Ward 4 News

Councillor - Christine Billings

Thursday Apr 24th - 2014

City staff does not recommend licensing rental housing in Guelph
Committee to consider enhanced enforcement to address rental housing issues
Guelph, ON, April 24, 2014
– After a thorough analysis of possible licensing programs and alternatives, and considering feedback from tenants, landlords, neighbours and other community stakeholders, City staff does not recommend licensing rental housing in Guelph.
A report on the matter  will be discussed during a meeting of the City’s Planning Building Engineering and Environment Committee on Monday, May 5 at 2 p.m.
To protect the health, safety and well-being of people living in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of rental housing, the City is working with the University of Guelph and the Guelph Police Service to reduce the number and severity of complaints about excessive noise, litter, vandalism and other disruptive behaviour.
“Since 2007, we’ve made progress using enhanced zoning and by-law enforcement programs” said Rob Reynen, the City’s manager of inspection services. “While a licensing program may have some merit, it may not be the most effective or efficient way to address neighbourhood concerns. So, instead of licensing the business of rental housing, we recommend building on the success we’ve already had by enhancing enforcement and community education programs.”
The staff report highlights how licensing could improve the City’s ability to regulate rental housing by increasing access for inspection purposes, and requiring property owners to provide contact and property information. However, the cost of administering a licensing program would likely be passed on to tenants, and would not necessarily address concerns expressed by those living in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of rental housing.
Instead of a licensing program, City staff recommends continued enforcement of noise, nuisance-party and other by-laws and several enhanced enforcement activities such as pursuing search warrants to access properties suspected of non-compliance, cross-training inspectors to enforce building and zoning regulations, and increasing fines. Council may also be asked to consider adding one zoning enforcement officer as part of next year’s budget.
The report also recommends continued collaboration with community groups and stakeholders, and using existing resources to develop communications and education programs designed to discourage disruptive or disrespectful behaviour such as the Right Foot Forward, Move-In-Out Madness, and the Restorative Alternatives Pilot Program administered by the University of Guelph Off-Campus Living Office.
To address the committee regarding the report, members of the public are invited to register with the City Clerk’s office by Friday, May 2 at 9 a.m. or send written comments to the City Clerk’s Office at clerks@guelph.ca.
Resources
•    Rental Housing Licensing Report, May 5, 2014
•    To delegate at a Committee or Council meeting
•    guelph.ca/rentalhousing
For more information
Rob Reynen
Manager of Inspection Services
Building Services
519-837-5615 extension 2386
rob.reynen@guelph.ca

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

Have your say: proposed updates to long-term care in Guelph
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care invites public comments until April 30
The City is encouraging people to provide input as the Province considers plans to have The Elliott Long-Term Care Residence fulfill Guelph’s requirements under the Ontario Long-term Care Homes Act.
Currently, the City meets its long-term care requirements through an agreement with the County of Wellington. The City has asked the Province to approve The Elliott as Guelph’s municipal home. If the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care approves the City’s request, the County will continue operating the Wellington Terrace without financial support from the City of Guelph.
Proposed updates to Guelph’s long-term care service model would not change the number of long-term care beds in Guelph, or how people access long-term care services in the area.
Come to the meeting
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care is hosting a public meeting to discuss the matter on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Road North, Guelph, Ontario.
Send your written comments
The Ministry is also accepting written comments until April 30, 2014. Written correspondence should refer to The Elliott Long-term Care Residence and quote Project #14-024
Written submissions can be submitted via email to LTCHomes.Licensing@ontario.ca, or by fax to 416-327-7603, or by mail addressed to:
Director under the Long-term Care Homes Act, 2007
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Performance Improvement and Compliance Branch
1075 Bay Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 2B1
The Minister will consider all submissions before making a final decision relating to this matter.
About the Elliott Community
The Elliott Community is a not-for-profit, registered charitable corporation that provides mature living arrangements with four levels of care: 78 independent life-lease suites, 134 assisted living retirement suites, 85 long-term care beds and 8 interim convalescence and respite care beds. Learn more at elliottcommunity.org.
For more information
Barbara Powell
General Manager
Community Engagement
519-822-1260 extension 2675
barbara.powell@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/longtermcare

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

Combined heat and power facility announced for Hanlon Creek Business Park
Envida Community Energy Inc. receives 20-year electricity contract from Ontario Power Authority


