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, November 12 FHCA meeting

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

November 12, 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).
  • If you are not currently on the email list, go to our website and sign up.  We only send out about 6 announcements a year.  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.

 Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $3932.18

 Police and Security – Staff Sargent Dean Scott

  • Dean Scott, Div 2 commander for the RCMP (for the past 3 years), was 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 Scott was chosen as Police Officer of the year – Congratulations!
  • He will be transferred to the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment on December 13th but will be available to help the new officer filling his position in the Surrey detachment so there is a smooth transition.
  • Recovery houses had been a problem in FH but bylaws have helped crush them
  • Theft from autos at the 103 Ave/160 Street Park and Ride – There were 2 incidents in Nov and 3 in Oct.  Cars older than 2000 should have a club (ICBC and the RCMP have some to give out, if you can’t afford one). 
  • Go to the RCMP website to see how to prevent theft from your vehicle – keep everything out of view.  Photocopy your vehicle registration, white out the address and keep that copy in your car. 
  • Commercial vehicles should not be parked on the street as tools are regularly stolen from these vehicles then those stolen tools are used for crime.
  • Break and enters of homes in FH are usually below the norm with occasional spikes.  Look at RCMP website as to how to safeguard your house.
  • People living near the Tynehead pedestrian overpass have reported that there are drug deals taking place on the Fraser Heights side of the overpass.  They also reported motorcycles driving across the overpass.
  • In order for the City bylaw to come into play, the land/overpass needs to be signed over to the City so fines can be issued for offenses such as drinking and drugs. 
  • Tynehead Park needs a very definite close time to try to keep crime from the park and from coming across the overpass to Fraser Heights.  Overpasses tend to be crime generators.  Don’t confront these people if you see them doing something illegal but do report the incidents to the RCMP.  Get licence plate numbers, if safe to do so.  If you don’t report it, there will be no record of it and the incident(s) will be as if it (they) didn’t happen.  Call the Non-Emergency RCMP number 604-599-0502

 Member’s corner:

  • There are 2 group homes for adults with physical and mental challenges by 100th Ave/ 173 Street.  It seems like these people are not being supervised.  The Ministry needs to be notified as these two homes are rehabilitation establishments.  Residents of these homes have been found wandering around in the dark.  Bylaws need to be informed if residents not adhering to laws.  Contact Jas Rehal in bylaws with any concerns.
  • Mail box break-ins – watch your mail boxes for signs of tampering.  Make sure you pick up mail on a regular basis.  If you notice people loitering or unusual activity, report this to the police.
  • Copper theft from light standards – the City is now going to replace the stolen wire with aluminum as it can’t be processed or sold when stolen.  New construction houses, wire/metal theft has been an ongoing problem. 
  • Theft of wire – if anyone sees the access panels at the bottom of the light standards missing, please contact the RCMP and give the location of that light standard.  Trucks, looking like legitimate company trucks, come and remove the panels one day then come back the next day to remove wire.  

 Traffic issues:

  • HOV lanes on the west side of the Port Mann are in operation from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m., any vehicles may travel in them.  On the east side of the Port Mann (our side), the HOV lanes are in effect 24/7.
  • 156 Street/108 Ave intersection – the City of Surrey has sent counters to monitor this intersection.  It is close to warranting a signal or round-about.  The City appears to be more in favour of a roundabout.  With the number of pedestrians using this intersection, they feel a round-about is safer.  Residents with a preference for either a round-about or traffic light should email their comments to Jamie Boan at City of Surrey (jaboan@surrey.ca).  Come January, they’ll be looking at this intersection.  If a round-about is put in, land will have to be expropriated.  If a traffic light is installed, the wiring is already in place and no land will have to be acquired to install this.
  • Rick Sparrow attended a City meeting and the general consensus was there was not enough space to install a round-about.  Translink has found it is difficult for the large city buses to navigate the round-about at 158 St (many go over part of the round-about when heading east on 108 Ave).  When the 337 bus is full on 108 Ave in the morning commute, instead of completing the route, they continue down 108 St to 156 Ave to turn left onto 156 Street (leaving people behind at the last 4 bus stops in FH). They would not be able to make that tight of a turn if a round-about was put in.
  • A resident asked if we could put a comment section on our website about the 108 Ave/156 St intersection.  It would require the name and address of those making comments to for validity.
  • There should be another traffic infrastructure meeting in January.
  • 156 St between 110 and 112 Avenues – the road is rough, asphalt is coming up – this should be further discussed in January.  Some of land on either side is undeveloped or are older properties that will be developed.  The City owns Northview Park and this section of road should be their responsibility.  The City worried there would be speeding if the road was good.  The only sidewalk is piecemeal and there is a large ditch on the one side.  If you have any comments, contact the board of directors of FHCA.
  • City of Surrey – there should be a walkway on Barnston Drive, on the Pacific Academy side – from 168th to 172nd Streets.
  • South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) – once completed, we should be able to go from FH to Roberts Bank.  Ed Sanders stated that, by end of Dec, they are expecting the SFPR to be fully open.  Roadways to Delta will be open in December.  176th Ave to Scott Road Park and Ride seems narrow but in the agricultural area, it is much wider.  The area around Roberts Bank will be the last to be completed.  No toll is expected to be charged.
  • Residents have requested better signage at 104 Ave and Hwy 15 south to come into Fraser Heights as people have missed this turn and ended up by King George Hwy before being able to turn around.  There will be changes at the intersection – the trucks will turn left to head to Hwy 15 south.  The Jug handle will be replaced by a right hand turn lane that will take motorists up to 104 Ave.
  • The Golden Ears Connector will connect Highway 17 through Daly Road to the Golden Ears Bridge. There will be a lighted intersection at 177A, and an ingress point to Barnston Island at that intersection. Daly road will be paved as far as 179 by the end of the year. Work is expected to begin as early as Feb 2014 for the Golden Ears Connector.

