Monday, October 25, 2010

Minutes of Annual General Meeting, September 22, 2010

MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
September 22, 2010

CALL TO ORDER: 7:15 PM, in the Parish Hall, Holy Trinity Cathedral, 7 persons in attendance.

Quorum – 21% of paid-up members. Five paid up members present, therefore a quorum.

M/S/C - Approval of Agenda, September 2009 AGM Minutes, as distributed.

ROLL CALL OF DIRECTORS: PRESENT – Judy Ross, Barbara Elliott, Paul Goodrick, Jonathan Story, and Lila Wood.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT : As distributed, copy attached.

ELECTION OF DIRECTORS FOR 2010-2011: Carolyn Armanini, City Representative, conducting.

There being no new nominations for Directors, it was moved, seconded , carried THAT the seven current Directors: Judy Ross, Barbara Elliott, Paul Goodrick, Jonathan Story, Andrew Boyd, Miriam Smith, and Lila Wood be considered elected for the 2010-2011 term and that they retain their current Directors’ Positions and Committee Representations.

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WAS ADJOURNED AND THE REGULAR MEETING PROCEEDED.

SPEAKER: Kristian Davis, Supervisor, Solid Waste and Recycling Branch, Engineering Operations, for the City of New Westminster.

Davis demonstrated the Green Cone recycling container and explained how it worked and how it could turn food and plant waste into a clean, odorless liquid. The Engineering Department has a number of these Green Cones available for residents to try and report back to the Department on how they are working. The Green Cones are installed in a sunny area of the garden, the base in a pit where the liquid is disbursed from the cone, the Green Cone proper placed on top. The cones are about four feet tall, fairly attractive and unobtrusive when placed in the garden near shrubs and greenery. Members who are interested in testing the Green Cones are asked to contact Kristian Davis at Engineering Operations, 604-526-4591 or kdavis@newwestcity.ca . There is no charge for the Green Cones used in this pilot project.

NOVEMBER MEETING: DISCUSSION RE SPEAKERS – We will invite Ken Hardie of Translink to speak at our November meeting to inform us about plans for the new Pattullo Bridge, location, access and exit lanes, the planned move from downtown of the Translink Police and office to Sapperton, and Skytrain service extensions to Langley and the Evergreen Line to Coquitlam.

Next Meeting: November 24, 2010.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 16: Wishmaker Walk for Wishes

On October 16th, 2010, we put feet on New West’s streets with the 6th Annual Children’s Wish Foundation’s “Wishmaker Walk for Wishes!” 
Registration will take place at the Heritage Grill on the corner of Columbia and Church Street at 11 am and the walk will start at 12 pm.

This no barrier, fun filled, national event raises funds for children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are suffering from life-threatening illnesses, so they may experience a brighter day and have a smile in their heart.  The Children’s Wish Foundation has taken on this mission since 1984,
yet there is still so much work to do.

For the past 5 years, the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes has taken place in Vancouver, however, seeing that New Westminster is fast becoming a vibrant, walkable community, it was time to get out on the streets and shine!  Also, a first for any city, New Westminster’s Walk for Wishes will feature a pre-Halloween “Trick or Treat” with tremendous support from the local business community.  Kids of all ages will experience candy, treats and hot chocolate at various stops along their route.  There will also be exciting performances at Hyack Spirit Square by the Vancouver Circus School and local rock and blues band Foster Child.

We can all win, with your support in raising funds and helping us show that New Westminster is a healthy, vibrant community.   Please support us by joining the Wishmaker Walk for Wishes on October 16th, 2010.  It would be wonderful to see your team out on the street showing the community that we have a healthy Downtown New Westminster and that it has a heart too.

We look forward to seeing you there, thank-you for your support!

Sincerely,


Michael Hwang
President
Downtown New Westminster BIA
100-713 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B2
P: 604.524.4996
F: 604.526.0033

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Community Energy and Emissions Plan Open House

New Westminster is committed to building a sustainable community and has recently initiated the development of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). The CEEP will outline a strategy for the community to increase our energy efficiency, diversify our energy supply, reduce waste and reduce our impact on global climate change. In order to reduce our community's energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, we need help to develop actions and policies that impact how our community will grow and develop over the next 25 years.

The City has collected information on our current community energy consumption and emissions levels and would like to share with you what we've learned at an Open House on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the foyer of City Hall, located at 511 Royal Avenue.

Come and share your thoughts on how our community can reduce our energy consumption and emissions and grow in a greener, cleaner way! If you have any questions please contact Engineering at 604-515-3780.


Lil Ronalds M.Sc., MCIP
Senior Planner City of New Westminster