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

Minutes of May 1, 2013 meeting – including safety tips

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

May 1, 2013

President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • Lindsay Ryerson, president
  • Reaching members – Most attendees received notification by email or signs posted in the Fraser Heights shopping area.  Information about meetings etc. can be found on our website and at myfraserheights
  • There are 4 meetings per year
  • We are a voice for our community – active with the City and Gateway projects
  • We are volunteer-based and we welcome community members to join us.

 

 Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $4,280.36

 

 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.
  • At this time, the crime stats are incredibly low for our area
  • Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendant, Bill Fordy, is in charge of the Surrey division – Due to growth in Surrey, there will be a redesign to the district and how it is serviced to better serve the City of Surrey
  • When there are serious problems, a Strike Unit will come in – It is a highly trained unit to deal with these issues
  • 5 years ago – 554 cars were stolen from Guildford, this year, there was one vehicle stolen.  Credit is not only to RCMP but to car manufacturers who have added high tech anti-theft devices to cars and Block Watch participants who report suspicious activity within the community
  • Street robberies, especially for theft of cell phones – phone manufacturers will be incorporating anti-theft technology into the phones that will render them useless when stolen.
  • The armed robbery that recently happened at the ESSO station has an RCMP team working on this.
  • Requests for speed traps – there are only 3 police officers in the City that do this.  There must be scientific backing in order to get them to set up a speed trap.  An alternate to this are the Speed Watch volunteers who can set up in places where speed might need to be monitored.  The Speed Watch vans have a reader board that displays the posted speed limit and your speed.  There are now “NO” warnings – tickets are issued.
  • Medicinal marijuana – in commercial sites, not houses – reinforcement by whom?

 Following are some summer safety tips to keep our community safer:

 SUMMER SAFETY TIPS
from Marlene Drozda
Crime Prevention Program Coordinator
Surrey RCMP District 2

1.    With warmer weather approaching always insure all doors and windows are properly locked and secured when leaving the house.  Some people believe that you can leave a window open on your upper floors and no one will be able to enter.   That’s entirely wrong we have many reports of break-ins to upper floor areas through open or insecure windows. 

2.     If you leave a door open for fresh air in the back of the house and you have a screen door make sure that the screen door is secured. 

3.     Never leave your garage door open even for a few minutes even if you are for example cutting the lawn in the front of the house.   A thief can enter the garage quickly as you may not hear him due to the noise of the lawnmower. 

4.     If you are working out in the yard still secure your external doors as it’s very easy for someone to enter the home when you are not paying attention. 

5.     Secure garden sheds properly and keep a record of serial numbers of your equipment and if possible engrave these items with your BC Driver’s licence.  Shed break-ins increase in the summer months. 

6.      If you do not have any type of motion lights in the back of your home consider installing them.  This will alert you to anyone in the back yard after dark. 

7.      If stays lighter longer this time of year but please remember to leave your porch lights on when retiring to bed.   This will light up your yard and discourage criminals. If everyone leaves their porch lights only it not only lights up your home but assists in lighting up the whole neighbourhood. 

8.       With regard to motor homes.   When their vehicles are not in use, do not leave valuable items in them for example, GPS’s, stereos, radios, even clothing. 

9.       With regards to boats, if the boat is not being used also remove valuable items from the boat, electronics, fishing rods, fish finders etc.    Use wheel locks, hitch locks, and removing the trailer hitch coupler or removing a wheel from the trailer will prevent a person from backing up to your trailer and driving away with it.

10.      Ensure ownership papers in your boat are not the only copies you have. Photographs of your boat along with receipts of equipment should be kept in a secure place.  Confirm and know the serial number on your boat. 

11.       If you’re going on vacation, make sure to advise your neighbours.  Make sure all Newspapers are stopped especially the local papers.   Sometimes these papers are left by mistake, so make arrangements with a neighbour to pick up any papers left on the door step.    Make arrangements for someone picks up your mail if you have multi-mailboxes. 

12        Read your insurance policy, most companies require that someone enter your home for certain periods of time while you are away.  This is not only if your home experienced a break-in but also in case of water leaks etc.           

13.       It is also a good idea for a neighbour you are close to, to have a contact number for a family member or a close friend if case of an emergency.

