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

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