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Mayor's Month at a Glance - July 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in July 2014:

Meeting with CUPE
Meeting with Mr. Po regarding property development
Meeting with Nikohl Smith regarding portable daycare model
Meeting with Paul Tiwana regarding transit routes
Phone meeting with Mike St. Cyr regarding parking in residential neighbourhood
Meeting with Michael McKnight & Jeff Calbick, United Way regarding funding for seniors
Meeting with Ryan Clark, Executive Director, Port Coquitlam Sport Alliance
Phone meeting with Pastor Barry Buzza
Meeting with Karen Horton & Charlene Giovannettiking regarding Eagle Ridge Hospital
Meeting with Sandy Burpee & Shelagh Aherne regarding Housing First strategy and Coquitlam Search & Rescue
Meeting with Mike LoVecchio, CP Rail
Phone Meeting with Karol Peters regarding crime in neighbourhood
Meeting with Sunjeev Bath regarding Property Redevelopment
Meeting with Anastasia Gaisenok, Sally Lee & Sarah Khan regarding young women civic leadership
Meeting with George Trachuk regarding naturalization in Castle Park neighbourhood
Phone meeting with Harg Hundal
Meeting and Greet with new Assistant Commissioner Dan Malo
Breakfast Meeting with MLA Scott Hamilton
Meeting with Michael Carotenuto
Meeting with Director General Chuang & Isaac Chiu, Division Director, Vancouver Taipei Economic and Cultural Office
Meeting with Consul General William Chuang, Isaac Chiu, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and Judith Fox-Alder, Terry Fox Foundation
Meeting with Gurinder Mann, Executive Director, CERA Society

Mayor's Month at a Glance - June 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in June 2014:

Phone Meeting with Lynn Chappell regarding public transit in Port Coquitlam
Meeting with SFU Group regarding Moving in a Livable Region
Meeting with Omar Kaywan, Bazinga
Meeting with Jeff & Susan Shyluk
Meeting with Mike Hind, Aaron Robinson and Bob, Tri-Cities’ Chamber of Commerce
Phone Meeting with Kathy Hamilton regarding Affordable Housing
Meeting with Gillian Kirk, Avia Employment Services
Meeting with Alan Po
Meeting with Nikohl Smith
Meeting with Paul Tiwana

Mayor's Month at a Glance - May 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in May  2014:

Meeting with Minister Mary Polak
Meeting with Brock Carlton, FCM
Meeting with Gillian Kirk, Avia Employment Services
Meeting with Shaun Johnston
Meeting with Pascal Spothelfer, UBC re Transit
Meeting with Wayne & Heath Ferguson
Meeting with Craig Lochhead and Martin Wyant
Meeting with Mayor Mike Clay and Mayor Richard Stewart
Meeting with Diane Delves, Quantum Properties

Mayor's Month at a Glance - April 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in April  2014:

Meeting with Anthony Ciolfitto, Riverside Secondary School
Meeting with Mike Schiemann, Hope Lutheran Christian School
Meeting with Bill Anderson, Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School
Meeting with Heather Murphy, Terry Fox Senior Secondary School
Meet & Greet with Director General William Chuang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver
Meeting with Murray Mollard & Gordon Gibson, Law Society of BC
Meeting with Deborah Stetz
Meeting with SFU Student Society
Meeting with Irene Bouchard and Renee Chadwick, Port Coquitlam Theatre Society
Meeting with Brian Savage & Craig Cappelletti, CUPE 498
Lunch Meeting with Eric Pringle re HRMSC Updates
Meeting with MLA Mike Farnworth
Meeting with Margaret Franz
Meeting with Ian Jarvie, BC Christian Academy
Meeting with Tom Grant, SD43
Meeting with John Chan
Meeting with Janine Davies

Change is Good

Over past 18 months we have been working on some positive changes around City Hall. This change started with hiring a new Chief Administrative Officer, John Leeburn. John worked with Council to set a new course for the organization. Working with both unions and exempt staff many changes have occurred. It is important that we learn from our past and build on our success.

We also signed an agreement with BCIT to provide instruction to our staff that will lead to an Associate Certificate in Leadership – City Hall School. This training will empower our staff that will create a strong organization long into the future.

This week we issued a Press Release to review the change and outline the plan going forward 2014 Media Releases  

Greg

Fremont Route Study

As long as I have been elected, which is going on 12 years, the Fremont Alignment has been an outstanding item. In fact, this area was outlined in our 1995 Official Community Plan as an area for future consideration. Over the past 20 years a lot has changed in our community, especially in the Riverwood and Dominion Triangle area. Now is the right time to determine the alignment of this future road.

As we know, there are many factors that go into designing the alignment of a route. In my mind the most important consideration is how this road will effect existing residents and our agricultural area. So, before we start any detailed engineering work, we want to hear from our community.

We encourage you to come out to the Public Consultation Session on April 9th. 

