our obligations, never-ending story
in long run, will be better off
last year, no major disruption
my view, and I'll move a zero increase in taxation
and look to them to resolve, and here's some new direction
opp with new find officer new XXXX 8:15
Mayor: have given you
Mayor: anything you cd share publicly?
Sop: gone over with Ms Leemhuis
line items; $52K from cemetery; Library [8:16]
from general to golf; thought were going to do a biz plan
$127K in admin fees
there's $180K right there
civic site landscaping -- it's clean, etc -- do we really have to spend $57K on landscaping around an area already nice
I have more, that's $2.1M
thought of it long and hard; talked to other cclrs
am certain we can find without affecting services
new reform time
easy to do if all on side
for those objecting to zero
hard to think saving money a negative
walked around so often heard, keep our taxes down.
somehow a negative to do that?
Mayor: maybe a couple of corrections, NL and AM?
NL: commend Cclr Sop particularly going forward
two items wrt cemetery and golf, recommendation to our general fund so work to our benefit
Mayor: they're revenue-generating
Sop: as long as it stays within the biz plan of the cemetery; what is the shift?
NL: go
ML: so goes to
Sop: my point shd stay in
look at golf, cemetery -- pay for all upkeep, don't have to go to taxpayer
surplus not staying in to help
NL: in the doc is what is proposed
AM: wanted to explain
civic ctr landscaping wrt access and safety; ACDI suggested upgrades
ML: Gleneagles?
AM: [no,] my apologies [8:21]
ML: zero per cent tax increase is not a mantra; its a method to try to ensure this M is supplying services in way xxx [8:22]
equally inarticulate -5%, xxx
we truly need metrics that can measure; need to push back; I believe room for improvement
don't want to get to section 4, able to pay for it
go through the budget doc, try to be brief but specific
$695K being proposed -- all good initiatives
not suggesting not doing them, perhaps our ab to pay means spread them over two years instead of two
potential of saving in just that one category $305K
about 12 pages dealing with infrastructure and mtnce progs; summary
first page has a $6.7M fund, that's where all the little projects; that's where you find Cclr Sop's $57K for landscaping for western rec ctr; all sorts of things
don't have to go far to ask questions
$360K for desktop PC replacements; don't know how old; don't know cost per unit; I'm buying PCs for an ofc I'm associated with, and I'm only paying $500 each; I can buy an awful lot of PCs for $306K {not 360???}
do they even need replacing? are they broken?
can go over and over; don't want to bore Cclr Smith; go line by line if necessary
the reality is that without going too far, can save another $1.5M
those two together have already negated the proposed increase
and haven't stopped anything, haven't touched the Library, the rec ctr, haven't stopped anything, going to have the hanging baskets,  ...  Library's going to get a new roof ... all's well in the world
as stewards of the public purse; pretty cognisant spending the public purse, want to do it carefully
can do better; don't need to jeopardize
couple of examples
budget item $242K for emergency power supply for city hall
honest to God, lights go out for a few hours not going to be the end of the world
talking about redoing civic site anyway, seems to me springboard those two projs together
how much detail do we want to go into?
do believe we're more than capable of reducing the op budget expense component without jeopardizing in any way any of the services we have, and also even enhancing
in fact, many of these are enhancements, improving to waterfront props
Klee Wyck relocn for arts and culture groups
don't see any reason can't go forward with these
just need discretion; don't want to go into detail but I have a little trouble understanding $60K for a Police car when called an internal car
Mayor: I do
ML: you can share that with us
little bit of trouble spending $125K for a service van -- maybe do a bit better going down to the auto mall!
I'll leave it there; I supplied these, happy to go into more detail, leave it to rest of Ccl
Mayor: thank you for being specific
anyone want to comment for instance on the $360K for the desktop laptop pricing?
NL: had already deferred not once but twice
evergreening ...  last year funds to refresh all, but didn't do it for various reasons
technology changing; reviewing diff technologies
they're coming up 5 1/2 years old
not a great proponent either of replacing all of them all at once but efficiencies of doing them that way
ML: so half, $180K quite workable
Mayor: you have a comment on that?
NL: in a lot of cases what seems reasonable isn't always
imaging re all of our networks and platforms and software
more efficient to do that once rather than over six to eight months' time
advantage of volume discounts
{$500 each pretty low; with those high numbers being bought, possibly still highest discount even if half this year and half next.} 
ML: wd really like to have a sense staff on board looking for efficiencies as opposed to quite honestly spending their time finding out why we can't do things
$180K at $500 a machine is 360 units; I'm hardpressed that we can't do better
think it merits discussion
CAO: I take exception to that comment; staff have been working their butts off for last number of years for efficiencies, continue to
accomplished and dealt with ev Ccl recommendation
if questions, we'll come back next week and defend every dollar
take exception that we're not looking at efficiencies
difficult to accept that we don't
{hm, "take exception"? normally calm-spoken.  "defend every dollar"? almost sounds stubborn and won't back down from 2.35% even with many urging to.  Defensive/sensitive?  Am sure been looking at efficiencies, but being nudged to find more, that's all.}
Mayor: you'll give us that list, good starting list for discussion
ML: they have it
Mayor: all Ccl will be able to have it as well
the police car is a dog-handling; already over its amt of kms it shd have
by the time replaced will have extended its life by 30%
no truck ppl have their dogs in; it's a middle size
instead of a car per handler wch wd be four, we have two
kind of thing really critical when someone is lost on the mtn
trying to make do
ML: cd we do as I said, maybe $40K for a new car instead of $60K
Mayor: don't use a suburban, use a Tahoe, I don't get into that detail; will work through, Police Bd Rec
thank you for your suggestions
[8:32] MS: shd set the record straight, I wasn't sighing, I was practising my yoga breathing
{to laughter}
ML: any more relaxed you'd be asleep
MS: remarks ... all made valid points
these ecic times, for cutting taxes, not just zero; case for maintaining services
don't want to
to look at 2.35%, have to say, our staff a v good budget compared with other Ms
others higher
look at, say we've done a pretty good job
like many constantly have to look at ways of doing better
as stated, zero is a misnomer
4.4% increase, this year, nearly 2% and this budget a 5.5%? increase
inflation rate 1.2%  difficult to justify 5.9%
keep hearing efficiencies; can't save $1M by fewer paper clips
step up and say what to cut
not going to leave it to staff, b/c I might not like what they do
new Librarian, give her a year
Cclr Panz has a new Parks WG, give her xxx to do that
AMooi, new, great strides recovery rates
so I don't favour any cuts in that area
but ... I'm happy to make public where cuts
IMO we cannot justify $435K for increasing over and above the 2.5% received Dec 31st 2009
we've come to the point labour negotiations, involved in all my life; and budgetary considerations, key
say to Fire Dept, you've had a 2.5%; last ten years, wages gone up double the rate of inflation; no more funding
if forced by arbitration, will reduce staff, no choice
with three other votes, a $400K reduction
say it before and again; show some leadership, how can we have a 4.3% increase in our expense line, not acceptable how can we lead by example?
consistent; in 1982 when I first ran for sch bd, my finances diff from now
serve on sch bd; cmnty service; two daughters; $4K pay for my brochure and gas and mtgs
30 yrs swung around, now got ccl mbrs tripping off to China and Philippines
Mayor: not this Ccl
MS: not on this Ccl but--
Sop: --careful, careful
Mayor: I have to sell you on a ferry ride to Victoria
MS: a third of our stipend so tax-free for expenses so why? no sense
Sop: that's all you've got on the budget?
incredibly, we've got lowest salaries in Lower Mainland, in prov
Mayor: I'll come back to you
Sop: great
MS: just nicely getting going; seriously lead by example
Sop: I've led by Ccl for 15 years that I've been on this Ccl, let me tell you that
if that's all you got
MS: as a point of order, Madam Clerk, am I not entitled to speak without being interrupted, I think that's our ccl procedure
Sop: my apologies
Mayor: address that to me
[8:39] MS: hard to keep my train of thought when I keep getting interrupted
I really do think -- can't we even hold our own expense line to zero; that's going to save us $30K or something
further cuts:
$100K in strategic plan initiatives; ped study for $20K -- can't accept we don't have staff that can do that
$30K for 2012 centennial celebration, I'm not in favour of
I attended 75th anniversary dinner (WV celebration); looked around; who gets to anoint these 300 ppl to eat and drink at taxpayers' expense?
if have celebration, shd be open to the cmnty, find a sponsor; shd be at no cost so there's $30K that shd come out
$20K for ecic viability study; $30K for clerical support for WGs -- think we've got enough clerical support without doing that
then legal fees -- $390K on legal fees in 2010
ev biz will tell you first thing try to cut everyone will say is legal fees b/c pay an inordinate amt for what is essentially a clerical function
so how we can justify $250K to legal fees for 2011?
if related to a devt, the devpr shd be paying the legal fees
my observation, in my five years, this Ccl, runs to our lawyers at ev drop of the hat; gotta stop  -- $250K and $390K last year!
and as Cclr Walker keeps bringing up, can't keep shirking fact
trying to be good nbrs, but more living in NV than WV, bldg like mad,  and unless they want to look at the coal piles they come over here, seawalk, cmnty ctr, aq ctr
can't hide heads in sand; attract revs from parking or raise rates for out of M attendees
more of them than us; can't be a recreation mecca for NV
guess I've taken enough time
one more item-- last mtg, we had our Fire Chief stand up and say cd save money, over $1M, if three Ms got together with their ladder trucks -- all three bought one for over $1M, and they're not needed; cd get by with two, maybe one.
all 21 elected M officials not looking -- alternatives? share services
there's over $1M tax money, maybe more, piffled away b/c elected officials not doing their job
got another $360K for a replacement truck -- we've got four and two spares, surely can work with other two NVs; spares
I have a lot more trucks than WVFD, no spares, and if one of the drivers books the truck off, they don't work the next day; pretty powerful incentive to keep the truck on the road
need to look at all of these things
Cclr Sop is right; have to find path through the maze, look at better solutions; be innovative and creative
we have the City of Vanc, darlings of the Left, have now two-man vehicles for their Fire Dept,  going out on medical calls
talked to one of their cclrs, trying new innovative ways; why happening in Vanc and not in WV?
time to roll up our sleeves realize public money and start respecting it
look at both sides
[mumble 8:44]
Ev: worries me we have these debates at this time of year; one minute to midnight
this is the kind of debate, essential to have at the beginning of the cycle not the end
{yes, quite right, Ev (but we learn there will be more info/input in January).  For the record, in early 2009 when appointing ppl to a Finance WG to look at Budget 2009 not yet passed, answer was no, pass it and start on 2010 in June (2009). 
Did they in 2009? No.  Did they this year, 2010 for 2011? No.
Why did Ccl not remind staff this is what was said or was Ccl oblivious or not pushing for a start in June this year?} 
if not careful, go away for 12 months and made same mistakes again
what has impressed me, diligence staff has put together we have led them to believe we want
at the end sometimes not what we wanted
shd build
recogn the good things we've done
not easy to compare but do, our parks and rec with another, and often don't have all of the facts
wd like to review in detail at beginning of the year
not in knee-jerk reaction, good points raised by my colleagues and mbrs of the public
at the expense of some depts
we have a new director, in particular, we have some strengths in that dept; if not careful going to ruin what we started.
Mayor asked if any specific areas; staff have been diligent, not to say can't find more
I'd look at some infrastructure -- do we need half a new fire engine?
$250K on a new rail crossing?
between the two, half a million dollars
much has been said by other mbrs of ccl before me
[8:48] TP: love this time of year; incredible suggestions, listen to all
v supportive of the budgets that have been brought forward by staff; fairly supportive of this one too but I have some suggestions too
a couple of points beforehand
ea division was made to do a division summary, made public....
first time Dir/Fin as done that
new Dir/Fin; good work, support
it does not mean can't have efficiencies
get a little bit concerned we spend a lot of time; then sidetracked
obviously with the Parks WG, we haven't looked at that for 33 years, just one example
looking forward to recommendations
our Parks suffered with being conservative with tax increases over the last years
heard wanted addressed
invasive species, stewardship
look at infrastructure
ev contributes every day, don't think we shd forget that
our staff has done a good job; huge challenge
commitments to those till 2012
to next Ccl when contracts come forth, will look at a bit differently
a reality that faces all of us
I have a few to put forward
looking at the BSC: money for Upper Lands Study 2011, move that out to 2012; Parks WG
...  pay-parking study
infrastructure mtnce prog, there is a contingency, do we need it?
that's my brief for staff to look at
critical to look at legislative piece
support Cclr Sm; how do we do it differently
have to do it over time and do it in collaboration with all the Fire Chiefs across the NSh
what will our Fire Dept look like in ten years?
look fwd to continuing discussion
Mayor: ... not the case that WG studies sitting on the shelf
Amb anxious to get {going?}, that will drive Arts as well
[8:55] ? cycling, pedestrians; disappointed if not acted on
Child Care huge success
first HRA in new year, coming out of that WG
other Ms are watching us
Rodgers Crk WG -- being built means $1M from BPP...
not a lot Ccl not willing to be flexible on
not want to leave impression not acting
re legal costs, they will go up b/c of Police legislation; rocked police investigating police
maybe another $50K - $100K a year, at least $3K for mediator
{Note that the legal costs Cclr Sm was referring to were for the District, not for the WVPD.}
some of the things in Police Budget, .8% increase; Braidwood requires fibrillator, another ...xxxx; require closed circuit TV yet Police Dept increase under 1%
not act as if ev
wrt 100th anniv
Ccl proud in context of Amb (xxx?); do expect a cmnty initiative
Olympics raised $2.3M by citizens
sure our citizens
Cmnty to Cottages book independent
Harmony Arts and Cmnty Day Parade ... xxx
wrt to how to further reduce the budget
Sop may be right, things to discuss in camera
good news, Cclr Sm -- sharing between not just between jurisdictions, smaller trucks, fleet mtnce
pulling fire hall no 1 and Police Stn onto this site
{hm...  another mention of this -- fait accompli? hasn't been out for public input, for residents to consider wch of the sites preferred; looks like Ccl has already decided.}
public safety the no 1 shared value along with Parks ... xxx
I'll sit down with Cclr Walker and Dir/Fin
get to something for Dec 13th; certainly a lot of worthy issues,
amazing how much revenue comes to
Sop: blueprint
by one of our planners
WV median income $77K individ
35 to 64  16.2%
65 and over
family structure; sgl fam parent 2006 prior to crash, [14.2? X, ?] on the rise comprising 12% up from
say this b/c the ability to pay may not show up
further along in this agenda $434M
with the sewer plant, ever insatiable from Metro, TransLink
how far can we go?
we're trying to be responsible
referred to BSC but I don't classify it as a final draft
mgs? and staff that work together; some of the reports coming out
elements that do not contribute to xxxxx
we don't read out what is efficient no further ahead
there's a little common sense
CAO: we'll be preparing to work with you and Cclr Walker; want to move with them, great
we believe we were able to respond to ev question Ccl had
believe it a realistic
there may be some on budget you may want to put over
all information you need
Sop: where we're going next week? going into Jan
Mayor: expect report back from staff and have a calendar, bring to Ccl, second reading debate then xxxx
8. Special Events Report (Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4661, 2010) (File:  3015-01)
Mayor: welcome to Ms Rosta and Matheson
MClk: wrt fees and charges; diff from
subseq if? lists events with SLIDES
events not-for-profit and partnerships
70 sp events, over 100K ppl
purpose of this report mainly procedure
SW: new, a couple of categories, some $300, do you get full refund?
Ans: host at event and x help
for removing the waste
Ev moved: THAT:
1. The proposed amendments to the Special Events Policy, as attached to the report dated November 22, 2010 titled "Special Events Report", to integrate commercial and corporate events through the introduction of five categories be approved;
Sop: grown over the years, success
wondering, keep going out looking for partnerships, extra fees,
wonderful Harmony Arts [HArts], contributions and we've matched it; each year bigger and bigger
wondering where it ends
partnerships going to dry up
a lot of effort; keeps galloping, working harder to get more money
how big do you want to get?
Mayor: maybe easiest way, HArts and Cmnty Day have run their course
Cathy Matheson: we are here to look at new models to offer these to cmnty in diff manner
concern partnerships wd move away, but plsd to see biz and other individs step forward; a cmnty that did v well
Ev: two questions
Category 4, supported up to $3,400 -- is that enough?
bottom of that page, a surplus of $130K compared with our contrib -- do we have a home for that $130K?
