[July 2015]

QUAYSIDE DRIVE SCEDULED TO CLOSED ON LONGWEEKEND FOR RAIL CROSSING UPGRADES

According to Keith Whiteley ,Engineering Technologist for the city of New West, rail crossing upgrades are to take place on one of the years busiest long weekend. Here is an email from Keith notifying residents of this work.

"Please find attached notice (click here for attachment) for the reconstruction of the SRY rail crossing of Quayside Drive at Laguna Court  which is scheduled for July 31, 2015 from 6 am to midnight.  This work was originally schedule for January 5, 2015  but was delayed due to a labour dispute.

Please forward the information on to your members and if possible, post it on to you web sites.

If you have any questions please give me a call.

Thank you,
Keith Whiteley
 |  Engineering Technologist T 604.515 3796  |  E kwhiteley@newwestcity.ca

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ANOTHER TRAIN
DERAILS NEAR FRONT STREET



Seems the tracks between Pier Park and the proposed 'Mews' are proving to be an on-going concern for Southern Railway. In the area now covered by the new pedestrian bridge to the Park and parallel to Front street, another SR train left the tracks on July 3, 2015. This being the second in recent history in this area, and with the prospect of open coal containers travelling through our city -makes this priority concern for the QCB.
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CITY SECTION

Here are a few items and updates issued by the City to all Resident's Associations.

1:
Building Our Future; A Letter from Mayor Coté

On behalf of City Council
and staff, I have the pleasure of sending to you
New Westminster’s 2014 Community Report – Building Our Future.

I encourage you to take a moment to review Building Our Future, which focuses on the forward movement that defined 2014 in New Westminster. Together with residents, businesses and local organizations, Council and City staff worked hard to foster progress in our community. We can now see evidence of our efforts everywhere we look.

Building Our Future outlines our accomplishments in 2014, our goals and priorities for the future, as well as detailed financial statements showing how our citizens’ tax dollars are being put to work. We have much to be proud of in New Westminster and I encourage you to share this information. 

The Community Report
and accompanying
Financial Statements are available on our website at www.newwestcity.ca.
This digital version is interactive, featuring links to articles, websites and social media sites.

Please let us know if you would like to continue to receive a hard copy of our annual Community Report, or if you would like to be added to our distribution list to receive it electronically by emailing finance@newwestcity.ca.

As always, I welcome and appreciate any comments or feedback you may have.



Sincerely, 
Jonathan X. Coté
Mayor New Westminster

2:
Help City Build
A Better Website




Hi Residents’ Associations,

The City of New Westminster will be updating its website and would like your feedback on what works well and what we can improve.

We invite you to participate in an online survey to share input and suggestions, which are essential in helping us provide the best online experience possible.

Click here to take the survey.

Regards, Lynn Roxburgh, MCIP, RPP | Planner
T 604.515.3805
E lroxburgh@newwestcity.ca

3:
City Update On The Q2Q Pedestrian & Cycling Bridge


For more complete details CLICK HERE for City of New West brochure.

The following is from a communication through the City to the QCB July 2015, from MARK ALLISION Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Sustainability.

"Although the City is working towards a start of construction in spring of 2016 with a completion and in-service date in 2017, there are a number of regulatory approvals that will need to be obtained, including environmental and river navigation, and there is currently a significant gap between the preliminary cost estimate and the funds available for the project.

 City staff is in discussions with agencies responsible for regulating water crossings, has initiated a detailed design process to determine a more accurate cost for the project and is fundraising with potential private sector and senior government sources to make up the funding shortfall in order to maintain this schedule." 

