This Month at Council: A Growth Workshop, Supportive Housing, and a New Library

It was a very busy October at City Council, and front loaded with one of the biggest, most controversial debates of our time: the approval of the new main library. That took a lot of time and energy around the virtual horseshoe, but there was also a lot of ground covered on updating the City’s growth projections, setting aside funds for supportive housing, and, as always, a couple of controversial zoning amendments. Continue reading “This Month at Council: A Growth Workshop, Supportive Housing, and a New Library”

GUELPH POLITICAST #243 – The Library Victory Lap

The Guelph Public Library Board of Directors met Tuesday night, and among their agenda items was the next steps for the new main library plan. For many people in Guelph, these are great signs of progress for a project that’s been gestating since the mid-90s, but there might be even more pressure for the board to now turn those plans into reality. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #243 – The Library Victory Lap”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 7, 2020

Tonight, final decisions for the new main library and the South End Community Centre will be made! 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 October 7, 2020”

LIVE BLOG: Committee of the Whole Meeting for October 5, 2020

It will be a very busy committee meeting to start a busy October at city council. 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 October 5, 2020”

RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Police and Library Matters

For the second time in the COVID-era, a pair of Guelph City Councillors held a virtual town hall via Zoom. Ward 5 Councillors Leanne Caron and Cathy Downer organized a gathering of around 30 people Thursday night to cover matters of law and order with members of the Guelph Police Service, and matters of the Guelph Public Library with the CEO and Board members. Below is the recap. Continue reading “RECAP: Ward 5 Town Hall Covers Police and Library Matters”

Virtual Town Hall Goes Inside the Proposed Library

In what might be described as a delegation in advance of next week’s two meetings about the Baker District Development, some 500 people signed up to take part in a virtual open house on the proposed new main library. The presentation was the first chance that the public had to see what the library might look like in its proposed new home in its own separate building at the south end of the Baker District site. Continue reading “Virtual Town Hall Goes Inside the Proposed Library”

Guelph Library Holding a Virtual Town Hall on Baker Street Plans

Guelph has finally got a good look at the alternative plans for the new main library project, at least in a cursory way. The agenda for the council meeting on October 7 has been released, but a lot of work has been done on planing for the new main library beyond just figuring out how much it will cost. Next week, residents will get a chance to get an in-depth look at the inside of the project from two of the people behind it. Continue reading “Guelph Library Holding a Virtual Town Hall on Baker Street Plans”

Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 5 Meeting?

October’s Committee of the Whole delivers a very busy Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services agenda with two of the biggest infrastructure projects coming down in the not-too-distant future. There’s also some other City business about the sign bylaw and the external auditor, but really, we’re here to talk about the library and the rec centre. Continue reading “Committee of the Whole Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 5 Meeting?”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 7 Meeting?

In a special Wednesday meeting, council will tackle not just one, but two of the biggest infrastructure projects being undertaken by the City of Guelph in the next few years. If you’re interested in either the new main library, or the proposed rec centre in the south end, you will definitely want to mark this date on your calendar. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 7 Meeting?”

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”