Guelph, On, April 10, 2014 — A combined heat and power (CHP or cogeneration) facility planned for Guelph’s Hanlon Creek Business Park will play an important role in meeting the city’s future energy needs while reducing the environmental impact of power generation.
As part of its award-winning Community Energy Initiative, Guelph hopes to use cogeneration systems to provide at least 30 per cent of the city’s anticipated total electricity requirements—about 100 megawatts—by the year 2031.
Smaller, local energy systems, including cogeneration systems, directly address a number of our community’s priorities—increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the resiliency of the City’s energy infrastructure, improving energy security, growing the local economy, and improving the competitiveness of local industries.
Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc., representing the City of Guelph as shareholder to Guelph Hydro Inc. and its affiliates, is providing leadership in doing business differently by aligning the City’s strategic objectives with the project work of Envida Community Energy.
Over the next two years, Envida Community Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Guelph Hydro Inc., will build the Hanlon Creek Business Park CHP facility that will improve the resiliency of the city’s electricity distribution system, contribute to reduced energy costs for Hanlon Creek businesses, and improve the City’s ability to attract new businesses in Guelph.
The highly efficient, natural gas-fired CHP facility has the capacity to generate 10.2 megawatts of electricity—about four per cent of the entire city’s average demand for electricity.
The electricity will be fed into the provincial grid under a 20-year contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), granted under Ontario’s Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program. Ontario’s Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli, who was in Guelph earlier today promoting local energy projects, announced the OPA contract.
Typically, generating electricity at a large-scale power plant creates a lot of heat, and this heat goes to waste. However, with a CHP facility, such as the one planned for the Hanlon Creek Business Park, waste heat is captured and used to heat water.
Using waste heat for a building’s hot water or space heating lowers fuel and equipment costs, reduces space requirements, lowers building and maintenance costs, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The Hanlon Creek district energy system will distribute the hot and chilled water for heating, cooling, and hot water through an underground network of pipes to buildings in the business park.
Currently, temporary district energy systems operating in the business park provide heating and cooling to the buildings owned by Fusion Homes and Würth Canada Limited. Once the CHP facility is constructed, the companies and other Hanlon Creek businesses will be supplied from the new facility.
By simultaneously generating electricity and thermal energy from one fuel source, the facility is expected to result in efficiencies up to or greater than 80 per cent; this is substantially greater than the 30 to 45 per cent efficiencies achieved in conventional electricity generation facilities.
Envida’s first CHP facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2016.
Combined heat and power systems
Combined heat and power systems are commonly found in hospitals, educational institutions, large commercial facilities, government buildings and industries. In Guelph, CHP facilities are in operation at the University of Guelph and West End Community Centre.
The small-scale CHP facility planned for the Hanlon Creek Business Park will be designed to blend in with its surroundings. The facility will consume minimal water resources, produce zero effluents, and generate noise at about the level of a passing road vehicle while producing less greenhouse gas emissions than would be produced if all the buildings connected to the system operated their own chillers and boilers.
Prior to construction, all mandatory environmental, safety and municipal approval requirements and permits will be obtained.
In 2013, Envida began construction on Guelph’s district energy system, which has a large role to play in achieving the energy and emission reduction targets set out in the Community Energy Initiative.
Since December, the thermal energy plant at the Sleeman Centre—the city’s premier sports and entertainment venue—has been providing heating and cooling to the building. Eventually, the River Run Centre and nearby residential development in the downtown core will also be supplied with heating and cooling.
Envida earns revenue by selling electricity generated by its rooftop solar facility and the Eastview biogas plant, and by selling thermal energy from its district energy systems.
Envida invests its revenue in local district energy infrastructure such as cogeneration systems. Customers connected to the system benefit from low-cost heating and cooling services. Typically, district energy projects have a payback period of eight to 12 years.
Quotations
“The approval of the Hanlon Creek CHP project is a significant milestone in advancing Guelph’s goals of achieving a reliable, secure, sustainable and affordable energy future for residents and businesses. It gives Guelph a competitive edge in retaining and attracting investment and creating jobs.”
– Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge
“Combined heat and power facilities offer tremendous economic and environmental benefits to direct users of the system, the local community and society as a whole.”
– Barry Chuddy, Chief Executive Officer, Guelph Hydro Inc.
“I firmly believe that smart energy planning, as demonstrated by the development of a combined heat and power and district energy system in the Hanlon Creek Business Park, must be the foundation on which we build Guelph’s future economic growth.”
– Lloyd Longfield, President and CEO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce
“Würth Canada is excited to be moving its head offices to Guelph’s Hanlon Creek Business Park. Reliable and economical thermal energy services, supported by this combined heat and power facility, demonstrates the City’s continuing commitment to supporting the success of local business.”
– Ernie Sweeney, President and CEO, Würth Canada
About the City of Guelph
guelph.ca
Located about 100 kilometres west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Guelph is a growing, diverse and vibrant community of more than 120,000 people. Guelph’s community partners and business leaders are making a difference locally and globally in agri-food, technology, environmental enterprise and advanced manufacturing industries. The city’s healthy local economy, thriving arts and culture scene, charming neighbourhoods, parks and green spaces make Guelph among the most livable cities in Canada.
About Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative
guelph.ca/energy
Guelph is creating a healthy, reliable and sustainable energy future by improving how Guelph uses and manages energy and water resources. In partnership with the City of Guelph, Guelph Hydro Inc. and its subsidiary Envida Community Energy Inc. are working together to ensure Guelph uses 50 per cent less energy in 2031 than we did in 2006, consumes less energy per capita than comparable Canadian cities, and produces less greenhouse gas per capita than the current global average.
About Hanlon Creek Business Park
guelph.ca/hanloncreek
The 675-acre Hanlon Creek Business Park is a prime business location in Guelph’s south end. Phase 1 and 2 of this development is fully graded, serviced and ready for development. The Hanlon Creek Business Park is an important tool that will continue to support the strategic directions contained in the City’s Economic Development and Tourism Strategy—Prosperity 2020.
About Envida Community Energy Inc.
envida.ca
Owned by Guelph Hydro Inc., Envida Community Energy is the primary implementer and key developer of high-efficiency, low-carbon energy projects that are assisting the City of Guelph in achieving targets set out in the Guelph Community Energy Initiative while facilitating economic development in the community. The company operates a 100-kilowatt solar facility, the Eastview Biogas Plant and a district energy facility in the Sleeman Centre in Guelph.
Hanlon Creek Business Park Combined Heat and Power Facility
The CHP facility in the Hanlon Creek Business Park will be owned and operated by Envida Community Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Guelph Hydro Inc. Guelph Hydro Inc. is 100 per cent owned by Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc, which is, in turn, 100 per cent owned by the City of Guelph. Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., a sister company to Envida Community Energy provides electricity distribution services to Guelph and Rockwood.
Materials Available
CHP Backgrounder
District Energy Backgrounder
Media Contacts
Rob Kerr
General Manager
Guelph Municipal Holdings Inc.
519-822-1260 extension 2079
rob.kerr@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/energy
Sandy Manners
Director, Corporate Communications
Guelph Hydro Inc.
519-837-4703
smanners@guelphhydro.com
guelphhydroinc.com

