LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 23, 2017

Before diving into the first meeting on the 2018 budget later this week, there’s still the regular business of council to dispatch. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify.

 

Guelph City Council Meeting – October 23, 2017

Live blog from the meeting starting at 6:30 pm

  1. The Humane Society has been located on Wellington St next to Water Treatment since 1970. Lease is up next year, but they’ve also outgrown the space.
  2. Final item of the night: land sale transaction for 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. The @GuelphHumane Society is looking for a new home.
  3. Committee of the Whole meeting will be moved from June 4 to June 5 to accommodate FCM meeting.
  4. Hofland also asks about the “lame duck” session. O’Brien says there are certain materials that cannot be brought forward unless 3/4 of council is returning/potentially returning.
  5. O’Brien notes there was 2 meets in 2017, there was also a placeholder that was not used.
  6. Hofland asked to pull committee/council calendar. Asks O’Brien about the rationale for 3 meetings in January next year (typically its a month off for the most part).
  7. All agenda items from October’s Committee of the Whole passes 11-0 by consent.
  8. Council votes 11-0 in favour of the minutes.
  9. Council votes to receive the report 11-0.
  10. Gibson asks if there’s any economic grouping of those surveyed. Big difference between first-time homeowners and pensioners, etc.
  11. Ipsos did not dig deeper into the origins of residents.
  12. Allt notes that the results are good, but there’s still miles to go. He wonders though where people are coming from so that we can understand better why people are happy versus their previous circumstances.
  13. Barbara Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Strategy, Innovation, and Intergovernmental Services adds that this will part of the follow up work that the city will be doing.
  14. A: social media is evolving, and more people want to be engaged and check it out
  15. Gordon asks about 26% saying they’d rather interact with City thru social media, but only 2% do: What’s the deal?
  16. This is one of the more problematic parts of the survey to me. It lists "internet" as well as the city website, and Guelph Today (which are also on the "internet"), and CJOY, Magic, CBC and Trib, which are also online. Also, no indie media. https://t.co/n6TIVnV3XD

    This is one of the more problematic parts of the survey to me. It lists “internet” as well as the city website, and Guelph Today (which are also on the “internet”), and CJOY, Magic, CBC and Trib, which are also online. Also, no indie media. pic.twitter.com/n6TIVnV3XD
  17. These are the ways people interact with the City, and how often people use each method. Not that 2% number under social media... https://t.co/58jEzhFhCC

    These are the ways people interact with the City, and how often people use each method. Not that 2% number under social media… pic.twitter.com/58jEzhFhCC
  18. Areas in red have the most impact on dissatisfaction with the city, white is the most satisfied. https://t.co/2EFUv9cwpE

    Areas in red have the most impact on dissatisfaction with the city, white is the most satisfied. pic.twitter.com/2EFUv9cwpE
  19. 8 out of 10 say they’re satisfied with services generally; 1 in 10 say they’re dissatisfied.
  20. Vast majority are proud their from Guelph, and say that the city is welcoming to outsiders.
  21. Residents in Ward 5 or Ward 6 seem to be the most generally pleased; overall, just over half say their quality of life has stayed the same the last 10 years.
  22. This survey could lead to future, further research. The sample size, 600, is about half of what they typically due for a nationwide survey, which is 1,200.
  23. Residents have a very positive outlook on life in #Guelph, and think they’re getting good value for their tax dollars, according to the survey.
  24. Beginning with the presentation of the Citizen Satisfaction Survey results.
  25. No Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and General Nature Thereof.
  26. Unless I’m mistaken, or they’re running late, @M_Salisbury and @leannepiper are regrets tonight.
  27. Mayor Guthrie calls the meeting to order.

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