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City Council Highlights - May 29

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the May 29, 2017, Sarnia City Council Meeting:

A public meeting regarding fluoride in municipal drinking water was held. Dr. Sudit Ranade, Lambton County’s Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Hardy Limeback, former head of University of Toronto Preventive Dentistry and former president of the Canadian Association of Dental Research, presented information on the subject.

Observed two minutes of silence to honour the memory of Andre Morin, City Engineer who passed away on May 9, 2017.

Reported out of the closed meeting: Council met in closed session on May 29, 2017 to receive information regarding Centennial Park. No votes were taken.

A presentation was made by Robert Swayze, Integrity Commissioner, regarding a Council Code of Conduct complaint against Mayor Bradley from Dianne Gould-Brown, City Clerk.

  • The Integrity Commissioner finds Mayor Bradley’s intransigent and persistent behaviour towards the Clerk at the public Council meeting of February 27, 2017, as disrespectful of her professional capacity as an officer of the City of Sarnia, contrary to Section 9.0 of the Council Code of Conduct.
  • Approved a 2 week suspension of remuneration for Mayor Mike Bradley.

Granted the following Noise By-Law Exemptions:

  • For amplified music by live bands/DJ in conjunction with a private event until 11:00 p.m. on July 8, 2017 at 1351 Cathcart Blvd;
  • To Stoke’s Bay Grill & Bar and the Humane Society for an outdoor event on Saturday, July 8, 2017 until 12:00 a.m. on the City’s Boulevard;
  • To Artwalk for outdoor concerts until midnight on June 3, 2017 at 169 Christina St N (Parkway Parking Lot Main Stage) and until 11:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 and Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 137 Davis St.

Accepted the low tender submitted by Cope Construction and Contracting Inc. for asphalt resurfacing on Waterworks Road, between Lakeshore Road and Michigan Line, in the amount of $1,460,699 (including non-rebatable HST).

  • Authorized the temporary closing and rehabilitation of Waterworks Road scheduled from July to mid-August 2017.

Directed staff to apply for a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM’s) Municipal Asset Management Program for up to $50,000 towards the cost of completing the building condition assessments for the Asset Management Project.

  • Committed to the following: the determination of Building Condition Ratings for 169 of the City’s building structures; the identification of immediate and future needs of 169 of the City’s building structures.
  • Committed to fund the remaining $47,339 towards the project, if the City’s application is successful.
  • Approved the low tender by WalterFedy for Building Condition Assessments for Asset Management, in the amount of $97,339 (including non-rebatable HST).


Authorized an agreement with Graceview Enterprises Inc. for the disposal of groundwater into the City’s sanitary collection system during a construction project at the Jail Building in the Sarnia Justice Complex.

Awarded the Water Pollution Control Centre lighting retrofit to Preferred Electric Limited for $121,962 (including non-rebateable HST) to undertake a project to save electricity costs.

Adopted the by-law to levy taxes for 2017.

  • The amount to be levied for general municipal purposes is $68,823,645 and that the amount to be levied from the transit special area is $3,838,189.
  • The 2017 County budget provides for a general levy of $72,811,501 to be apportioned amongst the lower tier municipalities. The City of Sarnia’s share of this total County levy is 49.935% or $36,358,623.
  • The impact of the final 2017 tax rates on a residential property assessed at $100,000 within the special transit area is $5.

Received 2016 preliminary year-end budget results.

  • Operating surplus of $854,422. Approved the transfer of this surplus to the Operating Contingency Reserve.
  • Water surplus of $526,647. Approved the transfer of this surplus to the Water Rates Stabilization Reserve and the Capital Infrastructure – Water Reserve.
  • Sanitary sewer deficit $238,076. Approved the deficit funding by Capital Infrastructure – Sewer Reserve.

Approved the 2016 Draft City of Sarnia Financial Statements.

Accepted the proposal for wide area network services from Bluewater Regional Networks for $71,250 annually for 10 years beginning March 2018, to be funded in the current operating budget. This includes greater internet speeds and stronger connectivity between City-owned facilities.

Approved the Workplace Human Rights and Harassment and Workplace Violence Policies and Procedures.

  • The enactment of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Bill 132) – Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act 2016 necessitated a review of both policies.
  • The policy’s structure regarding reporting mechanisms, how incidents or complaints will be investigated, how to recognize harassment and unlawful discrimination, roles and responsibilities etc. were also revised to ensure a consistent approach.

Awarded a concession services contract for Canatara Park Beach to Mad Tacos for a 3 year term commencing June, 2017 for a total payment of $19,493 including applicable HST.

Permitted the following requests:

  • A request to consider a proposed amendment to the City’s Official Plan as it applies to the lands at 229 Wellington St. The applicant’s intent is to apply for an Official Plan Amendment seeking Council’s consideration of a multi-unit affordable housing project at 229 Wellington St.
  • A request to consider a proposed amendment to the City’s Official Plan as it applies to the lands at 696 Oxford Street. The applicant’s intent is to apply for an Official Plan Amendment seeking Council’s consideration of a proposed retirement complex and low-rise apartment building at 696 Oxford Street.

