Guelph city council debating two major projects at Wednesday's meeting
Guelph City Hall is pictured on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.
KITCHENER -- Guelph city council had two big decisions on the table on Wednesday.
The two major projects total more than $140 million.
Council approved an $80 million south end community centre. Only Con. Bob Bell voted against the project.
The centre will include a new pool, gym and arena. Preparation for the community centre will start next year and construction should begin in 2022.
Council also debated a $62 million project in the Baker District, which includes a new library. Mayor Cam Guthrie had previously shown interest in trimming the cost to somewhere in the $40 million range so that the city won't need a special tax levy to help pay for it. Discussions about the Baker District continued at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
If the cost remains the same, a .39 per cent tax levy will be phased in over three years and remain in place for the next 21 years. That will cost the average homeowner up to $1.25 a month.