Council’s Committee of the Whole on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for staff to carry out a review of the structure of Guelph’s horseshoe, including the number of councillors, salaries and the geographic sizes and amount of wards.

The Council Composition and Employment Status Review will include community consultations and will be carried out by a third party expert with the aim that any recommendations approved by Council that arise from the study be in place for the next term.

Last term, Council voted against carrying out such a review after a motion was made during budget discussions in 2016 by Coun. Mark MacKinnon.

Ward 6 Coun. Dominique O’Rourke asked ahead of the committee vote how overdue the review was.

City clerk Stephan O’Brien said in response that there has not been any major changes to the structure of municipal government for a long time, saying the current two-ward system has existed since the early 1990s.

Ward 4 Coun. Mike Salisbury brought up ranked ballot voting. O’Brien said that though both the Council structure review and a study on ranked ballot are linked, he wants to keep the two separate and will work on one review at a time.


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