City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 28 Regular Meeting?

The final city council meeting of the month will cover the usual ground of ratifying items from the Committee of the Whole meeting, so that might mean re-visiting the Trails Master Plan one more time or something else. In terms of new stuff, we’ve got fresh public appointments, an opportunity to expand voting access, and the first update about achieving the goals of the Strategic Plan.

NOTE #1: Delegates will be able to appear at this meeting via telephone or video, but you do have to register with the clerks office before 10 am on June 25. 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.

NOTE #3: The shareholder meetings for Guelph Municipal Holding Inc., and Guelph Junction Railway immediately precede this meeting.

CLOSED MEETING:

1) Non-union Municipal Employee Group Compensation Review – Since this is a matter of labour relations, it has to be discussed in closed session.

2) June 2021 Public Appointments to Advisory Committees of Council – Council will go over the appointments before they’re confirmed in open session.

June 2021 Public Appointments to Advisory Committees of Council – After getting approval in closed session, council will ratify the new appointments in open session. There are three appointments each to the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and the Community Grant Allocation Panel; two each for the Property Standards Committee and the Waste Resource Innovation Center Public Liaison Committee ; one each for the Board of Trustees of the Elliott and the Transit Advisory Committee; and eight for the Natural Heritage Advisory Committee.

Vote from Home Service Pilot for the 2022 Municipal Election – A motion from the Accessibility Advisory Committee in April asked the City to look at a ways to enhance voting methods for people living with a disability, like extending operating hours for the library so people can access the computers there. The proposal from the City will see election staff visit people in home by appointment during three advanced voting days, but due to limited capacity, there will be a cap of 60 appointments. Other municipalities offer a similar program and so do Elections Ontario, and Elections Canada. This was put forward in an information report from June 4, and Mayor Cam Guthrie will speak to at the meeting.

Guelph. Future Ready Progress Report – Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart will deliver the first “Future Ready Progress Report”, and update council about how the City is achieving goals laid out in the Strategic Plan with key performance indicators (KPIs) and strategic initiatives (SIs). An added wrinkle to executing those goals for the last 15 months was the COVID-19 pandemic, and Stewart will talk about how the City has weathered the various complications that’s come with the pandemic, and how they’re trying to do more to address inequality and systemic racism.

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

  • Paramedic Service Response Performance 2020 and Performance Plan 2022
  • Update on Subsidy Policy
  • Process on Awarding Funding from the Affordable Housing Reserve
  • Guelph Trail Master Plan
  • Guelph Community Sports Dome – Future Use Options
  • 2020 Consolidated Financial Statements and External Audit Findings Report
  • Budget Policy Update
  • Capital Program Resourcing Strategy

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