Frozen pipes isn’t a good thing folks! At all! The City has great resources available for you to get informed on this before the cold season comes!

Check it out HERE!


Time to trim the tree…for snow clearance

Okay, well you don’t need help us with that tree in the picture! But we still need your help! Read on…

Guelph, Ont., November 7, 2018 – The City is preparing for winter and reminds residents that any privately-owned trees or shrubs that hang onto City sidewalks need to be trimmed to allow for winter sidewalk maintenance.

“In previous years we have found that private trees and bushes that hang out onto the sidewalk, often weighed down by heavy snow, prevent our machinery from clearing the sidewalks well and in some cases, at all,” says Terry Dooling, manager of Public Works with the City of Guelph.

The City is asking all residents to look carefully at their privately-owned trees and bushes that encroach on sidewalks before the snow flies and appropriately trim everything back. Trees that hang over sidewalks lower than eight feet will prevent sidewalk plows from passing safely.

City staff will be out in the coming weeks to trim and clear City-owned trees in advance of the winter season.

Bylaw Compliance Officers will be checking public right of ways and sidewalks to ensure that privately-owned trees and shrubs are not encroaching. Any resident with an encroachment will receive a notice and a time frame to help the City clear trees and shrubs. If trimming is not kept up, City bylaw will trim where appropriate and bill the residents for this work.

“We really need everyone’s help to keep sidewalks free from overhanging trees and shrubs,” adds Dooling. “We want everyone to be able to get where they need to go safely, including our winter control operators.”

If residents are unsure of whether their tree’s ownership, they can check the tree ownership map on the City’s website.

For more information:

Terry Dooling, Manager
Public Works, Operations
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3346

City of Guelph

Please find below links to the November 19, 2018 Agendas as follows:

November 19, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – Committee of Management for the Elliott Agenda

November 19, 2018 – Council/Council Planning Agenda


Guelph, Ont., November 8, 2018 – The City has launched a telephone and ONLINE SURVEY asking residents how they feel about cannabis retail stories in Guelph. Residents have until November 18 to complete the survey.

“Council needs to decide by January 22, 2019, whether or not they will allow privately-owned cannabis retail stores in Guelph,” says Doug Godfrey, general manager of Operations. “Council wants to hear how the community feels about these retails stores in Guelph and this survey will help us get that feedback.”

Staff will present a report to Council on December 17, 2018 that includes the impacts of opting in to private retail stores. Cannabis stores will be privately-owned and operated and licensed by the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario.

The province will distribute $40 million in funding between municipalities that opt in to help address enforcement and private storefronts. The province will release their plan for cannabis retail models on April 1, 2019.

The telephone survey is being conducted by Oracle Poll, however, if residents are not called and still want to participate they can visit

 Media Contact:

Doug Godfrey, General Manager
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2520

Curbside battery collection starts October 15:

Guelph, Ont., September 27, 2018 –

The City is collecting single-use alkaline batteries at the curb from October 15-26.

A battery collection bag will be distributed to residents in the Guelph Mercury Tribune newspaper on Tuesday, October 2.

Free battery collection will take place on blue cart collection days from October 15 to 26.

To participate, residents are asked to:

  1. Cover all 9-volt battery terminals with tape
  2. Put used or unwanted single-use alkaline batteries in the battery bag and seal it
  3. Leave the bag on the ground beside the blue cart

Batteries that are accepted in the battery bag include:

  • Standard A, AA, AAA, C, and D batteries (both alkaline and heavy duty)
  • 6-volt (often used in lanterns)
  • 9-volt batteries (often used in smoke alarms)
  • Button cells (typically used in watches, toys, electronics, greeting cards and calculators)
  • Rechargeable battery packs – nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride or lithium ion (typically used in laptop computers, cellular phones and power tools)

Residents who do not receive a battery bag can pick one up at:

  • City Hall, 1 Carden Street
  • West End Recreation Centre, 21 Imperial Road South
  • Evergreen Community Seniors Centre, 683 Woolwich Street
  • Waste Resource Innovation Centre, 110 Dunlop Drive
  • All Guelph Fire stations

Residents can also bring used batteries to City Hall, Guelph Fire Headquarters or the Waste Resource Innovation Centre for recycling throughout the year, during regular office hours.

Safe disposal and recycling of batteries prevents soil and water pollution that can occur if batteries are disposed of improperly and recovers over 90 per cent of a household battery’s components, including metal, carbon and manganese.

This annual program is a recommendation from the City’s Solid Waste Management Master Plan, and supports the City’s efforts to meet its waste diversion target of 70 per cent by 2021.


2018 curbside battery collection program

For more information:

Heather Connell, Manager, Integrated Services

Solid Waste Resources

519-822-1260 extension 2082