CITY PAGES: Family Day, Input Wanted, and Name a Plow

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…?

Family Day Hours for City Facilities or Services

A reminder to begin that this coming Monday is Family Day, and that means the closure of City facilities, and a delay in some delivery of City services. You can see the full list here, and keep in mind that some hours will change next week with the regional re-opening from COVID lockdown restrictions.

GRCA Closing Trails for Tree Maintenance Next Week

If you were planning on biking next week on either the Guelph Off-Road Bicycling Association (or GORBA) or the public trails south of Guelph Lake dam and north of Victoria Road South, you will be disappointed. From February 16 to 19, the Grand River Conservation Authority will have those trails temporarily closed for tree maintenance and trail improvements. This work will mostly involve the removal of invasive Buckthorn and plantation White Cedar species, and signs will be posted at entrance points to remind riders that the trails are closed.

One Lane on Stevenson on Tuesday

The City of Guelph is going to be doing some “investigative work” on Stevenson Street in advance of the spring re-commencement of York Road reconstruction. On Tuesday February 16, Stevenson South will be closed one-way for the whole day between York Road and Smith Avenue. The road will still be open to all traffic, but the City says to expect delays.

Art on the Street to Be Virtual Again

The Guelph Arts Council and the Downtown Guelph Business Association annual Art on the Street event is still months away, but the organizers have already announced that this June’s event is going to be virtual once again. The 19th annual event will be held from Saturday June 19 to Saturday July 3, and applications to take part are now open to artists within Guelph and Wellington County until March 25. If you have any questions about taking part, or if you’re interested in potential sponsorship opportunities, get in touch with GAC at programs [at] or 519-836-3280.

PIN Looking for Volunteer Feedback

The People and Information Network is looking for feedback from people that may have volunteered for area non-profits during the pandemic. If that sounds like you, you’re invited to fill out PIN’s volunteer survey here so that you can help area groups understand the issues and challenges for volunteers in these pandemic times. The survey is open until February 19.

What to do With a Certain Ward Neighbourhood?

It’s a triangular section of the east end from where York Road meets Elizabeth Street and heading west to Stevenson Street South, and the City of Guelph is looking to somehow redevelop it. The City is currently undertaking a study  of this neighbourhood, much of it being industrial and commercial, to see how it can used better to support growth. If you have any ideas about the land use for this section of town, you can fill out this online survey any time until February 25. There will also be a virtual town hall on Thursday February 18 at 7 pm, and you can click here to take part. Staff will be presenting the draft recommendations to city council on March 8.

Input Wanted for Sewer Use Bylaw Update

It’s been nearly 15 years since the Sewer Use Bylaw, first passed in 1996, has been updated, and now the City of Guelph is looking for feedback about what the new version will look like. The bylaw sets out the rules for what can, and can’t, go into the City’s wastewater system from storm drains, house drains, septic tanks and recreation vehicles, and the update will consider new industry standards, government regulations, and environmental protections. You can see the digital open house here, and then fill our a poll on the Have Your Say site until March 5.

Guelph Storm Wants Help Naming Some Plows

The City of Guelph is getting eight new snow plows, two of them already have names, but the City, with some help from the Guelph Storm, are asking for some help naming the other six. From now until February 16, you can visit the Guelph Storm website and follow the instructions on how to submit your suggestion, just keep in mind that Stormy and Spyke have already been taken. Later this month, the Top 10 names will be chosen by a panel of local judges, and the community will be invited again to vote on the Top Six. “This is a great way to rally the creativity and imagination of our local youth – while shining a light on one of our most important City services at the same time,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie endorsing the contest. “I am thrilled the Guelph Storm and the City have teamed up for this contest!”

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