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City Council Highlights - September 11

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the September 11, 2017, Sarnia City Council Meeting.

Council met in closed session on September 11, 2017 to:

  • Receive information regarding Centennial Park pursuant to sections 239 (2) (e) and (f) of the Municipal Act. No votes were taken.
  • Discuss a proposed disposition of land by the municipality. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff.

Held a public meeting and approved an Official Plan Amendment and rezoning application for 481-503 London Road, known as the London Road Diagnostic Clinic and Bluewater Pharmacy, from “Office Commercial” to “Institutional” zone. The site is planned to expand to incorporate additional doctors’ offices and parking.

Directed City staff to work closely with Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton to identify property that could be utilized for the building of affordable housing.

Heard delegations from members of the public regarding the transit special service area levy.

  • Received a report summarizing public input regarding the transit special service area levy.
  • Resolved to continue funding specialized transit services through the general levy and funding conventional transit through the transit special service area rate levy and direct staff to regularly update the designated properties based on transit routes.
  • Resolved that any future proposed matter pertaining to transit service be referred to the Transit Committee for input prior to consideration by Sarnia City Council.

Directed staff to establish a working group to develop a model of community consultation and a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) within the City of Sarnia.

  • The Ad Hoc Committee reviewed and discussed an analytical overview developed by staff of UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action. Many of the TRC Calls to Action involve the implementation of UNDRIP. These efforts have been referred to as “Pathways to Reconciliation.”
  • Directed staff to advertise for citizens interested in sitting on the Working Group to review and implement UNDRIP and report back to Council.

Approved the City Hall Display Policy which formalizes the process for dealing with any future requests for corporate displays within City Hall.

Awarded Tender 17-20 for Supply and Installation of Above ground fueling in the amount of $126,893 including non-rebatable HST to facilitate on-site fueling at Transit for 10 new buses and four support vehicles.

Authorized, in principle, the surplus status of the following properties which have no current or future use for municipal purposes:

  • Vacant right-of-way located at Edgewater Court near Mills St.
  • Vacant land located between 1628 and 1632 Murphy Road.

Delegated the Director of Finance, or his/her delegate, the authority to conduct specific business related to the Assessment Review Board as required by the new rules of practice and procedure.

Directed staff to ask the Provincial Ministry to reconsider the proposed changes to the Municipal Act which would remove the City’s ability to keep any amount in excess of the minimum bid on a tax sale property.

Awarded the tender to build a new rescue fire truck to Dependable Trucks at a cost of $648,880 including non-rebatable HST.

Directed the City of Sarnia LAWSS liaison move the following motion at the next LAWSS meeting: That prior to any capital expansion of the LAWSS System, including the acquisition of the Plympton-Wyoming and Brigden water towers and associated water lines, the requirements outlined in the Transfer Order shall be completed and approved by the Board including:

  1. a study be done showing a cost/benefit analysis of the addition of each capital asset to the System; including its effect on the operating and capital replacement and rehabilitation budgets;
  2. the Master Plan be amended if applicable; and
  3. an optimization study be taken for the possible re-rating of the System Rate.

Accepted the donation of the 25th Anniversary Legacy Pavilion located at McGibbon Park from the Kiwanis Club of Sarnia-Lambton Golden K and approved the corresponding 15 year sponsorship agreement for the pavilion.

Accepted the low tender by JBL Construction for the installation of a new watermain and services on Jamieson Lane in the amount of $360,691 including non-rebatable HST.

  • Authorized the temporary closing of Lambert Road for the purpose of watermain reconstruction and related works.

Approved up to an additional $240,000 of Provincial Gas Tax Reserves to complete the purchase of 8 buses and software including the DriverMate module and TripSpark software.

Approved $8,303 from the Water Reserve for the Harbour Road Infrastructure Project, and $248,121 from the Federal Gas Tax Reserve for Centennial Park Phase II and III Remediation/Revitalization.

  • Phase II and III Remediation and Revitalization includes project costs above Council approved funding by $198,121 for items such as fencing, security, new power supply, and pre-tender activities.
  • The Harbour/Seaway Road Infrastructure Project expanded in scope and cost and is now $8,303 above approved funding.
  • Outstanding known work is estimated at $50,000, excluding any additional costs that may be associated with the boat ramp and the use of Bridgeview Marina.

Total known costs to date for the Phases 1 to 3 of the Centennial Park remediation and revitalization construction are $9,392,368 excluding remaining boat ramp associated costs. Primary project changes since 2014:

  • A more enhanced park amenity package following public consultations in 2015 as well as subsequent inclusion of the new Pedestrian Crossover on Front Street;
  • The results of the Environmental Assessments caused re-alignment of park amenities and necessitated the movement of the boat ramp to accommodate encapsulation of contaminated soil on-site and ensure proper surface water drainage in the park;
  • Installation of the armour stone seawall rather than sheet metal;
  • New design and installation of a new power supply to the site services building;
  • Planned infrastructure projects that ran through/around the park were pulled forward in the capital works schedule due to the poor condition of the underground water and sewer infrastructure.

Received a Centennial Park Remediation update:

  • The site services building and Suncor Agora to be completed by September 15, 2017. Deficiencies delayed by time required to resolve a conflict between the steel siding and the elevation of the exterior concrete walkways.
  • Staff await a boat ramp quote for temporary works and dewatering system. Quotes were delayed by a discrepancy in the design drawings discovered after a field investigation was completed in July.
  • View the Current Status of Centennial Park Remediation and Harbour Road Infrastructure Projects in the Centennial Park Remediation – Project Update report at the following link: https://sarnia.civicweb.net/FileStorage/3197DD25345A46D1B014A34904A3F075-ENG%20-%20CP%20Project%20Update.pdf

Directed staff to produce a report on a Community Improvement Plan, based on the Windsor model, which would detail the advantages and disadvantages of implementing such an economic incentive in the City of Sarnia.


Directed staff to provide a follow-up report on citizen correspondence regarding the condition of Gladwish Dr. and Plank Rd. and that this be included in the 2018 Capital Budget for discussion.


Requested staff to provide a report back to Council on the cost of road repairs for a .3km section of Denmark St in Sarnia (specifically from Denmark St. and Sweden St. to Denmark St. and Norway Ave.)


Directed staff to follow future Provincial announcements reports on the legalization of cannabis, specifically on the matter of privately sold or government regulated cannabis, and provide updated reports to council on a continual basis.

Requested a report from the Sarnia Police Services Board, outlining any information they may acquire with specific respect to the future legalization of cannabis and how it will directly affect our local police force through drugged driving tests, police training for drugged driving, additional police officers needed on the force and overall additional costs incurred with the new Act.

Resolved to proceed under the Ontario Heritage Act with the heritage designation of the properties at 191 brock Street South and 223 London road and authorized staff to proceed with a publication of the “Notices of Intent to Designate.”

Directed staff to write letter to Ministry of Environment and Climate Change petitioning for cost recovery for faulty doors on the former air monitoring building in Centennial Park.

Received the Budget Status Report for the period ending June 30, 2017 which forecasts a combined deficit of $404,842 for all budgets which represents 0.30% of the $135,465,569 total overall 2017 Combined Budget.

Noted that the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on October 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. A Corporate Priorities and Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on September 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

This article was posted Monday, September 11, 2017 8:02 PM

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