 Recycling facility:

  • The Application for a Recycling Depot at 104 Ave and 173 St was not supported by council.  The information meeting that was held was well attended and people in the community submitted their comments to the City.
  • The City received a lot of communication from our community and the industrial businesses around 104 Ave/173 St.  Petitions were submitted by groups of residents.  Due to the amount and nature of input, the City of Surrey will not support this application.  At this point in time, the Recycling Depot, as proposed, cannot proceed.

 Fraser Heights Secondary School Extension

  • At this point in time, the new addition will not be ready till spring break as there are a number of inspections that have to be done once the building is completed.

 Fraser Heights Recreation Centre community events

  • Cindy and Jacqueline from the FH Recreation Centre – 2 events for residents – Mon Dec 2 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – community appreciation day – 3 trees to decorate (ideas are for interests e.g. shoelace for running, preschool items etc. bring your decorations
  • Breakfast with Santa at the Rec Centre is Saturday Dec 7 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. 7 Sat.  In addition to breakfast, there will be crafts, playtime and a visit from Santa.

 Other community news:

  • The City is looking into instituting a Food truck program in Surrey.   There will be two open houses at the City Centre Library for residents on Monday Nov 18 from 1:30 to 4:00 and Monday Nov 25 from 3:30 to 7.  More information can be found at www.surrey.ca/food
  • Rotary club – George Pedersson is the President of the Rotary Club of Surrey-Fraser Heights.  If you would like to know more about the rotary club in FH, contact George by phone at 604-809-1157 or by email at gpederss@direct.ca.  Their club website is www.rotary.org (they are District 5050).  See Sept 18, 2013 minutes for more information on the Rotary club.
  • Train noise – CN and other carriers do not seem to be willing participants in having a discussion about the train noises.  There appear to be more trains running per day and they seem carrying heavier loads than 5 years ago.  Whistles are being blown in the middle of the night.  Panorama Ridge Association was successful at reducing the noise from trains.

  Next Meeting will be Wednesday February 19, 2014 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m.    

Last meeting of the school year will be May 7th, 2014

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.

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.

Minutes of FHCA meeting November 28, 2012

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

November 28, 2012

President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • Lindsay Ryerson, President
  • Sign board at Fraser Heights Secondary School can be used to announce FHCA meetings in the future.
  • We welcome any member of our community to help us distribute notices about our meetings a few days before the meetings.  These can be placed on community mailboxes, in Starbucks etc.
  • Go to our FHCA website and register to get on the email list which will send reminders of our 4 meetings per year. 

  

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $3989.17
  • Rental of FH  Secondary School’s theatre was $300

 

 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.
  • Cautions for Christmas – do not leave anything visible in your car as even a bit of cash could cause someone to break into your car.  If you take parcels to your car to put in your trunk, move your car so anyone watching won’t break in while you go back into the stores.
  • Do not have your address on any papers in your car.  Copy your registration/insurance papers by putting a piece of paper over the address then keep that in your car.  The police have that information on file.  If you do get stopped in any jurisdiction outside of the Lower Mainland, get them to call the RCMP if they question why your address is not on your papers.  You can keep the original registration papers elsewhere in your car in a safe place.  Dean Scott said he’d personally represent you if you got a ticket for not having the address on your papers.

