City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 20 Meeting?

The regular council meeting for July is typically the last one of the summer, but in the COVID-era, it’s just another gathering of city council on a week we’re blessed with not just one, but two council meetings. For this one, council will talk about paramedic performance, the external audit, and a new community plan for road safety at all levels.

NOTE #1: Delegates will be able to appear at this meeting via telephone, but you do have to register with the clerks office before 1o am on July 17. You can also submit written delegations and correspondences for agenda items.

NOTE #2: The meeting will be closed to the public, though it will be live-streamed on the City of Guelph’s website here.

CLOSED MEETING:

a) 361 Whitelaw Road, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Appeals – Council voted against this high density development in the west end earlier this year,  and it is now being appealed at the LPAT.

b) Review of Chief Administrative Officer 2019 Performance Objectives and Setting of Revised 2020 Objectives – Since this is a matter of staffing and human resources for council’s only employee, it will be discussed in closed session.

Paramedic Service Response Time Performance Plan 2019-2020 – Like a lot of things in the COVID era, we’re getting this report a little later than usual, but the news is mostly good about the paramedic response time in 2019. In the six categories measured, the service is exceeding target compliance in half, and is between one and three percentage points from being in compliance in two others. The tricky area, responding to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, has a difference of 14 points between the target and the actual compliance rate due to the involvement of multiple agencies and the occasional difficulty in accessing public defibrillators. The service does note that budget enhancements by city council have helped improve response time, and are recommending that they keep the same markers for next year’s performance plan.

2019 Consolidated Financial Statements and External Audit Findings Report – Also coming in a month or two later than usual is the external auditor’s report. Once again, KPMG has reviewed the financial statements of the City of Guelph from the last fiscal year, and everything seems to be ship-shape. There are really no immediate financial implications from the report, but audited statements can have bearing on the credit rating of a municipality and the rates at which they’re able to borrow.

Community Road Safety Strategy – The goal of this strategy is to create a high-level road safety plan that will provide methods to make safer roads for all users be they pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, people with mobility devices, and, of course, drivers. According to the staff report, the City gets one or two new road safety complaints every day, and despite the City’s commitment to Vision Zero principles, there are still many problematic intersections in Guelph.

The plan includes 24 different methods for reducing speeds and making roads safer depending on the circumstance. For pedestrians there will be improvements at crossings and the introduction of leading pedestrian intervals, or LPIs, which give pedestrians the green light three-to-seven seconds before cars. The plan will go after distracted drivers and aggressive drivers with awareness campaigns, and in the case of the latter, red light cameras. The plan will also look at the creation of slower streets, radar boards, and speed enforcement cameras to combat speeding, and has awareness and education campaigns for safe cycling, impaired driving, and safety for seniors and transit safety.

The strategy will go into effect on August 4.

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