What we do

Public Works is the division of the Operations department that maintains and responds to issues related to the City’s roads, stormwater collection systems, traffic signals/signs, downtown public spaces and municipal parking lots, and manages the City’s winter control program.

Operations is also home to Fleet Services where we purchase, commission, maintain, repair, decommission and dispose of Guelph Transit and all other City vehicles and equipment. Fleet Services also leads the way in fleet technical specifications and standards on behalf of the City. The team within Fleet Services is also responsible for driver training development and compliance for City staff (excluding transit operators).

The newly named division Corporate and Community Security (formerly Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing), continues to provide services related to bylaw compliance, animal control, corporate security (personnel and infrastructure), business and lottery licensing and annual reviews of City bylaws. In addition, this division will lead the Community Emergency Management Coordination function with a focus on community emergency management and business continuity.

Why we do it

The Operations department supports the City’s Strategic Plan priority Building our Future by helping to ensure a safe, inclusive, appealing and sustainable city. This is achieved by providing service 24 hours a day, seven days a week with the ability to respond and provide assistance during emergencies.

Through efforts to reduce and right-size the City’s vehicle fleet, along with the exploration of alternative fuel options, we also support the City’s Strategic Plan priority Sustaining our Future.

2021 to 2024+ initiatives

  • Continue to work on options to electrify buses and other vehicles in the City’s fleet to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Implement the recommendations from the 2020 Internal Audit of fleet parts inventory.

Budget details

Operating budget—Revenues and expenses

2021 budget impacts

$99,540 or 30.4% net increase budget in 2021 due to:

  • $553,200 reduction in corporate fuel costs as a result of adjusting for the three year average partially offset by a $276,600 adjustment in operating materials and services related to the increasing cost of an aging fleet. An additional $136,300 of fuel savings was transferred to the Environment and Utility Contingency Reserve to mitigate the potential for a steep rebound in fuel markets post-COVID
  • $99,900 increase in lease costs for proposed York Road facility
  • $40,190 for inflationary increases in compensation
  • $35,500 increase in cost of vehicle licenses
  • $12,300 for inflationary increases in transfer to Guelph Humane Society for animal control

2022 to 2024 budget impacts

$24,320 net increase budget in 2022 to 2024 due to inflationary pressures.

Budget request

BR 755—York Road facility lease