 

 

Traffic Issues

  • The new Port Mann Bridge officially opens this Saturday, Dec 1st with 8 lanes.  The first week is free then tolling starts on December 8, 2012.  If you register at www.treo.ca before February 28th, 2013, you can get a reduced rate on tolls until December 2013.  The full 10 lanes of traffic on the Port Mann will open in December 2013 and at that time, there will be two lanes dedicated to go to between Surrey and the Cape Horn exit.  The other through lanes on the bridge will then not be able to leave the freeway until the Brunette exit.
  • The onramp at 160th Street will have its own lane heading westbound until just before 152nd when the traffic coming on from 152nd will merge with this lane.
  • A sound wall has been built by the Dogwood Camp grounds and a chain link fence will be installed on the west side of the green belt between 110 and 108 Aves and between 154 Street and the 2 lanes that will take traffic to the Cape Horn exit for Coquitlam as presently it is easy to walk onto these lanes of freeway without any barrier being there.
  • South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR).  Phase one of this project (the highway between 176 Street and 104 Ave to the Patullo bridge) will open on November 30, 2012.  Phase 2 (136 Street to Deltaport way will open December 2013.  There is a map on the SFPR website that shows how to access Patullo bridge off King Road.  At this time, there is a temporary intersection at 138 Street so cars can get on and off the SFPR.
  • Quiet pavement has been used on this highway where it is near residential areas.
  • There was a concern about all the truck traffic on 104th Avenue that could potentially slow car traffic down considerably – what could be done about that.  TI Corp made arrangements to meet with directors of FHCA to discuss problems regarding SFPR and 104/176.
  • The 104 Ave / 176 Intersection will be similar to what it currently is but there will be a signal installed where a stop sign had been.  If you are heading west, you will go through the intersection, loop around and then can make a left onto 176th.  The angle is too sharp for trucks that have to use the “jug handle” to the west of 176.  A sign prohibiting left turns will probably be installed at this intersection.  Putting the trucks onto this “jug handle” should help alleviate some of the truck traffic, it was hoped.
  • At 176 Street, there is a cloverleaf/freeflow that will make sense once the SFPR is completely opened (maps were shown).  There is still time for changes to be made so please voice your opinions.
  • 176 Street heading south to the border from 104 Ave will now be called Highway 15.
  • 176 north of 104 Ave will be called Highway 17 all the way to Deltaport/ferries.
  • There will no longer be a 176 Street except for residents living on that street – their addresses will not change at this time.
  • Barnston Drive East at approximately 179 Street will be built adjacent to the Hwy and will be completed in 2013.
  • Golden Ears Connector/Daly Road update.  Preload, drainage and habitat enhancement are taking place now.  Construction in 2013 will include taking care of ditches, moving utility poles etc.  Work on this road will continue to 2014 when the widened road will connect the SFPR to the Golden Ears Bridge.
  • TreO Service Centre – off 104th Ave between 164 and 162 Streets is for making toll payments.  This office is a secondary back up for the Coquitlam site on the other side of the bridge.  There are four self-serve kiosks for credit cards.  About 100 people are anticipated to make use of each of these stations on a daily basis.  32 employees were employed to work at these centres.  The road exiting the tollbooth onto 104 Ave will take cars to the intersection of 104 Ave/160 Street where they can get back on the freeway.  To date, 400,000 people have registered their cars for the TreO stickers.
  • Concerns were expressed about 160 Street being backed up to 108 Ave on a daily basis.  With the opening of the new bridge, this should not be a problem in the future but may not be known until January when university students are back at school and most people are back from vacation.
  • Concerns were also raised about the 156 Street underpass.  Residents were worried that the light at the bottom of the underpass would slow the Fraser Heights traffic down and cause it to back up as that had been happening in the weeks before the HOV lanes opened.  The light will operate by a sensor that will detect cars leaving the freeway to enter 156 Street.  Priority will be given to traffic on 156 Street.
  • The 108 Ave/156 Street intersection was another problem.  Many people were not stopping at that intersection and pedestrians and people driving vehicles stated that they’ve nearly been hit by those not bothering to stop.  This is not part of the TI Corp PMH1 construction.  The City of Surrey would be responsible for this intersection.  At this time, it was not known what the best solution would be for that intersection.

 

 Development in Fraser Heights:

  • 159 St to160 Street just north of 104 Ave/Freeway – construction on the 36 lots has begun.  There will be no access onto 160 Street from this housing development – they will have to take 159 Street to 108 Ave to get onto 160 Street.
  • The Multifamily site at 176 to 177A and Barnston is coming along.  There is no commercial development slated to be in this phase 1 but will be added in phase 2.  It is zoned to be able to have a grocery store, convenience store and a gas station.  The original site was to have 867 condos but it is now down to 600 units and presently, there are no 6 storey wood framed units.
  • Addition to Fraser Heights Secondary School was supposed to begin early in 2013 but permits to take down trees along 160 Street heading south from the school had not been approved yet.  11 classrooms will be added to the school.  Originally this school was built for 1000 students but today houses 1500 students.  Half sized lockers are shared by two students.  For the first time, FHSS dropped in enrolment by 50 to 60 students this school year.
  • Parking for staff and students has been reduced by moving the portables onto the parking lot in anticipation of the commencement of the construction of the new school wing.
  • On the east side of Fraser Heights around 173 Street and 101 Ave, there is a housing development approved for 12 lots.  The planning on this development is still in the preliminary stages.

