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City of Richmond fonds
Fonds · 1879-2005

The fonds consists of all records of the City of Richmond, and include the full range of local government rights, responsibilities and activities. The fact that the City of Richmond is comprised of islands forming the delta of the Fraser River has resulted in dyking, drainage, and bridge building being prominent in the work and records of the municipality. In addition to bylaws and minutes of council and committees of council, other functions documented in municipal records include administration and operation of municipal holdings and services including: municipal land and buildings, roads and highways, waterworks, parks and recreation, fire and police services, public works, engineering, planning and zoning.

Richmond (B.C.)
Council minutes
CRICH 1 · Series · 1880-2005
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of the official minutes of Richmond City Council meetings relating to all aspects of local municipal/city government. Series is arranged in five sub-series, corresponding to the nature and scope of Council proceedings and the manner in which meeting minutes were variously filed: 1) Open Council meeting minutes; 2) In-camera/closed Council meeting minutes); 3) Open Committee of the Whole meeting minutes; 4) In-camera Committee of the Whole meeting minutes; and, 5) Council meetings for Public Hearing minutes.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
Bylaws
CRICH 114 · Series · 1881-1998
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of the original signed, sealed municipal bylaws, some of which may include agreements, certificates, correspondence, declarations, maps and plans as attachments to individual bylaws.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
CRICH 403 · Series · 1894-1917
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of minutes of the Board of License Commissioners, between June 13, 1894 and September 12, 1917, documenting the history of liquor supply and related activities in the community. The names and locations of social clubs, individuals, public houses, businesses and hotels are documented in the minutes. Reports of the Licence Inspector / Chief of Police record activities of gambling and gaming and details about clientelle in the hotel and clubs. In the later years (1913-1917), the Board heard many complaints and revoked licenses for the serving of liquor to "Indians", failure to operate licensed premises as a "hotel", or for allowing gambling on the premises. Convictions for illegal sale of liquor are also documented.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
CRICH 406 · Series · 1895-1971
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of minutes (including some attachments) of the Local Board of Health. Minutes document discussions and activities of the Board concerning pollution control and other environmental issues, and public health programs relating to infectious diseases and sanitary conditions. Minutes are for the years 1895-1910, 1953-1963, 1966, and 1970-1971.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
CRICH 404 · Series · 1915-1920, 1927-1941
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of minutes of regular and special meetings of the Board of Police Commissioners which document the Board's role of overseeing police activities, staffing, accounts and equipments, as well as its duty to report to the Municipal Council and to receive complaints from the public. Included in the minute book for meetings from 1915-1920 are the Chief of Police's monthly and annual reports, which include arrest reports and financial reports of the Police Department. Minutes of meetings of the Board between 1920 and 1927 are missing.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
Tax sales
CRICH 84 · Series · 1917-1933
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of correspondence, receipt books and forms including notice to registrar of titles, purchaser's certificates, notices to persons having registered interest, and certificates of post office registration, as well as other documents relating to the tax sale. The notice to registrar contains a description of the land, the assessed parties, the purchaser and the sale price.

