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Recap: March 9th Richmond Hill Council Meeting

Richmond Hill Council Meeting Wednesday March 9, 2022

All in all the Council meeting was a productive meeting notwithstanding the constant bellicose barking and disruptive points of order by certain council members.


Recap:

Amendments to the Procedures to Appoint an Individual to Fill a Vacancy - Carried Unanimously

  • Thanks to residents' group A Better Richmond Hill advocacy the City will be posting the names of the persons applying for the Ward 4 vacancy on the website and public delegations will be allowed prior to the applicant presentations at the appointment meeting

Member Motion - Indigenous Cultural Centre - Amended Motion Carried Unanimously

  • The motion was amended to read that "staff facilitate a rent free user agreement between the City and the Indigenous Action Committee (IAC) for a 1 year pilot project at an appropriate city facility."

  • Mayor West brought forth a referral motion requesting that staff work with all local Indigenous groups including the IAC to determine vision and goals for the centre.

    • "engage an Indigenous consultant to work with staff and local Indigenous resources including the Indigenous Action Committee to assist in moving the Cultural Centre project forward by facilitating discussions with stakeholders including the Region of York, Indigenous treaty representatives and others to determine the vision and goals for the centre and to develop a recommended series of next steps to establish the centre and see that staff bring a report back to council on March 23 2022 to advise what the expected date of the final report would be".

      • Referral motion failed on a tied vote

        • For West, DiPaola, Cilevitz and Chan

        • Against Perrelli, Beros, Muench and Liu

Member Motions - Pickleball Courts and Soccer Dome -

Referral Motions Carried Unanimously (meeting video Part 2)

  • Both motions were referred to staff for a report back at the Council meeting on April 13, 2022

Continuation of Electronic Council and Committee Meetings after COVID-19 -

Carried Unanimously

  • Option 2 – Was passed by Council that will allow both council members and the public the ability to continue to participate electronically in Council and Committee following the end of COVID-19 pandemic

  • Council chambers will also be open to residents once again to attend Council meetings in person if they so desire

Parks Plan, Recreation Plan, and Culture Plan Review - Key Findings and Directions

Carried Unanimously (Perrelli and Beros left meeting before the vote)

  • The Key Directions report has finally been endorsed by Council giving staff the approval to proceed with drafting an updated Plans.

 

Agenda Items Include:

Continuation of Electronic Council and Committee Meetings after COVID-19

That Council provide direction on the continued use of electronic Council and Committee meetings following the lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Option 1 – Maintain the current direction and end electronic participation for all Council and Committee meetings when the last of the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

  • Option 2 – Continue to provide the opportunity for electronic meeting participation indefinitely

Member Motion - Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli - Indigenous Welcome Centre

Member Motion - Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli - Pickleball Courts in Richmond Hill

  • That staff be authorized to take all steps necessary to install 20 pickleball courts by the end of the year

Member Motion - Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli - Soccer Bubble in Richmond Hill

  • That staff be authorized to take all steps necessary to install an artificial turf, 11 v. 11, with bubble for all year use by the end of the year

See below if you want to make or submit any comments regarding the agenda items.

Public Comments: The public may submit written correspondence regarding agenda matters by email to clerks@richmondhill.ca. Written correspondence must be submitted by 12 p.m. Tuesday March 8th.


Electronic Delegations: The public may apply to appear as an electronic delegation by video conference or by telephone. Applications to appear as an electronic delegation must be submitted by 12 p.m. Tuesday March 8th by email to clerks@richmondhill.ca or by using the on-line form. The Office of the Clerk will provide instructions on appearing as an electronic delegation.


Public Forum: Any person who wishes to speak to Council on a matter not on the agenda must pre-register with the Office of the Clerk by 12 p.m. Tuesday March 8th by email to clerks@richmondhill.ca or by using the on-line form. Public Forum will be by video conference via the internet or telephone only. A maximum of five persons will be allowed to register for the Public Forum on a first come first serve basis.

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