…Mark Mark Allison, MCIP, RPP |  Manager, Strategic Initiatives and Sustainability

T 604.527.4653  |  E mallison@newwestcity.ca

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READ MORE ON
'RAIL ISSUES'

BOSA PILE DRIVING



You may have noticed that equipment has been moved onto the land set to house BOSA's River Sky Development. In a sincere effort to keep Quay citizens up to date, BOSA has sent a letter explaining their plans for testing the soil and the time frame & overview for buidling this latest development.
READ LETTER HERE

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UPDATE

QUAYSIDE
RAIL CROSSING WORK & TRAIN WHISTLE CESSATION MEASURES DELAYED TILL DEC. 2016


In the May 25, 2015 'Council In Committee Of The Whole', Council & City Hall determined that efforts to cease train whistles in favour of bells and crossing arms at the Quayside Drive rail crossing on will now take place in December 2016.

Print Versions
READ 4 PAGE REPORT HERE
CROSSING SUMMARY
FULL CiCotW AGENDA

If you have any comments on the train whistle cessation issue please send them to the QCB [Click Here To Email]

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OPEN COAL TRAINS & DERAILMENTS IN NEW WEST QUAY ALARM CITIZENS



We knew coal trains were going to ply the south shore of Surrey on their way to the new coal terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks - but no one warned us that these health-hazards on wheels are railing pass Quay residences in significant numbers. City officals assure us they know what comes through our city by rail, so should we have been notified in advance that these trains were scheduled to come through and when?

The QCB has received enquiries from concerns residents including this one letter that summarizes the fear and frustration.
READ E-LETTER HERE.

Councillor Puckmayr replied to this residents concern. READ HIS REPLY HERE.
The Councillor notes the 'safe movement of goods through our community' is a priority. Can open rail cars filled with coal ever be 'safely' transported through our city and community? Is the message of 'no coal trains period' not what many are trying to express to the QCB and city officials?

Councillor Puckmayr's safety concerns are valid given that there have been two derailments in less than a year and four in the past two. One such derailment, is this one [photo above] adjacent to New West Pier Park only a few months back. What about the people in the park, had this been an open coal car and produced a coal dust cloud?

So, are Quay residents right to be concerned over unannounced lengthy open coal train on fatigued tracks that are increasingly prone to derailments?

The discussion continues!

If you are concerned about open coal trains coming through our community or wish to express your concern that Fraser Surrey Docks has applied to become a fully operational coal terminal taking coal direct from rail to freighter, you are encouraged to contact Councillor Puckmayr, Mayor Coté and City Hall via the Chief Administrator Lisa Spitalle

If you contact either of these persons, or others, with your comments (negative or positive) the QCB would appreciate being copied to the QCB
[EMAIL CLICK HERE]
so we are aware of your thoughts on these serious matters.

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ARCHIVE
Know More About
COAL

The following NEWSLINK will provide you with more links regarding current event surrounding the coal issue.

Please visit the
QCB April 2013
web post for more background and contacts on the coal issue.

Watch this video of Fraser Surrey Docks and watch as the dust cloud spreads from the loading of a ship...straight into Queensborough.

Please lodge your concerns to PORT METRO VANCOUVER.

AIR QUALITY concerns are growing after incidents such as a discharge of Soy dust from the docks oocured last year. Port Metro fines FSD for breech of 'air quality management bylaw'. Click the link for the story in 24 Hours Vancouver

RESOURCES ON COAL


389 LINKS TO FRASER SURREY DOCKS COAL TRANSFER PROPOSAL

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ARRAGON
BREAKS GROUND ON
QUEENSBOROUGH
TOWER DEVELOPMENT

What started in 2010 is now beginning to see the light of day.  The tower development was a lightning rod for many citizens in the Quay and Queensborough communities.  However, with accommodation to concerns over height and design, council approved the structure to be built.  For whatever reasons, it has taken nearly five years to break ground. The presence of a crane on the point of Lulu Island took many by surprise.

This image is one of the earlier proposed.  The QCB is unclear as to the final design style of the tower to be built.  Whatever style is exhibited in the final building, it will impact the view corridor on the Fraser River forever.


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PARKADE DOWN.
MEWS UP.

CITY TO HOST
OPEN HOUSE


CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

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NEW 'ART' INSTALLATION
GRACES ESPLANADE

No, a stray piece of drift wood has not washed up on the boardwalk during high tide.  The new ‘bench’ is the work of artist Hugo França for the Vancouver Biennale.  New Westminster is the recipient of this sculpture of nature – so take a few friends (yes, there is room for all) and sit with nature and watch the might Fraser River go by.


