City of Guelph prepares for potential federal infrastructure funding

Guelph, Ont., February 12, 2016 –Guelph City Council and administration are working together to prepare for infrastructure funding opportunities expected to be announced by the federal government.

“Details of the funding programs are unknown at this time,” said Scott Stewart, City of Guelph Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise. “So we’re doing what we need to in advance to be ready to meet application deadlines on short notice. We know from experience that it pays to be prepared for these types of rare funding opportunities. We intend to take full advantage to meet the needs of our community while addressing some of the city’s growing infrastructure gap.”

 

Last night, Council unanimously accepted administration’s recommendations to further explore potential federal infrastructure funding.

 

Guelph’s Member of Parliament, Lloyd Longfield and Member of Provincial Parliament, Liz Sandals, were in attendance in an ongoing demonstration of Guelph’s three levels of government working in concert.

 

Almost 60% of Canada’s core public infrastructure is owned and maintained by municipal governments. The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has estimated that, if reliant on property taxes alone, closing the $60 billion infrastructure investment gap in Ontario would require an additional annual tax increase of 3.84% through to 2025. Infrastructure funding from the federal and provincial levels of government would offset that increase.

 

At this time, cities haven’t received details about the design or criteria of a new infrastructure program. The federal government is expected to announce those details after the federal budget is released.

 

“These federal funding opportunities are rare,” continued Stewart. “We have an opportunity to address some of Guelph’s infrastructure backlog; unlock funds for other pressing projects; and move forward on some major projects that will have lasting benefits for Guelph’s citizens and businesses.”

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City awards $282,200 to non-profit organizations

Wellbeing Grants awarded to 48 community organizations

Guelph, Ont., February 12, 2016 – The City of Guelph is pleased to award $282,200 to 48 local not-for-profit organizations through its Wellbeing Grant Program.

The grants will support a variety of programs and services aligned with the goals identified by the community in Guelph’s Community Wellbeing Initiative. These goals include: increasing democratic participation, increasing the city’s living standards, promoting healthy living, improving community vitality, and supporting endeavours in arts and culture, leisure, education, and environment.

This year, the City received requests for more than $732,000 in funding. After reviewing the 73 applications, the grant allocation panel, made up of eight citizens with expertise in community benefit organizations, awarded $124,200 to 20 human and social services applicants; $121,000 to 21 arts and culture applicants; $13,500 to three recreation and sport applicants; and $23,500 to four other (community, environment or health) applicants. The maximum funding allocation per applicant is $15,000.

“The City is pleased to work with and contribute financially to various local organizations committed to improving the well-being of Guelph residents through the important programs and services they provide,” says Colleen Clack, general manager, Culture, Tourism and Community Investment.

The list of 2016 grant recipients is available at guelph.ca/grants.

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City seeks public input on new digital services

 

myGuelph is modernizing City services

Go to open.guelph.ca to discuss ideas for the City’s online services

Guelph, Ont., January 28, 2016 – The City of Guelph is developing a digital one-stop-shop called myGuelph that will offer new digital tools to help people access services, information and opportunities to participate in City decision-making.

Today, the City is asking the Guelph community what digital services will make their lives easier or businesses better. The community’s ideas and comments will help prioritize the next digital services the City develops and launches.

“This year, we want to build and launch up to two new digital services for citizens while the big technical building blocks of myGuelph come together,” said the City of Guelph’s Open Government Program Manager, Andy Best.

“Everything we are doing with myGuelph must be responsive to the needs of Guelph’s community in order to be successful,” adds Ann Pappert, Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Guelph. “Please go to open.guelph.ca to share your ideas and provide feedback on what others are saying. We’re building myGuelph for you.”

Examples of digital services provided by the City of Guelph or other municipalities include:

  • Online or mobile issue reporting
  • Mobile friendly tools for taking transit, paying for parking etc.
  • Tools that create simple images from big data, such as budgets
  • Interactive maps
  • Tools to understand council business

The comprehensive myGuelph platform will include a variety of new and existing digital services and will be ready in early 2018.

Resources

Media Contact

Andy Best, Open Government Program Manager
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
519-822-1260 extension 3418
andy.best@guelph.ca

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Ward 2 Rink ready!

…. got a note today from ward 2 stalwart Mike Darmon… through a great neighbourhood effort the lovely outdoor rink in the east side of Riverside Park at Riverview Drive and Kitchener Ave is now ready for your enjoyment… it’s a nice sunny day too!

 

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Mike Ridley’s Guelph Public Library Project Report is out!

From Guelph Public Library Staff:

The Guelph Library Project is part of a First Year Seminar course held at the University of Guelph during the Fall 2015 semester. The objective of the course is to examine the question:Does Guelph need a new downtown public library?

Here is the final report:

http://guelphlibraryproject.ca/final-report/

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Residential plow out scheduled for this evening

 

Residents reminded to move cars off streets by 11 p.m.

Guelph, Ontario, January 12, 2016 – A residential plow out is scheduled to start at approximately 11 p.m. tonight and will continue until all roads are completed. To accommodate the plow-out, residents are reminded to move cars off the streets from 11 p.m. until the plow-out is completed in the morning to allow plows to pass.

Residents are also advised to remove accumulated snow at the foot of their driveways before it freezes. This row of snow—known as a ‘windrow’—is likely to freeze when temperatures drop overnight. Seniors and residents with a disability who are unable to remove the windrow are reminded about Snow Angels—a volunteer-based service that can help. Information about Snow Angels can be found atGuelph.ca/seasonal.

Get tips on driving safely at Guelph.ca/seasonal/winter-driving-tips and parking information at Guelph.ca/how-can-we-help-you/residential-parking-enforcement/.

Continue to check Guelph.ca, Facebook and Twitter for updates about City services that might be affected by the weather including transit, solid waste pick-up, and others.

For more information

MaryJo Milhomens, Communications Supervisor
Corporate Communications and Customer Service
519-822-1260 extension 3444
MaryJo.Milhomens@guelph.ca

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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