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.

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

For more information

Rob Reynen
Manager of Inspection Services
Building Services
519-837-5615 extension 2386
rob.reynen@guelph.ca

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Clean and Green Community Clean Up takes place this Saturday

 

 

Guelph, ON, April 23, 2014 – More than 800 volunteers will help make Guelph a little greener this weekend by picking up litter in the community.

The 11th annual Clean and Green Community Clean Up takes place on Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Crews will spend the morning picking up litter in more than 80 locations around the city, including parks, trails and City boulevards.

At noon, Mayor Karen Farbridge will join volunteers, City staff, and sponsors at an appreciation barbecue in Riverside Park.

What Clean and Green Community Clean Up Appreciation Barbecue
   
Who Mayor Karen Farbridge
Clean up volunteers
   
Where Riverside Park, large picnic shelter
709 Woolwich Street, Guelph
   
When Saturday, April 26

noon

 

For more information

 

Lucy Meyer

Supervisor, Administration

Public Works

519-837-5628 extension 2019

lucy.meyer@guelph.ca

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Province appoints conciliator for City and ATU negotiations

 

Conciliator to assist with talks between City and ATU Local 1189

 

GUELPH, ON, April 23, 2014–The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) has appointed a conciliator, Greg Long, to assist with resolving outstanding labour bargaining matters between the City and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189.

Negotiations between the City and ATU are scheduled to resume May 13.

“We look forward to sitting down again with the ATU, with the help of a conciliator, and continuing negotiations to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” said David Godwaldt, the City’s general manager of Human Resources. “We’re committed to negotiating a fair contract that balances competitive compensation for Guelph Transit employees and long-term affordability for Guelph taxpayers.”

The City requested the assistance of a conciliator from the MOL on March 27 to help move bargaining forward.

Since last fall, the City and ATU have met a total of 14 days to negotiate the terms of a new contract for the City’s 205 Guelph Transit employees. Although the discussions to date have been respectful, they have not achieved the progress the City expects.

For more information about the collective bargaining process and the previous contract agreement between the City and ATU Local 1189, visit guelph.ca/atu.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

David Godwaldt

General Manager

Human Resources

Corporate and Human Resources

T 519-822-1260 x 2848

E david.godwaldt@guelph.ca

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Have your say on the Water Supply Master Plan update

 

Second Community Open House scheduled for April 29

 

Guelph, ON, April 23, 2014 – 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 Guelph 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 City Hall 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 for 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.

An estimation of how much water Guelph will need up until 2038 has been calculated. This estimation has been compared to how much water the current system can supply and, using established evaluation criteria, potential water supply alternatives have been identified 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 future water supplies.

Reviewing the existing water supply system is an opportunity for community discussion about how best to manage this vital supply so that Water Services can continue to provide the high level of service Guelph residents have come to expect.

This review is following the requirements of a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA). When finished—after the Water Supply Master Plan update is reviewed by the Guelph community and approved by Council—it will have identified constraints and opportunities related to the existing water supply system. The input provided at this community open house will help to identify the preferred water supply alternatives and the implementation strategy.

To find out more about the project, visit guelph.ca/water and follow the link to the Water Supply Master Plan webpage.

For more information

 

Dave Belanger

Water Supply Program Manager

City of Guelph Water Services

519-822-1260 extension 2186

dave.belanger@guelph.ca  

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Stevenson St, Eramosa Rd, Cassino Ave, William St, Elizabeth St and Green Meadows Park area Flood Protection

 

 

 

municipal class envirOnmental assessment

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE

 

The City of Guelph is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to determine the best solution to manage stormwater in the study area during large storm events. A stormwater management facility within Green Meadows Park was recommended in the Stormwater Management Master Plan completed by the City in 2011. A number of options to help address stormwater flows in the study area and how these options will affect the neighbourhood and natural environment have been reviewed by the Project Team

 

The City is holding a Public Information Centre (PIC) to present information and receive input regarding the study. Details of the Public Information Centre are as follows:

 

Thursday April 24, 2014

6:30pm to 9:00pm

Ottawa Crescent Public School, 75 Ottawa Crescent

 

The public is invited to this PIC to provide comments on the design alternatives as part of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. The PIC is a forum for you to:

 

  • Learn of the alternative design concepts;
  • Learn how the design concepts are being evaluated;
  • Learn the impacts of the design concepts;
  • Learn about different alternatives; and
  • Provide input to help determine the best alternative recommendation.

 

The City of Guelph encourages members of the public, stakeholders groups and agencies to actively participate in this study by attending public meetings or by contacting staff directly with comments or questions. Please contact either one of our project team members if you have questions/comments, would like to be added to the project mailing list or if you require this document in an alternative format as per the Accessibility for Ontario’s with Disabilities Act

 

 

Ike Umar, C.E.T.

Project Manager

City of Guelph

1 Carden Street

Guelph, ON  N1H 3A1

T 519-822-1260 x 2242

E ike.umar@guelph.ca

Dan Green, P. Eng.

