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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

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.

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Crossings, driveways

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports copies of bylaws, municipal work applications, and plans relating to the construction and maintenance of ditch crossings and driveways. The series includes records which document decisions and actions regarding the provision of road access from private properties to municipal roadways. The series includes requests and complaints from the public regarding driveways and access roads and contains records which overlap with other series relating to culverts and drainage.

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Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, copies of bylaws, plans, and reports relating to the participation of the City of Richmond and its Engineering Department in the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (G.V.S. & D.D.). Records in this series cover the full range of sewerage planning and development, including financing of sewerage programs, discussion of design and construction specifications, as well as copies of contracts and tenders for services. The series contains numerous maps and plans for pump station sites and sewerage areas which often include details of surrounding topography.

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Signs

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, copies of reports (including reports to Council and Committees), draft bylaws, plans, and a photograph relating to the planning, installation, and inspection of directional and informational road signs in the municipality. Includes records relating to illegal signage and correspondence with the provincial Department of Highways relating to highway signage in Richmond.

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Soil conditions

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, and plans relating to the municipal soil deposit bylaw and to a variety of soil contamination issues in Richmond.

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Street lighting

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, copies of reports (including reports to Council and Committees), plans, and a photograph relating to the installation, removal and maintenance of street lights in the municipality. Records include correspondence with BC Hydro regarding street light installation and removal, as well as records relating to leasing arrangements; correspondence from the public requesting additional street lights; and records relating to the ornamental street lighting program and the street light conversion program. Series also includes records of annual electrical permits and correspondence with the provincial Department of Highways relating to cost sharing programs for street lighting and traffic signals.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Culverts

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, photographs and plans relating to the installation, maintenance, and inspection of culverts. The series includes plans and photographs showing location of ditches and culverts

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Drainage

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, copies of committee minutes, contracts, reports, studies, plans and photographs relating to the construction and maintenance of drainage works in Richmond. The records in this series deal with all aspects of storm drainage and flood control, and overlap with other series in the areas of culverts and dykes. The records in this series cover policy, programming, financing and operational aspects of drainage works, and include signed contracts for construction and maintenance of dykes, pumphouses, drainage channels and ditches. The series includes general files which cover a range of topics and intiatives, from measurement of rain fall to the placement of drainage works. In addition, the records document the involvement of the Engineering Department in the Fraser River Flood Control Program and include separate files for Mitchell Island, dyke improvement, local improvement initiatives. and improvements to Woodwards Slough. Includes records relating to the Drainage Coordination Committee, the Lower Mainland Municipal Association Dyking Committee, and the Agric-Food Regional Development Subsidiary Agreement (ARDSA). Also includes a detailed dyke inspection report of May 1988 with 174 photographs of dykes and dyke-related facilities.

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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.

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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.

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Miscellaneous Engineering and Public Works Department maps and plans

Series contains various rolled maps, plans, architectural drawings depicting Steveston canneries, Canadian National Railway Company, Department of Marine Radio Branch, Richmond High School, Home Oil, Public Works of Canada and Wartime Housing Limited. Some of these items have been arranged together into correlative groups of up to seven to form a presentation regarding the subject at hand. Accompanying materials include related textual documentation. Related items consists of one index plan of numbers and one field book and plan index that list the rolled maps as only part of a much larger collection, the remainder of which was not included in this accession.

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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

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Parks and special events

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, copies of permit applications and plans relating to the Engineering Department's role in the operations and development of municipal parks and trail systems and in the administration and licensing of special events in the community, including parades, festivals, block parties, and filming and locations. Series also includes records relating to transportation concerns and the disposal of soil and dreageate associated with Expo 86. Also includes records relating to the recreational vehicle park site on River Road and Richmond's Commonwealth Games bid.

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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.

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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.

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Treatment plants

Series consists of memoranda, correspondence, and maps relating to the development of specific sewage treatment plants - Iona Treatment Plant, Brighouse Treatment Plant, Lulu Island Sewage Treatment Plant. Records in this series relate to all aspects of facility operations including the condition and maintenance of pump stations, the tendering for treatment plant construction, and the charting of flow data. Records in this series reflect the ongoing relations between the Engineering Department and the Provincial Pollution Control Branch.

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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.

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Watermains

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, agreements, studies and plans relating to the provision of a water supply to the City of Richmond and the planning for and maintenance of watermains. Many records in the series relate to Richmond water supply studies - including a separate study of the water supply for the east Richmond and Delta area - and Richmond's involvement with the Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD). The series includes records relating to a joint water main between Delta and Richmond, the Tilbury main, the Sea Island-Lulu Island water main, and waterworks-related issues as part of the construction and maintenance of the Knight Street Bridge.

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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

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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.

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