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Changes to the original agenda are noted with an asterisk "*". 

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  • Recommendation:

    That the Council of the City of Guelph now hold a meeting that is closed to the public, pursuant to the Municipal Act, to consider:

Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest and General Nature Thereof

Confirmation of Minutes for the closed Council meetings held July 15 and 20, 2020

2020 Information Technology Security Report - 2020-88

Section 239 (2)(a) of the Municipal Act relating to the security of the property of the municipality or local board.

104 Oliver Street Purchase - 2020-107

Section 239 (2)(c) of the Municipal Act relating to a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board.

Baker District Redevelopment Project Update

Section 239 (2)(c) and (f) of the Municipal Act relating to a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board; and advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose.

(Councillor Goller)

  • Recommendation:

    That the minutes of the open Council Meetings held July 13, 15, 20 and 27, 2020, be confirmed as recorded and without being read.

The following resolutions have been prepared to facilitate Council’s consideration of various matters and are suggested for consideration. If Council wishes to address a specific report in isolation of the Consent Agenda, please identify the item. It will be extracted and dealt with separately as part of the Items for Discussion.

  • Recommendation:
    1. That the Guelph Transit pilot project, as recommended through the Guelph Transit Business Service Review be approved and transitioned into a permanent program through a single source procurement award to RideCo.

Due to logistical and technological considerations associated with chairing electronic City Council and committee meetings, the following motions have been prepared for City Council’s consideration to temporarily appoint the Mayor as vice-chair for all service areas for the purpose of chairing electronic Committee of the Whole meetings. The existing service area chairs and vice-chairs will maintain their existing authority granted to them and related to various processes and procedures outside of Committee of the Whole meetings.

  • Recommendation:
    1. That the Mayor be appointed as a Committee of the Whole vice-chair for all service areas for the purpose of chairing electronic Committee of the Whole meetings until the next Governance Review to be completed by the end of Q1 2021.
    2. That staff be directed to review chairing in the context of electronic meetings and report back as part of the next Governance Review.

The following items have been extracted from the Committee of the Whole Consent Report and the Council Consent Agenda and will be considered separately. These items have been extracted either at the request of a member of Council or because they include a presentation and/or delegations.

(This item was removed from the agenda at the request of Mayor Guthrie.)

[Further information and revised recommendation #1 (updated below) provided in Council Memo: Affordable Housing and Funding Requests - Update Memo.]

*David Wormold, St. Joseph's Health Centre Guelph
*Susan Watson
*Gail Hoekstra, The Drop In Centre
*Dominica McPherson, Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination 

*Susan Watson
*E. Lin Grist

  • Recommendation:
    1. That a further financial incentive in the amount of $800,000, funded from the Affordable Housing Reserve, be provided to St. Joseph’s Housing Corporation for the Silver Maple Seniors Community affordable housing project subject to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation final approval of the National Housing Co-Investment Fund and subject to 2020 funding from the County of Wellington Affordable Rental Housing Development fund.
    2. That staff be directed to enter into an agreement with St Joseph’s Housing Corporation to implement the municipal incentive to the satisfaction of the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Public Services, the City Solicitor, and the Treasurer.
    3. That the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute the Municipal Incentive agreement.
    4. That staff be directed to explore transferring responsibility of distributing the municipal incentive funding for affordable housing in Guelph to the County of Wellington and report back by Q2 of 2021.

Councillor Hofland's motion for which notice was given August 10, 2020.

That the following motion be referred to the September 8, 2020 Committee of the Whole meeting for consideration:

  1. That the fenced off-leash dog parks at the Peter Misersky park and Bristol Street park be closed until such time as staff have reported back on the feasibility of a fenced dog park located in a non-residential area for consideration in the 2021 budget.

Brenda Walton
Sarah Hollands
Lynn Hamilton
Renee Smith
Chad Hagan
Lynn Tyler
Justine Kraemer
Denese Renaud
Kim Kilpatrick
Gordon Truscott
Amy Fraser
Joy Walker
Caroline Fontaine
Theresa Finamore
Suzanne Symons
*Leslie Stewart
*Corrie O'Driscoll
*Ruthanne Finnigan

Resolution to adopt the By-laws (Councillor Gordon).

  • Recommendation:

    That By-law Numbered (2020)-20523 is hereby passed.

A by-law to confirm proceedings of a meeting of Guelph City Council held August 24, 2020.

Please provide any announcements, to the Mayor in writing, by 12 noon on the day of the Council meeting.

Notice of Motion regarding removing winter overnight parking restrictions provided by Councillor Goller.

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