At its Regular Meeting held via video-conference on Monday, June 22, 2020, Sarnia City Council:

  • Accepted the following mitigation strategies to provide financial relief to community members in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency and directed Staff to:
  • Waive the $40 NSF fee to anyone whose July monthly PAP payment is returned.
  • Waive the penalty and interest charges on property taxes until July 31, 2020.
  • Waive the late fees on utilities (water and sewer only) until July 31, 2020.
  • Waive the late fees on miscellaneous invoices until July 31, 2020.
  • Waive the service fees for online payments until July 31, 2020.
  • Offer a seven-month PAP repayment plan to property owners with only 2020 tax arrears and to waive any penalty attributable for the duration of the seven month plan.
  • Waive the administration fee for the addition of water/sewer accounts in significant arrears to the property tax roll until August 31, 2020.
  • Waive rent for the City’s commercial or non-profit tenants from April 1, 2020 through the earlier of (i) the date of re-opening of operations or (ii) June 30, 2020.
  • Waive interest accrued on the loan for Bluewater Gymnastic Club during the pandemic-related closure and direct Staff to modify the By-Law and loan agreement for Council consideration.
  • Waive the late fees for business license renewal applications until August 31, 2020.
  • Accepted additional and extended mitigation strategies to provide financial relief to community members in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency.
  • Endorsed recommendations to proceed with temporary amendments to the Zoning By-Law and refreshment vehicles section of the Business Licensing By-Law which will increase flexibility for existing business owners.
  • Directed Staff to consult with the public and prepare an amendment to the City`s Zoning By-Law to permit secondary dwelling units in areas of the City with septic systems.
  • Approved the renewal of the Pound Services Agreement with the Sarnia and District Humane Society.
  • Amended the Site Plan Control Guidelines to include a recommendation for the use of bird safe glass.
  • Approved the request for $50,000 for a Traffic Impact Study for the Research Park Lands.
  • Adopted the 2021 Budget Process Schedule.
  • Directed Staff to apply for a $50,000 grant opportunity from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities` Municipal Asset Management Program to advance our asset management program and committed $70,000 from the City`s budget toward costs of this initiative.
  • Accepted the proposal by JS Marine in the amount of $75,333.64 and allocate $10,333.64 of the Accessibility Plan project fund for an accessible kayak and canoe launch system in Sarnia Bay.
  • Requested that the County of Lambton Warden and CAO be invited to make an annual presentation to Sarnia City Council.
  • Directed staff to complete a high level traffic assessment at the intersection of Brock St. and London Road and report back.
  • Directed staff to send a letter to all Ontario Municipalities requesting that they urge Premier Ford to start implementing immediate changes in Ontario’s Long Term Care homes due to the conditions exposed by the pandemic.
  • Authorized amendments to the Zoning By-Law and the Lot Maintenance By-Law to allow for seasonal parking of recreational vehicles on private residential property from May 1 to October 31, and requested a report back within one year.

The next Regular Council Meeting will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020.

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The Office of the City Clerk or 519-332-0330 ext. 3320