Christa Rosta: Coho Festival, Norouz, fire-jumping -- offer with service in kind of up to $3500???
Ev: between our costs, $269K
I'm mixing categories
C Rosta: these are cmnty-run events
Canada Day budget of $19K generated $11K to offset
HArts costs $210K, DWV $100K [9:16]
Cmnty Day $40K, have a $23K looking at... to cover costs, looking for sponsorship
Mayor: never wd hv been considered ten years ago
Ev moved:
2. The proposed amendments to the Special Events Procedures, as attached to the report dated November 22, 2010 titled "Special Events Report", to reflect the changes in the administration and implementation of the five categories of events be approved;
Sop: what happens if you don't raise enough?
C Rosta: work with the groups
Cmnty Day, HArts,... theme those and add
Mayor: carried
Ev: clarify the diff between what we've got here and further on
SSch: later new schedule
later is a result of comprehensive review of all
Ev moved:
3. Fees and Charges Bylaw (regarding Special Event Fees) be read a first, second, and third time.
CARRIED [9:19]
9. Proposed Business Licence Bylaw No. 4455, 2005 Amendment Bylaw No. 4656, 2010 regarding the Sale of Rabbits in Retail Stores, Pro-Ration of Secondary Suite and Special Event Business Licence Fees and Deletion of Temporary Accommodation Provisions (File:  1605-08/1610-20-4455/4656)
Mayor: seems reasonable to do all three
Sop: ... bylaw does not state allowing rabbits or not; bylaw but no specifics we're going to do
Mayor: says to amend
Sokol: part 3 of the bylaw p 86 of your packet
refers to replacing : no person..... shall allow any rabbit be allowed for sale
Sop: where is it?
Mayor: --
[Voice in Gallery: live or dead rabbits?]
Sop: is this a different way?
Sokol: this report deals with three diff issues b/c all pertain to the biz licence bylaw [reads from item]
Mayor: if you're not comfortable can ask someone else
Sop: pls
SW: moved THAT:
1. Business Licence Amendment Bylaw be introduced and read a first, second, and third time.
2. Notice be given of Council's intention to consider proposed Business Licence Amendment Bylaw.
CARRIED [9:23]
10. Fees and Charges Review, and Proposed Bylaw Amendments (Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4669, 2010) (File:  1610 20 4669)
NL: a huge package; an incredible amt of xxxx
net result
$167K of add'l revenue; review; comparisons made with other Ms
MS moved: THAT "Fees and Charges Bylaw be read a first, second, and third time.
all outlined; feel we shd pass it and move on
TP: p 91 formalize; external consultants; happy in there
11. Street Level Crossing at Park Royal Shopping Centre (File:  0120-06)
Councillor Soprovich provided a notice of motion at the November 15, 2010 Council Meeting.
Mayor: five speakers
Caroline Low: disorder
diff neg overpass; here for benefit of ppl in the bldg
barely WV and I use the services -- don't use Vanc Library
ev says it's a bizarre situation; here for others who cannot negotiate the stairs
Keith Pople: ... supportive of Cclr Sop's motion to allow add'l time
more info required to properly assess the impact the increase popn in SE corner of WV
Sq Nation notice high rise condos wch will accommodate thousands of ppl
understand PkR also plans for thousands of residents on south side.
new traffic study shd be undertaken before taking a decision on the proposal
Ccl and public more time for consideration
Sop: point of order
re notice of motion, public to be informed
so they can make a presentation
Mayor: at ev sgl item, on screen, ppl can come forward
this is the item; you put motion on floor; treat it as any other
Ray Richards: this item has come to my attn by friends and ppl I work with on other matters
quite concerned
like to support Cclr Sop's motion; need time to see what it means
read it and it's done
not what's really going on
ppl come to me and ask are they really going to get rid of the overpass
more time and info before a fait accompli
will change irretrievably, won't be able to get it back
build ... xxx traffic and what buildings going to be on both sides
hear we're going to lose bldg where White Spot is, cause traffic and xxxx
trouble to get into PkR now; yet going to irretrievably do it
many don't know; more info
Mayor: Ccl has made this decision ... xxx
RR: support for Cclr Sop so more time to go to the public
Mayor: Next, Leslie Pratt.
Leslie Pratt: [TEXT SUPPLIED; don't think she got to say it all]
... My husband & I have resided  in lower Caulfeild for 26 yrs now. Tonight I'm trying to save all WV residents from a potential major traffic flow disaster due to what I think was an inadequate analysis of all the ramifications pertaining to Park Royal's proposal for a signalized intersection on Marine Dr at Main St., before the motion was passed by WV Council Oct 18/2010.
I can think of NO good reason to proceed right away with Park Royal's request to replace the westerly overpass over Marine Drive with yet another street level pedestrian (& vehicle) crossing, and I can think of MANY good reasons to STOP & give time for residents & council to analyze this proposal more fully, before inflicting irreparable aggravation & very real potential gridlock on the citizens of West Vancouver.
There is NO urgency to consider this proposal NOW, because:
1) the Evelyn development might be a few more years now before it's habitable, so there's lots of time to consider the best way to handle any of its increased pedestrian shoppers to SOUTH Park Royal, or walkers seeking ANOTHER access to the Spirit Trail
2) there is no definite plan in place yet for the Squamish Nation's low level crossing of the Capilano River, around which West Vancouver will want to plan optimally for where its westbound traffic intersects with Marine Dr
3) there is no definite plan in place yet for  the Squamish Nation's residential high-rise on the south side of Park Royal, so time to plan to cope with its increased vehicular traffic (probably mainly eastbound, but also potentially some westbound on Marine Dr.)
4) I don't know that there is any definite plan in place yet for any other residential development that Park Royal might be planning for its own southerly land either (ie SW corner of Marine & Taylor Way? after White Spot lease expires?)
5) there already is a street level pedestrian crossing farther east of Main St. on Marine Drive (about midway East-West in the Park Royal complex) for existing pedestrian volume.
That pedestrian crossing itself needs further study now, on:
A) its effectiveness & impact on Marine Dr traffic (some press the light, but run across before the light even changes, leaving cars to wait on either side, while no one crosses; others run across halfway on their yellow & immediately press the button to complete the other half of their roadway crossing ASAP) and
B) safety for pedestrians (shrubs planted to screen the fence barrier between the east & west bound roadway have grown to obscure the view that drivers have of pedestrians before they dart out to cross against their own red light). Perhaps a study needs to be conducted to see if a shallow underpass might be more effective (such  as the one in Stanley Park at the south end of the causeway) - accessible by pedestrians anytime without waiting for lights to change nor stopping the flow of traffic, providing protection for pedestrians from ice, snow & cars, navigable by motorized wheelchairs, etc)
C) My husband & I personally experienced the gridlock that that pedestrian light causes late aft/early evening on eastbound Marine Dr. traffic when South Park Royal shoppers disgorge by turning right onto Marine Dr to proceed eastbound, leaving no room ahead of the intersection for any more western vehicles to proceed thru the pedestrian light when it turns green for eastbound Marine Dr traffic. We've sat thru multiple light changes, watching this gridlock enact itself before our very eyes (solved only by each eastbound car more aggressively blocking some of the pedestrian intersection, in order to get thru).
So to summarize the five points, since there are no finalized plans in place yet for any future development that would impact pedestrian & vehicular traffic crossing Marine Dr. at any one specific point, & since there is a pedestrian level crossing already in place that might need to be improved;  there's no need to rush into any premature consideration of Park Royal's proposal for this specific pedestrian (& vehicular) crossing,  before WV can commence optimal planning for future traffic flows in this area.
I would further argue that there is every good reason to POSTPONE final evaluation of Park Royal's request until NEXT FALL at the earliest, after a proper study of the real impact on traffic is commissioned by West Vancouver Council, and after complete clear public input is sought on this issue alone, for the following reasons:
1) Residents (& Council) haven't had [adequate] information & time to evaluate this proposal.
