Great Music and a Splash this Weekend

There is always a lot going on in our community. This weekend is no exception. On Saturday the annual Cosmo MusicFest and Expo will be taking place. This annual event is produced by Richmond Hill’s very own Cosmo Music. It is a festival about “everything music”. For more information please see the event section below in this e newsletter. On Sunday I would like to invite everyone to the Mill Pond Splash at the Mill Pond Park. The Splash is an eco festival celebrating the Don River watershed and our natural environment. It is a fun, family centred event and has been enjoyed by our community for many years. Complete information for this event can also be found below.

This past month the Ontario Government made a significant announcement regarding the future of the Ontario Municipal Board. It would appear after years of lobbying, the Ontario Government is prepared to give the power to shape communities back where it belongs – to the municipalities that know their communities best. I am cautiously optimistic that a new set of rules will soon govern the land development appeals process, and the unelected and unaccountable body that is the OMB will be significantly reformed. There is more information about this important announcement contained below in this newsletter.

Also included in this newsletter, is information about Richmond Hill’s new waste collection contract that was recently finalized with Miller Waste. The contract represents the culmination of a process where public feedback about waste collection service levels was solicited from our residents. The contract will start in 2019 and includes a number of service improvements that residents told us were important to them, as well as a reduction in the overall cost of waste collection in our community. 

I always appreciate hearing your comments about any issue in our community. It is through this collaboration that we all make our community the vibrant and active place that it is. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email at any time. My email address is [email protected], my cell number is 416-346-3090 and my office number is 905-771-2480.

Sincerely,

David West 

Banner Photo – A distant relative of the Loch Ness Monster – the Mill Pond Monster – photo taken at the Mill Pond by Rob Young