At the urging of Hugh Whitely, a city hall watchdog and adjunct professor at the University of Guelph, we asked the university for its take on the proposed road improvements of Stone Road East from Gordon to Victoria.
The city has proposed widening Stone Road to four lanes all the way through and adding bike lanes, curbs and sidewalks. The matter goes to council Monday night.
Whitely is opposed.
"Unfortunately the widening of Stone Road for the portion bisecting the arboretum has evoked no community interest. The universtiy is represented, on this issue not by its environmentally-sensitive sector but by the real estate sector — the university as the biggest land developer in Guelph," Whitely writes in an email.
Don O'Leary, vice president administration at U of G, says the university is all for it and that widening the road will not encroach on Arboretum land.
"We think it's a good thing. It will improve the entrance to the university at Stone Road in both directions," he told me in a phone interview.
"Late in the day the traffic at the business parks is significant. I've experienced it," he went on. "This will only improve the situation."
We'll see what council says Monday night. Whitely is expected to delegate on the matter.