City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 23 Meeting?

After a very busy first three weeks in September, the last council meeting of the month will be comparatively light with a review of a couple of items from the Committee of the Whole agenda, and some follow-up information.

Note: If you want to register as a delegate for any of these items on the Committee agenda, then you have to get in touch with the City Clerk’s office by 10 am on Friday September 20.

CLOSED MEETING: CS-2019-73 Disposition – Speedvale Avenue East

City of Guelph Strategic Plan 2019-2023 – A staff memo has updated the document after feedback from Committee of the Whole. For the most part these are small language and grammatical changes, the most controversial of which is the change of phrasing from “…to ease the tax burden” to “…to ease taxes for residents and businesses.” This point was brought up by Councillor June Hofland at Committee. Another example in the “Powering our Future” section is amendment from “Ensuring policies and zoning bylaws support a healthy economy” by adding “…and are consistent with environmental priorities.”

CS-2019-62 Procedural By-law Update -For clarity’s sake, the full list of administrative changes to the Procedural Bylaw passed by Committee of the Whole are outline in a new staff memo.

To other questions coming out of Committee, the Clerk’s office says that to-date there have only been 12 delegates that have appeared at Committee and then again at Council on the same issue; five in 2017 and another five in 2018. Still, staff say that they will revisit this in 2020 with a definition of “new information” at during the midterm Governance review.

Also coming in 2020, the Clerk’s office will confer with Legal, Realty and Court Services department, to get clear language on what ‘defamatory allegations’ and ‘obscene or improper matter or language’ means. The Clerk’s office also says that they’re going to explore the possibility of a council message board akin to the one used during budget time, and the possibility of a timed agenda. These explorations will also come back during the 2020 Governance review.

Consent Agenda items from the Committee of the Whole meeting on September 3. (Items can be pulled by a councillor seeking additional information, otherwise all items will be voted on as a slate without further debate.)

OMC-2019-01 Councillors’ Request for Additional Training Funding, 2019
PS-2019-18 Update on the Brant Community Hub
PS-2019-19 Tourism Entity Negotiation
PS-2019-21 Centennial Pool License Agreement with the Upper Grand District School Board
PS-2019-20 Revised Community Investment Strategy
CS-2019-17 Property Tax By-law Update

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