Library Outrage Alert: Changes to Baker Street Redevelopment Coming to Committee

After months of speculation and concern about the fate of the new main branch of the Guelph Public Library, the City of Guelph has announced that they’ve updated the plan which will hopefully allow for a more cost-effective version of the project to proceed. How are they going to do that? Exact details are forthcoming… in a couple of weeks. Continue reading “Library Outrage Alert: Changes to Baker Street Redevelopment Coming to Committee”

Baker District Planning Back on With Virtual Open House

Just because you’re stuck at home, and City facilities are closed, it doesn’t mean that you can’t participate in the long-term plans for the Baker District Redevelopment. Until the end of the month, you can review the latest documents and information about the City’s plan for Baker Street, and present your feedback in return. Assuming you like City engagement on your computer. Continue reading “Baker District Planning Back on With Virtual Open House”

CITY PAGES: Art Approved, Water Day, and Baker District Open House

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…? Continue reading “CITY PAGES: Art Approved, Water Day, and Baker District Open House”

This Month at Council: Procedural Changes, Libraries Saved, and Pool Mourning

City Council came back from the summer break with a very busy agenda that included the long-awaited Strategic Plan, some controversial changes to the Procedural Bylaw, and the early closure of the pool at Centennial C.V.I. And there was one more thing, what was that? Oh yeah, the Baker District Redevelopment and the new main library! Continue reading “This Month at Council: Procedural Changes, Libraries Saved, and Pool Mourning”

GUELPH POLITICAST #188 – The Correspondences

Five hours after the council meeting began, the main library project was back on track. After a couple of months of mixed messages and confusion, the library advocates were pleased with the definitive 9-4 decision to proceed with a new main library and the hard cap price tag of $67.1 million. But not all voices were heard. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #188 – The Correspondences”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 16, 2019

The fate of the new main branch of the library will be decided for the 93rd and final* time. 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 September 16, 2019”

RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Featured a Lot of Library Talk

Councillors James Gordon and Rodrigo Goller held a town hall at Brant Ave Public School Saturday afternoon, and although the original goal was to talk about the 2020 budget and Ward 2 issues, many came out for a dress rehearsal of Monday’s sure to be contentious meeting about the Baker District Redevelopment and the new main library. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 2 Town Hall Featured a Lot of Library Talk”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 16 Meeting?

This special meeting of City Council will focus on the Baker District Redevelopment, which includes the new branch of the Guelph Public Library. Back in July, a staff report suggested that they need to cut millions of dollars from the budget for this project, and that it was already going over budget. So what does the situation looking like now two-months later? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 16 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #179 – Guelph Stuff (Bernier, Library, and Council)

August is almost here, which typically means a slower pace of news coverage in Guelph since city council is taking the month off. To look at it another way, it’s the perfect time to stop, and take stock of the year so far before we dive into a very busy fall that has a federal election, and a lengthy budget season. You know what? It’s time for Guelph Stuff. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #179 – Guelph Stuff (Bernier, Library, and Council)”

Library Discussion on the Back-Burner with New Staff Report

Monday’s City Council meeting was shaping up to be a clash between library lovers and City of Guelph staff making an argument to cut the size of the project, but the debate’s been postponed due to a new staff report that suggests the project could cost more than previously indicated.  Continue reading “Library Discussion on the Back-Burner with New Staff Report”