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Residential plow out scheduled for Guelph February 4

Residents asked to move parked cars off streets for plows

Guelph, Ont., February 4, 2018 – A residential plow out is scheduled to start at about 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, and will continue until all roads are plowed.

A plow out is typically completed within 24 hours. Drivers returning home may discover a windrow at the base of the driveway or that the road has not yet been plowed. You can now use the new Plow Tracker map to track where plows are and sign up for email alerts on plow outs, all from guelph.ca/snow.

To accommodate the plow out, please move your parked vehicles off streets to allow plows to pass. We also ask that residents clear snow that may be blocking catch basins in front of their residences. Warmer temperatures means that melting snow can cause flooding.

To stay safe during a storm, we recommend that you:

Allow for extra commute times and drive according to road conditions.
Please be patient with sidewalk clearing operations. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-0912.
Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
Do not place waste carts on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead, shovel a spot for your carts, or place them in the driveway one foot from the curb.
Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather. The minimum threshold for a plow out on residential roads is eight centimetres.

Continue to check guelph.ca/snow, Facebook and Twitter for updates about City services that might be affected by the weather including recreation programming, public transit and garbage pickup.

 

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Open House meetings for new Main Library

The Guelph Public Library Board is hosting two open house meetings to present updated information regarding a new Main Library. The new facility is intended to be part of the proposed Baker District Project. KPMG has been contracted to present a business case for a new facility to City Council on February 13th, 2018.

When: Tuesday, January 9 — either 2 – 4 pm or 6 – 8 pm
Where: Main Library, Programming Room (2nd Floor), 100 Norfolk Street, Guelph

Why come to the open house?
This opportunity is to reintroduce the idea of a new Main Library. Please share what you want to see within a new Main Library.

Bring your ideas for the best use of public space.
We will review the major elements of our August 2017 (updated) Functional Plan.
We will discuss examples of how other cities in Ontario, and Canada have developed their main libraries.
For more information:
Steven Kraft, CEO, Guelph Public Library
519-824-6220, ext. 224
skraft@guelphpl.ca

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Emergency Shelters during cold weather

thanks to the Guelph Wellington Poverty Elimination Task force, here’s an infographic for searching safe, warm locations in this cold snap. Call 1-888-437-3247 in an emergency. It’s an important time to support our most vulnerable residents

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Community Rink in Riverside Park East

 

The community skating rink in Riverside Park East is ready for skating. ( off of Riverside Dr.) This is the result of a great community effort including our oldest volunteer who is in his eighties! He takes care of the maintenance of our snow shovels.

This a fantastic Ward 2 neighbourhood project. Enjoy!
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Residential plow out scheduled for Guelph December 23

Residents asked to move parked cars off streets for plows
Guelph, Ont., December 23, 2017 – A residential plow out is scheduled to start at about 6 p.m. this evening, Saturday, December 23, and will continue until all roads are plowed.
A plow out is typically completed within 24 hours. Drivers returning home may discover a windrow at the base of the driveway or that the road has not yet been plowed. You can now use the new Plow Tracker map to track where plows are and sign up for email alerts on plow outs, all from guelph.ca/snow.
To accommodate the plow out, please move your parked vehicles off streets to allow plows to pass.
To stay safe during a storm, we recommend that you:
Allow for extra commute times and drive according to road conditions.
Please be patient with sidewalk clearing operations. If you’re able, please help clear sidewalks near your property. Seniors and residents with a physical disability who require assistance shoveling can call Snow Angels at 519-822-0912.
Keep fire hydrants clear of snow.
Do not place waste carts on top of snow banks or on the road as these pose obstacles to the City’s snow clearing operations. Instead, shovel a spot for your carts, or place them in the driveway one foot from the curb.
Help keep storm drains and catch basins clear to prevent flooding.
To keep roads safe and accessible, do not park across from another vehicle or driveway, and whenever possible, move parked cars off the streets to make room for snow plows.
The City’s winter maintenance service helps ensure community safety every day, and in the event of extreme weather. The minimum threshold for a plow out on residential roads is eight centimetres.
Continue to check guelph.ca/snow, Facebook and Twitter for updates about City services that might be affected by the weather including recreation programming, public transit and garbage pickup.

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Ride Guelph Transit for free after 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve

Ring in 2018 with a free ride
Are you celebrating the start of a new year with family or friends on December 31? Enjoy all the night has to offer and get home safely with Guelph Transit for free.
Starting at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Guelph Transit will offer free rides every 30 minutes on the 99 Mainline route and six temporary routes (Zone 1 – South West, Zone 2 – South East, Zone 3 – North West, Zone 4 – North Central, Zone 5 – North East, and Zone 6 – West Central) created for New Year’s Eve.
Service on the 99 Mainline and temporary routes is extended until 2:30 a.m. to accommodate partygoers.
Thank you to Sleeman Breweries Ltd. for making the New Year’s Eve service possible through a generous, exclusive three-year partnership. In 2016, the brewery partnered with Guelph Transit to provide free public transit on a night where alcohol is typically consumed and to remind partygoers if they are going to drink, to not drive.
For more information
519-822-1811
guelph@transit.ca

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Nomination period for 2018 municipal election opens in May

hi folks… The municipal election is next October and here are some new guidelines surrounding candidates and nominations. I’m encouraging people to ponder being a candidate. It’s the greatest way to participate in local democracy, and though I have nothing but respect for my colleagues on council, it is generally acknowledged that the 13 of us around that horseshoe do NOT represent the diversity found in our great community. Passing this along for your information in case you know someone who might be interested.

all the best

james

Guelph, Ont., December 18, 2017 – In less than a year, Guelph residents will elect the 2018-2022 Guelph City Council and School Board Trustees. Here are a few important changes to the Municipal Elections Act for potential candidates and residents to keep in mind.

Nomination period
The nomination period has been changed to May 1 through July 27. In previous elections it was January through mid-September.

Individuals wishing to register as candidates in the 2018 municipal election must ensure their nomination papers are filed within this time. The City will hold candidate information sessions in 2018; dates and times will be posted on guelph.ca/vote when available.

Third party advertising
The Municipal Elections Act now regulates third party advertising. A third party advertiser is an individual, corporation or union that spends money on advertising in support of a candidate or a yes/no question on the ballot. A third party advertiser acts on their own, not on behalf of the candidate.

Third party advertisers will be required to register with the City between May 1 and October 19. Additional details will be posted on guelph.ca/vote when available.

Important 2018 dates
May 1, 2018 – First day candidates can file nomination papers and first day third party advertisers can register
July 27, 2018 – Last day candidates can file nomination papers
October 12, 13 and 14, 2018 – Advance voting
October 19 – Last day for third party advertisers can register
October 22, 2018 – Election Day
October 23, 2018 – Election results declared
December 1, 2018 – New term of Council commences

More information
Forms and documents will be posted on guelph.ca/vote in early 2018.

Still have questions? Contact the City Clerk’s Office at guelphvotes@guelph.ca or 519-837-5625.

Media Contact
Stephen O’Brien, City Clerk
City Clerk’s Office
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 5644
stephen.obrien@guelph.ca

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