We haven’t had a Committee of the Whole meeting since July 2022, and while the council year will not technically begin with CoW as the first meeting of 2023 (see the separate preview for the workshop meeting scheduled for the morning of January 10), there are still be a couple of key decisions that need approval. It’s the perfect way to ease the horseshoe into what likely will be a very busy and productive year.
NOTE #1: Delegates will be able to appear at this meeting in-person or via tele-presense but you do have to register with the clerks office before 10 am on Friday January 6. You can also submit written delegations and correspondences for agenda items.
NOTE #2: In addition to meeting in-person, this meeting will also be live-streamed on the City of Guelph’s website here.
1) Crystal Kaminski, Administrative Assistant with Engineering and Transportation Services received PMP (Project Management Professional Certification) from Project Management Institute.
2) Louis De Jong, Development Technologist for Engineering and Transportation Services received C.Tech Designation (Certified Technician) from Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists.
3) Ethan Barrand, Development Engineer for Engineering and Transportation Services received P.Eng Designation (Professional Engineer) from Professional Engineers Ontario.
4) Marg Lemoine, Parking Co-ordinator for Engineering and Transportation Services received National Parking Professional of the Year from the Canadian Parking Association.
5) Kyle VanderMeer, Environmental Engineer in Engineering and Transportation Services, and Prasoon Adhikari, Supervisor in Environmental Engineering received the Brownie Award received from Canadian Brownfields Network under the category ‘REPROGRAM: Legislation, Policy and Program Initiatives’ – Guidance for On-Site and Excess Soil Management.
6) Kurtis Wells, Economic Development Officer with Economic Development and Tourism received the Economic Development Council (IEDC) Gold Award of Excellence for The Guelph Shops Holiday Wish Book.
7) The Museums and Culture staff in Culture and Recreation were recognized by Ontario Cultural Days with the Collaborative Programming Award.
8) Guelph’s 2023 Artists in Residence: Silas Chinsen, Sophia Chilton, and Caleb Bray.
2022 External Audit Plan – As per usual, the consultants at KPMG, the City of Guelph’s external auditor of choice for the last several years, will cover for council their plans to review the City’s consolidated financial statements later in the spring with a report that will come back to council – likely – sometime in June.
2022-2026 Council Appointments – There a couple of more council appointments that need to be filled even after the marathon meeting deciding appointments earlier in December. This time, council will name a chair and vice-chair for the Committee of Management for the Elliott, and they will also amend the Terms of Reference for the Governance Committee to allow for the appointment of a vice-chair. As you may be aware, Mayor Cam Guthrie is currently the chair of that committee.