St Patrick’s Day – What to Expect

Many Ward 5 residents expressed concerns about the safety, wellbeing and stability of their neighbourhoods after the activities on Homecoming Day, 2017. A very large party at Chancellor’s Way required extra police and bylaw resources. This left other neighbourhoods with reduced coverage.

As our residents and visitors get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Joint Operations Team — Guelph Police Service, the University of Guelph, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health Unit, Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario and City staff— has developed a plan, with lessons learned from past years and events like 2017 Homecoming, to encourage and enforce safe and responsible celebrating.

What can you expect this St. Patrick’s Day?

Operations
As in past years, the City’s Bylaw team will patrol neighbourhoods throughout the day and night with an increased Police Service presence
University student spirit teams will be visible in neighbourhoods to encourage proper behaviour and address minor waste issues
Emergency Services staff will report any concerns to Police
Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Inspectors will be available to assist
Guelph Transit will report any concerns to bylaw dispatch
Property standard concerns will be forwarded to City staff for follow up on Monday during normal business hours
Customer Service & Communications
Notices have been mailed to landlords whose residences Bylaw staff have attended in the past, reminding them of their accountability under the Nuisance Party Bylaw
Door hangers that list phone numbers on who to call and report concerns about vehicles, noise, animals, fire and property issues will be distributed this weekend in the most-affected neighbourhoods
Newspaper advertising, social media posts and Guelph.ca will also provide contact information
A bylaw dispatcher will answer calls instead of having to leave a message until 7pmClean up
Transit will maintain waste receptacles at bus stops and monitor ridership to make adjustments as needed.
The University will supply students who have registered as hosting a party with garbage bags and has made arrangements for pickup

Guelph Police Services

GPS has launched a ‘Firm but Fair’ campaign
There will be additional officers
Chief DeRyter’s message – https://youtu.be/3NRGKF4MhO4
We encourage residents to report incidents as they occur and ask for their patience as each call is assessed.

Who to call:

Noise – loud parties, alcohol on street, nuisance parties
Guelph Police – 519-824-1212
Calls are responded in a priority sequence

Vehicles – parking infractions, idling
Bylaw – 519-837-2529

Property Issues – trees, water restrictions, litter
Bylaw – 519-837-2529

Fire –outdoor recreational fires and fireworks
Fire Dept – 519-763-8111

The message is clear — be safe, be respectful and be accountable.

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More Updates
The Town and Gown Committee is continuing to meet and develop further strategies for Homecoming 2018. They will have a report ready later this spring.
Ward 5 Town Hall – Thurs., April 19th, 7pm to 9pm
Topic: Student Rental Housing – What are the regulations – What are the challenges
Old University Neighbourhood Residents Association AGM –Thurs., May 10th, 7pm at Harcourt Church (gym)

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