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Council Highlights - July 9, 2012 Meeting

Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow Awarded Diamond Jubilee Medal
Council congratulated Mayor Dave Barrow on his receipt of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Mayor was presented with the medal on Monday, July 9 at Queen’s Park by MPP for Richmond Hill Reza Moridi and The Hon. Kathleen Wynne. The Diamond Jubilee Medal marks the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the Throne as Queen of Canada. Mayor Barrow received this award for his many years of dedicated service to the community. Coincidentally, Mayor Barrow’s father, Elgin Barrow, or “Tubby” as he was fondly referred to by his friends, was also awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977. For more information, contact Dave Barrow, Mayor, at 905-771-2493.

New Procedure By-law for Public Review
Council received a proposed new procedure by-law and directed staff to seek public input on it. A procedure by-law is a legislative requirement that governs the calling, place and proceedings of Council and its Committees. The by-law must provide for public notice and it should provide for a transparent process allowing the public to understand the public forum and process for having matters addressed by Council. Anyone wishing to provide their comments on the draft procedure by-law can do so until September 3 in writing or in person to the Office of the Clerk. A copy of the by-law can be accessed from RichmondHill.ca or in the Office of the Clerk at the main Municipal Offices. Comments received from the public during the consultation period will be reported back to Committee of the Whole on September 18. Once enacted by Council, implementation of the proposed by-law is expected for October 1, 2012. For more information, contact Donna McLarty, Director, Council Support Services/Town Clerk, at 905-771-2529.
 
Richmond Hill – a Youth Friendly Community
Council congratulated Community Services staff on their successful renewal of Richmond Hill’s designation as a Gold Level Youth Friendly Community. Richmond Hill is one of only 37 communities in Ontario to receive the recognition. Receiving this recognition emphasizes Richmond Hill’s commitment to providing youth with quality recreation opportunities and ensuring that the youth of the community have input in terms of the programs and services that are provided. For more information, contact Darlene Joslin, Director, Recreation & Culture, at 905-771-2423.
 
Public Art Donation Accepted
Council accepted a donation of public art from Arts Richmond Hill. After conducting a public art competition, Arts Richmond Hill will forward the top three concepts to Council for their approval prior to the piece being created and installed at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Accepting this sculpture celebrates, promotes and enhances Richmond Hill’s love of the arts, its unique places and improves the look of the surrounding area. For more information, contact Patrick Lee, Director, Policy Planning, at 905-771-2420.
 
Access Richmond Hill Continues Serving the Community
Council received a presentation from Access Richmond Hill (ARH) highlighting its 2011 Year-End Report. ARH noted a significant increase in calls, receiving more than 102,400 and submitting 10,746 service requests. ARH is committed to responding to residents’ general inquiries and concerns, processing applications, permits, work orders, program registrations and completing payments. In addition, ARH also provides interpretation services in more than 170 languages through Language Line to assist residents with obtaining information about Richmond Hill services and activities. For more information, contact Donna McLarty, Director, Council Support Services/Town Clerk, at 905-771-2529.

Supporting a Barrier-Free Community
Council approved a $50,000 grant to the Richmond Hill Mobility Accessibility Foundation. The Foundation will use the annual grant to help fund initiatives that support mobility services for residents with disabilities through their assistive devices and recreation programs. Funding for the grant will come from the Town’s Disabled Parking Fines Reserve. For more information, contact Carol Kelly, Investments & Grants Analyst, at 905-771-2401.

Richmond Hill Celebrated Canada Day in Style!
Council congratulated Richmond Hill’s Canada Day Organizing Committee, Town staff and the celebration’s many volunteers, thanking them for making the day such a great success. More than 10,000 people enjoyed the day’s activities, which included live entertainment, a multicultural food pavilion, a children’s village and teen zone, and more, along with one of the Region’s largest municipal fireworks displays. Residents are invited to take part in a short, 15-minute online survey (survey deadline: Wednesday, August 1) about the event; the results will be used to help plan future events. Visit RichmondHill.ca/CanadaDay and click on the Canada Day Celebration link. For more information, contact Dan Di Ruscio, Event Coordinator, at 905-771-5513.

Council Supports Local Athletes
Council expressed its support of two local athletes, sponsoring each of them for $1,000 (allocated from the Council Contingency Fund). Stephen Petruccelli, a Special Olympics Gold medalist, is travelling with Team Canada to the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Tiauna Steadford, who also represents Canada, is travelling to Macau, China this September for the World Junior Wushu Championship. For more information, contact Donna McLarty, Director, Council Support Services/Town Clerk, at
905-771-2529.

Supporting Community Activities
Council approved the allocation of $12,000 in grants to 10 arts groups through the Mayor’s Endowment for the Arts Fund, which supports art activities within Richmond Hill or serves to enhance art activities undertaken by residents to promote the Town. The grants will be disbursed in two parts: 50 percent upon application approval and the remainder upon review of the final report. For more information, contact Michael Grit, Theatre Manager, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, at 905-787-8471, ext. 222.

Skating to a Competitive Level
Council awarded seven Elvis Stojko Bursary Awards (totalling $4,000) to assist local figure skaters training in Richmond Hill to distinguish themselves in competitive skating. The award recipients’ applications are first reviewed by a committee and then recommended for approval by Council. In the last 11 years, almost $7,000 has been distributed through this Bursary. For more information, contact Dave Barrow, Mayor, at 905-771-2493.

New Policy for Proclamations
Council approved a new policy for evaluating proclamation requests from the community. Proclamations are official declarations issued by Council to recognize public awareness campaigns, charitable fundraising campaigns, and arts and cultural celebrations of significance to the community. In Richmond Hill, proclamation requests will now have to meet approved evaluation criteria before being sent to Committee of the Whole or Council for consideration. Approved proclamations will be posted on Richmond Hill’s website with a link to the organization’s website for more information about the proclamation. Proclamations are one of the ways Council can show its support to the many organizations and groups within the community. For more information, contact Donna McLarty, Director, Council Support Services/Town Clerk, at 905-771-2529.


Council breaks for summer recess as of July 10, resuming its meetings in September. The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. and the next Council Meeting is Monday, September 10, 2012 at  7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers.
 
 
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