CITY PAGES: Carbon Monoxide, Feedback Wanted, and Train on the Move

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…?

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Closes

Fun fact: This is the last day of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, but it’s not too late to check out your fuel-burning appliances or to make sure that you have fresh batteries in all your provincially-mandated CO detectors. Carbon monoxide can come from furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques, stoves and vehicles. It’s toxic, invisible, tasteless and odourless, and you might not know that you have a CO problem until it’s too late.

“In Ontario, more than 65 per cent of injuries and deaths from carbon monoxide occur in the home, and we want everyone to be safe from carbon monoxide,” said Matt Valeriote, assistant chief fire prevention officer with the Guelph Fire Department in a statement. “You must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage. For added protection, install a CO alarm, according to manufacturer’s instructions, on every storey of your home.”

The best way to prevent CO emissions is to clean and inspect fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents at least once a year, check that outside appliance vents are not blocked, never use the stove or oven to heat your home, open the flu before using a fireplace for adequate ventilation, and only use outdoor appliances while outdoors. If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness, you might be experiencing the effects of CO exposure.

Library Looking for Feedback About Pandemic Service

From now until November 30, the Guelph Public Library is asking you to take a minute and given them your feedback on how well they’ve been serving you since the start of the pandemic. According to a post on the GPL website, “To ensure the Library meets the interests of our community during these unprecedented times, we would like your feedback about library services during the closure and how the Library can serve you better going forward!”

Emergency Funds Awarded to Local Groups and Orgs

The City of Guelph has released the second of two phases of their emergency funding for local community benefit groups. In all, 24 groups will share $150,000 in funding, but the City got over $600,000 worth of requests, which, as you know, was four times the amount available. Applications were evaluated by the Social and Community Response Table based on whether the groups were offering new programs or modified programs because of the pandemic, community support, contribution to the quality of life, and financial need. See the full list of groups that received funds here

City of Guelph Needs Some Naming Suggestions

The City of Guelph is asking for the public’s help in naming new parks and trails. Until November 20, the City is accepting suggestions for the names of new parks on Poppy Drive East, Oliver Street, and Skinner Drive, as well as the two-kilometre trail in the Dallan subdivision. Criteria? First preference goes to names with geographic, civic or historic significance to the neighbourhood specifically, or to the greater Guelph community. 

Comment on a Master Plan of Water Master Plans

The City of Guelph is looking for feedback on four water-related Master Plans: wastewater treatment, stormwater management, water and wastewater servicing, and water supply. Each of the four areas have their own open houses, opportunities to ask staff questions, and surveys to get public feedback. You can respond to the one or two master plans that matter the most to you, or you can respond to all four. The deadline for feedback for all four master plans is  November 30.

Upcoming Construction and Recent Road Changes

There’s some lane reductions coming up in the next couple of weeks. First, there will be a lane reduction on Stone Road East at Evergreen Drive for a week starting on November 9 due to the installation of a new pedestrian signal, and then lanes will be reduced on Paisley Road at Stephanie Drive for a week starting on November 16 to install a new traffic light. Earlier this week, the temporary sidewalk and road changes on Eramosa and Speedvale, the so-called “pinch points”, were terminated on November 1. According to the City of Guelph’s own data, the rate of activity was too low, and the impact on waste collection too great to keep going with the pilot project.

Locomotive on the Move Next Saturday 

Next Saturday, there will be quite a sight to see downtown as nearly half-a-million tonnes of train moves from its current home off Farquhar Street to its new home in John Galt Park next to the River Run Centre. The logistical difficulty will shut down stretches of Macdonell and Woolwich Streets from 8 am to 5 pm, but the intersection will be closed completely from 10 am to 2 pm. As the train is moved, access to the area limited for vehicles and pedestrians will be limited, and it will force the Transit terminal to move to Cork Street all-day Saturday. 

Before the fun next Saturday, Farquhar Street will be closed next week for the heavy equipment to move Locomotive 6167 from it’s current perch in front of the Granary, to its new home in John Galt Park. Access to the Granary Building, and all the offices there in, will be limited, but parking will still be accessible at the surrounding lots, and waste pick-up will be unaffected. 

While there will probably be lots of opportunities to watch the train move live and in-person downtown, but you will also be able to watch the whole thing on the Guelph Museums Facebook page

As described on the City’s website, “Locomotive 6167 was built in 1940 and used by Canadian National Railways (CN) for passenger and freight service. CN presented 6167 to the City in 1967 in honour of Canada’s centennial. In 2002, City Council established the Locomotive 6167 Restoration Committee, made up of railway enthusiasts and City staff. Their mission was to restore 6167 as a display for everyone to enjoy. The restoration was complete in 2014 and Locomotive 6167 became part of the Guelph Museums collection.”

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