City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 28 Meeting?

This month of September should wrap up with precious little controversy at city council as we once again revisit items from Committee of the Whole, get an update on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and discuss a couple of motions from other councillors about on-street parking and help for community groups.

NOTE #1: Delegates will be able to appear at this meeting via telephone, but you do have to register with the clerks office before 10 am on September 25. 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.

Emma Street to Earl Street Pedestrian Bridge Schedule B Class EA – There’s no update to the report brought to Committee of the Whole at the beginning of the month, but perhaps the clerk’s office is anticipating more interest from people to comment on the project. To refresh, the plan is to build a two-span truss bridge with a support pier on the north overbank that’s 60 metres in length and would incorporate hydro needs in the structure for $1.68 million excluding taxes. At Committee, there was a lot of support for the project, but there was also some concern about safety and increasing crime in the area.

Strategic Plan, Future Ready Action Plans and Performance Management Framework – Coming off of the feedback offered by council in their late-July budget workshop, it was noted by staff that the only thing they really need to do to perfect the Strategic Plan implementation is to add a measurement for affordability. The next phase of implementation involves creating annual reporting and public dashboard tools, start proactive communications with the community, set up a governance group, and get a KPI readiness assessment.

COVID-19 Funding for Local Organizations – Following the lead of Puslinch, Huron-Kinloss, and Gore Bay, Councillor Leanne Caron will bring forward a recommendation stemming from a council report on September 4. The motion asks for Federal and Provincial assistance to help local cultural, social benefit, and charitable organizations. Staff will also be directed to find any possible new funding sources in the budget for one-time community wellbeing grants that will be handed out under the same criteria as the recently rewarded Community Investment Emergency Fund.

Special Resolutions – Councillor Rodrigo Goller will bring forward a motion to review blanket on-street parking restrictions between December and March, and whether or not they can be replaced with a system that would allow residents to receive a notification on their smart phone when temporary parking restrictions go into effect for their area. The motion will ask staff to prepare a report for sometime in 2021 and potential implementation that winter.

Consent Agenda items from the Committee of the Whole meeting on September 8. (Items can be pulled by a councillor seeking additional information, otherwise all items will be voted on as a slate without further debate.)

  • City Operations Campus Part One – Transit Electrification
  • Urban Forest Management Plan Implementation Update and Second Phase Plan Report

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