Public Notice

Twenty-one more drums removed from Wellington Street construction site

Construction Update

Notice date: Thursday, May 21, 2015

About the work

Earlier this month, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) reviewed the City’s plan to remove debris from the construction site where crews discovered and removed eight 170-litre (45-gallon) drums of chemicals in September.

Progress to date

As expected, crews have encountered metal and debris in the area.

  • Twenty-one 170-litre (45-gallon) drums have been removed.
  • Two of the drums were partially filled with liquid; the liquid was transported to a disposal facility.
  • One of the drums contained a mixture of liquids and solids; the mixture is being analyzed to determine how to dispose of it properly, and results are expected next week.

All necessary precautions are being taken to ensure people’s safety, avoid leaks and prevent odours as materials are removed, contained and transported for proper disposal.

A spill response team is on hand, and air quality is being monitored. The cleanup plan also includes erosion and dust control measures, ground water and surface water management activities, spill response protocols and contingency plans, and a site-specific health and safety plan.

Reporting odours and spills

Please report odours and spills to the MOECC Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060, or call the City of Guelph at 519-837-5629.

If there is a spill or odour, please remain indoors and keep windows closed until odours subside, or until you receive further instructions.

Construction schedule and updates

When the cleanup is complete, construction crews can resume building the Paisley-Clythe watermain. The City expects to finish cleanup activities in early June. Visit guelph.ca/construction for updates.

Contact the City of Guelph

Kealy Dedman, City Engineer/General Manager
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2248
kealy.dedman@guelph.ca

Ward 5 Town Hall Meeting May 28

You’re invited to a town hall meeting with Councillors Leanne Piper and Cathy Downer.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
7-9 p.m.
St. Michael Catholic School
9 McElderry Road, Guelph ON

Meeting Agenda

  • Presentation: Ward 5 Neighbourhoods – a historical perspective
  • Citywide update
  • Ward 5 update
  • Questions and answers, community discussion

Ward 5 Councillors

Councillor Leanne Piper

Councillor Leanne Piper
519-822-1260 extension 2295
Mobile: 519-835-1136
leanne.piper@guelph.ca @Ward5Guelph

Councillor Cathy Downer

Councillor Cathy Downer
519-822-1260 extension 2294
Mobile: 519-827-8390
cathy.downer@guelph.ca @CathyDowner

Update: Downtown construction for district energy work extended to June 19

Lane reductions on Macdonell Street and Wellington Street

Envida installing district energy pipes for River Mill condos

As part of the Galt District Energy System, Envida Community Energy Inc. will install underground district heating and cooling pipes between the Sleeman Centre, and the River Mill condominiums at the corner of Macdonell and Wellington Streets.

The pipes will run along the east side of Macdonell, through the Macdonell/Wellington intersection and down the south side of Wellington Street. To complete the work as quickly as possible, crews will work at both ends of the project route at the same time.

Construction schedule and lane reductions

Macdonell Street will be closed to through traffic. Both Wellington Street and Macdonell Street will be reduced to a single lane in each direction. The following schedule may change based on weather and site conditions

March 30 to May 10—COMPLETED

  • Excavation and pipe installation at Sleeman Centre and River Mill condo site
  • Macdonell reduced to one lane in each direction between Wyndham and Wellington Street – local traffic only
  • Wellington reduced to one lane in each direction between Macdonell and Neeve Streets

April 6 to May 10

  • Excavation and pipe installation at River Mill condo site
  • No pedestrian access from Neeve Street parking lot to Wellington Street – use approved pedestrian detour route

May 10 to June 5

  • Excavation and pipe installation – connecting pipes from both ends of project route
  • Macdonell reduced to one lane in each direction between Wyndham and Wellington Street – local traffic only
  • Wellington Street reduced to one lane in each direction between Macdonell and Neeve Streets
  • No pedestrian access from Neeve Street lot to Wellington Street – use approved pedestrian detour route

June 5 to June 19

  • Final paving
  • Macdonell reduced to one lane in each direction between Wyndham and Wellington Street – local traffic only
  • Wellington reduced to one lane in each direction between Macdonell and Neeve Streets

Detour

Through traffic can avoid Macdonell Street using Woolwich Street and Wyndham Street. Pedestrian access will also be restricted in some areas. Please follow all posted signs.

Guelph Transit detours

View current and upcoming transit advisories

 

Property access and parking

Access to area businesses will be maintained and the East and West Parkades will be open. There will be no pedestrian access from Neeve Street Parking Lot to Wellington Street. Please use the Guelph Central Station underpass on Farquhar Street

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project.  Project details and updates are available at guelph.ca/construction

District Energy in Guelph

Guelph is the first city in North America to announce and publish a plan for a city-wide thermal energy network—a kind of central heating and cooling system for the entire city. It works a lot like the power grid we use for electricity, and allows multiple buildings to connect and share a central energy supply.

