March 23, 2017
2017 Homeless Count
The preliminary findings of the 2017 Homeless Count were presented to the Regional Board by Dr. Ron van Wyk of MCC Community Enterprises. The findings show that number of homeless in the Fraser Valley has increased 74% since the last count in 2014. There are now 603 homeless individuals, which is an all time high. The communities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope experienced significant increases. Boston Bar experienced a only a marginal increase, while Mission and Agassiz-Harrison experienced a decrease. The data will continue to be compiled over the next few months and will be released in a detailed
George Ferguson named as honourary chair in memoriam
As a tribute from his peers, Mr. George Ferguson, who passed away on March 7 at the age of 91, was recognized as honourary board chair for March. Mr. Ferguson’s political career spanned 36 years in numerous roles, culminating as Mayor of Abbotsford. Mr. Ferguson also served as FVRD Board Chair twice; first from 1973 to 1974 and then again from 1994 - 1995.
Mr. Ferguson was known as a man of the people, and was considered to be an icon in the community. The FVRD extends its sincerest condolences to Mr. Ferguson’s family.
Transit service between Hope and Agassiz approved
Approval was given to proceed with the implementation of a dedicated transit route between Hope and Agassiz. Routing and fare details are still to be finalized, but the service is anticipated to run four times a day, six days a week.
Baker Trails Water System
The Board approved Service Area Establishment and Loan Authorization Bylaws for the Baker Trails water system, which allows implementation of a new sewage treatment system to proceed. The next step will be to issue an RFP for the detailed design of the sytem.
Hope & District Recreation Fees Amendment
The Board approved Bylaw No. 1410, 2017 to include fees for two new programs — Beginners Knitting and Beginners Crochet. The new bylaw and fee schedule will be posted on the FVRD web site.
Open Burning Practices & Policy
The Board approved staff to continue to explore opportunities to improve air quality in the Fraser Valley. This includes initiating discussion with municipalities about the best way forward to mitigate open burning from land clearing, and to investigate minimizing burning through alternative programs, such as wood chipping and composting.
Approval was given to proceed with software development to create an online resource that will replace the FVRD’s First Nation Resource Guide. The Community Education, Data and Resources (CEDAR) Network will be an interactive, web-based tool designed to provide users with data to support First Nations relations. Features will include dynamic maps and extensive search capabilities.