Richmond (B.C.). Treasury and Financial Services
CRICH 405 · Series · 1919-1987
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of minutes (including lists of voters approved and rejected) of the Court of Revision (Voters List). Minutes document discussions and decisions of the Court with regard to applications by individuals for inclusion on the municipal voters list.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
Alpha-numeric subject files
CRICH 113 · Series · 1945-1995, 2001, predominant 1966-1995
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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
CRICH 402 · Series · 1948-1991
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of minutes relating to the role of the Advisory Planning Commission in advising Council on matters of community planning and development. This series includes the minutes of the Town Planning Commission for the period 1948 to 1957, and the Advisory Planning Commission for the period 1958 to 1991. A significant portion of the series deals with commission deliberations on a wide range of planning and development issues, and their recommendations on these issues to Council and various standing committees of Council. Topics include: purchase of lands for parks, recreation and green space; provision of moorage and port facilities; impact of residential, commercial, and industrial development and land use on traffic flow and the provision of public works and services; and the environmental impact of development, e.g., pollution related contamination of water, air and soil. Minutes also include administrative activities regarding appointments to the Commission, attendance of Commission meetings, voting privileges, and Commission procedures.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
Complaints
CRICH 216 · Series · 1948-1995
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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
Drainage
CRICH 235 · Series · 1949-1995; predominant 1970-1995
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department
Bridges
CRICH 219 · Series · 1950-1994
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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
Budgets
CRICH 218 · Series · 1950-1994, predominant 1970-1994
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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
Dykes - general
CRICH 233 · Series · 1950-1995
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, signed contracts, and plans relating to the construction, maintenance, and inspection of dykes and canals. The series includes files on dyke and river bank protection (rip-rap), dyke rehabilitation, and land acquisition. Topics include erosion and bank protection, dyke access and dyke use, cycle paths, harbour facilities, flood control programs, and rights-of-way. The series also includes numerous plans relating to dyke rehabilitation and developments impacting on dykes and drainage.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department
Traffic
CRICH 217 · Series · 1951-1995; predominant 1970-1994
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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
CRICH 214 · Series · 1951-1990
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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
Culverts
CRICH 234 · Series · 1952-1995
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department
Sewerage
CRICH 240 · Series · 1952-1995
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, plans, studies, copies of bylaws, and reports relating to the provision, maintenance, and inspection of the sanitary sewer system. A substantial portion of the series consists of general files dealing with sewerage topics and issues, including: the design and specifications of a sewerage program; studies on the quality and durability of sewage pipe and fittings; requests for the installation of a sanitary sewer system from developers, businesses, and individuals; and plans recording the proposed layout of sewerage systems. The series includes files of applications for sewer outfall permits issued by the Municipal Pollution Control Board, chlorination facilities at the Gilmore Park station, as well as files relating to sewerage in certain areas such as the Airport and Sea Island, Fraser sewerage area (Hamilton-Queensborough area), and Mitchell Island/Twigg Island. The role of the Engineering Department in monitoring industrial wastewater connections is also documented.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department
Crossings, driveways
CRICH 236 · Series · 1953-1995; predominant 1982-1994
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department
CRICH 241 · Series · 1955-1994
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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.

Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department
Roads
CRICH 220 · Series · 1956-1995, predominant 1977-1994
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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
Board of Variance minutes
CRICH 407 · Series · 1957-2000
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of minutes relating to the zoning appeals process documented through the activities of the Zoning Board of Appeal (1957-1968) and the Board of Variance (1968-2000). There appears to be Appeal Board activity evidenced in references in Council minutes as early as 31 October, 1955, but there are no formal minutes for the period 1955 to 1957.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
CRICH 401 · Series · 1958-1994
Part of City of Richmond fonds

Series consists of minutes (and reports as attachments to minutes) of the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting in open session (Subseries 1) and in camera (Subseries 2). Minutes span the period from 1958 to 1994 and incorporate the minutes (1958-1959) of the Richmond Recreation Commission. There are no minutes of open meetings of the Parks and Recreation Commission in 1987 as its functions were assumed by a standing committee of Council. No in-camera minutes of meetings exist for 1985 and 1986. Commission minutes document the development, planning and implementation of recreation programs and facilities in Richmond. Topics and initiatives include parkland acquisition, renovation and upgrading of existing facilities, monitoring of rental and lease agreements, recreation facility assessment studies, and funding decisions relating to these activities. Records in this series also document the ongoing relations between the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Leisure Services Advisory Committee and its predecessor the Recreation Advisory Council, Richmond School Board, Municipal Council, and a variety of recreational and cultural organizations.

Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office
Fire Department
CRICH 215 · Series · 1958-1992
Part of City of Richmond fonds

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