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May 31 Council Meeting Highlights

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For City of Langley Regular Council meeting of May 31, 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 3170 - 2020-2024 Financial Plan Amendment

Council adopted “Financial Plan 2020 – 2024 Bylaw, 2020, No. 3120, Amendment No. 3, Bylaw, 3170”, the purpose of which is to reflect a small over expenditure in police and sewer budgets, more money being transferred to reserves, and grants received related to some traffic improvements in the Capital Plan.

Pilot Program, Consumption of Liquor in Parks and Public Facilities

Council approved a pilot program allowing the consumption of liquor in selected parks and facilities every Friday and Saturday from 1:00pm to 8:00pm for the period of July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 and approved $22,000 in funding for the program from the Enterprise Fund to cover the additional resources required to support the pilot program.

Proposed Food Truck Pilot Project (Temporary Food Truck Policy)

Council approved Temporary Food Truck Policy CO-77 which permits implementation of a pilot project that would enable local food trucks to operate in select locations on an ongoing basis, in addition to those identified in the Business Licence and Regulation Bylaw.  The pilot project will be evaluated after 3 to 4 months.

Request for Waiver of Community Amenity Contributions for New Birch Building (Langley Lions)

Council approved waiving 75% of the Community Amenity Contributions for the new Birch Building on the Langley Lions Housing redevelopment site in response to a request to do so from the Langley Lions Housing Society.

Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3200 Public Consultation and Adoption Requirements 

Council directed staff to send copies of proposed Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3200 to the following organizations and authorities for consultation prior to holding a public hearing on June 28, 2021 

Kwantlen First Nation
City of Surrey
Township of Langley
Metro Vancouver
TransLink
School District No. 35
Kwantlen First Nation
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Downtown Langley Business Association
Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
Agricultural Land Commission
Transport Canada
NAV CANADA

Funding Request for Streetscape Container Waste Audit

Council directed that a City Streetscape Container Waste Audit be completed at a budget of $14,000.00 to be funded from the Enterprise Fund.

988 Suicide and Crisis Line

Council passed the following resolution:

WHEREAS the Federal government has passed a motion to adopt 988, a National three-digit suicide and crisis hotline;

AND WHEREAS the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for suicide prevention services by 200 percent;

AND WHEREAS existing suicide prevention hotlines require the user to remember a 10-digit number and go through directories or be placed on hold;

AND WHEREAS in 2022 the United States will have in place a national 988 crisis hotline;

AND WHEREAS The Council of the City of Langley recognizes that it is a significant and important initiative to ensure critical barriers are removed to those in a crisis and seeking help;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the City of Langley endorses this 988-crisis line initiative; and

THAT staff be directed to send a letter indicating such support to the local MP, MLA, Federal Minister of Health, the CRTC and local area municipalities to indicate our support.

ICAN Cities Appeal to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Council passed the following resolution:

THAT City Council endorse the following resolution for submission to the 2021 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention for consideration of endorsement:

WHEREAS the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is a landmark global agreement that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on July 7, 2017, signed into law on September 20, 2017, and enacted January 22, 2021 which calls on national governments to abandon nuclear weapons of war;

AND WHEREAS municipal governments form a close and active link with their constituents and local social movements and the lives of Canadian residents in municipalities may be impacted through any nuclear exchange with potential issues of global climate change, world food production and national or global economic order:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UBCM support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Cities Appeal and send urgent correspondence to the federal government asking that they take decisive steps toward the global elimination of nuclear weapons and sign and ratify the TPNW.