Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 3rd, 2017 Council Meeting Notes: Multi-million dollar investments in roads and parks, Youth Week, and Langley Volunteers.

Last night’s council meeting started with a Committee of the Whole to allow Langley City residents and property owners to comment on the proposed closing of a small turn-around in a lane near 204th Street and Park Avenue that is no longer required. I posted about this in my notes about the March 20th, 2017 council meeting. There were no public comments, and later during the meeting council approval the closure.

Zosia Ettenberg and Sylvia Anderson, on behalf of all board members of the recently created Langley Volunteer Bureau, delivered a presentation about their recently created society. The propose of Langley Volunteers is to connect volunteers with non-profit organizations that need volunteers. The society is the result of early work between the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Envision Financial, and Volinspire.

The first event of the society will be a meet and great on Saturday, April 22nd from 1pm to 4pm at Douglas Community Centre. It will provide an opportunity to talk to Langley non-profits and event planners. For more information, please visit the Langley Volunteer website.

Langley City Council receiving an Engineering and Parks Update. Select image to enlarge.

Council received an Engineering and Parks update. Work is continuing for the 203rd Street project with the grand opening now slated for June 9th.

Crews are also busy with $1.3 million in upgrades for the Penzer Action Park. Work is expected to be completed this summer.

The 56th Avenue Improvement Project is about to begin. Council approved the $4.2 million tender to Richco Contracting Ltd. The project will include upgrading aging water and sewer mains, plus new sidewalks, new streetlights, new street tress, new cycling lanes, and fresh asphalt. This City will be hosting a public information session on:

Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Langley City Hall, 20399 Douglas Crescent Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Work is also starting on the 48th Avenue Improvement Project. The project will result in a widened 48 Avenue on the north side from 200 Street to 201 Street to allow for sidewalks and bike lanes.

Water mains are currently being flushed in the City. If you notice cloudy water, it’s safe to drink. Running your water will reduce the cloudiness.

City crews also completed bank restoration work along Baldi Creek by the old BC Hydro right-of-way, and have been busy replacing the storm sewer along Newlands Drive. They have also been completing walkway maintenance. Due to this winter’s crazy weather, City crews have been patching a higher number of potholes. If you see a pothole, please report it to the City.

After the Engineering Update, we received a Recreation and Culture Update.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th, Langley City will be taking part in National Canadian Film Day on April 19th. There will be free movies being screened and free popcorn available at Langley City Hall. For more information on movie show times, visit the City’s website.

Youth Week is coming up in the first week of May. There will be a metric ton of activities for young people including building a community garden at HD Stafford, an Art Show/Battle, an Amazing Race through the City, and a “Carnival” from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday, May 6th. I will post a link with more information when it becomes available.

With the start of spring, comes a lot of activities in our community. Tomorrow, I’ll be posting about the remaining items, including rezoning applications, from Monday night’s council agenda.

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