2023 AGM Minutes
SRA AGM Minutes Nov. 7, 2023. 7-9 PM
Strathcona Community Centre & via Zoom
Chair: Dan Jackson
Minutes taken by Mike Rhone
2023 In-Review Updates and Plans – Dan Jackson
– **Meeting Frequency:**
– Switch to bi-monthly meetings unless there is a pressing issue.
– Plan to publish schedule on a calendar for community awareness: First Tuesday of the month.
– Actively notify members about upcoming meetings.
– **Newsletter Updates:**
– Transitioning to a more consistent monthly schedule.
– Focus on community building.
– Feature highlights like ‘resident of the month’ (e.g., Gloria at Union Market).
– Open to submissions to enrich content.
– Consider a refresh/update; it is still actively used.
– Explore the possibility of connecting city issues (motions, zoning, shape-your-city, etc.) to the website for enhanced engagement.
**Celebrate Strathcona 2 / Neighbourhood Events:**
– Recent event impacted by rain; turnout was suboptimal.
– June is identified as high-risk for rain; consider alternative dates.
– Park Board Restrictions on music, food and alcohol.
– Propose a shift in focus and financial support towards successful block parties like Union St and Rise Up, rather than continuing Celebrate Strathcona.
– Support for events like Haunted Alley; highlight in the newsletter.
– Gravel Area:
– Lights removed due to safety concerns; replacement plan in progress, timeline unclear.
– Tennis Courts:
– Out of commission; repairs delayed due to permits and utility issues.
– Aiming for summer 2024 for the restoration.
– Consideration for the park; pickleball league offers support for updates.
– Substantial Updates:
– There are currently no active plans for improvements due to a lack of funds in the 2023-36 capital Plan
– FIFA considerations may impact future plans.
– Residents’ Opinion:
– Perception of the park as underutilized, mainly for non-local baseball players.
– Dog Park:
– Lack of fencing; despite high dog usage.
– Sports Fields Engagement:
– Low resident engagement in sports field activities.
– Strathcona residents’ involvement in City outreach is weak.
– Equitable Greenspace:
– Strathcona Park was identified in a recent UBC report as the worst in the city for equitable greenspace.
– New Park Board acknowledges the park survey but faces financial constraints.
– SRA Action:
– Consideration of forming a “Strathcona Park Working Group” to maintain active advocacy and push for solutions.
**Traffic Updates – Richard Taplin
– City modified speed bumps but limited impact.
– Construction planned in early 2024; consideration of modifying with a chicane to deter rat runners.
– Venables + Vernon:
– Approval for a pedestrian crossing after SRA advocacy; expected to start early next year.
– Hawks St:
– Pump station progress slow; trucks expected in 2024 before street closure.
– Campbell St:
– Fines issued for rule violations; 30km/h speed limit sign added along Pender.
– PLC Hospital:
– Positive impact; truck drivers avoiding Prior Street.
– Bike Traffic Concerns:
– Resident complaints about bike traffic on Union in front of the market.
– Pender St and Jackson Ave:
– Speeding issues reported.
**Air Quality Study – Trefor Smith
– Air quality monitors mostly installed by March; some pending due to red tape.
– Data collection began last January.
– Annual summation report expected by EOY (Dec/Jan); hope for more regular reports in the future.
– Optimism for a black carbon monitor (diesel); coordination with the steering committee ongoing.
**Port – Andrea Kastanis
– South Shore Community Liaison Committee involvement.
– Centerm expansion project funding secured indefinitely for community consultation.
– SBIA and another BIA have representation.
– Centerm expansion completed; plans to ‘reimagine’ rolling truck age depreciation.
– SRA pressing for answers on this matter.
– Curiosity about potential increase in rail traffic and its impact on the rail crossing at Venables.
Treasurer’s Report – Dan
In 2023 so far, the SRA has received $4,360 in grants from location fees, SBIA and Lowtide Properties (the latter two specifically for Celebrate Strathcona)
We spent $1712 on Celebrate Strathcona, $675 on various internet accounts (Zoom, Mailchimp, SiteGround) and donated $1000 to the Union Street Block party. Our total expenses were $3607.42
We currently have $43,939 in our bank account, of which $35,071 is allocated to grants from the port and CN Rail.
Board elections we held via e-vote. Elected for a one-year term were Dan Jackson, Richard Taplin, Trefor Smith, Andrea Kastanis, Mike Rhone and Jason Gartshore.