Metro Vancouver Board Meeting 9 am, Fri, Oct 26, live webcast

(Post-meeting update: Public portion of this meeting ended in about an hour, then the Board went in camera. The 2013 budget passed with no discussion other than a minor revision of tipping fees. MetroVanWatch has confirmed that Metro Vancouver received very little media interest in the budget, and virtually no public feedback. A “Council of Councils” meeting with about 100 elected officials from the region discussed the budget on Oct 13, and the Board had a special budget meeting on Oct 17.)

The Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver will meet at 9 am on Friday, October 26, 2012.

There appears to be nothing this time about the Regional Growth Strategy, but a major topic of the meeting will be adoption of the 2013 budget. Here is our previous post about the topic. We hope that some media will do an in-depth review and commentary of the budget.
https://metrovanwatch.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/metro-vancouver-2013-budget-consultation/

The live webcast will be available here.
http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/Pages/BoardLiveWebCast.aspx

Video webcasts are a new thing for this Board of Directors, and they are not archived online. The public should ask their municipalities to encourage Metro Vancouver to webcast not only Board meetings but all committee meetings too, just as many municipalities already do. An un-formatted excerpt of the agenda is copied below.

Agenda for all Metro Vancouver board and committee meetings are here:
http://www.metrovancouver.org/BOARDS/Pages/BoardsCommittees.aspx

The full meeting agenda agenda in PDF format is available here, containing many related documents:
http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/GVRD%20Board/RD_26-Oct-12_AGE.pdf

