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 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”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 13 Meeting?

A busy month at council rolls on with a short, but consequential, meeting concerning the organization of the Guelph Hydro board of directors. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the September 13 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 28, 2017

Tonight there are two special council meetings, as in shareholder meetings for Guelph Junction Railway and Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. 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 June 28, 2017”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for June 13, 2017

The next phase of Guelph Hydro’s future will be decided on this night! 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 June 13, 2017”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 13 Meeting?

When we last left the council discussion about what to do with Guelph Hydro, the Strategies and Options Committee (SOC) was given permission to pursue the potential of merging with similar sized utilities in our area. This special council-as-shareholders meeting of the Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. will present the results of that work so far and the potential next phases going forward. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the June 13 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 15, 2017

The future of Guelph Hydro will begin to be decided at tonight’s Special City Council as Shareholder of Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc. Meeting. 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 February 15, 2017”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 15 Meeting?

After months of consultation online, by phone, and in person, Guelph Hydro is read to present whether they’re going to buy, sell, merge, or stay exactly the same. It turns out that focus is on options two and three. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 15 Meeting?”

Three Hydro Open Houses Want Feedback About the Future

Energy and electricity is a hot button issue, and as you no doubt have heard, the City of Guelph is looking at ways to change up or change out the way hydro services are delivered in the Royal City. If giving your opinions to staff in person is more your speed, check out the following notice of three open houses to get feedback about possible changes to Guelph Hydro. Continue reading “Three Hydro Open Houses Want Feedback About the Future”