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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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

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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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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

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

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