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GREATER VANCOUVER REGIONAL DISTRICT (GVRD)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
9:00 a.m.
Friday, October 26, 2012
2nd Floor Boardroom, 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, British Columbia.
A G E N D A
Note: Recommendation is shown under each item, where applicable.
A. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
1. October 26, 2012 Regular Meeting Agenda
That the Board adopt the agenda for its regular meeting scheduled for
October 26, 2012 as circulated.
B. ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES
1. October 17, 2012 Regular Meeting Minutes
That the Board adopt the minutes for its regular meeting held October 17, 2012.
2. October 12, 2012 Regular Meeting Minutes
That the Board adopt the minutes for its regular meeting held October 12, 2012.
C. DELEGATIONS
D. INVITED PRESENTATIONS
Section A 1
Greater Vancouver Regional District – 1
E. CONSENT AGENDA
Note: Directors may adopt in one motion all recommendations appearing on the Consent
Agenda or, prior to the vote, request an item be removed from the Consent Agenda for
debate or discussion, voting in opposition to a recommendation, or declaring a conflict of
interest with an item.
1. FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORTS
1.1 Draft Metro Vancouver Districts’ 2013 Budget
1) That the Board approve the 2013 Revenue and Expenditure Budgets and
use of Reserves, as presented for 911 Emergency Telephone Service, Air
Quality, General Government, and Strategic Planning, West Nile Virus
and Regional Global Positioning System shown in the following
schedules:
A1 Revenue and Expenditure Summary
A4 2013 Budget – Proposed Application of Reserves
B11 911 Emergency Telephone Service
B12 Air Quality
B13 General Government
B17 Strategic Planning
B18 West Nile Virus
B22 Regional Global Positioning System.
(All members except Abbotsford may vote)
2) That the Board approve the 2013 Revenue and Expenditure Budget and
use of Reserves as presented for Labour Relations, and shown in the
following schedules:
A1 Revenue and Expenditure Summary
A4 2013 Budget – Proposed Application of Reserves
B14 Labour Relations.
(All members except Abbotsford, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Richmond,
Surrey and Tsawwassen First Nation may vote)
3) That the Board approve the 2013 Revenue and Expenditure Budget as
presented for the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department, and shown in the
following schedules:
A1 Revenue and Expenditure Summary
B21 Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department
(Only Anmore and Belcarra may vote)
4) That the Board approve the 2013 Revenue and Expenditure Budget and
use of reserves as presented for Electoral Area ‘A’, and shown in the
following schedules:
A1 Revenue and Expenditure Summary
A4 2013 Budget – Proposed Application of Reserves
B19 Electoral Areas
B20 Electoral Areas – By Service Areas.
(All members except Abbotsford may vote)
Greater Vancouver Regional District – 2
1.2 2013 Funding to External Organizations
That the Board approve the inclusion and disbursement of the external
contributions in the 2013 Budget, as outlined in the report dated September 25,
2012 titled “2013 Funding to External Organizations”.
2. ABORIGINAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE REPORTS
2.1 An Analysis of the Lornie Report in Relation to Local Government Interests
of the Outstanding Issues in Treaty Negotiations
That the Board receive the report, dated October 2, 2012, titled “An Analysis of
the Lornie Report in Relation to Local Government Interests Regarding
Outstanding Issues in Treaty Negotiations”, and forward correspondence to the
Federal Minister, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
(AANDC), conveying the report, and requesting local government involvement
and input as part of the AANDC consultation process.
3. REGIONAL CULTURE COMMITTEE REPORTS
3.1 2012 Metro Vancouver Cultural Grants: Regional Projects
That the Board: Designate the following organizations as being eligible for
regional funding assistance and award the 2012 Metro Vancouver Cultural
Grants Regional Projects, based on the available funds of $100,000, as follows:
Arts Club of Vancouver Theatre Society $5,000
Axis Theatre Society $5,000
Chor Leoni Men’s Choir $5,000
Documentary Media Society (DOXA) $5,000
Dream Rider Theatre $7,000
Elektra Women’s Choir $2,500
Firehall Theatre Society $5,000
First Pacific Theatre Society $7,000
Full Circle First Nations Performance $7,500
Gallery Gachet $5,000
Green Thumb Society $5,000
Musart Cultural Society $2,500
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural
Centre
$5,000
Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique Society $5,000
Turning Point Ensemble Society $3,000
Vancouver Asian Canadian Centre $7,500
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society $5,000
Vancouver International Children’s Festival $3,000
Vancouver International Dance Festival $5,000
Vancouver Opera Association $5,000
Greater Vancouver Regional District – 3
4. INTERGOVERNMENTAL AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE REPORTS
4.1 Membership in E-Comm Emergency Communications for Southwest British
Columbia Incorporated (“E-Comm”)
That the Board:
1) apply to have the Greater Vancouver Regional District (“Metro
Vancouver”) become a member (shareholder) of E-Comm by
acquiring a Class B Share of E-Comm;
2) direct staff to prepare a bylaw authorizing Metro Vancouver to enter
into the members’ agreement governing E-Comm; and
3) designate a Member (or Alternate) of the Metro Vancouver Board as a
nominee to the E-Comm Board of Directors.
4.2 Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues and Post-Dialogue Forum:
Building Community – Social Connections Matter
That the Board:
a) Direct staff to explore collaboration with the Vancouver Foundation to
facilitate expansion of the Neighbourhood Small Grants program
throughout the Metro Vancouver region; and
b) Forward the report dated September 19, 2012 and titled “Future of the
Region Sustainability Dialogues and Post-Dialogue Forum: Building
Community: Social Connections Matter” to member municipalities, and
other related agencies for their information and comment.
5. STAFF REPORTS
5.1 Metro Vancouver External Appointments – Status Report October 2012
That the Board receive for information the following reports from Metro
Vancouver representatives to external organizations:
a) Report on Recent Activities of Fraser Basin Council from Director Walton
b) Report on Lower Mainland Local Government Association Flood Control
and River Management Committee from Councillor Moe Gill
c) Report on the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board from Director Gayle
Martin
d) Report on the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia from
Directors M. Brodie, D. Corrigan, R. Walton, W. Wright
e) A Year of Firsts for the Pacific Parklands Foundation from Director Linda
Hepner
f) Report on the UBCM First Nations Relations Committee from Director
Ralph Drew
g) Report on the International Centre for Sustainable Cities from Director
Derrick Corrigan
as contained in the report dated October 15, 2012, titled “Metro Vancouver
External Appointments – Status Report October 2012”.
Greater Vancouver Regional District – 4
5.2 Proposed Increase in Oil Tanker Traffic
That the Board:
a) Write a letter to the provincial and federal Ministers of Environment:
i. Informing of concerns expressed by the Port Cities Committee at its
meeting of July 26, 2012 regarding emergency response plans for oil
spills in Metro Vancouver;
ii. Requesting that the provincial and federal governments actively
participate in further discussions with all parties; and
b) Forward a copy of the letter to the BC Solicitor General for information.
5.3 Delegations’ Executive Summaries Presented at Committee – October
2012
That the Board receive for information the report dated October 16, 2012 titled
Delegations’ Executive Summaries Presented at Committee – October 2012
containing summaries received from the following delegates:
A. Kim Stephens, M. Eng., P. Eng., Executive Director
The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
B. Kwantlen Polytechnic Universities’ Institute of Sustainable Horticulture
F. ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA
G. REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE OR STAFF NOT INCLUDED IN CONSENT AGENDA
1. GVRD Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1175, 2012
a) That the Board give leave to introduce “Greater Vancouver Regional District
Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1175, 2012” and that it be read a first, second and
third time; and
b) That the Board reconsider, pass and finally adopt “Greater Vancouver
Regional District Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1175, 2012”.
2. GVRD Geospatial Reference System Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1174,
2012
a) That the Board give leave to introduce “Greater Vancouver Regional District
Geospatial Reference System Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1174, 2012” and
that it be read a first, second and third time; and
b) That the Board reconsider, pass and finally adopt “Greater Vancouver
Regional District Geospatial Reference System Fees and Charges Bylaw No.
1174, 2012”.
3. GVRD Temporary Borrowing Authority – Bylaw No. 1176, 2012
a) That the Board introduce and give first, second and third reading to “Greater
Vancouver Regional District Temporary Loan Bylaw 1176, 2012” which
authorizes the borrowing from the District’s Banker or others in the course of
the calendar year 2013 in anticipation of the collection of its revenue, of a
sum or sums of money, the outstanding total of which shall not exceed $12
million at any one time, by the issue of promissory notes or by such other
means as are appropriate.
b) That the Board reconsider, pass and finally adopt “Greater Vancouver
Regional District Temporary Loan Bylaw 1176, 2012”.
Greater Vancouver Regional District – 5
H. MOTIONS FOR WHICH NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN
I. OTHER BUSINESS
J. RESOLUTION TO CLOSE MEETING
Note: The Board must state by resolution the basis under section 90 of the Community
Charter on which the meeting is being closed. If a member wishes to add an item the
basis must be included below.
“90 (2) A part of a meeting must be closed to the public if the subject matter being
considered relates to one or more of the following:
(b) the consideration of information received and held in confidence
relating to negotiations between the regional district and a provincial
government or the federal government or both, or between a
provincial government or the federal government or both and a third
party.”
K. ADJOURNMENT/TERMINATION
That the Board adjourn/conclude its regular meeting of October 26, 2012.
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