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City Council Highlights - October 23, 2017

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the October 23, 2017, Sarnia City Council Meeting.

Council met in closed session to discuss employee negotiations. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff regarding the bargaining mandate for one of the union groups.

Held a public meeting and approved an Official Plan Amendment and a zoning by-law amendment for the former Devine Street Public School, changing the designation from “Urban Residential” to “Apartment Residential” to permit a retirement home, nursing home, and long-term care facility.

Heard delegations from the following:

  • Wayne Pease – regarding opposition to the Draft Tree By-Law;
  • Allen Turner – regarding the surplus land recommendation located at Edgewater Ct. and Mills St.

Heard a presentation from James Carpeneto (Agent) regarding the cost of land East of 996 Errol Road East, declared the property as surplus, and authorized the sale of the property to the owner of 996 Errol Road East for $1.00.


Received a report of key findings from the draft tree by-law public consultation.

  • Directed staff to prepare a report regarding the development of an Urban Forest Management Plan and to prepare a site alteration by-law background report.
  • The draft tree by-law was not recommended for approval.

Awarded the supply and operation of a loader at the St. Andrew Street Compost Site and the Biosolids (N-VIRO) to OJD Trucking Limited for $288,184 (including non-rebateable HST).

Amended the Parking By-Law to institute ‘No Parking Anytime’ parking on the South side of Bright St. (Bright’s Grove) and Jubilee St. between Waterworks Rd. and Thelma St.

Awarded pump station repair and coating to Jacques Daoust Coating Management Inc. for $241,527 (including non-rebateable HST).

Resolved to maintain the current waste collection bag limit of 3 per week for residential properties, and 6 per week for eligible commercial properties; and maintain the use of clear plastic bags for yard waste collection.

Authorized a Sanitary Discharge Agreement with County of Lambton Community Development Corporation via Research Park Sarnia Inc., allowing the City to collect additional sewage service charges.

Accepted the tender by Poleair Technical Inc. in the amount of $164,531 (including non-rebateable HST), for the HVAC preventative maintenance and repair services for City of Sarnia properties including arenas, libraries, park facilities, and fire stations.

Accepted the proposal from Bluewater Regional Networks for a 20 year contractual agreement for an Interconnectivity Link at a cost of $122,112 (including non-rebateable HST). This allows connection between the Sarnia Police Headquarters and the Backup Emergency Operations Centre, which is required in the event of an emergency if the primary location cannot be utilized.

Authorized $200,000 from the Sarnia General Hospital (SGH) Reserve toward the first payment to GFIVE Inc. in relation to the SGH Purchase and Sale Agreement, and authorized the closure of the Sarnia General Hospital Reserve.

Resolved not to declare a portion of public highway located at Edgewater Court near Mills St. stopped up and closed and surplus; the property is to be left as is.

Declared the land located between 1628 and 1632 Murphy Road surplus and authorized the sale of the property.

Supported the Infrastructure Solutions Inc. and University of Waterloo’s application for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grant, in the amount of $10,000 to facilitate the City’s license to use the water and wastewater decision optimization software.

Approved, in principle, the set fine wording and fine amounts (ranging from $100-$250) within the Taxi By-Law, and authorized staff to forward the set fines to the Ministry of the Attorney General for approval.

Approved a zoning by-law amendment to remove the Holding Zone Designation at 1992 Estella Street to allow for the development of three residential lots.

Received an information report regarding the ongoing evaluation of the three-year 24 hour shift trial for Sarnia Fire and Rescue Services and approved the extension of the 24 hour shift trial for one more year.

  • There has been an increase in overtime as a result of workplace injuries and accommodated duties however data does not exist to fix the cause of the workplace injuries to the 24 hour shift schedule.
  • Sick time indicates absentee levels are in alignment with years prior to the 24-hour shift trial.
  • Overall the operational needs have been met with the 24-hour shift.

Authorized a three year lease renewal with ICORR Properties International for the Sarnia Library – Lambton Mall Road location.

Approved the Communications and Engagement Strategy, the Social Media Policy, the Media Relations Policy, and the Public Engagement Policy.

  • Referred $30,000 to the 2018 budget process for an online engagement platform pilot.

Received a follow-up report regarding the Site Plan Development Control Agreement for the proposed redevelopment of 481 – 503 London Road (London Road Diagnostic Clinic and Medical Centre).

  • Requested further staff review of the site plan and subsequent return to Council for approval.

Received a new Procedure By-Law for information with consideration of endorsement at a Regular Council Meeting in December, 2017.

Referred the addition of $200,000 to the Fire Overtime Operating Budget.

  • The reduction of four firefighters through attrition since 2015 results in avoided costs of approximately $564,000.
  • With reduced staff, greater use of overtime is caused due to an increase in WSIB absences, workplace accommodations, sick time, and vacation entitlements across all platoons.
  • Use of overtime is recommended as a flexible alternative over adding permanent firefighter staff.

Noted that the next Corporate Priorities/Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on November 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and the next Regular Meeting of Sarnia City Council will be held on November 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. 

This article was posted Monday, October 23, 2017 8:35 PM

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