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

Guelph considering non-tax options to fund stormwater systems
City asks property owners to help find new ways to fund local infrastructure

Guelph, ON, April 11, 2014 – The City is asking residents and property owners to help determine funding options to support Guelph’s stormwater management infrastructure as part of the Stormwater Funding Study.

Like other Canadian municipalities, Guelph is working to address a substantial gap in infrastructure funding. Guelph needs to find innovative and sustainable ways to cover the cost of building, maintaining and repairing of its roads, water, wastewater, stormwater and other municipal infrastructure.

The City is using research and best practices from other municipalities, and gathering input from residents, business, institutions, and environmental organizations to evaluate a list of alternative stormwater management funding tools such as stormwater user fees, property taxes, development charges, and flat rate fees.

The stormwater survey asks property owners to consider some tough questions about stormwater funding, such as ‘Would you be willing to take steps on your own property to reduce the impacts of heavy rainfall events?’ and ‘Would you be willing to pay a stormwater user fees based upon the amount of hard surface on your property?’

“We all benefit from reliable and well-maintained stormwater management infrastructure to help prevent floods, protect and improve local water quality and control downstream erosion,” says Arun Hindupur, infrastructure planning engineer, Engineering Services. “Guelph’s Stormwater Funding Study is intended to address the current funding gap, determine future costs, establish service standards, and provide an equitable, reasonable and sustainable funding model.”

The Stormwater Fundy Study will also help ensure Guelph is prepared to accommodate continued growth, address changing weather patterns, and renew its aging infrastructure to prevent failures or costly emergency repairs.

Property owners are encouraged to participate in the survey by June 31 at guelph.ca/swfunding.

Resources
What is stormwater?
Stormwater Funding Study
Stormwater Management Master Plan
About Canada’s Infrastructure Gap – Federation of Canadian Municipalities

For more information

Arun Hindupur, M.Sc., P. Eng.
Infrastructure Planning Engineer
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2282
arun.hindupur@guelph.ca

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

Good afternoon Mayor Farbridge and Councillors,

Reference: City News notice, Guelph Tribune Thursday April 10th, 2014

As a result of significant rainfall and freezing temperatures being forecast for the next 72 hrs, staff have delayed the contractors from starting their work tomorrow morning with their large street sweepers.   These large machines are not effective under these conditions and therefore it is prudent to delay this work in order to be more effective.   Thus, this work will now start on Tuesday, April 22nd and will continue for approximately eight (8) business days.

Please note that City staff have been, and will continue to, “prepare” for this contracted work by brushing off all boulevards and intersections ahead of time.

Also, it is understood that the amount of cyclists are increasing substantially, in the last week or so, given the better weather we have been experiencing.  Therefore, direction has been given to use our own machine road sweepers to remove grit on the bicycle lanes of Gordon St, College Ave, Stone Rd, and Woolwich Sts. with a view to improving safety as soon as possible.

Rod Keller | General Manager
Public Works Department
Operations, Transit & Emergency Services

City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2949 | F 519-821-0839
E rodney.keller@guelph.ca

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

Guelph among Ontario’s most bicycle-friendly cities

City wins silver award at sixth annual Ontario Bike Summit

Toronto, ON, April 14, 2014 – This morning, Guelph was among 24 communities to receive a Bicycle Friendly Community Award during the sixth annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto, Ontario

The Share the Road Cycling Coalition recognized the City with a silver Bicycle Friendly Community Award this year. Guelph won the bronze award in 2012.

Read the news release issued by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition: 2014 Bicycle Friendly Community Awards

About the Share the Road Cycling Coalition

An Ontario-based non-profit organization that promotes bicycling as a mode of transportation, recreation and fitness through provincial advocacy. Learn more at sharetheroad.ca.

About the Bicycle-friendly Guelph Initiative

Using a comprehensive and consultative approach to make cycling safer and more convenient, Bicycle-Friendly Guelph hopes to triple the number of daily bike trips in the city by 2018. Learn more at guelph.ca/bike.

For more information

Jennifer Juste
Transportation Demand Management Coordinator
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2791
jennifer.juste@guelph.ca



Patricia Halajski on behalf of Corporate Communications
City of Guelph

T 519-822-1260 x 3302
E patricia.halajski@guelph.ca
guelph.ca

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

Good morning,
The City of Guelph is inviting residents and business owners from Guelph and surrounding areas to provide input on where and how the City will get its drinking water in the future. The Water Supply Master Plan update will define how we will continue to access a safe and environmentally sustainable supply of water—for residential, industrial, commercial and institutional use—over the next 25 years.
The public is invited to drop by the Community Open House at the City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 29, any time between 6–8:30 p.m. to learn more about the Water Supply Master Plan update. Project staff will be available to discuss comments and questions that attendees may have regarding the project. A short presentation on progress to date will begin at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a formal question and answer session.
About the Water Supply Master Plan Update
To date, the Water Supply Master Plan project team has estimated how much water Guelph will need up until 2038, and has compared that to how much water our current system can supply. With this information in mind, and using established evaluation criteria, the project team has identified potential water supply alternatives to ensure an adequate supply of water into the future. Feedback from Guelph and surrounding communities will provide valuable insight into the work to date and help inform decision making around our water supply.
Reviewing our existing water supply system is an opportunity for community discussion about how best to manage this vital supply so that we continue to provide the high level of service Guelph residents have come to expect.
Our review is following the requirements of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA). When we are finished—after our Water Supply Master Plan update is reviewed by the Guelph community and approved by Council—we will have identified constraints and opportunities related to our existing water supply system. The input provided at this community open house will help the team develop the preferred water supply alternatives and implementation strategy.
To find out more about the project, visit www.guelph.ca/water and follow the link to the Water Supply Master Plan webpage, or contact members of the project team below.
Contacts

Dave Belanger
Water Supply Program Manager
City of Guelph Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2186
dave.belanger@guelph.ca  

Patty Quackenbush
Senior Project Manager
AECOM
519-650-8691
patty.quackenbush@aecom.com

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

Guelph Urban Design Summit to showcase innovations in city building

Guelph, ON, April 14, 2014 – The City of Guelph invites members of the public and professionals to attend the Guelph Urban Design Summit, taking place May 5-6 at the River Run Centre.

