City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 5 Meeting?

The strange case of the future of Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc continues next Thursday with a special, albeit closed, meeting of the shareholders of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., AKA: city council.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

C-GMHI-2017.3 Strategies and Options Committee –Recommendation on Potential Mergers

Section 239 (2)(f) of the Municipal Act related to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.

C-GMHI-2017.4 Project Governance and Budget: Negotiating Team

Section 239 (2)(f) of the Municipal Act related to advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.

Do not look for any hard and fast details to come out of the closed session; the argument likely being that the details of whatever’s going on is far too sensitive right now, and in a purely theoretical state.

What’s clear though is that 1) the Strategies and Options Committee has a merger option (or options) that they’d like to present to council, and 2) this is far enough along that they’re looking to create an official team of negotiators. Who will take on that effort? At the last meeting on this matter, councillors were barred from sitting on the GHESI board until this process is complete, so will councillors be allowed to take part in the negotiations? Will members of the SOC?

More important than that, will there be some kind of public announcement after the closed meeting? The next special meeting of the GMHI board will not be held until December 13, so hopefully.

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 18, 2017

The first report from the first service review comes to council for discussion tonight. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico’s preview of tonight’s meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 18, 2017”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 25 Meeting?

This month’s council meeting covers the library, downtown expansion, and this year’s United Way campaign, as well as any lingering concerns from reports previously brought forward at this month’s Committee-of-the-Whole meeting. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 25 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 13, 2017

More questions concerning the management of Guelph Hydro will be address tonight. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico’s preview of tonight’s meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 13, 2017”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 11, 2017

Sure, it’s a short agenda, but those always seem to be the most controversial… You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here to read Politico’s preview of tonight’s meeting. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for September 11, 2017”

Review Says Solid Waste is “Competitive” on 5 Out of 6 Categories

The week began with concern that the City of Guelph was about to lower the boom on its employees at Solid Waste, but the interim report of the service review on that department says that, for the most part, Solid Waste is delivering its services “in-line and competitive” with other municipalities. At least, that’s how they’re doing on five out of six categories the review explored anyway. Continue reading “Review Says Solid Waste is “Competitive” on 5 Out of 6 Categories”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 11 Meeting?

This month’s planning will have a single, straightforward new planning application to dispatch, but how will the neighbourhood residents feel about it? We’ll have all night to consider it… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 11 Meeting?”

City Council Recap: What Happened from June and July 2017?

In case you’re more of a reader than a listener, or maybe you just want to reference back to something quickly, over the next three weeks, Guelph Politico will post a recap of the first seven months of 2017 at city council in three parts. This third part covers June and July… Continue reading “City Council Recap: What Happened from June and July 2017?”

City Council Recap: What Happened from April and May 2017?

In case you’re more of a reader than a listener, or maybe you just want to reference back to something quickly, over the next three weeks, Guelph Politico will post a recap of the first seven months of 2017 at city council in three parts. This second part covers April and May… Continue reading “City Council Recap: What Happened from April and May 2017?”

City Council Recap: What Happened from January to March 2017?

In case you’re more of a reader than a listener, or maybe you just want to reference back to something quickly, over the next three weeks, Guelph Politico will post a recap of the first seven months of 2017 at city council in three parts. This first part covers January through March… Continue reading “City Council Recap: What Happened from January to March 2017?”