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Richmond (B.C.). Engineering & Public Works Department Series
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Municipal Engineer's subject files

Series consists of subject files of the Municipal Engineer (J.E. Brooks) documenting engineering and public works programs undertaken or supported by the municipality. Subjects include senior citizen's housing, sanitary sewer and other capital works projects, flood control and air pollution concerns, traffic management, road and bridge development, and school bus maintenance for the Richmond School Board.

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

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.

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

Easements

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, agreements (originals and copies), reports, copies of applications, and plans relating to the Engineering Department's role in the granting of easements, including encroachments and modifications of rights-of-ways, for roads, sewers, and utility rights-of-way.

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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.

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

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.

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

Mapping and surveying

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, program applications and guidelines, reports, and plans relating to land surveying and mapping by the municipality. Includes records of participation in provincial government sponsored programs including the large scale base mapping program and the replacement of integrated survey monuments, as well as records relating to aerial photography mapping.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Servicing requirements section files

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, copies of reports (including reports to Council and Committees), forms, and plans (including pre-plans for various developments) relating to servicing requirements for developments in defined areas of the municipality. Typical servicing requirements include sanitary sewers, storm sewers, watermains, and road access. Files are organized by section number according to the legal land division system based on section, block and range. Records date predominantly from the establishment of new procedures for administering development applications in the late 1970s up to the transfer of development application administration activities from the Engineering Department to the Planning Department in the late 1980s.

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Engineering standards and specifications

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, copies of reports to Council and Committees, studies, manuals and plans relating to development and subdivision control policies and activities, including servicing requirements. Series includes files relating to the prohibition of train whistles, design specifications relating to the subdivision control bylaw, installation specifications and standard drawings, national master standards, the Lower Mainland Municipal Specifications Project, and records relating to subdivision and development specifications for east Steveston, and rezoned districts for potential residential density. Files also include records relating to mobile homes servicing and a proposed petrochemical plant.

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Official Community Plan

Series consists of memos, correspondence, reports and plans detailing the work of the Engineering Department in developing and implementing the Official Community Plan and related area plans for Richmond.

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Emergency Measures Committee

Series consists of records of the Emergency Measures Committee relating to the creation and administration of the Richmond Emergency Plan, including minutes, reports, memos and correspondence. Includes records relating to emergency planning activities of the local RCMP detachment, the Fire Department, and the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

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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.

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

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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Sewerage

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.

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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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Waterworks

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, appplications and plans relating to the installation, maintenance, inspection and use of municipal waterworks. Topics and intiatives include: applications for water main connections; policy statements and rate tables regarding water and sewer rate charges; studies into the condition and status of the water supply; complaints from the public regarding damaged fire hydrants or water mains; reports on the types, specifications, and quality of materials to be used in municipal water works; records relating to drinking water quality and the GVRD water supply study; records of the Waterworks Coordination Committee; and reports on the condition of the municipal waterworks system. The series includes applications for waterworks services from developers and individuals and detailed plans for the provision of sanitary sewer and waterworks systems. The series also includes certificates of approval for proposed waterworks services from the Provincial Health Ministry, in response to required plans submitted by the Engineering Department. Some of the records also document the municipality's involvement with the Greater Vancouver Regional District, its Water Quality Technical Committee, and the Greater Vancouver Water District.

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Leases and agreements

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, agreements and land use contracts, plans, and photographs relating to engineering concerns arising from the lease of municipal road allowances and properties to individuals, organizations and businesses. Many of the records in the series relate to land use contracts and development applications with public works implications, e.g., construction of roadways effecting Municipal road allowances, and installation of sanitary sewer systems. One file relates to newspaper vending machine agreements.

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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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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.

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

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

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

Dykes - general

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

Miscellaneous

Series consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, and maps relating to a variety of environmental issues with engineering implications, such as changes in land use requiring the provision of public works and services. The series includes files on a Sturgeon Bank development scheme, Steveston (Shady) Island, Roberts Bank, the Fraser River, and the Fraser River Estuary Study. Topics covered in the records include sand disposal on Steveston Island, a management program for the Fraser River estuary, the trapping of animals and insects, Roberts Bank Port expansion, and discussion of area uses.

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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

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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