Traffic Issues

  • 156th Street traffic issues – the traffic department will try to make traffic flow better.  Intersection at 108th Ave and 156th St – cars are not coming to a stop and pedestrians have nearly been hit on many occasions – what to do at this intersection?  If any ideas, please contact Marcie through FHCA website
  • Proposals are a roundabout or traffic lights.  Whatever main direction traffic will be flowing will dominate circle if a roundabout is installed.  Land would have to be expropriated unless it is a mini traffic circle.  Lights may not work because of the oddness of traffic flow – no “one” solution.
  • 104th Ave/168th St lights – residents commented on their effectiveness – light stays green longer in one direction – Residents in that area suggested lights for 108/156 as people would have to slow down for the light
  • Roundabouts are difficult for pedestrians/students to navigate (students going to Dogwood school have to cross there).  Lights would be safer for kids
  • 156th St pavement (108 to 112 Ave) is rough and crumbling along the edges – loose gravel was put there but it was a temporary fix as the gravel isn’t staying in the holes.
  • There is a spot that juts out on the east side of 156th St between 108 and 109 Ave that should be removed as it has been hit by cars and is dangerous at night time. 
  • Development is taking place on 156th Street toward 112th – Is the City waiting till all houses are built before fixing 156 Street?

 

Member’s corner:

  • No update on 104th Ave/176th St intersection with the South Fraser Perimeter Road – no left or right turns if want to get in or out of Fraser Heights – the City is now looking at how to most efficiently fix this intersection.
  • Pedestrian underpass at 110 Ave/154 to 152 Streets (under lane of freeway not yet open that will be dedicated to go to Coquitlam) – the lighting is poor – light fixtures have been smashed leaving the tunnel dark.  There has been lots of graffiti in the tunnel.  The City will be taking that over – right now it is highways running it – highways said they will retain control at present. 
  • Liquor store – public information at old Fraser’s Bistro was put on by those seeking the license.  It will go to public hearing in the future – We will post hearing date on FHCA website.  At the public hearing, you can register for/against opinions if you don’t want to speak to the issue – just write your name down and whether for or against it and then you can leave.  There’s a list where you can write your name down if you wish to speak.  City takes this info under consideration when they make a decision (City does listen – Casino application in South Surrey was declined)
  • Forms filled out at the Liquor store information open house – they did have an affect so now this has to be presented at council.  They had 500 comments for and 500 against (probably collective info – numbers were quite close).
  • Please go to the City Hall meetings if you want your opinion heard.  Development at 176th Street was altered as, working with the City, FHCA got # of units down by 40%.  Going to meetings can make a difference.

 

 Transit plan:

  • A Skytrain along Fraser Hwy to Langley is one of the proposals
  • Surrey favours LRT – Newton to City Centre, 2nd along Fraser Hwy and one down 152nd Street.  Consideration is being made based on residents’ commuting patterns as to which would work best for the City. 
  • LRT – can have many cars on the trains but they still have to stop for red lights.  Many residents favour LRT as would go to 156 and would provide them with better access to City Centre.  For us, it would be a slightly better solution if we’re going downtown.
  • Transit Coalition meetings have been mid-morning downtown so difficult for FH directors / residents to get to.
  • HOV bus at 156th St from Langley is currently off the record

 

Biofuel facility:

  • Will be going in next door to transfer station at 192nd St and 98th Ave
  • Can download pictures from website of area
  • Rob Castanzo(raconstanzo@surrey.ca) (Deputy Manager of Operations for the City of Surrey) is responsible for new garbage system – there has been a 46% drop in garbage since October
  • We have cut food waste going into the garbage which is currently trucked to Cache Creek (356 miles) – it was $107 per ton to transport the garbage
  • Now are capturing methane gas which goes to Georgia Pacific – At present, can only capture 30 to 40 % of the methane.  Surrey is to build most comprehensive biofuel facility.  Organic waste will be used to make renewable natural gas that garbage trucks will use.  Due to taking organics out of garbage, City has gone from $12.5 million to $9.5 million for garbage service now
  • City’s goal is to get 70% garbage reduction by separating out organics
  • Surrey owns the land where biofuel facility will be going – they are asking for 25% funding from federal gov’t (17 million)
  • City is looking for a partnership with Fortis.
  • Odour is the biggest concern of residents – there will be state of the art biofilters.  When Rob Constanzo toured the Ontario’s system, it was very smelly inside but it couldn’t be smelled outside.  Anaerobic digestive system – completely enclosed.
  • No net increase to traffic – instead of going to just the transfer station, trucks will go to both.  Residents cannot take organics there
  • Public hearing will be sometime in June to change zoning from light industrial to comprehensive
  • The gas produced can fuel trucks or be turned into electricity

