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City Council Highlights - December 11, 2017

By City Staff

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

Reported out of the closed meeting: Sarnia City Council met in closed session on December 11, 2017 to discuss:

  • two items of litigation or potential litigation including advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff;
  • a proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff; and
  • a Council appointment to the Court of Revision under the Drainage Act. That appointment will be reported to the public at the next Regular Council Meeting.

Held a public meeting regarding a Draft Plan of Subdivision for 655 Lakeshore Road. Four members of the public spoke to the planning application.

Approved in concept a Draft Plan of Subdivision for 655 Lakeshore Road, which allows five single-detached dwelling lots. Adopted implementing Official Plan amendment and zoning amendment by-laws facilitating the development.

Heard a presentation from Anne Lannan of Dragonfly Media Inc., unveiling three new Sarnia promotional videos: Live, Work, and Play. The videos can be viewed at www.sarnia.ca.

Heard a presentation from Paul Buttery of Lambton Public Health regarding the Healthy Community Checklist, speaking to opportunities to improve citizen health through the built environment.

Heard citizen delegations from the following:

  • Sandi Compagnion — regarding the automated phone system and reception at Sarnia City Hall
  • Ken Swirsky — regarding the draft Procedure By-law and the Deputy Mayor position
  • Margaret Bird — regarding the draft Procedure By-law and the 2018 municipal election method.

Granted a Noise By-Law exemption to the owner of 1042 Murphy Road for a private event on Friday, August 24, 2018 until 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

Amended the Parking and Traffic By-Law to ‘No Parking Anytime’ on the East side of Edgewood Street from the North Entrance of Olympus Court to 45m south of the North Entrance to Olympus Court.

Authorized the continuation of a 20% reduced bus pass purchase program for Atelka at the UWO Research Park similar to the “Employer-purchased Bus Pass Program” as provided for in the approved 2017 Fees for Service.

Approved the Draft Contract for Decision Optimization Technology Software for Roads and the Draft Delivery Agreement for Decision Optimization Technology Software for water, wastewater and storm, with Infrastructure Solutions (Software) Inc.; and

Resolved to join SWIFT as a member. SWIFT stands for SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology, and it was created to develop a long-term infrastructure plan to help the region build an ultra-high speed fibre optic network.

Renewed the existing insurance policies with AON for $1,313,790.08 including HST.

Awarded the Request for Tender 17-16 received by Bullock & Sons Roofing, a division of 469135 Ont. Ltd. in the amount of $105,829.38, bid amount including non-rebateable HST for roof replacement of the Lochiel Kiwanis Community Centre; and

Awarded the contract based on time and materials to Bill Dokter Masonry in the amount of $71,232.00 including non-rebateable HST for the parapet wall repair/restoration.

Tabled the draft Procedure By-law and all input received, including three Notices of Motion, and directed the Ad Hoc Committee to meet in January, 2018.

Awarded the Request for Tender No.17-23 for the Sarnia Arena Lobby Renovation as part of the Sarnia Arena Revitalization project in the amount of $1,071,024.00 including non-rebateable HST to Wellington Builders Inc.

Accepted the contract submitted by Garden City Display Fireworks in the amount of $31,518.58 including non-rebateable HST, for the 2018 Canada Celebration Fireworks Display.

Accepted the tender submission from RWDI AIR Inc. regarding the required landfill monitoring and reporting as stipulated in the request for proposal at the cost of $46,249.92 for the three year contract, including non-rebateable HST.

Authorized extra expenditures of $259,009.15 including non-rebateable HST with regards to the Sarnia Harbour Dredging project. Expenditures to be funded from the Federal Harbour Reserve.

Entered into a lease agreement with Canadian Coast Guard that will allow Coast Guard to periodically berth, repair and maintain DFO/CCG vessels, store navigational aids and buoys, and park vehicles at the Sarnia Harbour, for a winter fee of $12,500 with daily usage fees at other times of the year, as required.

Approve an Amending Agreement with the Sarnia Sting Hockey Club with respect to advertising revenue to reflect the Sarnia Sting’s purchase of a centre hung LED Scoreboard and LED Fascia signage banner.

Authorized a “Port Organizer Agreement” with the American Sail Training Association with the agreement to underwrite the cost of facilitating the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® 2019 to be held in Sarnia August 8 through 12, 2019; and

Committed to the Port Fee of $30,000 USD over the period of 2017 to 2019, as per the Agreement on the understanding that contributions from other agencies and sponsors may offset the City’s cost.

Directed staff to track and report on Councillor attendance for all regular and special Council meetings and committee meetings starting from January 2015. This report is to be posted on the City website annually.

Directed staff to prepare a report to outline the process and cost of bringing free Wi-Fi to the downtown core, including Centennial Park.

Accepted the offer of the updated Streets of Sarnia Project and directed staff to publish the history on the City’s website for public access by any citizen.

Noted the next Regular Council Meeting will be held on January 15, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Tuesday, December 12, 2017 9:08 AM

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