 

 Member’s corner

Notices advising residents of this meeting were put on the community mailboxes, posted in some of the businesses in our community, posted on myfraserheights.info, sent via email to those registered on the fhca.ca site

Minutes of FHCA meeting September 18, 2012

FRASER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MINUTES

September 18, 2012

 President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • Lindsay Ryerson, president
  • Mandate of the FHCA – to represent issues that concern our community – safety, police issues, traffic, infrastructure issues, development.  We provide a voice at City Hall – they value our input on issues of concern to Fraser Heights.
  • Go to website and register in order to get email reminders of our 4 meetings per year.  About 400 people have signed up on this site.

  

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $3867.70
  • Expenses were $300 for rental of the FHSS theatre and $185 for insurance so we can use the school for our meetings.

 

 Liquor Store Application

  • The FHCA Board of Directors met with Joe Khalifa and Al Arbuthnot on Thursday September 13th in regards to the proposed liquor store at the Fraser Heights Mall. 
  • The Liquor store application is for the space Fraser’s Bistro occupied.
  • There are no Surrey By-lows governing where liquor stores can be situated unless they have a pub attached to them.  In that case, they cannot be within 400 meters of schools or parks.
  • The mall is zoned with a CD rating which originally allowed a liquor store.  Due to Surrey by-law changes, it was stated that a pub had to be attached to a liquor store (this puts the provincial/municipal laws in conflict as a pub is not required for provincial liquor stores). 
  • The mall must apply for rezoning in order to have a liquor store without a pub.
  • The City of Surrey requested a letter from the FH Association to show support for this application.  The FHCA will put any caveats into the letter written such as to not allow a pub.  Issues brought up by those attending this meeting will also be included in the letter.
  • This will be a privately operated liquor store that will sell wine, beer and hard liquor.  The proprietor currently owns several liquor stores. 
  • Residents offered these suggestions to have a liquor store:
    a) Liquor stores are good tenants – they bring in people and money and are beneficial to other stores in the area

b) There has been shown to be no noticeable impact on the crime rate.

c)  Residents won’t have to go across the freeway to get liquor.

  • RCMP – concerns were raised about selling to minors, traffic congestion at the mall, and the location of the business right across from school (there are no liquor stores in Langley or Vancouver near schools).  There are Liquor stores in Guildford and Fleetwood that do service FH.
  • Parents concerned that younger kids would ask older teens/adults to buy liquor for them.  One resident stated that if kids wanted liquor, they’d find a way to get it no matter where it was.
  • Concerns were raised about the location across from high school and elementary schools.
  • Some residents stated that the further from young people the establishment is, better it is for residents.
  • A point was made that tobacco is sold at Nesters, Rexall and the Gas Station.  Drugs are sold behind the gas station.  Dean Scott will be apprised of this – (bring up at next meeting).
  • Underage kids involved in offenses with alcohol/drugs are taken home to their parents but up it is up to the parents to do something and many don’t.
  • It was stated that people going in and out of the liquor store will take about 5 minutes – so this should not have a huge impact on traffic in FH.
  • Hours of operation are controlled by province – 7 days a week.  9 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The proprietor stated that he would operate within those hours but would monitor the hours to see what would work best for FH community.
  • School’s view – PACs were responding separately.  Most against. 
  • Up until night of the Country Fair in June, no one knew what was going into the Frasers Bistro site.  It was the end of school year, grad time and not all the 25,000 residents went to the fair so most did not see/hear about the proposed liquor store.  Not lot of time to speak to PACs as they did not function during the summer.  Unfortunately, tonight there is a high school PAC meeting in the library and Dogwood has a parent/teacher barbeque so many representatives from the schools could not come.  Concerns have been raised from the schools.  There are also other community areas nearby – water park, skate park, rec centre.
  • Some residents would be In favour of a liquor store if an alternate site could be found such as put it with the toll booth or at the bottom of 104th Ave toward 176th Street.
  • A Liquor store was approved when mall was 1st built as a possible tenant. 
  • A vote was taken and the majority of residents were not in support of having a liquor store in the FH mall.  Out of 65 people that attended the FH meeting, 35 were opposed to the liquor store at FH plaza, 9 were in favour and 21 did not vote. Of the, 35 opposed, 24 did not want any liquor store in Fraser Heights at any location, while 11 would be in favour of a location that was not near any of the schools such as at the foot of 104th Street near the intermodal yards.
  • Tom Gill, City councillor, explained that the bylaw required a pub to be joined to a liquor store for any new establishments.  It will be amended so a liquor store can be opened without a pub.  Applicant has to make a request to the City for an amendment.  Can regulate hours/days.  Tom stated that Guildford did have a stand-alone liquor store as it had been run by gov’t .  Minimum distance from liquor store to liquor store – 1 km to an existing one so FH mall is outside that area from Guildford.
  • When application goes through City Hall, (it will be on a Monday night) residents are invited to attend the meeting and express their thoughts for or against.  Once the date for the application hearing is known, it will be put on the FHCA website.
  • As an alternate to this, FH Residents have voice at City Hall – send an email or write so they have a  record of your comments.

 

 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.  Unfortunately, he was unable to attend tonight and no other officer could come so Corp. Dwayne Croll sent an update:
  • Recent shooting in FH – he stated the murder was 100% targeted.  Victim was well known to police.  No further threat to the home or neighbours.
  • Get to know your neighbours and establish a Block Watch or get involved in your neighbourhood Block Watch.
  • Increased presence of bicycle cops at events.  RCMP will have double the regular staff working on Halloween and the weekend before. 
  • Once trick or treat is finished, residents were advised to bring in decorations as vandals tend to move in.
  • Park your cars in garages to avoid vandalism to vehicles.
  • Officers patrol late evenings and nights and have found many garages open.  They have knocked on doors even at 3 a.m. to let residents know about this.  Please check to make sure you close your garage doors.
  • This past weekend there were 2 new break-ins – one at 174 St/104 Ave where there’s new construction and one at 155 St/108 Ave.  These thieves are using the same strategy that was previous used on past break-ins.  They tend to park their vehicles a few blocks from targeted residences.  The home owners were Korean and the thieves targeted resident’s money/jewelry.  Entry was through the back.  If any resident sees men climbing fences or suspect someone, call 911.  It is better to call and be a false alarm.  No call is too small.  The RCMP have been successful in Richmond recently.  These thieves are working all areas of BC.

 

Traffic Issues

  • 3 lanes on the new Port Mann bridge heading eastbound opened today.  Westbound will open later this year.
  • Go to www.treo.ca and sign up to get transponder sticker.  You will get a discount if you sign up early (before Nov 30) and receive 20 free trips.  If before Feb, you’ll still get a discount till Dec 15th/2013 but no free trips.  Even if you use the bridge infrequently, the sticker is free and will save you having to pay the “day of” any crossings you may make plus will give you a discount on any crossings for the next year if you sign up before the bridge opens.  It is just a sticker that you put on your car and will work for both the Golden Ears bridge as well as the new Port Mann bridge.
  • Construction at 168/104 has been going on to put in traffic lights.  Currently, they are waiting for BC Hydro to get light up and running.
  • There is a new street – 175A – being built.  City is putting street into where the Korean church is to help with local traffic as they had to access their church through the residential area.
  • Development sign at 164 St/104 Ave for 16 lots.  Our FHCA has been requesting traffic lights at that intersection for many years as there have been many accidents there.  With more houses, this becomes an even greater concern.
  • SFPR – significant construction is going on presently.  Can view the project on their website.  Current configuration of traffic around 176 will be in place for about 1 year.  Right now, they are doing construction to take you up 176.  By December, will have to go through that intersection stoplight twice due to the traffic configuration.
  • Access to CN yard is permanent.  SFPR has to finish line painting and utility work to open by Dec.
  • Anticipated there will be curbing along 104 Ave from 168 to 160 Streets – this is not on the TI Corp drawings
  • Golden ears connector 104 Ave/176 St to 96 Ave.  Recently started construction – extension along 104 Ave/ Daly Road.  Preload starting to go in so can pave it when it has settled.  Have not yet acquired all 179 to 170A property which must be done before road can be put through.  1st step is to widen Daly road to make it safer then extend it to Golden Ears pathway.  Projected timeline for completion is the end of 2013.
  • 156 St HOV access – when open, won’t be able to get out of that lane right through to Brunette – separated by concrete barrier.  Will NOT be able to get off at Cape Horn.  Will try to get TI corp representative for next meeting

 

 Railway Crossings

  • Limitations of train whistles in FH.  Reconfigured for minimum # of crossings.
  • Blowing horns in yard overnight when no trains moving

  

Development in Fraser Heights:

  • 164 St/104 Ave (North East corner) – 16 lots
  • 159 St to160 Ave just north of 104 Ave/Freeway – 36 lots
  • 157 St/ 107 Ave – 7 lots
  • If residents have any concerns about these projects, go to the City’s website and quote the number on bottom of the development signs when you email your concerns.

 

 Member’s concerns

  • Kindermorgan pipeline extension – residents worried that adverse publicity could decrease their property values, even if pipeline is safe
  • Pipeline will be doubled alongside current pipeline.  Kindermorgan does have a right of way – a 20 foot width that runs along the fence line.  Homeowners may have the land either on the front or back of their residences but KM has right of way.  They will take down fences, undo landscaping and will redo it in better way than was so will not devalue property.  Residents have been pleased with the professionalism of the work Kindermorgan has done to restore their property.  FHCA will try to get them to come to one of our meetings.
  • Hysteria about this has been about another pipeline further north.  The pipeline that runs through FH brings crude oil to Burnaby – it is not linked to the one running further north that will take the oil to China.  The pipeline in FH cuts through the new development at the intersection of 176/ Hwy 1.  They have had to design their project so they don’t build on top of it.
  • Yellow markers – the pipeline is most likely in the center of this right of way.  It never runs under a house but may run through front or back yards.  Tall trees were cut down 1 ½ years ago that were on the pipeline right of way.
  • Residents wanted info about construction activity around 156 Street as the pipeline was 15 meters below the road line.  They wondered if there would be a trench dug across 156 Street?
  • Several residents stated that they would like to know when the FHCA meetings were scheduled.  Posters were pasted on mail boxes and on community bulletin boards, Erma Stephenson put the message on their electronic board, the information was on the FHCA website and those who have registered were sent an email. A resident mentioned that there was a Facebook site – My Fraser Heights (it is not connected with our FHCA) that could maybe be used to get the word out about meetings
  • It was also suggested that FHCA get a big banner and put it on the corner by the Scotia Bank and Quiznos.
  • Put notices in the Leader

