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