Mayor's Month at a Glance - March 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in March 2014:

Meeting with Jacob Rondolo re BCIT BA Program/Project
Meeting with Greg Lund re BCIT BBA Program "Business, Society, and Ethics”
Meeting with ACORN Canada
Meeting with Len Bergquist, PoCo Inn & Suites
Meeting with Martin Wyant, SHARE Society
Meeting with Craig Lochheed & Martin Wyant re Development Opportunity
Meeting with Owner Shaughnessy Station Shopper's Drug Mart re Community Vision
Meeting with resident Lewis Dahlby re Transportation
Meeting with MLA Selina Robinson
Meeting with Gord Price, SFU re Transit Referendum
Meeting with Katherine Larssen
Phone Meeting with Charles Montgomery re Happy City
Meeting with Gord Schoberg & Georgina Wheatcroft, FortisBC Updates
Meeting with Joshua Prinster regarding political science project on TransLink
Meeting with Colin Doylend regarding LED Lighting
Meeting with Dana King
Meet and Greeting with Ida Scherler (former May Queen 1949)
Meeting with Alec Wiebe regarding Riverview Hospital lands
Meeting with Nigel Lark, Tri-City News

Mayor's Month at a Glance - February 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in February 2014:

Meeting with Phil Ransom

Meeting with David Ehrhardt

Meeting with Nikki Bartsch, The Canadian Traffic Network

Lunch Meeting with Len Bergquist, PoCo Inn & Suites

Ministry of Justice & AG for Corrections Regional Roundtable Meeting

Lunch Meeting with Deputy Minister John Jacobson

Blue Ribbon Panel for Crime Reduction Stakeholder Roundtable

Meeting with Brian Savage & Gary Goff, CUPE 498

Meeting with Giggle Dam & Rising Tide Consultants

Meeting with Lily Yumagulova - UBC Study

Meeting with Lorraine Savage re Garden Point Pilot Project

Meeting with Rob Thiessen, Hope for Freedom Society

Meeting with Jacque Goutier re Sabai Thai Spa

Meeting with Nathan Woods & Kelly Wainwright re Unifor Local 111

Meeting with Megan (Douglas College Student)

Phone Meeting with Marcella, TransLink

Meeting with Aaron Robinson, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Advisor

Meeting with Mr. Caton re Community Involvement

Meeting with Phil Ransom

Meeting with Teck Resources

Phone Meeting with Mark Ferrari, Sec/Treasurer, SD43

Meeting with Pastor Terry Janzen

Meeting with Manjit Sekhon & Harbans Dhatt re residential property

New Community Gather Place with Rec Centre

As I am sure you have heard by now, we are planning a major new re-development in downtown Port Coquitlam. For the past 100 years we have built our city around our downtown core – it is what make Port Coquitlam different from other communities. We now have a wonderful opportunity to expand and enhance our downtown, with the redevelopment of our PoCo Rec Centre and the 15 acre lot.

Our goal is that the community will share their vision, both from a recreational need but also from a community need. This council has a track record of engaging our community, listening to their suggestions and acting on their behalf. Please take a moment to read more, share your vision and we will collectively create a legacy future generations will be thankful for.

Please visit our webpage.  

 

Who is Watching a PoCo LiveStream Council meeting?

As part of our goal of increasing transparency and community engagement, the City started live streaming our council meetings last year, along with archiving the content. Here are some stats from this years council meetings.

  • 2238 Page views of our council agenda
  • 260 visits
  • 35% of viewers from PoCo (14% from Vancouver)
  • 2 viewers from Lodz, Poland and one from Tiruchirappalli, India.

 Very interesting.  Go here if you would like to view our council meetings.

 

Mayor's Month at a Glance - January 2014

As a commitment to being more transparent and improving accountability, I will be posting a monthly list of external meetings hosted or attended by the Mayor’s office. This list will include meetings with businesses, schools or groups but will not include meetings with staff, media, or community events. I am pleased to provide you with a list of the meetings that took place in January 2014:

Meeting with Catherine Fast, Project Manager, BCNU

Meeting with Allan Po

Meeting with Bob Laurie, Robert Fung & Richard Wittstock from Saliant Group

Meeting with Irene Brown & Walter Van Drimmelen

Phone Meeting with Ernest Daddey

Meeting with bc211 re Texting Platform

Meeting with Ian Jarvie & Noel Asirvatham, BC Christian Academy

Meeting with Foam Only

Meeting with Don Littleford, Irene Brown & Shirley Dunford

Meeting with Tom Grant, Mark Ferrari and Melissa Hyndes

Meeting with Mike LoVecchio -CP Rail

Meeting with Tony Kostka, Tri-Cities Polish Association

Meeting with Steve Trotter & Steve Carmichael, Chelsea CNG

Meeting with Minister Todd Stone

Meeting with Randy Knill

Meeting with Chris Barbati, Mosaic Homes

Meeting with Port Coquitlam Minor Softball & Tri-City Minor Softball

Your Taxes will be going down (if you live in PoCo)!

We have all heard the expression; there is a first for everything. Well last night in Port Coquitlam that was true. Port Coquitlam City Council presented the Draft 2014 Budget which is highlighted with a DECREASE of 0.34% ($6.71 per single family home).  Yes, you read that correctly a decrease! It is a historic moment in our history, the first tax decrease in PoCo.

Over the past five years we have continually pushed to reduce our budget and find more efficiencies and new non-property tax revenue. Over the past five years we have conducted two core service reviews which resulted in over one million in annual savings and this year we were able to look at service levels and vacant staff positions to help reduce our budget once again.

To learn more about the budget go to http://www.portcoquitlam.ca/budget

Question for you:

Given there is a proposed tax decrease this year, we are interested to hear from citizens on the level of support for a 1.0% - 1.5% property tax increase in 2014 (approximately $25/household) to set aside funds for replacement of the aging Rec Complex site. For more details on the Rec Centre redevelopment go to: http://www.portcoquitlam.ca/recplan 

Council believes revitalizing these facilities and the surrounding lands will greatly enhance our community, but it’s our citizen’s money and we want you to have a say on how it should be spent.

We now want to get public input on the budget. How should your tax dollars be spent? What services does our community need, and how should we pay for them?

Feedback on the 2014 budget may be provided until Jan. 31. Visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/budget on how you can give input.