  

Liquor Store Application:

  • May 27th could be the day of the hearing for the rezoning of the site in Fraser Heights mall for the liquor store – The information about the hearing will be in the leader on the 16th or 17th if the hearing will be on 27th.
  • May 6th hearing – there is an application for a Recreation Yoga studio that is behind the Esso station  – rezoning is needed before it can proceed     

 

Other community news:

  • The annual Country fair is June 14th 
  • Utility boxes – the City of Surrey will put wraps around them.  The one FH has applied to have a wrap put around is at the north east corner of 160th St/104th Ave as you drive into Fraser Heights.  Please put a tick mark beside your favourite picture(s) from the group of pictures on the front table when you leave
  • The addition to high school should be done by Feb 2014.  This addition will include community space, an upgrade to the shop class, 8 classrooms and hopefully, the parking lot will be once again available to park in.  There will still be some portables on site. 
  • Teresa Singh is retiring to look after her health so she is closing Urban Homestead (between Quiznos and Petopia in Fraser Heights mall).  A Dollar store will go in there. 
  • Craving Thai has closed and a Korean Chinese restaurant will open there.

Next Meeting will be in the fall 2013 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m.    – Date to be announced when the arrangements have been made.

Public Information meeting / Public Hearing

There are two public meetings to be held the week of March 11th which affect our community – one public information meeting in Fraser Heights pertaining to the rezoning application to permit a liquor store at 16033 108 Ave in Fraser Heights, and one Public Hearing at City Hall pertaining to the development at 9989 Barnston Drive East (the townhouse development just east of the fire hall on 176 St.).  

The details are as follows:

1)      A Public Information meeting where representatives from Westgate Hospitality and Pacific Land Group will present details on a rezoning application to permit a retail liquor store. The purpose of this public information meeting is to inform the public on the details of the rezoning application and to receive feedback. Representatives from the City of Surrey’s Planning & Development Department will attend in an observer capacity. Further information on the liquor store application can be found on the FHCA web site at fhca.ca – just scroll down to the minutes from the September 18, 2012 meeting.  

When: Thursday March 14 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Fraser Heights Village Center, Unit 408, 16033 108 Avenue, Surrey.

2)  A Public Hearing on the rezoning of a portion of the property at 9989 Barnston Drive East. The purpose of the rezoning is to permit the development of 35 additional townhouse units for a total of 115 units and a separate amenity building for the townhouse component of the site. Further information, including the actual application, can be found at http://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/PLR_7913-0018-00.pdf

When: Monday March 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Where: City Hall at 14245-56 Avenue, Surrey, BC Can also send email to

If you cant make the meeting, you can also give you input by sending an email to clerks@surrey.ca no later than Monday March 11 at 4:00 pm

Minutes of meeting February 21, 2013

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

February 21, 2013

President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • Lindsay Ryerson, president
  • Reaching members – email, signs on mailboxes and in the Fraser Heights shopping area, word of mouth and websites (fhca and myfraserheights)
  • 4 meetings per year

  

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $4018.30

 

 Police and Security – Staff Sargent Dean Scott

  • Dean Scott, Div 2 commander for the RCMP, is assigned to this area – he’s been in the RCMP for 32 years.  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.
  • RCMP have analysts who figure out where crime will be occurring so it can be targeted.  The Crime reduction manual through environmental design is good for predicting crime
  • Break and enters have been decreasing, in general
  • Breaking into cars – 2 people who were responsible for this in FH have now been arrested – they’d do 5 to 7 a night.  Car thefts are probably underreported – 74 in FH, Guildford and Tynehead/Fleetwood areas were reported.  Residents must report these crimes as Police can’t do anything unless they know.  To help prevent car break-ins, leave the glove box open so thieves can see there is nothing in the car.  Do not leave garage openers as they’ll steal them then come back later and break in when residents are gone.
  • Break and enters – 7 of the thieves have been caught.  They have been hitting Lower Mainland hard
  • Street robberies – about 20 – 100% solved
  • Child predator of young girls just was arrested and he’s been incarcerated
  • Don’t leave valuables and jewelry in the bedroom, especially between the mattresses.  This is usually the first place targeted.
  • Speed Watch volunteers coming out with reader boards to FH.  Team will look at data and police will go after violators.

