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City Council Highlights - July 10, 2017

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the July 10, 2017, Sarnia City Council Meeting:

Reported out of the closed meeting: Sarnia City Council met in closed session on July 10, 2017 to discuss labour relations and employee negotiations. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Staff were directed to proceed with interest arbitration in order to settle a new collective agreement with the Sarnia Professional Firefighters Association.

A presentation was made by local resident Sandi Compagnion regarding her amended proposal for the Sarnia General Hospital site.

Presentations were made by local residents Patrick Marsella and Giselle Owen regarding the proposed rezoning and Official Plan Amendment for the Kinsmen Centre encouraging Council to consider using the property as park or community space.

A presentation was made by local resident Mike Hurry asking Council to allow for public input regarding the proposed purchase and sale agreement with GFIVE Inc. for the Sarnia General Hospital Site (SGH).

Deferred the Agreement of Purchase and Sale with GFIVE Inc. for SGH in order to receive public input in a council-led public meeting on July 31, 2017, in advance of the August 1, 2017 offer deadline.

  • Waived the Public Notice period for the July 31, 2017 public meeting.
  • Within the agreement, $5,350,000 (plus HST if applicable), is to be paid by the City towards the remediation and demolition of SGH.

Authorized staff to take the following actions regarding the Kinsmen Centre, 656 Lakeshore Road:

  • Amend the rezoning and Official Plan amendment applications to permit the development of up to 5 urban residential lots fronting onto Lakeshore Road and prepare by-laws for Council’s approval;
  • Initiate a plan of subdivision application for the development of 5 residential lots; and
  • Referred demolition of the Kinsmen Centre building and the Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment to the 2018 budget process, for demolition to follow in 2018; and
  • Referred citizen input and concepts received during public engagement to the Parks & Recreation Master Plan process planned for 2018 to determine appropriate amenities for Baxter Park.
  • This 0.81 ha (2 acre) parcel of the 2.43 ha (6 acre) park is not needed for Baxter Park to remain as a Community Park.
  • Available meeting rooms are being rented at less than 50% of the time, and the revenue generated from the use of this facility has historically been below its operating cost.
  • It was not feasible and efficient to operate this facility in the past and would not be efficient to start running programs from the Kinsmen Centre building.

Approved use of the City’s Parkway Parking Lot (located in front of Scotiabank on Christina Street N.) for GreekFest.

  • Approved the closure of Christina Street from Lochiel Street to 80m north of Cromwell Street and the soft closure of Christina Street from Davis Street to 80m north of Cromwell Street.
  • Granted an exemption from the Noise By-Law on August 4 and 5, 2017 until 11:00 p.m.
  • Approved a 100% reduction in fees for 2017 only, for the use of the parking lot, road closure, and noise by-law exemption to be offset by the Major Events Assistance Fund.
  • The 11th annual Sarnia GreekFest is a community event in celebration of Greek culture and Canada's multiculturalism. The event will be held on Friday August 4, 2017 from 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 12 p.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Approved in concept the City Hall Display Policy. This policy formalizes a process for dealing with any future requests for erecting public displays within City Hall.

Dissolved the Environmental Advisory Committee and Urban Wildlife Committee on October 2, 2017.

  • Established a new committee to be known as the Environmental Advisory Committee effective October 3, 2017 and adopted the Terms of Reference.
  • Appointed the current members of the Environmental Advisory Committee and Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee as members of the new Environmental Advisory Committee effective October 3, 2017 until the end of the Council term.

Accepted the petition from the Superintendent of Roads for a new municipal drain on the west side of Waterworks Road north of Confederation Line.

  • Appointed R. Dobbin Engineering to review the petition and to prepare a Drainage Engineer’s Report with a revised Schedule of Assessment for future maintenance.

Authorized the Over Strength Surcharge Agreement with BioAmber Sarnia Inc. for the exceedances of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) into the City’s waste water pollution control centre.

Accepted the quotation by Cloudtech Mobile Inc. in the amount of $99,457 (including non-rebateable HST), for supply of mobile data terminals for the Police Service operations team.

Accepted the proposal submitted by Deloitte LLP for HST review services.

  • This service reviews the sales taxes payable to ensure no overpayment has taken place and to review the sales tax processing and control measures.
  • There are no direct costs as fees are based on a cost recovery percentage for services.

Authorized an agreement with Fire Marque Inc., appointing them as agent for the City to submit claims and collect recoverable expenses using “Indemnification Technology” with respect to insured perils resulting from Sarnia Fire Rescue Services.

  • This agreement attempts to recover certain costs as a result of Sarnia Fire Rescue Services response to incidents within the City.
  • Fire Marque’s “Indemnification Technology” is a program to access monies available through insurance companies by initiating claims on behalf of municipalities.
  • There will be no additional costs to home owners and no attempt will be made to collect any receivables from any property owner or individual who is not insured.
  • Estimated annual recoverables are in the order of $86,839.

Granted an exemption for the proposed Doggie Paddle Beach Festival on Saturday, July 15 2017 at Canatara Park beach to allow for dogs to be without a leash in enclosed parts of the event at Canatara Park.

  • Doggie Paddle Beach Fest provides dog owners an opportunity for off-leash beach play with their pets in a safe, controlled environment while raising funds for the Sarnia & District Humane Society.

Awarded the replacement of the Sarnia Arena Rink Lighting to Preferred Electrical 2 in the amount of $68,576 (including non-rebateable HST).

Accepted the tender by TSM Limited in the amount of $96,468 (including non-rebateable HST), for supply and installation of a new cooling tower at Sarnia Police Service.

Directed staff to explore financial implication of installing a traffic signal on Exmouth Street at the Howard Watson Nature Trail in advance of a traffic light.

Received an annual inspection report for the City’s water distribution system. The Ministry of Environment and Climate change found no non-compliances during the inspection resulting in another inspection rating of 100% for the third consecutive year.

Referred a request for reconsideration of decision regarding summer reduction of Sarnia Transit Route 9 to the July 31, 2017 Regular Council Meeting.

Noted that the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on July 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, July 10, 2017 8:14 PM

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