Sarnia City Council Highlights

Reported out of the closed meeting:

  • Sarnia City Council met in closed session on May 27, 2019 to provide direction regarding the proposed sale of 1630 Murphy Rd; and

  • Sarnia City Council met in closed session on May 27, 2019 to discuss litigation affecting the municipality. No votes were taken other than to provide instructions to legal counsel to be applied to the negotiations.

Held a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. to hear presentations about the Oversized Load Corridor and the new City website.

Heard the following delegations:

  1. 32nd Sarnia Pathfinders - Yellow Fish Road Program, and approved to allow the group to proceed with the Yellow Fish Road Program within the City of Sarnia;

  2. Leslie Pullen - Climate Change Action in Sarnia;

  3. Gisele Owen - South Side of Baxter Park;

  4. Carl Kongas and Scott Henderson, Sarnia-Lambton Home Builders Association - Development Agreements; and

  5. Carl Kongas and Scott Henderson, Sarnia-Lambton Home Builders Association - Development Charges.

Maintained the former Kinsmen Centre land as parkland, cancelling the City’s development proposal.

Held a public meeting at 5:00 p.m. regarding a proposed gaming facility at Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre.

  • Heard a presentation from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation;

  • Heard from Brian Propea, General Manager, Ontario Harness Horse Association; and

  • Approved all the municipal requirements that are required to be satisfied as part of the approval process, under O. Reg. 81/12 under the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation Act, 1999, for an expanded gaming program at Hiawatha Horse Park.

Accepted the quote by Stinson Equipment Limited in the amount of $114,374 (including non-rebateable HST), for supply and delivery of traffic signs and hardware over a 3 year term.

Accepted the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan Update and provided a minimum $300,000 per year in capital funding, focusing on Energy Conservation.

Accepted the proposal by Park N Play Design Co. in the amount of $335,808 (including non-rebateable HST), for removal of the existing end of life Rotary playground within Canatara Park, and the supply and installation of new equipment and community hub space.

Approved the Hellenic Community to host Sarnia Greekfest in the Parkway Parking Lot beside Scotiabank and to work with staff to find an alternate location in 2020.

Approved an amendment to the Traffic and Parking By-Law to include a School Bus Loading Zone on the north side of Oakdale Avenue from Court Street to 45 m East; and

  • Approved an amendment of Traffic and Parking By-Law to remove the existing no parking restriction on Oakdale Avenue south side from Court Street to 18 m east and institute no parking on Oakdale Avenue south side from Court Street to 45 m east.

Amended the Transit Special Service Area By-Law to exclude properties in the area of Telfer Road south of Highway 402 that cannot access the bus route.

Approved a request to utilize Bang the Table as the City’s primary Public Engagement Platform effective June 2019 for a one year period.

Directed staff to trial a Grant Coordinator position for six months as a pilot project through a secondment of an internal position on a half-time basis.

Approved overnight on-street parking on New Year’s Eve.

Approved November on-street parking for 2019.

Approved a Draft Plan of Subdivision Application for the South Side of The Rapids Parkway, creating 87 residential building lots for single detached dwellings and 1 block for a townhouse development.

Approved the proposed Agreement of Purchase and Sale received from Creative Education of Canada Inc. for approximately 2.02 hectares (5 acres) of land in the Sarnia Business and Research Park for a purchase price of $50,000 per acre.

Approved the Development Charges Background Study, dated March 25, 2019 as amended by the Addendum dated April 30, 2019 and adopted the Development Charges By-law.

Approved the allocation of up to $475,000 of the 2019 projected operating surplus to emergency shoreline protection repairs; and directed staff to report back for Council Consideration at the 2020 Budget Deliberations on the overall needs assessment, land management and funding opportunities.

Directed staff to report on reviewing the policies surrounding secondary dwelling units and boarding houses, especially to address the urgent and growing issue of student housing.

Approved a $1500 budget from the special projects account for staff to hold a public BIA meeting for downtown Sarnia businesses.

Directed staff to hold a public meeting regarding traffic calming measures on Kaymar Crescent.

Requested that the CAO review the deficiencies related to Centennial Park and any others that are brought to his attention and a report be brought back to Council.

The next Regular Council Meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27.

For further information contact: Katarina Ovens, Communications Coordinator or 519-332-0330 ext. 3265

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