County council gives itself pay raise, phased in over three years

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Lambton County Councillors have voted to raise their base pay to $12,000 from its current $5,904 (plus $118 for each meeting attended).

Council made the decision at its Wednesday (Nov. 30, 2011) meeting, agreeing to move to the new pay over a three-year period.

The warden of Lambton County, a position currently held by St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold, is paid $57,408.

Council tabled a recommendation from a compensation specialist that would have seen increases to staff for those who earn in excess of $95,366 to the 2012 budget deliberations.

In other action, council:

  • Heard a presentation from George Mallay, General Manager, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, who updated Council regarding the organization's activities and plans.
  • Chose to table the appointment of a Councillor representative on the Lambton Community Health Study Board until an update can be received concerning the committee's progress and future plans.
  • Appointed Warden Steve Arnold to replace a vacant seat on the Gallery Lambton Fundraising Committee.
  • Directed staff in the Community Health Services Department to utilize one-time 100% provincial funding in the amount of $8,000 to support a 12-week practicum for a Public Health Inspection Student.
  • Directed staff at the Lambton Heritage Museum to pay the registration fee of $1,695 for a Lambton County Doors Open event in the summer or 2012.
  • Tabled a motion to move forward with paperless Council meetings by providing iPads to Councillors until additional information is available concerning participation rates.
  • Supported the County of Huron's resolution that supports woodlot owners within the Province of Ontario by requesting the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing conduct an immediate review and include the losses sustained by woodlot owners in the applications for eligible assistance under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP).
  • Supported the County of Huron's resolution strongly objecting to the Fire Marshall's Office restricting the use of barns/sheds as venues for private parties and activities.
  • Supported the Township of Mulmur's resolution urging the Province of Ontario to either adopt a standardized compliance checklist of requirements to ensure that green energy projects are being installed in an  appropriate manner, and to be more diligent in their review / approval of these projects, or amend the requirements so that all such facilities are subject to a municipal consultation / approval process or, at the very least, a protocol for ensuring that such facilities are installed appropriately and in accordance with required approvals. 
  • Approved a recommendation to amend the Corporation's strategic plan's areas of effort to reflect the importance of population growth, renewal of municipal infrastructure, cultural planning, and the adoption and implementation of sustainable initiatives.  These amendments will be circulated to local municipalities for comment, and a final report will return to Council by March 31, 2012.
  • Noted that the 2012 Walk for Memories in support of the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton will be held on Sunday, January 29 at Lambton Mall in Sarnia.  This year, Lonny Napper will serve as Honourary Chair.   Deputy Warden Napper encouraged his colleagues to form teams, support a walker, or to promote the walk in each of their communities.   

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