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City Council Highlights - November 20, 2017

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the November 20, 2017, Regular Sarnia City Council Meeting.

Reported out of the closed meeting: City Council met in closed session on November 20, 2017 to discuss appointments to the Arena Advisory Committee and the UNDRIP Working Group. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Staff were directed to notify all candidates of the appointments, and that the appointments be made public at the next regular meeting of Council.

Approved a rezoning application for 2940 Confederation Line to permit a lot for a surplus dwelling, and prohibit a dwelling on the retained farmland parcel.

Approved a rezoning application for 811 London Road updating the permitted uses to the following: Accessory uses and buildings, day nurseries, medical centre/clinics, community centre use, and transitional housing.

Heard a delegation from Patrick Coutu and authorized his request for an Encroachment Agreement for the encroachment of an entrance awning at 117 Christina Street North over City’s right-of-way.

Granted a Noise By-Law exemption to Refined Fool Brewing Company for an outdoor New Year’s Eve Celebration beginning at 8:00 p.m. December 31 until 1:00 a.m. January 1 on Davis St. (between Christina St. and Julia St.)

Authorized putting the Lambton Area Water Supply System (LAWSS) Board on notice that the City will be appealing the LAWSS Board decision to take over the Bridgen and Wyoming Water Towers to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Authorized the Temporary Hiring of Additional Staff Agreement between the City of Sarnia and Bell Canada in order to process an increased number of permits related to Bell Canada’s $50 million fiber to the home project.

Approved an amended Business Licencing Bylaw.

Approved funding out of the Capital Reserve for emergency work at Sarnia Library, required by the Electrical Safety Authority after the July 2017 fire:

  • Repair/replace water main, new underground water line at a cost of $29,721 (plus non-rebateable HST);
  • Restoration of the main electrical panel at a cost of $13,998 (plus non-rebateable HST); and
  • Replace/repair of the underground electrical lines at a cost of $81,039 (plus non-rebateable HST).

Delegated staff to terminate a contract with the janitorial services provider for the Strangway Centre, the Lawrence House, Sarnia Transit, Public Works Devine Street, and Public Works Telfer Site.

  • Authorized contractual negotiations with a third party to continue performance of janitorial services up to May 1, 2018.

Authorized staff to collaborate with the County of Lambton to work towards the gradual implementation of the 2014 Downtown Library Building Condition Report and the 2017 Library Space and Service Needs Report.

Referred $70,000 from the Building Permit Reserve Account to the 2018 budget process for a 9 month contract IT resource position.

Designated 191 Brock Street South under the Ontario Heritage Act. The two storey yellow brick Victorian Revival style house was built in 1883 and remains unaltered from its original construction.

Referred the addition of two temporary probationary firefighters to the 2018 Fire Department operating budget to provide adequate staffing coverage for two long term absences.

Received a staff report detailing public input received regarding the development of a multi-purpose gathering place concept versus rebuilding Jackson pool and referred the matter to the 2018 Parks and Recreation Master Plan to allow for further public consultation and input.

Held a special meeting to receive public input with respect to the 2018 draft budget and grant requests. Listened to presentations from the following:

  • Tim Bechard and Dave Schaller, Pathways Centre for Children;
  • Carly Cox and Judy Krall, Physician Recruitment Taskforce of Sarnia-Lambton;
  • Teresa Ingles and Megan Spizzirri, Deker Bauer Foundation;
  • Nick Monsour;
  • Shirley de Silva, Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce;
  • Brian Bois and Rosa John, Aamjiwnaang First Nation;
  • Wayne Pease; and
  • Jen Dafoe, Chico's Charity for Children.


Received third quarter budget status report forecasting a combined deficit of $261,111 for all budgets which represents 0.19% of the $135,465,569 total overall 2017 Combined Budget.

Received an information report regarding financial relief provided to the Celebration of Lights. The Celebration of Lights opening ceremonies will take place Saturday, November 25 at 4:00 p.m. at the Suncor Agora.

Noted a Budget Meeting will be held on December 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. and a Regular Council Meeting will be held on December 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, November 20, 2017 9:14 PM

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