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

Perhaps because of the all the work that needs to be done around the budget at the same time this week, the month’s regular council meeting will be a symphony of rubber stamps as the horseshoe approves decisions made at Committee of the Whole, plus the usual midterm review of committee and board appointments.

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 Friday November 20. 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: November 2020 Public Appointments to Advisory Committees, Boards, Agencies, Commissions, Associations – Because this involves “personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees,” council will discuss the appointments in closed session before bringing them forward for ratification at the open session of council.

November 2020 Public Appointments to Advisory Committees, Boards, Agencies, Commissions and Associations – We’re exactly halfway through this term of council, that means it’s time to name some new appointments. It’s a big slate, but the list entails:

Two for the Accessibility Advisory Committee
Two for the Art Gallery of Guelph Advisory Committee
One for the Committee of Adjustment
Nine for the Economic Development Advisory Committee
Three for the Board of Trustees of the Elliott
One for the Heritage Guelph Advisory Committee
Three for the Guelph Museums Advisory Committee
Two for the Planning Advisory Committee
Two for the Public Art Advisory Committee
One for the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors
One of the Tourism Advisory Committee
Two for the Transit Advisory Committee
Three for the Water Conservation and Efficiency Public Advisory Committee
Two for the Waste Resource Innovation Centre Public Liaison Committee

Staff will also be directed to continue the effort to fill the remaining vacancies, while council will pause any new appointment to the Downtown Advisory Committee until the economic development strategy is complete next year.

2020-2022 City Council Appointments – Again, because it’s the midway point of the term, it’s time to shake up the service area chair commitments for the second half. While the current chairs of the committees have remained intact, Mayor Cam Guthrie was voted vice-chair for all committees in the summer so that all meetings of Committee of the Whole can be chaired from the council chambers and thus avoid technical glitches that may arise from the 12 different locations where councillors are sequestered.

Having said that, council will vote on the new chair and vice-chair for Audit Services, Public Services, Corporate Services, and Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services, plus two councillors to serve on the Committee of Management for the Elliott.

Council will also be asked to vote on a change to the bylaw that governs the make-up of the Downtown Guelph Business Association Board of Directors. Instead of splitting council appointments to one from Ward 1 and one from any of the other wards, it will be made mandatory that one council member of the board will be from Wards 1, 2 or 3, and the other will be from Wards 4,5, or 6.

Consent Agenda items from the Committee of the Whole meeting on November 2.* (Items can be pulled by a councillor seeking additional information, otherwise all items will be voted on as a slate without further debate.)

  • City of Guelph Staff Nomination to AMO Board of Directors – Large Urban Caucus Staff Vacancy
  • Corporate Records Retention By-Law Amendment
  • 2020 Corporate Asset Management Plan and Progress Report

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