Council Meeting
Revised Agenda

C#36-22
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Council Chambers
225 East Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Mayor David West

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

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  • a) That the proposed 2023 Council and Committee meeting schedule as set out in Appendix ‘A’ to staff report SRCFS.22.028 be approved.

  • a) That Council provide direction on endorsing York Region Council’s Decision, dated November 10, 2022, in respect to Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act 2022, (“Bill 23”) requesting the Province to halt consideration of Bill 23 to enable the opportunity for greater consultation with all stakeholders.

(Deferred from the April 13, 2022 Council meeting)


Moved by: Mayor West

  • Whereas, Campaign contributions made by citizens to any municipal candidate are not eligible for either a provincial or federal tax credit; and

    Whereas, the lack of a tax credit for contributions may be considered as an impediment which limits the ability of municipal candidates to raise funds for their campaign; and

    Whereas,  an increasing number of municipalities, including Markham, Oakville, Toronto, and many others in Ontario, have developed Campaign Rebate programs designed to encourage citizens to donate to candidates of their choice during the municipal election; and

    Whereas, the majority of the current municipal Campaign Rebate programs are established at the beginning of a municipal election cycle, to enable the required funding to be accumulated over a four year budgeting cycle; and

    Whereas, various municipalities have adopted different program elements including different rebate levels, different criteria for candidates to apply for the program, different criteria for citizens to qualify for the rebate program, etc.; and

    Whereas, it is recognized that there would be a requirement to ensure that appropriate systems and staffing would be in place to manage any such Contribution Rebate Program for Richmond Hill.

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved:

    a) That Staff be asked to report back to Council on options to establish a Municipal Elections Campaign Contributions Rebate Program for municipal elections in Richmond Hill, starting with the 2026 Municipal Election; including:

    1. options on the structure of such a program, including recommendations and potential criteria for the various program elements (including, but not limited to, criteria to qualify for a rebate, and maximum rebate levels); and,
    2. potential costs, potential funding sources and any additional information to assist Council in assessing the viability of the program.

    b) That staff be requested to provide an interim report to Council in June, 2022, followed by a final report, incorporating any Council input, by December 2022.

Moved by: Mayor West

  • Whereas, Section 4.2 of the Procedure By-law No. 74-12, as amended, (the “Procedure By-law”) provides that Council shall appoint a Deputy Mayor, and that the person so appointed shall normally be the Regional and Local Councillor who received the highest number of votes for that office in the last election as certified by the Clerk; and

    Whereas, Section 4.3 of the Procedure By-law provides that Council may appoint one or more Members to be Acting Mayor for the Term of Council, to act during the absence or inability of both the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor to act;

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved:

    a) That the words “Acting Mayor” in Section 1.1, Section 4.2(c), Section 4.3 and Section 5.7.11 of the Procedure By-law No 74-12, as amended, be replaced with the words “Alternate Deputy Mayor”;

    b) That Regional and Local Councillor Godwin Chan be and is hereby appointed Deputy Mayor for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council; and

    c) That Regional and Local Councillor Joe DiPaola be and is hereby appointed Alternate Deputy Mayor for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council.

Moved by: Mayor West

  • Whereas Richmond Hill Council has established various Boards, Committees and Task Forces, the membership of which includes Members of Council.

    Now Therefore Be It Resolved:

    a) That the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) Terms of Reference, Committee Composition, be amended to  as follows:

    “The membership of the Committee will be comprised as follows:
    (Note that under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, the majority of the members appointed to the Committee must be individuals with disabilities):

    •    two (2) member of Council; and
    •    eleven (11) citizen members.”

    b) That the Members of Council appointed as members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Ward 1 Councillor Carol  Davidson; and
    2. Ward 5 Councillor Karen Cilevitz.

    c) That the Members of Council appointed as members of the Affordable Housing Strategy Implementation Committee (AHSIC) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Mayor David West (who shall be Chair of AHSIC), and
    2. Regional and Local Councillor Joe DiPaola (who shall be Vice-chair of AHSIC).

    d) That the Members of Council appointed as members of the Audit Committee for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Mayor West;
    2. Regional and Local Councillor Joe DiPaola; and
    3. Ward 2 Councillor Scott Thompson.

    e) That Regional and Local Councillor Joe DiPaola be appointed Chair, and Mayor David West be appointed Vice-chair, of the Budget Committee of the Whole (BCW) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council.