  

Next Meeting will be Wednesday November 28, 2012 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School at 7 p.m.

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

 

Minutes – FHCA Meeting May 26 2011

President’s report

  • Web site – www.fhca.ca
  • This is the last meeting for the 2010/11 school year
  • Next year (2011/12), the school will charge $60 for non-profit organizations to use the school for meetings so we may decrease the number of meetings from 5 down to 4 meetings per year – possibly Sept, Nov, Feb, May
  • Communication via email / website would help if there are pressing issues that need to be addressed between meeting dates

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – total account balance is $4799.56

Gateway – changes at 156th St & 176th St.

  • Changes at 160th Street – if coming north on 160th Street, you will have to turn right onto a cloverleaf to get onto #1 Hwy westbound – this should open around June 3rd, weather permitting
  • Those heading to #1 westbound while driving west on 104th Ave will have to merge onto the cloverleaf just before 160th Street. The onramp just west of the 160/104 light will be closed (date for closure not published yet)

Police and safety update – Constable Dibblee

  • Constable Dibblee can be reached at: 604-839-6971, 778-593-3559 or at christopher.dibblee@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
  • Please report any vandalism/theft or other criminal activities to the police so they can keep track of the problem areas. If you do not report it, the police will have no knowledge about these criminal activities.
  • Be advised that a sex offender was released on bail and is living in the Fraser Heights area. The elementary schools have sent out information to parents of the students at each of the schools. If you see, hear or are involved in any incidents regarding this individual, please contact the police.
  • The recovery house on 108 Ave is not registered as a Half-way house so it is not under the jurisdiction of the City. This house is non-regulated and rented out to those recovering from drug/alcohol addiction, ex-cons and/or out on bail or on probation. It is run by an organization called Vision Quest (they also run other similar houses in the City). Residents living near this house have reported that there has been an increase in the number of cars and houses being broken into in that area. Again, please report any incidents or suspicious activity, no matter how minor, to the police so they can keep track of this.

 

176th St Development Update (east of 176th Street/north of Hwy #1) – (proposed: 67 unit apartment building, 85 townhouse units)

  • May 9th – a letter was sent to community association about this development
  • Originally, this property was approved to build 841 units within 6 buildings. The new proposal is down to 5 buildings with a total of 596 units for the entire project
  • Phase 1 is now going to be a 71 unit apartment bldg and a complex with 80 townhouses. This project is awaiting final approval from the City. It goes for the final reading/approval on May 30th or June 13th
  • The developers want to start building as soon as these final changes have received approval
  • There was concern about the proposed wooden structure buildings. As far as it is known, they will still be wood structure buildings.
  • There is no commercial component proposed in this first phase
  • This letter (or link to it) will be put on the FHCA website

Rec Centre expansion update

  • There has been no update on the completion date of the addition to the Fraser Heights Recreation Centre so as it stands, it should be completed by the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012.

Beautification grants through the City of Surrey

  • The City of Surrey provides grants to groups in Surrey to help beautify various areas of Surrey. The groups would have to provide the labour and the City will provide grants of around $3000 toward the project. Suggestions were called for – Ideas suggested were wraps to put around the hydro boxes to reduce graffiti, flower pots on lamp posts, tree/flower plantings or a monument in combination with vegetation (flowers/shrubs) at the entrance to Fraser Heights (on 160th) to give a “name” to our community. Most of those attending liked the last idea of a welcoming sign to Fraser Heights so people would know that is the name of our community. Please let the FHCA know if you would be interested in helping with this project.

Member’s concerns

  • Hannah, a new resident to the Fraser Heights Community, is looking for space to offer free English language classes as well as classes to teach computer skills to new immigrants who speak little English. She currently is teaching through a non-profit organization.
  • There have been a number of open houses around Surrey in regards to dog off-leash parks. Residents were given felt pens and were asked to mark on the maps where they felt would be good places to have these off-leash parks. They were also asked to fill out a survey to answer various questions about dog off-leash parks. Most residents who attended did not like the idea of having to drive their dogs in a car to a park so they could run their dogs off leash – a big part of dog walking is the social aspect – meet others out walking. Several areas in Fraser Heights were identified. The City will be making choices from all identified areas in Surrey. If you would like to fill out the survey, go to: http://www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation/2254.aspx. Part way down the page, after the dates (that have all passed) for the open houses, the website allows you to fill out the survey online if you click “survey”. This is where you will find the survey link on that site: “If you are unable to attend any of the open houses but would like to provide comment please fill out this survey!

