FHCA Meeting minutes, February 17, 2016

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES
February 17, 2016

President’s report
• Web site – www.fhca.ca
• Marcie Kroeker, president
• FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community dealing with issues that affect our community such as safety, traffic, development
• The FHCA gathers four times a year to discuss issues that affect our community
• FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community
• If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website). This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
• If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up (on the right side of website page). You will receive four notifications and four reminders of the upcoming meetings per year. There may also be notifications of open houses or events affecting FH residents.
• Our Community Association mailing address is PO Box 74042, Surrey, V4N 1N9.

Treasurer’s report
• Financial statement – total account balance is $3,438.54
• Expenditures were $140.00

RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander Sergeant Laurie Clarkson was introduced tonight. She can be reached at Laurie.Clarkson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
• Criminal offenses went from 119 in 2014 to 77 in 2015 (a significant drop) – spread out throughout FH area
• Stats on FH were pulled from Jan 1 to Feb 15 in both 2015 and 2016. There were 55 offenses in 2015 and only 27 in 2016 in the same time frame.
• B&E – garage door openers in vehicles – don’t leave in vehicle (take it with you).
• Vehicle thefts – thieves gained entry through car door or windows. If leaving car outside, you need to use a locking device on steering wheel.
• Theft from vehicle – majority of thefts were to take something visibly left in vehicle such as a purse, change, clothes etc. Don’t leave items in main part of vehicle where they can be seen. Thieves don’t care what your deductible costs to fix car, they take what they want.
• Tynehead Park – regular and bike patrols are being done in the area as there has been vandalism and many thefts from vehicles in the parking lot. Police can’t be there 24/7 so please minimize enticement by keeping interior of car free of items.
• It was reported that, at the off-leash parking area at Tynehead Park, several people had left their cars unlocked while walking their dogs – this makes it easy for thieves to break in.
• Laurie Clarkson praised residents for reporting and calling in suspicious persons/vehicles seen in FH – it has been most helpful!
• Be vigilant – if something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. Don’t make it easy for people to steal. Report even minor incidents to police.
• False alarms/abandoned 911 calls made up a significant number of calls for service, especially pocket dialing (often phones in bags get knocked about and accidently call 911). These false alarms take a significant amount of police resources as police respond to each call, just in case there really is an emergency. Be aware, police may even enter your house to see if someone could be hiding while calling 911 or to look for suspicious activity.
• # of new officers added to Surrey RCMP have been evenly distributed throughout the City
• District 2 – this is a fairly big area with irregular boundaries – see map at http://surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=71&languageId=1&contentId=32629
• Problems with Parks – they are governed by Metro Vancouver but residential problems are dealt with by City bylaws

Heather Paradis (heather.paradis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) reported on the following:
• SCAM: With tax time coming, these scammers phone, text or email residents. They say they’re from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). They are very aggressive and will call numerous times to say you owe money. They may even say you’ll be arrested and a police officer is on the way to your house if you don’t pay up. These people sometimes say you have a rebate – they want you to click a link so they can get your information (which they say they need in order to deposit the money). They won’t be depositing anything. PLEASE NOTE: Canada Revenue Agency does NOT call to talk about your taxes – they send mail. CRA talks about this scam on their website. CRA WILL NOT leave a voice message nor will they send you a text. Don’t confirm any information with these fraudsters, not name, phone # or anything. They try to keep you on the line a long time. Your call display will even show they are from CRA – but this is caller ID spoofing. Sometimes caller display even shows your own phone number on call display. If you do give them money, it is your loss. Pass info onto family and friends. They’re especially targeting seniors.
• Call the Canadian Antifraud agency if you receive these types of scam calls – toll free # is 1-888-495-8501 or go online www.antifraudcentre-cdentreantifraude.ca to report these calls.
• Donations at door – If you are unsure about the people or organization, ask for materials or their website – you can usually donate online, if you are interested. Sometimes, these people come late at night. Acknowledge you’re home but don’t open door as they may be knocking just to find out if anyone is home. If it feels suspicious, call it in and make a report. Can take up to an hour to get officer there. Get plate numbers or any other information about this.
• Last week, 2 vehicles were stolen from Glenwood drive (details not known, no exact address)
• Weekly, police publish stats on types of vehicles stolen, areas they were stolen from and where they were recovered (100 block, no exact addresses)
• If you don’t report crimes in Fraser Heights, there will be no record of them so police can’t track the criminals/hot spots of activity. Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502 about any incidents, no matter how small they seem. You can also make reports at http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/667.aspx or by using the following app:

City of Surrey App for phones to make requests to the City
• It is called Surrey Request (the app has a green background with a white check mark in a white outline of a circle)
• You can use it to submit:
a) An emergency – it links to the RCMP emergency and non-emergency numbers
b) A service request for items such as animal control, graffiti, litter, parking, parks, road surfaces, secondary suites, sidewalks/walkways, street lights sewer backup, traffic signals, transportation, tree issues, unsightly property, waste collection, water quality, water leaks and other issues.
c) View recent requests
• There is a “pin” that you can insert into a map that will show the location of the problem
• You can attach pictures to show the problem
• City staff are quite prompt at getting back to you about your concerns – even if they can’t deal with it right away, they will let you know that (e.g., downed trees in the last windstorm)

Mike Starchuk, City of Surrey Councillor shared the following:
• Stats on crime – reported crimes will get more police patrolling in areas where criminal activity is. Please report any type of criminal activity.
• The City of Surrey is using COSMOS, a navigation tool – http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/665.aspx . It is supported by Firefox, Safari or IE but not by Chrome. It can be used to look up information pertaining to zoning, land use, underground utilities, schools, parks, recreation centres and more. There are videos to show how to use this site.
• Report any illegal dumping – the City bylaws department will take an active role in fining those responsible, if reported. Reports can be made through the Surrey Request app or by phoning bylaws at the City
• Please note: the City has a large item pick up service (e.g., fridges, sofas, large appliances, mattresses, washers, dryers, stoves, barbeques etc.). Each residence is entitled to having 4 large items picked up per calendar year. If you have a registered secondary suite, they will pick up 6 large items. Please call 604-590-7289 (Option 3) to book a date for pick up at your curbside.
• LED street lighting change-over – The City has 28,000 streetlights that will gradually be changed over to the new LED lighting. These lights were piloted in the Newton area. Once the City is changed over, it will save $700,000 a year in electricity and about $300,000 in maintenance (about $1 million in savings per year). These bulbs provide better lighting at night – they make pedestrians and vehicles more visible. Surrey will be one of the first large cities in the country to change all the lights over to LED.
• Bio Fuel Facility in Port Kells – Surrey will be the only city in N America with this system. The large orange stack will be opening 2017. Waste from the green bins will go to that site. Fermenting process will take 12 weeks to produce methane and compost. It should produce enough natural gas to fuel the city vehicles. There is a giant stack, scrubber and odour remover so neighbouring areas will not “smell” the composting. This system is found in Europe and works well there.
• Compost from this facility will be available for community gardens and various other sites. A private company has partnered with the City and they will market/sell the compost starting at the end of 2017.
• Agricultural community – the City is trying to become more sustainable. There are about 23,000 acres of land in the reserve. A new program with a Biodome feature will be coming up in 2nd part of this year – a program to get young folks interested in farming. At this point in time, 6 restaurants have signed up for Sept to have 80% of their menu come from the City (on Sundays). One day, the City would like to see 100% of the food served in these restaurants produced in the City
• Pipeline – since the change in government, plans are up in the air. What they had planned on doing was not acceptable to the City. Surrey has intervenor status which allows the City to participate in the process of the Trans Mountain pipeline application.
• January 2015 – The Blue Dot program was introduced as the right to live in a healthy environment – to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat safe food. The goal is to get every city in Canada to sign on. Surrey has signed on as a participant.
• Glass is now down to about 4% going into the landfill in Metro Vancouver – remember to take your glass bottles/jars to recycling depots.
• RF 12 – it is harder to retain trees on these smaller lots as the houses take up most of the lot. These small lots are best suited to be near transit lines/Skytrain where the residents would not need vehicles to get places.

Development:

• 108 Ave and 155 Street Variance (setback variance) – this development is slated for a narrow strip of land beside the new multiuse pathway that is under construction (between 154 and 155 along north side of 108 Ave). The owner has been paying taxes on this land for 20 years. It was in reserve (no build) as the Province was unsure if they were going to build an overpass over the #1 Hwy at that point. In 2014, the owner took the initiative to get his property back so he could develop it. He was trying to get 3 residences on property – long homes turned sideways – so houses would be orientated widthwise to the street. The depth of the property is 40 feet so the homes were to be 30 feet deep and 90 feet long (along 108 Ave). The owner was asking to purchase 10 feet of land from the City, the length of the entire property, to meet the RF standard (which would bring this strip of land right up to multiuse pathway). Cuts would have to be made into the new multiuse pathway to put in driveways.
• This went to council and concerned residents/FH directors spoke against it. These houses did not fit with any houses in the area due to their shape and configuration on the property and another concern was lack of parking (parking could only be on the south side of 108th) so it was brought back to the staff. Some of the FH directors met with a City Planner and the owner to discuss the property.
• Residents now need to provide specific feedback as to what they would like to see on that property. Be clear and concise to get message across (e.g., green space, community garden etc.) – if you have some design ideas, include them.
• The owner is willing to cooperate with suggestions. His father developed the whole subdivision around this land. He would sell the City his property, if they are interested in buying it.
• It is currently not in the budget for the City to buy the land and the City is not seeking the property. Residents could write letters to city about this but take note – it takes time due to the way the budget works and the process to do this. Approach the City to make that a priority to turn this piece of land into parkland (or any other ideas residents may have).
• Public doesn’t normally get a hearing for variance requests – it is stamped and done. Residents started a flood of letters (many copied to FH Association) about the variance on 108 so this proposal was deferred to refer it back to staff. This hardly ever happens at variance and so, residents got a chance to talk to this. There is definitely strength in numbers!
• Note: the City sends notice of new developments to residences within 100 metres of a site to be developed. In some areas, that may mean few or no people get notification. Be vigilant and watch for green signs to go up then let the FH Association and neighbours know about these signs. The sooner we are all aware of these sites, the sooner we can start dealing with them before they are passed. Send your input and get your neighbours to write City Hall then show up as a cohesive group at council meetings to make your opinions known.
• There is power in residents getting together to stop plans that do not fit with housing around the new developments. A green sign indicated that a development at 110 Ave and 156 St was to have RF 12 housing. Neighbours got together and proposal was withdrawn and is now slated to have RF housing as per the houses around it.
• One resident mentioned having received a letter for property off Abbey Drive which backs onto 176 St (173 turns into Abbey drive and this is the new 176, a quiet cul de sac). The proposal was to clear the bush and put in RF 12 housing (3500 sq ft lots). The concern was that, once one property is converted to RF 12, other such developments will follow.
• Parkview Place Development update. Some residents got together and knocked on doors of all houses in the area that would be affected by this development as only a few people had been informed about the plans. They had a single message “RF not RF 12”. The open house was across the freeway at the Holiday Inn Express where there was limited parking but large numbers of residents showed up! 195 feedback forms were filled out and these went to City planner then to developer. General consensus from feedback was that no one wanted RF 12 lots. Developer is going back to revamp development. Council did hear what residents and FH directors said at council meeting so the City did refer it back to staff. There will be an update on this at the next meeting.
• Trees – residents want the trees along the freeway to be left as they provide a noise barrier and help filter exhaust fumes. The City is on a 20 year plan to try to catch up planting trees for all those removed. City’s vision goes to 2058 – they want to exceed the canopy by then.
• On COSMOS, you can see every tree that was planted – they are all catalogued – type etc. The “tree people” are proud of having these stats available.
• Ruby Hill – 100 foot trees were all removed and now houses on very narrow RF 12 lots stand on the entrance to freeway/FH.
• A development sign north of Ruby Hill, also slated to be RF 12 housing, means all those tall trees in that area will also be coming down. Residents were upset due to all the trees that were removed and are slated to be removed.
• The City has said that more affordable housing is needed but many residents said these RF 12 houses in Ruby Hill are selling for more than many of the other residences in FH. They are not more affordable, they are on tiny lots and all of them have secondary suites.
• East Fraser Heights Land use concept plan– Abbey Ridge local area plan is the new name for the concept plan that the City has been working on. Council approved stage one on Dec 14, 2015. Stage 2 is now in progress and the City is looking to bring this to council this summer to approve the plan and with reference to future developments in the area.
• The process for development is – developers bring plans of what they want to build to the City. City reviews plans. We often don’t find out about these plans until quite late in the process, often not until fairly close to when they come to council. Residents need to read the local papers to find out when public hearings are taking place about the various developments. It was noted that the first 2 stages of Parkview Place were passed before residents even got wind of it.
• Residents and FHCA want to get development information earlier. Send feedback to City to request getting these plans sooner in the process.

Surrey Bend Park – the Grand Opening is on April 16th at 3 p.m. Although the parking lot is not yet open, residents who have visited the park said the park was fabulous!

Members Concerns/Announcements:
• A resident mentioned it would be helpful to have any petitions dealing with community issues be located at a central spot such as Nesters. The problem was that all directors are volunteers with their own lives/families/jobs and could not possibly take on this responsibility.
• New residents – several realtors put information about Fraser Heights in their packages to new residents. It would be helpful if all new residents got information about the community and Community Association. Maybe create a “Welcome to Fraser Heights” packet?
• Another resident suggested FHCA mail out an annual letter to the community to let people know of the Association. Often, residents are not aware of the FHCA until they are faced with issues involving their part of the community.
• A request was made to allow the FHCA website to be more interactive.
• Note – there is a link on the right side of the website where residents can email directors to share information or bring up concerns.
• FHCA does not want to send out a lot of emails as people then tend to ignore them. We limit emails to pertinent information that is time sensitive so people will read them.

The last scheduled meeting for this school year is Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEETING MINUTES, Sept 23, 2015

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES
Sept 23, 2015

President’s report
• Web site – www.fhca.ca
• Marcie Kroeker, president
• FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community dealing with issues that affect our community such as safety, traffic, development
• The FHCA gathers four times a year to discuss issues that affect our community
• FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community
• If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website). This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
• If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up. You will receive four notifications and four reminders of the upcoming meetings per year.
• Our Community Association mailing address is PO Box 74042, Surrey, V4N 1N9.
• Sign up – membership is free (it’s on the right side of website page) and you’ll receive notification of meetings.

Guest singing group
• The FHCA was treated to a choral selection by a group called Sound Scape. Their members come from Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Northwest Washington State. They meet Monday evenings at Bothwell. If anyone is interested in auditioning for their group or contacting them to sing at an event you are planning, please email them at www.soundscapesings.ca

Treasurer’s report
• Financial statement – due to our guest singers and speaker, this was not presented.

RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander Sergeant Paul Reshaur has been transferred. Our new District Commander is Sergeant Laurie Clarkson – she can be reached at laurie.clarkson@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
• If you don’t report crimes in Fraser Heights, there will be no record of them so police can’t track the criminals/hot spots of activity. Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502 about any incidents, no matter how small they seem. You can also make reports using the new Surrey app called Surrey Request for emergency and non-emergency issues. This app has a link to the RCMP emergency and non-emergency numbers.
• We were unable to have a representative from the RCMP attend our meeting in September but the following information was shared at the meeting:
• There were 69 accounts of theft or attempted theft from vehicles in last 5 months –make sure you keep your car doors locked and do not keep valuables in your car.
• The City of Surrey uses the Cosmos website (http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/665.aspx) to show information on our community (such as where theft has occurred). Instructions on how to access Cosmos are available at that website.
• Blockwatch – there are 21 groups in FH – it is strongly suggested that if your neighbourhood doesn’t have one, call the RCMP (Heather Paradis) to set one up.
• There was a very serious fire near 168 St and 106 Ave – about ¾ of house burned down. – The Blockwatch group from that area came together for that emergency.
• Power outages – from 30 to 63 hours were reported in FH during the windstorm August 29. We need to be prepared for emergencies –FHCA plans to have an Emergency Preparedness person come to one of our future meetings to discuss this topic.

Development:
• Don Luymes, from the City of Surrey, did a presentation at our meeting on East Fraser Heights Land Use Plan proposed by the City of Surrey – what it means for new developments in Fraser Heights, including strata properties.
• This land use plan was initiated March 23 for the area east of 172 to 184 Street, north of Highway 1 and south of Golden Ears Connector. It included analyzing the infrastructure needed in order to develop this area (schools, parks, utilities and roads)
• There was one Open House in late June at the FH Rec Centre. 132 people attended open house. Only 31 people filled out the feedback forms and their comments included – better transportation, neighbourhood centre, environmental protection. The City needs feedback to know if they are on target or what changes are being requested. Please take the time to fill out a feedback form to make your comments heard.
• Another Open house will be held Oct 1 at gym of Rec Centre – 6:30 to 8. This will assist the City in determining what would best suit the community and would help provide us with a better idea of what future development will look like.
• There have been a number of development applications for this area
• The development Plan A included large acreage properties (173 to 176 and 101 to 103 will be left) and smaller lots as well as some townhouses (where appropriate).
• Barnston drive has RF zoning which is typical of FH and along 172 St. There will be a new street and lots on both sides of that street. Low to medium density townhouses are proposed between 100th Ave and Hwy 1 due to the awkward nature of this stretch of land. 10 to 15 units per acre so 100 to 120 units could be built from the Korean church to the south side of 100/Barnston from 173 to 176. In one of the proposed developments, there were also townhouses on the north side of Barnston/100th
• Hwy1 and Hwy 17 – the townhouse and/or condo complex is still being built and people are slowly moving into the complex. There will be some retail shops along the eastern side of this complex.
• Daly Road – part of property around there is zoned for industrial and part for residential
• Environmental study includes studying waterways, trees worthy of retention, riparian areas, water courses (Class A and B have – can’t build there – if not fish in them, they may feed fish further downstream, wildlife habitat, terrestrial habitat, culvert under freeway – wildlife corridor that links under Hwy 1 to Tynehead/Serpentine
• Good stands of trees, Douglas firs, monkey puzzle trees, western red cedar have been identified in this area and may be slated for retention
• Preservation of green space – Parkland DCC plan – developers pay into it to allow for parkland in new developments
• Density compatible – the density of some of these proposed developments may not be identical to the existing density but buffers will be provided between these two levels of density to give transition
• There will be an integrated local road network for the areas to be developed with connections to the surrounding areas
• Network of pedestrian and cycling routes including connections to the Fraser Heights Greenway and adjacent regional parks.
• Servicing strategy and financial strategy to fund infrastructure improvements
• The Katzie are interested in lands owned by provincial gov’t toward where Hwy 17 Connector and Golden Ears Connector meet – townhouses at 20 units per acre are proposed for this area
• An alternative B plan was also shown with higher density in different areas (both plans will be available at the Open House.
• Planning process – environmental study was done in spring, land use concepts during summer, 2nd public open house is scheduled – if comments are negative, they’ll plan a 3rd open house otherwise the plan will get final adoption in late spring 2016.
• 3 new direct connections to the SFPR connector from FH will be completed
• 1200 residents currently live in East FH and about 4000 are proposed to be living in that area when development completed (70% of new houses have suites but in established areas about 30%). Numbers bumped up a bit to account for this.
• No elementary school is proposed at this time as the estimated population density wouldn’t warrant having one. Instead, residents would either go to Bothwell or a new school that would possibly be built in the Anniedale area on south side of Hwy #1
• Parking coordinator – Dave Harkness – contact him if parking becomes a problem in your area or if you suspect the development will cause parking problems. The number of parking spots is formulaic for number houses per acreage.
• Residents stated that access to and from FH is already a big problem so development will cause even more congestion on existing roads
• Although these types of lots are not common in Surrey, Panhandle lots could possibly be built. They are narrower and deeper and have a driveway alongside a house to service a house behind each one instead of building another road. The reason for this would be due to the pipeline that may make building roads in certain areas impossible as the pipeline cannot be paved over.
• If you have any comments, feedback or concerns, please email Markus Kischnick – mkischnick@surrey.ca and attend the open house October 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
• Applications to the City do not always address lot sizes so there have been some developments where residents need to speak up if lot size is not acceptable for that area.
• Note – RF 12 lots are 3400 square feet in size and allow a house of 3500 square feet to be built on it. They will also allow one suite. Houses of this size do not exist in FH but have now been proposed for the acreage at the north east corner of 156 Street and 110 Ave. All other houses around it are either acreages or RF (around 8000 sq ft lots). IF you have comments about this development, please email Donald Nip at dnip@surrey.ca and quote file number 7915-0232-00.