The two-day Summit begins with a Public Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5. The forum is intended for the general public. At the forum, David Miller, President of World Wildlife Fund Canada and 63rd Mayor of Toronto, will discuss what is needed to deliver positive change and create great cities. Andrew Howard, co-founder of Build a Better Block, will discuss how to create inexpensive and high-impact urban design.

Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge will also be in attendance, and will discuss her perspectives on building a great city. The Forum will be moderated by Ric Young, one of Canada’s leading thinkers in social change. Tickets for the Forum are $5 and can be purchased at the River Run Box Office.

“Good urban design is critical to building a prosperous and vibrant Guelph,” says Todd Salter, general manager of Planning Services at the City of Guelph. “One of our key focus areas is city building. This Forum supports this focus area by providing the public with an opportunity to learn how cities are designed to the benefit of all, and how Guelph is thoughtfully focusing on good urban design to positively shape future growth in the city.”

"No matter whether you live in the north, south, east, west, or centre of Guelph, the Urban Design Summit has something for you. It's all about how we can create a better, more liveable city for everyone," said Mayor Karen Farbridge.

The Summit continues on Tuesday, May 6 with a full-day Professional Workshop for those engaged in urban design projects. The line-up features hands-on mobile workshops, networking opportunities, and leading urban design thinkers including Joe Minicozzi of Urban3, Helena Grdadolnik of Workshop Architecture Inc., and Tim Smith of Urban Strategies Inc., discussing urban design tools and strategies. Tickets for the Workshop are $139 and can be purchased at the River Run Box Office.

The Guelph Urban Design Summit is hosted by the City of Guelph in partnership with the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Municipal Urban Design Roundtable. For more information, visit guelph.ca/urbandesignsummit.

For more information

Todd Salter
General Manager
Planning Services
519-837-5616 extension 2395
Todd.Salter@guelph.ca

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

Guelph bringing art to unexpected places
Local artists invited to apply for Artist in the Community program
GUELPH, ON, April 14, 2014 – Local artists are invited to submit applications as the City launches its first ever Artist in the Community program.
The new cultural initiative encourages artistic activity in a variety of community spaces such as municipal buildings, parks, and other community venues.
“This program is an exciting new opportunity for artists in Guelph,” says Sally Wismer, chair of the Public Art Committee. “We look forward to seeing the creative ways applicants propose to use a space in our city that isn’t generally thought of as a cultural space.”
The successful applicant will be asked to animate the outdoor space at the West End Community Centre on Imperial Road—making the space more welcoming and enjoyable. The artist will also involve the public in creative activities that explore the physical challenges and opportunities of the site as a community gathering space.
The interior spaces of the West End Community Centre already serve as an important community hub, the exterior spaces are underused. Wismer hopes the activity generated through this year’s City’s Artist in the Community program will transform the outdoor grounds into “a lively and welcoming community space.”
Emerging and established Guelph artists who work in various mediums are invited to apply for the program by May 2. The 2014 Artist in the Community will be selected by the City’s Public Art Committee in early May.
Application information is posted on the City’s website guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/special-projects.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Astero Kalogeropoulos
Arts and Culture Program Officer
Culture and Tourism
T 519-822-1260 x 2629
E astero.kalogeropoulos@guelph.ca

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Tuesday Apr 15th - 2014

TO THE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION OF THE CLERK AND COUNCIL
April 14, 2014
Premier Announces $29 Billion for Transit and Transportation Infrastructure
Today, the Premier of Ontario, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, announced $29 billion over ten years for transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and transportation infrastructure across Ontario.
The Province will create two funds - $15 billion for GTHA transit and $14 billion for transportation in the rest of Ontario - to support investments in priority infrastructure projects across the province such as public transit, roads, bridges, and highways.
AMO supports better transit and raised questions early on regarding equity for communities outside the GTHA and the impact of potential revenue tools on residents and community competitiveness. The Government appears to have heard these concerns and reacted by seeking to ensure transparent revenue allocation for GTHA transit and transportation infrastructure outside of the region. We look forward to seeing how this transparency takes shape.
In announcing the initiative, the Premier said that funding will come from such sources as:
•    "Repurposing the existing Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) that is charged on the current provincial taxes on gasoline and road diesel.
•    Redirecting 7.5 cents of the existing gas tax. This would be over and above the permanent two cents that goes directly to municipalities to fund transit infrastructure.
•    The value resulting from a review of key government assets would go to the proposed Trillium Trust and be directed towards this plan, as would;
•    Proceeds from the previously announced Green Bonds program".
Today’s announcement is significant. We will await further details to be announced in the Ontario Budget. The announcement can be viewed here for more information: http://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2014/04/moving-ontario-forward-with-large-new-investment.html.
AMO will update members when further details are available post May 1 Budget Day.