-  I first read about this topic in early Aug, when Park Royal seemed to try to hold WV Council to ransom Jul 26, because it appeared as if they would give up some of their southerly land holdings to accommodate a newly proposed eastbound bus lane (in lieu of the early morning detour thru Park Royal past rush hour traffic , picking up passengers who had parked on their roof, before riding downtown on the Blue Bus); if & only if WV Council agreed to this signalized crossing of Marine Dr at Main St. & elimination of the westerly overpass. Thankfully, the eastbound bus priority lane was decided upon by Council separately from Park Royal's desire to eliminate (maintenance on) the westerly overpass.
I sent an email to Mayor & Council Aug 9 suggesting that they "would do WV residents a disservice by allowing Park Royal to have another light on Marine Dr near MacDonald's".
- next, quite  by accident, I just happened upon  the minutes online from the Oct 18 council meeting, wherein WV Council accepted Park Royal's consultant study, suggesting [a] traffic light would have negligible impact on Marine Dr traffic & minimal wait-time [for] shoppers/residents trying to move between North & South Park Royal components; and Council then agreed to proceed with working toward the elimination of this overpass & inserting another stoplight on Marine in its stead (all apparently justified because the study, & $2 million in construction costs would be paid for by Park Royal).
I sent another email to Mayor & Council Oct 22 expressing my opposition to the four councillors' approval of this proposal.
2) - I would suggest that you get what you pay for - i.e. you get NOTHING of any value, for ZERO COST upfront, but actually potentially even worse in this case! The study was 'free' to WV municipality & so would be (Park Royal's underwriting of) the construction costs of what suits Park Royal's purposes only. Keep in mind that as a business, Park Royal's primary interest is to its investors (it's not a charity set up to benefit WV residents).  However Park Royal's initiative for this new signalized intersection could cost West Vancouver residents far more ultimately, in time wasted daily in traffic snarls, in health ramifications from yet another potential traffic gridlock situation in that area already troubled with many idling engines, and in far more expensive construction costs in the future  to rectify a poorly analyzed concept & prematurely designed plan to throw yet another impediment to smooth traffic flow in a very complex traffic area to begin with.
While Bunt & Associates might very well be a reputable competent firm, it's well understood in the business world that the entity who hires a consulting firm gets to dictate the scope and terms of the study, & the desired results on which they hope to obtain expert backup advice, in order to proceed to execute intended plans. Park Royal's consultant obviously must not live in West Vancouver nor shop in Park Royal - why else would you ever try to study traffic flow, in August,...  while families are still on vacation, and students & profs are not contributing to the heavy rush hour traffic that starts the Tuesday after Labour Day (& starts dropping off again in April, as students are writing their final exams)?? Every WV resident knows that there is relatively no traffic in August!
Also, heavy volumes of traffic - especially on eastbound Marine Drive- occur beyond the normal Mon - Fri commuter rush hours of 7-8:30 am & 5-6:30 pm, as  all West Van residents have experienced when we try to attend any cultural, sport, or epicurean activity downtown, or in the Lower Mainland, in the early evening. Combine an event attracting a large audience from West Vancouver, with traffic pouring down Taylor Way from the ferry at Horseshoe Bay &/or from recreationalists/tourists at Whistler & late night shoppers; and we all know about the very real potential for gridlock there. The Bunt study did not address this period of time outside a very narrow range of weekday rush hour traffic & it does have significance on eastbound Marine Dr traffic from West Vancouver.
Park Royal's new light on Marine at Main could add a second even more significant gridlock area, similar to the gridlock that already occurs occasionally at the pedestrian crossing farther east. Most certainly, such a light would also add gridlock if any residential Tower were constructed on the South side of Marine, whose occupants sought to turn right onto Marine (just the way the shoppers do at the end of the shopping day at the existing pedestrian crossover).
3) The Open House that Park Royal sponsored on the Thurs just before, & the Sat of Labour Day wk-end, probably didn't get high feedback simply because:
- its pre-Labour Day timing precluded the majority returning from summer vacation to regular activities,
- half of the feedback was from non-WV residents, who wouldn't have to suffer regularly with the ramifications of a net new ground level light on Marine Dr at Main St. anyway,
- feedback was confusing because the signalized intersection was apparently mixed in with acceptance for the idea of the new eastbound priority bus lane on Marine Dr. I know this, because of the many friends I emailed later in Oct on this issue of the new light, one friend indicated that altho she had been at TransLink's Open House at Park Royal on the Sat, her impression then was that it was more to introduce the topic of the new eastbound bus lane (to which few of us would object or respond negatively). She had no recollection of Park Royal's proposal to eliminate this westerly overpass, in favour of another ground level crossing for pedestrians (& vehicles).
In fact, the majority of all those I copied in my Oct. email responded immediately for clarification/verification, because of their immense concern about  how clearly that would impact every resident long accustomed to using all the crossovers at Park Royal to execute their various needs without impacting traffic on Marine Dr or the Taylor Way intersection. Every single one of them thought this would be a disaster for entering/exiting Park Royal , as well as moving directionally between both halves of Park Royal. They couldn't imagine that Council wouldn't see how this would impact West Vancouver residents & shoppers, nor why the shortcomings of the study weren't obvious to Councillors!
I remember the period in WV's history when Park Royal threatened to build Big Box Stores onsite, & WV Council of the day responded that they would build barriers on Marine Drive to prevent excess traffic from elsewhere from negatively impacting WV residents.
Actually, this would be a very good month for Park Royal to engage Bunt to study the traffic problems right within their shopping centre, because it's the one month that the overpasses & parking lots always approach gridlock. Can you imagine what would happen, if vehicles had to wait for a light, instead of proceeding steadily over all overpasses?  While Park Royal might think they're the only game in town & that WV residents can simply put up with their traffic snarls within, Park Royal need more shoppers than WV can provide, & North Van, Burnaby, & downtown retail complex improvements might lure dissatisfied shoppers away from Park Royal.
4) After the new eastbound bus priority lane is operational, & the bridge expansion over the Capilano River expansion is complete sometime next spring, there will be new traffic challenges to study & resolve over the summer, & into next fall. Only by next fall at the earliest, should WV Council consider hiring its own consultant to study the feasibility of Park Royal's proposal to eliminate the overpass & put in a new signalized intersection instead. I predict that their consultant would advise against this, on the basis of [its] being most detrimental to WV residents.
Also please ensure that West Vancouver residents are fully consulted about this studied proposal, & that such consultation is widely advertised ahead of time, & that a public hearing held when residents are not on vacation.
Thank You in advance for more consideration on all this.
To summarize--
[9:39] Mayor: nearly finished?  it's quarter to ten and seven ppl still to speak; can come back to you?
LP: yes
Pam Best: not prepared tonight, but here for ACDI; suggesting as street-level crossing is ten years behind, shd hv bn one there long ago
I'm a pedestrian, use bus (no car)
day ACDI went out to audit the area, did see plans presented at a public event held at PkR, while we stood there we watched a fellow in a wheelchair try to cross through the traffic, lane by lane, waiting in the middle and making a dash to it; smack where this crossing wd be.  And that's not unusual; happens v often
we're proposing a straight signalized crossing.
If you live in PkR, you have a shopping cart -- have to go the equivalent of six blocks to get across
we've been assured that Mr Dozzi will bring the final plans for ACDI to do the audit
not looking to change the future, it's for ppl with disabilities, with chn, with strollers
PkR funding is a bonus; shd take full advantage, it's free
can see a public mtg but just to display the preliminary design
oppose this motion, resolution, b/c we've waited long enough to cross
        {the dilemma: easier for walkers, worse for drivers?}
Rick Amantea:  [TEXT SUPPLIED]
Good evening Madam Mayor and members of council.
For the record, my name is Rick Amantea ...  I am here once again to speak to you in my capacity as Vice President for Park Royal in connection with the previously approved intersection connecting the north and south sides of our property.
   I am not going to repeat the merits of the intersection which were very clearly presented in the October 7, 2010 staff report received and considered by Council at the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting which, formed the basis for your approval of the proposed intersection.  I do however want to make an important clarification; I want to once again confirm to Council that Park Royal will be covering all costs for the new intersection including the removal of the existing overpasses and improvements/beautification to Marine Drive in connection with this project.
   What I would like to address this evening is the issue of public process brought into question by Councilor Soprovich's motion.  As you will recall, a motion to consider the Marine Drive Bus Priority Lane and intersection was first presented to Council on July 26, 2010.  The motion was broken into two parts by Council with the first part relating to the Marine Drive Bus Priority Lane being approved and the second part providing for an agreement in principle to the proposed intersection being referred back to staff as follows: "Part 2 of the original motion be referred back to staff for a further report and a public process." 
