Sarnia Council Briefs

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Sarnia Council discussed several topics in closed session before the regular meeting Monday.

In a report to the public, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley says no votes were taken other then to give staff direction regarding the Bayside Mall negotiations. He also reported that no votes were taken on the Arena Management Strategy and RBC. Staff were given direction with respect to the management and operation of the RBC Centre and operation of the Sting hockey club.

Council also discussed and provided direction with respect to staffing in the solicitor /clerk’s department and council discussed the city manager review process with no votes taken other then to give staff direction on that particular issue.

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Sarnia Council has signed off on using money in the Capital Infrastructure Renewal Reserve Fund to pay the city’s 2013 year-end operating deficit of nearly $740,000.

It includes nearly $565,000 in back rental payments from the current operators of the RBC Centre.

Sarnia Sports Centre Inc., hasn’t kept up with monthly rental payments for the facility since last September and the city has been covering the $36,000 rent each month.

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A group wanting to install a dog park in Clearwater Park has received the green light from city council for a one year pilot.

The Clearwater Dog Park Committee will work with the city staff to install fences and gates adjacent to the ball diamonds and tennis courts of the Wellington St. site.

The committee raised nearly $7,000 to cover the installation and fund additional electricity costs for lighting.

The group also received approval for the second ball diamond at the park be used as a seasonal dog park during the off season from November to April.

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911 service is about to be enhanced in the city.

Sarnia Council has approved just over $135,000 in funding for new software, support service and hardware for the system upgrade.

The enhancement of 911 will allow Sarnia Police to pinpoint the location of people calling from cell phones with eventual upgrades for texting 911 for deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired residents.

In March 2013, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission passed a law directing all wireless carriers and 911 service providers to make changes to support enhanced 911.

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Sarnia Council has awarded a million dollar tender to Tri-Con Excavating Inc. for East St. reconstruction.

The contract includes installation of new sanitary and storm sewers, watermain and the reconstruction of the roadway, sidewalks and boulevards from London Rd. to Maxwell St.

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In an effort to comply with Ministry of Environment requirements, a methane study will be done in Len Park.

Sarnia Council awarding the contract to AMEC Environment & Infrastructure.

Len Park is located over an abandoned landfill in Sarnia’s north end.

The landfill primarily received municipal waste until 1953.

In 1969, a residential subdivision was built and the capped landfill was developed into a public park.

There have been no concerns with methane gas in recent years, but the gas extraction equipment is dated and requires maintenance, replacement, demolition or removal.

The $30,000 project will be funded from the Environmental Reserve.