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COVID-19

 Hello, I'm Oak Ridges Councillor Greg Beros.


Like all good Canadians, I’m doing my part and working from home to slow the spread of the Corona virus.

However, that doesn’t mean City business comes to a stop. On the contrary, I want to assure all residents that Richmond Hill City Council continues to do the work of the municipality. Just yesterday for example, Council passed 2 motions. One to defer Property taxes for a minimum of 60 days and a second suspending Overnight Parking Enforcement until further notice.


No doubt these are trying times, but working together we will get through this. Please do your part. Follow the instructions from our health officials. 


The life you save could be a loved one or close friend.


Above all, if have any questions or need help, give me a call, I am always here to help.


Thank you, have a great day, and stay safe.

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March 25, 2020 – Special Council – Emergency and Time Sensitive

APPROVED MOTION SUMMARY


3.2      Property Tax Deferrals - Presentation by David Dexter, Director, Financial Services and Treasurer

Moved by:                 Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli

Seconded by:           Councillor Beros


a)             That the 2020 interim tax levy instalment date of May 1st be deferred to June 1, 2020;

b)             That the charging of Penalties and Interest for late payment of taxes, continue to be waived through to May 31, 2020;

c)             That the 2020 interim tax levy instalments for the months of May and June for properties enrolled in the City’s pre-authorized payment plan, be maintained and that staff provide flexibility to defer payments upon request by the property owner;

d)             That billing and collection for Water/Wastewater accounts continue, but that overdue accounts not be transferred to the Property Tax account, for the period to May 31, 2020;

e)             That the necessary by-laws be enacted;

f)               That staff continue to work to extend the deferral period for taxes and fees, in full consultation with the Region of York and the Government of Ontario, and report back at the Special Council Meeting April 1, 2020.


Carried (recorded vote 8:1) 


3.3      SRCS.20.11 - Suspension of Overnight Parking Restriction Enforcement and the Residential Temporary Parking Permit Program


Moved by:                 Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli

Seconded by:           Councillor Beros


a)        That enforcement associated with Section 3.7 (o) and (p) of the Parking Regulation By-law 402-89, (Municipal Code Section 1116.3.7(o) and 1116.3.7 (p)), being the prohibitions against parking on a highway between the hours of 3 am and 6 am (April to November) or 1 am and 7 am (December to March), be temporarily suspended;

b)        That the residential Temporary Parking Permit program be temporarily cancelled so that residents do not need to obtain a permit to park on streets overnight;

c)         That the Commissioner of Community Services be delegated authority to end the above temporary suspensions as appropriate.


Carried Unanimously (recorded vote 9:0)


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To support the Province of Ontario’s efforts to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, the City of Richmond Hill has declared a State of Local Emergency.


This provides the City more flexibility to take local action to maintain essential services and address this emergency situation.


The health and safety of our residents, visitors and staff remains our top priority. The City of Richmond Hill continues to work closely with our regional, provincial and federal partners. We are following their lead on the precautions necessary to ensure containment and the safety and support of our residents.  


Essential services such as Fire and Emergency Services, roads maintenance and waste collection will continue. 

 

Cancellations and Closures

In light of recent direction from the Ontario government and in support of the efforts of our public health partners to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19, effective 11:59 p.m. on March 13, 2020, the City of Richmond Hill is:

  • Cancelling all March Break camps
  • Cancelling all performances and facility bookings at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Closing all community centres and facilities to the public, including all rental permits 
  • Closing Main Municipal Offices at 225 East Beaver Creek and the Richmond Hill Operations Centre at 1200 Elgin Mills Road East to the public
  • Cancelling all Council and Committee meetings and postponing City-run events 
  • All library locations are closed, effective immediately

 

Those impacted by cancelled programs will be contacted directly. The City of Richmond Hill will fully refund all user fees charged. All memberships have been put on hold until April 5, 2020 and length of the membership will be extended by three weeks. 


The Access Richmond Hill Contact Centre is available to respond to general inquiries by email at access@richmondhill.ca or by phone at 905-771-8800 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). In-person services will not be available until April 6, 2020.


The City has business continuity plans in place to ensure essential City services continue to be delivered.

 

How to protect yourself

The following precautions are recommended to protect yourself from new and emerging diseases as well as the common cold and flu.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Increase cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces like toilets, sink tap handles, doorknobs, countertops, etc. using regular household cleaners
  • Avoid sharing toothbrushes, eating utensils drinks/water bottles and towels