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City Council Highlights - July 31, 2017

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the July 31, 2017, Sarnia City Council Meeting:

Council met in closed session on July 31, 2017 to:

  • Consider a citizen appointment to the Committee of Adjustment. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Staff were directed to notify all candidates of Council’s decision on the Committee appointment, and that the appointment be made public at the next meeting of Sarnia City Council.
  • Receive an update regarding an insurance related matter. No votes were taken.
  • Discuss employee negotiations. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Staff were directed to ratify the Memorandum of Agreement between the Corporation and the following groups: CUPE Local 153, 2713, 3690; and to take the necessary actions to provide the same wage adjustments and post-retirement benefits to the Corporation’s non-union employee group as negotiated for the CUPE groups.


A public meeting was held and members of the public spoke regarding the former Sarnia General Hospital Site (SGH) proposal.

  • Authorized the Agreement of Purchase and Sale with GFIVE Inc. for SGH.
  • $5,350,000 (plus HST if applicable), is to be paid by the City towards the remediation and demolition of SGH.
  • The City is to finance the sale through external borrowing.


Heard a presentation from Wayne McMurray of the Sarnia Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous and provided a 50% reduction in fees for ball diamond rentals for their event at Germain Park.

Reinstated Sarnia Transit Route 9 regular service for the duration of the current City Council term. Full service is expected to return to Route 9 in two days (August 2, 2017).

Granted a Noise By-Law exemption to Paddy Flaherty’s Irish Pub and Nelson Mella for an outdoor event on Friday, August 25, 2017 until midnight on the City’s boulevard (grassed area beside Stoke’s Bay and Paddy Flaherty’s) for a product launch party.

Awarded RFP No. 17–117 for the Bedford Pumping Station replacement, final design and contract administration to AECOM Canada Inc. at the price of $2,289,514 (including non-rebateable HST).

Established August 30, 2017 as the due date for the final installment of 2017 taxes for business class properties.

Approved the use of Ontario Fire Administration Inc. standardized candidate testing service for Sarnia firefighter recruitment.

Adopted the Festival Policies and Procedures Manual.

  • The manual provides the foundation for a proactive event-friendly approach in encouraging the development and organization of festivals and events.
  • Festivals and events on municipal property require the coordinated efforts of City staff, departments and affiliated agencies to ensure safe event operation and adherence to applicable by-laws, policies and procedures.

Approved Fence By-law Amendment No. 1-2017-44 of 1998 including front yard fencing regulations.

  • Residential fencing is restricted to a maximum height of 1.0m (3.3 ft.) for closed type construction (e.g. solid wood).
  • Open-type construction (e.g. chain link and wrought iron) fencing is permitted to have a maximum height of 1.2m (4 ft.) in residential front yards.

Deferred further consideration of an urban plaza in the Downtown/Waterfront area to the upcoming Parks and Recreation Master Plan process.

  • Survey respondents supported the Front Street urban plaza concept, however, the concept received opposition from the Downtown business community.
  • An alternate location in the vicinity of the former McLean Centre site in Centennial Park is favoured by the public who engaged in the survey.

Designated a place on the water’s edge within City lands known as the “Point Lands,” as a location where cremated remains may be scattered over the St. Clair River.

  • Approved the concept for design and installation of a platform area to be built at this location.
  • Authorized the City to accept donations for this project, expected to cost $15,000.

Approved a beer pouring rights agreement with Molson Coors Canada at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena for a 5 year term beginning August 1, 2017 with a guarantee payable to the City of $165,000 (plus non-rebateable HST), a portion of which is provided to the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club in accordance with the City’s agreement with the Sting.

Received information regarding Sarnia Harbour dredging and airport sediment outlining the potential need for a berm to be constructed at the airport to contain sediment run-off.

Directed staff to obtain a legal opinion on LAWSS’ ability to accept new assets with respect to the Board’s management authority as well as the requirements to be satisfied prior to accepting new capacity within the LAWSS system. This is in response to the Board’s recent decision to take on the Bridgen and Warwick municipal Water Towers and associated lines. City Council has previously approved in principle an application to the Ontario Municipal Board to oppose the transfer of these assets to the LAWSS system. The legal opinion will inform Council’s decision on such application before proceeding to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Noted that the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on September 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. or a tentative meeting will be held on August 21, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the call of the Chair.

This article was posted Monday, July 31, 2017 9:10 PM

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