District energy is a big part of the Community Energy Initiative which will help Guelph:

  • use less energy in 25 years than we do today
  • consume less energy per capita than comparable Canadian cities
  • produce less greenhouse gas per capita than the current global average

Learn more at guelph.ca/energy

For more information about construction

Grant Ferguson, Technical Services Program Manager
Engineering Services, City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2251
grant.ferguson@guelph.ca

For information about the Galt District Energy System

Sandy Manners, Director of Corporate Communications
Envida Community Energy Inc.
519-837-4703
smanners@envida.ca
envida.ca

Alternate formats of this notice are available upon request in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.

Reusable items seek new homes May 15-18

Guelph’s yard waste collection begins May 11

Put out yard waste this week, and get ready for the City’s semi-annual Goods Exchange Weekend, May 15-18.

Whether you are searching for that special something or looking to get rid of a household item, the Goods Exchange Weekend is a great opportunity to exchange re-usable household items such as furniture, appliances, and toys—for free!

Participating in this community re-use event is easy—just follow the simple tips below:

  • Clearly label items you wish to give away as “FREE” and place them at the curb after 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15.
  • Prevent misunderstandings by ensuring items such as children’s bikes, toys, and gardening tools are not accidentally left near the curb.
  • Over the weekend, tour your neighbourhood to see what great finds are at the curb.
  • At the end of the weekend, remove items that were not picked up from your curb.
  • All leftover items must be removed from the curb by 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18. Items left at the curb may be subject to a fine or cleanup fee under the Waste Management By-law.

Guelph’s Goods Exchange Weekend is one way the City is working to divert reusable waste from landfill.

Waste diversion rate

For 2013, the City achieved the highest residential waste diversion rate in the province with 69 per cent. This exceeds the 2012 rate which was 67.7 per cent and means the community diverts more materials than is sent to landfill.

Yard waste collection: May 11-23

Over the next two weeks, the City will also be collecting yard waste during the regular waste collection pick-up. Residents who are on the Week B collection stream may place their yard waste out May 11-15, on their regular day. Those on the Week A collection stream may place their yard waste out May 19-23.

Residents looking to provide extra nutrients to their lawn or garden can leave mulched leaves on top to help control weeds or grass clippings can be left on to decompose.

For more information, visit guelph.ca/waste.

For more information

Dean Wyman
Manager Solid Waste Resources
Environmental Services
519-822-1620 extension 2053
dean.wyman@guelph.ca

Work on Wellington Street to resume May 11

City cleaning up construction site where drums were found

Notice date: Thursday, May 7, 2015

About the work

The City has hired a qualified contractor to remove buried materials from the construction site on Wellington Street east of the Hanlon interchange where crews found eight drums of chemicals last September.

The cleanup crew is prepared to encounter metal debris and liquids on site, and is taking all necessary precautions to avoid further leakage while removing, transporting and disposing of materials and affected soil.

The cleanup plan includes erosion and dust control measures, ground water and surface water management activities, spill response protocols and contingency plans, and a site-specific health and safety plan.


Reporting odours and spills

Please report odours and spills to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060, or call the City of Guelph at 519-837-5629.

If there is a spill or odour, please stay clear of the area. Remain indoors and keep windows closed until odours subside, or until you receive further instructions.


Construction schedule and updates

Cleanup work will begin on May 11 and is expected to be completed within two to three weeks. When the cleanup is complete, construction crews can resume building the Paisley-Clythe watermain. Visit guelph.ca/construction for updates.

Lane reductions and detours

Traffic is not affected by this work.

Property access and parking

Access to all properties will be maintained during this work

Guelph Transit

Bus routes are not affected by this work

Questions and answers about drums found on construction site

Contact the City of Guelph

Kealy Dedman, City Engineer/General Manager
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2248
kealy.dedman@guelph.ca

Notice of Open House: Willow Road watermain replacement and road reconstruction

Edinburgh Road to Applewood Crescent

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to discuss construction on Willow Road that includes watermain replacement between Edinburgh Road and Applewood Crescent, and road reconstruction to include bicycle lanes.

Tuesday, May 12 
Drop in hours: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Family Gateway, 20 Shelldale Crescent

Why come to the open house?

This is your opportunity to view project information, including maps and schedules, and to ask questions about traffic impacts and access to properties. You’re encouraged to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants at the open house.

Construction starts in June

The City is installing a new 300mm watermain from Edinburgh Road to Applewood Crescent. Construction is scheduled to start in June and is expected to be completed by mid–November. Motorists are asked to follow marked detours as traffic will be reduced through the work zone.

About the project

Willow Road Construction AreaMap

The City is replacing the existing watermain (250mm) on Willow Road between Edinburgh Road and Applewood Crescent as a required improvement to the existing water distribution system. The final roadway reconstruction includes a lane reduction from four lanes to three, with the addition of on–road bicycle lanes from Edinburgh Road to Applewood Crescent. The addition of these bike lanes is a recommendation of the 2013 Cycling Master Plan and will provide an east–west connection between Silvercreek Parkway and Edinburgh Road. The bike lanes will also connect to the trail leading to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School on Westmount Road.

