City now offers more time to review upcoming civic matters

Guelph, On, May 1, 2013 – The City is undertaking operational and procedural changes to increase the amount of time residents, City employees and Council members have to review and act on civic matters to be considered at standing committee and Council meetings.

“More time to read, reflect on, ask questions, share information and voice support or concerns, enhances the public policy decision-making process,” said Blair Labelle, the City Clerk. “These efforts are part of the City’s commitment to deliver public services better and strengthen citizen engagement.”

The improvements, which officially take effect this month, include scheduling all standing committee meetings within the first two weeks of the month to provide more notice of approved matters going to Council as well as publishing standing committee and Council meeting agendas about 11 days before the meeting, instead of four, to provide more time for review.

To support the earlier timelines, community members are now asked to provide written comments or register as a delegate earlier to give Council time to read and consider their input. On Monday evening Council approved this change to the City’s Procedural By-law. This change offers community members at least seven days to review agenda materials and submit written comments or register as a delegate. The new submission deadline for written correspondence and delegation requests is 9 a.m. on the Friday the week before the standing committee or Council meeting.

For more details on registering as a delegate for an upcoming standing committee or Council meeting, visit guelph.ca/delegations or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 519-837-5603 or clerks@guelph.ca.

For more information

Blair Labelle
City Clerk
City Clerk’s Office
Corporate and Human Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2232
blair.labelle@guelph.ca