The Month at Council: Planning Decisions, COVID Money, and Paused Procedures

It was an unusual month at city council, because August meetings of city council are themselves unusual. At the three meetings, we heard two planning decisions, the latest (and last?) COVID response meeting, and a very long regular meeting, which generated more than its share of friction. Here’s the recap of our once in a blue moon August month at city council. Continue reading “The Month at Council: Planning Decisions, COVID Money, and Paused Procedures”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for August 24, 2020

It’s jam-packed meeting for this last meeting in a very unusual series of August meetings. 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 August 24, 2020”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the August 24 Meeting?

An utterly rare series of August council meetings will come to close with this regular meeting of council. On the packed agenda is more discussions about the multiyear budget, an environmental assessment for Guelph’s busiest road, an ask for more funds for an affordable housing project, and the possibility of another dog park debate. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the August 24 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for August 10, 2020

Two planning decisions and a notice of motion make the agenda for this bizarro August planning meeting. 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 August 10, 2020”

Dog Park Debate Makes a Comeback With Notice of Motion

Back in February, a big rake out concerning leash-free, fenced in dog parks in the city was called off when a Committee of the Whole motion to eliminate the amenity at Peter Misersky Park, and cancel all further projects, was found out of order. But the debate is back on the radar with a Notice of Motion coming forward at Monday’s council meeting. Continue reading “Dog Park Debate Makes a Comeback With Notice of Motion”

Construction to Begin on Bristol Street Dog Park at the End of the Month

In  a throwback to when there was just regular controversy unrelated to the pandemic, the City of Guelph has announced that construction will commence on the fenced-in leash-free dog area at the Bristol Street Park on June 29. The would be the second such amenity to built in Guelph, and it comes after the project was nearly ended in its entirety back in February. Continue reading “Construction to Begin on Bristol Street Dog Park at the End of the Month”

This Month at Council: Dog Parks and Skyscrappers

February was the cruelest month if you’re a fan of leash-free dog park facilities in Guelph. City Council began the month by cancelling a previously approved plan for fenced-in, leash-free dog facilities in area parks, and ended the month by swiftly undoing that move. In between, there was some concern about how high Guelph is building. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Dog Parks and Skyscrappers”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for February 24, 2020

It’s all dog parks, and nothing but dog parks at tonight’s meeting. 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 February 24, 2020”

D-Day For Dog Parks: How Will Council Sort Out the Dueling Demands?

The only real item on the agenda at Monday’s council meeting is whether or not the City of Guelph will proceed with its current plan for leash-free, fenced-in dog park facilities. An impromptu decision at Committee of the Whole earlier this month put the dog parks on the chopping block, but dog park supporters have rallied and they’re looking to undo the Committee’s decision. In a word, it’s overwhelming. Continue reading “D-Day For Dog Parks: How Will Council Sort Out the Dueling Demands?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 24 Meeting?

Though there’s really only one item on the agenda, it’s still going to be a busy night for council as the fate of Guelph’s leash free dog parks will be decided. Will the parks be saved, or will City staff be forced to go back to the drawing board? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the February 24 Meeting?”