Wednesday, September 20, 2023

September 11 Council Notes: Banners, Bus Rapid Transit, Asset Management

Langley City's September 11th Regular Council meeting started with an award presentation to Kurtis Stevenson as his design was selected for this fall's streetlight banners.

Langley City initiated a call for artists back in the spring to design a banner that reflects our community in the fall.

Stevenson recently graduated from The Wilson School of Design at KPU. Besides an honorarium, he was also given two banners with his design. If you head to Downtown Langley, you can see his banners in the wild.

New street banner in Downtown Langley. Select the image to enlarge.

As I posted, Bus Rapid Transit is the future of getting people around our region. Bus Rapid Transit will allow more people in our region to access fast, affordable, frequent transit service that doesn't get stuck in traffic. The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation and TransLink staff are currently working on shortlisting the first few Bus Rapid Transit routes that will go forward. They are looking for municipalities willing to support Bus Rapid Transit, including a commitment to reallocate road space to accommodate dedicated bus lanes, support transit-oriented development, and work with TransLink staff to get this transit service running as fast as possible.

98 B-Line Bus Rapid Transit on No. 3 Road in Richmond. Image Source: Busologist

TransLink and the Mayors' Council want this early support because they ran into bumps with the previous rollout of RapidBus, including having to cancel a section of RapidBus in West Vancouver as there wasn't municipal support at the time.

Langley City Council unanimously endorsed Bus Rapid Transit along 200th Street, going through the future 203rd Street/Industrial Avenue SkyTrain Station and transit exchange.

Langley City Council approved updating our Living Wage Policy with some housekeeping items, including increasing the threshold where it would apply to contractors and service providers from $50,000 to $250,000. Council also asked City staff to review creating an updated Living Wage/Fair Wage program for future years.

Council also approved City staff applying for a $25,000 grant from UBCM to develop an Asset Management Plan and Levels of Service Framework. This framework would help optimize how Langley City's cost effectively maintains assets such as roads to maximize their life and lower costs. If we are successful with this grant, the City will contribute $48,000 for a total project value of $73,000.

CKF is one of the largest employers in Langley City, providing over 350 well-paying union jobs. At their request, Council approved sending a letter of support for the proposed expansion of their production facility in Langley City. They are applying to the provincial and federal governments to support their expansion plans financially.

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