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City Council Highlights - May 1, 2017

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the May 1, 2017, Sarnia City Council Meeting:

Reported out of the closed meeting:

  • Sarnia City Council met in closed session on May 1, 2017 to discuss assessment appeals. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Staff were directed to execute the Minutes of Settlement for a property pertaining to the 2013-2016 tax years.
  • Sarnia City Council met in closed session on May 1, 2017 to discuss an insurance related matter. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff.


Held a public meeting and approved a rezoning application for a general amendment to permit secondary dwelling units in single-detached dwellings in several zoning areas throughout the City of Sarnia and Bright’s Grove.

The Go Green Awards were presented by members of the Sarnia Environmental Advisory committee to the following winners:

  • Business Stewardship – Small Business: Mary Jean O’Donnell, President, MJ Waste Solutions
  • Business Stewardship – Medium to Large Business: Goodwill Industries – Essex Kent Lambton Inc.
  • Eco-warrior: Ed Brost
  • Community Stewardship – One Tomato Environmental Education Inc.
  • Sarnia’s Greenest Classroom: St. Matthew’s School – Ms. Nicolai’s Grade 6 Class
  • Youth or Youth Group: Team Northern, Northern Collegiate Institute & Vocational School


The Communications Technology Class at St. Patrick's Catholic High School presented the 360 Project, Eye Was Not There.

  • Eye Was Not There is an immersive virtual reality experience showcasing the history of Canada through Lambton County’s eyes.
  • The students are looking for funding partners to continue this project.


Mike Johnson of Sarnia Hockey Association presented a generous donation of $25,000 to the Sarnia Arena Revitalization Project.

  • Sarnia Hockey Association has used Sarnia Arena since its inception and continues to do so today.
  • The Sarnia Hockey Association is comprised of 1140 players on 54 house league teams and 17 representative teams.


Mr. Rick Smyth, CEO of Seasons Retirement Community was introduced and responded to questions regarding Bayside Mall.

  • Seasons Retirement Communities (Sarnia) GP Inc. now owns leasehold interest in Bayside Mall, meaning that Seasons owns the building, although the City maintains ownership of the land.
  • Seasons Retirement Communities owns and operates 18 retirement residences across Ontario and Alberta. Seasons is a privately held organization with the majority investor being LiUNA, and has over $500 million in assets and over $200 million of projects in development.
  • Season’s vision includes development of a master plan for the site, including a new Seasons Retirement Residence with approximately 140-160 independent and assisted living suites. Construction could begin as early as 2018. Seasons does not intend to reduce the number of parking spots servicing the entire development.


Nathan Colquhoun of the Artwalk Event Committee made a request for financial assistance. Approval was granted to provide up to $4,000 in relief assistance to be paid from the City’s Major Events Assistance Fund for the next three years subject to annual review

  • Artwalk is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 and Sunday June 4, 2017.
  • Entering its 15th year, this event has become one of Sarnia’s anchor community events with an estimated 20,000–25,000 people in attendance over the two-day event.


Sarnia Urban Wildlife Committee made a presentation requesting that Council place a bid on the tax sale proceedings of 1541 Blackwell Road.


Adopted the City of Sarnia Revised Design Standards for Stormwater Management 2017, replacing the existing Stormwater Management Guidelines.

  • The updated document includes low impact design strategies to mitigate the impacts of increased runoff and stormwater pollution projected as a result of climate change and encouraged by the Province.


Granted a Noise By-Law exemption to PM Entertainment Group for its ‘BorderFest’ event on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, 2017 until 12:00 a.m. in Centennial Park.

  • Borderfest includes concerts in Centennial Park on the evenings of Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, along with daytime kids’ entertainment on the Saturday.


Accepted the low tender by Carlington Construction Incorporated for the 2017 Rehabilitation of Select Substructure Components on the Donohue Bridge, in the amount of $1,169,462 including the non-rebatable portion of HST.

  • Authorized the temporary closing of Vidal Street South between Campbell Street and Union Street, and the temporary closing of the Vidal Street walkway adjacent to the bridge, with closures to be communicated in the future.


Accepted the low tender by DiCocco Contractors 2015 Inc. for concrete repairs including accessibility improvements to existing sidewalks, sidewalk infills, bike lanes and other various improvements across the City, in the amount of $524,847 including the non-rebatable portion of HST.

  • Authorized the temporary closing and construction of various streets for the purpose of concrete repairs, ramps, sidewalks and bus stop improvements in 2017, with closures to be communicated in the future.
  • This project includes removing inaccessible sidewalks at corners that do not have drop curbs and replacing them with new AODA compliant concrete ramps. All new ramps will include tactile walking surface indicators consisting of cast iron plates complete with truncated domes set flush into the concrete.


Accepted the low tender by Cope Construction Inc. for the installation of new 450mm diameter gatevalve on London Road, in the amount of $241,456 including the non-rebatable portion of HST.


Created an ad hoc committee, comprised of Councillors Gillis and White, for the purposes of reviewing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and making recommendations for implementation and community consultation.

  • The UNDRIP document sets out minimum standards for the survival, dignity, and well-being of indigenous peoples, and it elaborates on existing human rights standards as they apply to indigenous peoples.


Approved the agreement for the Lambton College Legacy Project featuring 50 Native Birch Trees behind a “legacy feature” located at the “Point Lands” near the Sydney Smith Dock.

  • On April 5th, staff and students worked alongside Parks and Recreation staff to finalized installation and unveiled the legacy project as part of the Lambton College 50th Anniversary Celebrations.


Accepted the proposal submitted by Burkhart Gilchrist Architects for the single source designing and engineering support of the Sarnia Arena Revitalization Project at a cost of up to $125,000, for all phases of the project.


Approved an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Sarnia and the Kiwanis Club of the Seaway which outlines the usage of the Seaway Kiwanis Picnic Pavilion by the Seaway Kiwanis Club.


Permitted a request to consider a proposed amendment to the City’s Official Plan as it applies to a proposed parking lot expansion for 481 London Road, in accordance with Section 22(2.2) of the Planning Act.


Directed staff to cover Dr. Hardy Limeback’s expenses at a maximum of $600, funded from the Special Projects Account, to speak as a delegation regarding fluoride at the May 29, 2017 Regular Council Meeting and invited members of the Lambton Area Water Supply System Board to attend.


Authorized staff to proceed with the Departmental Budget/Operations Presentations (to discuss areas of responsibility, staffing, budget cost drivers and changes/initiatives ongoing and planned in advance of budget deliberation) and use the two fall Corporate Priorities/Strategic Planning meetings to provide budget preparation presentations.


Directed staff to bring back a report at the Monday, May 29th Regular Council Meeting with a detailed update on action taken regarding the sanctions council passed at the October 24th, 2016 Council meeting.


Received information regarding a potential $40,000 Centennial Park corporate sponsorship, from Shell Canada, towards a pedestrian crossing on Front Street and new solar powered bus shelter.


Received a Budget Status Report – 1st Quarter, from the Director of Finance, highlighting the following:

  • The forecasted General Operating deficit for 2017, excluding Water and Sewer, is $299,620. This represents 0.29% of the $102,814,020 total 2017 General Operating Budget.
  • The Water Budget is forecasting a deficit of $5,265. This represents 0.03% of the $15,589,547 total 2017 Water Budget.
  • The Sewer Budget is forecasting a deficit of $55,524. This represents 0.32% of $17,062,002 the Sewer Budget.


Noted that a Corporate Priorities and Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on May 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, May 1, 2017 8:16 PM

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