Town Moves Forward with Yorkland/Elgin Mills Road Improvements

As part of the Town’s ongoing commitment to provide a high quality road network, improvement projects continue to be identified and undertaken. In 2007, the Town invested approximately $2.2 million in road improvement projects in Richmond Hill. Based on staff recommendations, Council approved another $65,000 to cover the Town’s share of the costs to implement the southbound double left lane on Yorkland Street at Elgin Mills Road East. Over the past few years, traffic on Yorkland Street at Elgin Mills Road has continued to increase and now regularly blocks traffic exiting from Newmills Crescent onto Yorkland Street. Staff, Regional and Local Councillor Spatafora and ward Councillor Warner have received feedback about the traffic congestion at this intersection. With assistance from the Region of York, a southbound double left lane from Yorkland Street onto Elgin Mills Road will be constructed. With regard to the Town’s portion of costs, monies will be provided through the Town’s Development Charges (DC) Reserve Fund. The widening of Yorkland Street at Elgin Mills will meet the goal of improving Richmond Hill’s Transportation system by helping to develop the road network to improve flow and movement. Contact Marcel Lanteigne, Manager of Transportation, Traffic and Site Plans, at (905) 771-2456 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Tuesday, September 4, 2007; Staff Report SREPW.07.088, Agenda Item No. 15).

Town Receives Grant for Managing Parks Infrastructure

On behalf of the Town, Council received funding from the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) Asset Management Program in the amount of $45,662. As part of the agreement, the Town will also be contributing $22,831. This grant will go towards funding the Parks RECAPP project, a software system to better manage the life cycle of assets managed by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture. Maintained and updated outdoor recreational facilities such as pathways, playgrounds and other equipment provide children in the Town with a safe and conducive environment to play in. This demonstrates the Town’s commitment to innovative and responsible municipal management while enhancing the environment in which residents live, work and play. For more information, contact Dan Olding, Manager of Grants at (905) 771-8800, ext. 5505 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Tuesday, September 4, 2007; Staff Report SRCAO.07.032, Agenda Item No. 10).

Kids Day America/International

Council proclaimed September 22, 2007 as Kids Day America/International in the Town of Richmond Hill.

This is the 13th annual celebration of Kids Day America/International and is an International Health, Safety and Environmental Awareness Day that focuses on important issues to educate local families and communities. More than 3 million children and their families worldwide have enjoyed this day. They have also gained valuable information about health awareness, fire safety, bicycle safety, recycling, drug awareness and many other important topics that address keeping our children safe. Proceeds from the event in Richmond Hill will go to the S’port for Kids Foundation to assist their efforts in promoting active lifestyles for children through funding for organized sports. For more information, contact Donna McLarty, Deputy Clerk at (905) 771-8800, ext. 3676 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Tuesday, September 4, 2007; Proclamations, Agenda Item No. 8).

October is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month

Thousands of children and youth in the GTA are affected by violence. To increase public awareness that child abuse is an increasing social phenomenon that needs to be addressed, Council proclaimed October 2007 to be Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in the Town of Richmond Hill. To further encourage community involvement through educational and support programs, Council also declared October 1, 2007 to be Go Purple for Prevention Day. Citizens of Richmond Hill are encouraged to participate in activities to learn more about how to prevent child abuse and neglect. Children are important assets to our community and they deserve a safe and nurturing environment, free from abuse and neglect, in which to grow to their fullest potential. For more information, contact Donna McLarty, Deputy Clerk at (905) 771-8800, ext. 3676 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Tuesday, September 4, 2007; Proclamations, Agenda Item No. 22).

The next Committee of the Whole Meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 17, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. and the next Council Meeting is Monday, September 24, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. Both of these meetings will be held in Council Chambers.

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