Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

April 26th Meeting

This week's regular business of Council begins at 7pm. You can find the full packet here.

Delegations to the meeting will be:
- Cheryl Hardcastle, MP, who will be introducing herself as MP and to have a discussion of
MP portfolios
- Taylor Shepherd, who will speak recongizing the Town's contribution for the recent Special Needs Hockey Tournament


Communications to be received include:

A. Township of Georgian Bay, April 7, 2016, Re: Enforcement of "No Wake" Zones; and
B. Township of Gillies, April 11, 2016, Re: Enforcement of "No Wake" Zones. The Townships of Georgian Bay and Gillies would like to have the Federal Government amend the Canada Shipping Act to allow for "No Wake Zones" limiting speeds for inland lakes, rivers and streams.
C. Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs, April 2016, Re: Senior Achievement Award 2016. Minister Mario Sergio is requesting nominations for the 2016 Senior Achievement Award. Nominations are due June 15th. Visit http://www.ontario.ca/honoursandawards/ for more information.
D. Township of South Frontenac, April 21, 2016, Re: Renewable Procurement Initiatives. The Town of South Frontenac is requesting that those municipalities who oppose the addition of further electricity generation facilities such as Wind Turbines still be granted some kind of compensation by provincial formula, as a host as non-support usually does not result in a community benefit agreement.

Administration recommends adopting of the following resolutions:
A. Municipal Summit on OMB Reform - Process and Power, Saturday, May 14, 2016, Markham, ON. Councillor Tom Mrakas of the Town of Aurora has organized a Municipal Summit on Ontario Municipal Board Reform - Process and Power Seminar to be held on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 from 9am to 4pm at the Markham Civic Centre. The Ontario Municipal Board is an appeal body that has the power to overturn local planning and muncipal administrative decisions. Administration is recommending that expenses be allowable for members of Council who wish to attend this seminar.
B. Laurie Scott, MPP, April 7, 2016 Re: Human Trafficking. MPP Laurie Scott has authored a Private Member's Bill (Bill 158 - Saving the Girl Next Door Act) regarding Human Trafficking and asks for Council's support. The bill proposes the following:
- February 22nd will be designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario
- Allow for parents of trafficking victims under 18, the victims themselves over 18 or an authorized agent to obtain a protection order to prohibit contact from the trafficker to the victim for minimum 3 years.
- Allow for legal action allowing victims to sue their traffickers for damages and an accounting of profits.
- Amend the definition of "sex offender" under Christopher's Law (Sex Offender Registry), 2000 to include criminal offences for trafficking of victims under the age of 18.


REPORTS

A. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, January 25, 2016, Report No. 07/16, Re: 2016 International Dragon Boats For The Cure Festival. The International Dragon Boats for the Cure Festival is requesting that an exemption from the Town’s Sign By-law starting June 20, 2016 to permit them to advertise the 2016 International Dragon Boat Festival in consultation with the Parks Department and Planning Department, and also that the event be allowed an exemption from the Noise By-law to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m for background music and event announcements.

B. Drainage Superintendent, April 7, 2016, Report No. 21/16, Re: O'Keefe Drain - Tender Award. Administration is recommending that the tender for the O’Keefe Drain Improvements in the amount of $123,600 excluding HST, be awarded to Total Source Contracting.

C. Manager Roads & Fleet, April 12, 2016, Report No. 22/16, Re: West Nile Virus Program - 2016 Funding Status. Administration is asking for permission to proceed with a West Nile Virus avoidance program. The Town will have to pay up front for larviciding and then subsequently request funding from the Windsor Essex County Health Unit and the Province of Ontario. Correspondence to the Ministry of the Environment and Pestalto Environmental Products Inc.,
authorizing the application of larvicides in water bodies such as catch basins and ditches found to
contain mosquito species known to transmit the West Nile Virus, be forwarded. The Town's cost is expected to be $6,000.

BY-LAWS
A. Bylaw 2016-13, Being a by-law to provide for the repair and improvements to the McLean Hergott Drain. Homeowners will be assessed the cost of drain improvements.
B. Bylaw 2016-27, Being a by-law to amend appointment of members to the Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee for the term of Council 2015-2018; and
C. Bylaw 2016-28, Being a by-law to amend appointment of members to the Tecumseh Heritage Committee for the term of Council 2015-2018. Member Stephen Willetts has resigned from these committees. We wish Stephen the best of luck!
D. Bylaw 2016-29, Being a bylaw to authorize the execution of a Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Contribution Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister responsible for Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. This agreement allows the Town of Tecumseh to accept $400,000 from the Federal Government under the Canada 150 program to allow for trail paving and bridge construction at Lakewood Park.

Our next meetings will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, beginning at 5:30 pm - Special Council Meeting, Re: Tecumseh Rd Mainstreet Streetscape Plan and regular business beginning at 7pm

For further information on this or other matters please contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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