Traffic issues:
• Residents complained about the light at 104 and Hwy 17 that won’t allow them to turn right (south) from eastbound 104 Ave on the red light when northbound Hwy 17 traffic is turning left to head west onto 104 Ave. Few cars get through on a light and so the traffic tends to back up. It was stated that there would not likely be any changes until the Golden Ears Connector opens. It was slated to open at the end of this year but now they are looking at March 2017 for the opening date.
• The Golden Ears Connector from 184 to 179 is complete and paved just not connected through to 104/Hwy 17.

Members Concerns/Announcements:
• Glenwood pond was drying up this past summer. Residents in that area came together to form Friends of Glenwood Pond to take care of this pond. This story made it into both the local newspapers and the Vancouver Sun!
• Fraser Heights Winecellar store will soon be opening (next to Nesters in the corner – it will be a retail store selling wine only (not a liquor store) so the business owner did not have to apply for rezoning

The scheduled meetings for this school year are all on Wednesdays:
November 25, 2015
February 17, 2016
May 4, 2016

Minutes, FHCA meeting May 6 2015

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES
May 6, 2015

President’s report
• Web site – www.fhca.ca
• Lindsay Ryerson, president
• FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community dealing with issues that affect our community such as safety, traffic, development
• The FHCA gathers four times a year to discuss issues that affect our community
• FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community
• If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website). This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
• If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up. You will receive four notifications and four reminders of the upcoming meetings per year.

Treasurer’s report
• Financial statement – total account balance is $3738.32

Safety
RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander/ Sergeant Paul Reshaur – he can be reached at paul.reshaur@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
• If you don’t report crimes in Fraser Heights, there will be no record of them so police can’t track the criminals/hot spots of activity. Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502 about any incidents, no matter how small they seem. You can also make reports using the new Surrey app called Surrey Request for emergency and non-emergency issues. This app has a link to the RCMP emergency and non-emergency numbers.
• Two representatives from the RCMP attended our meeting – Heather Paradis, our crime prevention coordinator (heather.paradis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) and District Commander, Sergeant Paul Reshaur.
• Auto thefts – since January 1 to end of April – about 11 in FH
• Operation Hot Wheels – covert and overt police officers are using techniques to bring car theft down
• Car owners need to use deterrents to significantly reduce theft – keep car doors locked and windows up, remove items from glove compartment, leave nothing in your car and account for your keys (don’t leave them lying around), make sure your anti-theft device is turned on or if your car is older than 2007, use a club on your steering wheel. Set alarms. Some thieves will set off car alarms several times causing owner to turn them off then the thieves come back and steal car. Get good quality devices.
• Tips – thieves will steal change, empty bottles, chargers etc. – they break in hoping to find something more than what they can see. Don’t leave items in your car!!
• If you go on holidays, hide your car keys.
• Break-ins involving garages – thieves get in through garage (there were just a few in FH. Tip – remove garage door opener from vehicle – bring it inside when you leave your car or get a key fob opener to keep on key tag. Newer cars –garage opener codes can be programmed into car – don’t do that or thieves could get into your garage. Always make sure door between garage and your home is locked.
• Surrey RCMP website – visit it to get stats on crime for our area of District 2
• In May, the aboriginal Redd Alert gang hit several homes in FH mid-day. Drop the RCMP an email if you see or hear something about these types of crime. 5 homes, between 110 and 112 Aves in the vicinity of 163 St, were hit on one day.
• Police have worked with landlords to screen tenants, especially in the areas where criminals have been living.
• Mail theft – Fraser Heights has a higher number of community mail boxes hit – because there are more boxes here than in other areas of the City. Target teams have caught people in stolen cars with stolen mail. Thieves have even attached chains to the mailboxes and pulled them right off the bases.
• Thieves have gotten into a few of the new mailboxes. Canada Post is making it more difficult to break into them. Thieves are using big tools so report anyone having these tools (especially if they are hanging out in your neighbourhood) to 604-599-0502.
• Check your mailbox daily and try to empty your box soon after delivery. If you are on holidays, get a neighbour or family member to collect your mail. Switch to electronic statements / deposits. Report suspicious activity around or near mailboxes. Call Canada Post AND the RCMP to make reports.
• Canada post is gradually replacing the old mailboxes. The keys for the new boxes are very controlled – if a key gets stolen, they only have to rekey small # of boxes. It is an offence to possess a key if it is not yours.
• There have been many shootings in other areas of Surrey but not in our area. Bill Fordy has made it his mission to stop this – people involved in this are being named and their pictures are being shown in the media. Road blocks were set up in the areas where there were shootings. Lots of undercover police are involved in solving this problem. Help police survey the community – report any suspicious behaviours to them. These gang shootings have often been due to cultural/drug issues.

Development:
• City of Surrey’s East Fraser Heights Land Use Plan – for proposed new developments in Fraser Heights
• Parkview place – trees on property – arborist will review this situation and trees will meet specific density
• 160 St/104 Ave – for houses being built on this site, noise mitigation is a 6 foot wooden fence that residents will have to try to keep free from graffiti. Houses have triple glazed windows and better insulation etc. to help minimize noise from the #1 Highway. Developers must plant one additional tree per lot. Noise attenuation – the province has said they do not intend to extend the noise mitigation fencing to include these properties.
• Beautification – the strip of land between the new houses and 160 St is owned by the City. City needs to do tree planting and landscaping so fencing will not be as exposed as it is now and to make the entrance to Fraser Heights more attractive.
• There will be a new set of guidelines for future development of East Fraser Heights land (this area of FH is considered to be everything east of 172 Street). Don Luymes, manager of community planning from the Planning Department at the City of Surrey, gave a presentation to address this.
• A number of developers have approached the City about development in East FH. They have started assembling properties so they can go ahead with their plans. City planning staff got together a couple of months ago to plan and coordinate this. Council approved – 1st step is to do an environmental study. They’ll be doing a background baseline – creeks, ravines riparian, wild life movement, looking for good stands of conifers to protect. Mid June, the early results of this should be available and there will be a public meeting, possibly around Thurs June 25th. The City wants to meet with stake holders such as FHCA, Kindermorgan and other community groups prior to summer. Over the summer, Planning will lay out appropriate land uses, density and possibly a site for another Elementary school..
• Density – vast majority will be single family homes but may have some town houses – that would be closer to the townhouse/condo development around 176 St (Hwy 17)/#1 Hwy.
• Transition between new development and existing residents will be taken into consideration. Some areas may be resistant to development while other areas may be willing to sell.
• NCP – neighbourhood concept plans – no current development for the large acre properties as they have no services and are on septic.
• With the City coordinating the development, items such as parks, schools, sports fields etc. will be addressed as they can be missed when there is peace-meal development.
• Multifamily dwellings have already approved in East FH as some sites would be very challenging to put roads and services for single family dwellings (e.g. along 100th Ave). It also may make more sense to put in townhouses closer to the Port Kells industrial area.
• Large property 172 to 173 Streets and 103 Ave – this is a huge parcel and a park could possibly go there??
• Along 100th – offers have been made by Mosaic homes. People are willing to sell. Developer backed out of this as crystal meth house had not been cleaned up. Community Horizons and the Katzie 1st nations have applied to develop this area. City is looking at a more comprehensive plan to blend these developments together.
• Some parts may not redevelop due to value of the property
• Commercial development was approved at the townhouse/condo complex at 176 and Hwy #1 but it probably won’t be constructed until more people move into the townhouses.
• 180A – there currently is a walkway there, so that area would continue to be zoned for single family dwellings. Pattern already set so City will keep to that.
• Land use concept – it is not zoning – it makes it more likely that development will follow a plan and not build 4 storey housing in East FH. It is unlikely a development of that type would get support of City staff.
• There will be no additional high school – FH Secondary just got expanded. School district can apply to change boundaries so that students might have to go to another secondary school. Bothwell Elementary is under capacity so it could take children from these areas once they are developed.
• 2011 census – FH had the largest proportion of youth in any census area but doesn’t have that any more. Now Clayton has the largest proportion of youth. FH is cresting and will start to decline. As families “Age in place”, it was stated that FH shouldn’t need additional capacity at the high school.
• Where Golden Ears connector joins Golden Ears way, housing density could possibly be higher.
• 164 St/104 Ave – this area has smaller lots with big homes. – 13.4 metres wide lots. Developers took down the big trees. Very few homes have the 18 metre frontages that were once the norm. Most people can’t afford this anymore so the houses often have suites in basements.
• 154 St/104 Ave – One resident wondered why the City did not put in a park at this location. We were told that FH has balanced # parks. Density will increase along 104 Ave with mixed use development (shops on bottom and housing on top). The Pattison development on the north-east corner of 104 Ave/156 Street will have underground parking under most of the shops. Creek and parts to north will be coming into City ownership.
• Surrey Bend Park – this will be a low impact park. Trail development will be minimal as it is in a sensitive ecosystem. Tynehead has lots of areas for Recreation but Surrey Bend will not.
• Glenwood Park area – the complaint was that people had more than one suite. It is illegal to have more than one suite so inform bylaws to enforce this. BC building code does not permit 2 suites.
• First open house on the land development is tentatively planned for June 25. It will be advertised in newspapers and if people live very close to the areas being developed, they will get information in the mail. It will be Sept before any proposals are available. At that time, the FHCA will get an email that can be sent out.

