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City Council Highlights - January 16, 2017

By City Staff

At its meeting January 16, 2017, Sarnia City Council:

Reported out of the 3:15 p.m. Closed Meeting.

  • Discussed appointments to Boards and Committees. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Appointments will be announced at the next meeting of Sarnia City Council.
  • Sarnia Police Services Board term will be extended by two months to the end of February 2017 to allow for further scrutiny of applications.

Held a public meeting regarding the proposed rezoning application and official plan amendment of 656 Lakeshore Road (the former Kinsmen Centre).

  • Deferred the decision on zoning and Official Plan amendment applications for a 6 month period to permit Staff to undertake a community planning process that will consider a mix of park and residential uses and amenities for Baxter Park and Kinsmen Centre Lands.
  • Staff will report back to Council on the outcome of that process.

Heard a presentation from Elizabeth Davis-Dagg regarding Lambton County’s Official Plan

Accepted Refined Fool Brewing Company’s request for future consideration of a proposed amendment to the Official Plan to allow for a craft brewery at 1326 London Road.

Endorsed the conclusions of the ‘Business Case Analysis for Oversized Freight To/From Sarnia Lambton’ prepared by Canadian Pacific Consulting Services (CPCS) in association with Anderson Haulage.

Approved an amendment to the City’s School Crossing Guard Program. After standard gap analyses were completed revealing that no students were being assisted, the following guarded crossings were removed:

  • Lunch 2 time (1300-1340hrs) at Bradford Drive and Murphy Road;
  • Lunch 2 time (1250-1330hrs) at Willa Drive and Kember Avenue;
  • Lunch 2 time (1300-1340hrs) at Oak Avenue and Indian Road;
  • Lunch 1 and Lunch 2 time (1055-1155hrs and 1240-1340hrs) at Murphy Road and Leckie Drive;
  • Lunch 1 time (1125-1230hrs) at Cathcart Boulevard and Grace Avenue;
  • Christina Street and Durand Street and all times associated with it (0830-0910hrs, 1250-1350hrs, and 1510-1615hrs);
  • Confederation Street and Ontario Street and all times associated with it (750-910hrs and 1510-1615hrs).

Amended the Traffic and Parking By-Law to allow for unrestricted parking on the west side of Euphemia Street between Lochiel Street and Cromwell Street.

Amended the Traffic and Parking By-Law to include designated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to ensure that the designated spaces are used exclusively by electric vehicles at the parking lot located at Charlotte St.

Authorized encroachment agreements with the following for signs that encroach over City property:

  • TJ Brough Holdings Ltd. and Blackwater Coffee, 177 Christina Street N.
  • 684725 Ontario Ltd. (LEADWAVE Office & Residential).

Approved the 2017 Interim Property Tax Levy.

  • Taxes imposed by this by-law shall be paid in two installments due in February and April of 2017.
  • Prior to the start of the second business day of each month, a penalty for non-payment or late payment of the taxes at the rate of 1¼ percent of the amount due, shall be imposed and will continue to be imposed each month the installment amount remains unpaid.

Approved short-term borrowing until taxes are collected and other revenues are received to meet Current Expenditures for 2017.

Authorized the Radio Tower Site agreement for installation of communications equipment on the Sarnia Fire Rescue Services radio tower located at the 240 East Street North Fire station. The radio system details include:

  • Two county wide digital dispatch channels between Central Ambulance Communications Centre (CACC in Wallaceburg) and Lambton County fire departments.
  • Three Tactical Channels for fire department operations (radio to radio communications).
  • The back-up dispatching equipment will be located at the Sarnia Police Dispatch.

Authorized the agreement between Workplace Medical Corporation and The Corporation of the City of Sarnia for the purpose of implementing the Web-based Absenteeism Management Software (ATOMS) in 2017.

Authorized an agreement with Bell Mobility Inc. for the installation of small cell telecommunications equipment in Norm Perry Park to facilitate better service for their mobile customers, especially along the riverfront (international border).

Authorized the demolition of the building structure and bleachers at Errol Russell Park (610 Devine Street) due to structural failure. The Errol Russell Revitalization Plan provides for the construction of a new facility and bleachers commencing in 2018 subject to funding. The demolition will not prohibit the 2017 baseball season at Stan Slack Field.

Approved Unconquered Sun as the Vendor of Record for a solar powered transit shelter solution.

  • In 2016 two solar powered shelters were installed along Exmouth Street with overall cost saving of approximately $415 per year per installation in electrical costs.

Received an information report from the City Engineer regarding Bright’s Grove Lagoon Upgrades – Project Completion.

  • The new treatment works provide continuous, year-round discharge of the treated sewage and have a rated capacity of approximately 50% more than the treatment system they are replacing. Additional treatment capacity can be added in the future.
  • The development freeze in Bright’s Grove will remain intact for an additional 6 months or so to allow adaptation to the new controls, process adjustments and reporting requirements.

Received an information report regarding the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation’s (MPAC) assessment roll which is used to calculate 2017 property taxes.

  • Comparison of the 2016 year end assessment values to the 2017 returned assessment roll represents a 1.92% (unweighted) and 1.40% (weighted) increase. This increase is a combination of actual growth and the impact of reassessment.

Authorized a Discharge of Mortgage for the Imperial Theatre located at 160-168 North Christina Street.

Supported a letter from Guy Caron, MP, regarding Ending Unfair Taxation on Fam¡ly Business Transfers.

Directed staff to produce a report regarding use/installation of autism awareness signs.

Referred a request from Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, regarding Request for Financial Assistance to 2018 Budget.

Approved the recommendations of the 356/357/358 Tax Appeals Committee held on January 5, 2017.

Received an information update from the City Engineer regarding Centennial Park.

  • Due to challenges, an extension has been granted. The initial stage of completion is extended to May 26, 2017 and the remaining works to the west, including the new boat ramp, are scheduled to be completed by June 2, 2017.
  • The contractor will continue to work through the winter months on renovations to the Dow People Place, the boat ramp, completion of seawall construction, completion of capping of the main park site and preparing for plantings in the spring as weather improves.

Received and filed a letter from the Green Party, dated January 10, 2017, regarding Municipal Electoral Associations.

Authorized a Letter of Agreement as required under the 2016/2017 Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transit Program.

  • The City of Sarnia is eligible to receive an allocation of $925,969 for the period of April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Noted that the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on February 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, January 16, 2017 8:33 PM

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