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2010 Budget Highlights

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BUDGET APPROVAL HIGHLIGHTS

The 2010 Budget:
  • Maintains Service Levels
  • Minimizes Tax Increases
  • Contains An Unprecedented Amount In Capital-Funded Projects
  • Plans For Our Future
 

 
OPERATING BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS ($116.8 MILLION)
 
Customer Service
Extended hours of service at the Oak Ridges Library, opening Mondays commencing in June 2010
Accessibility upgrades in the arenas, and continued commitment to meeting the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requirements
 
Environment
Continuation of a Town-wide beautification pilot project involving debris clean-up and graffiti reporting
Greater focus on water resources and storm water programs
 
Community Safety
Confirmation of new Fire Station at Yonge Street and Gamble Road with an anticipated first full year of operation in 2013
Revenue and facility costs for the new fire and rescue training facility at Fire Headquarters
Full year impact of the new animal control contract with extended patrol hours

Recreation & Culture
Summer drop-in playground program for low income families
Focus on preserving the Town’s artifacts collection
Increased park maintenance in the absence of pesticide use
 
Other
Conservative increase in investment income to reflect improved investment climate
Full year impact of the expanded Operations Centre
A $10 increase in the Seniors Tax Assistance Grant to $275 per eligible applicant
 

 
GRANT FUNDED PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
Richmond Hill will see an unprecedented level of capital activity in 2010 taking into consideration the construction projects funded from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program during the latter part of 2009. Those projects include:

Infrastructure Stimulus Funds (ISF)
Eyer Homestead historical house renovation (venue will eventually be used to provide expanded programs for school-aged children from kindergarten to grade 8)
George Forster historical house and barn restoration (venue will eventually be used to deliver youth programs for ages 12 to 18)
Elgin Barrow Arena rehabilitation (increasing accessibility and provision of gender appropriate facilities through renovation of dressing rooms and washrooms, roof and exterior replacement, renewal of community rooms, energy efficiency improvements and solar heating water system)
Axminister Drive, Claridge Drive, Leisure Lane road reconstructions
 
Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) Funds
Bond Lake Arena rehabilitation (replacing aging ice pad built in 1972 to allow year-round skating for the first time in the community, addition of elevator to increase accessibility, roof replacement, energy efficient improvements and renewal energy such as solar heating water system)
Richmond Green west soccer field renewal (artificial turf - construction of east field is included in the 2010 capital program of which the design was included in 2009)
Crosby Park soccer field renewal (artificial turf and lights)
Crosby Park tennis courts rehabilitation
Dorothy Price Park play structure and pathway replacement and Shaun Beggs Park play structure replacement (both include: junior and senior play structures, play area surface and edging, trail, furniture and plantings)

Investing in Ontario Fund
Road and watermain reconstructions: Alverna Road, Becker Road, Bonita Crescent, Felix Road and Sussex Avenue

Gas Tax Fund
Bond Lake Arena – install heaters for arena seating, energy efficient lighting and building automation system
Install solar energy pool heating system at Centennial Pool
Replace and upgrade heat pumps, boilers, water heaters and lighting with energy efficient units
Replace dehumidifying systems in arenas


 
TOWN FUNDED CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS
 
Customer Service
Expanded library collection
Information technology investments to strategically improve infrastructure and systems
Computer telephony integration for the Town’s contact centre, Access Richmond Hill

Environment
Gardiner Crescent storm sewer rehabilitation
Environmental assessment in preparation of the design of Rumble Pond rehabilitation
Rouge Watershed capital needs assessment (last of four studies before a long term capital plan can be presented)
Continued storm water projects

Community Safety
Streetlights – Yonge Street (between Gamble Road and Tower Hill Drive) and Major Mackenzie Drive (between Frank Endean Road and Forestwood Street)
Implement ultraviolet sanitizing systems at all pools to improve indoor air quality

Recreation & Culture
Elvis Stojko Arena roof repairs
Richmond Green east soccer field artificial turf facility construction
Playground designs for the Mary Dawson redevelopment and Tannery Park redevelopment
Red Maple Park phase two design and construction
Playground structure replacements: Glenbrae Park senior structure, Good Brothers Parkette senior structure, Harrington Park junior and senior structures, and Skopit Parkette junior structure
 
Transportation
Road and watermain reconstructions: Knollside Drive, Laverock Avenue, Lucas Street and Penstock Court
Richmond Street watermain reconstruction
Bloomington Road sidewalk construction between Bathurst Street to Yonge Street
Environmental assessment for Highway 404 flyover north of 16th Avenue
Vehicles and equipment for road and park operations

 

 

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