Thursday, February 22, 2018

February 19, 2018 Council Meeting Notes: $125,976.79 in community grants awarded

So far this week, I have posted about development proposals and the upcoming public meeting on the proposed bingo hall relocation at Cascades Casino. These items were part of Monday night’s Langley City council meeting agenda. Today, I will be posted about the remaining items that were covered.

Council heard two presentations. The first presentation was from Tim Cheung and Simon Lau of Unifor 2002. Their union is advocating for a federally supported, universal Pharmacare program. This idea has received support from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Cheung and Lau requested that Langley City send a letter of support for universal Pharmacare to our MPs and MLAs. Council agreed to send a letter of support.

A presentation from ICBC on its distracted driving awareness campaign. Select image to enlarge.

Leanne Cassap from ICBC delivered a presentation to council on its districted driving awareness campaign. She thanked the City and our staff for supporting the campaign.

Over the past month, the 2018 budget has been making its way through the process of getting adopted. On Monday, the 2018-22 Financial Plan received final reading, and was adopted by council. You can read more about the budget in previous posts.

Last year, the Langley City Crime Prevention Task Group asked council to pilot including a brochure as part of the business license renewal process, informing business owners about the free crime prevention assessment available through the RCMP. Due to the success of this pilot, the task group asked council to make including this brochure permanent. Council agreed.

The Langley Emergency Program is a shared responsibility of the City and Township of Langley. The Langley Emergency Program is interested in applying for a $25,000 grant from the provincial Community Emergency Preparedness Fund. This funding can be used for emergency operations centres, emergency operations training, emergency social services, evacuation route planning, flood risk assessment, flood mapping, flood mitigation plans, and structural flood mitigation. Council did our part, and supported the Langley Emergency Program’s request for this funding.

Langley City council dedicates a partition of the revenue the City receives from the casino for community grants. The following organizations and groups will receive grants this year:

Alano Club of Langley $1,000.00
Bard in the Valley $11,174.56
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley $4,808.00
Boys and Girls Club of Langley $3,250.00
Brookswood Baptist Church - Homeless Feeding Program $203.67
Cerebral Palsy Association of BC $500.00
Children of the Street Society $1,000.00
Civix $1,000.00
DLBA - Arts Alive and Fork & Finger Events $11,000.00
DLBA - Start It Up Langley $5,000.00
Douglas Park Community School Society $2,550.00
Encompass Support Services Society – Best Babies $3,660.00
Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation $1,000.00
Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives – Black Book $2,000.00
Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards $500.00
Ishtar Transitional Housing Society $1,350.00
Kiwanis Fraser Valley Music Festival Society $5,000.00
Langley 4H District Council $150.00
Langley Amateur Radio Association $262.60
Langley Arts Council $1,600.00
Langley Baseball $8,000.00
Langley Cares Foundation - Langley Lodge $7,500.00
Langley Community Farmers Market Society $5,300.00
Langley Field Naturalists $1,000.00
Langley Flippers Swim Club $1,232.00
Langley Fundamental Secondary School - Dry Grad $500.00
Langley Lawn Bowling Club $6,000.00
Langley Literacy Association $2,500.00
Langley Meals on Wheels $1,009.40
Langley Pos-Abilities Society $985.31
Langley Royal Canadian Legion - Remembrance Day $2,400.00
Langley Scholarship Committee $4,500.00
Langley Secondary School - Dry Grad $500.00
Langley Senior Resources Society $15,000.00
Langley Sponsorship Advertising $2,000.00
Langley Ukulele Association $1,650.00
Lower Fraser Valley Aboriginal Society $2,500.00
Mountain Secondary School Dry Grad $500.00
Parkinson Society BC - Langley Chapter $236.25
Pitch In Canada $425.00
Pucks Powerplay Foundation $2,660.00
Seniors of Langley $270.00
Terry Fox Run $800.00
Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association $500.00
Youth Parliament $1,000.00
Total $125,976.79

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