This segment of the newsletter is new this month. I hope to make it a forum to briefly report to my constituents some of the highlights of the past month on council. It is important for residents to know about the decisions that council makes each week that have a significant impact on our lives. I have tried to keep this section brief, but if you would like more information on any topic contained below please do not hesitate to contact me for more detailed information – [email protected].
1. Council Inaugural Meeting
On December 8th, Council had their Inaugural Council Meeting including the “swearing in” of all councillors. The event also included an opportunity for councillors to give an Inaugural Address. This video of the meeting can be accessed by clicking here. My address starts at time index 1:05:50.
2. Duke North Park Community Meeting
We had a follow up meeting with residents regarding the design of a new park near the corner of Alpaca Drive and Towerhill Road. We received further input regarding the aspects of this proposed park that residents liked and also the aspects that they did not prefer. We will use this input to potentially modify the park design.
3. Live Stream Link
The Town offers live streaming of Council Meetings in case you want to see a council meeting but do not want to attend in person. The link to this service can be found at https://www.richmondhill.ca/meetings/meetings.asp#.
4. Snow Removal Discussion and Request for Feedback
We had an initial discussion at council on December 8th and again on the 15th, about service levels for snow removal in Richmond Hill. We will be discussing this topic in more detail during budget deliberations in the next few months. I would be interested in hearing from residents about their opinions on the idea of Windrow Removal (that is removal of the snow the plow leaves at the end of the driveway). I have already heard from many that this is a service that many residents wish we offered, but I would like to hear from you about your thoughts on the issue. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
5. Richmond Hill’s Capital Budget
Richmond Hill Council recently passed our 2015, $44.5M Capital Budget that outlines the many large and small capital building projects that are scheduled over the next couple of years. These projects are guided in large part by the various plans that we have recently approved in Richmond Hill, including our Strategic Plan, Parks Plan, Recreation Plan, and Environment Plan, to name a few. We will be discussing our Operating Budget early in the New Year. If you have any comments on any budget item please feel free to contact me.
6. Results from Recent Yard Waste Collection Motion
On December 15th I seconded a motion to ask staff to do one last yard waste pick up for anyone who missed the last pick up in November. I have received a number of concerns from residents who were, due to a number of factors, not able to get all their yard waste collected and to the curb before the November 24th’s last date for pick up. This additional collection will happen Monday, December 22nd, so make sure if you have Yard Waste in bags or containers, that they are at the curb and are visible and accessible to the drivers. This motion also asked that we permanently offer a last Yard Waste pick up later in the fall season than we have had this year, in order to avoid this problem in the future.
7. Oak Ridges Library Visioning Session
On December 8th a number of residents and councillors along with myself participated in a “visioning session” relating to the proposed Oak Ridges Library. It was a fruitful session with good input from the community regarding the needs of the community for a new library in Oak Ridges. This input will be used to shape the proposed Facility.