City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 14 Regular Meeting?

The first to two back-t0-back council meetings will be short. Bringing forward items from Committee of the Whole, plus a couple of appointments and a motion for action, council should move quickly through the regular meeting before moving on to the planning meeting in the epic conclusion to this year’s council calendar.

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 December 11. 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: The following items will be discussed in-camera because of “personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees and labour relations or employee negotiations.”

1. December 2020 Public Appointments: Community Grant Allocation Panel

2. Chief Administrative Officer Sub-committee Performance Evaluation for 2020 and Performance Objectives Setting for 2021

Appointment of Integrity Commissioner – The contract for the current integrity commissioner Robert Swayze expires on December 31, and City staff undertook a new request for proposals. Four bids were submitted, but all the points added up to the fine people at Aird &Berlis LLP being the choice for the job.

December 2020 Public Appointments: Community Grant Allocation Panel – After approving the new members of the committee in closed session, council will approve them in open session. This is the new crew of people that will determine what groups will get Community Grants, the group that used to be known as the Wellbeing Grant Allocation Panel.

Motion to Phase Out Gas Plants – Councillors James Gordon and Leanne Piper will bring forward a motion to ask the Provincial government to phase out gas-fired electricity generation by 2030. A similar motion has already been passed by some of Guelph neighbours including Kitchener, Halton Hills, and Hamilton. Local environmental activists are concerned about a proposal to increase the burning of natural gas by 400 per cent, which would effectively wipe out any gains from the cancellation of coal fire plants earlier this century.

Consent Agenda items from the Committee of the Whole meeting on December 7. (Items can be pulled by a councillor seeking additional information, otherwise all items will be voted on as a slate without further debate.)

  • Intergovernmental Relations Strategic Framework and 2021 Advocacy Plan
  • Transition of Blue Box and Electrical and Electronic Equipment Programs to Individual Producer Responsibility
  • Real Estate Assets Update

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