 

 Block Watch

  • Marlene Drodza
  • Vehicle theft – laptop, cash, sunglasses, iPods, cell phones, GPS (remove it and suction cup – as will break in thinking GPS is in vehicle if they see the suction cup),   If successful at getting items from cars, they’ll keep coming back.  Park car in a well-lit area.  Keep things open and visible.  If they see club on wheel, they usually leave car alone.
  • Jewelry – don’t leave in bedroom – put it somewhere else.  Thieves usually flip the mattress 1st thing, grab a pillowcase then go through the drawers.  If they don’t find cash/jewelry in the bedroom, they’ll usually go for cellphones, electronics etc.  Personal electronics have your personal info in them.  There is a program that charges $25 – they give you stickers to put on your items which leave indelible ink on them so they can’t be resold.  Help stop crimes – make sure you record all serial numbers of your electronics.
  • Break and enters – make sure you make provisions for lights to be on when you leave the house.
  • Look at your house as if you’re a burglar.  Can your address be read, are lights on, leave a radio on.  If someone knocks on your door and no one answers, thieves go to the back and break in so acknowledge you’re there and they’ll move on.
  • Volunteer to be a Block Watch Captain – free of charge Criminal Records check will be done on you.  Doesn’t take a lot of time to be a captain – you have to circulate a newsletter about once every 4 months.  Info is relayed to captains to pass onto your Block Watch neighbours.
  • There will be a Seniors’ forum this Saturday put on by City of Surrey.  Another forum will be on 31st May for people 55 and over – info will be in local newspapers.

 

 

Traffic Issues

  • 104 Ave and SFPR intersection – currently, traffic heading east on 104th Ave must go through the intersection of SFPR (176 St), then turn around in the Barnston Island ferry parking lot and come back through the intersection to turn north to Hwy17.
  • TI Corp – we’re pressing for egress and ingress from Fraser Height onto SFPR. 
  • Concern had been that those from outside FH would be rat runners but it would be easier for them to go onto the #1 freeway to 176 then head north down the 176 hill.
  • Currently, the easiest way to get onto SFPR is to go to Scott Road Station and get on there.
  • The FHCA supports access in and off Hwy 17 at 104 Ave.
  • When going south on SFPR, there is no right turn onto 104 – every day, people are doing this illegally.  TI Corp is looking at building a curve adjacent to the jug handle so it will be easier for us to get in and out of FH.  Illegal left turns in the morning are about 1 in every 3 cars.
  • Currently, options are being reviewed for us to get access on and off SFPR.  It is high on their priority list as they are very aware of the problem.  SFPR is in the domain of Gateway, not the City of Surrey.
  • Email your concerns to T1 Corp of not being able to turn onto the Perimeter road.  They do listen and respond to all concerns – if a common concern, they’ll deal with it.

  

Dog Off-Leash Park in Fraser Heights:

  •  Doug Merry was at the Surrey Bend Open House and stated that the next off-leash dog park to be developed will be either Bear Creek or Fraser View Park (at the north-east corner of 160th St and 112th Ave)
  • The more people who email him or the City and show interest in this, the better the chance that FH will be the next ones to get an off-leash park.
  • Doug Merry can be emailed at djmerry@surrey.ca.  He is the Parks Planning Analyst for Planning, Research and Design.  More information about the off-leash parks can be found on the City of Surrey website – www.surrey.ca.

 

 Surrey Bend Habitat Enhancement Project:

  • An Open House was held at Pacific Academy on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013.
  • All concept maps and information are on the website www.pmh1project.com.  There is a feedback form on that site that can be filled out so residents can have input into this project.  You can email them at info@pmh1project.com if you have any questions or suggestions.
  • 104th Ave will be closed off on the east side of SFPR so there will be no direct access to Surrey Bend or the Barnston parking lot for the ferry.  Access will be rerouted via Daly Road then turn off at Trigg Road to get direct access to Surrey Bend.  This is slated to be completed in 2014.

