This Month at Council Part 2: Multi-Year Budgets, Transportation Master Plan, and CoW Issues

In the second part of the monthly recap of events at city council, things are much more streamlined. Two special meetings covered the ins and outs of multi-year budgeting, and the draft Transportation Master Plan, while the regular council meeting of the month was all about the ratification of the Committee of the Whole agenda, but with a couple of addendums. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 2: Multi-Year Budgets, Transportation Master Plan, and CoW Issues”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for May 17, 2021

Let’s have a long meeting about the intricacies of multi-year budgeting! You can click here for the 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 17, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 17 Meeting?

Remember last year when city council had that all-day meeting that started at 9 o’clock in the morning where they had a presentation that covered the entire budget and not just have a series of smaller meetings over several nights? Get used to that because the multi-year budget process is here to stay, and at this special workshop meeting of city council, the horseshoe will hear about how its going to improve this year. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the May 17 Meeting?”

This Month at Council Part 1: Committee of the Whole and Grace Gardens Approved

Due to the exceptionally busy council calendar this past month, we’ve had to split April’s recap into two parts. In part one, we will recap what happened at a very busy and complex committee meeting, and then at the planning there was a somewhat confusing matter about the Naming Committee and the final approval of a long-gestating housing project. Continue reading “This Month at Council Part 1: Committee of the Whole and Grace Gardens Approved”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for April 26, 2021

The month at council comes to end with some bits of unfinished business. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here (and 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 April 26, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 26 Meeting?

We have come to the end of the month, and that means it’s time for the regular council meeting. In this meeting, there will not only be decisions to ratify from the Committee of the Whole meeting, but there’s still one more vote to take that was held over from this month’s planning meeting as well. On top that, there’s a couple of closed meeting items, and some provincial funds to allocate. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 26 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for April 6, 2021

Money matters, provincial policy and traffic are on the agenda at this month’s committee 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: Committee of the Whole Meeting for April 6, 2021”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 6 Meeting?

April’s Committee of the Whole meeting will cover some long-term money matters from the Corporate Services agenda, and some insights into staff’s thoughts on new traffic measures, plus the Province’s plans to expand the Greenbelt under Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the April 6 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #246 – Explaining the Multi-Year Budget

Putting together the City of Guelph budget was a process that more or less started right after the last budget was passed, and involved every City department basically rebuilding their budget from scratch every year. It wasn’t easy, it was short-sighted, and it created a lot of extra work for staff. There had to be a better way, and that better way might be the move to multi-year budgeting. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #246 – Explaining the Multi-Year Budget”

The Month at Council: No Tower, COVID Update, and a Budget for the Future

This was a jam-packed July at city council even while everyone was physically distant. Along with the usual meetings, there was a shareholder meeting for two City-held companies, and a workshop on multiyear budgeting, which added a lot on the plates of councillors who already saw full slates on a myriad of different issues. Here’s the recap of this past month’s activities in the virtual horseshoe. Continue reading “The Month at Council: No Tower, COVID Update, and a Budget for the Future”