Thursday, June 16, 2022

June 13 Council Notes: Reconciliation, Election Bylaws, City Committees

With the fall municipal election coming up, Langley City staff are updating bylaws to support the election.

As I posted a few weeks ago, Langley City Council voted to amend the Sign Bylaw regarding political signs. Council gave final reading to amend the Sign Bylaw. Political signs are now limited to 4' by 4,' and people can only place political signs on private property where they have the owner's permission.

Council also gave first, second, and third readings to bylaws which will allow voting by mail, including updating the procedure to incorporate voting by mail into the automated vote-counting system.

Due to changes in traffic control regulations and inflation, Council approved an additional $12,000 for Community Day. The City will use this funding to cover the increased traffic control costs, equipment rentals, and entertainment costs.

Council approved investing $300 to allow the Crime Prevention Committee to purchase t-shirts to support their new "Block Walk" program. Volunteers will walk around an area, such as in and around Linwood Park, talking to residents and promoting the City's crime prevention programs.

Council passed two motions in support of building stronger relationships with Katzie, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Matsqui Nations, whose traditional and unceded territory is where Langley City is located.

The first motion was to incorporate a welcome phase from the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language into the start of every Council meeting. The second motion was to explore placing flags in front of City Hall from each of the four Nations.

Council appointed the following people to the newly expanded Arts, Recreation, Culture and Heritage Committee: Sandra Reams, Susan Magnusson, Mandy Marten, and Hanna Bennett.

As a note, Langley City received $534,333 from the provincial government. 100% of traffic fine revenue collected in the City goes towards funding the salaries of three RCMP officers.

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