 

Member’s corner

  • Surrey Transit rally at Surrey Centre – come make your voice heard (bus stop onto 156 not gotten Feb 26 at 3:30 (Tuesday).
  • Parking regulations – 8 to 6 in other cities (Burnaby, Richmond, Vancouver – 3 hour restricted parking btwn those hours).  A resident proposed that Surrey do something similar.  If the general community is in agreement with this, our community association will take it on.  Resident said there was a formal proposal at City Hall but the status of it was unknown.  Don’t know how it would be enforced.  Multiple suited areas may be areas that would be checked.  We’ll look into the proposal and see where it’s at.
  • 156th St and 111 Ave – North View kiddies’ park – 156 is becoming a raceway – a resident said she asked police if it warranted a speed bump and they didn’t think it did.  People are taking little kids to park to play and it can be dangerous at times with cars racing by.  City sends those types of complaints directly to the RCMP.  Resident talked to RCMP before Christmas.  It was suggested she check with Dean Scott.  Currently there is no sign to let motorists know that it’s a park and there are no lines on road to indicate a pedestrian crossing.
  • The intersection of 156th St and 108 Ave can be very problematic, especially for pedestrians.  The majority of cars do not stop at the sign and do not figure pedestrians in their four way turns.  Many pedestrians have had very close calls with cars that blow the stop sign.  A round-about was suggested but since the majority of cars are heading west on 108 to go south on 156, vehicles on 156 heading south and those on 108 heading east but turning south on 156 could have difficulty getting into the round-about as the cars from 108 will load the round-about making it difficult for others to enter.
  • A resident had asked about a noise reduction wall between her property and the #1 Hwy – she was told it would be installed during the summer 2013
  • 104 Ave – btwn 160th St and 168th is the City’s domain – they’re waiting till all development is completed before they do the arterial road improvements.  So far, they have only done some patchwork maintenance.

 

 Liquor Store Application

  • A letter was written to Mayor Diane Watts after the last meeting as the predominance of people at Nov meeting were opposed to the liquor store application
  • The application is for a full liquor store, not a beer and wine store. 
  • City Hall has received in excess of 1100 petitions both for and against – a public info meeting is being organized so all residents can come and give their opinions.  This will be held prior to spring break (Mar 18).  We should know the date shortly.  City Hall will advertise in all local papers and it will be put up on our (fhca.ca) website.
  • If want to lend your voice/opinion, please attend the hearing – look at the casino application in S. Surrey – the community was heard and the casino was voted down.

 Next Meeting will be May 1, 2013 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m.

Important contact information from February 21 meeting

Surrey Bend consultation site – Deadline February 24: pmh1project.com, go to “About the project”, choose Environmental projects, then Environmental approvals. In the last paragraph is a link for local area consultations – click on that, then choose Surrey / Langley. The feedback form is on that page.

Marlene Drozda and Blockwatch – marlene.drozda@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Watch this site for information on the meeting date for the liquor store application information hearing

All-Candidates Meetings (Municipal Elections)

Schedule of All-Candidates Meetings

All-Candidates meetings are intended to provide an opportunity for Candidates and community members to discuss issues prior to an election.

Date and Time Location Invitees Organized by Contact Information
Wednesday,
Oct. 26, 2011
7:00 pm
District Education Centre
14044 – 92 Avenue
School Trustee Candidates Surrey District Parents Advisory Council Bob Holmes
b-holmes@telus.net
Wednesday,
Nov. 2, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 pm
TBA Mayoral and Councillor Candidates Surrey Housing and Homelessness Task Force Alice Shaw
askalice@shaw.ca
Saturday,
Nov. 5, 2011
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Newton Library
13795 – 70 Avenue
Mayoral and Councillor Candidates Surrey CiTI
(Citizens Transporation Initiative)
ecolocoolib@yahoo.com
Tuesday,
Nov. 8, 2011
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Compass Point Inn
9850 King George Boulevard
Mayoral and Councillor Candidates Downtown Business Improvement
Association
Elizabeth Model
(604) 580-2321
Sunday,
Nov, 13, 2011
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Fleetwood Library
15996 – 84 Avenue
Mayoral and Councillor Candidates Surrey CiTI
(Citizens Transporation Initiative)
ecolocooplib@yahoo.com
Tuesday,
Nov. 15, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Eaglequest Golf Course
7778 – 152 Street
Mayoral and Councillor Candidates Surrey Board of Trade Anita Huberman
anita@businessinsurrey.ca

 

FHCA Minutes – Sep 28 2011

President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • The high school is now charging $60 for non-profit organizations to use the school for meetings so we have decreased the number of meetings from 5 down to 4 meetings per year – Sept, Nov, Feb, May (dates listed at end of minutes)
  • For pressing issues that come up between meetings, please communicate via email or on the website

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $4544.92. Liability insurance is now being charged for groups renting out/using the school facilities – Leanne was able to get a good rate of $235.

