At its meeting held via videoconference on Monday, April 20, 2020, Sarnia City Council:
• Accepted the following strategies recommended by staff to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the City’s financial position:
A) Personnel reductions (through vacant positions not being filled until further notice):

  • Full Time Vacancies – 20 positions $278,652
  • Part Time – 2 positions $31,160
  • Seasonal/Students – 113 positions $198,000
  • Contract – crossing guards 29 positions $66,700
  • Total 164 positions $574,512; and
    B) Cancellation of the following non-essential projects until the 2021 Budget Deliberations:
  • Germain Park Greenhouse/Conservatory$ 750,000
  • Accessible Sun Shelter $ 600,000
  • Showmobile $ 150,000
  • Miscellaneous (smaller projects) $ 150,000
  • Transit Facility Renovations $ 108,000
  • Total $1,758,000
    • Authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the letter of agreement as required under the 2019/2020 Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transit Program.
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    • Endorsed the City’s projected water demand growth rate of 11.2% from
    2016 to 2031, for updating the LAWSS Water System Master Plan, and
    requested that the LAWSS Master Plan update include a sensitivity
    analysis to compare the impact of various projected water demand
    growth rates on capital infrastructure needs.
    • Amended the Interim Property Tax Levy By-Law.
    • Accepted the proposal submitted by Summa Engineering Limited in the
    amount of $491,229.10, including non-rebateable HST, for upgrades to
    the existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system
    at the Water Pollution Control Centre.
    • Accepted the tender submitted by Neptune Security Services Inc. in the
    amount of $351,072.00, including non-rebateable HST, for installation
    of new HVAC equipment and electrical panel for the Sarnia Public Library
    facility.
    • Accepted the tender submitted by 1197245 Ontario Limited (Sevcon
    Paving) in the amount of $1,474,106.42, including non-rebateable HST,
    for asphalt resurfacing for select streets.
    • Directed staff to prepare a comparative assessment between the City
    and the high growth areas in Lambton County related to single family
    residential home construction.
    • Directed staff to prepare a report regarding the potential for a secondary
    street repaving strategy utilizing quadrants of the City receiving an
    equitable allotment of a rotating allocation of repaving monies.
    • Directed staff to undertake research, through the Ministry of Natural
    Resources and Forestry district office, regarding the extensive work that
    was carried out along the Sarnia and Bright’s Grove shoreline in the
    1980s, and report back to Council.
    • Requested that the County of Lambton allocate $120,000 of the
    Emergency Funding it received to local food banks.
    • Directed staff to explore the possibility of holding Online Public Meetings
    and Public Engagement through electronic means, as is recently
    permitted by legislative amendments adopted through the Emergency
    Management and Civil Protection Act
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    • The next Regular Council Meeting will be held on Monday, May 11, 2020.