   The October 7, 2010 Staff Report contains detailed analysis of the intersection including engineering and their support as well as support from Planning, WVFD, WVPD, and ACDI.  There is also information regarding Policy and Consultation/Public Feedback both Staff and ultimately Council regarded as sufficient public process in connection with the intersection's approval. 
   In addition to these public processes, at the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting 11 members of the public spoke with nine of those people speaking in support of the intersection for reasons ranging from safety to convenience to improved public transportation to it just making good sense.
   We are at a loss to understand how all the referenced reports, public information sessions, Council Meetings and public input at those meetings are not sufficient demonstrations of public process.
   Park Royal has acted on the motion approving the intersection in principle passed by this Council on October 18, 2010 and have engaged its consultants and West Vancouver staff to approve detailed design drawings for the intersection including landscaping and signalization design subject to conformance to district standards and requirements as Council directed.
   We trust Council continues to have confidence in the decision they made and look forward to advancing the intersection to the satisfaction of West Vancouver.
[9:48] Gary Mussatto: on behalf of Chamber of Comm
has already been addressed at last mtg
{hasn't the Chamber moved their offices to Park Royal?}
Sheryl X: currently in NV but was resident and mgr of Pk Royal Towers
did speak out strongly in favour
if more time to contemplate this decision, more time for further accidents
peds making way in hazardous way; hope decision will be upheld
Dorothy Pearson: PkRTowers
reiterate last time; will be 90 in two weeks
Bill Park: was here in Oct speaking in favour; nothing's happened since Oct to now in my life...
don't think it shd be delayed; carry forward and see this thing through
Dave Thomas: saw bowl of spaghetti a couple of weeks ago
don't know why we're here; city's made right decision, let's get on with it
[9:54] Mayor: motion to extend mtg to close of biz; presuming not past 10:30
app comments limited to three min
Phil Boname: here also Oct; v hesitant to speak at all
do believe strong reasons, esp given my 50 years of exp in xxx
based on extensive public input
from the standpoint of sustainable urban planning: improved xxx
1 2 3 at no cost
speak b/c of something I'm not an expert
once a decision made by Ccl, procedure to bring it up again?
may be setting a precedent
[9:56] Mayor: anybody can bring forward a notice of motion
vote was 5 to 2; the 2 brought forward; this is the first for this Ccl
Is Roy Bartholomew here?  I think this one, think you meant item 10, not 11
RB: have to be more careful with my numbers
motion of Sop is positive b/c no opp to study the report before xxx
appears to be problems
Sop's resolution makes a lot of sense
on p 4 states 1980 OCP [gave dates of two or three more]
these assertions can only be supported by motherhood statements contained in these docs and if I were an advocate, I might have used these, however if you read other sections, might have a diff conclusion; ev sgl one says NO
transp doc shows Lower Level Rd and does not show it through xxx M drive
shall just quote language
westerly termination must connect to the Lower Level Rd must connect...... must NOT terminate at Marine Dr
page .... Map C does not show such a connections and wd surely be a major road
Ccl supports  ---- EASTWARD, not westward to relieve traffic on MDr
the 1988 OCP also states improved...  will, esp those offering an alternative to MDr
2004 OCP, WV's Transp network illustrates -- look at that map, no such connection
Mayor: still two ppl to speak and Ccl's discussion
RB: 2005 states:  "[ ... ]"
this wd do the opposite
sober second review seems v logical; damage done wd be irreversible
all our prev planners have opposed this
Eleanor Minish: living in NV, resident for 19 years; in favour of decision
Mayor: Leslie Pratt? considering time, okay?
[if not] then Cclr Sop
{LP did not come forward}
Sop moved: THAT
WHEREAS the July 26, 2010 Council Meeting minutes, Item 8, in respect to the proposed at grade intersection and traffic light at Park Royal and Marine Drive, states:
"THAT part 2 of the original motion be referred back to staff for a further report and a public process."
AND WHEREAS the report from staff dated October 7, 2010 was first made available for the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting
AND WHEREAS a play back of the July 26, 2010 Council Meeting Item 8 video clip indicates to the public that the staff report would be made available for public review and discussion at a public meeting hosted by the municipality in a municipal facility
AND WHEREAS the report from staff dated October 7, 2010 was made available only for the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting and therefore there was no opportunity for review by and discussion with the public at a public meeting
AND WHEREAS the motion made at the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting in Item 10 states:
"Council authorize staff to approve the detailed design drawings for the intersection including landscaping and signalization design subject to conformance to district standards and requirements"
AND WHEREAS the above noted motion made at the October 18, 2010 Council Meeting does not specify who would construct the intersection nor does it say who would pay for the new intersection
AND WHEREAS the impact on traffic patterns and traffic flow of the completed Lions Gate bridgehead and Capilano Bridge modifications is unknown and of concern to many,
NOW THEREFORE Council resolves
1.  The street level crossing from Park Royal shopping centre south to PkRoyal north across DWV dedicated highway known as Marine Drive not proceed until Ccl has specifically approved design drawings and further consulted with the public, and
2.  Council host a public mtg as indicated in Item 8 of the July 26, 2010 Ccl Mtg."
Sop: don't remember major discussion re Lower Level Road
when presented to us, shd hv been a presentation to the public; not done, as held here
you offered cmnty opp tomorrow night for zoning before 13th
just asking for opp for many of the public to speak on this
major impact; don't know about LGB; crossing over Cap River
PkR stands here as if they own the road
take away overpass -- more traffic and less parking
not against PkR gain, ask our public about our road
absolutely concerned about handicapped; the fence down the ctr was for your safety
only with that reasoning we put a fence there, bushes put around it
guess it served its purpose
spoke to owners of PkR, they said they'd make adjustments re under or over based on 10:07
when the Bunt Assns showed that motion, the east-west, there was nothing coming from south -- biggest red herring I've ever seen; think we're all stupid in this cmnty
need [10:08]
if public says okay, had our say, doing right thing; not asking much; staff take a day to organize
let's get all the facts down that PkR wants; it's our road, doesn't belong to Sq or Pk R
ML: on two levels, from the process perspective am not sure we complied with what we agreed, host a public mtg
I remain concerned as to what this is going to mean
I serve on the ACDI, moving ppl across MDr, there are lots of alternatives; open air escalators been in Europe for years; not sure that wdn't be better than transferring along to a level crossing
concerned about level crossing to PkRoyal; at weekend seeing how many cars there shopping
looked at light and saw 700 cars; going to be xxx
v concerned; need more information
if we have this new level crossing and take away western vehicular and ped overpass, going to be asked for another level crossing
don't know how you're going to move 15K
Ccl, staff-led open house
MS: can't speak whether good or bad b/c I'm not a traffic expert
have a staff person presume he knows what he's doing
x wd enhance
know light backs up ppl
Village wildly successful, hard to get into it
14 lights between 14th and 25th
the panic mode in full force and needn't be
clearly says, .......second part, Ccl authorize staff to approve the design SUBJECT to District standards and requirements
Mr McR wasn't here and understand goes to him for approval; see no reason to debate
landowner has the right to redevp site where White Spot is, not saying it will be approved but they have that right
huge pressure on that intersection
needs to come out there -- Ambleside Park?
b/c of second part to allay public's fear -- ask Mr McRadu to bring final plan back for public to comment on it, see why it's a good thing
keep debating makes no sense; get on with it; Mr McRadu needs to have final say if good thing for the cmnty based on staff's input; let public come and see what final design looks like.
{video timestamp 3:08:05}
Mayor: thank you.  Cclr Panz?
TP: I'd actually just like to call the question
Mayor: question's been called, Ccl
Sop: May I respond, Madam Mayor?
Mayor: Well, the question's been called, and, ah
Sop: I brought the motion in; I shd hv a chance to respond to Cclr Smith
Mayor: Ccl, when a mbr of Ccl calls the question, the Procedure Bylaw is that we vote, so I'm going to ask Ccl if they'd like to hear Cclr Sop's rebuttal.
can't tell if ML or MS: no, let's call the question
Mayor: the question's been called
so, the motion on the floor is the one that's proposed by Cclr Sop, seconded by Cclr Lewis.
