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Council Briefs

A building assessment will be completed on Sarnia’s downtown library.

City council has authorize the services of Jorden and Cook Architects for a total cost of just over $44,000.

The County of Lambton operates the two-storey city-owned facility on Christina St. just north of Wellington St. and is being asked to contribute just over $31,000 toward the total cost of just over $75,000.

Few improvement’s have been made to the building since the northern portion, which includes the children’s area and theatre, was added in 1969.

The county is already planning to renovate the theatre interior.  Updates to the library’s entrances and washrooms are also required soon to meet accessibility requirements.

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Replacement of Sarnia Fire and Rescue Services “Engine 1″ is in the works.

City council has awarded the tender to build a new E-One fire apparatus to Carrier Truck Centers.

The 2014 Fire Capital Budget included a plan to commit capital funding for the new fire truck over two years.

$300,000 toward the nearly $553,000 cost will be paid this year with the remaining to be paid in 2015.

The new engine replaces the old pumper built in 1998.

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The audio/video system is to be upgraded in Sarnia council chambers.

Council awarding the project to Avolution Multimedia for a total cost of just over $30,000.

The current system has been in place for almost 20 years and during the last few years has caused many issues when the sound cuts out during a meeting.

The installation of a new video display is also included in the work.

A 42” LED unit will be mounted in the lobby at city hall between the two elevators.

The “digital signage” will display electronic images of city news, special events and programs and also have the ability to feature real time local news, alerts and weather.

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Sarnia council has authorized an agreement enabling the Bayside Centre’s court-appointed Receiver to act as the city’s agent on the sale of the mall lands in conjunction with the building.

The financially struggling centre went into receivership in December 2012 and Toronto-based A. John Page and Associates Inc. was named the receiver and manager to improve and then sell the property.

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Over a million dollars in improvements are on the way for Sarnia’s waterfront.

City council has accepted an $885,000 tender from South West Fence and Deck to remove and replace the Front St. board walk, railings and posts.

Nearly $143,000 will also be spent on the supply and installation of new Front St. LED board walk lighting.

Bluewater Power Distribution Corporation will undertake that job.

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A $1.6-million tender has been awarded to Wicks Construction for the installation of a new Blackwell Side Rd. Pump Station and Storm Sewer.

The contract also includes decommissioning two obsolete pumping stations and the reconstruction of Blackwell Side Rd. from London Line to Brook View Crt.

Reconstruction of the remaining portion of Blackwell Side Rd., from Brook View Crt. to Glen Abby Dr., is to be included in the 2015 Capital Budget.

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Advance voting dates have been set for Sarnia’s municipal election this fall.

Ballots can be cast at city hall Saturday October 11, Wednesday October 15, Friday October 17 and Saturday October 18.

Reduced hours have also been authorized for voting at institutions for the chronically ill, disabled or infirm and retirement homes in the city.

Approximately 9 per cent of the votes cast in Sarnia’s 2010 Municipal Election were done through advance polls.

At last check, eight candidates were running for the city’s four council positions while three had announced intentions for Sarnia’s four dual city/county seats.

Long time Mayor Mike Bradley had yet to make known his intentions. Fred Ingham was the lone mayoral candidate so far and six people were running to be school board trustees.

The nomination deadline for the October 27 election is September 12.