Detail script for 14 / MUNICIPAL COMMITMENTS
‘Municipal Funds are already in the Bank’
White Rock City Hall from website; see link
Surrey City Hall from website; see link
October 2014 – The City of White Rock tabled an initial study into the relocation of the BNSF rail line away from the current waterfront location. This study was prepared by Mary-Jane Bennett, lawyer and transportation consultant/journalist. For her background, see comments in the Index line of this website under ‘About’. The report has a strong emphases on SAFETY and the ultimate application to the TSB under the Rail Relocation and Crossing Act. For the report, see Ref #1.
October 2015 – The City of Surrey Council authorized staff to initiate discussions with the City of White Rock and the Province of BC to develop a cost-sharing agreement for the technical study and consultation work required to confirm a single preferred rail relocation alignment and to report back before proceeding. For the report, see Ref #3.
January 2016 – The City of Surrey tabled a report by Mary-Jane Bennett, lawyer and transportation consultant/journalist. While the report touched on some prior reporting, its main focus was on ECONOMIC issues/opportunities and partner cost-sharing; For the report, see Ref #4.
May 2016 – The City of White Rock tabled a major report by then Mayor Wayne Baldwin, sent to Transportation Ministries of BC [Todd Stone] and Federal [Marc Garneau] plus 18 other stakeholders. The report has a strong emphasis on SAFETY. The key phrase important for all to remember is “We are absolutely convinced that this not a question of if a disaster will occur but a question of when it will occur”. For the report, see Ref #5.
During 2016 – The City of White Rock budgeted $75,000 for the feasibility study and the City of Surrey budgeted $225,000 for the same study.
Nov 2019 plus Feb 2020 – we met with mayors and alderpersons from both cities.
On June 26, 2020, we met with an expanded group including the provincial MLA, federal MP, and SFN Chief … the positivity in the meeting and the determination for action in moving this RR ahead, is encouraging.
Mid-September 2020, we will meet again as agreed, to consider first ‘vision/mission/goals’ and then to discuss a number of short and mid-term matters needing consideration prior to successful approval/implementation of the long term RR initiative.