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City Council Highlights - October 2

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the October 2, 2017, Sarnia City Council Meeting.

Council met in closed session regarding Centennial Park boat ramp options. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Direction was given to dismiss Golder as the contract administrator due to unsatisfactory performance. The City will act as its own contact administrator for the construction of the boat ramp.

Presented the 2017 Sarnia Accessibility Awards on behalf of the Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee to the following winners:

  • Degroot’s Nurseries  – Prelude to Excellence (large business)
  • Ole Country Diner – Prelude to Excellence (small business)
  • Caryl Baker Visage – Exceptional Leadership in Customer Service
  • Wes Harding from Team Hoyt Canada – Creating Opportunity for an Accessible Community
  • Sunripe Fresh Market – Exceptional Accessible Physical Environment
  • Aaron Homes from Bailey Toyota – Going Above and Beyond Award
  • Kathy Alexander from Bluewater Health – Outstanding Customer Service in a Social Service Sector
  • Cody Daye – Inspiration Award for Inspiring and leading a community in diversity and inclusion

Held a public meeting and approved an Official Plan Amendment and gave approval in principle for a zoning by-law amendment for 1992 Estella Street, Bright’s Grove Golf Club (formerly known as Crabbies Golf Course) to allow for the development of 74 units.

Heard a presentation from Bell Canada regarding Bell’s project to install Fibre to the Home throughout Sarnia and Point Edward. A Municipal Access Agreement between Bell and the City of Sarnia was proposed.

  • Authorized a Municipal Access Agreement between the City of Sarnia and Bell Canada, providing the right for Bell Canada to utilize the Municipal Right-of-Way to install and maintain its infrastructure.

Heard a presentation from Michelle Parks and Darren Nesbit speaking on behalf of a group trying to save Jackson Pool.

  • Received a petition from a delegation who wishes to see Sarnia City Council re-build Jackson Pool by the summer of 2018.
  • Directed staff to hold in-person and online public consultation to gather input on rebuilding Jackson Pool versus a splash pad at Germain Park with the information to be presented to Council prior to budget deliberations.

Heard a presentation from Sarnia Tech Community regarding its organization and mission and directed staff to produce a report regarding the viability of assisting this group in a supportive manner such as providing space for meetings.

Approved the purchase of a used sidewalk tractor in the amount of $22,591 (including non-rebateable HST) from the Fleet Equipment Reserve.

Awarded the concrete repairs and sealing of the Water Pollution Control Centre’s (WPCC) secondary clarifier effluent troughs to Maaten Construction Limited for $171,466 (including non-rebateable HST).

Authorized the use of the downtown streetlight poles for the installation of Veteran Banners for Remembrance Day.

Awarded the 5-year supply of polymer for the Biosolids Facility at WPCC to SNF Canada for $428,337 (including non-rebateable HST).

Accepted the quotation by A. DiMurro Trucking of $248,784 (including non-rebateable HST), for the supply and delivery of crushed stone and sand to support day-to-day City operations such as watermain and sewer repairs.

Referred the addition of 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) and 0.67 FTE co-op student for the Information technology division to the 2018 budget to continue to implement the City’s 5 year information technology plan.

Received an information report regarding possibly changing the municipal water rate structure. No motions were passed.

Approved the concept of an access easement/right-of-way located at the NW corner of Modeland Road and Berger Road for 1525 Sarnia Inc. to allow access to a proposed commercial development over a municipally-owned nature trail.

Approved ending the Attrition Report Program in favour of using the Quarterly Budget Status Report and annual budgeting process for reporting of staff complement and associated labour costs.

  • Referred the addition of 1 full-time permanent position for Project Management to the 2018 budget process to increase effective, efficient use of resources and facilitate continuous improvements in project delivery timelines and financial accountability.

Authorized staff to finance the Sarnia General Hospital sale with a CIBC loan not exceeding $5,444,160, with a 10 year amortization period.

Changed the Germain Park Off Leash Dog Park hours from 7:30 a.m. - dusk to 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  • Authorized staff to conduct an online survey oriented to park users to assist when Council must consider the efficacy of the project.

Accepted the proposal from the Sarnia Sting for them to finance and install a new center-hung LED Scoreboard and LED Fascia signage banner at Progressive Auto Sales Arena, in principle, subject to amending the Agreement with the Sting to reflect scoreboard and fascia new ownership arrangements and revenue splits.

Approved the proposal by Bre-Ex Construction Inc. for a boat ramp constructed in water using additional costs of $560,000 (plus non-rebateable HST) with a 20% contingency for a total of $682,000.

  • Bre-Ex made three attempts to install a cofferdam to build the boat ramp, however, debris and dewatering challenges impeded initial installation efforts.
  • The estimated timeline for construction and installation is 10-12 weeks, depending on weather.

Directed staff to report to Council on the assessment that is currently underway for the Indian and Errol Road intersection, including accident reports from Sarnia Police.

Noted that the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on October 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and the next Corporate Priorities/Strategic Planning Meeting to be held on October 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

This article was posted Monday, October 2, 2017 10:40 PM

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