Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

April 14th Council Meeting

Coming up at this week's Council Meeting.  You can read the full packet here.

At 6pm Council will be considering the new OPP Contract.  You can read the materials for this section here.  Council has not expressed its will on this matter through resolution at this point in time.

Beginning at 7pm, Regular Business begins:

COMMUNICATIONS

A. Township of Southgate, March 23, 2015 - Re: Resolution - Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2014.  The Township of Southgate is requesting Town Council's support in endorsing Bill 52 which supports individual freedoms against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.  Administration is not recommending endorsement.

B. The Township of Madawaska Valley, April 7, 2015 - Re: Hydro Rates.  The Township of Madawaska Valley is requesting Town Council's support for provincial relief for its residents with respect to Hydro One charges.  Administration is not recommending endorsement. 

C. Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon - Re: Private Members Bill 36, Respecting Private Property Act.  MPP Jones is asking for feedback with respect to the Respecting Private Property Act which creates new fines of $500 for trespassing and increases compensation amounts to $25,000.  Administration is not recommending a response.

D. Essex Region Conservation Foundation - Re: 27th Annual Golf Tournament, July 23, 2015.  Administration is seeking Council's direction with respect to purchasing tickets or sponsoring the Essex Region Conservation Foundation Golf Tournament and recommends that tickets be purchased for the ERCA Representatives.

E. City of Stratford, April 2, 2015 - Re: Community Mailboxes, Canada Post.  The City of Stratford has expressed to Canada Post that in order to protect the municipal right-of-way and the use thereof, it is asking for Canada Post to sign a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the expected consultation process and guidelines for mailbox placement.  It is also requiring a formal agreement for use of the right-of-way and costs.  Failing approval of both, Stratford will not allow placement of the boxes.  Administration is recommending that a letter be authorized with similar language from the Town of Tecumseh.  In principle I am supportive of this measure given that the municipality is powerless with respect the installation of these new mailboxes and adopting said guidelines would provide certainty and guidance for Town Administration, as well as providing a known and fair standard for the municipality as a whole.

The minutes of last meeting, including the two Court of Revision sessions, will be ratified. 

REPORTS

Clerks

A. Director Staff Services/Clerk, April 1, 2015, Report No. 08/15 Re: Farm Lease Agreement - John Nostadt 2015-16 Years.  Administration is recommending a sole-source lease to John Nostadt to allow for farming of this property as there is no direct road access to Baseline Road for the 18 acres affected at this time and access would be required through lands already leased by Mr. Nostadt. The lease is for $4,050. 

B. Director Staff Services/Clerk, April 1, 2015, Report No. 09/15 Re: Community Support Centre Services Agreement, Two Year Term Renewal: 2016-2017.  Administration is recommending that Council approve extending an agreement with Community Support Centre in an amount of $10,000 to provide transit services for seniors and disabled residents.  A $3 subsidy is given to each resident requiring the service up to the $10,000 amount.

C. Director Staff Services/Clerk, March 19, 2015, Report No. 10/15 Re: Tenth (10th) Concession Drain - Repair and Improvement Court of Revision Appointment.  Administration is recommending that Councillor Jobin be appointed to the City of Windsor's Court of Revision hearing this matter in the City of Windsor representing Tecumseh as the drain crosses municipal boundaries.

D. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, April 7, 2015, Report No. 06/15 - Re: Town of Tecumseh New Official Plan, Urban Design Discussion Paper, April 2015.  Administration has released an Urban Design discussion paper which will be received for the first time at this meeting.  By receiving the discussion paper, public consultation on its contents can begin.  Of note is that last month Council also received a housing discussion paper which remains in consultation period.

E. Director Planning and Building Services, April 7, 2015, Report No. 08/15 - Re: Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, Extension of the Investment in Affordable Housing Program (IAH-E), 2015 Rental Housing Component.  Administration is recommending approval of participation in this program which ensures that new builds within Tecumseh can be eligible for funding.  This participation requires that the multi-residential and single unit residential tax rates be equivalent for subject properties.  In effect, this means that the Town could be providing a grant of $7,419.33 every year for 20 years to affordable housing developers.

F. Director Planning and Building Services, April 7, 2015, Report No 09/15 - Re: Valente Development Corporation, South Side of Arbour Street (Former St. Anne High School, South Campus), Development Agreement Approval.  Administration is recommending approval of seven semi-detached dwellings, six 3-unit townhome dwellings and four 4-unit townhome dwellings, totalling 48 dwelling units on a 2.9 hectare site.  Carmelita Hall and the St. Anne's High School Staley Field were located at this site previously.

G. Manager Engineering Services, March 25, 2015, Report No. 15/15 Re: Manning Road Secondary Plan Area, Stormwater Management Environmental Study Report Addendum (December 2014-Updated March 2015).  Council will be receiving an amended ESR which dealt with the proposed new multi-development stormwater facility intended for development located between County Road 22 and the CP Mainline.  The amendments were to incorporate new lands and to incorporate public comments received.

H. Manager Roads and Fleet, March 30, 2015, Report No. 16/15 Re: West Nile Virus Program - 2015 Funding.  Administration is requesting up to $6000 to help fund larvicide to help control insects and prevent spread of West Nile Virus.  Funding would be sought from external sources to offset costs wherever possible.

I. Manager Roads and Fleet, April 1, 2015, Report No. 17/15 Re: A Review of Existing Community Safety Zones.  Administration advises that the Community Safety Zone installed outside of Victoria Public School is no longer required and can be removed. 

J. Manager Facilities and Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector, March 30, 2015, Report No. 13/15 - Re: Green Energy Act, O. Reg. 397/11 Compliance Requirements 13-15 Parks - Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan 041415.  Administration is requesting approval of their plan to abide by provincial regulation 397/11 and requires:

  1. An annual summary of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for the
    operation of the municipality.
  2. A description of measures for:
    a. Conserving and otherwise reducing the amount of energy consumed by operation; and
    b. Managing the demands for energy, including a forecast of the expected results of current and proposed measures.

 

For any questions on these or other matters please contact me at 226-773-1910 or Andrew@andrewdowie.ca

 

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