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Wednesday Apr 9th - 2014

Forestry crews starting brush cleanup
City continues storm cleanup, recovery

Guelph, ON, April 7, 2014
– Beginning today, Forestry crews are starting the substantial task of brush cleanup.

The brush cleanup will involve the removal and chipping of branches dropped from City-owned trees as a result of the December 22, 2013 ice storm. Enough snow has melted on the ground to allow the start of this work.

Forestry operations are divided into nine zones across the city. Crews will make one visit per street to clear the boulevards of brush as they work through the zones sequentially. The hardest-hit areas will be given priority outside this sequence.

•    Zone 1: bounded by London Road, Edinburgh Road, the Speed River, and the railway tracks just north of Waterloo Avenue.
•    Zone 2: the area immediately north of Zone 1, bounded by London Road, Edinburgh Road, City limits in the north, and the Speed River.
•    Zone 3: bounded by College Avenue, Hanlon Expressway, the Speed River, and the Cutten Club lands.
•    Zone 4: bounded by Eramosa Road, Victoria Road, Elizabeth Street, and the Speed River.
•    Zone 5: includes everything west of the Hanlon Expressway, north of the Speed River, and a slice between the river and the railway tracks upstream to the Macdonnell Street bridge.
•    Zone 6: bounded by Eramosa Road, the Speed River, and Victoria Road
•    Zone 7: includes everything east of Victoria Road.
•    Zone 8: bounded by Victoria Road, Elizabeth Street, and the Speed and Eramosa Rivers.
•    Zone 9: south of College Avenue.

The City expects work in the nine zones will be complete by mid-May, weather permitting, and asks for the community’s patience and cooperation during the cleanup.

All high-traffic park areas and main community trails were cleared of hazards and blockages in February and are open to the public. Forestry crews continue to advance into secondary trails, as access is established.

The City’s storm-related forestry activities remain prioritized as per the following phases:

1.    Remove highest-risk hazards: branches hanging over hydro wires, near critical facilities, or blocking roadways or driveways.
2.    Address blocked sidewalks.
3.    Clear community trails and high-traffic park areas.
4.    Remove marked trees, clear boulevards and parks, and prune City trees.
5.    Grind up remaining tree stumps and plant replacement trees.

Phase 1, 2 and 3 of cleanup are complete, with some areas such as secondary trails and lower-traffic park areas still requiring some work. It is anticipated Phase 4 will be wrapped up by late 2014. The timing of Phase 5 will be based on Phase 4 completion and is estimated to occur in spring 2015 at the earliest.

Report tree hazards by using the “How can we help you?” section on guelph.ca or call 519-837-5628 and include your name, contact information and the street address where the tree is located.

Please continue to take branches and brush from privately-owned trees to the Waste Resource Innovation Centre at 110 Dunlop Drive for free disposal.


For more information

Martin Neumann
Manager of Forestry
Public Works Department
519-822-1260 extension 3337
martin.neumann@guelph.ca

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Wednesday Apr 9th - 2014

Good afternoon

Status on current flooding conditions in the City of Guelph. My response to the question is copied below.

Question; Has there been any flooding so far this spring in the city or outskirts?

Answer; We have not had any major flooding issues so far this Spring. Staff are currently responding to approximately 50 drainage related concerns raised by homeowners. The majority of calls relate to frozen catch basins and debris build-up. In advance of the expected rains, staff will also proactively inspect inlets and outlets in areas prone to blockage.

Thank you,

STAFF

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Wednesday Apr 9th - 2014

Good Afternoon,
 
I wanted to invite you to this year’s Superhero Run for KidsAbility. We have officially launched the event to the public and have had a great response so far.
 
Here is the link to the event website: superherorun.kintera.org/2014  where you will find all of the details of the event. We would love to see you out with a team at this year are run!  
 
Feel free to share the poster and details of the event with all your colleagues, family and friends that would be interested in participating. You can also join out Superhero Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/702218656465118/
 
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of families and children with special needs. We look forward for your support at this year’s inaugural event.
 

