Town Teams up with Markham and the Region to Improve Transportation

Council reiterated its commitment to improving the transportation system in Richmond Hill by approving staff’s recommendation to participate in a feasibility study to assess the viability of a Highway 404 flyover between 16th Avenue and Major Mackenzie Drive East. Development of the lands on both sides of this section of Highway 404 (Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue) is proceeding rapidly. As such, the Town, in cooperation with the Region of York and the Town of Markham will undertake a feasibility study to determine if a suitable opportunity for a flyover exists. For more information, contact Marcel Lanteigne, Manager of Transportation, Traffic and Site Plans at (905) 771-2456 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Monday, September 15, 2008; Staff Report SREPW.08.081, Agenda Item No. 7).

2009 Accessibility Plan Approved

Council approved the Town’s Accessibility Plan for the period of January 2009 to December 2009. Richmond Hill’s Accessibility Plan, endorsed by the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, outlines issues that could potentially affect residents and their ability to access services and information. It also summarizes measures that the Town has taken in the past year and will take in 2009 to identify and remove barriers for people with disabilities who use the Town’s facilities and services. Next year, the Town will continue to undertake improvements and expansion to facilities and parks that include full accessibility. The most significant undertaking will be the completion of an accessibility audit that will include an audit of all Town parks, trails and facilities. The 2009 Accessibility Plan will be available for public review at the end of September on the Town’s Website at For more information, contact George Flint, Acting Project Manager, Transportation, Environmental & Development Engineering at (905)

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771-2455 (from Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Monday, September 15, 2008; Staff Report SREPW.08.079, Agenda Item No. 6).

Town Measures Up Well With MPMP Report

Council received a report from staff on the 2007 Municipal Performance Measures Program (MPMP) results for the Town. The MPMP is an Ontario government initiative, led by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. MPMP requires all municipalities (upper and lower-tier) to measure their performance in 12 core municipal service areas. Every municipality in Ontario is required to report efficiency and effectiveness measures to their taxpayers. The goals of the program are to give taxpayers a greater understanding of what services they receive for their tax dollars and to promote open accountable local governments. The program is not intended to be an exercise in comparison between municipalities because there are a number of factors that will influence a municipality’s measure including type of services, service levels, accounting practices, etc. The program is intended to provide municipalities with a standard tool to share with its ratepayers, through which the municipality is to be accountable for year over year trends in the measures reported. If you require further information on the program, visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Website. For the Town’s most current MPMP report, visit the Town’s Website. For more information, contact David Dexter, Acting Commissioner of Finance and Treasurer at (905) 771-9996, ext. 3656 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Monday, September 15, 2008; Staff Report SRFIN.08.063, Agenda Item No. 8).

Town to Move Forward with Off Leash Dog Area Pilot Project

After much deliberation and consideration, as well as expressed commitment by many local dog owners, Council approved a one-year pilot project for the establishment of an off leash dog area in Richmond Hill. Subject to funding approval in the 2009 budget, the pilot off leash dog park is to be located in Ward 4 or the Corridor Park area of Oak Ridges. Prior to its creation, a number of issues will need to be addressed, including public consultation with those living near the pilot project park and a recommendation for the site of choice. Council further directed staff to work with local community groups, such as the Richmond Hill K9 Klub, to implement and oversee this project. For more information, contact Audrey Hollasch, Director of Parks Development & Design at (905) 771-2424 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Monday, September 15, 2008; Staff Report SRPRC.08.44, Agenda Item No. 10).

Town Council Approves Holiday Closure

Council approved the hours of operation for nonessential services for the 2008 holiday season. The Town of Richmond Hill will observe a holiday shutdown from Wednesday, December 24 at noon through Friday, January 2. Staff will return to work on Monday, January 5. The Town will continue to provide essential and emergency services during this time (such as fire, water and sewer and road clearing), as well as some nonessential services, like the Wave Pool, fitness studios and libraries (information about facility holiday schedules is posted on the Town’s Website and is available by calling the facility directly). In order to prepare for this closure, participating staff must make up the four days by using vacation time, lieu time, working overtime or by taking unpaid leave. Council has approved three or four-day shutdowns since 1998, as have some surrounding municipalities. Information about the holiday shutdown will be posted throughout Town facilities, on the Town’s Website, as well as in the Town’s Bulletin Board Pages in The Liberal newspaper. For more information, contact Merv Johnston, Director, Human Resources, at (905) 771-2521 (from Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Monday, September 15, 2008; Staff Report SRCAO.08.37, Agenda Item No. 4).

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. and the next Council meeting is Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers.

This document was produced by the Communication Services Division staff at the Town of Richmond Hill. 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.