City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 7 Meeting?

Essentially, this is the fourth meeting in two days, and the second workshop for council in the same time period. This specific knowledge dump is all about the Guelph budget process. How does money work at City Hall? How do you make a budget? What considerations do you have to make? All these questions and more will be answered by a slate of representatives from the financial staff! Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 7 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 30, 2022

There’s some unfinished council business to talk about at the end of the month. 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 May 30, 2022”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 30 Meeting?

After a week off due to the Victoria Day long weekend, council gets back to business by recapped the business from the Committee of the Whole, but there’s also some new items on the agenda too. To wrap up May, we’re going to look at some funding for affordable housing, new public committee appointments, and some extra training money for one of the city councillors that wants to go over budget. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 30 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for May 2, 2022

Money matters, and some election related matters open the month of May at city council. 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for May 2, 2022”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 2 Meeting?

For this May meeting of Committee of the Whole, there are money matters on the agenda, and some administrative stuff for the coming election. It’s a good time for both these topics considering that Monday May 2 is also the official kick-off of Municipal Election season, the first day that people can file their nomination papers. Perhaps there’s something in this meeting that people will be interested in running on. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 2 Meeting?”

Mayor Guthrie Talks to Open Sources About Another COVID Year

It’s almost the end to 2021, so it seems like a good time to talk with the mayor about what kind of year it’s been. The story of the year was COVID-19, again, and there was a lot of action at the City of Guelph from lockdowns to re-open strategies to vaccine rollouts, and a lot of information about all that stuff passed through the office of Cam Guthrie. Guelph’s Mayor appeared on the most recent edition of Open Sources Guelph to talk about it all. Continue reading “Mayor Guthrie Talks to Open Sources About Another COVID Year”

BUDGET MEETING RECAP: How The First Multiyear Budget Was Made

Eight-and-a-half hours comes out to a 4.21 per cent increase in 2022 and then a 5.17 per cent levy increase for 2023. Those are top level results from this year’s budget deliberations, the first time that council tackled a multiyear budget. The City of Guelph seems satisfied with the results, but reading between the lines, there were some deep divides on council as some members feel that the City lost the fight for affordability. Continue reading “BUDGET MEETING RECAP: How The First Multiyear Budget Was Made”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 2, 2021

It’s decision day for the 2022-2023 Guelph Budget! You can click here for the amended agendas 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 2, 2021”

RECAP: Ward 4 Reps and GNSC Head Get Last Word Before Budget Night

Less than 48 hours before the final decisions about the 2022 and 2023 budget have to be made, the Councillors from Ward 4 got the last word with their “Community Conversation.” Much of the conservation centred around the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition and the work being done by their associates in the west end, but a pretty good picture was painted about the need for some of that funding. Shall we go over the recap? Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 4 Reps and GNSC Head Get Last Word Before Budget Night”

This Month at Council – THE BUDGET: The Presentation and the Delegations.

November was always the month we handle the next year’s budget, except this time it’s the budget for the next two years. Once again, council sat down for a day-long budget presentation, and a few nights later, they heard from members of community about their own ideas about what should, or should not, go into the budget. So how did all that work out? Let’s recap this month’s action around the budget. Continue reading “This Month at Council – THE BUDGET: The Presentation and the Delegations.”