These highlights are a synopsis of the May 1, 2017 Regular Council Meeting. The agenda, full meeting minutes, and webcast of the Council Meeting can be found online at www.mission.ca/municipal-hall/mayor-council.
Cycling Route Task Force
A new task force has been formed to provide advice to Council on developing a cycling network in Mission. The task force will review existing plans related to cycling routes and review and consider public feedback related to proposed routes in the Transportation Master Plan that was presented in 2016. Task force membership will be announced in the next couple of weeks.
The week of May 1-7, 2017 has been proclaimed Youth Week in the District of Mission. The Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is hosting events all week, including a $2 swim, Youth and RCMP dodgeball, skateboard competition and more. See mission.ca/youthweek for more information.
2017 Tax Rates Bylaw
The proposed Tax Rates Bylaw was presented for the first three readings. Council will be considering this bylaw for adoption at a special meeting to be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8 in the Council Chamber at Municipal Hall. Once adopted, this bylaw will include the District’s municipal tax rates for policing, drainage, library, diking, general and business improvement as well as the Fraser Valley Regional District and Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District tax rates.
Hatzic Sanitary Pump Station Upgrade
The District has recently completed the detailed design to upgrade the Hatzic Sanitary Pump Station to convey the sanitary sewer flows from Hatzic neighbourhood, which resulted in a significant increase in the scope of the pump station upgrade project. During the design phase of the project, it was discovered that the existing electrical kiosk, backup generator, and valve chamber require upgrades for compatibility with the new pumps. Additional funding in the amount of $488,900 has been approved to begin the construction phase of the project, which includes a 10% contingency.
In recognition of the Cycling4Diversity Foundation, which seeks to foster intercultural relationships by encouraging students and citizens to expand their circle of friends with people from various backgrounds by showing respect for differences and encouraging inclusion in their schools and communities, the week of May 21-27, 2017 has been proclaimed Cycling4Diversity Week in the District of Mission.
Mission Moments: Floods and their Impacts
During the flood of the Fraser River in 1894, the water level rose to 25.5 feet at the Mission Bridge, the highest water level ever recorded there. The water extended up past the present day Railway Avenue and affected the majority of the community, which at that time was predominantly located on the waterfront. After this flood, the community moved up off the flats.
Another flood in 1948 was the most devastating flood event on the Fraser River in recent history. On May 29, 1948, the dikes in Agassiz broke, followed by the explosion of the pump house at Hatzic on June 3 that created a 550-foot gap in the dike. Over five hundred homes were destroyed. No human lives were lost in the Mission region; however, there were ten deaths in other areas of the valley and a large number of livestock and crops vanished.
Next Regular Council Meeting is
Monday, May 15, 2017
Committee of the Whole – 1:00 pm
Regular Council – 7:00 pm
Council Chambers, Municipal Hall
8645 Stave Lake Street, Mission, BC