Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 1 Meeting?

April Fools! It’s time for Committee of the Whole again, and the topic is Corporate Services, which is no joke! Really.

STAFF RECOGNITIONS:

1) 2019 Parks and Recreation Award of Excellence to  Lynne Briggs, Manager of Recreation Services, Adam Rutherford, Program Manager for Programs and Community Development, and Eric Pool, Supervisor of Programs and Community Development for Limitless Guelph.

2) Economic Developers Council of Ontario 2018 Awards of Excellence Promotional Award to Caitlin Crete, Tourism Promotions and Digital Development Coordinator for City of Guelph Tourism’s “Sounds of Guelph”

3) Canadian Public Relations Society Gold Pinnacle Awards. One for Media Relations Campaign of the Year to Michelle RIckard, Communications Officer, and Heather Flaherty, General Manager, Parks and Recreation. And another for Community Relations Campaign of the Year to Katie Burt, Communications Officer, and David Wiedrick, Manager, By-law Compliance, Security and Licensing.

PRESENTATIONS: Local Immigration Partnership Annual Presentation and Strategic Plan by  Sandra Coco, Executive Director of Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, and Trish McComb, Children’s Early Years Division from the County of Wellington.

CS-2019-09 2019 Property Tax Policies – Basically this is all the paper work on tax rates, ratios, and levies that have already been approved, and it needs to be organized for staff to get the final bills ready for the next property tax payment on June 30.

CS-2019-40 2020 Budget Plan and Multi-year Budget Update – The plan for multi-year budgeting was supposed to go into effect this fall, but staff is looking for more time to complete strategy and planning work. So the new plan is for the City to do one more year of per-year budgeting before making the jump to multi-year budgeting. In 2021, the first three-year budget plan will be passed and then confirmed in 2022, and 2023. In 2024, the first four-year budget will be decided and then confirmed in 2025, 2026, and 2027. In the meantime, there will be workshops for Council as the final draft of the multi-year budgeting policies are worked out this spring and summer, which will then be brought to a council meeting sometime in early 2020 for passage. In other words, the regular budget process will unfold this October as usual.

CS-2019-37 2018 Municipal and School Board Election Report – Only 36 per cent of eligible voters came out to vote in last fall’s Municipal Election, but 90 per cent were satisfied by the experience. There were some challenges though, as noted by the City Clerk in his report, and the big one is the voters list. With a higher tenant and boarder population, new developments not being enumerated, and more institutions and long-term care facilities, the voters’ list as regulated by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has got issues. The clerks office is recommending that Guelph join the discussions with Elections Ontario, and the voters list working group with the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks, and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) to address those issues. In the meantime, there’s the Council Composition, Employment Status and Ward Boundary Review coming up.

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