Board Meeting Highlights
October 17, 2005
The following information is intended to provide quick highlights of this scheduled Board meeting. Every attempt has been made to summarize these highlights as accurately as possible; however, the complete and official minutes will be posted on the web site on the Monday one week prior to the next scheduled Board meeting.
Meeting Agenda - October 17,
The Chair announced the winners in
the Park Board's Tree Tales writing contest;
a celebration event will be held for winners
October 29th in Queen Elizabeth Park. Upcoming
official openings include International Sculpture
Biennale on October 21st at Harbour Green
Park, and redeveloped Kingcrest Park on October
GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT
A number of Park Board-related items
are on Council and Committee agendas this week
including: Community Visioning for Riley Park/South
Cambie; relocation of Heather Marina parking
for the RAV project; next stage for developer
teams re: Southeast False Creek/Olympic Village;
CD-1 rezoning for Hillcrest and Nat Bailey
Stadium Parks; and Food Policy progress report.
To put in place a clearer and more comprehensive
system of classifying and retaining corporate
records, the Board approved repealing and replacing
the current Records Retention and Destruction
By-law #5201. The new by-law will provide more
effective and standardized records management,
maintenance and protection.
2006 Fees and
Adjustments to the Park Board's schedule
of fees and charges for next year were
approved to reflect inflationary increases,
comparable market rates, operating costs
and issues, and feedback from residents.
In general, an across-the-board increase
of 2.75% for 2006 will come into effect,
with some services also adjusted for other
factors such as program improvement, maintaining
market share, consistency and industry
practice. The increases are expected to
result in a shortfall against increased
revenue expectations of Council by about
$200,000 to $450,000. However, the Park
Board has the option to adjust services
or recommend actions to reduce expenses,
to balance the budget.
as at August 31, 2005
After 8 months of operation, revenues
are down for leases, parking and golf - all
impacted by the relatively poor early summer
weather. Recreation, marina and pitch & putt
revenues are slightly above budget. All types
of expenditures are up compared to last year,
and spread across the Board's activities,
with the exceptions of parking, administration,
major parks, community centres and rinks.
Staff are monitoring both revenues and expenditures
and will work to curtail expenses not affecting
service levels in order to achieve budget
by year end.
The Board received an update on the accomplishments,
new initiatives and lessons learned from
the first 9 months of full-time fundraising
and development efforts. Significant improvements
have been made to the popular Gift for
Parks program. As well, new campaigns have
been developed, grant applications submitted,
and increased partnership support provided.
An action plan will be put together and
reported back to accelerate the fundraising
Records Retention and Destruction By-law
Three readings were given to enact the Records
and Destruction By-Law #5201 Repeal By-law.
NOTICE OF MOTION
Commissioner Woodcock put forward a Notice
of Motion for the October 31st Board Meeting
recommending that a city-wide plebiscite
be held during the 2008 civic election on
the question of keeping whales and dolphins
in captivity in Stanley Park, with the goal
of testing public opinion in the interests
of long-term planning for the Vancouver Aquarium's
2015 lease renewal; and that the plebiscite
question ask "Are you in favour of phasing
out the containment of whales and dolphins
in Stanley Park?".
The next regular meeting of
the Park Board is at 7:00 pm on Monday,
October 31st at 2099 Beach Avenue.