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Cleanup order, crisis line on Richmond council agenda this week

Council's committee meetings are streamed live on YouTube.
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Richmond city council kicks of its week with a hearing Monday afternoon into whether a cleanup order on a residential property should be upheld.

The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. after Edward Wong appealed the order on his mother’s property on Severn Drive – in the South Arm area - saying he is “determined” to clean it up himself.

The hearing will follow the general-purposes committee meeting, to whose agenda a last-minute item was added by Coun. Alexa Loo calling for council to push for a three-digit national crisis line – 988.

She pointed out suicide prevention service needs have risen 200 per cent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Tuesday, the public works and transportation committee meets where council will hear from city staff about the replacement of the George Massey Tunnel. However, there are no new substantial updates on the project as the province has been sitting on the business case since December – the update was requested last month by the committee.

The province has said it’s consulting with the federal government on funding.

Also on the agenda are ideas on how lost fish habitat could be compensated as the city moves forward on its diking projects.

Richmond council will also deal with a proposed application to have a three-year e-scooter pilot project in the city at the public works meeting.

And on the topic of diking, the city is looking at consulting with the public and stakeholders on the fourth phase of its master diking plan – this will also be discussed at public works.