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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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