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Wyoming, ON – At its regular meeting Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Lambton County Council:
•Heard a presentation from representatives of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture.
•Heard a presentation from the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.
•Heard an update presentation from Tourism Sarnia-Lambton.
•Supported a request from Tourism Sarnia-Lambton to apply to host a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board Meeting in 2018.
•Approved changes to the format of the biannual Warden's Election including beginning the event at 9 a.m. and choosing a Judicial official to preside over the event.
•Requested more information from the provincial Minister of Transportation regarding the status of the Highway 40 expansion through Sarnia and asked that the Ministry consider splitting the project into stages.
•Directed that the County continue to seek a round-table meeting with the provincial Minister of Transportation to discuss an update on concerns regarding winter maintenance on Highway 402 and that the meeting be held in Lambton County, with time scheduled for municipal leaders and the public.
•Directed staff to examine the potential to partner with local school boards and service providers for the development of a rural transit system based on the Muskoka Extended Transit pilot project.
•Adopted the position of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative regarding the proposed Waukesha Water Diversion.
•Directed staff to send a letter to the Premier of Ontario urging the Ministry of Community and Social Services to increase social assistance rates to reflect the rising cost of healthy food.
•Approved additional hours for the complement of Personal Support Workers at Marshall Gowland Manor.
•Endorsed the proposed Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative pilot projects developed by community working groups and approved the extension of $1,027,463 in provincial funding in each of the next two years for these projects.
•Received Notice of Motion from Councillor Todd Case requesting a report examining the structure of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership Board of Directors.
•Directed staff to prepare a report for February 17 Committee meetings detailing the current cost of taxpayer funded, non-statutory benefits across all divisions of the Corporation.
•Directed staff to prepare a report summarizing funding available for capital projects in celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary.
•Noted that County Council is next scheduled to meet in regular Open Session at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2016.