Police and Security – Constable Dibblee

  • Constable Chris Dibblee can be reached at: 604-839-6971, 778-593-3559 or at christopher.dibblee@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
  • Corporal Croll (Constable Dibblee’s team leader) and Constable Dibblee presented information and answered questions
  • There has been a spike in break and enters in Fraser Heights – they were focused in certain areas – about 7 or 8 over the past month were reported.
  • If you see something suspicious, please call police right away. Until proven otherwise, men going door to door selling children’s books are possible suspects – if they come to your house, please call police immediately after they leave or while they are there and make sure you take one of their brochures to give to police. Remember – they may not be the culprits but need to be investigated because they were in the areas where the break-ins occurred. Let the police investigate.
  • In all or most of the break-ins, the back sliding door was the entry point – they have not done a lot of damage to get in and tend to lift the sliding doors out of the tracks. Remember to keep your doors locked. Put a piece of wood or metal in the track if you have a sliding door. If you see something out of place or suspicious looking (e.g., cars/people), please call police. Break-ins have mostly been during the afternoon or evening between 3 to 11 p.m. (they appear to have a similar profile so are possibly the same people for each B&E).
  • 4 break-ins on 157th (around 109th) – the 5th place to be targeted had its alarm go off.
  • The half-way house on 108th was relocated to a house in Port Coquitlam so these individuals are no longer in Fraser Heights
  • There were a few break-ins around 155/154 by 108, some around Arbutus Wynd/Chestnut Place, and a cluster around 169A Street and 104 A Ave.
  • Total break-ins for Fraser Hts that look like they can be attributed to the same suspects would be about 7 – they took mostly cash, foreign currency and jewelry (they didn’t take electronics)
  • Mail theft – a thief was arrested about 2 weeks ago and police recovered lots of mail from various municipalities – the thieves appear to steal people’s identities. Do not leave mail in your mailbox overnight – pick it up daily. If you note anything suspicious about the community mail boxes, contact CFIT (through the police dept).
  • Due to the increase of B&Es, there are more marked police cars and officers patrolling in FH. With this criminal activity, FH is on the list for priority responses for break-ins in FH (remember, they won’t come if you don’t phone in anything suspicious). There were several break-ins last week on Wednesday and Friday.
  • 102 Ave/168 St – there has been underage drinking, smashing bottles, vandalism, breaking trees and throwing bottles onto Highway#1 (10 p.m. to 4 a.m.) since the 168th overpass was opened. Surrey has funds for extra patrols on weekends to deal with this. Please call police if you encounter these situations.
  • 103 Ave/170 St – a boat was stolen from a resident’s driveway. A white pick-up truck had been seen driving around the area many times. The boat was eventually found at a drug house in Mission. Report suspicious vehicles.
  • Grow ops – ongoing pursuit of these – the police have a website that makes these houses public – they show a leaf on the map where these houses are so neighbours will know the locations. You can ask to be put through to the drug section when you phone the RCMP to report suspicious houses.
  • If you buy new electronics (or expensive items), don’t put those boxes in recycling as it is an advertisement to the thieves. Cut the boxes down, invert them or take them to a recycling depot. Record a list of what is in your house. Take digital photos of everything in your house and keep that information on a memory stick. This helps police recover your items – they will check Craig’s list, pawn shops etc. and will set up a “meet” with sellers they suspect.
  • Criminals tend to go after motion detectors – they unscrew lights around the backyard. The homes targeted were not secluded homes and they did not have back lanes. The thieves made sure no one was home and they targeted many of the houses during dinner time.
  • Speed of reporting is essential – this will give police the opportunity to block entries/exits to Fraser Heights so they can catch the criminal(s).
  • Suggestions to make it look like someone is home – put boots on porch by front door, leave lights, TV and/or music on, leave a car in the driveway, have neighbour park in the driveway or get a relative or friend to stay in the house if you will be away on vacation.
  • Alarms don’t make houses invincible as thieves can dismantle them.
  • There was a level of professionalism with these B&Es – the criminals seem to be doing their homework so it doesn’t appear to be high school students – there was a description of taller males in their 20s.
  • The police in other cities/municipalities of Metro Vancouver are checking for similarities between the crimes here and possible ones in their jurisdiction.
  • Not a lot of damage has been done by these criminals as they seem to be taking their time to get the doors off but there may be some damage to the door when they either break the lock or pry the door out of the track. Once inside, the thieves will riffle through the drawers etc. dumping things.
  • Keep a list of serial #s that are on the TVs etc. (engrave your driver’s licence # on the electronics – engravers can be bought at Canadian Tire)
  • Phone or email Constable Dibblee if you have any information on the criminals or the B&Es – he checks email and voice messages in the morning
  • It was suggested that a screecher alarm would be the best protection as it is piercing and hurts your ears. If you have an alarm with cameras – make sure the DVR is hidden or they will steal that. The cameras are worth a fortune and are often stolen.
  • Atop a light post on the south side of 108 Ave at 157 Street, there was a camera mounted this past week as part of a traffic study – statistics are being collected from this.
  • Traffic patrolling – there may be quite an increase over the weekend (watch your driving as they will be targeting that as well as the possible criminal activity).

