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Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department
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Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, and plans relating to the role of the Engineering Department in monitoring and providing public works and services. The series documents negotiations and relations between the Engineering Department and private companies, public utilities, such as B.C. Hydro, and other levels of government, such as the provincial Department of Municipal Affairs, the provincial Ministry/Department of Highways, the federal Department of Transport, and the G.V.R.D. The records in this series document the role of the Engineering Department in: negotiating and monitoring crossing agreements with B.C. Hydro and the Canadian Pacific Railway; commissioning and/or researching reports on transportation related issues; negotiating with the Department of Municipal Affairs regarding revenue sharing; liaison with the Ministry/Department of Highways relating to freeway and bridge construction; establishing policies and administering waste management and pollution control; responding to Bill 42 (including policy development) enabling municipalities to implement development cost charges; liaison with private companies relating to industrial development activities; and overseeing all aspects of engineering service for the City's construction and development activities.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Engineering photographs

Series consists of b&w and colour photograph prints, colour slides, b&w and colour negatives relating to the role of the Engineering Department in inspecting tendered public works and sanitary sewer installations in Richmond. The majority of the photograph prints are of driveways and crossings, ditches, fence and property lines where sewer systems have been installed, as well as where installation activities have affected the condition of sidewalks and road surfaces. The photograph slides include aerial and ground views of dykes and drainage facilities, as well as images of members of the Engineering Department at official functions.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Buildings and subdivisions

Series consists of minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, application documentation, photographs and plans relating to the Engineering Department's role in planning and monitoring development and subdivision activities in Richmond and in liaison with the Building Department and the issuing of various permits. Series includes records relating to the Lansdowne - Woodwards shopping complex, records of the Municipal Development Group, correspondence with the Greater Vancouver Home-builders Association, records of the Steveston Downtown Revitalization Committee, and records relating to self-service gas stations, illegal suite conversions, house moving and relocation, commercial and economic development, buildings and services standards, development cost charge administration, the Urban Development Institute, and the Permit Application Centre.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Associations

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, and invoices documenting relations between the Engineering Department and the professional associations in which it holds memberships. The series includes files listing engineering consultants, as well as seperate files for British Columbia Water and Waste Association, American Public Works Association, Roads and Transportation Association of Canada, Association of Professional Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Western Canada Traffic Association, International Municipal Signal Association, and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. The series includes pamphlets and brochures relating to the ongoing training and professional development of Engineering Department personnel.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Staff

Series consists of minutes, correspondence, memoranda, staff reports and consultant reports relating to the administration, operation and organization of the Engineering Department. The series includes an independent report entitled "Review of Engineering Department: Management, Organization and Operations - Report on Progress," a file on survival first aid training, and minutes of the Department Heads Committee.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Administration policy and staff committees

Series consists of minutes, correspondence, memoranda, staff reports, and plans relating to the establishment of departmental and municipal policy. The Engineering Department role in serving in an advisory capacity on a variety of staff committees is also documented. Other topics include safety, the acquisition and development of residential and park land, environmental quality control, special use permits, farmland subdivision policy, and airport expansion. Also included are records relating to various staff and Council committees, including the Parks Department Senior Staff group, the Safety Committee, the Park Acquisition Policy Committee, the Negotiating Committee, the Development Operations Committee, the Land Acquisition Committee, the Noise Control Committee, the Emergency Plan/Emergency Measures Committee, the Material Approvals Committee, the Engineering Operations Review Task Force, the Airport Expansion Committee, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Public Works and Services Committee, and the Administration Committee of Council

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Municipal properties

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, staff reports, consultant reports, studies, maps and photographs relating to the construction and maintainance of municipal buildings on municipal property. The majority of the series consists of general municipal properties files, and files relating to the municipal works yard. The series also includes files relating to insurance claims involving the Municipality and the Engineering Department, a study on parking space requirements, files relating to a proposed Property Management System, and inquiries/requests from Council, Committees of Council, and the public for engineering supplies and services.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Civil defence, emergency procedures