Traffic issues:
• Transit referendum
• Benefit – easier to get around
• Transit light rail running down 104 Ave. Transit is trying to identify parallel routes to 104 so it won’t limit car traffic on 104. Benefits of light rail – may not need 2nd car to get around.
• Options being explored for light rail include using 105 Ave (currently it is a discontinuous road) – or widen 100th Ave. 104th Ave is too congested to remove any lanes of traffic from that route.
• Will post two balanced articles as to yes/no to vote for transit referendum on our website – deadline for vote is May 26. Residents south of the Fraser disproportionately benefit from this – we have to find a way to get out of cars. Get educated and vote.
• Around Pacific Academy – currently, a multi-use pathway is being installed. It will be lit for bicycles and pedestrians. A new sewer line is going in at the same time.
• The City is also working on Daly Road at the same time.
• Rail whistle cessation – there was an email sent to councillor Judy Villeneuve – information was forwarded to engineering dept to set up meeting with railroad. Meeting still hasn’t taken place. FHCA will follow up. Nassar Hozar from our community has a meeting on Friday, May 8th at 11:30 with Amrik Virk, MLA. Objective is to control time and number of whistles from railway yards. The tonnage being transported and number trains keeps increasing.
• 160 Street widening from 96 to 103 Avenues – construction will be ongoing from now to June 2016.
• Bus stops on 104th Ave between 160 to 168 Streets – Translink stated no pullouts required. Pedestrian crosswalks – Translink will monitor to see if they are warranted between 160 and 168 streets.
• Intersection of 104/164 – investigated and stats of accidents was low so no action at this intersection.
• A “No airbrakes” sign was requested for trucks going north down the hill (176 St/Hwy 17). There is a similar sign on Hwy 1 heading west before Port Mann bridge. This will now will be reviewed and a sign could be installed
• City will be building a roundabout at the intersection of 156 Street and 108 Ave. Heading west along 108 from 156 Street will be a multi-use pathway that will continue along Fraser Heights Greenway (formerly 154 Street) to 110 Ave to be completed by spring 2016.

Members Concerns/Announcements:
• TransMountain pipeline routing – It is slated to be parallel to Golden Ears connector – running along Daly road and to 96 Ave. A 10 meter swath will be removed, 5 meters on either side of the pipeline. Right now, this foliage provides noise/visual mitigation from the trains and SFPR. Transmountain noted that since the pipeline does not make noise, why replace the trees? However, noise levels from the train and road will now be much higher due to the removal of foliage by Transmountain.
• This was our last meeting before summer break. The next meeting will be in Sept. – info will be on the fhca.ca website when known
• A safety issue was raised – In the morning, when there is a lot of traffic heading north on 176 (Hwy 17) to turn left (west) at 104 Ave, the turning lane is not long enough to accommodate all those wishing to turn left. A lot of this traffic is going to Pacific Academy. The big concern was that trucks were coming over the peak of the hill at high speeds and with cars stopped in their lane on the downslope (due to the left turn lane being full), the trucks might not realize the cars are stopped until too late and could barrel into them. The left turn lane needs to be extended and the turning light may also have to be increased. Response – TI Corp has cameras in that area and they are supposed to monitor the length the lights are on. Write or send an email to the City to see how this problem can be addressed.
• Glenwood Park duck pond – At the entrance to this duck pond, there are mutiple signs in front of the pond so residents can’t see the pond or the rhododendrons that were planted there. The posted signs were for no feeding ducks, no skating, the name of the park, no fishing. The pond is so full of leaves and needs to be cleaned out. Residents were encouraged to write City hall about this.
• Improvements to 156 Street north of the proposed roundabout at 108 Ave/156 Street. There has been an ongoing request to fix 156 Street between 108 Ave and 112 Ave. No success yet. The City is waiting for property to be developed along that street and have the developers pay for it.
• Glenwood Crescent East – speed bump petition – Drivers avoid 168/164 Streets due to speed bumps on those routes. A month ago, a little boy was hit, his leg was broken and he was dragged by the car. Residents of that area want speed mitigation. Traffic can be really bad around school in/out times. Paul commented – unless there is a high volume of traffic combined with multiple accidents, there probably won’t be a lot of traffic surveillance done there. It is usually done on major routes. When people complain, RCMP listen and may come take a look. Different traffic calming methods could be used – such as narrowing the streets with bump outs. Call non-emergency line and ask to speak to traffic services.
• Canada Post – hand delivery – CP moving forward to using Superboxes in areas where there has been hand delivery.
• FHCA Executive will have one more meeting before summer. Residents in attendance at this meeting were asked if they wanted to become a member or director? Anyone reading the minutes is also welcome to become a member or join the group of directors. We meet 5 times during the year (apart from the 4 Community meetings).

Next Meeting will be in September 2015 – date to be announced.

Minutes, February 12 2015 meeting

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES
February 12, 2015

President’s report
• Web site – www.fhca.ca
• Lindsay Ryerson, President
• FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community
• The FHCA gathers four times a year to discuss issues that affect our community
• FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community
• If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website). This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
• If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up. You will receive four notifications and four reminders of the upcoming meetings per year.

Treasurer’s report
• Financial statement – total account balance is $3,718.47

RCMP update on safety and security – District Commander/ Sergeant Paul Reshaur – he can be reached at paul.reshaur@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
• If you don’t report crimes in Fraser Heights, there will be no record of them so police can’t track the criminals/hot spots of activity. Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502 about any incidents, no matter how small they seem. You can also make reports using the new Surrey app called Surrey Request for emergency and non-emergency issues. This app has a link to the RCMP emergency and non-emergency numbers.
• Two representatives from the RCMP attended our meeting – Heather Paradis, our crime prevention coordinator (heather.paradis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) and Corporal Bryan Tepper (bryan.tepper@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) (who has filled in for Sergeant Paul Reshaur when he has been unable to attend). Please note – Bryan was being transferred to the White Rock detachment so this was his last time attending our meetings. Many thanks to Bryan for all the information he’s provided us with.
• The 9 Break and Enters (B&Es) in FH in January were scattered throughout FH, mainly from 160 to 168 Streets. We are part of District 2 which has had a lower crime rate than most of the rest of Surrey.
• Whalley/Newton area has had the most B & Es in Surrey
• The Red Alert gang has been causing the most havoc – they look for houses with no one home and are especially looking for jewelry and cash. Warning – do not keep large amounts of these in your homes). This gang does not worry about alarms as they are able to get in and out in minutes.
• Commercial B&Es – only 2 in FH in January
• There had been a lot of criminal activity around 174 St and 104 Ave in the past few weeks. The residents were trying to get a Block Watch set up
• Commissionaires are now spread throughout the City. Every Fri/Sat they patrol the whole of District 2, especially the Guildford area, and they also come to FH. They have been patrolling behind the Esso gas station and have reported illicit activity.
• Quite a few arrests were made Dec to Jan (about 15 to 16) but, unfortunately, these criminals don’t stay in jail for long before they are back on the streets.
• Mailbox thefts have been happening all over Surrey – the number is way up but it is lower in FH than elsewhere in Surrey. Remember to pick up mail every day so there won’t be anything in the box to steal, should they break into your mailbox. If residents go on holidays, get Canada Post to put a hold on your mail so mail won’t be delivered to your box but will be kept at the depot.
• Wherever possible, switch to electronic mail/banking
• If you were expecting mail that didn’t show up, check with sender to see if and when it was sent.
• Canada Post is trying to solve the problem by installing the newer mailboxes.
• Most thefts are overnight. Get to know when your mail is delivered, and pick it up as soon after delivery as possible.
• There are some PO boxes at local Post Office depots – for a monthly fee, you can get your mail delivered there
• If you are expecting a new credit card, pick it up at your bank, don’t have it delivered
• The post office has stated that some people empty their boxes once a week –the thieves break into the whole community mailbox looking for boxes like this.
• There have been cases where the entire mailboxes were yanked out of their footings and taken away by thieves to break into elsewhere.
• If you notice your mailbox has been compromised, remember to report to Canada Post as well as to the RCMP by either phoning the non-emergency number or reporting it online. Matthew at Nina Grewal’s office also keeps track of the mailbox thefts and passes this information onto Canada Post.
• There was a request to post pictures of criminals in the local papers. The RCMP used to do this with the most wanted criminals but have not done so for a few years. If you’d like to see the return of the most wanted criminals, write a letter to Supt Bill Fordy – he will respond. The more people that request this, the more likely the mug shots will return.
• Transition homes – there was/is only 1 in FH – no real problems reported from it yet
• Surrey has a High Risk Location Task Force that investigates these homes to see if any bylaws are broken. If they have been, Bylaws will shut them down. The Court costs, bylaw infraction costs, nuisance costs etc. are charged to landlords/owners via their taxes.
• Mike Starchuk, City council member, attended our meeting. He explained that a bylaw is being developed so that all these homes have to be registered in Victoria. A Business license will be required and these residences must comply with fire department regulations. A lot of these homes are good. Mike said we want the number of homes to reflect our population, not be a dumping ground for the other Cities’ populations.
• 5 people attending tonight’s meeting had suffered theft from their cars and/or their cars had been stolen (sometimes to be used for further crime). There is more theft from cars than car theft. The thieves walk through neighbourhoods and try all the car doors. If unlocked, they rifle through the cars and take whatever they can find.
• Don’t leave any valuables in your car (take them into your house with you or put them in your trunk). Do not even leave small pocket change as it is an enticement for the thieves. Put a sign in car that there are no valuables in car (Heather Paradis had a brochure that folded out with a sign “all valuables have been removed”). Some people leave their glove boxes open and empty.
• Theft of autos – down in FH but it is up in every other area – there were 10 in FH. Most of them had no antitheft devices. Honda Civics or higher-end cars (especially those brought here from elsewhere were the cars most frequently stolen.
• Anything vehicle made in 2002 or earlier is the most susceptible to being stolen. Get a good immobilizer to protect your vehicles.
• Check your license plates regularly to make sure they are your plates as thieves may take them from your car to put on stolen vehicles then switch the plates so your vehicle gets the plates from the stolen vehicle (which is usually a similar make of car).
• Don’t warm your car up or leave your car running with keys hanging in the ignition.
• You can keep a photocopy of your insurance papers in your car with address etc. blacked out and keep the originals in your trunk. If you leave the originals in the car, the thieves then will have your address, know you are not at home and can break into your house (especially if the garage opener is also in the car).

