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Council Highlights February 5, 2018

By City Staff

The following are highlights of the February 5, 2018, Regular Sarnia City Council Meeting:

Sarnia City Council met in closed session on February 5, 2018 to discuss:

  • Employee negotiations. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Staff were directed to ratify the collective agreement between the Corporation of the City of Sarnia and UNIFOR Local 127 and to proceed with recommended staffing changes.
  • A naming request. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff to report back to Council on the request.
  • An appointment to the Court of Revision. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff. Staff were directed to notify the candidate of Council’s decision, and that the appointment be made public at the next meeting of Sarnia City Council.

Held a public meeting and approved an application for amendments to the Official Plan and Zoning By-Law at 1265 Vidal Street South, Arlanxeo Canada, enabling a new bio-industrial use to be created on a lot that is privately serviced and does not have frontage onto a public road.

Heard a presentation from Kim Lichty regarding boating congestion at the public beach area in Bright's Grove. Directed staff to communicate with the St. Clair River Conservation Authority and Transport Canada, and to report back on this matter.

Approved Notice Policy amendments including:

  • “Broad Impact” issues are now to be advertised in a “newspaper” rather than a “daily paper,” for a minimum of 21 days before a decision is made;
  • Current practice updates, namely the posting of reports to Council on the City website and the use of MyCNN to post service disruptions.

Established a Joint Compliance Audit Committee and appointed members to the committee in conjunction with other Lambton County municipalities. This committee considers compliance audit applications with regard to candidates’ financial statements filed under Section 88 of the Municipal Elections Act.

Appointed an additional member to the UNDRIP Working Group.

Adopted a new Procedure By-law which includes the following changes:

  • An Acting Mayor position to be rotated annually, with new Acting Mayor provisions to come into effect at the start of the 2018-2022 Council term.
  • New closed meeting exemptions as per the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act, 2017 (MOMLA).
  • Provides accommodations for Councillors taking parental leave as required under MOMLA.
  • Establishes a process for members of the public who have not previously registered and wish to speak at Public Input and Grants Session Meetings.
  • Allows the City Clerk to forward delegation requests to other bodies of government when deemed appropriate. The City Clerk must still attempt to accommodate any prospective delegate.
  • Outlines measures the Chair may take in cases of disruptive behavior by the public.
  • Limits delegations that have an objective to promote electoral campaigns.
  • Changes to the timing of public meetings (other than those in accordance with the Planning Act). Non-Planning Act meetings will take place at 5:00 p.m.

A Joint Council/Transit Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC) Roundtable will be held Monday, February 12, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in Committee Room #4. The next Regular Council Meeting will be held February 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

This article was posted Monday, February 5, 2018 5:58 PM

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