New Washington State study published this week shows impacts of coal and diesel trains on air quality.
Diesel-powered coal trains and freight trains pass through the Columbia River National Gorge Scenic Area on a regular basis. New research data shows negative impacts on air quality that present health risks.
The water main flushing program improves water quality in the City's water mains. Water service will continue during the water main flushing.
While water may have slight staining, it is safe to use. We recommend you run your cold water tap for approximately 10 minutes or until water runs clear. Please check your water supply before doing laundry to avoid possible staining. Thank you for your cooperation.
All water pipes can accumulate mineral and sediment deposits over time. While these deposits are not harmful to customers, the substances can cause aesthetic water quality issues. The City runs water through pipes at high speeds to clean mineral and sediment deposits.
November 23, 2015
White Rock council met last evening. First up was Land Use Meeting followed by the regular meeting of council.
Elegant Twin Towers Move To Next Stage - Public Hearing
The controversial two highrise towers (21 & 24 storeys ) received approval Monday evening to move forward with the next stage in their proposed development. Councillors SINCLAIR/KNIGHT/LAWRENCE and MEYER voted in support of the project to go to a public hearing.
The public hearing has been scheduled on December 7 at the White Rock Community Centre at 7:00 p.m. for proposed Bylaws No. 2123 and 2056 (1444 & 1454 Oxford Street and 1487 Everall Street).
City completes Phase 2 of the Official Community Plan, Imagine White Rock 2045
Monday evening Council endorsed the Official Community Plan Vision & Goal Statements. This endorsement concludes ‘Phase 2: Defining the Big Picture’ of the Official Community Plan (OCP).
The Vision and Goal Statements define the results that the Plan seeks to achieve over a
30-year planning horizon. In ‘Phase 3: Building the Plan’, specific policies, actions, and design guidelines will be developed to implement the Vision and Goal Statements and related sub-topics.
A corresponding corporate report is available on the City website that details the process of Phase 2, descriptions of each OCP Working Group meeting, clarification on the changes of the population projection, and concurrent City projects that tie into this process.
The City thanks all community members who participated in the first two phases. Building on the input of Phase 1 and Phase 2, Phase 3 of the process will offer even more opportunities to continue the conversation in 2016.
Since launching the Official Community Plan Process in May 2015, several thousand comments and survey responses from the community have fed into the key items the City faces in the future. Special efforts have been made to encourage responses by renters, homeowners, local business owners, and various cultural groups.
An OCP is a broad policy document that sets the vision, goals and overarching policies that guide the City. Council, staff and citizens use the OCP to help make decisions regarding the City’s growth, transportation, housing, services and infrastructure under the umbrella of sustainability, accessibility and community identity. The City also introduced specific goal statements for the Town Centre and Waterfront areas. The City’s current OCP was adopted in 2006.
The Imagine White Rock website is a comprehensive online information source offering a summary of input to date, corporate reports, FAQs, event information, as well as a timeline of the process. www.whiterockcity.ca/imaginewhiterock
DIANNE WATTS In Shadow Cabinet
Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose is stacking her shadow cabinet with a healthy dose of seasoned veterans and a smattering of new faces as the party positions itself as Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition for the first time in a decade.
DIANNE LYNN WATTS the Conservative MP for White Rock/South Surrey has been given the file on INFSTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITIES.
Infrastructure and Communities is a sub-level cabinet portfolio under the Minister of Transport. The portfolio is responsible for federal infarctions programs and issues relating to urban and rural communities across Canada.
November 21, 2015
Surrey RCMP are on the scene of a double homicide which occurred overnight in South Surrey. RCMP received numerous shots fired calls from the neighbourhood t 152nd street and 66A Avenue . Upon their arrival they discovered two men seated in the front seat of a vehicle. One male was pronounced dead on the scene. The other victim is in hospital with serious injuries. There have been no arrests.
November 20, 2015
The city of White Rock has posted the preliminary water agreement between the city and EPCOR.
The release of the document came as a result of a resident filing an FOI (Freedom of Information) request with the BC Water Comptroller's office.
This week "Hump Day" came one day late in White Rock. The chain saws rattled at dawn yesterday morning and down came a number of massive trees from the area of the hump not yet clear cut by the city of White Rock.
GREG ST. LOUIS Operations Manager for the city is on record as saying the trees removed were causing instability on the slope and had to be removed to address safety concerns.
The cry of the eagles from their perches in the last remaining fir tree could be heard for blocks.
The Naked Truth
The city of White Rock continues to work towards a final agreement for the purchase of the water system from EPCOR.
In my opinion this deal may leave a bad taste in the mouths of White Rock residents, a lot worse than a little bird crap.
White Rock in the next few years will be forced to do something about the continuous erosion happening on East Beach. With the change of weather our waterfront will be hammered by King Waves (a result of exceptionally high tides).
City hall continues to maintain our #1 industry is tourism, this might be a way to save the beach and promote tourism.
*Photo from Tuesday (17) along EAST BEACH. High ties and strong winds in the winter months are causing havoc with the foreshore along East Beach.
A new business was opening, and one of the owner's friends sent flowers for the occasion. But when the owner read the card with the flowers, it said "Rest in Peace".
The owner was little upset and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist about the obvious mistake, the florist said, "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry, you should imagine this: Somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, "Congratulations on your new location."