December 24 Winter Snow Removal Status

An update from Murray Cameron, Operations Department:

On behalf of the Operations Department, I’d like to advise that our staffing and equipment resources are being tapped to assist with the prompt clean-up of this latest snow event.  The clearing of arterial and collector roads is well under way and as of 8:00am, a plow out of our residential streets commenced as snow accumulation has exceeded our 8cm standard.  We anticipate this task to take anywhere between 14 to 18 hours to complete, but may take up to 24 hours depending on resources especially during the Holiday Season.

Once the residential plow out has been completed, our forces will follow behind to spread traction material as required to complete that task. At the same time, priority sidewalks and hand-shoveling locations are being addressed. City owned facility lot clearing, remaining residential sidewalk plowing and hand clearing of city owned steps and bus stops will also take place accordingly. We anticipate this activity, including bus stop clearing, will be completed by December 27th. Hauling of snow in the Downtown area commenced Monday night and was completed last night, in anticipation of this snowfall.

Milder temperatures are forecast for tomorrow, so localized flooding may be realized.  We ask constituents who know the locations of their street catch basins to assist us by clearing them if possible. We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during the execution of this storm cleanup.

Best regards and Happy Holidays,


Winter Snow Removal Measures

The month of December has delivered a higher than average snowfall.   We receive many calls about snow removal this time of year.   Rest assured – our city staff are working to keep our roadways clear and safe — before, during and after an anticipated snowfall.

A summary of the standard measures taken during a snowfall can be found at:

If you have questions or concerns about your neighbourhood, please do not hesitate to contact our Operations Department  at 519-837-5629 or
Happy Holidays and a Safe New Year to All!

Conservation Review Board Recommends Designation of 47 Alice Street

The Conservation Review Board has released its decision with respect to 47-49 Alice Street.  The CRB conclusion is:

“Based on the evidence heard, it is the recommendation of the Conservation Review Board that the property know municipally as 47 Alice Street and described at Lot 40 and Part Lot 39, Plan 244 in the City of Guelph be protected under s.29 of the Ontario Heritage Act R.S.O., Chapter 018 as amended 2006.”

Unlike the OMB, the CRB makes a recommendation on its findings as it relates to the Act, however, final decision on designation still rests with Council.   City staff will prepare a report and the matter will likely find its way back to Council early in the new year.

A full copy of the CRB decision can be found here: