May 7, 2012 Meeting
Council Votes to Expand Gaming Opportunities
Council agreed to enter into an agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) for the provision of additional gaming opportunities (e-bingo) through its new gaming modernization program, which will increase charitable revenue and permit/regulate the conduct of the new e-gaming activities in Richmond Hill. In 2005, the OLG implemented a pilot project in five Ontario cities and the project results were very successful, raising $40 million in charitable proceeds. The Charitable Gaming Modernization Program is now being implemented provincewide and Bingo World in Richmond Hill was selected as one of 15 new sites in Ontario. For more information, contact Donna McLarty, Town Clerk, at 905-747-3676.
Village Core Grant Helps Create a More Vibrant Richmond Hill
Council approved a $727 grant through the Village Core Façade Assistance Program for the Society for the Community of Old Richmond Hill (SCORH) for a downtown revitalization project. As part of SCORH’s Up Front and Friendly project, which repairs or replaces doors and fixtures along Yonge Street to provide a more attractive and inviting look, a new door was replaced at Knitters Attic, at Trench's Carriage Works, Building B, 10119 Yonge Street. The Village Core Façade Assistance Program provides financial assistance in the form of matching funds, subject to conformity with program guidelines, up to a maximum of $10,000. For more information, contact Matthew Somerville, Urban Design & Heritage Planner, at 905-771-5529.
Sponsorship Granted to Local Theatre Group
Council approved a $1,000 grant to assist the Curtain Club present their version of The December Man, at the 2012 Theatre Ontario Festival taking place between May 15 and May 20. The festival is in Sault Sainte Marie this year and, by participating, the Curtain Club will expose theatre-goers to the many talented performers and artists that work in Richmond Hill, as well as demonstrate Richmond Hill as a community that is a strong supporter of arts and culture. Contact Donna McLarty, Town Clerk at 905-771-2529.
Continuing Commitment to Eradicating West Nile virus
Council endorsed York Region’s 2012 West Nile virus control program. The program includes larviciding catch basins on municipal roads four times during the upcoming mosquito season (every 21 days) and surveillance of ditches, stormwater management ponds and larger bodies of stagnant water in all York Region municipalities. West Nile virus is a serious concern in Ontario, with human cases being reported in each of the last eight years. Council encourages all residents to do their part by eliminating any standing water on their property (e.g. bird baths, children’s pools, etc.). For more information about the West Nile virus, visit RichmondHill.ca/WestNile. Contact John Nemeth, Manager, Water Resources, at 905-771-5495.
The next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. and the next Council meeting is Tuesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers.