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City Council Highlights - February 6, 2017

By City Staff

At its meeting February 6, 2017, Sarnia City Council:

Reported out of the 3:30 p.m. Closed Meeting: Discussion was had regarding the receipt of 1 or more claims for compensation resulting from harassment.

Heard a presentation from Rob Kardas and Adam Allison regarding Lambton College’s 50th Anniversary Legacy Project. Accepted a Lambton College Legacy Project donation for the “Point Lands” location near the Sydney Smith Dock. This includes a donation of 50 Native Birch Trees behind a “legacy feature” designed by a Landscape Architect with words depicted on the feature representing the relationship with the City of Sarnia.

Adopted the Site Plan Control By-Law, Committee of Adjustment By-Law, the Planning Advisory Committee By-Law, the Sarnia Heritage Committee By-Law and Terms of Reference.

Approved the Public Complaint Policy which includes a formal public complaint procedure, ensures a consistent approach by administration, and ensures necessary documentation as required by Bill 8.

Amended the Traffic and Parking By-Law pertaining to parking regulations on Cathcart Boulevard (see attached map).

Authorized a contribution agreement for $491,667 for the rehabilitation of Sarnia Arena with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

  • The amount of Federal funding approved for this project is $491,667 or 33.3% of the Rehabilitation of Sarnia Arena Project.
  • Authorized staff to support the Sarnia Arena Community in a $491,667 fundraising campaign led by Community Liaison Greg Burr, in cooperation with the Arena Advisory Committee and local partners.
  • $87,000 Bluewater Power Legacy Gift has been made toward the LED lighting component of the project.
  • This project was approved by Council as part of the 2017 Capital Budget.

Awarded Concession Services for a 3 year term ending October 31, 2019 at:

  • Bayshore Park to Bluewater Best Fries, for a total payment of $50,850;
  • Kenwick on the Lake Park to Curbside Grill for a total payment of $16,983.

Authorized the purchase of 40’ NOVA Bus for Sarnia Transit in the amount of $514,277 from the approved 2017 capital budget for Transit.

  • The new bus will replace a unit which has surpassed the expected lifecycle by 13 years with a refurbishment in 2004.

Approved the sole sourced purchase of gears to enable Water Pollution Control Centre staff to complete the replacement of the gears in the four original primary clarifiers.

Approved the installation of a standby generator at Sarnia Police Services installed by Lockhart Electric Ltd. for $260,052.77 (including non-rebateable HST), and authorized a $145,000 contribution to the project from Police Services Operating Budget.

Approved a 25% reduction in the Clearwater Arena rental fee for the 2017 Lambton College 25th Anniversary Pow Wow in the amount of $2,062 to be offset by the Major Events Assistance Fund.

Established the Police Services Board-Civilian Appointment Sub-Committee and appointed Councillors Gillis, Mitro, and Scholten to the 2017 committee. The mandate of the sub-committee is to make recommendations to Council on citizen appointments.

Considered a motion to amend the “Lowering of the Canadian Flag at City Hall” policy to include reference to lower the flag to commemorate acts of terrorism, mass killing or violence against an identifiable group and determined that the existing policy already covers such acts on request to the Mayor or City Manager.

Established an ad-hoc committee comprised of Councillors Scholten, Mitro and White, to review the Police Services Act and also AMO's Municipal Guide to the Police Services Act consultation paper so that commentary can be provided on behalf of the City of Sarnia to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

Established a new ad hoc committee of council to undertake a review of the Procedural By-Law, consisting of Councillors Scholten and MacDougall.

Requested Sarnia Police Services Board to reconsider its decision to hire a Human Resources Advisor and to engage the Human Resources Department of the City of Sarnia to establish if it can accommodate all the HR needs of Sarnia Police Services Board as it has in the past.

Received an update on Councillor Access to City Hall and noted that the Councillor Office was consistently used for 60-70 hours per month.

Reported citizen appointments to the following Boards and Committees:

  • Arena Advisory Committee - 9 members
  • Bluewater Trails Committee –  16 members
  • Courts of Revision under the Drainage Act – 3 members
  • Fence Viewer Committee – 3 members
  • Lambton Farm Safety Association – 1 member
  • Lambton County Historical Society – 3 members
  • Sarnia Heritage Committee – 13 members
  • Planning Advisory Committee – 7 members
  • Poultry and Livestock Valuator – 1 member
  • Sarnia Accessibility & Advisory Committee (SAAC) – 10 members
  • Transit Accessibility and Advisory Committee (TAAC) – 12 members

Received the Howard Watson Nature Trail – Guide for Neighbours which serves to educate and provide the information necessary for adjacent property owners and tenants to better understand the negative effects of encroachment on the trail.

Approved a Consent Agreement in connection with TransAlta’s reorganization and project financing to allow power lines to cross parts of Vidal Street, Churchill Road, Huron Boulevard and Tashmoo Avenue.

Received written submissions from concerned landowners regarding County of Lambton Draft Official Plan, provided by Cohen Highley.

Sponsored 1 page at $250 in Seawolf Communications’ book "Canada's 150 Most Famous Great Lakes Shipwrecks" through the Mayor and Council Budget.

Approved a 25% fee reduction from the regular charter fee for Sarnia Transit service to provide transportation to the Kiwanis Kids Free Day at the Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm, funded through the Major Events Assistance Fund.

Appointed Deputy Clerk, James Jenkins.

Noted that a Special Council Meeting for Asset Management Planning will be held Monday, February 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Committee Room #4. The next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on February 27, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, February 6, 2017 8:49 PM

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