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Council endorsed a municipality-wide snow windrow-clearing program. Richmond Hill staff will deliver the new program to all eligible households in the city this winter. During the 2018 Election, Council heard from residents about the heavy snow windrows resulting from road plowing operations. At the February 4 Council Meeting, Council asked staff to report back with a list of options to clear windrows. Staff presented four snow windrow-clearing program options and the respective benefits, considerations and financial and staff implications for Council’s consideration. The options included status quo; expanding and opening a snow windrow program to a limited number of residents; a municipality-wide windrow-clearing program (contracted service); and a municipality-wide windrow-clearing program with enhanced service delivery (in-house service). Council chose the staff-recommended option for the consistent level of service that will result from the work being performed by full-time staff, increasing program delivery efficiency.
My motion to play Canada's national anthem at the beginning of Council meetings passed on March 25, 2019. Canadian identity and national symbols like O Canada unite Canadians and provide a joint sense of pride. The National Anthem was played for the first time at the Tuesday, April 9 Council meeting, replacing the Council statement recited at the beginning of Council meetings.
York Region Rapid Transit Update
Council received a presentation from York Region Rapid Transit about the Yonge Subway Extension and the Yonge Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects taking place in Richmond Hill. Work progressed well this winter on many aspects of these projects, including more than 80 per cent of the new four-kilometer watermain being installed as part of the BRT project. As road, boulevard and curb work continues in off-peak hours (southbound 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and northbound 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), daily road closures will be required. Additional traffic calming measures will be installed, including dedicated left-turn traffic signals for motorists, access to mid-block entrances with U-turns at intersections and two-stage crossings for pedestrians at vivastations. I will continue to inform stakeholders about these construction projects through my newsletters, website and social media accounts.
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"Three Richmond Hill councillors appointed themselves to the Richmond Hill Public Library Board on May 7. Council voted 8 to 1 to approve a motion adding Deputy Mayor Joe DiPaola, Ward 1 Councillor Greg Beros and Ward 2 Councillor Tom Muench to the library board for the term of December 2018 to November 2020.
On the same day, board chair David Bishop announced Sunday service will remain open at the central branch this summer, reversing a decision the library board made in April. Having served on the library board from 2006 to 2018, the councillor said he believed the change of mind by the library board had to do with this motion."
Richmond Hill Council reinforced its position in York Region and the Province as an urbanized and competitive municipality, voting to rename one of the largest towns in Ontario to the "City of Richmond Hill."
The name change influences how the municipality sees itself and how others perceive it. In Ontario, changing a municipality’s status is at the full discretion of the local government; its population is not a factor. Council believes that Richmond Hill needs to keep up with other municipalities and to be more competitive in terms of business attraction and job creation.
We’ve been thinking about the name for a while, when we designed Richmond Hill’s logo a few years ago, we consciously decided to refer to ourselves as “Richmond Hill,” knowing that someday we might change our name from a Town to a City. We understood that in doing so, we’d keep costs down if and when Council voted in favour of a name change. Council anticipates little to no cost impact with Richmond Hill’s new City status.
The decision to change Richmond Hill’s status involved consultation with the community and staff, many meetings and a lot of discussion. Council’s decision to make the change reflects what they heard from residents and what Council believes is best for the community.
Why change the name? It influences how the Municipality sees itself and how others perceive it. And it reinforces Richmond Hill’s position in York Region and the Province as an urbanized and competitive municipality.
This motion passed by a vote of seven to two.
Council members voted on Feb. 25 to approve a motion that moves the committee of the whole and council meetings from 7:30 p.m. on alternate Mondays to 1 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays on a trial basis from April to September.
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Richmond Hill Council approved the 2019 Operating Budget on February 26. The $180 million budget represents an increase of $2.3 million.
Our annual Operating Budget reflects the services we provide to the community, as well as our priorities and commitments. This budget allows us to maintain service levels, while keeping the tax increase close to the rate of inflation. We are also maintaining the focus on our priorities of sustainability and increasing efficiencies through technology.
We delivered a responsible budget that found savings and efficiencies for residents and we will keep working hard to do so.
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