Council endorsed a new Graffiti By-Law as part of the Town’s ongoing strategy to discourage and eradicate graffiti in the Town of Richmond Hill. This strategy comprises education, prevention, eradication and enforcement components, including Town staff and York Regional Police (YRP) working together on an education program for local businesses and the public, the Town’s By-law Enforcement Office working with YRP to develop initiatives and measures to deter and prevent graffiti as well as the new Graffiti Eradication By-law which will address graffiti removal from buildings, structures and objects, such as utility boxes; and Town staff and YRP continuing to investigate and research initiatives carried out by other municipalities that would benefit Richmond Hill. Council also approved hiring of contract staff to assist with enforcement and processing of complaints, files, correspondences and other administrative duties. Graffiti is a chronic problem experienced throughout the world, and the Town is taking steps to reduce the amount of graffiti in Richmond Hill where it can ensure that it is a safe and beautiful environment for its citizens. For more information, contact Rick McGee, Manager of By-law & Licensing Enforcement at (905) 771-2427
Council approved a grant agreement between Parks, Recreation & Culture Department and York Support Services Network (YSSN) to ensure that children with disabilities continue to access recreation and culture programs of their choice. In recognition of the Parks, Recreation & Culture Department’s commitment to supporting children with special needs for many years, YSSN is providing a grant of $6,000 towards the cost associated with hiring a special needs integration staff person, for the Town’s summer day camp program from June 25 to August 31, 2007. Established in 1982, YSSN has a long history of supporting individuals and their families as they deal with the challenges of a developmental disability or serious mental illness. For more information, contact Darlene Joslin, Director of Recreation & Culture at (905) 771-2423
Council approved the process for leasing commercial space at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts that would create a business opportunity at the Centre when it opens in 2008. More than 800 square feet of commercial space on the Centre’s ground floor will soon be available for rent to a business who can fulfill criteria such as, leasing for retail use only and not a full-service restaurant. The selected business should also offer products that are related to the arts and respect the heritage design of the building it will occupy. A Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) will soon be issued and be available for review. For more information, contact Michael Grit, Theatre Manager at (905) 771-5485
The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. and the next Council Meeting is Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. Both of these meetings will be held in Council Chambers.
The contents of this summary are intended to be for information purposes only. The actual text of Council resolutions can be found on the Town’s Website. Copies of staff reports and other correspondence can be obtained from the Council Support Services/Town Clerk Division.