City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 26 Meeting?

We have come to the end of the month, and that means it’s time for the regular council meeting. In this meeting, there will not only be decisions to ratify from the Committee of the Whole meeting, but there’s still one more vote to take that was held over from this month’s planning meeting as well. On top that, there’s a couple of closed meeting items, and some provincial funds to allocate.

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 April 23. 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.


1. Official Plan Amendment 48: Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Appeals – Since this is a matter that requires lawyers, this topic will be discussed in closed session under Section 239 (2)(e) and (f) of the Municipal Act, which is meant to cover “litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board; and advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.”

2. Bargaining Mandate Report Amalgamated Transit Union – Any matter involving “labour relations or employee negotiations” has to be discussed in-camera, even negotiations with the City’s transit operators and employees.

Ontario Fire Safety Grant 2021 – Last month, the Office of the Solicitor General for Ontario announced $5 million in one-time funding to enhance safety training and inspections in provincial fire departments. Staff is recommending that that the just over $37,000 in funding for Guelph go to improving technology to allow for more remote training, and to make it easier for members of fire code enforcement to testify in court.

Municipal Property and Building Commemorative Naming Memo – Picking up from where council left off with this topic at the month’s planning meeting, staff will present the feedback they gathered from the Naming Committee and the person that nominated to call the new Poppy Drive Park the Courtney, Goines and Mallott Park  about renaming it the No. 2 Construction Battalion Park instead. The motion proposed in the planning meeting will also see the name Courtney, Goines and Mallott added to the list of future street names.

Consent Agenda items from the Committee of the Whole meeting on May 3. (Items can be pulled by a councillor seeking additional information, otherwise all items will be voted on as a slate without further debate.)

  • 2022 Budget Planning
  • 2021 Debenture Issue
  • Response to Growing the Size of the Greenbelt

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