    Please contact parksrecculture@surrey.ca or call 604-501-5050 if you have any questions or would like more information.”

  • One resident mentioned that he had heard about a program the City of Surrey had where they provided funds to community associations for events/parties etc. that involve the community. FHCA will look into this.
  • The Pedestrian / bike overpass now has had the last piece of the bridge installed. Opening date was not known at this time. On the south side of the overpass and the east side of 168th Street, a 5 kilometre circuitous route has been created for pedestrians and cyclists.

 

Next Meeting will be in Sept, 2011 (date to be announced when known) in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School.

 

Minutes – Mar 16 2011

Fraser Heights Community Association Minutes
Mar 16 2011

President’s report

  • Web site – the address remains the same (www.fhca.ca) but the server has been changed and everything has been transferred over. Emailing software was also changed

Treasurer’s report

  • Financial statement – account balance is $4818.00

Gateway representative – changes at 156th St & 176th St.

Sheila Hui – from Transportation Investment Corporation did a presentation:

  • Website for the Port Mann project is – www.pmh1project.com or email them at info@pmh1project.com, Tel 1-866-999-7641
  • There are about 20 interchanges from Vancouver to Langley that have to be restructured
  • Cables on the new Port Mann Bridge started going up yesterday – The bridge is 50 % complete as of now
  • Cape Horn Collector / distributor system – 33% of bridge traffic goes between 152nd and Cape Horn Interchanges so this traffic will be separated from the traffic going into Burnaby and Vancouver
  • The current Port Mann bridge has to be taken down in order to build the 2 lanes on the north side of the bridge so bridge will open with 8 lanes
  • Project should be completed and open to traffic in December 2012
  • Sound abatement/retaining walls – the retaining wall on the south side of the #1 Hwy (Jim Pattison mall to 156th Street) is now complete
  • Excavation has started in the median for the #1 Hwy HOV median on/off ramp at 156 Street– HOV lanes will be extended from Vancouver to Langley. New median ramp will enter freeway in the HOV lane
  • HOV/transit use for median ramp only – will be signal operated for entry
  • 156 will be a 3 lane road – with left turn lanes in the middle – they will make sure the turning lanes will be long enough so it will not back traffic up in or coming into Fraser Heights (currently turning lanes are proposed to be 300 metres).
  • HOV regulations will remain at 2 people per vehicle
  • The rapid bus from Langley to Lougheed Skytrain station – the bus will exit freeway at 156th street but it will not stop until it reaches Guildford then it’ll get back on the freeway, (it would not stop at 156th unless a bus loop is installed).
  • There’s still talk of a possible bus exchange at 156th but no definite answer available yet
  • Piling, for retaining wall, will be starting in the next weeks – intermittent noise will be heard – they are committed to working on this during the daytime
  • Fall to winter of this coming year – all west/eastbound traffic will be pushed to the south so work can be done on the north side of the #1
  • Girders for the 160th and 104th overpasses are up. There will be upcoming closures on the #1 between 176th and 160th during the night to allow for the overpass girders to go over the freeway at 176th Street.
  • 160 will be 2 lanes in each direction plus there will be left turn bays so it should help alleviate some of the problems that were being anticipated for 156th Street. The on/off ramp at 156th will be only for buses and HOV traffic so 160th will handle the rest of the traffic and single occupancy vehicles
  • Noise abatement wall on south side of #1 is essentially complete – the coating still needs to be put on (sealant and anti-graffiti protection – done within 2 or 3 weeks or when weather is better). Wall on north side should also have this “highway” finish
  • All trees were removed west of 156th – there will be a sound wall constructed (154th to 156th). No plans to replace the trees at this time – landscaping will be done as per choices made during the open houses.
  • Barnston overpass over 176th Street will connect Fraser Heights with Abbey Ridge on the east side of 176th Street. There will be a closure and rerouting of traffic along 176th (north of #1 Hwy) in the next few weeks to build the overpass (as it can’t be built with traffic running along 176th. 177A St. – a connection has been put in for rerouting the traffic.

Intersection at 156th St & 104th Ave

  • Residents expressed frustration that no progress has been made on improving the traffic flow at the intersection. Southbound traffic into Guildford can experience backups at the intersection of as long as 20-30 minutes in the morning.
  • There were three options for improvements at the 104th Ave and 156th St intersection:
  1. force pedestrians to cross only on the east side of 156th Street,
  2. narrow the lanes on 156th heading south close to 104th Ave so the 2 lanes become three lanes so a right turning lane can be installed or
  3. make a lane for right turn by widening (many of the pedestrians want to cross on the west side as they are trying to catch a bus – restricting where they can cross would mean they would have to cross 3 sides of the intersection).

