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Burnaby set to renew licence with community gardens group

The Burnaby and Region Allotment Gardens Association (BARAGA) is so successful, it has a waitlist of 95 Burnaby residents.

In no longer keeps a waitlist for non-Burnaby residents since it's unlikely any of those people would get a garden plot in the near future, according to a city staff report.

Burnaby council was expected to approve a renewal on Monday of the city's five-year licence agreement with the group for the 14 acres of city-owned land in the Big Bend area of the city. BARAGA, a non-profit volunteer group, manages 374 garden plots on the property. On average, only 10 to 15 plots each year are freed up to people on the waitlist.

BARAGA recently set aside a plot for the use of students from Maywood Community School, with all the produce grown to go to families from the school. That's in addition to about 2,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables grown at the community garden which are donated to the food bank each year.

 

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Millions of dollars in capital funding were to be considered by Burnaby council Monday, including $5.6 million for a pavement overlay program to restore deteriorated roadways. Of that, $2.5 million will be reimbursed by TransLink if the program goes ahead.

If approved, $200,000 could be spent on replacing LED traffic signal lights, $600,000 on replacement of about 150 of the most deteriorated streetlight poles, and $65,000 on traffic control upgrades such as crosswalk and turning lane upgrades, signage and other minor hardware replacement.

Council was also to consider approving the replacement of 14 km of watermains in the city, due to age and the need for increased capacity for firefighting and increase population, at a cost of $8 million.

Another $8 million in combined sewer separation and replacement of aging sewer lines is also being proposed.

 

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Buckingham elementary school is holding 50th anniversary celebrations on Sept. 29. If council approves a recommendation of its executive committee, the city's Festivals Burnaby program could be contributing a $3,000-grant to the event.

The one-day event will be open to the public. The school is unique in that many of its current students are grandchildren of the original students, or are children of parents who once attended, according to a committee report.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

 

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