Series includes correspondence, emergency policy and emergency program statements, memoranda, and copies of municipal bylaws relating to the provision of emergency services and the development of a comprehensive disaster plan for Richmond. Included in this series are records relating to the installation of air raid and fire warning sirens, the provision of emergency sewage and water services, as well as records of the Emergency Committee. Also included is a job description for a Emergency Program Coordinator position, a bylaw to indemnify Municipal officers and employees from damage claims, and an emergency response bylaw.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Fire Department

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, staff reports, copies of fire code regulations, bylaws and maps relating to the role of the Engineering Department in overseeing the activities of the Fire Department and the provision of fire protection services in Richmond. The Engineering Department is responsible for the provision of engineering services related to fire protection such as providing water for fire hydrants, opening floodboxes, and positioning and installing fire signals. The Department was also responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of fire halls. The majority of this series is comprised of general files which cover a broad range of topics and intiatives including: the adoption of a British Columbia Fire Code Regulation, the findings of a Fire Underwriters survey, the preparation of fire fighting budgets, the monitoring the issuance of fire permits, the enforcement of fire regulations, negotiating for the construction and equiping of new fire halls, and the renovation and retrofitting of existing fire halls. The series also includes specific files on Richmond Fire Hall #6 at No. 4 road, and Richmond Fire Hall #5 - East Richmond.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Complaints

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, work orders, photographs and plans relating to the Engineering Department's response to public works and services maintenance requests from the public. Files within the series are arranged into general complaints, such as pot holes, broken sidewalks, and signage, with separate files for specific issues, such as drainage, flooding, pollution, vandalism, littering, tree maintenance, and traffic

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Traffic

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, committee minutes, staff reports and maps relating to all aspects of transportation and traffic in Richmond. The series includes records relating to traffic counts, the R.C.M.P., the Traffic Committee, the Traffic Technical Sub-committee and it's successor body, the Traffic Advisory Technical Committee, the development of bicycle paths and hazardous goods routes, and a consultant's report on a Traffic Signal System.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Budgets

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, program and budget proposals relating to the provision of engineering services in Richmond, including development cost charge administration. The series includes records relating to the Board of Works Committee and Development Permit Panel, as well as files on the provincial Winter Works Program, the Canada Works Program, the School Board, development cost charges, and latecomer charges.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Bridges

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, budget proposals, staff reports, consultant reports, and plans relating to the planning, construction, and servicing of bridges in Richmond. Included are statements of policy on the replacement of bridges, as well as requests for engineering services for bridge construction and maintenance such as road surface repair, water connections, lighting, and signage. The series includes specific files on the Oak Street Bridge. the Dinsmore Bridge, the Moray Channel Bridge and the No. 2 Road Bridge (Middle Arm crossing)

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Roads

Series consists of memoranda, correpondence, copies of reports to council and committee, studies and planning documents, photographs and plans relating to the construction and maintenance of roads in Richmond. Topics include road widening, road extensions, property acquisition and dedication for roadways, Steveston road ends, road closures, road design, repair and maintenance, and inspection activites relating to boulevard widening and maintenance. Includes records relating to lanes, specific road projects, Steveston road ends, and Deas Island Tunnel construction and the relocation of Rice Mill Road

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Equipment

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, policy documents, reports to council and committees, promotional brochures and literature, and one map relating to the purchase of new equipment, and the replacement, upgrading or sale of existing equipment. The series includes files on the purchase and use of computer systems in the Engineering Department, a system for establishing signing authority for purchasing, and contracts and tenders policy. The series also includes records relating to a Municipal office space study, a report entitled, "Statement of Preferred Practice: Tender and Award of Public Construction Contracts," by the Public Construction Council of British Columbia, the development of a records management program and records of appraisal decisions made for Engineering Department records , and the investigation of the use of alternative fuels for Municipal vehicles.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Walkways

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, reports to council and committees, plans, photographs, and annual crosswalk review studies. Records relate to the planning, construction, maintenance, and inspection of sidewalks, walkways, crosswalks, curbs, and gutters. Records document requests for services and repairs by the public; negotiations for compensation between the City, contractors and public utilities; and policies and procedures relating to the provision of these services. Topics and initiatives include school and pedestrian crosswalks, crosswalk supervision, adult school safety patrols, fencing adjacent to walkways, and specific walkways/curbs facilities for handicapped persons. The series includes a Municipal Accessibility Study dated 1981.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Street name signs