Traffic Issues

  • The lane realignment on 156th Street on the north side of 104 Ave. has been completed – when you are heading south on 156th, there are now 3 lanes (one right turn onto 104 Ave. to head west, one straight through (heading south) and one left turn (eastbound).
  • A new pedestrian light was installed at 162 and 108th Street last week and will soon be put into operation.
  • The Port Mann project has been causing a lot of traffic in Fraser Heights – Kiewit said they need to keep progressing onward with the work to get the highway project completed – the schools have been phoning them about the traffic issues.
  • When 100th Avenue closed, the traffic had to find alternate routes to get to 104 Ave. The intersection of 170A Street and 104 Ave. has become a very dangerous spot. Traffic had been alternating during peak hours, adding to the congestion. There have been 2 accidents in the past week (the one this morning was very bad and looked like high speed was involved) and 2 pedestrians were hit fairly recently (one had very serious injuries). The crossing guard has had many incidents with cars ignoring him or narrowly missing him. Please notify Surrey’s traffic/engineering department about this intersection (or other local traffic issues that are not part of the PMH1 project by emailing Jamie Boan, Manager of Transportation, at jaboan@surrey.ca. Make sure to cc. the mayor and councillors in the email. Their email addresses are available on the City of Surrey website at www.surrey.ca
  • Parents of Pacific Academy students have had their access to PA via 100 Ave closed off so they have had to find alternate routes and are adding to the traffic congestion. Traffic throughout the area has significantly increased so drivers must be more vigilant to watch for children walking to school. Several times, drivers have stopped to let people go across the street and the driver behind them has driven around that driver who had stopped, thereby narrowly missing the pedestrian(s) crossing the street. There are often drivers passing other drivers on the hill at speeds way above the speed limit. The visibility is poor so it has become a serious issue for the residents of this area to safely cross 104th Avenue. 100th Ave is closed and is not slated to be opened again so this problem is not going to go away.
  • Note: Council is very receptive at this time of year due to the elections coming up on November 19, 2011 so be sure they also get a copy of your concerns. The more emails that are received concerning an issues, the more likely action will be taken. Emails from administrative staff at the schools holds a lot of weight.
  • TI Corp – they are the consultants for Kiewit (these are feeder roads for the Port Mann/Hwy#1 project (e.g., 176 Street intersections, 160th Street etc.) Emails concerning issues to do with the PMH1 project should be directed to Sheila Hui at shui@ticorp.ca
  • The 160th Street overpass date to open is dependent on weather so no date was known at this time. The 152nd overpass opened yesterday. Once the new 160th overpass opens, the old one will be dismantled so until all of this is done, there will be disruptions to traffic flow.
  • If residents would like to receive regular updates from the Port Mann Highway #1 project, they can email info@pmh1project.com or phone 1-866-999-7641 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting to ask to be put on the mailing list or they can visit the website at www.pmh1project.com or Twitter at www.twitter.com/portmannhwy1.
  • It was noted that there were no sidewalks along 104th between 176 and 168th. The side of the road is like a mine field – students and parents of young people have been seen struggling to walk or push buggies over this rough terrain. Sidewalks are needed here.
  • There was a question about homes that have too many cars parked in front of the neighbour’s houses. There seemed to be no bylaws for cars parking in Surrey. They can legally park in front of houses for any length of time. In many of the municipalities, there is a 3 hour limit for parking in front of houses during daylight hours. This needs to be taken up with the City of Surrey. There may be a restriction as to how many cars a house can park off their property if they have secondary suites – it would be worth pursuing this problem from the secondary suite angle.
  • Abbey Glen – there is a house running an auto wrecking yard from the home – every once and awhile they have been forced to clear it up (it is in the vicinity of 170 Street and 103rdAve).

