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2008 Budget Highlights

2008 Budget Home

Environment
  • Rehabilitating Pioneer Park stormwater pond
  • Lake Wilcox shoreline restoration
  • Expanding the successful GoingGREEN organics collection program to apartment buildings
  • Wind power feasibility study
  • Solar panel hot water heating system installed at main municipal offices
  • Operations Centre salt handling facility
  • Richmond Green building automation system for energy conservation  

    Transportation
  • Reconstructing and improving various roads (Bayview Avenue, Sandbanks Drive, Toscanini Road, Gells Road and Skopit Road)
  • Sidewalk construction (Major Mackenzie Drive East – Valleymede Drive to Leslie Street; Leslie Street – Cassandra Crescent to Major Mackenzie Drive East; Bayview Avenue – Major Mackenzie Drive East to Cassata; and Yonge Street – north of Gamble Road)  

    Recreation & Culture
  • Opening of the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
  • Opening of the fully accessible Crosby Park
  • Design Phase of Oak Ridges Community Centre and Park
  • Completing the children’s department expansion at Central Library  

    Community Safety
  • Opening of new fire and rescue training facility and Fire Headquarters relocation
  • Fire equipment purchases (i.e. mobile radios, protective gear, hose lines, nozzles, etc.)
  • Purchase of four traffic calming mobile message boards
  • Operating the lead testing program for residential and business water analysis
  • Water meter replacement for 4,200 residents and 320 business owners
  • Graffiti eradication program
  • Parks ambassador program  

    Customer Service
  • Opening the Access Richmond Hill contact centre
  • Initiating a Town municipal offices relocation feasibility study
  • Operations Centre expansion for improving parks, roads and water services and staffing
  • Financial information system upgradeto improve efficiencies and digitize tasks
  • Hand-held, electronic GIS tablets for plow drivers and parks staff to increase efficiency  

    Other
  • Increasing the amount of the Seniors’ Tax Assistance Grant to $265 per application
  • Develop a new Strategic Plan to set the future direction for the Town
  • Begin work on a new Official Plan
  • Contributions reserve funds

     

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