Project Manager

MMM Group Limited

72 Victoria Street S

Kitchener, ON  N2G 4Y9

T 519-741-1464 x 2234

E greend@mmm.ca

 

Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

 

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City watermains to get spring cleaning beginning April 21

Guelph Water Services to clean 104 kilometres of watermain pipe during overnight hours to minimize customer inconvenience

Guelph, ON, April 16, 2014 – Guelph Water Services will begin the spring phase of its Watermain Cleaning Program on Monday night. Watermain cleaning in the affected areas will be completed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize impact on customers. This maintenance work is scheduled for completion by Friday, May 16.

Customers in the affected neighbourhoods will receive hand-delivered notices before watermain cleaning begins on their street. During the cleaning process, customers in the affected area may experience discoloured water during the cleaning process and are advised to limit water use. While ingesting small quantities of discoloured water is unlikely to create a health risk, it is recommended that customers wait until water clarity returns to normal before consuming water.

Watermain cleaning ensures that customers receive the freshest water possible by removing accumulated material from the watermain and minimizing the occurrence of discoloured water.

No chemicals are used during watermain cleaning. A swab of bullet-shaped material is placed into the watermain and pushed along by water pressure. As the swab passes through the watermain, it scours the sediment inside. The watermain is then flushed with high-velocity water from hydrants to remove loose sediment.

For more information about the Watermain Cleaning Program or discoloured water, contact Water Services at 519-837-5627 or visit guelph.ca/water.

For more information

 

Kier Taylor 
Supervisor of Distribution Meters
Water Services
519-822-1260 extension 2164
kier.taylor@guelph.ca   

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City and GPFFA reach tentative agreement

 

 

GUELPH, ON, April 15, 2014 – This afternoon the City and the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association (GPFFA) reached a tentative two-year, collective agreement.

Details of the agreement, to be dated January 2013 to December 2014, will be released after it is ratified by GPFFA members and City Council.

“The City was committed throughout the negotiations to reach a settlement that is fair to Guelph’s firefighters and Guelph taxpayers,” said Mark Amorosi, the City’s executive director of Corporate and Human Resources. “We’re pleased to amicably reach this milestone in the collective bargaining process.”

“The GPFFA is pleased to announce we have reached a tentative agreement with the City,” said Colin Hunter, the president of the Guelph Professional Firefighters Association. “We believe this deal is fair to our members and the taxpayers of Guelph.”

Contract negotiations began on December 18, 2012 and the City filed for interest arbitration on June 10, 2013.

The previous contract expired December 31, 2012.

The GPFFA represents the City’s approximately 165 fire department employees.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Mark Amorosi
Executive Director, Corporate and Human Resources

City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2281
E mark.amorosi@guelph.ca

 

Colin Hunter

President

Guelph Professional Firefighters Association
T 519-993-1829
cchunter@sympatico.ca

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Clair Road Emergency Services Centre to get water-efficient pollinator garden

Guelph, ON, April 15, 2014 – Work on a public water–efficient demonstration garden will begin this spring at the Clair Road Emergency Services Centre (CRESC), 160 Clair Road West.

The fully-accessible garden is being created in partnership with Pollination Guelph, and with funding from TD Friends of the Environment, RBC Blue Water Project, and the Guelph Community Foundation.

“This garden will be a living demonstration of a water–friendly landscape that’s both beautiful and easy to care for,” noted Karen McKeown, outdoor water efficiency technician with the City of Guelph. “The garden will feature native and drought–tolerant plants, and simple water–saving techniques that people can easily incorporate into home and commercial gardens.”

Pollination Guelph, with the support of the City of Guelph, will replace the turf area in front of the building with a water–efficient garden that creates habitat for pollinating insects and birds. Permeable pathways will guide visitors around the garden, and interpretive signs will be added to provide information about plants and gardening techniques that reduce water needs in the garden.

Pollination Guelph, City staff, and volunteers from various community groups will gather together for the spring planting on Saturday, May 10, with neighbours and other residents invited to attend and participate. Those interested in volunteering can contact Healthy Landscapes at healthylandscapes@guelph.ca or 519-822-1260 extension 2109.

Ongoing maintenance will be a joint effort by City staff, Pollination Guelph and volunteers. Budget funds already allotted for lawn cutting maintenance at the CRESC will be reallocated to garden care needs.

Sod planted at the CRESC did not take well following the severe drought conditions in the summer of 2012.  Nearby residents later wrote to the City about the lawn, requesting a sustainable solution for the unsightly landscape.

As a result, Water Services staff from the Healthy Landscapes program initiated the garden project and will approve garden designs and plant choices. Healthy Landscapes provides Guelph residents and businesses with tips for outdoor water efficiency and conservation including drought tolerant plant recommendations, lawn and garden advice, and natural pest control alternatives. For more information about Healthy Landscapes, visit guelph.ca/healthylandscapes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Karen McKeown 
Outdoor Water Efficiency Technician
Water Services
T 519-822-1260 x 2109
E karen.mckeown@guelph.ca  

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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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City of Guelph Water Supply Master Plan Update – Community Open House 2

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

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