    f) That the David Dunlap Observatory Park Project Steering Committee Terms of Reference, Committee Composition, be amended to read as follows: “The membership of the Committee will be comprised of: Ward 5 Councillor, Ward 6 Councillor, one (1) additional Members of Council, and 2 community Representatives.

    g) That the Members of Council appointed as members of the David Dunlap Observatory Park Project Steering Committee (DDOP) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Regional and Local Councillor Godwin Chan;
    2. Ward 5 Councillor Karen Cilevitz; and
    3. Ward 6 Councillor Michael Shiu.

    h) That the Members of Council appointed as members of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Mayor David West;
    2. Regional and Local Councillor Godwin Chan;
    3. Ward 3 Councillor Castro Liu;
    4. Ward 4 Councillor Simon Cui; and
    5. Ward 6 Councillor Michael Shiu.

    i) That the Members of Council appointed as members of the Heritage Centre Advisory Committee (HCAC) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Mayor David West; and
    2. Ward 4 Councillor Simon Cui.

    j) That the Heritage Richmond Hill (HRH) Terms of Reference, Committee Composition, be amended to replace the words “the Mayor; one (1) additional member but not more than two (2) additional members of Council; as follows” with “Two (2) Members of Council”.”

    k) That the Members of Council appointed as members of Heritage Richmond Hill (HRH) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Ward 1 Councillor Carol  Davidson; and
    2. Ward 5 Councillor Karen Cilevitz.

    l) That the Member of Council appointed as Council Liaison to be appointed as Council Liaison to the Richmond Hill Board of Trade for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be Ward 3 Councillor Castro Liu.

    m) That the Members of Council appointed of the Richmond Hill Public Library Board (RHPBL) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Ward 1 Councillor Carol  Davidson;
    2. Ward 2 Councillor Scott Thompson; and
    3. Ward 3 Councillor Castro Liu.

    n) That the Members of Council appointed as Directors of the Village of Richmond Hill Business Improvement Area Board of Management (“BIA”) for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council be:

    1. Ward 2 Councillor Scott Thompson; and
    2. Ward 4 Councillor Simon Cui.

Moved by: Mayor West
Seconded by: Councillor Cilevitz

  • WHEREAS the Community and Cultural Grant Program was a recommendation of the 2011 Cultural Plan. In February 2015, Council approved the Community and Cultural Grant Program (amalgamated the Mayors Endowment Fund for the Arts and the City’s Community Grant Program) with an annual funding allocation of $65,000.

    WHEREAS the purpose of the program was to provide project funding to community and cultural organizations, as well as individual artists whose projects support a more vibrant Richmond Hill through the delivery of programs, services or activities.

    WHEREAS applications were eligible to receive a grant to fund 50% of a project, up to a maximum of $5000. Between 2016 and 2019, an average of $2,200 was allocated to 87 applications.

    WHEREAS on February 12, 2020, the previous Council voted not to approve issuing 2020 Community and Cultural Grants.

    WHEREAS the arts and cultural community has suffered over the past three years in the absence of the Community and Cultural Grant Program.

    WHEREAS support for arts and culture is vital to ensure our community remains rich and vibrant with a strong sense of belonging.

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

    Staff be directed to include the Community and Cultural Grant Program in the 2023 Operating Budget.

Moved by: Mayor West

  • That a Closed Session Agenda Item be added to the November 23, 2022 Council agenda to consider personal information about identifiable individuals, and labour relations or employee negotiations related to the recruitment of a City Manager (Sections 239(2)(b) and 239(2)(d) of the Municipal Act, 2001).

Moved by: Regional and Local Councillor DiPaola

  • WHEREAS the Liberal newspaper is distributed weekly to many homes in Richmond Hill;

    WHEREAS the City of Richmond Hill has a long tradition of communicating city business through the use of a community bulletin page;

    WHEREAS not all of our residents are able get information through the city’s website;

    NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

    Richmond Hill Council directs the appropriate city staff to report to budget committee with a plan to reinstate the use of a community bulletin page in the Liberal newspaper.

  • That Council move into closed session:

    a) To consider personal matters about identifiable individuals, including municipal or local board employees, with respect to Citizen Appointments to the Richmond Hill Public Library Board for the 2022 to 2026 Term of Council (Section 239(2)(b) of the Municipal Act, 2001).

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