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Councillor - Christine Billings

Friday Feb 8th - 2013

From Staff: Feb 8th, 2013 @ 11:30am

 

Tonight’s Tragically Hip concert will go on

GUELPH, ON, February 8, 2013 – Tonight’s sold-out Tragically Hip concert with special guest Arkells is going ahead as planned.
As scheduled, doors will open at 7 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m.
“The show set up is progressing well and we are anticipating a fabulous show this evening,” says Rich Grau, facility manager at the Sleeman Centre where the concert is taking place.
With Guelph Transit buses operating and the weather expected to improve throughout the day, no ticket refunds will be issued.
For fans still looking to get their hands on tickets, Grau says it is possible some extra tickets will be released to the public after 1 p.m. today. Fans should visit ticketmaster.ca or call the Sleeman Centre Box Office at 519-837-5630.

 

Thanks!

Cam

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Friday Feb 8th - 2013

Good morning everyone;

The storm centre has passed us and we expect the snowfall to begin to taper off by 2;00pm and end by 7:00pm.  The accumulation depth has reached and will surpass the 10cm accumulation threshold to initiate a residential street plow-out.  The residential street plow-out as been scheduled to begin at 4:00pm this afternoon.

Further details on the polw-out and logistics to address cleanup to follow.

STAFF

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Friday Feb 8th - 2013

Interesting read and attached docuement for your reading pleasure:

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CHART FOUND HERE: Copy_of_Committee_Structure_Other_Practices2.pdf

Mayor Farbridge and Members of Guelph City Council,

 

As requested, please find attached other practice information regarding Standing Committees of Council. Twelve municipalities in total were contacted from the Council approved comparator list with the following questions:

Does your municipality have a Committee of the Whole or a Standing Committee structure in place?

  1. If a Standing Committee Structure is in place, what is the Council composition? How are Council members distributed?
  2. For Councillors who are not on a particular Standing Committee, how do they participate in the work of the Standing Committee?
  3. Do other cities with Standing Committees have a Deputy Chair position?

 Summary findings include:

  • Either a Standing Committee Structure or mix of Standing Committee/Committee of the Whole structure is standard practice.
  • Having a Vice Chair for Council Standing Committees is commonplace.
  • Standing Committee Chair appointment is usually for a period of one year to allow all Councillors to participate actively; two year appointments are not uncommon i.e. Barrie.
  • Visiting Councillors to Standing Committees participate through the Committee Chair and at the Chair’s discretion but rarely address staff directly.
  • In some cases, Visiting Council members sit at the Standing Committee table while in others, they sit with the observing public and approach the Committee with any comments or questions before delegations. This follows Committee debate and discussion on a topic. 
  • Procedural by-laws detail approved practices regarding Member conduct at Committee meetings. This information is introduced during Council orientation and reviewed as required.

At the City of Guelph, Sec.10.3 of the procedural by-law is clear that any member (of Council) needs to be recognized by the Chair prior to posing a question (to another member, staff, the Chair, etc.).

Sec.10 Conduct of Members

10.3 Every Member desiring to speak, shall raise his or her hand so as to be recognized by the Mayor or Chair.

21.6 Non Committee Member Participation at Meetings

(a) Members of Council who are not Committee Members may attend both Open and Closed Meetings. They may ask questions for clarification, but shall not enter into debate.

(b) A Chair of a Standing Committee shall recognize Standing Committee Members prior to Non Standing Committee Members.

(c) All Non Members of the Standing Committee may ask questions regarding an issue for no more than 5 minutes (cumulative).

 

Should you require further information or have questions of clarification on the attached research data, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

 

Ann Pappert

Chief Administrative Officer

 

 

 

 

Attachment: Council Committee Structure - Other Practice Information

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Friday Feb 8th - 2013

Click HERE

 

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Cam

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Friday Feb 8th - 2013

Guelph Transit Service Advisory

Guelph Transit is running base conventional service (routes 1 to 16, and 20) as well as north and south community buses.

The University Express routes are not running today as the University of Guelph is closed.

Limited mobility services will be provided today, for medical appointments only. Discretionary trips will be rescheduled.

Delays are expected due to severe winter weather. Please plan your trip accordingly and give yourself extra time to travel to your destination.

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Wednesday Feb 6th - 2013

City will seek leave to appeal Dolime permit to take water

The City of Guelph will seek leave to appeal River Valley Developments Inc.’s latest amended permit to take water, as posted on the Environmental Registry by the Ministry of Environment on January 28. City Council directed staff to proceed with the leave to appeal at its meeting this evening.
The City has long maintained that River Valley Developments Inc.’s excavation and water-taking at its Dolime quarry—located at Wellington Road and the Hanlon Expressway—has the potential to impact the quality and quantity of Guelph’s municipal water supply system, now or in the future.
The City has been clear in its concerns regarding the amended permit. Concerns are based on the fact that increased pumping above historical levels at the quarry will impact water quantity available at some of the City’s municipal wells. The City is calling for a limit at the current pumping rate; a long-term management plan for the quarry; an effective monitoring program; and financial assurances to ensure the quarry owner—rather than Guelph ratepayers—pay for long-term mitigation costs related to its operation.
Under the Environmental Bill of Rights the City has 15 days within which it can notify the Environmental Review Tribunal of Ontario of its intent to seek leave to appeal. If the leave application is successful, the City will be granted the right to participate in a hearing on the matter.

 

Article from Guelph Mercury today is found HERE.



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Friday Feb 1st - 2013

Feb 1st, 2013: From Staff

I am writing to update you with information we have received from Liz Sandal’s office in response  a line on page 3 of the information report:” the province has not increased the number of LTC beds since 1999”. I would like to further clarify that statement by noting.  There has not be a planned study, or a legally defined process to add additional beds. However since 2003, 288 new beds have been  placed in Guelph and an additional 85 beds have been redeveloped. The Local Health Integration Network continues to evaluate needs ensuring that resources are available .Further details:


LTC Bed Fact Sheet:

In 2003, the Guelph area had 379 Long-Term Care beds.  Of these, 229 LTC beds (at the Elliott and St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre) have been redeveloped to modern standards.

At this point, Guelph was clearly “under-bedded”.  Since October 2003, the number of LTC beds has significantly increased.

December 2003 – 96 LTC beds open at Riverside Glen


August 2007 – Funding for the construction of 288 new beds in Guelph announced.
 – Successful applicants were:  St. Joseph’s Health Centre – 96 beds
    Extendicare – 192 beds

2008/2009 – Extendicare withdrew from contract

– Extendicare’s beds were offered to current Guelph LTC providers.  Riverside Glen accepted 96 beds.  The City of Guelph, which holds the Elliott’s capital debt, did not accept new beds at the Elliott, and the remaining 96 beds were transferred to Cambridge.

November 2010 – 96 additional LTC beds officially open at St. Joseph Health Centre

April 2011 – 96 additional LTC beds open at Riverside Glen

Quick Facts:

New beds in Guelph since October 2003: 288

Redeveloped LTC beds in Guelph: 229

Total LTC beds in Guelph area in 2013: 667

New LTC beds in Ontario since October 2003: 9,207

Redeveloped LTC beds in Ontario since October 2003: 11,315

For more information, please contact:

Colleen Hogan
Office of Liz Sandals, MPP
(519) 836-4190

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Friday Feb 1st - 2013

The Below Poll is from the Guelph Mercury Website currently!

 

Poll  

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Friday Feb 1st - 2013

Additional Info for Transit Issues:


Transit have a customer service contact database where they track contacts in one of twelve categories. Contacts include e-mails, telephone calls, letters and visits in-person. Here's the following data comparing activity in 2011 and 2012.

                                                                                               # of                        # of
                                                                                           contacts               complaints 
                         
* Monthly Average – Last six months of 2011                         700                          70
* Monthly Average – First six months of 2012                      1,400                         350
* Monthly Average – Last six months of 2012                         850                         100

To put some additional context on the complaint issue, transit staff receive on average 0.25 complaints per 1,000 riders or 1 complaint for every 4,000 riders. Various functions across our organization were involved in responding to inquiries/complaints depending on the nature, and staff made best efforts to respond in a timely  fashion.

Staff will continue to monitor the volume of contacts/complaints after the service/route changes are made this coming Sunday.

Thanks.

Cam

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Friday Feb 1st - 2013

REPORTS on TRANSIT IMPACTS

1.       Resource Impacts of February Service Change


ITEMS AVAILABLE IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE

1.       Grand River Conservation Authority – 2013 Preliminary Budget and notice of Annual General Meeting to be held February 28, 2013 to consider the budget and General Municipal Levy.

Thanks,

Cam

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Friday Feb 1st - 2013

Interesting opinion piece from Guelph Mercury today: Click HERE!

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Friday Feb 1st - 2013

From: Staff
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 08:30 AM
To: Councillors & Mayor
Subject: Status update February 1, 2013
 
Good morning everyone;
Just me again with another brief summary of our activities for your use and information.
There are no weather systems currently affecting our area.  What we are experiencing are snow squalls off the Great Lakes due to the winds and cold temperatures.  The squalls are hit and miss and therefore unpredictable.  We are anticipating this weather to continue through the weekend followed by a Colorado low approaching which should arrive Sunday or Monday.  That system may deliver up to 10cm of snow, but it is still too early to know for sure.  We will continue to monitor and respond accordingly.
Status;
Roads staff have been out in full force with full compliment overnight and into this morning servicing the arterial and collector, (which include the bus routes).  Although the roads are a bit greasy currently, they are driveable and improving as traffic volume activity enhance the salt activation.
We have the sidewalk plows out on the main runs only (high pedestrian volume areas serviced at 4cm accumulation) as well as hand crews addressing the city owned steps and crosswalks.
Downtown crews are active on Transit Terminal and Civic Square and downtown sidewalks and city owned parking lots.
Parks crews are active on parks infrastructure and Rec. Facilities.
Updates will be provided as conditions or status requires.
Please drive safely and have a great weekend.

Thanks.

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