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 This Month In Lambton 

This Month In Lambton

 Draft County Budget Presented to County Council

Lambton County Councillors will consider a proposed 2.43% net increase to the County property tax levy when they meet to discuss the 2018 Draft County budget early next month.  The draft budget calls for $75.2 million to be raised through local property taxes, supporting proposed expenditures of $213.4 million.

Spending $20.3 million on 51 capital projects is proposed, including:
* The third year of upgrades committed to under the 10 year, $40 million Social Housing Capital Plan.
* Possible rehabilitation of the Bear Creek and Shashawandah bridges.
* Programmed replacement of vehicles, including two ambulances.
* Rehabilitation of County Roads #2 (Bentpath Line), #22 (London Line), and #8 (Inwood Road).
* Changes to the office layout of the County Administration Building.

Draft County Budget binder

The 2018 Draft County budget also calls for $5.7 million to be directed towards various reserves and reserve funds, which are used to finance large, necessary projects that may arise in the future or to pay for unexpected emergencies.

Four external organizations are seeking grants from Lambton County Council in 2018:
* The Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation is seeking $1,050,000 in multi-year funding to assist it with acquiring a new X-Ray Suite for Diagnostic Imaging.
* Community Living Sarnia-Lambton is seeking funding of $45,000 to be used to purchase a 2017/18 Dodge Caravan with side-access or rear-entry wheelchair ramp.
* The Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention is seeking $80,674 in temporary operational funding
* Sarnia-Lambton Crime Stoppers is requesting $13,000 in operational funding

In addition the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership and Tourism Sarnia Lambton have requested Council to consider increases to their annual funding in the amounts of $300,000 and $35,000 respectively. 

Lambton County Council has also had one item referred to its budget deliberations this year: investigating, in partnership with relevant community stakeholders, the cost of engaging a consultant to undertake a market analysis and feasibility study for a potential multi-use convention centre in the Sarnia/Point Edward area at an estimated cost of $50,000.

Neither the cost of funding the Council grant requests nor the matters referred to budget have been included in the Draft Budget.

Budget deliberations are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2018 and will continue at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 22, if required.  Deliberations are also scheduled to be streamed live and made available for archival viewing through the County's website,

 CAER Industry Update Line

If you notice unusual activity at a local petro-chemical industry, call the Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) Industry Update Line (1-855-4SARNIA or 1-855-472-7642) for current information.  The Update Line provides callers with information about non-routine industry activities such as unusual noises, alarms, training activities, high flaring and industrial incidents.  To learn more about CAER's mandate and local activities, please visit  For information about home emergency preparedness, visit

Chemical Valley at night

 Return of the Swans at Lambton Heritage Museum

From 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., March 10 - 18, discover the annual Return of the Tundra Swans at Lambton Heritage Museum.  Witness thousands of birds resting on the bog, attracted by the melt water of spring and the remnants of prior year’s corn crop. Enjoy activities for all ages at the Museum, with Makerspace staff from Lambton County Library on hand from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day.

Tundra Swans in flight

 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

The County of Lambton, in conjunction with Clean Harbors Canada Inc., hosts several household hazardous waste collection events each year. The events give Lambton County residents an opportunity to properly dispose of potentially dangerous waste from their homes and protect our environment at the same time. If hazardous products are thrown in with the regular garbage, they can injure sanitation workers and cause long-term environmental problems.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Household Hazardous Waste Days take place at the Clean Harbors Canada Inc. site, 4090 Telfer Road in St. Clair Township the last Saturdays of March, April, May, June, September, and October.  Bring your household derived hazardous wastes to the special depot, and it will be dealt with by experts, at no cost to you.  Visit the link above for more details.

 Vacancy Rebate Program

Staff in the County of Lambton's Finance, Facilities, and Court Services Division will be recommending to Lambton County Council that the County discontinue the Vacancy Rebate Program for any vacancy that has occurred after December 31, 2017.  Parties interested in learning more about staff's recommendation are encouraged to view the Briefing Note on the Property Taxation page of the County website for further details.  The Briefing Note has also been circulated to local municipalities for their comments.  Staff intends to include the recommendation in its 2018 Tax Policy Report which is scheduled to be presented to County Council at its March 7, 2018 budget deliberations.

 Lambton County Library

Starling early engagement devices are now available at all library branches. This wearable counting system lets caregivers see how many words their preschooler hears every day providing children with an educational head start.

The device encourages caregivers to say more to their child by talking, reading and singing every day.  The Starling system is available to library card holders for a 3 week lending period. Patrons, however, must have their own smart phone to be able to access the app to check word status.

Parent and Child Reading



 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9 a.m., Mar 7 - Lambton County Council (Budget deliberations)
9 a.m., Mar 22 -Lambton County Council (Budget deliberations)*
9:30 a.m., April 4 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Apr 18 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., May 2 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., May 16 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Jun 6 - Lambton County Council

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

*if required