Committee and Board Meeting Highlights
February 25, 2013

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 website on the Monday one week prior to the next scheduled Board meeting.

Meeting Agenda - February 25, 2013

Park Board Committee Meeting

Chair's Report
The Chair reported on recent events – launch of the GEN7 Aboriginal youth program, International Mother Language Day, Stanley Park Ecology Society 25th anniversary and Black History Month.

Presentations
The Director of Emergency Management presented an overview of the City’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.

The Park Board presented a cheque for $102,848 to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund, its share of the Bright Nights in Stanley Park train admission revenues. 2012 was the 15th year the Park Board partnered with the Fund to organize the popular annual light show.

Staff Reports

Feasibility Study for an Accessible Sailing Dock at Jericho Sailing Centre
The Board approved a permit for the Disabled Sailing Association of British Columbia to undertake an independent feasibility study for an accessible floating dock at the Jericho Sailing Centre in Jericho Beach Park, with input and advice from staff; and directed staff to report back to the Board on the findings of this study and possible next steps. This initiative is in keeping with the Park Board’s commitment to improving accessibility and inclusivity in parks and recreation.

Stand-up Paddleboard Concession at Kitsilano Beach – Award of Contract
The Board approved a three year Operating Agreement for Vancouver Water Adventures to operate a stand-up paddleboard concession service at Kitsilano Beach, with up to two additional one year renewal terms. The fee structure was set as the greater of $5,250 minimum annual base fee or 7% of annual gross revenues up to $100,000 and 8.5% of annual gross revenues above $100,000. Stand-up paddling is one of the fastest growing water sports in North America.

Motions
Commissioner Jasper put forward a motion that Park Board staff work with the City’s Legal Services department to review and update all Park By-Laws as deemed necessary; and that Park Board staff work with City’s Legal Services department to grant Park Rangers authority to issue tickets for the infraction of all Park By-Laws. The motion was carried.

Commissioner Coupar put forward a motion re in camera meetings. The motion was amended to move that Park Board Commissioners receive a briefing/memo with clear interpretation of the Vancouver Charter on what constitutes an in-camera meeting; and that all meetings which have been held in-camera since November 2011 be reviewed by the General Manager, Park Board Commissioners and the Director of Legal Services. The motion as amended was carried.

Commissioner De Genova put forward a motion re public consultation around the community centre operating agreement. The motion was amended to move that that the GM direct staff to draft a public consultation plan with the community centre associations (currently in negotiations) based upon the motion passed by the board at the February 4, 2013 Special Meeting of the Board, with the plan coming back to the board for approval at the March 11 Committee Meeting of the Board; and that any consultation plan shall include opportunities for residents of the City of Vancouver to participate through a number of public meetings with Commissioners, staff, community stakeholders and the public throughout the city and web based consultation. The motion as amended was carried.

Regular Board Meeting

Report of the Park Board Committee
The Board approved the recommendations of Committee: Feasibility Study for an Accessible Sailing Dock at Jericho Sailing Centre, Stand-up Paddleboard Concession at Kitsilano Beach – Award of Contract and motions re park by-laws, in-camera meetings and public consultation around the community centre operating agreement (see Committee highlights above).

Notice of Motion
Commissioner De Genova put forward a notice of motion re time constraints on the length of Park Board meetings.

Commissioner Loke put forward a notice of motion re campaign finances reform.

Commissioner Blyth put forward a notice of motion re ‘Dude Chilling Park’ sign.

Next Meeting
The next Park Board Committee Meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 2099 Beach Avenue with next Regular Park Board Meeting held immediately following the Committee Meeting that evening.

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