All those in favour of that motion?  Opposed?
[Sop, ML opposed]
Sop: thank you, Ccl, v much, v nice
Mayor: the motion is defeated  [10:16]
12. Metro Vancouver Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan -Endorsement of Municipal Actions (File: 0185-08-07)
TP moved: THAT:
1. The municipal commitments included in the proposed Metro Vancouver Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan be endorsed subject to the following conditions:
a) equitable cost allocation amongst member municipalities following a review by Metro Vancouver of past cost sharing practices for large municipal infrastructure projects;
b) commitment of one third funding each from the Federal and Provincial governments for the new Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant;
c) that the "Integrated Resource Recovery Study for the Metro Vancouver North Shore Communities", completed by Fidelus Resource Group be subjected to a peer review;
d) further technical study be conducted to determine specific optimal technologies, as well as the feasibility of implementation, phasing, and scale-ability for each concept, as it relates to incorporating Integrated Resource Recovery principles to the design of the new Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant; and
e) that the Metro Vancouver Waste Management Committee and Board undertake a process to review the existing governance model for local and regional governments as it relates to resource recovery, including the development of district energy systems and production of bio-fuels.
2. A copy of this resolution, the September 23, 2010 Council report referenced in Appendix 1, and this report be forwarded to Metro Vancouver, the District of NV, the City of NV, and to the Squamish Nation.
Mayor: same motion as NV
Ev: under 1 a, strengthen statement in staff's report; "work specifically with staff"
Mayor: don't understand the difference
Ev:  MetroV be instructed to work with the three NSh Ms an equitable agreement for replacement of
Mayor: need a seconder
Sop: Second
ML: existing cost-sharing agreement, v actively put forward by the three Districts
as written is probably a better way to go
cuz we're going to change the cost-sharing agreement
work underway in MetroV; really the B issue
Mayor: have you a comment on the amendment?
RF: quite complicated, MetroV uses tier one and two costs
intent of staff through RAAC, this whole cost-sharing be kind of considered together so more equitable cost
CAO: RAAC is meeting this week to discuss this
Sop: pls read amendment gain
Ev: to work, for an equitable
may I just speak to it -- I'm totally in favour, just want to strengthen it
Mayor: I'm opposed b/c of solidarity
Motion? PASSED [10:21]
13. Waterworks Regulation Bylaw No. 4490, 2006, Amendment Bylaw No. 4667, 2010; Sewer and Drainage Utility Fee Bylaw No. 4538, 2007, Amendment Bylaw No. 4665, 2010; Solid Waste Utility Bylaw No. 4118, 1998, Amendment Bylaw No. 4666, 2010; 5 Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4631, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 4664, 2010; and Building Bylaw No. 4400, 2004, Amendment Bylaw No. 4663, 2010
These bylaws received three readings at the November 15, 2010 regular Council meeting.
Waterworks Regulation Bylaw No. 4490, 2006, Amendment Bylaw No. 4667, 2010
Sewer and Drainage Utility Fee Bylaw No. 4538, 2007, Amendment Bylaw No. 4665, 2010
Solid Waste Utility Bylaw No. 4118, 1998, Amendment Bylaw No. 4666, 2010
[Five-]Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 4631, 2010, Amendment Bylaw No. 4664, 2010
Building Bylaw No. 4400, 2004, Amendment Bylaw No. 4663, 2010
14. Consent Agenda Items
14.1 Additional Council Meeting on December 20, 2010 (File: 0120-01)
14.2 Appointment to Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Bureau (File:  0185-06)
                Information to be provided.
Mayor: Cclr Smith to continue
14.3 2011 Acting Mayor Schedule (File: 0120-01)  --  Information to be provided.
14.4 Proposed 2011 Council Meeting Schedule (File: 0120-01)
... attached to the report dated November 18, 2010 from the Manager of Legislative Services be approved.
14.5 Correspondence List (see link on electronic agenda)
[All listed in previous issue, WVM27]
{Some re budget; all favouring zero or reductions}
(6) [Three] submissions regarding Proposed 2011 Budget
a) G. Polman, Interested Tax-payers Action Committee (ITAC), November 21, 2010
b) D. Marley, Interested Tax-payers Action Committee (ITAC), November 22, 2010
c) November 23, 2010
(7) November 22, 2010, regarding Infrastructure Costs (Increase in Utility Rates)
15.  OTHER ITEMS  --  No items.
Mayor: Dec 9th Mayors' Ccl Mtg general public knowledge,
Min. Shirley Bond does not require decision on 9th, giving a few months with public
TransLink itself has a v good financial track records
issue is totally prop tax; TransLink itself one of the best performing transit authorities in NAm
MS: child care plan will be coming to Ccl Dec 13
lot of work, staff, WG; about three years; report at next mtg
hope ev will be sharp and read report before mtg
something I committed to comment on at last mtg -- change in age for Srs' Ctr lowered to 55
Sr Ctr wants to attract new mbrs
seriously, go down and take out a mbrship
Mayor further reports?
Sop: Everybody at the zoning mtg tomorrow night? 5:30 - 8:30, everybody be out there to attend; v important
[10:24] TP: I know it's late; on Dec 2nd had first ever public Hanukkah lighting in the atrium of the Cmnty Ctr and I was fortunate to be there to say a few words as Acting Mayor, and it really was packed; excellent event; a nice way to collaborating with all kinds of diff groups in the cmnty
Mayor: thank you for doing that
Cclr Sop, thank you for doing the RiNC announcement with our MP, John Weston, on Friday.
I appreciate that.
Mayor: one person on the sign-up sheet, Carolanne Reynolds, and we've only got permission to stay till 10:30
CR: oh, that's fine.
I want to say I'm so glad to see the Correspondence is back, that's really great.
As far as the submissions that were made tonight wrt the budget, input, I'm v glad you're going to look at it again and for next week, and I'm glad that it's going to be in January for more response -- so that's really v much appreciated.
however there were several questions asked, not just by me but [also] by others about the budget.
When wd we get that information so that that cd help us for next time?
Mayor: we're going to do our best to have a report on Monday that addresses as many of the questions that were raised as we can.
CR: so, only once we get that can we respond
and will there be an opportunity to have a special roundtable mtg of ratepayer groups, etc., as we used to have?
Mayor: well, that's, Dec 13th ccl mtg is when we'll let you know the proposed timeline for January, for our debate, and public discussion.
CR: great; tyvm
Mayor: tyvm
18. ADJOURNMENT  [10:27]

===  COUNCIL MTG AGENDA Dec 13th ===
5pm in MHall Main Floor Conference Room; 7pm ccl mtg in chamber
At 5pm the reg cci mtg will commence in open session and be immediately followed by a motion to exclude the public .
5:00 PM
RECOMMENDED: In the public interest, members of the public excluded from part of the Dec 13th reg Ccl Mtg 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;
(c) labour relations or other employee relations;
(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;
(i) the receipt of advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose; and
(k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a municipal service that are at their preliminary stages and that, in the view of the council, could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality if they were held in public.
(At 7pm the PH will be held; the open session of the ccl mtg will be reconvened immediately following the PH.)
7:00 PM
Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4662)
To view Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 please click here.
The Director of Planning, Lands and Permits will describe the proposed Bylaw.
Applicant: The District of West Vancouver
Affected Lands: The proposed Zoning Bylaw applies to all lands in the District of West Vancouver.
Purpose: To repeal Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 1968, and to replace it with a new zoning bylaw that is a "technical re-write" which aims to improve clarity by standardizing and updating the wording, minimizing redundancy and reducing the potential for ambiguity.
A consequence of this proposed new zoning bylaw is proposed Subdivision Control Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010. The current subdivision bylaw includes minimum lot size provisions for certain lands currently zoned R.S.2. Under the proposed new zoning bylaw these lot size provisions are integrated into the proposed new zoning bylaw. Consequently, the current regulation regarding the minimum lot size for certain R.S.2 zoned lands would be redundant. Proposed Subdivision Control Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010 removes these lot size provisions and is to be considered concurrently with consideration of the new zoning bylaw. Further, while not required as part of the Public Hearing process, the public will be given an opportunity to provide comment on the proposed subdivision control bylaw amendment at the Public Hearing for the proposed new zoning bylaw.
3. PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURE  (will be described)
1) Reports received up to December 9, 2010:
Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 - Creating an Updated Zoning Bylaw; Subdivision Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010  /  Oct 29  /  Novr 15 and Dec 13  /  R-1
2) Written submissions received up to December 9, 2010:
R. Harrington  /  December 6, 2010  /  December 13, 2010  /  C-1
On Nov 15 Council set the date for the Public Hearing. The statutory notice of Public Hearing was published in the NSh News on Sunday Dec 5 and Wednesday Dec 8. The M Clerk will note written submissions received for the Dec 13 PH.
If there is no further public input and Council does not request a further staff report, then:
THAT all written and verbal submissions be received and that the Public Hearing be closed.
If Council requests a further staff report, then:
THAT staff report back to Council and that the Public Hearing be adjourned to ____________________.
Members of Council are not permitted to receive further submissions once the Public Hearing is closed.
Following conclusion of the Public Hearing, the following items will be considered:
6.  ADOPTION OF MINUTES  -- December 6, 2010 Regular Council Meeting
7. Proposed 2011 Budget (File:  0865-01) --  Information to be provided.
        {good thing into January if more info just now}
8. Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities' proposal for development at the northwest corner of Marine Drive and 22nd Street - Alternative Approval Processes related to the contingent liabilities of the proposed lease and to Miscellaneous Parks Dedication Bylaw No. 1091, 1945, Amendment Bylaw No. 4670, 2010 repealing the park dedication of John Richardson Park (File:  1010-20-10-040) {WETMORE}
A. The District has entered into an agreement (the "Agreement to Lease") with Pacific Arbour Retirement Communities Inc. to lease District-owned land (the "Proposed Development Site") shown outlined in bold on the plan attached as Appendix "A" to the staff report to Council dated December 6, 2010;
B. The term of the proposed lease is 125 years and the rent for the term will be $14,500,000 to be paid in full on the commencement date of the proposed lease (the "Basic Rent");
C. Under the terms of the proposed lease, the District will incur two contingent capital liabilities (the "Contingent Liabilities") as follows:
(a) the District must return to Pacific Arbour $13,050,000 of the basic rent to be initially paid by Pacific Arbour under the lease (in the amount of $14,500,000) if the District terminates the lease as a result of a failure by Pacific Arbour to commence construction of its proposed development on the Proposed Development Site within 12 months of the commencement date of the lease (the balance of the basic rent in the amount of $1,450,000 will be retained by the District as liquidated damages); and
(b) the District must pay to Pacific Arbour 75% of the net proceeds that it receives when it leases the Proposed Devt Site to another developer if the District re-enters the Proposed Devt Site as a result of a failure by Pacific Arbour to meet any of the other construction milestones in the lease, but the District will retain all of the basic rent (in the amount of $14,500,000).
D. Pursuant to section 175 of the Community Charter, Council may incur a liability under an agreement for more than 5 years only with approval of the electors by elector assent or by alternative approval process under section 86 of the Community Charter;
E. The District is the registered owner in fee simple of land known as John Richardson Park legally described as parcel identifier 012-809-829, Lot 19, Block 4, East part of District Lot 554, Plan 3522;
F. The District intends to reconfigure John Richardson Park (the "Reconfiguration") for the purpose of:
(a) facilitating the creation of the Proposed Development Site without changing the size of the Park;
(b) creating park access from 22nd Street; and
(c) correcting an anomaly in the configuration of the dedicated corridor for Marine Drive, all as shown on the plans attached as Appendix "A" and "B" to the staff report to Council dated December 6, 2010;
G. John Richardson Park is dedicated for park purposes pursuant to Miscellaneous Parks Dedication Bylaw No. 1091, 1945, and the proposed Reconfiguration requires that this park dedication be removed (the reconfigured park will then be rededicated by subdivision plan under section 107 of the Land Title Act);
H. Pursuant to section 30 of the Community Charter, Council may remove the park dedication only with approval of the electors by elector assent or by alternative approval process under section 86 of the Community Charter;
I. The Agreement to Lease is expressly subject to the outcome of alternative approval processes such that:
(a) if 10% of the electors sign and submit elector response forms by the Deadline (defined below) in relation to the Contingent Liabilities, the Agreement to Lease will terminate and the proposed lease under which the District would incur the Contingent Liabilities will not be granted by the District; and
(b) if 10% of the electors sign and submit elector response forms by the Deadline in relation to the removal of the park dedication, the Agreement to Lease will terminate and Miscellaneous Parks Dedication Bylaw No. 1091, 1945, Amending Bylaw No. 4670, 2010 (the "Bylaw") will not be adopted by Council (without the assent of the electors by way of referendum); and
J. The District Clerk will make available to the public during regular business hours copies of the Agreement to Lease, the Bylaw, and records relating to them as of the date of the first notice of alternative approval processes published pursuant to section 86 of the Community Charter;
NOW THEREFORE Council resolves as follows:
1. Miscellaneous Parks Dedication Bylaw No. 1091, 1945, Amendment Bylaw No. 4670, 2010 (the "Bylaw") be read a first, second, and third time;
2. Alternative approval processes be provided in relation to the Contingent Liabilities and the Bylaw;
3. Elector responses shall be in the form set out in Appendix "C" and Appendix "D" to the staff report to Council dated December 6, 2010;
4. The deadline for submission of elector response forms shall be 4:00 pm on Friday, February 11, 2011 (the "Deadline");
5. The M Clerk is authorized to prepare and publish a Notice of Alternative Approval Processes, which must be published once each week for two consecutive weeks with the second notice being at least 30 days before the Deadline;
6. A fair determination of the total number of eligible electors of the District of West Vancouver is 32,556;
7. District staff hold a Public Information Meeting on the two Alternate Approval Processes and in relation to the proposed plans for the new John Richardson Park; and
8. Subject to the outcome of the alternative approval process in relation to the Bylaw, the Mayor and M Clerk are authorized to sign a subdivision plan for the Reconfiguration of John Richardson Park, generally as shown on the sketch plan attached as Appendix "B" to the staff report to Council dated December 6, 2010.
9. Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 (File:  1610-20-4662)
To view Draft Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 please click here.
This bylaw received first reading at the November 15, 2010 regular Council Meeting.
Proposed Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010 was the subject of a Public Hearing held earlier this evening. If the Public Hearing has closed, second and third reading of the bylaw may be considered.
RECOMMENDED:  THAT "Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010" be read a second time.
RECOMMENDED:  THAT "Zoning Bylaw No. 4662, 2010" be read a third time.
10. Subdivision Control Bylaw No. 1504, 1955, Amendment Bylaw No. 4668, 2010 (to remove lot size provisions for certain lands currently zoned R.S.2) (File:  1610-20-1504/4668)
This bylaw received first reading at the November 15, 2010 regular Council Meeting.
RECOMMENDED:  THAT "Subdivision Amendment Bylaw" be read a second and third time.
11. West Vancouver Child Care Plan (File:  2620-08/0117-20-CCS)
     RECOMMENDED: THAT Ccl adopt the WV Child Care Plan, and conclude the work of the WG.
12. Strategic Transportation Plan - Three Year Implementation Plan (File:  1700 08)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the report from the Manager, Roads and Transportation dated December 3, 2010, be received for information.
13. Status Report on Lower Caulfeild Heritage Conservation Area Review (File:  2540-08)
1. The report from the Manager of Community Planning and the Senior Community Planner titled "Status Report on Lower Caulfeild Heritage Conservation Area Review", dated December 3, 2010 be received for information; and
2. Council endorse the "next steps" for completion of the LCHCA Review, which include:
a. Holding a sixth and potentially final neighbourhood workshop in mid-February 2011; and
b. Reporting to Council on the completion of the review process, including any recommendations for amendments to the guidelines or process by April 2011.
14. Awards Committee: Revised Terms of Reference and Work Plan (File:  0116-20-CGC1)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the revised terms of reference to the Awards Committee, as proposed in the report dated November 29, 2010 titled "Awards Committee: Revised Terms of Reference and Work Plan" be approved.
15. Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4669, 2010; Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4661, 2010; Business Licence Bylaw No. 4455, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4656, 2010
These bylaws received three readings at the December 6, 2010 regular Council meeting.