  • This is a City issue, not Port Mann/#1 Hwy issue.
  • This project has been stalled for over a year and we need to keep pressing for changes. Please email Heather or the FHCA directors if you would like to be part of a delegation that would go to City Hall about this issue.
  • Update: Vince Lalonde, General Manager, Engineering, provided the following update on Mar 18th:

“Thank you for your e-mail and I certainly understand your concern that this improvement has not yet been implemented. While we were able to complete road widening to accommodate a SB right turn lane on 156 St at 104 Ave, unfortunately due to weather we have not been able to install the new pavement markings yet. An additional complication is that we were expecting the Gateway program to have completed their widening work to the immediate north by now, but progress has been slow. Our preference is to wait until they complete their widening so that we can implement the planned pavement markings; however, if the delay is too great, we will prepare an alternate temporary pavement marking plan to facilitate the right turn lane. We are currently awaiting an update on their construction schedule.”

Police and safety update – Constable Dibblee

  • Constable Dibblee can be reached at: 604-839-6971, 778-593-3559 or at christopher.dibblee@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
  • The crime rate is low in Fraser Heights – there were 7 break and enters and 4 vehicles were stolen/damaged over a 6 week period – several of the car thieves are in jail now so this should cut down on theft
  • Police have set up “watches” from time to time and ticketed those not stopping at the stop signs, especially at 156th Street and 108th Ave.
  • A few members of the community have requested the police set up a speed trap on 156th Street by Northview Park – people are going too fast past the park. The concern is that there are often families with small children at or around the park.
  • 15818 108th Ave house – this is a rooming house being rented out to upwards of a dozen people – it is not provincially funded so it is difficult to get enforcement there. Police are trying to monitor criminal activity around the area. There has not been an increase in “reported” crime in that area so either the crimes are not being reported or there hasn’t been a problem. This rooming house is being run by Vision Quest – it is one of the better run facilities – they haven’t really been seen as high in crime. Some of the residents of this house are out on parole
  • One resident said his car had been broken into 3 times in the last month – residents MUST report any activity, even if nothing was taken in the attempt – without making these reports, stats can’t be kept. These stats are very important as they allow the City to justify funding for more police officers
  • There seems to be a general decrease in grow ops in Surrey (from what the police know) – if residents know about one, report it! Fraser Hts is usually more of a hotbed for grow ops because it is a quieter neighbourhood and the houses have big basements.

176th St Development Update (east of 176th Street/north of Hwy #1) – (proposed: 67 unit apartment building, 85 townhouse units)

  • Between 700 and 800 condos / apartments had been proposed for the entire site.
  • Phase 1 (only part of the land mentioned above) – An application for a 67 unit 4 storey apartment and 85 townhouses (originally no townhouses were proposed) has been made
  • There has been no further word on any commercial development for this site – maybe a small corner store? Zoning for a gas station has been in place since 1992 and this has remained unchanged
  • Children from this development would go to Bothwell Elementary and to Fraser Heights Secondary – the overpass to get over 176th Street should be completed in 2011.

South Fraser Perimeter Road update

  • Pam Ryan – we had asked for 30% noise abatement asphalt to be used on this roadway – no news if this material will be used, (Update: As of Mar 17 2011, Pam Ryan of Gateway, confirmed that this asphalt is still planned to be used.)
  • The viaduct that had been planned to run from 168 over to 176 is still in place – it is very important due to sensitive lands and fisheries.
  • Possibly heading into the year 2031, there could be some extra intersections added in but for the foreseeable future, it does not look like there will be further changes from what was planned

10th Fraser Heights Scouts

  • They will be holding a bottle drive on Saturday, April 9, 2011 – people can drop bottles/cans at Fraser Wood School between 9 a.m. and noon
  • Scouts is a parent sponsored group. They are looking for new people to help out in the roles of: commissioner, treasurer and registrar
  • Their email address is: commissioner@fraserheightsscouts.ca

Freezer Heights community fundraising event

  • Flyers in most of the stores in the Fraser Heights Plaza. It is on April 16th and starts at 6 p.m.
  • The PACs from each of the Fraser Heights Elementary schools are organizing a raffle as all of these schools benefit from the funds raised

Member’s concerns

  • If anyone has concerns pertaining to the City, email or mail city council for issues (e.g., 156th Street at 104th Ave)
  • Some residents were interested in forming a delegation/committee to go to City Hall about this issue (important in this election year). If you are interested in participating in this, please email Frank Russell or the directors of the Fraser Heights Community Association

Rec Centre expansion update

  • Construction has started on the addition to the Rec Centre
  • Gymnasium will be moved to 2nd floor
  • Weight room and cardio will be slightly larger than that at Guildford

Next Meeting:

7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 in the theatre at Fraser Heights Secondary School.