A great new store has opened up in one of the Silvercreek plazas under the watch of these wonderful ladies!
They’ve got lots to offer. From their Facebook page it states: “Discounted brand name essentials, cosmetics, fragrances, bath and hair care, gift baskets and more!”
They’re located at 170 Silvercreek Parkway – you may recognize some of the staff! That’s because they use to work at Beautiful Brands, and when that store closed unexpectedly, they rolled up their sleeves, stepped out as entrepreneurs and took a risk to go about it on their own! By doing so, they also re-established jobs that might have been lost!
Thank you for inviting me to your grand opening and we wish you all the best!
Come on out to Stone Road Mall, find the UNICEF table, then donate towards the good works they provide for people in need and – OH, one more thing…..
VOTE FOR DARTH PUMPKIN!
Council and community to discuss 2017 investment in City assets
2017 capital budget now open for public comment
Guelph, Ont., October 25, 2016 – Today, the City released the 2017-2026 recommended Tax-supported capital budget and forecast to City Council and the community. The recommended budget allows the City to live within its means while taking care of what it owns and planning for the future.
“This year’s budget is focused on taking care of existing infrastructure, systems and programs to ensure the community’s health and safety, and meeting legislative requirements,” says James Krauter, acting city treasurer. “Our recommendation for Council and the community is based on balancing affordability for the community with current and future capital and infrastructure needs of the city.”
The 2017 recommended capital budget includes a tax-supported operating contribution of 12.68 per cent of last year’s net tax levy (within the Council-approved guideline of 20 per cent). The City will be recommending debt financing $1.3 million of its capital program in 2017.
The funding breakdown of the total capital budget of $59.4 million includes the following revenue sources: grants (35 per cent), development charges (9 per cent), debt (2 per cent), transfers from capital reserves (52 per cent) and other (2 per cent).
City staff will present the recommended budget to Council on Thursday, November 3. During the meeting, community members are invited to make presentations supporting specific investments in buildings, roads, sidewalks, bike lanes, transit, parks, trails, and other assets and infrastructure.
New in 2017
City staff is recommending a 0.5 per cent infrastructure renewal levy, compounding annually, for 10 years to address Guelph’s infrastructure needs.
The historical under-funding of the tax-supported capital program has resulted in inadequate funds to cover the city’s needs today and in the future in areas of infrastructure renewal, growth and city building.
Guelph is not alone. Municipalities across Canada are, together with their councils and communities, exploring ways to deal with aging infrastructure and growing financial pressures. There are different ways in which municipalities can fund their infrastructure needs; the City, like other municipalities, is recommending an infrastructure renewal levy.
In 2016, the City created its Asset Management division to establish improved metrics and guidelines for municipal assets and to establish life-cycle replacement timelines. This information will help inform Council and senior administration to determine which programs of work receive funding through the infrastructure renewal levy.
As part of this work, the capital budget is now being presented in programs of work—a grouping of individual projects either by geographic area (e.g., Wilson Street) or type of work (e.g., vehicle replacement). These groupings will help Council and the community understand the financial connections between projects and budgets.
Have your say
Residents are invited to review the recommended budget and address Council on November 3, and to follow the City’s budget news on guelph.ca/budget, Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and facebook.com/cityofguelph. Residents can watch Council meetings on Rogers TV.
Residents wanting to address Council on the tax-supported capital budget must register to delegate in person or submit their written comments by Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 519-837-5603 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All budget documents and related information will be posted on guelph.ca/budget as they become available.
Coming up next:
October 26, 2016 – Non-tax-supported budget presentation to Council and public delegation (6 p.m.)
November 3, 2016 – Council deliberation and approval of non-tax-supported budget and capital budget presentation to Council (6 p.m.)
November 9, 2016 – Operating budget presentation to Council (6 p.m.)
November 16, 2016 – Local boards and shared services presentation to Council (6 p.m.)
November 23, 2016 – Presentation of recommended expansions and reductions (2 p.m.)
November 30, 2016 – Public delegation (6 p.m.)
December 7, 2016 – Council deliberations and approval (2 p.m.)
All Council meetings will be in Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street.
Guelph applies for the full $10 million of public transit infrastructure funding:
Council directs staff to order replacement buses
Guelph, Ont., October 25, 2016– The City has applied for just over $10 million of federal and provincial funding for five infrastructure projects that will improve Guelph’s public transit system.
“There’s an established community need for the projects we’ve put forward in our application to Infrastructure Canada’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF),” says Colleen Clack, the City’s DCAO of Public Services. “If our projects are approved, we’ll be able to use the full funding amount Guelph is eligible to receive.”
Through the PTIF, the City is eligible for $10.2 million from Infrastructure Canada and Infrastructure Ontario, which is about half of the estimated $20.5 million total cost for all five projects. Although the eligible funding amount is allocated based on ridership and population size—as determined by the Canadian Urban Transit Association 2014 Fact Book—the City requires approval from both federal and provincial governments for each project to access the funding.
Of the City’s $10.3 million portion, $2.4 million will be funded by the tax supported capital reserve, $1.3 million from tax supported debt, $0.2 million from the development charges reserve, and $6.4 million from the City’s provincial gas tax funds.
“Replacing twenty-four of Guelph Transit’s conventional buses and nine mobility buses is one of the projects that we want to see funded through the PTIF,” adds Clack. “New buses will increase the reliability and accessibility of our service and reduce maintenance costs.”
The City is required to spend 75 per cent of the PTIF dollars by March 31, 2018 and the production of the replacement buses can take up to one year. City staff anticipates the PTIF funding—available to all Canadian municipalities—will generate increased demand for bus manufacturers and may create a backlog of new orders. In response, last night Council directed staff to proceed with the first installment for replacement buses, in advance of the 2017 capital budget process.
The PTIF supports the rehabilitation of public transit systems, the planning of future system improvements and expansions, enhanced asset management, and system optimization and modernization. It is one of the federal government’s phase 1 infrastructure investments.
The City’s application was submitted in advance of the deadline and confirmation of receipt was provided by the MOECC on October 14. The City anticipates a decision will be made on its application by the end of December.
About Guelph’s PTIF projects
Guelph Transit replacements and upgrades
The City’s existing transit infrastructure requires replacements and upgrades to ensure the services provided are safe and accessible for riders and reduce maintenance costs. The program of work includes the following projects:
- Farebox replacements on all buses
- Bus stop upgrades to ensure multi-route stops have shelters and, where possible, all stops are accessible
- Replacement of 24 conventional buses, nine mobility buses and three operations vehicles
Transit/Transportation Master Plan
The development of a comprehensive, long-term Transportation Master Plan and vision for Guelph that addresses all modes of transportation including public transit, active and vehicular transportation and trail networks.
Traffic signal control system
A computerized system that coordinates traffic signals along major streets, maximizes the capacity of the road network and reduces traffic congestion and delays. This will replace the City’s existing two independent, outdated systems. The new system will also provide the opportunity to implement transit signal priority on major transit corridors.