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City Council Highlights - April 15, 2019

By City Staff

Reported out of the closed meeting. The following items were discussed:

  • The sale of lands in the Sarnia Business and Research Park. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff.
  • An invitation to purchase property. No votes were taken other than to give direction to staff.


Held a public meeting and approved a rezoning application to allow for a converted dwelling with three dwelling units at 141 Durand Street.


Held a public meeting and approved a rezoning application to provide alternative regulations for semi-detached dwellings on Ferdinands Crescent.

  • The new regulations would allow for more efficient use of for the development land, including 26 semi-detached dwelling lots, with maximum lot coverages of 40% (from 35%), minimum exterior side yard widths of 3.0 m and minimum rear yard depth of 6.0 m for Part 6 on the applicant’s plan.


Heard a delegation from Jocelyn Sawczuk, Advocacy for Women.


Heard a delegation from Aram Dermentjian regarding an update on business within Bayside Mall.


Approved a Rezoning Application, Draft Plan of Subdivison, and Draft Plan of Condominium at 1992 Estella Street, for a residential redevelopment of the northern section of the former Bright’s Grove Golf Course.


Directed staff to solicit public and business owner input on the restructuring of downtown parking fees and report back at a future meeting.


Directed staff to report back on the concept of converting the proposed industrial land south of Wellington Road to residential.


Directed staff to propose a new Transit Special Service Area Levy by-law that excludes properties which are within 450 m of a transit route, but that cannot access bus routes due to geographical barriers.


Amended the Traffic and Parking By-Law to:

  • Modify the definition of Part 6 - Accessible Parking Section 58 to include obstructing an accessible parking space (in addition to parking in an accessible space);
  • Include an official sign dedicating Commercial Loading Zones; and
  • Include a new definition for Commercial Loading Zones to allow downtown merchants to access the loading zone with personal vehicles with a permit. 


Accepted the following tenders:

  • Tender submissions submitted to establish a roster for the as required civil contractor services (for preventative maintenance and repairs of the water system, sewer system, roads, and sidewalks);
  • Submitted by Cimco in the amount of $106,237 (including non-rebateable HST), for required works for installation of a new chiller at the Clearwater Community Centre;
  • Submitted by Bullock and Sons Roofing in the amount of $124,516 (including non-rebateable HST), for noted area roof replacement at the Clearwater Community Centre; and
  • From Zamboni Company Ltd. in the amount of $110,068 (including non-rebateable HST), for the purchase of two refurbished ice resurfacing units and trade in of two older units.


Deferred the Water Long-Range Financial Plan prepared by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd., which supports the financial viability of the City of Sarnia’s drinking water system, to the next regular meeting.


Resolved to re-establish the kiosk reception desk in the lobby of City Hall.


Resolved to reconsider its decision from the Budget Deliberations Meeting to decrease leaf/yard waste collection costs by $147,422 by requiring paper bag use only, at the next regular meeting.


Directed staff to prepare a report regarding on-street parking being permitted during the New Year’s Eve time period, on a one-year trial period.


Directed staff to prepare a report regarding the possibility of permitting overnight on-street parking until November 30 (as opposed to the current date of October 31) on a one-year trial basis.


Directed staff to review the Festival Policies and Procedures Manual, including consultation with user groups, on how we can reduce the cost and “red tape” to these groups while at the same time allow the festivals to move forward in a timely manner.


Deferred a recommendation that Sarnia City Council begin each meeting with a Land Acknowledgement Statement to a report from the UNDRIP Committee.


Approved an updated Procedure By-Law. The procedure by-law governs the calling, place, and proceedings of City Council meetings.


Granted the following Noise By-Law exemptions:

  • to PM Entertainment Foundation for its Bluewater BorderFest for events on August 8, 9, and 10, 2019 in Centennial Park until 12:30 a.m.; and
  • to the Bluewater Health Foundation for the “Block Party” event to be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 until 12:00 a.m. at the Suncor Agora in Centennial Park.


Approved wayfinding signage for parks, downtown, bike routes, and trails.


Held a public meeting to consider the Development Charges Draft Background Study and By-law. 


The next Regular Council Meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6.

This article was posted Monday, April 15, 2019 6:40 PM

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