February in Richmond Hill

February is always an exciting month on Council. We have all of our regular Council work but we also have weekly discussions and presentations related to our Operating Budget. This budget has proven to be quite challenging as Council reviews the various expenditures that need to be made in order to deliver the quality municipal services that our citizens expect and deserve. Everything from garbage collection to recreation programs, and from Fire and Emergency Services to parks and natural space operation and maintenance are the responsibility of our municipal government.

We had a well attended public consultation at Hillcrest Mall earlier this month and I have had a number of people call and email me about their concerns and priorities for our budget. Please feel free to learn more by clicking here. It is always better when everyone has a good understanding of the choices we need to make as a community. An Operating Budget is really just a financial representation of what is important to us as a community so your input is welcome and important.

February is also the month that Ward 4 hosts the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival. Even though we did not have a sufficiently frozen Mill Pond to skate on this year we still enjoyed a relatively mild and sunny weekend. Thousands of people came to celebrate winter and the 48th Winter Carnival was a success. I am always pleased to see our community come together to celebrate and it would seem winter is as good a reason as any for a party!

Finally there are a number of initiatives taking place in Richmond Hill and our staff and council is seeking public input. Below are articles about our Operating Budget, our new Waste Disposal Contract, Bradstock Park Revitalization, and our proposed Downtown Secondary Plan. If you have comments or questions on any of these issues please feel free to contact me.

I hope you find the information contained in this newsletter useful and I hope that you will feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, kudos or concerns.

My email address is [email protected], my cell number is 416-346-3090 and my office number is 905-771-2480. To find select articles from past newsletters please feel free to visit my website at https://davidwest-richmondhill.ca.

David West
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill