Ward 4 News

Councillor - Christine Billings

Thursday Jan 31st - 2013

From: Staff
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:05 PM
To: Councillors & Mayor

Subject: winter control activity January 31, 2013
 
Good evening Madam Mayor and City Councillors;
As we approach the end of January, and almost the midpoint of this winter season, I would like to provide you with continued updates on our winter control activities as they develop.
A sharp cold front is approaching this evening.  It is expected to arrive around 4:00am, dropping temperatures significantly in its wake.  The event will be preceded by rain and drizzle which will convert to snow as the transition occurs.   
Public Works crews have prepared the fleet for deployment in preparation for the “flash freeze” and accompanying snow which will result.  We do not expect very much accumulation, but slippery conditions, none the less.  In preparation for this, we will begin preparing the roads beginning at 11:00pm in order to achieve pre-salted condition of arterial and collector roads by morning rush hour.
Further updates will be issued as necessary.
Please drive safely.

 

Email #2

From: Staff
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:04 AM
To: Councillors & Mayor
Subject: Storm Event Update January 31, 2013
 
Good morning everyone;
Just a short update to let you know that our roads crews are still out tending to the conditions to maintain what we set out to accomplish last night.  The snow squalls which are scattered and intermittent are still producing whiteout conditions at times.  In general, all arterial and collector roads are in good condition.  Our crews will continue to monitor and address conditions as they change or develop.
Further updates will follow as conditions warrant.

Thanks.

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Tuesday Jan 29th - 2013

January 29th, 2013

Good day, the following are meeting statistics from 2012 for your information. This data was also communicated by way of a ‘Green Sheet’ Information Report on January 18, 2013.

Council Meetings
In 2012, there were 37 Council meetings totalling 94 hours of meeting time. In conjunction with these meetings, there were 29 closed sessions held totalling an additional 40 hours of meeting time. In total, Council was in session 134 hours last year.

Special Council Meetings
Of the 37 Council meetings, 16 were Special Meetings. Of the 16 Special Meetings, 10 were focused on the 2013 budget (amounting to 26 hours of meeting time) and 6 were designated as specialized workshops (amounting to 24.5 hours of meeting time).

Standing Committee Meetings
There were also 53 Standing Committee meetings totalling just over 72 hours of meeting time (inclusive of that which was held in closed session).

Summary
Overall, there were 90 meetings held last year totalling 206 hours of meeting time.


Regards,

Blair Labelle | City Clerk
City Clerk’s Office | Corporate and Human Resources
City of Guelph

Phone 519-822-1260 x2232 | Cell 519-803-4474
Fax 519-763-1269 | E-mail blair.labelle@guelph.ca

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Saturday Jan 26th - 2013

Email Sent from STAFF:

We have prepared for your information a summary of the service and route changes to be implemented on February 3. The key elements of the changes are provided below.

Service Model Changes

Peak service in both the AM and PM will shift from 15 minutes to 20 minutes. This service change will provide additional travel time to deal with the various issues detailed in the December 17th Council Report that negatively impact Guelph Transit’s on-street performance.

Service in the off-peak periods will remain at today’s level of 30 minutes. Off-peak periods include late morning/mid-day, evenings and weekends.

All day base level service will be established on Route 20. Field experience has shown that shift start and finish times for employees in the northwest industrial area of the City are “around the clock”, and that by not providing transit service during certain periods of the day it is causing hardship for a number of enterprises and employees in that area of the City.

Route Changes

The route changes for February 3rd were developed in collaboration with ATU through the Planning Committee which is comprised of two operators and two management staff. I have included for your information an electronic copy of the updated route maps. I can also provide a hard copy of the material if that is more convenient for you – please let me know if you would like a paper copy.

Route 13 – The route will be adjusted to travel on Eastview, turning right on Starwood, right on Watt and then returning to the original route. This change provides additional coverage and responds to feedback from the local community.

Route 5/Route 16 – The changes to these routes will provide better utilization of resources and provide additional capacity to riders in the area of Gosling Gardens and Clairfields. The changes will also significantly improve on-time performance for Route 5. Route 16 will remain on the west side of Gordon in the south end and serve Gosling Gardens and Clairfields. Route 5 will remain on the east side of Gordon in the south end and serve Farley, Pine Ridge and Lowes.

Route 2 A/B and Route 3 A/B – These routes currently enter SmartCentres Guelph and load and off-load passengers on property. This routing has a significant impact on schedule adherence due to the distance travelled in mixed traffic on SmartCentres Guelph property as well as the requirement for two of the routes to turn left on Woodlawn leaving the property. The stops for these routes will be moved on-street in February. The stops both westbound and eastbound will be located after the main entrance to SmartCentres Guelph on Woodlawn. The on-property bays will still be used for layovers during certain periods of the day but all loading/off-loading will occur on-street.

Route 12 – Service was removed from the Delaware/Montana portion of the route during the construction on Speedvale. This change in service was made permanent when Speedvale reopened and the revised routing will remain in effect when the February changes are made.

Route 9 – This route currently is one of the worst performing routes in terms of on-time performance. To improve performance, the West End Recreation Centre (WERC) coverage will be transferred to another route and Route 9 will travel on Stephanie to Imperial rather than using Elmira and West Acres. We will continue to assess the optimal routing to serve WERC and this area of the City as the road network and commercial properties continue to develop in the west end.

Route 10 – This route will serve the WERC starting in February. To accommodate the additional stop/distance travelled, the inbound leg will travel directly on Paisley and not serve the existing stops on Imperial and Stephanie.

Staff believe that the changes listed above will provide an acceptable level of service and coverage and will allow Guelph Transit vehicles to make connections at the two main hubs during all periods of the day. We will be closely monitoring the changes when implemented and assessing the impact on improved on-time performance and connections.

A communications plan has been developed and is being implemented to support the change to transit schedules and minor route changes. The plan aims to inform riders of the changes so they can continue to use transit services without disruption, and to inform residents directly affected by route changes. Tactical elements of the plan include, but are not limited to: updated route brochures and maps; updated information on guelph.ca; posters on buses; updated sign-post inserts; print advertising; a media release; and letters to affected residents. 

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Saturday Jan 26th - 2013

Please see articles from Guelph Mercury below:

Jan 22nd, 2013

Jan 23rd, 2013

Jan 24th, 2013

Jan 26th, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday Jan 24th - 2013

Click here: http://www.guelphmercury.com/news/local/article/874996--guelph-transit-making-route-and-service-changes-feb-3

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Sunday Jan 20th - 2013

Article found HERE

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Sunday Jan 20th - 2013

http://www.guelphmercury.com/opinion/columns/article/871589--jury-of-one-one-list-the-city-not-proud-to-be-on

 

 

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Saturday Jan 19th - 2013

 New mobile stage to help animate Market Square

Mayor announces joint donation by Macquarie Group and Mactaggart Family

 

January 12, 2013, Guelph, ON – Today, Mayor Karen Farbridge announced the donation of a multi-purpose and accessible mobile stage for Market Square. The joint donation was made by the Macquarie Group and Mactaggart family.

 

Mayor Farbridge thanked the donors during her second annual New Year’s levee at City Hall.

“Market Square is a welcoming place for all people and this generous gift will help to bring families and neighbours together,” she noted.

Moments earlier, to the delight of the crowd, children’s entertainer, Jack Grunsky, inaugurated the new stage with a lively toe-tapping mini-concert.

 

“We’re pleased for the opportunity to help animate Market Square with events, activities, and performances for the benefit of the entire community,” said Earl Evans, CEO and head of Macquarie Private Wealth. “This donation is another example of how Macquarie works to support and improve the communities around the world in which we operate.”

 

Will Mactaggart added, ““Our family is thrilled to see that Market Square has become a lively public gathering space and we’re pleased to extend our support through the Mactaggart Family Fund to further contribute to the wellbeing of our community.” 

 

The Mactaggart Family Fund is administered by the Guelph Community Foundation. Home to more than 100 funds, the Foundatiobuilds endowments to provide lasting support for local priorities.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Ella Pauls

Manager of Cultural Development

Culture and Tourism

T 518-822-1260 x 2589

E ella.pauls@guelph.ca

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Saturday Jan 19th - 2013

From city Staff:

Councilor Van Hellemond had asked me several weeks ago if I  could summarize what weve spent over the last five years on maintenance at this property.

Please find attached a list of purchase orders issued for work done by outside contractors. Details include vendor names, dollar value of the PO, and a brief description of the work. Please note that some of the POs were issued for work done on more than one property and the largest PO was issued for consulting services related to investigation of the existing condition and projected cost of refurbishing the building. Total amount spent is shown at the bottom of the Total Amount column. $34,476.

Should you require further clarification please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Mario Petricevic, CET

General Manager, Corporate Building Maintenance

City of Guelph

T 519 822 1260 x2668

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Saturday Jan 19th - 2013

From City staff:January 16th, 2013

Good Morning,

Here is the invitation we will be distributing to invite people’s participation in the next phase of the Community Wellbeing Initiative. This phase focuses on action planning based on the engagement results. People  are asked to join  discussions and planning on domain specific, design teams.  In the next few weeks you will be receiving an information report on the engagement phase. Please feel free to join a design team, and distribute through your networks.

 

Great cities need great people... like you.

 

So far, you’ve shared how you feel about the quality life in Guelph and told us how you think we can work together to improve the well-being of people, neighbourhoods and the city as a whole.

 

Now you can help us create Guelph’s Community Wellbeing Plan.

 

Join a Design Team

Choose a subject that matters to you. Eight different design teams will meet, set goals and make plans to improve Guelph’s quality of life in terms of community vitality, democratic engagement, environment, education, time use, health, leisure and culture and living standards.

 

Design Team

Meeting Date

Meeting Times

Meeting Location

Address

Time Use

February 6th, 2013

11am-2pm

West End Community Centre

  21 Imperial Road South

Leisure & Culture

February 11th, 2013

6pm-9pm

Guelph Youth Music Centre

  75 Cardigan Street

Community Vitality

February 12th, 2013

11am-2pm

New Life Christian Reformed Church

  400 Victoria Road North

Living Standards

February 14th, 2013

11am-2pm

Guelph Civic Museum

  52 Norfolk Street

Healthy Populations

February 20th, 2013

5:30pm-8:30pm

Guelph Community Health Centre

  176 Wyndham Street North

Environment

February 26th, 2013

11am-2pm

Clair Road Emergency Services Centre

  160 Clair Road West

Education

February 26th, 2013

6pm-9pm

Guelph Civic Museum

  52 Norfolk Street

Democratic Engagement

February 28th, 2013

6pm-9pm

City Hall

 1 Carden Street

 

Please use this link to register for any of the Design Team meetings http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/4043931508

A participant package will be sent out prior to the event.

 

About the Guelph Community Wellbeing Initiative

Using the Canadian Index of Wellbeing, the City and its partners are measuring Guelph’s quality of life and developing a shared vision for Guelph’s future so the City and its partners can make better decisions, improve programs and policies, and create a community where life can be lived to the fullest.

 

*Please forward to your networks and those who may be interested*

 

If you are unable to attend but are interested in finding out more please contact:

 

Louise Daw

Project Manager

T 519-822-1260 x 6521

E louise.daw@guelph.ca

guelphwellbeing.ca

 

Barbara Powell  |General Manager of Community Engagement
Community Engagement and Social Services Liaison 

Community and Social Services
City of Guelph

T 519-822-1260 x2675| F 519-763-9240

E barbara.powell@guelph.ca   

 



guelphwellbeing.ca

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Saturday Jan 19th - 2013

 Info:

 

CUPE Contracts expire January 31, 2016

OPSEU Contract (Ambulance) expires March 31, 2015

ATU Contract (Transit) expires June 30, 2013-01-16

GPPFA Contract (Fire) expired December 31, 2012

 

Thank you,

Cam

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Saturday Jan 19th - 2013

2013 Transit Changes:

Mayor Farbridge and Councillors,

We have prepared for your information a summary of the service and route changes to be implemented on February 3. The key elements of the changes are provided below.

Service Model Changes

 

Peak service in both the AM and PM will shift from 15 minutes to 20 minutes. This service change will provide additional travel time to deal with the various issues detailed in the December 17th Council Report that negatively impact Guelph Transit’s on-street performance.

Service in the off-peak periods will remain at today’s level of 30 minutes. Off-peak periods include late morning/mid-day, evenings and weekends.

All day base level service will be established on Route 20. Field experience has shown that shift start and finish times for employees in the northwest industrial area of the City are “around the clock”, and that by not providing transit service during certain periods of the day it is causing hardship for a number of enterprises and employees in that area of the City.

 

Route Changes

The route changes for February 3rd were developed in collaboration with ATU through the Planning Committee which is comprised of two operators and two management staff. I have included for your information an electronic copy of the updated route maps. I can also provide a hard copy of the material if that is more convenient for you - please let me know if you would like a paper copy.


Route 13 - The route will be adjusted to travel on Eastview, turning right on Starwood, right on Watt and then returning to the original route. This change provides additional coverage and responds to feedback from the local community.

 

Route 5/Route 16 - The changes to these routes will provide better utilization of resources and provide additional capacity to riders in the area of Gosling Gardens and Clairfields. The changes will also significantly improve on-time performance for Route 5. Route 16 will remain on the west side of Gordon in the south end and serve Gosling Gardens and Clairfields. Route 5 will remain on the east side of Gordon in the south end and serve Farley, Pine Ridge and Lowes.

 

Route 2 A/B and Route 3 A/B - These routes currently enter SmartCentres Guelph and load and off-load passengers on property. This routing has a significant impact on schedule adherence due to the distance travelled in mixed traffic on SmartCentres Guelph property as well as the requirement for two of the routes to turn left on Woodlawn leaving the property. The stops for these routes will be moved on-street in February. The stops both westbound and eastbound will be located after the main entrance to SmartCentres Guelph on Woodlawn. The on-property bays will still be used for layovers during certain periods of the day but all loading/off-loading will occur on-street.

 

Route 12 - Service was removed from the Delaware/Montana portion of the route during the construction on Speedvale. This change in service was made permanent when Speedvale reopened and the revised routing will remain in effect when the February changes are made.

 

Route 9 - This route currently is one of the worst performing routes in terms of on-time performance. To improve performance, the West End Recreation Centre (WERC) coverage will be transferred to another route and Route 9 will travel on Stephanie to Imperial rather than using Elmira and West Acres. We will continue to assess the optimal routing to serve WERC and this area of the City as the road network and commercial properties continue to develop in the west end.

 

Route 10 - This route will serve the WERC starting in February. To accommodate the additional stop/distance travelled, the inbound leg will travel directly on Paisley and not serve the existing stops on Imperial and Stephanie.

 

Staff believe that the changes listed above will provide an acceptable level of service and coverage and will allow Guelph Transit vehicles to make connections at the two main hubs during all periods of the day. We will be closely monitoring the changes when implemented and assessing the impact on improved on-time performance and connections. A communications plan has been developed and is being implemented to support the change to transit schedules and minor route changes. The plan aims to inform riders of the changes so they can continue to use transit services without disruption, and to inform residents directly affected by route changes. Tactical elements of the plan include, but are not limited to: updated route brochures and maps; updated information on guelph.ca; posters on buses; updated sign-post inserts; print advertising; a media release; and letters to affected residents.

Thank you for your continued support.

Michael Anders | General Manager

Community Connectivity and Transit
Operations, Transit & Emergency Services

City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2795 | F 519-822-1322
E michael.anders@guelph.ca

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Saturday Jan 19th - 2013

 NEWS RELEASE

 

Guelph seeks community input on long-term care
City to consider different approaches for long-term care home services

GUELPH, ON, January 17, 2013 – Community members are invited to join the discussion about long-term care during a public forum on Tuesday, January 29 at 4 p.m. at the Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, located at 683 Woolwich Street in Guelph.

The number of seniors needing long-term care is expected to increase in the years ahead and— as one part of Guelph’s Older Adult Strategy, already underway—the City is looking at different approaches to delivering long-term care services.

To ensure Guelph is prepared to meet future demand for local long-term care services, the City plans to review several different approaches using input from community partners, health practitioners, service providers, community members, the County of Wellington, the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Community members are also invited to share their thoughts about local long-term care by participating in a survey between January 31 and February 20. The survey will ask respondents to express what they feel is most important about a long-term care home, and what role the City should play in this and related health and social services for seniors.

“The feedback we gather from the public forum and the survey will be presented during a special City Council workshop on Tuesday, February 26,” said Barbara Powell, general manager of Guelph’s Community Engagement department. “Using this information, City Council can make an informed decision about Guelph’s preferred option for long-term care home services.”

To register for the forum, or request a printed copy of the survey, community members are asked to contact Beth Bergevin at 519-822-1260 x 2042 or beth.bergevin@guelph.ca.

About Guelph’s long-term care home services 
Guelph is committed to building a healthy and safe community where people of all ages enjoy the best possible quality of life, and long-term care home services are an important part of Guelph’s community well-being.
 
Long-term care homes are governed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Currently, to meet its legislated requirement to participate in providing local long-term care services, the City of Guelph contributes funds to operate the Wellington Terrace long-term care home in Fergus, Ontario. The facility is owned and operated by the County of Wellington. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Barbara Powell, General Manager
Community Engagement
T 519-822-1260 x 2675
E barbara.powell@guelph.ca  

guelph.ca/longtermcare

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Saturday Jan 19th - 2013

Included in this link are the following:

 

http://guelph.ca/uploads/Council_and_Committees/Information/info_items_011813.pdf

 

  • 2013 Community Grants
  • 2012 City Councillor Attendance Records (Please be advised, I missed one night, which consisted of 2 meetings. A planning meeting & an in-camera meeting. I took my family to Florida for a vacation.
  • Long Term Care Sector Background

Thank you,

 

Cam

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Monday Jan 14th - 2013

January 14th, 2013

 

Since I had a hand, (and a mouth), orchestrating the removal of Christmas tree pickup from the 2013 budget, I felt it only appropriate to help the Trees for Tots Guelph fundraiser to help raise funds for the Children's Foundation.

I had an amazing time.

I drove with a man named Steve who travelled all the way from Rockwood to help. We gathered, with well over a hundred other volunteers, to receive our route and instructions on picking up the trees.

It was an early start on Saturday, about 7:30am but it didn't matter. The room, the atmosphere and the people were all cheery!

As many of you know, I have been working hard since day 1 to find services that the city really doesn't need to be providing. It's been a slow process but we are starting to weed out things like Christmas tree pickup and our amazing community stepped up to tackle 1500 trees and the Children's

Foundation is better for it. Actually, the children are better for it. Actually, the whole community is better for it.

Council saved taxpayers $22,000 this year and the non-profit raised almost $21,000. I can't wait till next year. Can you imagine how much they might raise if all 6,000 are picked up?

The Guelph Mercury has a good editorial about this here: http://www.guelphmercury.com/opinion/editorial/article/866241--picking-up-on-a-cost-cutting-success-story

Here's some pictures I took throughout the morning!

 

 

 

 

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Monday Jan 14th - 2013

This is an edited version of an article someone sent me. Found it to be very very true.

Column: Why good people avoid politics
By Michael Taube, Ottawa Citizen September 21, 2012
You’d think people would admire a high-profile individual who takes a huge pay cut to work in politics for a few years. It doesn’t happen that often and when it does the person risks being repeatedly attacked for having deep pockets, powerful business connections and partisan political beliefs, among other things. Tired of having these activities constantly examined under a microscope, this person calls it a day, heads home — and never returns. This appears to be the story of many.
  • Many take a pay cut, and are under constant scrutiny since Day 1.
  • Opposition politicians mock business credentials and the press hounded people at every turn.

Think about it. We’ve always tried to encourage people, both young and old, to give time back to their community. Some people do it in the form of volunteer work, such as a food bank or soup kitchen. Others give charitable donations to groups and causes they believe in. Others build houses for poor families, clean up neighbourhoods, beautify parks, and so on.

  • Politics is also a form of public service.
  • It is a way to give back to our communities (by helping make lives better) and our country (by helping make government work better).

Sure, you’re just a small cog in the political machine. But I have more respect for people who try to make a difference in politics than for those who constantly complain and do absolutely nothing about it.

But after the scrutiny many have faced, what prominent individual in their right mind — of any political stripe — would ever want to get into politics?

They have to make a huge sacrifice in terms of giving up plum jobs and serious money, and making significant changes to their work, family and lifestyle. And for what? To be ridiculed, condemned and mocked for making an honourable decision to play by the rules and help this country (city), even for a short period of time.

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