Development:
• 15560 109 Ave – The FHCA wrote a letter to City Planning regarding the protection of trees on this property
• 15685 106A Ave
• 16540 and 16582 Parkview Place
• 16609 102
• 16616 Parkview Place
• Most of these development applications are requesting increased density – if anyone has concerns, they can email City Planning

Traffic issues:
• CN noise – in the yard and the yard heading east – whistles at 104 Ave, 179 St and 182A st, and soon at 177A street
• Noise from the rail yard is amplified throughout FH as the east end on a hillside is an amphitheatre
• Intersection 108/156 – roundabout/lights – open house 2 months ago and community input. No strong opposition so appears that is what they’ll go with. Lead engineer is currently away. Land acquisition issue but is being re-evaluated – just minor acquisition. Those people have not been approached yet.

Members Concerns/Announcements:
• 168 Street/108 Ave – why is there no sidewalk? It was noted that the developers usually address that while doing a building project. Once the houses have been built, there is less chance of getting it done. Write the City about this issue as they may be able to address it.
• How often does City repave the roads (104 Ave needs to be fixed)? Every time developers put in houses, the road had to be dug up to install sewers. This has caused 104 Ave to have spots that are lower than the road – like reverse speed bumps.
• No further information has been published regarding the commercial development at 104 Ave and 156 Street that will include a Save On Foods
• There is no pull-off lane for buses heading east bound on 104 Ave so this can back traffic up. It is also a safety issue for the passengers getting off the buses. The lighting around that area is quite poor and it is difficult to see pedestrians at nighttime. The FHCA is investigating, and meeting with the City on this item with the goal of having proper bus stops built and lighting added.
• It was reported that there has been a 15% increase in traffic on 104 Ave due to the South Perimeter Road – need traffic calming/stop signs?
• Something needs to be done at the intersection of 104 Ave and 164 Street. It is only a matter of time before there are fatalities there. A very serious T-bone accident occurred a few days before the meeting. Pedestrians take their lives in their hands to cross 104 Ave at 156 Street.
• Residents would like the ditch filled in at the entrance to Northview Park (on 156 Street between 110 and 111). Vehicles belonging to residents across the street are parking at the entrance to the park and along 156 Street on the west side where the ditch is, making the road very narrow.

Next Meeting will be Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m.

Public input on intersection at 108 Ave and 156 St – Monday Nov 24, 6:30 pm

The City of Surrey would like public input as part of our analysis of the traffic control at 108 Avenue and 156 Street. As a resident of the Fraser Heights Community, you are invited to attend the 108 Avenue & 156 Street Intersection Control Public Information Session. Please feel free to invite any other resident or road user who you believe may have an interest in the traffic operation at this intersection to attend.

 

Place: Date: Time:
Fraser Heights Recreation Centre
Multi-Purpose Room 3
10588 – 160th Street
Monday,
November 24, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

6:45 p.m. – Presentation

7:15 p.m. – Comments/Question

The purpose of the Information Session is to provide an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the three proposed traffic control devices:

  • All-Way Stop;
  • Roundabout; and
  • Traffic Signal.

Members of the public will be given a presentation by City staff and then provided an opportunity for comments and questions.

Further information may be obtained by calling the Engineering Department at 604-598-7915, by visiting the Engineering Department at Surrey City Hall, or by e-mailing ARezazadah@Surrey.ca.

 

Minutes, September 18, 2014 meeting

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

September 18, 2014

President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • Lindsay Ryerson, President
  • FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community
  • The FHCA gathers four times a year to discuss issues that affect our community
  • FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community
  • If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website).  This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
  • If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up.  You will receive four notifications and four reminders of the upcoming meetings per year.

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $4,330.28

RCMP update on safety – District Commander/ Sergeant Paul Reshaur (he can be reached at paul.reshaur@rcmp-grc.gc.ca)

  • If you don’t report crimes in Fraser Heights, there will be no record of them so police can’t track the criminals/hot spots of activity.  Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502 about any incidents, no matter how small they seem.  You can also make reports using the new Surrey app called Surrey Request for emergency and non-emergency issues.  This app has a link to the RCMP emergency and non-emergency numbers.
  • The Community Constable program – these officers are not armed at present – they deal with community issues, crime prevention, residential problems – grow ops/crack shacks etc.
  • Heather Paradis is our new crime prevention coordinator.  She is Marlene Drozda’s replacement.  You can contact her at heather.paradis@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
  • Corporal Bryan Tepper (bryan.tepper@rcmp-grc.gc.ca) fills in for Seargent Paul Reshaur
  • SFPR – there were 76 accidents at 96 Ave and 176 St last year (reasons may be due to the hill, different speeds on each of those roads and the fact that there are lots of lanes).  There were no stats available yet on accidents on the SFPR portion that runs through Fraser Heights – it has only been open since Dec 2013
  • ICBC contact Karen Klein – contact her at karen.klein@icbc.com
  • Theft from auto – this is often not reported.  Please note, even small incidents need to be reported so police can track where crime is being committed and look for patterns.
  • Speeding – The City of Surrey has bought more speed reading boards and there is a volunteer Speed Watch group that sets these up around the City to monitor speed.
  • Neighbourhood liaison now has a licence plate reader that will notify the car owner/driver if there are issues with the car/driver/uninsured drivers etc.
  • Observe it Report itPlease make a police report even for minor things such as someone is wandering around your neighbourhood and they don’t look like they belong.  Police would rather look into this than find out later that the person broke into several cars/houses.
  • Police collect this data and it can help pinpoint the hotspot areas and target them.  You can text or call 911 if important or call the non-emergency number (listed above).  There’s also a link to both numbers on the Surrey app – Surrey Request)
  • Crime in the FH area can be viewed on the RCMP web site.  These stats are publically available to district 2 (Guildford area).
  • FH is not a crime hotspot for Surrey as it is mostly residential, there is not a lot of transportation, it is isolated and people coming here usually come for a reason
  • Robberies – There were 3 in July to Aug and 3 from Jan to June.  Unreported robberies cannot be counted in these stats (please report even minor incidences)
  • Disturbances – maybe a dozen for last few months
  • Drug offences – 2 for summer months
  • There were 4 break and enters in the commercial area of 108 Ave/160 St during Jul/Aug (they occurred after hours)
  • There was a cluster of residential break and enters in the area of 160 to 164 Streets and 112 to 104 Aves.  The Red Alert gang from Winnipeg have done a lot of them – mostly aboriginal males.  They watch houses and when they see you pulling out of your driveway, they might go up and ring your doorbell.  If no one is home, they will attempt to break in through your rear sliding door or a rear window (often unlocked windows or doors, especially in the summer).  Best recourse is to make sure your windows/doors are locked – use metal bars or wood dowels in track.  Leave your lights on outside your house.
  • Have a motion sensor light installed.  They are good if they are installed in high places so they can’t be reached to unscrew them.
  • The Red Alert has targeted certain ethnic groups who keep jewelry/cash at home.
  • A number of new crime analysts have been hired to find patterns and MOs.
  • Robberies usually occurred in the late afternoon on weekdays (4 till 8 pm)
  • If your vehicle is broken into, your garage opener can be used to gain access to your house.  Make sure your garage door to your house is locked.
  • In one area, residents reported several thefts on a Sunday early morning (about 4 a.m.) – plastic flower pots, lawn furniture etc.   One car was broken into twice on a weekend
  • Watch for people on foot casing your neighbourhood.  They often come with backpacks and check house and car door handles and take items that are loose in the cars (such as chargers, holders for iPods etc.)
  • Theft from auto has been a scourge all over the City this year (cluster in Tynehead Park – 12 in last 2 months).  Don’t leave any valuables in car (even minor change), GPS – don’t leave your holder on the car window, wipe off the suction cup  mark, leave your glove box open, windows up, park your vehicles in the garage.  If they are parked on the street, park under street lights and lock your doors.  Nine out of ten times, the thieves are addicts looking for drugs/money.   ICBC hands out clubs to older vehicles that are the most targeted by thieves
  • FH population is about 25,000.  The total population for District 2 is around 100,000
  • There is a Website that all police officers can go to – if they have video surveillance from a crime, they’ll post that info on the site.
  • There is a bait car parked at Guildford
  • Commissionaires – community safety patrols start patrolling tonight (Sept 18/14)
  • If there are problem residences in your area, call as the City/RCMP will work with bylaws, fire dept etc. to shut them down.