 

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Wednesday Apr 9th - 2014

April 8th, 2014

 

Questions and Answers
About the River Run Centre
How severe is the termite activity at the River Run Centre?
The infestation is relatively small, and damage was relatively minor. Termite activity appears to be
confined to wood behind the bar / concession on the main floor of the River Run Centre.
Is the building safe? Will performances be interrupted?
The building is safe. There will be no disruption to scheduled performances at the River Run Centre.
What repairs may be needed?
The City will dismantle part of the bar, disconnect the plumbing, and treat the area.
When will repairs be done?
Repairs are scheduled for April 21-23 and will not interfere with scheduled performances at the
River Run Centre.
How much will repairs cost?
Cost of treating and rebuilding the bar will be about $2000
About the surrounding area
How is the City addressing this infestation?
Yard surveys are taking place from May 5-June 13. If necessary, the City will also conduct interior
inspections to determine the severity of the infestation. Once the area is defined the City will
implement a complete control program including traps and further control measures as required.
What properties will be inspected? How long will that take?
Yard surveys are taking place from May 5 to June 13. Here’s a map of the 300 properties being
inspected: http://guelph.ca/2014/04/city‐inspect‐300‐properties‐finding‐termites‐river‐run‐centre/
Is this a new infestation or is an existing management area getting larger?
This appears to be an extension of the Woolwich termite management area; termites have
travelled from the west side of Eramosa Road along the south side of the Speed River. This is the
first time the City has seen termites in Guelph’s downtown core.
Did the City inspect this area when termite activity was detected across the river?
No. We believe the river acts as a barrier. It’s more likely that the termites found at the River Run
Centre and John Galt Park travelled from the Woolwich termite management area, along the south
side of the river.
What can people do to discourage termites and prevent further spread?
IAll property owners should be cautious about donating or receiving any wood items that have been
sitting outdoors on the ground, such as firewood, landscaping ties, wood sheds, mulch, etc. More
tips are available at guelph.ca/termites


Background
Guelph’s termite management program helps to control the local termite population and prevent damage
to wood structures. Since 2007, the program has proven effective in reducing termite populations in
the Emma/Pine, Woolwich, and Windermere termite management areas.
Last August, the City established the King termite management area after surveying about 450
properties on the north side of the Speed River. The infestation was limited to 12 properties east of
Eramosa Road, between King and Queen Streets.
Property owners and the community were informed of the location of the new King termite zone The City
also provided information about discouraging termite activity, to prevent further infestation or spread.
Today, Guelph’s four termite management areas encompass about 650 properties. To help property
owners in these areas prevent the spread of termites, the City provides information about safe wood and
soil disposal, and landscaping.
The eastern subterranean termite was detected in Guelph in the early 1970s near Goldie Mill Park. The
non-native insects were accidentally introduced from the United States to more than 30 Ontario
municipalities.

STAFF


Re: Termite infestation at the River Run Centre and John Galt Park

Where inside the River Run Centre was evidence of termite activity found, and what sort of evidence was it? When was it found? How do you think the termites got inside?
It’s a very small infestation inside the building, confined as far as we can tell only to one half of the back of the bar in the main foyer.  It was found on March 30 and I confirmed that it was termites on April 1.  Our theory is that they came up through a crack in the slab or else a cold joint between the slab and the wall that supports the stairway behind the bar.

How is the infestation inside the River Run going to be treated? Could the infestation and the treatment have an impact on public use of the River Run?
First all of the plumbing and electrical connections behind the bar will be disconnected and the sinks, refrigerators, etc moved out the the way.  Then the slab will be drilled at 10 inch intervals along the 26 foot length of the bar, and along a drainage trough in the middle .  The chemical treatment will be done through the drill holes in the slab. The drill holes will then
Be patched with mortal. There will also be A residual spray of borates in the void spaces behind the bar.  This work is scheduled for the Easter week end.  This is a period of no performances or events at the River Run Centre so there should be minimal disruption.  There will be not impact on the public or public use.  

• How concerned are you about termites being found in the city’s downtown for the first time?

It’s a little disconcerting, of course.  I’m expecting the area of infestation to be fairly limited.  The downtown area has a lot more commercial space and many of the buildings are older. These features might present new challenges.  I am hoping that the greater coverage of the area with parking lots might mean that there is less suitable habitat for termites and less opportunity for them to spread.  

How much of a setback in the city’s fight against termites is this discovery in and around the River Run, and also last year on King Street in the other side of the river?
Within the managed areas we have reached a very low ebb of termite activity with detected activity on only 55 properties last year (12 of which were the King Street area).  The Emma Pine Management area as well as sectors 20 and 24 were both inactive for the first time last year.  17 of the 23 management sectors had either no activity or only one or two active properties.  Thus we have been making very good progress in the managed areas and if we are to achieve municipal wide eradication, then the sooner we discover any unknown pockets af activity the sooner we will achieve that goal.