The Cycling Master Plan is a 10-year strategy to make cycling easier, safer and more accessible in Guelph by building a connected network of on– and off–road bike facilities throughout Guelph. It is part of the City of Guelph’s efforts to support sustainable transportation, relieve traffic congestion, and make mobility accessible to all road users. Adding bike lanes to Willow Road will also help to make Willow Road a street that accommodates all road users, including public transit, cycling, pedestrians and vehicles.

For more information

Majde Qaqish, P.Eng., Project Engineer
Engineering Services, City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2225
majde.qaqish@guelph.ca

Notice of open house: Stone Road East reconstruction Phase II

Gordon Street to Village Green Drive

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present reconstruction plans for Stone Road East between Gordon Street and Village Green Drive.

Wednesday, April 29 between 6-8 p.m.
Best Western, Royal Brock Hotel and Conference Centre
716 Gordon Street, Guelph

Why come to the open house?

This is your opportunity to view project information, including maps and design plans, and to ask questions about scheduling, traffic impacts, and access to properties. You’re encouraged to provide comments to City staff and consultants at the open house.

About the project

The City will be reconstructing and widening Stone Road East between Gordon Street and Village Green Drive. Work will include the installation of storm sewers, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, and street lighting, the replacement of the existing watermain, and repairs to the existing sanitary sewer. The final road reconstruction will widen Stone Road East to provide two lanes for vehicular traffic in each direction with the addition of on–road bicycle lanes as recommended by the Cycling Master Plan.

StoneRoadEastReconstruction_PhaseII

Reconstruction timing and staging

Reconstruction is expected to begin in late June, 2015. Reconstruction will be completed in two stages over the 2015 and 2016 construction seasons in order to minimize the impact to through traffic and to accommodate utility relocation schedules.

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience and understanding as we complete this important infrastructure project.

For more information

Brad Hamilton, P.Eng.
Project Engineer
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2319
brad.hamilton@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/construction

Bill Brooker, P. Eng.
Senior Project Manager
Amec Foster Wheeler
905-335-2353
bill.brooker@amecfw.com

Surrey Street geotechnical and environmental investigation

Beginning Monday, April 13, 2015, engineering consultants and contractors hired by the City of Guelph will be working on Surrey Street between Gordon Street and Wyndham Street.

The City is conducting geotechnical and environmental investigations for infrastructure repair planning and installing wells and soil vapour probes for ongoing environmental monitoring. Work is being carried out by MTE Consultants Inc. and their subcontractors.

Drilling is expected to occur over a two–day period, with contractors returning to take samples from monitoring wells on a periodic basis. All wells and holes are being drilled on public (City of Guelph) property.

There are no road closures associated with the work. Traffic control measures will be in effect and delays may be expected.

Area of work

Map showing area of work

For more information

Prasoon Adhikari, M.Sc., P. Eng., PMP, QPESA , Environmental Engineer
Engineering Services
519-822-1260 extension 2946
prasoon.adhikari@guelph.ca

Notice of collection: household call survey will probe cycling behaviour

The City of Guelph is engaging residents to gain valuable insight on cycling attitudes and behaviours.

Personal information is being collected via a household call survey and will be used to further develop and optimize programs under the Cycling Master Plan . The survey is designed to collect information on cycling attitudes and behaviours. This is an update to the 2009 Cycling Survey, and information will be used for monitoring progress on the Cycling Master Plan. The goal of the survey is to solicit feedback regarding residents’ reasons for cycling, cycling frequency, route preferences, and perceived motivations or barriers for cycling.

The call survey will begin April 13, 2015. Approximately 400 households within the city will be contacted by our partners, Oraclepoll Research Limited. Results of the survey will be used by City staff to understand how cycling preferences and behaviours have changed over the past six years and in order to inform route selection and design criteria. Results will also be shared (anonymously) with members of the Active Transportation Network Design Guidelines and Feasibility study project team, including consultants awarded the study project.

Your participation is voluntary. All individual responses will be kept confidential and will be used for further program development and optimization only.

Personal information, as defined by Section 2 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of the MFIPPA.

For more information about the project please contact the Transportation Demand Management Coordinator at:
519-822-1260 x 2791
jennifer.juste@guelph.ca
Bike Friendly Guelph

For questions regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of this information please contact the Access, Privacy and Records Specialist
519-822-1260 x 2349
privacy@guelph.ca

Repairs taking place in East Parkade

Guelph, ON, April 8, 2015 – The City is undertaking structural maintenance and repair work in the East Parkade (corner of Macdonell and Woolwich streets), starting on Monday, April 13.

Subject to weather conditions, the work will take approximately four months to complete, and will require some parking levels to be closed.

“We thank East parkade users for their patience and understanding as we continue to ensure the parking lot meets acceptable safety standards”, explained Allister McILveen, Manager, Transportation Services. “The City will assist permit holders by arranging alternate parking in the downtown core.”

To find alternative parking options visit guelph.ca/parking.

For more information

Anna Marie O’Connell, Supervisor, Parking Administration
Transportation Services, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 x 2254
annamarie.oconnell@guelph.ca