Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Minutes of November 25, 2009 Meeting

Call to Order: 7:10 pm, 18 persons in attendance

M/S/C/ Approval of Agenda, September Minutes, Treasurer’s Report.

Roll Call of Directors: Present – Andrew Boyd; Barbara Elliott, Homeless Coalition Representative; Judy Ross, Farmers Market Representative; Miriam Smith, Recording Secretary and Traffic Advisory Representative; Jonathan Story, Web Site Manager; Lila Wood, Chairperson and Traffic Advisory Representative.
Eric Westerberg, our representative from City Planning, present.

Guest Speakers
KRISHAN ANAND, Property Developer, spoke and presented diagrams of his proposed 11 unit townhouse development at 828 Royal and 824-831 Moody Street, and the need or a parking variance to reduce the number of parking spaces from 16 to 14. The project is well served by public transit, bicycle storage is provided as well as two visitor parking spaces. M/S/C to support the plans for this development and so advise the City.

PAUL MOHAN, Owner, Heritage Grill, spoke re an application to extend the Heritage Grill business closing hours from 12:00 am to 2:00 am, seven days per week. As all agreed that Mohan is a very responsible business owner, it was M/S/C to support this application.

MARK SHIH, MIA CIRIC and BLAZENKA VOJKOVIC of RIVER MARKET. Mark brought us up to date on the work being done at the Market, from the exterior painting (including the Tin Soldier), mechanical and electrical upgrades and a new roof, basically rebuilding the “bones” of the Market. Shih’s vision for the Market includes it being a food related destination on the first floor, with a good variety of food providers anchored by a major tenant still unsecured. The second floor would consist of offices and business, possibly health care oriented. The historic murals of the former Quay have been returned to New Westminster City Hall and the Museum and Archives. The clock tower will be removed, possibly to be replaced by a wind mill. We are all invited to keep in touch and follow the development.

Coffee break, with treats supplied by River Market.

Traffic Committee: No report, next Meeting November 26th.

Homeless Coalition: No report.

Community Policing: No report. Sharon Bard attend last meeting.

Farmers Market: First Winter Market to be held December 12th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Holy Trinity Church, then monthly until April.

Waterfront Pier Park: All monies ($24 million) to be spent by March, 2011, or grants rescinded. Grants are 1/3 each from City, Province and Federal Government. Plans are being worked on and remediation of site should start early in the new year.

Receipt of Correspondence

  • HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR, Saturday, November 29th,2 – 5:30 pm.
  • HYACK CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS, Saturday, December 5, 4 pm on Columbia Street.
  • COMMUNITY GARDENS INITIATIVE; Judy Ross and Barb Elliott will serve as our representatives.

New Business: None

Next Meeting: January 27, 2010, 7:00 p, at Holy Trinity Parish Hall.

Adjournment: 9:04 PM.

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