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City Council Highlights - Feb 26, 2018

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the February 26 Regular Sarnia City Council Meeting:

Sarnia City Council met in closed session to discuss:

  • Appointments to the Mitton Village Community Development Advisory Committee. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Staff was directed to notify the candidates of Council’s direction, and that the appointments be made public at the next regular council meeting.
  • The proposed disposition of land by the municipality. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff.

Held a public meeting and did not approve an application for an amendment to the Zoning By-Law to permit an existing dwelling at 1471 Exmouth Street to be used for a rooming or boarding house with seven bedrooms.

Heard a presentation from Doug Bain, President of the Sarnia Lambton Home Builders Association, regarding concerns with the City’s vacant residential land report and directed staff to collaborate with the Home Builders Association to produce a report regarding what can be done to address their issues.

Held a public meeting and heard from members of the public regarding whether to include a question on the 2018 Municipal Election Ballot regarding fluoridation of the public drinking water supply. Resolved not to include the following question on the ballot: Are you in favour of the discontinuance of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?

Approved the Audio Recording of Closed Meetings Policy and delegated authority to the City Clerk to audio record closed meetings of Council.

Authorized a letter of support, including a $2,500 commitment, for the Ontario Active School Travel Fund grant application in partnership with Lambton Public Health and other local agencies, to support the development of an Active & Safe Routes to School program in our community.

Authorized the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program Transfer Payment Agreement which enables the City to receive $590,082 through the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program to support the implementation of commuter cycling infrastructure over the next three years.

Authorized the agreement to continue with Class A pricing available through the Industrial Conservation Initiative which mitigates electricity costs for the Water Pollution Control Centre.

Accepted the submission from Bluewater Plumbing in the amount of $97,835 (including non-rebateable HST), for as-required plumbing services for day-to-day operational maintenance of City facilities.

Accepted the proposal submitted by Emterra Environmental in the amount of $1,116,280 (including non-rebateable HST), for multi-family dumpster collection and roll off bin collection services for operations departments. The City requires dumpsters or roll off bins for the garbage produced at several of its larger facilities; the City’s portion of this shared agreement amounts to $305,972.

Authorized the sale of a 13’ x 52’ portion of the Vendome parking lot to the adjoining owner of 117 Christina Street North for $5,500 to better facilitate deliveries and build a deck on the space for outdoor eating.

Amended the Traffic and Parking By-Law to eliminate the costs associated with accessible parking in a metered municipal parking lot up to two hours, as recommended by the Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Approved a new Taxi By-Law which includes minor changes to implement set fine wording and fine amounts.

Authorized an agreement with Union Gas Limited to allow Digital Data Sharing with the City, which will improve information sharing and allow for easier access to information for planning as well as reduce timelines and conflicts.

Approved a $390,000 contribution to the Police Equipment Reserves in the 2017 Fiscal Year and authorized spending for various equipment.

Directed Planning Department Staff to prepare a Community Improvement Plan report, which includes recommendations on an economic revitalization Community Improvement Plan, to be returned to Council.

Supported the application by the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc for the Community Transportation Grant Program and authorized a Letter of Support for the Community Transportation Grant Program. The purpose of this grant is to provide financial assistance to municipalities for the development and implementation of inter-community transportation initiatives.

Directed City Staff to solicit public input on the implementation of the 2018 bike lane program and report back. The proposed 2018 bike lane program would create a major north-south cycling corridor on Colborne Rd./Capel St./Russell St. between Lakeshore Rd. and London Rd. as well as on Cathcart Blvd. between Christina St. and Colborne Rd.

Adopted the Engineer’s Report dated November 23, 2017 for improvements to the Woods Drain and give first and second reading to the Provisional By-Law for the project. Work on the Woods Drain is estimated at $111,789; the City’s portion is $64,871, budgeted from the 2018 Drainage Rehabilitation Reserve.

Received and filed the Treasurer’s Statement – Development Charges Reserve Fund as at December 31, 2017.

Supported the Township of Adelaide Metalfe’s Council resolution to petition the Ministry of Transportation to install digital overhead communication signs along Highway 402.

The next Regular Council Meeting will be held March 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, February 26, 2018 8:05 PM

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