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Recap: Oct. 27th Richmond Hill Council meeting

Richmond Hill Council Meeting Wednesday October 27th at 9:30am


Well finally a Richmond Hill Council Meeting where there were minimal interruptions and they actually got work done with no tied votes. Suddenly everyone is on their best behaviour now that there is a mayoral by-election.


Richmond Hill will finally begin council meetings with a Land Acknowledgement Statement once again!

  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative and Richmond Hill Land Acknowledgement Statement were both approved unanimously (Councillors Perrelli and Beros had left the meeting and did not vote on this item)

  • Councillor Perrelli attempted to once again refer this item back to staff but only Councillors Perrelli, Beros and Muench voted in favour of the referral so it failed.

Councillor Muench brought forward a time sensitive, emergency motion regarding the Baif Developments land in the area south of Major Mackenzie between Leslie and the 404.

  • Motion was tabled at the meeting without giving Council members time to review and with no input from City staff or the public

  • Even the ward Councillor Castro Liu was not aware that this was coming forward

  • The motion requests that the Baif lands be converted from Employment Lands to Mixed Use Lands and that a bridge be built over the creek to Staples Avenue

  • Apparently this decision must be made by the end of this week

  • Motion was deferred to a Special Council Meeting on Friday October 29th at 1pm

Member Motion - Councillor Perrelli - Honouring Mayor Dave Barrow

  • Passed unanimously

All other agenda items passed on consent

 

Agenda items include:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative and Richmond Hill Land Acknowledgement Statement. Read staff report here


The long awaited Land Acknowledgement is in front of council for approval. Below is the proposed statement:

  • “I/we would like to acknowledge that Richmond Hill is situated on lands covered by Treaty 13 and the Williams Treaties. Over several centuries, Richmond Hill has been traversed by many First Nations and is currently home to Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island.”

  • Council is also asked to approve membership in UNESCO’s Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities. Read declaration here

Ward 1 - Traffic Calming Review in Response to Resident Petition on Olde Bayview Avenue

  • To seek Council approval to implement traffic calming measures on Olde Bayview Avenue, south of North Lake Road. Read staff report here

Muirhead Crescent and Stouffville Road Watermain and Sanitary Sewer Servicing

  • Options to provide municipal water and sewer services to the residents of Muirhead Crescent and Stouffville Road including the option to provide the servicing as a local improvement where the residents portion of the costs of the project would be payable upon the sale of the residents property. Read staff report here

Member Motion - Regional and Local Councillor Perrelli - Honouring Mayor Dave Barrow

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 October 26th.


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 October 26th 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 October 26th 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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