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City Council Highlights - January 15, 2018

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the January 15, 2018, Regular Sarnia City Council Meeting:

Heard a presentation from Janna Dally from Wellness & Emotional Support for Youth Online regarding the online professional counselling service the non-profit provides to youth for free.

Heard a presentation from Ron Realesmith, President of the Sarnia Historical Society, regarding the committee’s 2018 municipal grant request.

Approved a draft plan of subdivision for the development of five single-detached dwelling lots fronting onto Lakeshore Road, and one block along Lakeshore Road for future road widening, for the former Kinsmen Centre property.

Endorsed the Draft Terms of Reference for the Mitton Village Community Development Advisory Committee and directed implementation in 2018.

  • The mission of the advisory committee is to advise staff and City Council on opportunities and barriers in Mitton Village that contribute or detract from the area as a vibrant place to live, work and to play. This committee will seek citizen advice and recommendations on planning matters and programs that can rejuvenate this area.

Authorized, in concept, the sale of a 13’ x 52’ portion of the Vendome parking lot to the adjoining owner of 117 Front Street North, the Greenwood Inn building, to better facilitate deliveries and allow space for an outdoor deck.

Adopted the dynamic symbol for accessibility.

  • The new design shows a person in a wheel chair leaning forward, with arms raised in the air as to power their chair forward.
  • The new symbol will not be retroactive but will be installed on parking spaces that require new paint or locations that need new signs.

Approved a by-law for short-term borrowing for 2018 current expenditures.

  • It is not anticipated that the City will require any short-term borrowings from the bank during 2018, however this by-law is a requirement of the City’s banking agreement.

Approved a by-law for the 2018 Interim Tax Levy.

  • To carry out activities of the City and pay the County and Education requisitions due before the final tax bills for the year are issued, the City may issue interim tax bills based on 50% of the prior year’s annual taxes.

Accepted the tender JMR Electric Ltd. in the amount of $522,029 (including non-rebateable HST) for the supply, installation and commissioning of emergency power generators at Sandy Lane Station, the Hamilton Road Pump Station, Green Street Pump Station, and the Old Lakeshore Pump Station.

Resolved to continue to implement the Google Transit live feed.

  • This new system will provide Sarnia Transit users with live updating of transit vehicle locations to improve trip planning information.
  • The general public will then be able to access information on real time arrival of the next bus to the stop closest to them along with the currently offered trip planning.
  • Transit staff along with Consat Canada Inc. are finalizing the live feed for implementation in the first quarter of 2018.

Approved amendments to the Traffic and Parking By-Law to include Community Safety Zones on The St. Clair Parkway (River Road) from the main entrance at Suncor to LaSalle Line, and on Tashmoo Avenue from Churchill Road to LaSalle Line.

  • A “Community Safety Zone” achieves increased safety by imposing increased fines for speeding through the designated section.
  • Directed staff to review the requirements of installing temporary speed bumps on Tashmoo Avenue.

Approved $147,066 in municipal grant payments in 2018 as follows:

  • Bluewater Trails Committee: $22,000;
  • Canada Day Committee: $40,000;
  • Engine 6069: $5,000;
  • Communities in Bloom (Resolution): $1,500;
  • Healthcare Recruitment Taskforce: $72,366;
  • Lambton Farm Safety: $200;
  • Sarnia Historical Society: $6,000.

Directed staff to produce a draft municipal grants policy.

Resolved to audio record in-camera meetings (closed session meetings) of City Council.

  • Policy and by-law amendments to be prepared for Council with public notification for the February 26, 2018 regular meeting of Council.

Received information highlighting the City of Sarnia, Lambton County, and Lambton Public Health partnering to hold a Bicycle Friendly Community Workshop, facilitated by Share the Road Cycling Coalition, on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the St. Clair Corporate Centre.

The next Regular Council Meeting will be held February 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, January 15, 2018 6:26 PM

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