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March 22, 2021 Council Meeting Highlights

Date

For City of Langley Regular Council meeting of March 22, 2021.
Please note these are not the official minutes. Council Meeting Highlights are an informal summary. Council Meeting agenda is available here:  https://langleycity.ca/cityhall/city-council/council-meetings. For more information, please contact kkenney@langleycity.ca or pkusack@langleycity.ca

Bylaw 3152 - Watercourse Protection Bylaw 

Council adopted a new Watercourse Protection Bylaw the purpose of which is to regulate, prohibit, and impose requirements to protect the natural environment in the city.

Bylaw 3156 - Municipal Ticket Information System Bylaw Amendment

Council adopted Bylaw No. 3156 which amends the City's Municipal Ticket Information System Bylaw to reflect the fines for non-compliance with the new Watercourse Protection Bylaw

Bylaw 3157 - Fees & Charges Amendment Bylaw

Council adopted Bylaw 3157 which amends the City's Fees & Charges Bylaw to reflect updated fees relative to the new Watercourse Protection Bylaw

Environmental Task Group - Recommendations from the March 11, 2021 Meeting

Council approved the following recommendations from the City's Environmental Task Group:

THAT Council direct staff to investigate installing a user pay Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station at City Hall and other civic facilities that is accessible 24 hours a day to the public.

THAT Council request staff to include a budget in 2022 to retain a consultant to complete a streetscape and park waste audit and provide options to improve waste diversion.

Centre For Equitable Library Access (CELA) And The National Network For Equitable Library Services (NNELS) Funding

Council passed the following resolution:

WHEREAS the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL), and almost all libraries in Canada, currently provide specialized services for the visually impaired and print disabled through the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the National Network for Equitable Library Services (NNELS);

AND WHEREAS both agencies are engaged in accessible book production and collectively receive $4 million in annual federal funding to support this needed service;

AND WHEREAS the federal government has announced that they are restoring the 2021 funding cut to these services previously announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement but have not committed to providing sustainable funding for these services past 2021;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Langley City send letters to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, and our local Members of Parliament, requesting sustainable funding for CELA and NNELS to support the continued production of accessible reading materials.

Support for Laid-off Hotel and Tourism Industry Workers

Council passed a motion that a letter of support for laid-off hotel and tourism industry workers as reflected in the correspondence of the City of New Westminster dated March 5, 2021 be sent to the Ministers of Labour and Tourism.

Letter from the Mayor of Delta George Harvie to the Minister of Health dated March 10, 2021 regarding Emergency Medical Care in BC

Council passed a motion directing staff to prepare a discussion paper on paramedical services in Langley City.