Mailbox break-ins:

  • Please clear your mail from your box every day when you come home.  The break-ins usually occur during the night.  When the boxes have had the bait mail planted, it was found that many boxes had days or weeks’ worth of mail that hadn’t been picked up.
  • Mail thefts – Canada Post deals with this – postal inspectors keep track of where thefts are happening (big cluster last month NE of 104 Ave/168 St (Community Super boxes).  New boxes being installed in areas where break-ins have been occurring.  Make sure you clean out your mail daily.  Please let RCMP know if people hanging around boxes or if there are unmarked vans near the mail boxes.  Report those licence plate numbers to the RCMP so they can check to see why the person is there.
  • Rather than use the mail for banking, do as much of that as possible electronically so thieves can’t steal that information.
  • Security access line for Canada Post – call  1-855-229-6025 (also call RCMP)

Update on final Trans Mountain Pipeline routing through Fraser Heights (released August 2014)

  • If you are concerned, and this will affect you negatively, band together with neighbours and send your emails to info@transmountain.com
  • Area along 181 St east of 176 St (pipeline will run through a Surrey Park))
  • 158 St to 168 St – pipeline runs along the bank down to the SFPR, will be close to residences in this area.
  • A swath of about 10 meters needs to be cleared over pipeline so trees that have provided noise mitigation may have to be removed.  Trans Mountain is looking at how to remove as few trees as possible.
  • The pipeline will rise to top of bank between 164 to 157A Street.  Along 181 St, it will run along the top of a Surrey Bike path – tree removal will cause loss of noise mitigation for road and trains
  • Trans Mountain is willing to look into mitigating the noise for residents
  • Wildlife habitat  – Trans Mountain has responded to information requests about the environmental impact (will run through Surrey Bend)
  • The pipeline runs very close to the Fraser River and Trans Mountain is dealing with mitigation of possible spills that could leach into river and how shock and vibration from the railroad will affect the pipeline

Links – https://docs.neb-one.gc.ca/ll-eng/llisapi.dll?func=ll&objId=2450830&objAction=browse&viewType=1

  • The pipeline will be sending different types of oil through in batches and a cleanser between these batches.

Traffic issues:

  • Express 555 bus from Carvolth Exchange Station in Langley to Braid Station in New Westminster is now stopping in Fraser Heights (there are bus shelters/stops on the HOV ramps to the #1 Hwy off 156 St.  Reports have been received that the bus comes full from Langley so during rush hour, it isn’t servicing Surrey – people are waiting to get on that bus – Translink is working on putting extra buses on this route so instead of every 10 minutes, it could run every 7.5 minutes
  • Local impact – are people parking on residential streets as a “park and ride” (count was done before stops were put in and this situation will be monitored to see if becomes a problem)
  • Roundabout at 156 St and 108 Ave vs Traffic light – Engineering wants more public input about this intersection.  They will be talking to PAC at Dogwood once school is back in session.  If you use this intersection and want to give your opinion and reasons for or against either traffic light or roundabout or contact transportation@surrey.ca,
  • Better signage has been requested for the 160th overpass in regards to #1 Hwy and 104 access
  • 104/ 170A (pedestrian crosswalk) – cars don’t stop for it.  There was a full survey to the blocks on either side of the crosswalk about 4 months ago – no further discussion – for continuing issues with this intersection (e.g., a request for a stop light / roundabout), please email the city – the more emails they get about the same situation, they will take notice of that site and it is more likely there will be action
  • Highway 15 (176 St) accidents coming down the hill to 104 Ave from Hwy 1 – It wasn’t known if this was a Ministry of Transport issue, a design flaw or construction error?
  • Noise mitigation as result of Jake brakes coming down the hill – the Ministry has installed excessive noise reduction signs on the hill but it is at the discretion of driver for safety as to whether they use the jake brakes.  Residents stated that the jake brakes were heard on the flats heading toward the traffic light where 104 Ave intersects with Hwy 17
  • Ministry said the design and construction were appropriate – it was driver error

Members Concerns:

  • Resident raised the issue – will there be a pedestrian overpass over Hwy 17 as this is a dangerous intersection to cross.
  • Since the SFPR opened, a lot of trucks have been going up 104 Ave – they race up/down hill at night (many are from home construction??).  The traffic is speeding on 104 all day and residents stated that it is hard to cross 104 Ave, even at the pedestrian crossing at 170A Street – vehicles don’t stop.
  • Signage on 104 Ave says No Trucks

Next Meeting will be November  12, 2014 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m. – this will be put on website to confirm date as school use needs to be confirmed first (with strike, this has not been possible to do).

 

The meeting dates for 2015 will be announced on the website or at the next meeting.

Minutes, May 7 2014 meeting

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

February 19, 2014

President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • Lindsay Ryerson, president
  • FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community
  • If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website).
  • If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up.  This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
  • FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community
  • We gather and discuss issues in our community

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $4337.26

RCMP update on safety – District Commander/Staff Sergeant Paul Reshaur

  • If you don’t report crimes in Fraser Heights, there will be no record of them so police can’t track the criminals.  Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502 about any incidents, no matter how small they seem.
  • The Community Constable program – these officers are not armed at present – they deal with community issues, crime prevention, residential problems – grow ops/crack shacks etc.
  • Statistics on crime – residential break and enters – In April 2014, 23 B&Es were reported in whole district – only 1 in FH.  3 garage openers stolen from cars right from in front of residences and then thieves used these to break iIn – don’t leave these in your cars.  Lock the door to your garage, if garage is attached to your house
  • These thieves often ride around on bikes at night, and are usually not wearing helmets.  They carry flashlights and look in cars for things such as clothing, money, wallets, keys, etc.  Put things in your trunk, out of view.
  • If you see suspicious looking people, please report them to the police so they can check who they are and why they are where they were spotted.
  • Disable your trunk latch (in glove box or on door of car)
  • 9 of break ins were through unsecured windows and doors, 6 were to vacant properties
  • Most thieves are opportunists – they will ring a doorbell – if no one answers, they’ll try doors to see if unlocked.
  • Property crime was up 30% in district 2 – Jan to end March 2014 compared to same time 2013
  • Cal non-emergency police number if you think your car has been broken into, even if nothing was taken.  This way, police can track the activity of the thieves – they will then know times/places and can find hot spots so can potentially catch thieves.
  • 123 auto thefts in District 2 and 6 of those were from FH (up 28%).  Theft of motor vehicles – up 67%
  • 137 thefts from autos in District 2 for April 2014 and 6 of those were in FH.  These typically occur in the middle of the night.
  • 63 reported thefts were classified as “other”
  • Mischief was up 22%
  • Homicides were down
  • On the West Coast, auto theft is mostly to use the vehicle to get from point A to point B (on the East Coast, cars that were stolen were usually put in containers and shipped overseas).  Here, up to 95% of the cars are recovered within 2 weeks to a month.
  • If you see a car parked on your street and there has been no activity around it, get the license plate number and phone it into the RCMP.
  • A team of Commissionaires is being assembled – they will have high visibility.  They will be the eyes and ears for police – foot and bike patrols in higher density / problem areas – they will have their own uniforms (security) – they will be run by City and RCMP – e.g. – They will be in places such as the Newton Bus Loop – not to intervene but to call the police.  They will work days and evenings, the high traffic times
  • Bike patrol – it is a dedicated team and they are faster than foot patrol
  • New online reporting tool is up and running – if you lost less than $5000 from break-ins, you can use this website to report thefts.  It is found on the City website – under Surrey RCMP or go to surrey.rcmp.ca to report crime.  It has been found that when it is easier to report crime, statistics usually go up as more people take the time to file the reports
  • SFPR – there have been complaints about noise from trucks using Jake brakes as they decelerate – Ministry of Transport is working on this problem.
  • Traffic enforcement and attending crashes on the SFPR – Surrey is trying to get Deas Island Patrol to help out on this as there has been quite a bit of speeding and 1 or 2 truck rolls.  The speed limit is 80 Kph.
  • Marlene Drozda is semi-retired (Block Watch).  She is now working part time out of district 5.  There should be a replacement for Marlene soon – she did special events, children’s events etc.
  • Home security information hand outs were available
  • Hiring new police officers – 661 sworn members in Surrey – asked for 95 more over next 5 years
  • 57 asked for last year and got 6.  There is a shortage, even with added members as members leave and retire.

 

Mailbox break-ins:

  • 23 reported – there was a cluster around 110 Ave west of 156 St, then sporadic throughout FH (many are not reported to police).
  • For April, there were about a dozen community mailboxes broken into.
  • Thefts need to be reported to both Canada Post and the RCMP so they can be tracked
  • New community mailboxes have been installed in several places where mailbox thefts had occurred.
  • The old boxes – there were keys for these out there as they were easier to duplicate.  Police stated – Many of the mailboxes that have been broken into show no evidence of damage from the outside.  This isn’t often noted until the whole box is opened up.
  • There’s been a bait mail program.  There have been several groups operating.  Prison is like a school – the prisoners teach each other how to break into things.
  • Please clear your mail from your box every day when you come home.  The break-ins usually occur during the night.  When the boxes have had the bait mail planted, it was found that many boxes had days or weeks’ worth of mail that hadn’t been picked up.
  • Security access line for Canada Post – call  1-855-229-6025 (also call RCMP)

 

Status on Trans Mountain Pipeline routing through Fraser Heights

  • Marcie and Liane have been following the developments on this project
  • A Map was shown, of all the routes, and the one along the Fraser River was preferred.  There was an alternate route, following the existing pipeline, down 173 Street
  • On Trans Mountain website, they’ve posted the maps
  • Before end of June, Kinder Morgan wants to select a definite route.
  • If you are concerned, and this will affect you negatively, band together with neighbours and send your emails to info@transmountain.com

  • FHCA submitted feedback in the Optimization Process to KinderMorgan that proposed  KM consider the east side of 176th Street  (Hwy 15) as an alternate route (as opposed to using 173 Street)

 

Traffic issues:

  • South Fraser Perimeter Road is single lane under the Port Mann bridge – this constriction will remain in place until the old Port Mann bridge is removed (most likely later in the fall)
  • Hwy 15/Hwy 17 (at 104 Ave) now has a left turn lane to turn south,  The right turn into FH will be constructed but no “end” date has been given
  • Golden Ears Connector is now being pre-loaded along Daly load – construction is slated to continue to 2016.
  • 156 Street /108 Ave – there is not enough room for a traffic circle.  Hydro said it would cost too much to move hydro pole so that intersection will have traffic lights installed.  Jaime Boan at the City said Staff are working on configuring these lights and then putting them into the budget before they can confirm a time frame.  They are hoping to start construction by the end of this year (2014).

