Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November 4 Council Meeting: Remembrance Day, Extending Task Groups, and Presenting Long Service Awards

Last night’s Langley City council meeting started with a presentation of long service awards for people that work at the City. People were recognizing for working at the City for five years, ten years, and 30 years. Each person had a bio read about them, and was then thanked for their service by council and senior City staff. One five-year award recipient used to work for the City, retired, then came back. This brought his total service to the City to around 45 years!

Langley City staff, family, and friends at the long service award presentation. Select image to enlarge.

The Remembrance Day Ceremony will be occurring at Douglas Park on Monday. The parade will arrive at the Cenotaph at 10:45am, with the ceremony starting at 10:55am. More information is available on the City’s website.

If you’ve walked around Downtown Langley recently, you may have noticed new banners that honour our war veterans. Councillor James noted that the Downtown Langley Business Association would like to give the previous banners to the families of people pictured. For more information, email the association at info@downtownlangley.com.

The City has several term-limited task groups which were created by council to work on specific tasks. Three of these task groups requested that council extend their term-limit to the end of 2020 to allow them to complete their mandate. The task groups are as follows:

Arts and Culture Task Group
To prioritize, evaluate, and develop a business case for the implementation of various arts and culture initiatives in Langley City.

Performing Arts and Cultural Centre Task Group
To continue the planning process, including developing a business plan, governance model, and funding model for a Performing Arts and Cultural Centre in Langley City.

Economic Development Task Group
To work at identifying ways to promote economic development in the City, and take action on targeted focus areas.

Council approved extending the terms of all three task groups.

Every Grade 5 student in Langley City public schools receives a workbook called “Getting to Know Langley City.” The workbook is used by approximately 500 students each year to help them learn about the history of Langley City, and how local government works. This workbook was recently updated. The most recent update can be viewed on Langley City’s website. This education program started in 2001.

As a housekeeping matter, council approved a new corporate identity and brand policy to replace a policy from the 1990s.

Council also approved its meeting schedule for 2020. The meeting dates will be posted on the City’s website.

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