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports to council and committees, and a bylaw relating to the role of the Engineering Department in monitoring the naming of streets, and as part of this process, installing and maintaining street name signs. The series includes a copy of the 1979 Richmond Road Naming Bylaw and a memoranda from the Planning Department on the naming of roads pursuant to the Municipal Act

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Steveston highway realignment

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, expropriation notices, bylaws, and maps relating to the widening of Steveston Highway. The series consists of a single file which contains copies of bylaws authorizing the acquisition and dedication of property, correspondence showing negotiations between individuals, businesses and the City regarding the widening of the road, as well as memoranda relating to engineering issues raised by the widening of the road, such as the provision of fresh water and sewerage, and the relocation of fences, ditch crossings, driveways, and high voltage electrical service poles.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Organizations

Series consists of a single file made up of correspondence and memoranda relating to the Engineering Department's role in Block Watch programs and, in particular, the program instituted by the Richmond Block Mothers Association. Most records relate to the installation of signage

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Environment

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, tenders for services, reports to Council and Committees, copies of contracts and agreements, photocopies of newspaper clippings, copies of bylaws, plans and photographs relating to the provision of garbage collection and disposal services, including recycling and composting initiatives. The series includes equipment appraisals, and cost comparison studies on municipal vs. private garbage collection. The series also includes photographs of illegally dumped garbage, a solid waste collection study, and files relating to pyrolysis (solid wastes energy recovery), garbage complaints, garbage tenders, solid waste disposal sites (Burns Bog), cleanup campaigns, energy conservation, recycling, composting, and disposal of hazardous waste materials.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Schools

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, signed contracts, appraisals, consultants' reports, architects' reports, and maps relating to the provision and inspection of a variety of engineering services to schools in Richmond. The majority of the series consists of correspondence between the Board of School Trustees and the Engineering Department. Topics include requests for the repair or installation of electrical, water and sewer services, fences, school crossings, and grounds maintenance. The series includes records relating to school site selection, construction of school buildings, additions to school buildings, and municipal inspections relating to these activities. The series also includes plans of school yards showing detailed layout of sanitary sewers, and other drainage characteristics. Also includes a file on engineering work relating to the site of Tomekichi Homma Junior Secondary School.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Weeds, mosquito spraying

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, copies of minutes, lists, staff and consultant reports relating to the noxious weed and pest control programs of the municipality. The series includes lists compiled to document the location of weeds, as well as copies of minutes of the Public Works and Services Committee dealing with related issues. The series also includes files with complaints from the public relating to nuisance trees and rocks on municipal property, and separate files for Eurasian water milfoil testing and elimination.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Richmond Arena, pool, theatre

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, contracts, reports, and maps relating to the construction and maintenance of the Minoru Park Arena, the Sports Pavilion, the Centennial Swimming Pool - Minoru Aquatic Centre, and the Municipal theatre (Gateway Theatre). The majority of the series consists of project reports, construction specifications, site specification plans, material lists, and maps dealing with these municipal facilities. Topics covered in the records relate to all aspects of the construction of these facilties including area lighting, the tendering process, project grant applications, pile driving, and electrical systems. Series includes site and technical maps and plans.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Community centres

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, staff reports, performance bonds, contracts, and plans relating to the provision and inspection of engineering services for community centres. The majority of the series relates to the construction and maintenance of the Steveston Community Centre, and includes general files on Steveston and the Steveston '83 Plan. Topics addressed in the records include interior painting, roof repair and replacement, steel stairways, locks for cupboards, and replacement of windows. Series also includes files on the Richmond Community Activities Forum (RCAF), and the Richmond Cultural Centre. Series contains technical and architectural plans relating to construction and maintenance of the Steveston Community Centre, as well as the R.C.A.F. building on Sea Island.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

Community halls

Series consists of correspondence, signed contracts and agreements, memoranda, and maps relating to the construction, repair and the provision/inspection of engineering services to community halls. The series includes separate files for the Rod and Gun Club, the Hugh Boyd Community Centre, and the South Arm Recreation Centre and swimming pool. The series includes contracts, and technical/architectural maps and plans relating to the construction of the South Arm Recreation Centre.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department

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