 

Members Concerns:

  • Whistle cessation petition (about 10 pages) – petitioning the city to get cessation of whistles between 11 pm and 5 a.m.  There were sheets available to be signed after meeting – they will be sent in next week
  • There is a new “Community Use” room is in the high school expansion that can be rented out for various events.  It has patio doors and can have chairs and tables set outside for events.
  • This was the last meeting of this year (school year).  The next meeting will be in September (date will be posted when known)
  • We need volunteers to join our group of directors – either send an email or ask the executive members about joining.

 

Next Meeting will be in September, 2014 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m. – this will be put on website as school use needs to be confirmed first.

The meeting dates for 2014/2015 will be announced during the summer of 2014.

 

 

Minutes, FHCA February 19, 2014 meeting

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

February 19, 2014

 

President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • Lindsay Ryerson, president
  • FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community
  • If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website).
  • If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up.  This is our primary site to collect comments from residents about community issues so we know about them and can send them on to the City.
  • FHCA helps shape policy and issues that involve our community

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement –total account balance is $3,932.18

Police and Security – Corporal Bryan Tepper (acting as district commander)

  • Bryan has just come back to Surrey after 2.5 years away and reported the crime rate had gone down in his time away
  • If you don’t report crimes in Fraser Heights, there will be no record of themso police can’t track the criminals.  Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502 about any incidents, no matter how small they seem.
  • Overall plan with everything that’s happening – RCMP – moving back to front line policing so they are visible.  Manpower is the problem right now.  Last year they asked for 57 officers and got 1 or 2.  A lot of new recruits go to smaller communities.
  • If you see a crime, you’re the public eyes so let police know about it.
  • Surrey RCMP have website – up and running – online reporting of crimes/incidents if don’t need immediate police attendance (e.g., people coming and going, recovery etc).   Mischief on property (graffiti on fences, etc., –   You’ll be able to use bylaws to post complaints about these problems.
  • There is a 6 member bike patrol – they work out of the old bylaws office (old City Hall) and will cover the entire City
  • District offices have 2 officers who can go on the road for visibility and community safety.  They can give out tickets etc. where needed.
  • Write emails to the City of Surrey (RCMP) to say you want to see RCMP on the streets.  Visible foot controls help stop petty crime
  • Theft from mailboxes – residents can install their own cameras to film mailboxes as long as the cameras do not encroach on a resident’s privacy (you can’t film into someone’s house).  Your camera should be pointed into the street at not at a home.
  • Mailbox theft has been a big issue and will get worse.  Some Postal carriers have had their keys stolen from them.  Canada Post is upgrading some of the community boxes to sturdier boxes – requests can be made to Canada Post to have these installed to replace your current boxes.
  • Empty your mailbox daily (they are often broken into between 3 and 5 a.m.).  They’ll steal anything out of the boxes.
  • Community safety officers are now starting to use “bait mail”in some of the boxes
  • The Overpass from Tynehead had been a crime generator but has now died down.
  • RCMP would like to see lights along the new Barnston pathway for safety reasons.  There are long stretchesof bushes with no houses or lighting that could become problematic.  Parks don’t generally consult with RCMP on their park pathway plans.
  • If you do have issues, there is a bylaw about “in the park in the dark” – it is a $200 fine for being in the park in the dark so problems could be dealt with by issuing fines.
  • Email parks about this – trees and lighting – there are funding constraints for project but if the community has concerns, they’ll have to address the lighting issues.

 

Recovery, Alcohol, Assistive Living Homes

  • Michelle, a Bylaw officer (from City Bylaws) reported on Recovery homes – The City works with bylaws involved in these homesand the police deal with crime that may ensue from them
  • Michelle passed out pamphlets to attendees “Community Safety Reporting” – they havephone numbers for City issues e.g., for street lights out, sidewalk repair, drainage issues, graffiti etc.  This information can also be found at 222.surrey.ca – look for Report a Problem tab along the top right of the page.
  • 12 years ago Ministry of Health used to license Recovery homes but now individual municipalities deal with these homes.
  • Fraser Health Authority regulates Supportive and Group Homes and Alcohol and Drug Recovery Homes
  • A list of Recovery orAssistive Living/Recoveryhomes list is available online.  Go to the Ministry of Health or Fraser Health Authority – Assistive Living registry list.  There are some unlisted homes for women due to safety issues.
  • Bylaws are going to be identifying the unlicensed homes then entering them on the registry list in Phase 1.  It will take about six months to get onto registry once the applications have been received.
  • Unregulated homes will be shut down unless they get ministry approval to operate.  If they don’t apply, City has the right to shut them down.
  • There are currently none in Fraser Heights – some unregulated Recovery homes were shut down in October in this area.
  • Several of these types of homes are non-profit facilities.  If necessary, Licensing and Zoning issues can cause them to be shut down
  • There will be a hefty fee charged per year to operate these homes
  • By-law Enforcement Office contact is Michelle Orsetti, best to contact by email at mlorsetti@surrey.ca , but can also be reached by phone at 604-591-4871
  • Currently, Recovery homes can be set up in any residential area but there are regulations about how close they can be to a school and that only one can be in a particular area.
  • The Owner of one of these homes does not have to live in the house.  One operator may have 6 homes but must have manager at each facility.  Operator is recorded on the registry
  • Supportive recovery and mental health or senior issues are regulated by the Ministry of Healthy, not City Bylaws
  • If resident or community has issues with these – they have to contact the Ministry of Health.
  • There is a limit of 6 residents allowed to be in care in one home (some currently have 10 in care) – zoning bylaw is for 6 so Ministry is trying to get all down to 6 in care.  They can have 4 caregivers at the facility so there can be no more than 10 overnight
  • When these houses are shut down, the residents are given time to find other facilities
  • Fraser Heights Residents askedBylaws to add “if residents will allow facility in their neighbourhood” to the current wording.
  • Bylaws is trying to get the land required for these homes to be rezoned so the public within a mile can have their input at a public meeting as to whether a “house” can be set up in their area.

 

Development:

A. City of Surrey Presentation on multi-use pathway in Fraser Heights

  • For presentation, click on link below
  • FHCA Presentation_Feb_19_2014_FINAL
  • Phil Bellefontaine and Tim Kooistra did a presentation (from the engineering dept)
  • Phase 1:  The new Pedestrian Pathway will be on the north side of Barnston Drive, between 168 and 170A.  It will link into the pedestrian overpass over Hwy #1 to Tynehead (which has been a huge success – in excess of 200 to 300 people cross the bridge per day).  Many of those crossing are students from Pacific Academy.
  • Barnston Drive has been an issue in FH – there has been some traffic calming but there have been no sidewalks
  • 70 plus trees will be removed but new trees will be planted in the boulevardto replace them.  53 significant trees have been identified and where needed, the pathway will meander around those trees.
  • This will be a four metre wide, multiuse pathway
  • It will continue eastward through the back of Bothwell Park – near the playing field
  • Curb bottles will be installed at intersections so it will be easier for pedestrians to cross those intersections
  • The land being used for the pathway is City owned land.
  • City has met with Pacific Academy and withBothwell Elementary.  Both schools saw value in this project for students traveling to and from school
  • City is hoping to begin construction this summer and complete it within this year.
  • Lighting – none is planned at this time.  Residents requested lighting as it is very dark around that area and there have been a lot of break-ins there.
  • This project has been on the City’s plans for many years.  The City is encouraging people to walk/cycle.
  • Instead of going away from Barnston and closer to the residential area, residents requested the pathway go along Barnston.  It was reported that there would be a $$ cost to fill in ditches etc. that was not in their budget.
  • If you want to have any input or have your voice heard, send details to transportation@surrey.ca
  • Everything being proposed is on City property
  • The City has standards as to how close to pathway plants can grow and how high – they will be kept trimmed
  • Phase 2 – it is not in the budget at present but at some point in the future, there are plans to continue this route to 172nd Street along the gas right-of-way.  It will eventually run to 104 Ave then down to Surrey Bend
  • Pathway will not be going through private property – It is all on City owned land.
  • The portion that goes through PA is on private property
  • Feedback is important, especially from people directly affected so please email your comments and concerns to the City
  • Use the heading “Barnston Greenway” or Fraser Heights greenway on your emails

 

B.Update on Trans Mountain Pipeline routing

  • Marcie and Leanne have been following the developments on this project
  • The existing pipeline from approx. 1950, runs from Edmonton to Burnaby.  For most of pipeline, Kinder Morgan will build another pipeline next to the existing one.
  • Last year, KinderMorgan proposed an alternative route that would have run along the SFPR instead of the existing route.
  • Dec 2013 – Kinder Morgan submitted their proposal to Ottawa
  • Earlier in February, some home owners received notice that the pipeline was once again going to follow existing pipeline to 172 or 173 then head north.  This is a new development and has not been submitted to Ottawa yet.  They want to submit this alternate route by the end of the March.  Fraser Heights Residents have 6 weeks to act – write emails is the best because they leave a record.
  • Only people on the proposed line (172 to 173) were notified of this change.  The letter wasn’t clear to home owners as it sounded like it was a done deal.  Kinder Morgan came to residents’ homes to survey.
  • From the maps, the pipeline route looks like it is a right of way, not expropriation of property
  • Residents said it made no sense to run through residential area. 
  • Contact Kinder Morgan – let them know you don’t want it to go through your property.  So many levels of gov’t involved so cannot pinpoint one person to contact but phone or send emails to Christie Libby at info@transmountain.com Tel 1-866-514-6700
  • Only 8 residents that would be affected by this route changereceived letters  They need to go to the National Energy website and continue to request the pipeline be laid away from residential areas
  • Make reference as to how it will affect residents in general, the community, environment, wildlife etc. (not about your own personal info)
  • Send a copy of your emails to our association –National Energyis aware of these developments as our Association has been in touch with them in regards to this

 

Traffic issues:

  • A traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of 156th Street and 108th Ave as there is not enough room to install a roundabout that would allow buses and larger vehicles to get around it.
  • There will be road modifications at the intersection of 104 Ave and 176 Street (Hwy 17 to the north and Hwy 15 to the South) to address right and left hand turns starting next week.
  • The Golden Ears connector will run from that intersection along Daly Road to new intersection at 177A.  This will become the only way to get to Barnston Island.  Construction will begin this spring – completion summer 2015.
  • Signage as come down hill – many people miss turn onto 104.  Thesign will be replaced when Golden Ears connector is completed.