HAVE YOUR SAY
BLOG SPOT
Question?


NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE QCB BOARDWALK
festival & sale.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE TAKE PLACE TO CELEBRATE THIS MILESTONE?

It can be absolutely anything. Let you imagination run free. Doesn't mean it will happen but it is great to dream what we can do.

To make a comment click on the 'B' at the top right of header or ACCESS THE QUAY BLOG SITE HERE


HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THE LARGEST CONTINUOUS OUTDOOR SIDEWALK SALE AND FESTIVAL IN THE LOWER MAINLAND

Event organizers are taking applications for Tables, Vendors, Street Entertainment and Sponsors for the August 22nd event until August 7th.

The immensely popular QCB BOARDWALK Festival & Sale is back for the 9th year and takes place Saturday, August 22nd, 10am - 3pm on the Esplanade/Boardwalk which runs parallel to Quayside Drive and the Fraser River in New Westminster.  Event HQ will be set up at Reliance Court with the event running both east and west from this central location.  On the sale-side, this event provides funding for local charities, prevents thousands of items from being thrown into landfills and gives both buyer and seller a fun environment to reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle and RESELL!  On the festival-side, this event is full of entertainment for all ages to make the ‘treasure hunting’ experience a memorable one!

The QCB estimates the event will attract the traditional head count of approximately 10,000+ treasure hunters searching upwards of 200 vendor tables laden with ‘finds of every kind’.  There will also be 4 Live Music Stages, entertaining displays and attractions, tasty festival food, a fun Kidz Zone, a charity raffle, Pet Zone and Community & Charity services.  “We are energized with the number of tables already registered and the new performances we have lined up this year. But, we have room for more!” announces Crosty.  Please check your local media or quaysideboard.com for complete event details as they are made available.

SPACE RENTALS:  Rentals for Residential, Commercial and Non Profits are now accepted until the deadline of August 7th.  All forms are available for download on the website; quaysideboard.com.  Vendors from the entire Greater Vancouver region are welcome.  Completed forms, with payment, can be mailed or delivered to 239 Sixth Street, New Westminster, V3L 3A5 between 10am and 3pm. 

 

SPONSORS: “The QCB is a not-for-profit residential/strata organization who creates this great event essentially to raise funds for local charities so sponsors plays an important role.” informs James Crosty, Senior Event Organizer.  If you are a company who would like to get your brand or name out to 10,000 people or more please contact us at 604.521.6677 or visit quaysideboard.com and download the Sponsor Application.

WE WELCOME FOR THE 9TH YEAR
PRINT SPONSOR

Recognized as one of lower mainland’s largest continuousoutdoor sidewalk sale and festival, this event packs a lot into five hours.  With literally something for everyone – the QCB BOARDWALK festival & sale is a great family experience and promises great fun and incredible finds.



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The QUAYSIDE COMMUNITY BOARD (QCB) is comprised of one delegate and one alternate from eighteen of eighteen residential buildings in the geographical location known as 'The Quayside' in New Westminster, BC, Canada. The group of dedicated members represent just over 2200 units and an estimated 4500 plus individual residents in this close-knit community. QUAYSIDE is a jewel on the Fraser River and the board is dedicated to keeping it as such. Meeting on the last Wednesday of each month, this board works on issues and matters related to the well-being of their community. In addition, the board works with local and surrounding businesses to ensure that the members of the overall community continue to live in an area that is clean ,safe, managed growth and above all enjoyable.

The Quayside Community Board is devoted to: Assisting Strata Corporations, Housing Cooperatives and Community Planning for the Quayside area.

 

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DATES to REMEMBERcalendar

JULY

1
Canada Day

12
Hyack Show 'n' Shine
CANCELLED

22
Hammock Day - relax!

AUGUST

1
BC DAY

22
9th Annual
BOARDWALK festival & sale

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