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City Council Highlights - October 1, 2018

By City Staff

Sarnia City Council met in closed session on October 1, 2018 to discuss a succession planning matter. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff to refer the costs associated with the succession planning matter to Budget Deliberations.


Presented the 2018 Sarnia Accessibility Awards on behalf of the Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee to the following winners:

  • Mucho Burrito – Prelude to Excellence (Small Business)
  • Michael Hearse (Sarnia Golf and Curling Club) – Exceptional Leadership in Customer Service
  • Jo-Ann Pinel (Dance Instructor) – Creating Opportunity for an Accessible Community
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church – Exceptional Accessible Physical Environment
  • Mercel Laporte (BMC Pharmacy Sarnia) – Going Above and Beyond Award
  • Yvonne McInnes – Outstanding Customer Service in a Social Service Sector
  • Tom Cribben – Inspiration Award for inspiring and leading a community in diversity and inclusion
  • Bluewater International Granfondo – Age-Friendly Sarnia Award


Heard a delegation from Chris Hendriksen, Stantec, regarding the proposed Front Street Parking By-Law Amendment.

  • Amended the Traffic and Parking By-Law to permit two Hour Parking Limit 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday on the West side of Front Street N from 46 m South of London Road to 221 m North of George Street, to accommodate development;
  • Allocated the $50,000 cash-in-lieu revenue to the Parking Reserve Account for upgrades to downtown municipal parking facilities.


Amended the Traffic and Parking By-Law to permit “No Stopping” 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on school days on the south side of Oak Avenue from Aberdeen Avenue to 128 m east, near Holy Trinity Catholic School and Queen Elizabeth II Public School.


Accepted the quotes by Advantage Farm Equipment of $81,408 (including non-rebateable HST), for a pre-used tractor and snow blade for Parks and Recreation Department operations.


Tabled an Encroachment Agreement with the owners of 725 Beach Lane to the next Regular Council meeting.


Referred the following items to the 2019 budget process:

  • Environmental Advisory Committee request for $2,000 for operating costs for EnviroFest, a community outreach event;
  • Mitton Village Community Development Advisory Committee request for $3,000 for operating costs for community engagement activities to the 2019 budget process;
  • Mitton Village Community Development Advisory Committee request for $17,000 for capital costs for streetscape improvements to be included in the Streetscapes Capital Project Fund and referred to the 2019 budget process;
  • Clerk’s Department request for $20,000 to develop a transition plan for a digital records management system;
  • A $9,000 increase in contribution from operating to the Emergency Measures Equipment Reserve;
  • A one-time request of $50,000 from the Capital Reserve to upgrade to one emergency siren;
  • Waste collection services costs including:
    • A one-time cost of $250,000 for public education, advertising, and outreach to transition to the new contract for waste collection;
    • A potential added cost of $33,072 for 2019 for Emterra to keep the existing collection routes in the next contract starting July 1, 2019;
    • A potential credit of $165,853 in 2019 for debagging compostable waste by accepting only paper bags for the collection of compostable waste.


Directed staff to report back to Council with a recommended approach to add an additional “youth position” for ages 14-18 on a selection of Committees each, to serve as a pilot for the period of the next term of Council, to be reviewed prior to the 2022 election.


Directed staff to report back early in the next term of Council, with a proposed solution to making the Golden Mile safer for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility device users, and that it consider the option of a multi-use trail that connects residents to businesses on the Golden Mile, to businesses through the Modeland Rd. underpass and with the potential of future connections to the Lambton County trail network at Hwy 21.


Received a report noting that Age-Friendly Sarnia has been accepted as a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.


A Corporate Priorities/Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on October 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., and the next Regular Council Meeting will be held November 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, October 1, 2018 6:19 PM

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