Low unemployment, a banner year for building permits, the city’s role in a Southern Ontario innovation corridor, and greater accountability are just of few of the themes discussed by Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie in his annual State of the City address this morning.
Guthrie also talked about learning from past mistakes such as the Urbacon fiasco when planning future projects, such as the 34-million dollar Guelph Police headquarters.
New council procedures for closed door meetings to improve the transparency of city government were also discussed. Guthrie says changes to the structure of their holding company, Guelph Municipal Holdings, will also make GMHI more transparent and accountable.
The mayor also addressed recent media reports painting a picture of a divided council.
He says, although the elected members bring different ideologies and viewpoints to the table, council has unanimously approved hundreds of motions brought forward over the past year.