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City Council Highlights - July 16, 2018

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the July 16 Regular Sarnia City Council Meeting:


Sarnia City Council met in closed session to discuss:

  • A proposed realignment to the organizational structure involving identifiable individuals. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff to make changes to the organizational reporting structure.
  • A second matter also involved the organizational structure involving identifiable individuals. No votes were taken other than to give direction to maintain the current organizational structure.


Held a public meeting and approved an amendment to the Zoning By-Law at 835-855 Upper Canada Drive to change the zoning to “Urban Residential 4-15.”

  • Granted “Approval in Principle” to a Draft Plan of Subdivision which provides for the development of 54 semi-detached dwelling lots, all fronting onto new proposed streets.


Held a public meeting and approved an amendment to the Zoning By-Law to permit a carwash and restaurant drive-through service facility at the northwest corner of Modeland and Berger Roads.


Endorsed, in concept, the proposal for civic recognition through renaming the Sarnia Bay Marina to “Andrew S. Brandt Marina at Sarnia Bay,” subject to Council’s favourable consideration of a report with further detail.


Approved a commitment from the Capital Revolving Reserve of $36,557 (including non-rebateable HST) for the replacement of failed passenger elevator components at Clearwater Community Centre.


Endorsed, in principle, a recommendation to recognize the UNDRIP Working Group as a Committee of Council.


Approved repurposing $5,691 of the 2018 Capital and Reserves Budget for Sarnia Emergency Management to pay for the City’s share of replacing siren number eight.


Implemented a by-law to delegate additional authority from July 27, 2018 to December 1, 2018 if required due to a Lame Duck Council.

  • The Municipal Act prohibits municipal Councils from undertaking certain acts once it has been determined that the new Council will include less than three-quarters of the members of the outgoing Council.
  • The by-law gives the CAO certain authorities to ensure business continuity, such as, for example, the disposition of real property in excess of $50,000 in either of the City’s business parks.


Approved the sale of the Bayside Mall lands to Seasons Retirement Communities (Sarnia) LP for a purchase price of $1 million.

  • Some conditions of the sale include 300 underground parking spaces to be made available to the public for paid parking and a 7000 square foot piece of property at the corner of Vidal and George (for a future City built transit terminal) is to be transferred back to the City on closing.


Confirmed a $4,715,000 funding commitment for the Oversize Load Corridor, conditional upon confirmation of funds from project partners (County of Lambton, the Township of St. Clair, and the Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Alliance). Staff are directed to report back with project options and phasing this fall in order to proceed with components of the project as soon as possible.


Identified the Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School (SCITS) property at 275 Wellington Street as a candidate for designation under the Ontario Heritage Act and authorized staff to undertake a comprehensive heritage assessment of SCITS subject to 2019 budget approval.


Approved a number of changes to Sarnia Transit routes, effective September 1, 2018. The Transit Advisory Committee created a Route Review Sub-Committee to analyze the transit system and propose improvements to the network, as some routes are over capacity while others are underutilized. A summary of the more significant changes are as follows:

  • Route 1 - Confederation: Split route into two parts, only travelling between downtown and Murphy terminals to improve timing, other routes will service the shopping districts;
  • Route 2 - Davis: Increase frequency from 60 minutes to 30 minutes;
  • Route 5 - Rosedale: Make route consistent during all hours of operation, connect to Murphy terminal each trip and service Sumac Lodge via Blackwell Road – Michigan Road – Modeland Road;
  • Route 6: New peak route to provide north/south service in the central part of the city including Bluewater Health, Farmer’s Market, and Mitton Village;
  • Route 8: Replaces route 1 between Murphy terminal and Wal-Mart. Will improve service to Cardiff subdivision, new Great Lakes Secondary School and passes by Lambton College;
  • Route 9 - Exmouth: Minor route change in Heritage Park due to new development;
  • Route 11 - Devine: Increase frequency from 60 minutes to 30 minutes, change route to service Strangway Centre and Bluewater Health;
  • Route 12 - Point Edward: Connect at Northgate terminal instead of downtown terminal, provide regular service to Errol Road apartments;
  • Route 14 - Sherwood: Reverse route to provide better access to shopping district and provide new service to Lambton College;
  • Route 15 - Bright’s Grove: Shift final two buses one hour earlier to allow for transfers;
  • Sunday Service: Start one hour earlier to align with Saturday service. Improves consistency and simplifies the system for users;
  • Express Bus: Depending on need, provide express bus between major destinations.


Authorized notice to the public for the permanent closure and decommissioning of the Vidal Street Walkway.

  • As noted by the Canadian National (CN) Police, the Vidal Street Walkway currently encourages the dangerous and illegal crossing of the Canadian National Railway rail line.
  • Pedestrians can safely cross the CN tracks over the Donahue Bridge.


Approved the following actions related to corporate connectivity for buildings, radios, and Wi-Fi:

  • An amended fee schedule with Bluewater Regional Networks for Wide Area Network Services to $110,000 annually effective June 2019 to provide increased connectivity to arenas, Transit and Fire, of 8,900 mbps up from the current 50 mbps;
  • Approval of project contingency of $100,000 to facilitate collaboration between Fire, Police & Corporate IT on outdoor wireless and radio communication projects;
  • The City of Sarnia and Sarnia Police Services are currently undertaking three initiatives that have previously been considered separate: fibre optic transition to dark ring with lit service; police, fire and corporate wireless; and public free Wi-Fi and connectivity. Collaboration on these projects is projected to avoid duplicating costs for tower builds and network, hardware mounting, additional bandwidth in the order of $250,000.


Approved the repurposing of $15,000, originally committed in the IT Computer Equipment Replacement Reserve, for a Wi-Fi study towards a public connectivity innovation pilot.

  • The goal of this pilot is to provide connectivity in a limited scope of the Downtown area and learn from it as a living lab before building open public connectivity.
  • Pilot initiatives include downtown mesh network (indoor) at 8-10 sites, downtown mesh network (outdoor) at 4-5 sites, and public connectivity on transit for 1-2 buses.


Established August 30, 2018 as the due date for the final installment of the 2018 Taxes levied for the Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential related tax classes.


Approved the 2017 City of Sarnia final audited financial statements.


Directed staff to complete three financial scenarios to model for infrastructure backlog reduction over 20-30 years as part of the City’s asset management plan development.


Approved the extension of the existing contract agreement with MIG Engineering by $73,699 (including non-rebateable HST) for additional engineering services at Waterworks Pump Station, required as a result of relocating the pump station.


Accepted the proposal by Halton Recycling (Emterra) in the amount of $7,734,782 (including non-rebateable HST) for a four year term, for recycling collection, processing and marketing. Clear plastic bags will not be allowed as a container for recyclable materials starting July 2019. Public education will be undertaken to assist the public with the transition, including publishing two waste calendars for 2019.


Accepted the tender by Maaten Construction in the amount of $1,027,776 (including non-rebateable HST) for the Errol Russell Park construction, which includes new washroom facilities, covered bleachers, brick backstop, new netting, and poles, and allocated funding from reserves for the project.


Approved the following purchases:

  • $124,324 (including non-rebateable HST) to Garden City for a four year agreement for the Canada Day Fireworks Display with the option for an additional four years;
  • $289,893 (including non-rebateable HST) to Cubex Ltd. for the supply and delivery of street sweeper equipment, including operation and maintenance training;
  • $115,457 (including non-rebateable HST) to Work Equipment Ltd. for supply and delivery of one articulating sidewalk tractor to provide additional service as part of the expanded Ontario winter snow removal maintenance standard for sidewalks;
  • $230,807 (including non-rebateable HST) to RV Anderson for the required planning, documentation, final design and project administration for the replacement of four pump stations over the next four years.


Accepted the proposal submitted by B.M. Ross and Associates in the amount of $109,697 (including non-rebateable HST), for engineering services required for the rehabilitation of the Blackwell Sideroad Over Perch Creek Bridge and the Kenny Street Bridge.


Accepted the quotations by Wolseley Canada Waterworks for the supply and delivery of as-required supplies for the maintenance of the water and sewer systems with an estimated term value of $150,547.


Accepted the tender by K&L Construction for $626,531 (including non-rebateable HST), for civil, mechanical and electrical works required for the UV system replacement at the Water Pollution Control Centre and approved a series of allocations to fund the project.


Accepted the extension to January 1, 2021 for the existing two way radio agreements provided by Spectrum Communications to provide services to Fire, Public Works, and Transit services for a total of $167,178 (including non-rebateable HST).


Approved the lease of a police training centre for Sarnia Police Service at Lambton Mall starting May 1, 2018 for a period of five years at a cost of $152,640, with five extension options of five years each.


Approved the Traffic Calming Guidelines.

  • Traffic calming is the implementation of measures to reduce speeding and cut-through traffic with the goal of improving safety and enhancing neighbourhood streets for pedestrians and cyclists.


Approved the 2018 Speed Hump Pilot Project within Canatara Park and Tashmoo Avenue between Churchill Line and Lasalle Line, which addresses speeding and traffic safety with traffic calming speed humps.


Directed staff to prepare a report on traffic calming measures on Kaymar Crescent in Bright’s Grove.


Adopted the Commemorative Bench and Commemorative Tree & Forest Policies and Procedures.

  • This program provides policies and procedures for individuals, groups, and organizations wishing to purchase a commemorative bench and or tree to be placed on municipal parkland including the waterfront and along the Howard Watson Nature Trail.


Awarded concession services for the Sarnia and Clearwater Arenas to Big Daddy Foods for a three year term starting August 1, 2018.

  • This agreement will provide revenue of $4,500 annually to the Parks and Recreation Department.


Authorized staff to hold a Business After 5 event with the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce to promote the airport and provide the opportunity for business feedback and public participation on airport strategic planning.

  • Approved $5,200 (including non-rebatable HST) from the Major Event Assistance Fund to hold the event.


Approved the transfer of the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) to ComPsych Guidance Resources Worldwide, providing an annual savings of approximately $5,040 per year.


Amended the Traffic and Parking By-Law to institute:

  • “No Parking Anytime” on the north side of Bright Street, Bright’s Grove between Waterworks Road and 60m east;
  • “No Parking Anytime” on the east side of Copland Road from Maxwell Street to 45m north and from Maxwell Street to 30m south; and
  • “No Parking in Unposted Locations” to include all bicycle lanes, with a proposed fine of $30. A warning period will be provided to assist with driver awareness of the new parking restriction in bicycle lanes before tickets are issued.


Authorized a Services Agreement with the County of Lambton to carry out certain basic audit functions of Sarnia's e-voting system for the 2018 Municipal Election.


The next Regular Council Meeting will be held September 10, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. or August 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. if called by the Chair.

This article was posted Monday, July 16, 2018 9:45 PM

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