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City Council Highlights - September 12, 2016

By City Staff

Approved Refined Fool Brewing Company’s request to amend the City’s Official Plan and zoning by-law to allow a craft brewery at 153 Christina Street S.

Approved a rezoning application of Bright’s Grove Golf Club Inc. from Interim Use Zone to Urban Residential Zone which would allow for development of 3 residential lots, when servicing is available.

Approved a rezoning application of 1447 Blackwell Road from Interim Use Zone to Urban Residential Zone to allow for the development of approximately 11 residential lots.

Authorized the sale of a portion of undedicated boulevard on Murphy Road East at the rate of $0.37 per square foot for a total of $2,500.

Approved the renewal of a lease agreement with CN to maintain a plaque at St. Andrew Street for 10 years. Plaque commemorates the St. Clair Tunnel, the first international underwater railway tunnel in North America.

Approved an agreement with Bell Mobility Inc. to allow for the installation of small cell telecommunications equipment at 2 locations (City Hall and a light pole near Durand and Christina Streets). Equipment is used to boost the reception of mobile frequency and facilitate better service for mobile customers, especially along the international boarder. Revenue of $1000 per installation, per year.

Directed staff to move forward with the installation of live webcasting in 2016. Live webcasting will facilitate live streaming of City Council meetings on the internet, in addition to the existing TV Cogeco broadcasting. Council meetings will be saved online and can be retrieved at any time, viewable per segment. Cost of $50,000 from Capital Budget achieved by deferring some Information Technology projects to 2017 with yearly operating costs of $16,000, starting in 2017.

Approved a sub-lease for an existing hangar at Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport which will be used to store planes and will generate lease revenue for the airport operator and $900 revenue yearly in total tax revenue to the City.

Awarded tender to Ocean Group for Contract 16-10 Sarnia Harbour Maintenance Dredging, in the amount of $2,964,260.80, to undertake routine maintenance dredging to Sarnia Harbour. Dredging is required to ensure navigation safety and enhance commercial viability of the port, as currently, Sarnia Harbour cannot accept fully loaded ships due to shallow draught. Completion is expected by December 31, 2016, and estimated to last for 8 to 10 years.

Directed staff to develop an electric vehicle charging station (level 2) at the Charlotte Street Parking Lot funded from the Development Charges Reserve—Hydro Account, not to exceed $25,000. A level 2 electric vehicle charge station provides a vehicle with a full charge over a 6-8 hour charging period with a proposed $5.00 user fee.

Awarded Contract 12-2016 – Craig Drain Maintenance to Wicks Construction and General Contracting Ltd. in the amount of $153,397.35. Authorize temporary closing of Brigden Road for the purpose of drain maintenance and any related works.

Endorsed the closing of Davis Street between Christina Street and Front Street for an Oktoberfest event, featuring Oktoberfest-themed food, beverages, games, and concerts, scheduled October 14 and 15, 2016. Exemption from the noise by-law for amplified music until 12:00 midnight on October 14 and 15.

Authorized staff to proceed with the “Notice of Intent to Designate” for property at 112 Maria Street as a heritage property, at the owner’s request for designation of exterior architectural features.

Approved the demolition of the building located at 226 Wellington (commonly known as the Parking Authority Building), funded through the Capital Reserve in the amount of $54,772.00 for demolition and fill costs, with repayment from the lot maintenance account over time. This will create an additional 11 parking spaces for Sarnia Arena patrons and other users.

Approved in concept the policy for the Illumination of City of Sarnia Buildings which permits illumination of City of Sarnia buildings and amenities with multi-colour capable LED lighting installations. Notice of policy to be given followed by final approval in October.

Approved the illumination of lights at the City Hall in recognition of the Jour des Franco-Ontariens from September 25-30, 2016.

Approved a by-law to merge 6 lots (collectively known as 832 Confederation Street, 850 Confederation Street, and a vacant lot on Phillip Street East) for the purposes of redevelopment of the site with an industrial building.

Approved the Franco-Ontarian flag to be hoisted in the City of Sarnia, at the flag court, situated at the base of Lochiel Street, and that the flag fly permanently in this location.

Directed staff to produce a staff report on purchasing advertising from Backdraft Multimedia for the Elite International Nations Cup Hockey Tournament happening in Sarnia from December 16-18, 2016.

Directed staff to allocate the funds donated to the City, in relation to the Port Huron Float Down, equally to the Canadian and American charities of Canadian Red Cross and Salvation Army respectively.

Resolved to create the position of deputy mayor on an annual rotation basis based on number of votes.

Directed staff to prepare a report on the roles and responsibilities of a deputy mayor.

Directed staff to continue with the existing process for appointments to boards and committees.

Noted that the next Regular Council Meeting will be held Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. A Corporate Priorities/Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 10 a.m.

This article was posted Monday, September 12, 2016 9:00 PM

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