May 22, 2012 Meeting
Monies Raised for the Mayor’s Endowment for the Arts Fund
Councillor Papa presented a cheque to Mayor Dave Barrow in the amount of $10,250 on behalf of Arts Richmond Hill. The monies were raised at the Arts Richmond Hill Gala Extravaganza which took place on May 5. The Mayor’s Endowment for the Arts Fund supports artistic activities that take place within Richmond Hill and allows local individuals and arts organizations to connect with and promote the community. For more information, contact Gloria Collier, Deputy Clerk, at 905-747-6363.
Creating A People Place
Council endorsed the Vision and Key Directions Report for the Civic Precinct Project, branded as People Place Richmond Hill: Yonge & Major Mackenzie. The Report, based on the input gathered at several community engagement activities and events held earlier this year, focuses on the notion of "placemaking" and the idea of the Civic Precinct being a true people place - a place where people want to be, a place where they can connect. Next steps in the project are to determine how the Civic Precinct could look based on the Vision and Key Directions and how the Town can achieve that vision through implementation. More information, including upcoming consultation sessions, can be found at RichmondHill.ca/PeoplePlace. For more information, contact Maria Flores, Project Manager - Civic Precinct Project, at 905-771-5438.
Richmond Hill Supports Improved Public Transit Networks
Council received, with thanks, two presentations by Paul May, Chief Engineer of York Region Rapid Transit, regarding the Yonge Subway Extension – Conceptual Design Final Report, and the vivaNext Y2 Update – Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive. Council expressed their support for the work vivaNext is doing to enhance Richmond Hill’s transportation network and to increase accessibility to and from the town. Council continues to advocate for the Yonge Subway Extension and looks forward to being a key player as the project makes progress. For more information, contact Gloria Collier, Deputy Clerk,
Keeping Richmond Hill Roads Safe
At the request of Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board, Council indicated its support of the use of photo radar and requested the Province to change the current legislation which will allow municipalities to implement this very important traffic safety tool. Photo radar is successfully used in a number of jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia, to keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safe on the streets. For more information, contact Gloria Collier, Deputy Clerk, at 905-747-6363.
The next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. and the next Council meeting is Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers.