November 29, 2017
Changes to FVRD and FVRHD Board Remuneration
The board approved two bylaws which will change the remuneration for members of the regional district and hospital district boards. These new bylaws will come into effect on January 1, 2018. Full details of the new remuneration levels can be found in Bylaw No. 1446, 2017 and No. 0068, 2017.
Time Capsule Buried to Commemorate 50th Anniversary
As part of the year long celebration, the Board has buried a time capsule at its offices. All 14 communities of the FVRD were invited to participate. Some of the capsule’s contents include annual reports, photos of people and projects completed in 2017, lapel pins, and other memorabilia. It is hoped that the capsule will be unearthed in 2067, 50 years from now. John Jansen was named honourary board chair at this month’s meeting. Jansen served as Mayor of Chilliwack from 1984 to 1987 and was Chair of the Fraser Cheam Regional District from 1985 to 1986. John also served as MLA for Chilliwack and held the roles of Minister of Finance and Minister of Health. He is currently president of the Chilliwack Hospital Foundation.
Data Centre to be Refreshed
After an assessment of the FVRD’s IT infrastructure and IT management practices, the Board has awarded RFP-17019 to Microserve Managed IT Services and Solutions for a total cost of $219,956.50 plus applicable taxes. The improvements will address issues around network security, data protection, network resiliency, and hardware reliability.
Gravel Permit Issued to Sonora Enterprises
Sonora Enterprises owns a commercial gravel operation at 42541-42769 Lougheed Highway in Electoral Area C. Gravel extraction has occurred at this location since at least 1969 under a permit from the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Sonora Enterprises has now applied for a permit under the FVRD’s new Commercial Gravel Operations Bylaw No. 1181. The Board approved this permit which will establish noise and dust restrictions, ongoing monitoring and annual compliance reports of this operation.
Mapping Matsqui Island for Mosquitoes
Every year, the majority of floodwater mosquitoes that affect the Fraser Valley come from active larval sites in and around the foreshore area and the islands within the Fraser River. Matsqui Island, part of the Matsqui First Nation Reserve is susceptible to freshet conditions. The FVRD has allocated $25,000 to study and map mosquito breeding sites at this location, pending permission from Matsqui First Nation.
2017 Social Housing Inventory
The social housing inventories have been a valuable tool to inform local governments on social housing and homelessness at the local and regional levels. These inventories can be found on the FVRD web site at www.fvrd.ca/Housing-Homelessness.