Allowed requests for amendments to the City’s Official Plan prior to July 15, 2018, in accordance with Section 22.2 of the Planning Act.

  • The two-year “time-out” has added an additional step for applicants seeking an Official Plan amendment. In the interest of efficiency, staff recommended that Council pass a blanket resolution to allow amendments to the Official Plan to be made while the “time-out” restriction is in effect.

Forwarded the Police Services Act Sub-Committee’s comments to the Minister of Community Safety and Corrections Services regarding the proposed modernization of the Police Services Act.

Approved Suncor Energy Inc. as the Naming Rights and Sponsorship Proponent for the Outdoor Stage and Gathering Area within Centennial Park.

  • The facility name will be “Suncor Agora.”
  • Suncor has provided a $250,000 payment for the 12-year commitment.
  • A formal Public announcement and acknowledgement will be made as part of the June 17, 2017 Everything Ontario and Centennial Park re-opening event.

Approved the transfer of an additional $268,933 (including non-rebateable HST), for the additional costs required to renovate the Site Services Building in Centennial Park from the Capital Revolving Reserve.

  • As-built drawings of the existing Dow People Place could not be located and many concealed features were not known until the contractor began the demolition of the existing building. As a result, additional work was required, including structural reinforcement of exterior walls, roof insulation and vapour barrier, additional demolition of interior walls and sections of the floor slab due to original methods of construction, and the replacement of 2 electrical panels that were stolen from the job site after the tender closed but before the award of the contract.

Approved the transfer of an additional $401,690 (including non-rebateable HST) to the Harbour Road Watermain Project from the 2017 Watermain, Sanitary and Storm Sewer Replacement – Various Locations Capital Budget.

  • Additional funds will complete the recently identified restoration requirements in two parking lots and across a span of the Phase 1 area of Centennial Park.

Received information regarding the Centennial Park boat ramp.

  • Waived boat launch fees until the new boat launch is ready.
  • Recreational boaters, anglers and area emergency response units still have reasonable use of the boat ramp at Bridgeview Marina, on Marina Rd in Point Edward until such time as the new ramp is available.
  • Staff has worked with Bridgeview operators to improve the ramp at Bridgeview. Improvements to the Bridgeview ramp will continue to provide back-up or secondary access for emergency responders, after the new ramp is available.
  • Project consultants and contractors have reassessed site conditions and modified designs and construction strategies for the proposed ramp and continue to hold discussions with the City regarding completion of the boat. Staff do not have a completion date for the new boat ramp at this time.

Amended the Parking and Traffic By-Law:

  • To include parking restrictions adjacent to designated pedestrian crossing facilities;
  • With the addition of a Level 2 Type C Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) on Front St. 110m north of Maxwell Street; and
  • With the addition of current School Crosswalks.

Authorized the Clean Water Wastewater Fund (CWWF) Transfer Payment Agreement for the Talfourd, Devine, and Side Streets Combined Sewer Separation Project. CWWF will provide the City a maximum federal contribution of $2,738,879 and maximum provincial contribution of $1,369,440 based on eligible spending by the City to $1,369,440 for a total of $5,477,759 committed to this project.

Authorized an agreement for the provision of a grant under the Community Policing Partnership Program.

  • The Sarnia Police Services Board considered the renewal of this program and approved entering into the agreement for a one year term from April, 2017 to March, 2018.
  • The program covers up to a maximum of $30,000 per officer per year, and will provide $150,000 in revenue to offset the Sarnia Police Service Budget.

Sponsored the Mother Earth Water Walk 2017 by covering the cost of hotel accommodations for one night up to $925 to accommodate 17 walkers.

  • This is an annual event in which Anishinaabe elders and volunteers draw attention to water issues by walking portions of the perimeter of the Great Lakes.
  • A pipe ceremony is planned to take place at Souls Memorial the morning of June 6, 2017.

Endorsed the identified process for receiving public input in relation to the transit special service area levy which includes a public survey period from June 1 to June 22, 2017, a public meeting on June 19, 2017, and a public report planned for July 10, 2017.

Adopted and implemented the use of the 'Biz Pal' On-Line Business Permitting and License Information Software.

  • BizPal is offered through the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and Industry Canada to municipalities, free of charge. BizPal will be featured on the City’s website.
  • This will assist start up or expanding businesses in the City by extending Sarnia's communication and engagement reach to entrepreneurs and business people.
  • The Biz Pal application will have federal, provincial, and City permits, licenses and requirements posted, integrated and explained for business owners to better understand the business regulatory framework.

Approved a lease of City lands to Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. within the Water Pollution Control Centre site on St. Andrew Street at $5,000 per annum to accommodate a Battery Energy Storage Facility.

Received and filed the new City of Sarnia Employee Code of Conduct.

Received an update on actions taken regarding the sanctions passed in the October 24, 2016 meeting:

  • All direction provided to staff in in reports considered by Council in October, 2016 has been completed or is ongoing.
  • Councillor Gillis provided an Intermediary Report.
  • Received a list of sanctioned training including the members in attendance.

Noted that a Corporate Priorities and Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on June 19, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, May 29, 2017 9:01 PM

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