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City Council Highlights - March 4, 2019

By City Staff

Reported out of the Closed Meeting: Sarnia City Council met in closed session on March 4, 2019 to discuss the following two matters:

  • Advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege regarding the Workplace Sanctions. No votes were taken; and
  • Advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege and to provide instructions to be applied to negotiations regarding a lease. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff.


Approved the draft plan of subdivision for the “North Block” of the former Sarnia General Hospital Site (220 Mitton Street North) in principle, for adoption at the March 25 Council Meeting.

  • The draft plan of subdivision includes 11 single family residential lots and two commercial blocks.


Approved in principle a rezoning application, draft plan of subdivision application, and draft plan of condominium application for a residential redevelopment of the northern section of the former Bright’s Grove Golf Course, to return for approval April 15, with the exception that the existing zoning provisions shall apply to erosion and flooding holding provisions.

  • Heard from the following speakers: Jay McGuffin, Agent for the Applicant; Julie Gibbons; Rob Harwood; Jean Snedden; Fred Oliver; Lawrence Lachapelle; Elizabeth Soltis; Armando Notte, Ruth Gilliland, and Camilla McGill; Carl Kongus, Sarnia-Lambton Home Builders Association; Donna Mathewson, Sarnia-Lambton Real Estate Board; Shirley de Silva, Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce.


Approved up to $45,640 funding from the Business Park Reserve for the required studies for the 402 Business Park of which up to 50% would be reimbursed back into to the Business Park Reserve by the Ontario Investment Ready: Certified Site Program.


Directed City Staff to proceed with the installation of concrete jersey barriers on the island at the Bright’s Grove Plaza entrance to Kaymar Crescent and the reinstallation of signage discouraging cut through traffic.


Approved the following financial commitments:

  •  Accepted the quotation by Sarnia Concrete in the amount of $104,024 (including non-rebateable HST), for the supply and delivery of concrete ready mix.
  • Accepted the quotation submitted by CBM Ready Mix in the amount of $110,847 (including non-rebateable HST), for the supply and delivery of concrete ready mix as a secondary supplier in the event the primary supplier is unable to provide delivery.
  • Accepted the tender submitted by Van Bree Drainage and Bulldozing in the amount of $885,302 (including non-rebateable HST), for required reconstruction of Essex St.


Accepted the proposal submitted by IBI Group in the amount of $101,760 (including non-rebateable HST), for the completion of the required environmental assessment study for the Rapids Parkway Extension.

  • Development Area 1 around The Rapids Parkway was designed with the intention of ultimately extending the road from its current location at Sandpiper Drive, underneath highway 402, to Exmouth Street.


Authorized the demolition of Camp Saredaca Barn, Cricket Club Building at Mike Weir Park, and Canatara Park Storage Building (former washroom). These buildings were rated as ‘Critical’ and identified for tear down through the Corporate Asset Management Plan.


Approved the following items regarding workplace sanctions:

  • Provide the Mayor access to City Hall entrance and to his office 24/7;
  • Provide access to the City Clerk/CAO/Legal Departments during business hours only;
  • Remove the sanction to allow the Mayor to talk directly to staff;
  • Allow the Mayor card access to the Clerk/CAO/Legal Departments to eliminate the separation between the Mayor and Staff. Maintain security card access control and physical design controls on all floors at City Hall to areas staff occupy;
  • The 1992 letter allowing the Mayor to attend senior staff meetings, be deemed null and void;
  • Remove the workplace investigation report from the website, and make it available upon request.


Directed staff to report back to council on the benefits of hiring an internal grant writer who would be responsible for collaborating with all department heads in writing grants for City of Sarnia's services and programs.


Directed the Mitton Village Community Development Advisory Committee to seek public input and making strategic visionary recommendations for the fate of the SCITS building.


Directed staff to advertise for a five-member Election Committee (four members at large and City Clerk) to be brought to the March 25 in-camera meeting, in readiness for the first committee meeting after March 29.


Directed staff to prepare a report about how often the City tests the marketplace, regarding service providers and what criteria are used when seeking these options.                                                    


Deferred contacting a third-party financial auditor and a third-party environmental auditor for quotations regarding the Centennial Park and Harbour Project.


Directed staff to initiate a “Red Tape reduction assessment project” to be reported back to Council with options for consideration.


Directed staff to advertise for a five-person citizen Council compensation committee (two members from the Chamber of Commerce, two members from the Sarnia Labour District Council, one member at large).


Approved Councillor Dennis as an alternate County Council member. A draft by-law and procedures will be brought to the March 25 meeting.


Directed staff to discontinue the Community Mediation Program. This program is no longer supported through the YMCA and mediations have been sporadic in recent years.


Approved extension of the existing contract agreement between the City and BM Ross and Associates for bridge rehabilitation projects by a total of $30,070 (including non-rebateable HST) for additional engineering services not included in the original scope of work.


Accepted the Financial Assistance Agreement between the Minister of Transport and the City for the repair of Taxiway Bravo and the ramp as well as updating airside guidance signs at the Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport.

  • The grant will cover 100% of the total eligible expenditures up to $583,665.


Authorized the City to receive $107,077 from the Estate of Edna May Pocock for the purpose of capital projects and/or maintenance for Canatara Park.


Directed staff to explore a grant offering with Tesla Motors Canada ULC, as part of their Tesla Destination Charging Program, along with Bluewater Power Distribution for electric vehicle charging stations within the City of Sarnia and report back to Council on any results.


The next Regular Council Meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

This article was posted Monday, March 4, 2019 9:40 PM

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