Cities Finally Get Details on Emergency Funds, Guelph to Get $12 Million

Months of advocacy finally paid off for the City of Guelph and other municipalities in Ontario on Wednesday with the announcement of the first phase of emergency operating funds. Just in time for Guelph city council’s monthly COVID-19 response meeting, Mayor Cam Guthrie shared the news that Guelph’s share of $1.6 billion in funding under the Safe Start Agreement is $12 million. Continue reading “Cities Finally Get Details on Emergency Funds, Guelph to Get $12 Million”

Council Preview Update: What Else is on the Agenda for the August 12 Meeting?

For the fifth and (perhaps) final time, council will hold a special COVID-19 response meeting before returning to a more normal council schedule in September. There isn’t much in the way of new initiatives, but there are some interesting insights into how the City of Guelph is still managing the effects of the pandemic, and what the immediate future looks like for City Hall. Continue reading “Council Preview Update: What Else is on the Agenda for the August 12 Meeting?”

RECAP: Ward 6 Councillors Talk Virtually About South End Concerns

On Thursday night, the Ward 6 city councillors hosted a virtual town hall after a very busy month around the digital horseshoe. The post-pandemic world in Guelph, future budget concerns, upcoming changes to policy and development, and even a small dive into the world of conspiracy theories was all part of this special, from home edition constituency meeting! Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 6 Councillors Talk Virtually About South End Concerns”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for July 27, 2020

It’s workshop on multiyear budgeting. 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 July 27, 2020”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 27 Meeting?

A workshop, that’s what! Guelph city council tries to get its multiyear budgeting process back on track with a presentation about the framework and options for a multiyear budgeting plan, and how all this ties back to the Strategic Plan and the City’s long-term financial vision. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the July 27 Meeting?”

“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”