 

Members Concerns:

  • Petition on Train Whistles to mitigate noise – Nasser Hozar – passed this around. Trains are increasing both in frequency and in weight.
  • Article in Sun – New West, Langley and Township of Langleyhave had this issue.  Panorama Ridge has lowered the number of whistles – 13 crossings whistling to 1.
  • Contact Nasser at nasserhozar@shaw.caif you would like to sign the petition or have questions.
  • There was mention that yard engine has been blowing whistles in the yard recently during the night (it had stopped for a couple of months but has since resumed).

 

Fraser Heights Secondary School Extension

  • At this point in time, the new addition will not be ready till after spring break as there are a number of inspections that have to be done once the building is completed by the second week of March.
  • The portables are scheduled to be removed over spring break

 

Next Meeting (and the last of this school year) will be Wednesday May 7,2014 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m.

 

The meeting dates for the fall of 2014 will be announced during the summer of 2014.

 

 

 

 

Contact information from February 19 meeting

1)      Feedback on multi-use pathway along Barnston Drive: send email to transportation@surrey.ca (email title: Barnston Drive multi-use pathway)

2)      Feedback on Transmountain Pipeline: Christie Libby at info@transmountain.com Tel 1-866-514-6700

3)      Registry for the recovery houses is available on the Provincial Ministry of Health http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/assisted/mentalhealth_locator/index.php/displayfacility/bycommunity/1

  1. Contact if suspicious activity is going on: Michelle Orsetti, By-law Enforcement Officer, mlorsetti@surrey.ca and 604-591-4871

 

Minutes, September 18, 2013 FHCA meeting

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

September 18, 2013

 President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • Lindsay Ryerson, president
  • FHCA is a volunteer organization – we volunteer our time to represent the community
  • If you have problems in our community, please send your information to us and we will look into these issues (go to Contact Us on the fhca.ca website).

 

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $4,363.96

 

Police and Security – Staff Sargent Dean Scott

  • Dean Scott, Div 2 commander for the RCMP (for the past 3 years), is assigned to this area.  Dean is at the RCMP office at 5 every morning so contact him with any concerns you might have – he is excellent at answering emails or forwarding them to the appropriate departments.  His email address is dean.scott@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
  • Dean had planned on attending the meeting but due to unforeseen circumstances, he was unable to come.

 

Traffic Issues

  • 156th Street traffic issues – request for light at 108th St. – Residents said 156 St. northbound can be backed up from the vet’s office at 104 Ave all the way to 108 Ave. preventing cars from turning onto 156 from 104 Ave.  A consultant will be hired to examine this intersection.
  • 104 Ave eastbound to SFPR (South Fraser Perimeter Road) – there is a left turn signal now – it has been in place for about a month
  • Plans for an exit to 104 Ave heading west from SFPR are in the works – somehow it is slated to be fitted in advance of the jug handle.  Final drawings have not been released yet and there is no date as to when this will happen – at the moment it remains an illegal right turn.
  • HOV – on west side of Port Mann the HOV lanes are for vehicles containing more than one person between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.  From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays and from 7 p.m. Friday till 6 a.m. Monday (also on holidays), the HOV lane is open to all traffic.  On the east side of the Port Mann Bridge, the HOV lanes are in effect 24/7.  Residents expressed concern over the lack of signage stating this as many people have been caught by police for driving in the HOV lanes on this side of the Port Mann bridge in the off-peak hours.
  • Sept 30th, 3 pm at the City Hall Conference Centre, Rick Sparrow will be speaking for 10 minutes about problems on 156th Street.  At 111A Ave/156 St, the curb is extended out 6 feet into road which has left the road too narrow and unsafe.  With the new houses being built in that area, the pavement along 156 St from 108 to 112 Ave is in a state of disrepair.  The City said they are waiting for the development to happen before fixing the problem.  Resident stated that it could be 20 years or more before all the old houses are sold and redevelopment happens along that stretch of 156 St.
  • When residents have approached the City about 156 St, the City has said “no one else has talked to us about this issue” – they need to be reminded they have been contacted many times.
  • Residents have asked to have the City to review slowing down the traffic by Northview Park (on west side of 156 Street at 111 Ave) by adding signage but the City said the current signage meets North American Standards therefore there will be no action.
  • The more people that phone and complain to the City, the more they will realize this is unacceptable.  Email, don’t phone as there is a paper trail – there is a comment site on the Surrey website where you can submit your complaints.
  • SFPR – It is partially open now and will definitely be open in Dec – exact date is not known yet.  Traveling to the ferries/Richmond/airport will really improve once it opens.  Noise abatement pavement has really helped reduce the noise of traffic. This road is not expected to be tolled in order to encourage trucks to use it. 

 

Twinning of Trans Mountain Pipeline

  • Instead of twinning the existing pipeline with the existing pipeline locations, Trans Mountain Pipeline is currently studying running the 2nd pipeline along the SFPR or other areas so it won’t be in or along residents’ backyards.  They are also looking at alternate routes to go through Bridgeview and Langley for the least disruption of property.  There was a meeting at the end of June but the results have not yet been released.
  • Trans Mountain does have a website and when it shows a map of where the pipeline is definitely to go, we’ll put a link to this website on our website.  The existing pipeline is on their website but the proposed one is not clear.

 

Member’s corner:

  • Grow-ops – 154 St and 109 Ave – one was just shut down this week.  Residents wanted more patrols as they have said it takes a long time before the police do anything about these houses.  The RCMP are aware of this.
  • Mailboxes in the FH area have been broken into – In the last month, 19 boxes in FH have been broken into and 28 in the Cloverdale area.  Residents who’ve had their community boxes broken into have to go to either Cloverdale or to King George Blvd to pick up their mail, depending on where they live in FH.
  • The thieves seem to be targeting the slider lock at the bottom of the parcel boxes.   Residents asked why the mail from the community boxes that have been vandalized wouldn’t go to Nesters – Nester’s could not secure the volume of mail that would come from all these mailboxes. 
  • PO boxes – with the expansion of Nesters, there might still be some mail boxes available for renting. 
  • Canada Post is working on switching out the locks so they are difficult to open (main locks).  Some boxes have had the main locks changed so they cannot be jimmied but it takes time to change out all the mailboxes that have been hit.
  • One resident suggested fundraising money to put toward getting all the FH mailboxes fitted with the new locks – Heather will contact Canada Post about this.  All boxes are expected to upgraded, in time.
  • Residents are urged to pick mail up daily – without any mail in the boxes, the thieves would be encouraged to move on.  Some of the community boxes are being broken into on a monthly basis and on Long weekends as many people may not have picked up their mail.
  • Garage sales – Residents requested that people take their signs down after their garage sales are over – they are an eyesore. 

 

Transit plan:

 

Recycling depot:

  • An Application for recycling depot at 104 Ave and 173 St has been put forth (at foot of hill on 104 Ave as you head toward the SFPR). 
  • There were concerns that trucks would pass through the whole community on the way to the recycling depot and that nails etc. could drop off these trucks onto our local streets.
  • The City will be having an information session with the proposal  – that info will be on our website as to when the session will be held (location and date)
  • Trucks may come in saying they are making local deliveries when in fact, they are heading to the recycling depot – this could mean 100s of trucks could be using our roadways.
  • If you have concerns, please email your concerns to City Hall
  • We need to know types of trucks will be passing through and what they will be carrying.

 

Fraser Heights Secondary School Extension

  • It is due to open at the end of the first term or the beginning of February 2014.

 

Liquor Store Application:

  • It was turned down by the City of Surrey at the end of June so neither the original or revised location will be allowed to have a Liquor Store
  • As of Sept 1, 2013, Swordfern Management Ltd, from Richmond, has taken over ownership of the Fraser Heights mall from Kevington Building Corp.  They’ve done some cleaning up of the mall and there should be some new tenants moving in

 

 Other community news:

  • George Pedersson, President of the Rotary Club of Surrey-Fraser Heights, talked about the Rotary club. 

a)           Each club focuses on helping their community.  The FH Rotary club is only 4 years old.  They would love to talk to you about any concerns in the community.

b)           They focus on helping people to become connected to the community and country and help to facilitate integration of individuals into society

c)           They mentor and help the youth.  There is a young Rotarians club at the high school that has 106 students as members who are learning about leadership and giving back to the community as a way to impact the world.

d)           They help those forgotten by society to experience life at a level they hadn’t previously done so.

e)           There are currently 9 members in the FH club – if you want to find out more info, contact George by phone at 604-809-1157 or by email at gpederss@direct.ca.  Their website is www.rotary.org (they are District 5050)

f)             Their goal is to give back to society and expect nothing in return.

g)           Their meetings are on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at Boston Pizza (and there may also be 4 or 5 other meetings a year).

h)           At Christmas, they put together 100 to 150 gift bags for the homeless and deliver them.

  • Surrey Board of Trade can help deal with traffic, environmental, tax and financial issues – they have members who specifically deal with these problems.  If you want the City or province to hear your complaints, the Surrey Board of Trade has a lot of credibility with the gov’t.
  • Residents complained that parking at the FH mall is very limited as students and parents of students are parking there.  Currently, portables and construction are taking up much of the parking spaces in the school lots.  Once construction is finished, much of the parking will be restored to the high school.  Once construction is finished, there will be a 2nd drop off at the side and front of school.  The gates will be open to the Recreation Centre so people can flow through easier.  As a community association, there is not a lot we can do – complain to the mall to enforce their parking.  School has warned students they will be towed if they park there. 

 

 

Next Meeting will be Tuesday November 12, 2013 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m.    

Future meetings will be:  February 19th and May 7th, 2014