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

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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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