The City has a survey (click here); property owners are asked to participate in this survey by June 30th.
This raises questions for me about the true state of our sustainability as a city — including how well we will be able to keep pace with our infrastructure needs going forward — and what this can mean for the future affordability of living, working and doing business in Guelph.
We have to get back to everyday issues. We have to take control of our future. That’s my vision.
Your hard-earned dollars should go towards ensuring our sustainability, that our roads, our water, our waste water and stormwater infrastructure is maintained, not wasted in conflict and litigation that ends up costing us (millions?) and requiring a lot of staff’s attention, all the while undermining our city’s reputation.
We need to step back and refocus our priorities on what matters most to us and importantly — how our municipal dollars should be spent.
So, your input is needed. Including at the polls on Monday, October 27th.
Please vote for taking care of everyday issues — please vote for “Chamberlain in Ward 3″. We can do it with your help! And please support the campaign to elect me, using PayPal on the tab “Donate to the campaign!”
Thank you; Craig
From the Guelph Mercury:
GUELPH—City hall wants residents and property owners to help determine funding options for stormwater management infrastructure. The requested input is part of the city’s stormwater funding study.
The city is trying to address a significant shortage of infrastructure funding, and needs to find innovative ways to cover the cost of building, maintaining and repairing roads, and water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure.
The City is gathering input from residents, businesses, institutions, and environmental organizations to evaluate a list of alternative stormwater management funding approaches, including user fees, property taxes, development charges, and flat rate fees.
The survey asks property owners they would be willing to take steps on their own property to reduce the impacts of heavy rainfall events, or if they would be willing to pay a stormwater user fee based on the amount of hard surface on their property.
Reliable and well-maintained stormwater infrastructure benefits all residents, helping prevent floods, protect and improve water quality and control downstream erosion, Arun Hindupur, Guelph’s infrastructure planning engineer said in a press release.
“Guelph’s stormwater funding study is intended to address the current funding gap, determine future costs, establish service standards, and provide an equitable, reasonable and sustainable funding model,” he said.
The study will assist the city in its preparations for continued growth, helping to address changing weather patterns, and renew aging infrastructure to prevent failures or costly repairs, the release indicated.
Property owners are encouraged to participate in the survey by June 30 at guelph.ca/swfunding.