RECOMMENDED: THAT the following bylaws be adopted:
Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4669, 2010
Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 4414, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4661, 2010
Business Licence Bylaw No. 4455, 2005, Amendment Bylaw No. 4656, 2010.
16. Consent Agenda Items
           RECOMMENDED: THAT the Consent Agenda items as follows be approved:
16.1 Appointments to Boards and Committees (File:  0115 01)
RECOMMENDED: THAT the following appointments and reappointments to boards and committees for 2011 be approved as follows:
Board of Variance: (for a three-year term) -- Jim Turpin
Awards Committee: (for a one-year term) -- Harry Greenwood
Community Grants Committee: (for a two year term) -- Nicole Garton-Jones
Memorial Library Board: (for a two-year term)
Marcia Bergen, Kirsty Farquharson, Rosalind Foucault, Ann Hamilton, Jerome Holland, Joanne McKenna, Jan Pezzaro
North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee
   New Appointments
      1. William Lougheed, DWV, Member at Large; 2. Susan Wilcockson, DWV, Member at Large
1. Alana Abramson (Restorative Justice Society)
2. Pejman Pirgheibi (Capilano Youth Outreach Services)
3. Trustee Holly Back (SD#44)
4. Trustee David Stevenson (SD#45)
5. Andrew Van Eden (Tsleil Waututh First Nation)
6. Andrea Kiesser (Canadian Mental Health Association)
7. Cst. Tara Gueulette (RCMP)
8. Cst. Tammy Kharrom (West Vancouver Police)
Member at Large: -- Lynne Block (DWV)
Lower Mainland Treaty Advisory Committee -- Councillor Michael Evison
16.2 Agreement to Lease to Pacific Arbour for the former Wetmore Motors Site (File:  1010-20-10-040)
    RECOMMENDED: THAT the report dated Dec 8 from Director/Planning be received for information.
16.3 Development Application Status Report to December 3, 2010 (File:  1010-01)
                ... be received for information.
16.4 Project Status Update for Official Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning and Development Permit Application No. 1010-20-08-014 for property located at 370/380 Mathers Avenue (File:  1010-20-08-014)
           RECOMMENDED:  THAT Ccl receive for information the Report from the Dir/Planning
16.5 Correspondence List (see link on electronic agenda) -- November 29 - December 3
Referred for Action
(1) November 30, 2010, regarding Budget Development Inquiry
                (Referred to Director/Financial Services for consideration and response)
{NB: this writer refers to a "0% budget increase" -- that's NOT what's being asked for! it's 0% tax RATE increase. Understandable those who think zero worried; pity most don't know the terms and facts.  Among other speakers, see my comments -- last year's 0% tax rate increase resulted in about $1M higher and ~$500K surplus!}
Received for Information
(2) Committee and Board Meeting Minutes: Board of Variance - October 20, 2010; and Design Review Committee - September 30, 2010
(3) November 27, 2010, regarding Oil Tanks
(4) WV Streamkeeper Society, Nov 29, regarding West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society Directors and Officers
(5) Union of British Columbia Municipalities, December 1, 2010, regarding Local Government Awareness Week: May 15-21, 2011
(6) Union of British Columbia Municipalities, December 1, 2010, regarding Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative - Closure of Application Period
(7) UBCM, December 1, 2010, regarding Notice of Canadian Federation of Independent Business Spending Report and Holding Lines
(8) UBCM, December 2, 2010, regarding Extension of Stimulus Funding Deadlines
(9) November 30, 2010, regarding Carbon Footprint: Norden.org Study of Nordic Countries "Carbon Footprint"
(10) 10 submissions, dated November 22 - December 3, 2010 regarding Proposed 2011 Budget
                  {nine out of the ten support either ITAC or 0%}

===  CCL MTG Wed Dec 15 ===  8am / closed
Land matters: security of the property of the M; acquisition, disposition, or expropriation of land or improvements)

===  ANIMALWATCH  === for dog lovers but there's a deer too
Click on the link below and watch closely.  The last 20 seconds, the cat is sitting on the railings watching  --  http://www.wimp.com/oneball/
===  INFObits  ===  Anniversaries
Dec 6  -- Anniversary of Montreal Massacre 1989, commemorated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
Dec 8 -- 30th Anniversary of John Lennon's death
Dec 11 -- 79th Anniversary of Statute of Westminster (see Vive le Canada)

Council, Staff, and Residents?

===  LANGUAGEWATCH  === Well, Pronunciation :-)
>  The famous blooper on CBC was calling it the Canadian Broadcorping Castration.
>  Here's a recent blooper on the BBC, courtesy of Michael Quinion of World Wide Words, Dec 10.
3. Wordface
WORD HUNT  Two embarrassing errors on BBC radio programmes last Monday and a misspeaking in the House of Commons the same day have led to the -- possibly temporary -- creation of two new slang terms.
It started at 8am, when James Naughtie, a regular presenter of the BBC Radio Four flagship breakfast magazine Today, was trailing what was to follow after the news. Through a slip of the tongue, he
changed the surname of the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, into the C-word. He was so embarrassed that he could only splutter his way through the remainder of his script. (I'm glad to learn that in BBC
circles the inane giggling sound that erupts in such cases, caused by mortification, horror, and stress, is still called CORPSING, a term that has been borrowed from the theatre.) A colleague, Andrew
Marr, while mentioning the gaffe 90 minutes later on his own live, programme, Start The Week, promised listeners he wouldn't use it, then accidentally did. Nick Herbert, Labour police spokesman, made it a hat trick by saying it in Parliament later in the day when he intended to mention cuts. For a moment, it felt like an epidemic.
The Today story went around the world and clips appeared on YouTube and elsewhere. A new rhyming slang term appeared: JEREMY, short for "Jeremy Hunt". The error began to be referred to as a NAUGHTIE (one joker wrote, "Naughtie by name and naughty by nature", a try at nominative determinism, in which people take on roles prompted by their names). Some newspapers played on his name with headlines such as "Radio 4 slips up with Naughtie word", "Naughtie language" and "Oh, who's been a Naughtie boy?" These strain at wit: their writers surely know James Naughtie (a Scot) says his surname as /nQxtI/ (the first bit rhyming with "loch") and not as "naughty".
The main response to James Naughtie's fluff was sympathy, not least among broadcasters, for whom verbal catastrophe is never more than a breath away. One infamous train wreck of an announcement was perpetrated by the late Jack de Manio. In 1956 a big feature about Nigeria was aired on the BBC Home Service to mark a visit by the Queen and Prince Philip. Its title was Land of the Niger, but he misread his script and added an extra "g" to the last word. That one resulted in questions being asked in Parliament.
World Wide Words is copyright (c) Michael Quinion 2010. All rights
reserved. The Words website is at http://www.worldwidewords.org .

===  MAIKU  ===  2010 December 8/9  {politics, HST, war, taxes, ...} politi-ku?

                           hype, glare hypnotize,
                                                emotion rules, blocks
                                                                               facts and voices of reason


Every time we open our mouths, men look into our minds.

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.
                     -- Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat, and educator (1862 - 1947)

"Come to the edge."
"We can't. We're afraid."
"Come to the edge."
"We can't. We will fall!"
"Come to the edge."
And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew.
               -- Guillaume Apollinaire, Polish-French writer (1880 - 1918)
I have known a vast quantity of nonsense talked about bad men not looking you in the face. Don't trust that conventional idea. Dishonesty will stare honesty out of countenance, any day in the week, if there is anything to be got by it.
                                                                      -- Charles Dickens, English novelist (1812-1870)
Days are scrolls: write on them only what you want remembered.
                   -- Bahya ben Joseph ibn Paquda, Jewish philosopher and rabbi (lived in Zaragoza, Spain);
                                                   author of the first Jewish system of ethics, written in Arabic in 1040
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.                                                                          
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer; often described as the archetype of the Renaissance man.  (1452 - 1519) 
{Your Editor's Note: my preference is for facts and reason.}
The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.
                                                                      -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, American jurist (1841 - 1935)
There are no right answers to the wrong questions.    -- Ursula K. Le Guin, American writer (b 1929)

LOVE: two vowels, two consonants, two fools
   o   The Elf-abet      o   Ribbon hood      o   Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!
ooo My brother wishes he could compose smutty verse as good as mine.   Is this scribbling ribaldry? ooo