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Council Highlights - April 26, 2004 Meeting

Village Core Grant
Council approved a grant, not to exceed a maximum of $10,000, in support of restoration projects in the downtown core. The grant, one of a number of projects approved since the Village Core Facade Assistance program was established in April 2000, has been awarded to Tornat Richmond Hill Limited to offset the nearly $40,000 in costs for exterior renovations to the building located at 10200 Yonge Street (formerly the TD Bank building). The property, located at Centre and Yonge Streets, maintains the visual continuity of the downtown streetscape with its overall construction and architectural style. Grants are considered through applications received by the Village Core Applications Review Committee. Those submissions that meet the criteria outlined in Walk This Way - a guide to building and facade restoration - are then sent Council for consideration. Funding comes from a special, dedicated non-growth Reserve Fund and, since the program's inception, more than $38,000 has been awarded for a number of projects in the downtown core. Approval of this grant supports the Town's Strategic Plan and its goal of preserving, enhancing and developing the Village Core. Contact Robert Smith, Co-ordinator of Economic Development Program, at (905) 771-8800, ext. 3866 (From Committee of Whole held on April 19, 2004, Staff Report SRCAO.04.09).

Funding Approved that Supports Work of Local Organizations
Council approved more than $14,000 in grant funding to be distributed to 24 community organizations that provide valued services within Richmond Hill. The funds for 2004 will be distributed to numerous groups, including Richmond Hill Canoe Club, Epilepsy York Region and various sporting and arts clubs. Funding for the Town's grant program was included in the 2004 operating budget. Funds are provided annually to groups who are selected from applications received for projects that require special funding or operating funding. In addition to this year's approved grant requests, Council also endorsed a request for $1,500 for The Richmond Hill Professional Fire Fighters Association to help with costs associated with hosting the annual International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Richmond Hill this summer and $6,000 in support of the Community Safety Village of York Region to go towards the purchase of a building to house future programs. Contact David Dexter, Director of Financial Services, at (905) 771-3656 (From Budget Committee of the Whole Meeting held on April 19, 2004, Staff Report SRFIN.04.030).

Get Ready for Emergency Preparedness Week
Council proclaimed the week of May 2 to 8 as Emergency Preparedness Week in and for the Town of Richmond Hill. This is the first time the Town has proclaimed the week, but not the first time the Town has been involved in Emergency Preparedness activities. For a number of years, the Town has had an Disaster Plan in place and undertakes regular practice exercises. In readying for Y2K, the Town also developed a 72 Hour Emergency Kit guide, which is still relevant today in preparing for unforeseen disasters and is available on the Town's Website. Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event designed to build public awareness of these risks and how to plan and be prepared for any type of emergency. During the week, a variety of events and activities are organized in the communities of every province and territory of Canada. The theme this year is "Prepare now, learn how." In support of Emergency Preparedness Week, the Town, along with other emergency personnel, will be holding an Open House at Hillcrest Mall May 5 through 8. Staff will be on hand with a display and will answer questions, as well as provide information on how you can prepare your family now in the event of an unexpected emergency situation. All residents are encouraged to take part and prepare personally for such emergencies. Contact Brian Ellsworth, Deputy Chief - Support Services, at (905) 883-5444 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on April 19, 2004, Staff Report SRFD.04.04).

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