STAFF

 

Further Info:

It is quite a small infestation, confined as far as we can tell. I suggested that the termites probably got there by migrating south along the west bank of the Speed River, thus this is probably an extension of the Woolwich management area. We went over the plan to do a survey of the downtown core. I also told her That in the managed areas we have made great progress over the last few years, Termite populations are at the lowest level ever and were only detected on 55 properties in 2013.

Tim Myles, Ph.D., Termite Control Officer
Planning, Building, Engineering and Environment, Building Services
City of Guelph

 

More info:

City to inspect 300 properties after finding termites at River Run Centre
Guelph, ON, April 7, 2014
— The City has discovered evidence of termite activity at the River Run Centre for the performing arts, and in John Galt Park. These new points of infestation appear to be an extension of the Woolwich termite management area on the north side of Eramosa Road. This is the first time the City has seen termites in Guelph’s downtown core. The City will treat the affected area near the River Run Centre, remove stumps, wood chip mulch, and install termite monitoring traps in John Galt Park.
Between May 5 and June 13, the City will inspect about 300 downtown properties to determine the size of the infested area. Once the area is defined, the City will implement a complete control plan, install traps and put further control measures into effect as required.
About Guelph’s termite management program Guelph’s termite management program helps to control the local termite population and prevent damage to wood structures. Since 2007, the program has proven effective in reducing termite populations in the Emma/Pine, Woolwich, and Windermere termite management areas. Last August, the City established the King termite management area after surveying about 450 properties on the north side of the Speed River. The infestation was limited to 12 properties south of Eramosa Road, between King and Queen Streets. Today, Guelph’s four termite management areas encompass about 650 properties. To help property owners in these areas prevent the spread of termites, the City provides information about safe wood and soil disposal, and landscaping. The eastern subterranean termite was detected in Guelph in the early 1970s near Goldie Mill Park. The non-native insects were accidentally introduced from the United States to more than 30 Ontario municipalities.

STAFF

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Wednesday Apr 9th - 2014

April 8th, 2014


Info regarding 150 Wellington TIBG report at CAFÉ Committee 


The report was the result of February 10, 2014 direction from Council to address a DowntownCIP application with regards to the remaining reserves for the TIBG program as a whole.  The recommendation would deplete existing TIBG reserves.   The report also refers to the discussion of a replenishment or potential continuation of the TIBG program as part of the Guelph Economic Investment Fund discussion but that’s not to take place until May 2014 and talk to a longer term potential.  

Due to divergent views on Committee, and from visiting Councillors, the report was referred to Council of the Whole on April 28th for full deliberation.  

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Wednesday Apr 9th - 2014

Options for potential new south end recreation facility to be discussed at public meeting

GUELPH, ON, April 9, 2014
– On Tuesday, April 15, the City of Guelph will host a public meeting to provide an update on its recreation needs assessment and feasibility study.
The public will also have an opportunity to review options for a potential new recreation facility in the city’s south end. The options are based on input received from a survey, online discussion, and community focus/user group participation as well as population-growth related need and land availability.
Input received at the public meeting will be used to refine the options and develop concepts and recommendations about the City’s strategy for recreation needs now and in the future.
Over the next 20 years the city is expected to grow by more than 54,000 people and the City recognizes that access to recreational facilities and programs is a vital part of a healthy community.
WHAT    Recreation needs assessment and feasibility study public meeting
    
WHO    Colleen Clack, City of Guelph
Jonathan Hack, Sierra Planning and Management
Sally Turner, Sierra Planning and Management
    
WHERE    Community Room, Clair Road Emergency Services Centre, 160 Clair Road West, Guelph
    
WHEN    Tuesday, April 15 - 7 p.m.


FOR MORE INFORMATION
Colleen Clack
Interim General Manager
Recreation
T 519-822-1260 x 2588
E colleen.clack@guelph.ca

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Monday Apr 7th - 2014

April 7th, 2014

This morning my ward-mate and my friend Councillor Gloria Kovach announced her retirement after 23 years of representing the residents of Ward 4 and all citizens of Guelph. I want to personally thank her for her companionship around the horseshoe. She is a wonderful person to work with through the ups and downs both inside and outside of city hall. Her accomplishments to this city are too numerous to list and she will leave a mark on this city that will not be forgotten. A mark of dedicated service to residents not seen often by politicians. The residents of Ward 4 wish her well in her future endeavours!


Cam Guthrie
Councillor - Ward 4 - City of Guelph
www.ward4news.ca

 

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