Month: September 2015

September 2015 update from City staff on status of York/Victoria Intersection

As many of you know the York Rd/Victoria Rd intersection in our Ward has been in a state of disrepair for some time now.  Thank you to all who have expressed their concerns to me regarding traffic safety and pedestrian saftey at this intersection.

As an update, please see below the latest from staff (received today) regarding the York/Victoria intersection.

“Councilor,

The fenced off portion of the intersection does not belong to the City – it belongs to Imperial Oil. The City has been attempting to negotiate the purchase of the portion it needs to complete the intersection, and is trying to do so in a way that is fair and equitable for both the City and Imperial Oil. Until then, the City does not own this property and it cannot move forward with restoring the intersection.”

As always please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

With Barrie and Guelph, maybe we should compare Apples to Oranges | Courtesy Guelph Mercury

Aug 19, 2015
With Barrie and Guelph, maybe we should compare Apples to Oranges
Guelph Mercury
By Bob Moore

An Aug. 14 guest column by Guelph Coun. Phil Allt (“Barrie to Guelph comparisons are an apples to oranges thing”) suggests that comparisons between Guelph and Barrie are “virtually without foundation.”

Since I am on record for making these comparisons, with all due respect to Allt, I would like to defend the comparisons that I have made based on the data found in the municipal study conducted by BMA Management Consulting Inc. Continue reading

East End Development Ramps Up | Courtesy Guelph Tribune

Published on Thursday, September, 03, 2015
East End Development Ramps Up
By Doug Hallett
Guelph Tribune
A Ward 1 city councillor is lauding a newly unveiled plan for a commercial development on York Road east of Victoria Road, but says much more needs to be done to boost commercial services for the city’s rapidly growing east end.

“It’s an exciting project,” said Coun. Dan Gibson, but “I just see it as the tip of the iceberg.”

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Ward 1 Fall eNewsletter

Greetings Friends,

As summer comes to an end and many of our households shift back into school mode, I wanted to update you on the summer that was at City Hall and start to bring your attention to Guelph’s 2016 budget season.

JulyIn many respects, July was defined by the month long Speedvale Avenue debate. Specifically, the debate on whether to maintain this important East/West corridor as a four lane road or reduce it to a single lane of traffic in each direction (with a center turn lane) in order to accommodate bike lanes. My sincere thanks to all who provided input and delegated to council. While I believe the decision to keep Speedvale four lanes was the right decision, I’m also taking comfort in knowing that a fully transparent, public engagement process was carried out. As I said at council in July, regardless of the outcome I was satisfied with the process and that is a credit to the many residents who made their voices heard. Continue reading

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