City Council Highlights - December 6, 2016
By City Staff
At its budget meeting held on December 6, 2016, Sarnia City Council approved a $135.4 million budget for 2017.
Approved 2017 Operating Budget with the total property taxation amount of $72.6 million, an increase of 2.32% compared to 2016.
Approved 2017 Water and Sewer (Sanitary and Storm) Budgets are $15,444,652, and $16,908,805 respectively. The water distribution charge and consumption charges are increased by 2.8% and the sewer surcharge rate remains unchanged.
Approved 2017 Capital Budget in the amount of $37,315,340 (including potential grants/donations of $8,015,927), if grants are not approved capital projects will be scaled back. 33 capital projects were approved, including:
1.LED Streetlighting Conversion Phase 3 - $1,000,000;
2.Core Information Technology Infrastructure - $85,282;
3.Heavy Haul Corridor planning work - $600,000;
4.Fire Rescue Truck - $650,000;
5.New Colborne Road Fire Hall planning work in 2017 - $19,000;
6.Two Care-A-Van high floor cutaway buses - $230,000;
7.Transit Facility Above Ground Gas Storage Tank - $100,000;
8.Bus Storage Facility Upgrades - $134,320;
9.Onboard Bus Cameras - $177,000;
10.Accessible Transit Scheduling Software - $103,896;
11.Two low floor Bus replacements - $996,000;
12.Eight low floor cutaway Bus replacements - $1,332,000;
13.Bus Stop Accessibility Improvements - $400,000;
14.Sarnia Arena Improvements - $1,484,000;
15.Sports & Recreation Capital work - $230,000;
16.Park Infrastructure - $150,000;
17.Errol Russell Park Revitalization - $700,000;
18.Road Resurfacing/Reconstruction - $1,200,000;
19.Rehabilitation of Various Bridges & Culverts - $1,000,000;
20.Shoreline Protection - $500,000;
21.Rural Roads Rehabilitation - $525,000;
22.Donahue Bridge work - $1,450,000;
23.Transportation Masterplan, Sidewalks & Bike Lanes - $250,000;
24.Streetscape Improvements at various locations - $300,000.
25.Energy Savings Initiatives of $440,523, partially funded through the Bluewater Power Legacy grant of $87,000;
26.Sarnia Sewer Upgrade, 2017 portion - $12,000,000;
27.Talfourd, Devine and Side Street Sewer Separation - $6,258,319;
28.Watermain, Sanitary & Storm Sewer Replacement - $3,600,000;
29.Improvements at the Water Pollution Control Centre - $500,000;
30.Pumping Station improvements - $400,000;
31.Water/Sewer Infrastructure Assessment - $200,000;
32.Water Meter Replacement Project - $150,000 and;
33.Police Communication feasibility/preparatory work - $150,000.
Fees for Services are charged to users that benefit from the service, and highlights include;
- Addition of convenience/user fee for online payments as available.
- Acceptance of credit card payments (excluding property taxes and accounts receivable) for transactions up to $5,000.
- Addition of 23 fees that have not previously been charged, such as a Builders Bond deposit, same day service for compliance certificates, Planning supporting report deposits, tennis court booking, per day overnight parking pass, extraordinary emergency fire suppression cost recovery, and a fee for adding a new tax roll number.
- For the first time, reduced not-for-profit fees have been included for Centennial & Canatara Park and facility use.
- A number of other Parks & Rec fees have been altered to switch costs to hourly fees as required by the new on-line booking software.
- An increase in the cash, ticket and pass fares for transit use.
- Approval of Free Bus Passes for Veterans.
Other budget highlights include:
- Approval of a $200,000 reallocation to a new Reserve Fund for the future demolition of the former Sarnia General Hospital.
- Approval of a $10,000 increase to the Canada Day Committee grant for 2017 Celebrations in honour of the 150th Anniversary of Canada.
Noted that a Regular Council Meeting will be held on December 12, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
This article was posted Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:45 PM