LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 27, 2017

Budget matters past and present, plus the passage of items from this month’s Committee-of-the-Whole is on the agenda for tonight. 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 – November 27, 2017

Live blog from the meeting starting at 6:30 pm

  1. While we wait let’s talk about some committee appointments…
  2. Joanne O’Halloran to be reappointed to the Accessibility Advisory Committee for a term ending November, 2018.
  3. Lynn Jeaurond, Donna McMurdo and Deborah Stienstra to be appointed to the Accessibility Advisory Committee for a term ending November, 2018
  4. David Gundrum to be appointed to the Committee of Adjustment for a term ending November, 2018; Alastair McCluskey to be reappointed to the Downtown Advisory Committee
  5. Robert Routledge be appointed to the Downtown Advisory Committee for a term ending November, 2018; Adam Miller be reappointed to the Environmental Advisory Committee.
  6. Jayne Osborn to be reappointed to the Guelph Museums Advisory Committee for a term ending November, 2018; Brian Skerrett to be appointed to Heritage Guelph; and, Julia Grady to be appointed to the Public Art Advisory Committee.
  7. Status update: council has been delayed by 15 minutes because the closed meeting is running long. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.
  8. In the meantime, back to committee appointments…
  9. Alex Grosse to be appointed to the River Systems Advisory Committee for a term ending November, 2018; staff will be directed to conduct further recruitment to fill the remaining two vacancies.
  10. Lynn Broughton and Jennifer Whyte be reappointed to the Tourism Advisory Committee for a term ending November, 2018. One vacancy remains.
  11. Justine Kraemer, Dominica McPherson, Steven Petric and Kayla Weiler to be reappointed to the Transit Advisory Committee for a term ending November, 2018; Bonnie Burgess to be appointed.
  12. Bassim Abbassi be reappointed to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre Public Liaison Committee for a term ending November, 2018; another spot remains vacant.
  13. David Worden to be appointed to the Water Conservation and Efficiency Public Liaison Advisory Committee for a term ending November, 2018.
  14. Okay, council is coming out so this is going to get started shortly.
  15. Mayor Guthrie says they need 5 more minutes to “get themselves together”. Must have been a rough in-camera…
  16. Council begins: Closed session included discussion of appointment to Guelph Sports Hall of Fame BoD. Cllr Hofland moves to appoint Adam Stewart for term till Nov 2018.
  17. Also in closed meeting. Non-union compensation, that will be reference later in the meeting during the revised 2018 Operating Budget discussion.
  18. fyi: Andy Van Hellemond isn’t here and/or sends regrets.
  19. Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and General Nature Thereof: Cllr MacKinnon has 2 areas: appointment to Comm of Adjustment, and for growth of DGBA expenditures in the new budget.
  20. Mayor Guthrie notes that this is just for referral to the Dec 5 meeting, but MacKinnon would rather err on the side of caution.
  21. Mayor Guthrie says he too may be declaring a conflict and may be separating out some of the expansions. He co-owns the Guelph Royals, you know.
  22. Cllr Downer moves forward the minutes. Passes 12-0, and yes, Van Hellemond sends regrets.
  23. Only items pulled from the consent agenda are Q3 Operating Variance and Shared Cost Allocation Basis – Wellington-Dufferin- Guelph Public Health. Board appointments to be voted on separately.
  24. All board appointments except committee of adjustment (per MacKinnon’s conflict) pass 12-0.
  25. David Gundrum appointed to the Committee of Adjustment by a vote of 11-0 with MacKinnon abstaining.
  26. On Public Health, Wettstein asks about allocation elements. Staff says this is just purely about the base pop. numbers, no further breakdown. Motion passes 12-0.
  27. Next up, Q3 Operating Budget Variance for 2017. DCAO Lee says its being brought forward now to give council lots of time prior to next week’s budget vote.
  28. Cllr Billings asked to pull this item. Asking about negative variance of $1.7 Mn for solid waste, asks how much of that is b/c of waste from other municipalities.
  29. DCAO Stewart says about $800K , but there’s been some progress made in the last couple of weeks. Savings in electricity and other areas
  30. Staff say they’ve wanted to get an update to council, but there’s been some difficulty “moving numbers,” but updated information will be provided shortly on the budget board.
  31. Cllr Gibson notes there’s a slight positive variance on compensation this coming year, what’s the list of vacant positions unfulfilled because of that?
  32. DCAO Lee says GM of Human Resources doesn’t have those numbers right now, hopes to have home soon. Gibson wonders what the impact is to services.
  33. Lee says he’d more than happy to answer that via the budget board.
  34. No further questions. Vote to receive passes 12-0.
  35. Apparently, no one wants to discuss the revised 2018 Tax-Supported Operating Budget. Lee wants to know if council would like to see his presentation. Guthrie says proceed.
  36. Instead of the previously reported increase of 2.19 per cent above the 2017 net tax levy operating budget for a total bill of $232,907,226, staff is now saying it will be 1.75 per cent for a total levy of $231,368,103 for 2018.
  37. That’s a 0.44 per cent difference, but all other line items remain exactly the same.
  38. For MacKinnon's exemption. Council moves to pass referral #2 Passes 11-0. https://t.co/EHRkdpUWCQ

    For MacKinnon’s exemption. Council moves to pass referral #2 Passes 11-0. pic.twitter.com/EHRkdpUWCQ
  39. Downer will chair the vote on the rest per Guthrie's conflict. https://t.co/GYcgicL2e6

    Downer will chair the vote on the rest per Guthrie’s conflict. pic.twitter.com/GYcgicL2e6
  40. Hofland asks why Guthrie left the room. Clerk O’Brien notes that item iii (user fees) is the reason why Guthrie has declared conflict here. User fees cover maintenance at Hastings Stadium where the Royals play.
  41. Hofland asks why Guthrie left the room. Clerk O’Brien notes that item iii (user fees) is the reason why Guthrie has declared conflict here. User fees cover maintenance at Hastings Stadium where the Royals play.
  42. Allt is concerned that mayor may have to continue to obtain through the final budget process. Asks Clerk to investigate this and bring it back to council.
  43. Vote passes 11-0 after Downer had to walk around back to her own chair to vote.
  44. No announcements or motions, so that’s meeting adjourned. Committee-of-the-Whole is next Monday, #GuelphBudget is voted on a week from tomorrow. Thanks for following.

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