Sarnia Council Briefs

Sarnia City Hall ( photo by Melanie Irwin)

The MacLean Centre in Centennial Park will be torn down next month.

Council has accepted an offer from Murray Demolition to demolish the building Saturday, October 18.

The H.G. MacLean Building has been abandoned since March 2011, but its washrooms have remained in service for public use.

Parks and Recreation staff will convert a washroom in the Dow People Place to substitute for the washrooms being knocked down.


Sarnia council will reconsider its prior decision for an off-leash dog park at Clearwater Park September 29.

In April, a group was given the green light for a pilot project to test the idea from November to next April.

However, an online petition against the dog park has nearly 500 signatures.

You can find a link by visiting the Blue Water Men’s Slo Pitch Facebook page here.


Refurbishment of Sarnia’s Scott Rd. Fire Station could begin as early as the end of the month.

Sarnia Council has accepted a $716,660 tender from Windsor’s W.D. Lester Construction Services.

Sarnia Fire and Rescue Services Chief John Kingyens says construction is expected to take 5 months.

Kingyens says firefighters will be stationed at a temporary quarters on Indian Rd. while the work is completed.

An unnamed industry in Chemical Valley had offered land on Vidal St. for a new station which would have cost between $1.2 and $1.5-million dollars. However, council declined the offer last November, voting to renovate the building instead.


Sarnia Council has approved in principle a $225 fine for placing clothing donation bins on private property without consent.

The amount has been forwarded to the Ministry of the Attorney General for provincial approval.

Council approved amendments to the city’s property standards bylaw at its regular meeting June 9.

Complaints were received from several organizations including Goodwill, St. Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army and Bibles for Missions.

The organizations said the illegal placement of donation bins was negatively affecting the good that law abiding organizations can do.


Nova Chemicals has stepped up to assist the city in its effort to promote recycling.

The company wants to contribute $10,000 to help purchase 1,500 new blue boxes.

Council agreed July 21 to provide a free blue box to residents who have built a new home or moved into the city since 2012.

A cheque presentation is expected in the near future.


Sarnia Council has approved a 10km/h speed limit reduction on Sandy Lane, following safety concerns.

Sandy Lane is one of two primary access points to Canatara Park.

Residents had expressed concerns for the speed at which vehicles leave the park’s west entrance and travel south towards Michigan Ave.

The signed maximum speed will now be 40 km/h.