Parks and Recreation

  • Dog off-leash parks – out of all the parks/areas suggested by Surrey Residents for the off-leash parks at the Open Houses, 12 parks made the short list. Of those parks, 6 will be chosen to become off-leash parks. Residents are encouraged to vote or fill in the questionnaire that is on the website (you only need to comment on the park in your area and not the parks throughout Surrey).
  • There were two parks chosen in Fraser Heights – the first was Fraser View Park that is on the north east corner of 160th Street and 112th Ave. This park is rarely used by residents and was said to be an ideal park to use as an off-leash park. Information on how this park would be transformed to become an off-leash park and a picture of the park are on the website: www.surrey.ca/dogparks If you want any further information, you can email Doug Merry at djmerry@surrey.ca or phone him at 604-598-5778.
  • The second site in or near Fraser Heights was the Port Mann Landfill area. This would be a destination park (like Tynehead Park is – meaning you’d have to drive there). It would not only have the off-leash areas but would have an agility training area where there would be culverts to crawl through, things to climb on and an area that would be like a slalom (dogs would wind in and out between poles). The problem with this site is it is not known when the land will be ready to use. Access, at this point in time would be via the #1 Highway or through an underpass under the #1 Hwy from Birdland.
  • Doug suggested that Fraser View Park would have the best chance of being developed. Please vote – the more people who vote, the better chance we’ll have of getting a dog-off leash park.

City Beautification Grant

  • The Fraser Heights Community Association has chosen to apply for a grant to put a sign at the intersection of 160th Street and 104th Ave. Surrey said we can put in a proposal of where we might want the sign and the City will get the ball rolling on the approval. FHCA is looking into the sign. The grant allotted for the project is around $3000 which may or may not cover the cost of a sign (we may have to raise more money for that). Location of sign may be on the north east side of 160th Street/104 Ave but it is not known what the road layout will be once new overpass opens up so the location decision will be made later.
  • It was suggested that the sign be made of a material resistant to vandalism, weather damage and possibly elevate it so vandals can’t reach it.
  • There are several community signs throughout Fraser Heights and most have been maintained by the neighbours living around them.

Development in Fraser Heights:

  • There are 2 lots at 10145 173 Street that have a proposal to divide them up into 12 small lots. If residents have concerns about this, they should contact Stephanie Long, City of Surrey, at 604-591-4753 and give her the File # 7911-0190-00. The proposal is at the early application stages to develop this land so residents now have the opportunity to voice their opinions. This proposal amends that area of the community from suburban to urban to allow for this development.

Member’s concerns

  • Some residents had been on the FHCA email list and no longer are – not sure what happened. Mail chimp is now being used so if an email bounces back to FHCA, it drops that person off the list. Let FHCA know if you’ve been dropped off the list or if you want to be added to the list to receive emails. You can subscribe on the website. There are currently about 400 subscribers on the email list – emails are usually only sent when an important issue arises or just prior to meeting dates.
  • Dave Hayer, our MLA, is now a resident of Fraser Heights. He is interested in our community and its issues.
  • Several Surrey Civic Coalition candidates came to the meeting and introduced themselves. The FHCA is non-partisan but we do like to support those who work with us. The candidates were: Rina Gill (she ran in 2008), Sukhy Dhillon (her pet project was collecting books and sending them to Nigeria), Steve Wood, Gary Robinson, and Ijaz Ahmed Chatha.
  • One resident stated that he carefully looked at his Property Tax bill and found a charge for a secondary suite. It is up to the homeowner to prove that there is no secondary suite as many of the new houses have completely finished basements and may be billed. The extra charge for a suite is about $200 to $300. Another resident stated that it is cheaper to have your water metered if there are few people living in your house as it reduces both the water and sewer utility bills.
  • Residents said there was an Increase in train horns during night. Langley has a bylaw for the train noises. You can phone the train yard about the noise. Some train engineers give a little toot while others lay on the horns. Whistles should not go off during midnight to 6 a.m. – individual trains make a decision to toot horns. Dave Hayer has info on this. It is possible to get silent crossings – must apply for them but there is a liability issue – so if someone gets creamed, it states who is responsible.
  • Surrey Bend Park – plan to develop it – Gary Robinson was involved in this proposal – It was under a 10 year plan and plan is coming into focus. Work has started on it.

Next Meeting will be Wednesday November 30 , 2011 at 7 p.m. in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School.

The meeting schedule for the 2011/2012 year will be:
Wed Nov 30, 2011
Thurs Feb 2, 2012
Wed May 2, 2012