October Council News

1. Dunlap Observatory Park
Council and our staff will soon be finalizing a Park Master Plan for the new Dunlap Observatory Park. We will be seeking further public opinion on this plan. It is available to view by clicking here. As always if you have questions or comments please feel free to contact me at [email protected]

2. Air Support Structure – aka – Soccer Bubble is Almost Ready
A number of months back council approved a seasonal covered dome for one of our artificial turf soccer fields at Richmond Green. This new dome will allow soccer to be played during the winter months. It will be removed each year in the spring and reinstalled in the fall.

3. Franco Ontarian Flag Raising
Friday, September 25th was proclaimed Franco-Ontarian Day in Richmond Hill. Councillor Hogg and myself were joined by a group of school children and the Association des Francophones de la Region de York to help celebrate the rich heritage and history of French language and culture in Ontario and Canada. 

4. Blue Jays Spirit at the Town of Richmond Hill
Like so many homes and workplaces across this country, Blue Jays fever has taken hold. Richmond Hill staff recently showed their Jays Spirit by wearing blue for our home team. Go Jays Go!

5. New Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Council and the public were recently invited to a celebration honouring new inductees to our Sports Hall of Fame. The celebration took place at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts and featured our very own Elvis Stojko as the emcee for the event. It was a great celebration of local talented sports figures in a variety of different sports!
This year, the inductees are: Nathalie Bendavid (rugby), Bob Emerson (figure skating), Michael Kyte and Doreen Kyte (5 pin bowling), Rene Fournier (hockey), Vanessa Ley (hockey), Ted Moritsugu (ringette) and Jean McCron (lawn bowling). Their achievements in sport have had a lasting impact on the community.
The Sports Hall of Fame currently has 32 inductees such as Olympic figure skater Elvis Stojko and NHL alumnus Bob Wall. Each of the inductees has contributed to the development and advancement of sports in Richmond Hill. The Hall of fame is housed in the Elgin Barrow Area on the upper level. Please feel welcome to visit and discover the sports heroes from past and present who have called Richmond Hill home.
6. Lighting the Way to Savings

Council received a presentation from staff on a project that would see Richmond Hill convert its outdoor lighting network to more energy conscious, cost efficient and environmentally-friendly LED lighting. Research in phase one indicates that LED (Light Emitting Diode) is a superior technology to the current HPS (High Pressure Sodium) bulbs and could result in energy and maintenance savings of $1.68 million annually with a payback period of 6 to 7 years. Staff also shared that LED lighting could potentially reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the Town’s lighting network by 575 tonnes per year – that’s the equivalent to taking 121 passenger cars off the road! At the Meeting, Council approved staff’s recommendation to add phase 2 (project implementation) to the 2016 capital budget process and directed staff to apply for a grant from the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to assist with the cost of implementing the project. Richmond Hill installs, operates and maintains an outdoor lighting network of approximately 17,550 lights (16,000 streetlights, 1,200 park lights, and 350 parking lot lights) representing a significant energy cost.
7. Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services Awards
Council and the public were recently invited to celebrate excellence with our Fire and Emergency Service. Our new recruits were sworn in, members of the community were recognized for their heroics, and community partners were thanked. Thanks to the dedicated men and women of our Fire and Emergency Service who keep us all safe and contribute so much to our community.

8.Trash Talk in Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill’s waste disposal contract will expire in 2017 and our staff has begun the process of procuring a vendor to continue this service. As a part of this process staff and Council will be seeking feedback from residents about various aspects of municipal waste disposal and the level of service that is appropriate for our town. It is anticipated that this public feedback will be sought early in the new year and your views will be welcome if you want to “talk trash” with us.