Wednesday, June 21, 2023

June 19 Council Notes: Accessibility Committee, New Murals, and Council Remuneration

Monday night's Langley City Council meeting started with a presentation from Small Housing BC. In the context of the province's new housing plan, which includes allowing up to four housing units on all lots, they suggest that local governments allow these units to be stratified to incentivize property owners to redevelop their lots.

Later in the meeting, Council approved two new murals for the exterior walls of the washroom building at Rotary Centennial Park.

Rotary Centennial Park Washroom East Wall Mural. Select the image to enlarge.

Rotary Centennial Park Washroom West Wall Mural. Select the image to enlarge.

As provincial law requires, local governments, such as Langley City, must now have accessibility committees, develop an accessibility plan, and provide a formal feedback process around accessibility. Langley City Council approved the terms of reference for our new accessibility committee. The committee's focus areas will be identifying and proposing solutions to remove accessibility and inclusion barriers that community members and City staff can experience around employment, service delivery, the built environment, information, communication, transportation, and procurement.

The committee will also advise on creating Langley City's Accessibility Plan and feedback process.

Council acknowledged the provincial government's traffic fine revenue-sharing program. Langley City received $453,396 in 2022, which helped fund the salary of three RCMP officers.

On the topic of public safety, Council also approved our Fire Chief Scott Kennedy to attend the 2023 Canadian Fire Chiefs Association Fire-Rescue Canada Conference.

As provincial law requires, Council approved and released the 2022 Council Remuneration & Statement of Financial Information. The following table show Council remuneration in 2022.

2022 Council Remuneration and Expenses. Select the table to enlarge.

Council gave first, second, and third reading for minor updates to our Municipal Ticket Information System Bylaw, changing the wording of Achool in Parks to Alcohol/Controlled Substance in Park/Public Facility and renumbering some sections.

Council also gave final reading to updates to our Business License and Regulation Bylaw, Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw, and Council Procedure Bylaw, which I posted about previously.

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