Happy New Year


A new year brings a fresh beginning and a chance for many people to usher out the old and welcome the new. I wish you and your family all the best of 2017.
On February 3rd, 4th and 5th Mill Pond Park will be the host to the 49th annual Richmond Hill Winter Carnival. This is a community tradition that came together many years ago. A number of neighbours in the Mill Pond area decided that during the cold winter at this time of year, a party was in order. They hauled out their BBQs to the Mill Pond and invited their friends to celebrate together all that our Canadian Winter has to offer. 
So, while some things change – some things remain the same. A party at this time of year is in order, and Canadian winters are still a unique time of the year to get together with your friends and neighbours to celebrate. This year’s Carnival is even more unique since it falls during Canada’s 150 birthday year. What could be more “Canadian” than the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival? Each year a committee of committed neighbourhood volunteers work hard to bring this Carnival to life and, as a part of this committee, I would invite you to join us for this unique event.
A slightly less “fun”, but never the less important, “tradition” at this time of year is the creation and passing of the Richmond Hill Operating Budget. I encourage everyone to get involved and learn more about the services that are paid for through your property taxes. In a section below in this newsletter I have listed a number of dates that are available for public input. As always I would encourage you to contact me if you have any comments about the budget. Our Operating Budget is really important as it is the fiscal expression of what we want our community to look and feel like, so it has a foundational role to play in all that we do in Richmond Hill.
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. 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.
I also have a website (www.davidwest-richmondhill.ca) that hosts information and articles from past newsletters.  
David West 
Ward 4 Councillor Richmond Hill