Sarnia City Hall (BlackburnNews.com photo by Melanie Irwin)

Sarnia Council Briefs-Lead Reduction Plan Approved

Sarnia council has approved a three-year lead reduction plan for the city at an estimated cost of $3.5-million.

Staff estimates there could be as many as 8,600 homes with lead service lines on the homeowner’s side and nearly 4,500 on the city’s side.

Lead in water ranged to a maximum of 6.32 parts per billion in 2017, up from a high of 1.29 in 2015.

The plan, which outlines numerous options for replacement and varying time frames, will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Control for approval.

It also recommends continued monitoring and three years of further investigation of lead service locations.

City council has also asked that the Lambton Area Water Supply System conduct an analysis of any potential sources of lead at the water treatment plant.

Lead can impact the healthy development of the brain in fetuses, infants, and children under 6 years old, possibly leading to lifelong neurological impacts.

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Sarnia council has approved a rezoning application for the former Devine St. school site.

Overture Investments is working to establish a $41-million seniors development with two towers at 321 Devine St.

Council agreed to remove a holding zone designation Monday, which prohibited development until city engineers and the Lambton Area Water Supply Systems were satisfied that water servicing was available.

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A proposed land sale for 4.5 acres in the Sarnia Business and Research Park has been approved.

Fernco Connectors LTD wants to build a 30,000 sq ft warehouse and distribution centre on the south side of Wellington St, east of and adjacent to the former Dow Recreation Centre.

Fernco would initially employ 10 people and expand to 20 people once it’s completely occupied.

Mayor Mike Bradley has served notice of motion asking that the city directly consults with the executive director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park and its board on any proposed land sales or re-zonings in the Sarnia Business and Research Park.

He wants to make sure the use is compatible with the park and its strategic direction.

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A $2.1-million contract has been awarded to Cope Construction for three major road resurfacing projects in Sarnia this summer.

New asphalt will be laid along Lake Chipican Drive, Confederation Line between Telfer Rd. and Waterworks Rd.
and a portion of River Rd.

Construction is expected to start in July and continue into the fall.

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Council has asked staff to include electronic voting and request to speak functionality in a request for proposal for a meeting management software solution.

Staff estimated the cost to implement the technology would be $16,500.

The cost has been referred to the 2019 budget process.