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July 26, 2021 Council Meeting Highlights

Date

For City of Langley Regular Council meeting of July 26, 2021. 
Please note these are not the official minutes. Council Meeting Highlights are an informal summary. Council Meeting agenda is available here:  https://langleycity.ca/cityhall/city-council/council-meetings.
For more information, please contact kkenney@langleycity.ca or pkusack@langleycity.ca

Bylaw 3200 - Official Community Plan Bylaw

Bylaw 3200 “Official Community Plan Bylaw, 2021, No. 3200” received third reading as amended. The amendments can be viewed by clicking here.

Bylaws 3146/3147 - OCP & Zoning Amendment and Development Permit No. 05-20

Bylaws 3146, 3147 & Development Permit 05-20 received final reading authorizing a 6-storey, 88-unit apartment development at 20689 and 20699 Eastleigh Crescent.

Municipal Asset Management Program Funding Grant Application

Council supported the following actions:

THAT a grant application be submitted under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Municipal Asset Management Program for the Optimized Water and Wastewater Asset Management;
THAT Council agrees to commit staff to undertake the work proposed in the application and supports the Optimized Water and Wastewater Asset Management Program; and
THAT the City commits to pay its share of the $50,000 from its 2021 Capital Works Reserve towards the Optimized Water and Wastewater Asset Management Project.

Motion: Improvement to Pre-Hospital Care System - Councillor Martin

The following motion was adopted unanimously by City Council :

WHEREAS local governments have been raising concerns of long delays with ambulance response time and First Responders responding to increasing number of Medical Emergency Service Alarm (MESA) calls due to lack of inadequate number of ambulances being available.

WHEREAS the recent heat wave exacerbated the shortcoming of the pre-hospital care system which created unacceptable delays in ambulance response time.

WHEREAS First Responders had to respond to extraordinary number of Medical Emergency Service Alarm (MESA) calls during the recent heat wave and endured unreasonable delays in response time by the ambulance to release them from the calls. 

WHEREAS First Responders play an essential role in the pre-hospital care system and in supporting BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) with the delivery of the quickest possible response to patients requiring time-critical care.

WHEREAS the Auditor General of British Columbia’s report, published in February 2019, on Access to Emergency Health Services provided recommendations to make transformational changes to the pre-hospital care system.

WHEREAS Health Minister Adrian Dix announced on July 14, 2021 to improve ambulance response time by providing funding for 85 new full-time paramedics, 30 full-time dispatchers, 22 new ambulances, and converting 22 rural ambulance stations to 24/7 ALPHA stations.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of BC and BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) immediately allocate the funding to improve ambulance response time; and to improve coordination with fire departments to support consistent application of medical standards, information sharing, an integrated dispatch system, and improvements to patient care as recommended in the Auditor General report.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Minister Dix take concrete actions to treat First Responders as an equal and an integral partner of the pre-hospital care system with adequate support (e.g. training) and resources (e.g. cost recovery) in order to achieve this goal; and that this motion be forward to Premier John Horgan; Minister Adrian Dix, Minister of Health; Andrew Mercier, MLA, Langley, Susan Wannamaker, Executive Vice President, Clinical Service Delivery, Provincial Health Services Authority; local MLAs, and All municipalities in BC.