“We’re Okay.” Treasurer Confident that Guelph Can Weather the COVID Challenge

On Thursday night, city council will meeting its second special session in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and a big portion of the conversation is going to be about the City of Guelph’s financial picture in the near and long term. According to the City’s Treasurer and General Manager of Finance, she’s confident that Guelph’s balance books are in good shape to ride out the storm. Continue reading ““We’re Okay.” Treasurer Confident that Guelph Can Weather the COVID Challenge”

This Month at Council: Budget Complete and Other Unfinished Business

Guelph City Council finished the year by passing one of the toughest budgets of the last several years, and by looking ahead to new tech changes at City Hall in the new year. At the same time, there were still a few contentious planning matters left to tie off. Here’s the look back at December around the horseshoe. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Budget Complete and Other Unfinished Business”

Allt Has Good Feelings About the Budget in Open Sources Interview

The annual Guelph Budget is complete for another year, and it was a tough one for all involved as there were a number of pressure points including infrastructure, transit expansion, and the demand for more police resources. How tough was it? Ward 3 Councillor Phil Allt came on Open Sources Guelph last Thursday to talk about it. Continue reading “Allt Has Good Feelings About the Budget in Open Sources Interview”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 3, 2019

All decisions about the 2020 budget will be final tonight. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 3, 2019”

Goller Defends Motion on Supportive Housing on OSG

Although the vote to direct City of Guelph to look at developing the land at 106 Beaumont did not go his way, Ward 2 Councillor Rodrigo Goller has no regrets about his advocacy on the file. This past Thursday on Open Sources Guelph, Goller talked about the hectic last month at council, fighting for housing, and the fight to come at Tuesday’s budget meeting. Continue reading “Goller Defends Motion on Supportive Housing on OSG”

This Month at Council: Troubles on Gordon, Social Housing Debate, and Mostly the Budget

November was a busy month at city council with some very long debates about housing and the 2020 budget. From harm reduction housing to the allocation of five new buses to the passage of the 2020 Capital Budget, let’s look back at the very long month in the council chambers. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Troubles on Gordon, Social Housing Debate, and Mostly the Budget”

Chief Cobey Says This Year’s Budget Crunch is a ‘Perfect Storm’

In a year that saw City of Guelph departments and boards do everything possible to keep their budget increase close to zero, the Guelph Police Service asked for a nearly 10 per cent increase. That accounts for over half of this year’s total tax levy increase, which currently sits at 3.78 per cent, but Guelph’s Police Chief is firm, his service needs those fund and the new people they will secure. Continue reading “Chief Cobey Says This Year’s Budget Crunch is a ‘Perfect Storm’”

RECAP: Ward 4 Town Hall Rounds Out Direct Feedback on Budget ’20

The last town hall of the budget season unfolded Tuesday night at the West End Rec Centre as Ward 4 Councillors  Christine Billings and Mike Salisbury  answered constituent questions about the 2020 budget, and then talked to some west side concerns. You can read the live tweets below, or, if you don’t care for reading, you can watch the original live stream. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 4 Town Hall Rounds Out Direct Feedback on Budget ’20”

Gerus Says Hanlon Creek Bus Route is Still the Best Option

At Monday’s city council meeting, the horseshoe will debate a recommendation on expanding transit routes and schedules for the 2020 Guelph Budget, and of particular focus is a new route to the Hanlon Creek Business Park. Some on council are concerned about the expense, but the General Manager of Guelph Transit is firm that recommendation already made is the best direction. Continue reading “Gerus Says Hanlon Creek Bus Route is Still the Best Option”

RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Goes Deep in Budget Discussions

Ward 2 Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller joined a couple of dozen of their constituents on Saturday afternoon to do a deep dive and some Q&A on the 2020 Guelph Budget. You can follow the tweets or watch the video from the live stream below: Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Goes Deep in Budget Discussions”