Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

Feburary 14th Meeting

Council begins at 7pm this week.  You can read the full packet here.  The following items will be discussed:

 

COMMUNICATIONS FOR INFORMATION

a. Simon Bélisle, Program Manager, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.  Tecumseh is invited to participate in the Water Utility Energy Challenge, a competition between water utilities in the Great Lakes Basin to reduce energy‐related pollution emissions in water distribution systems.  We would have free access to two new state of the art technologies, the Locational Emissions Estimation Methodology (LEEM) and the Polluting Emission Pump Station Optimization (PEPSO), to help track, control and reduce energy consumption and optimize pumping systems free of charge as part of the challenge.  No action is recommended.

b. Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs re: Renewed Community-Focused Rural Economic Development (RED) Program.  This program is intended to help rural communities become better positioned to attract investment, retain and create jobs, and sustain a highly skilled workforce. The renewed RED program is part of a range of initiatives that address infrastructure, health care, education and other issues of importance to rural Ontario residents.

c. Patrick Brown, MPP Re: Natural Gas Expansion in Ontario.  MPP Brown advises that the Progressive Conservative caucus unequivocally supports natural gas distribution expansion in the Province of Ontario in opposition to current provincial directive.

d. Township of Montague.  Re: Funding for Internet Connectivity for Libraries in Ontario.  The Township of Montague requests that funding for rural internet connectivity be maintained.

e. Dave Hemingway, Reporter, The Landowner and Municipality of Central Huron Re: Industrial Wind Turbine Health Issues.  This letter/article speaks to a recent solar development in the Goderich area and area resident opposition.

f. County of Essex Re: Essex County Council Library Board Refund of Surplus Funds.  Essex County advises that the operating surplus arising from the workers' strike will be placed in reserves until such as time as the overall savings net of costs can be quantified and further direction will be supplied at that time.

g. Samaritan's Purse International Relief Re: Samaritans Purse Canada Flood Recovery Deployment for Tecumseh and Windsor.  Samartian's Purse, who helped residents free of charge during last fall's flooding event, expresses their thanks for support during their operations helping the community.

h. Municipality of Neebing Re: Carbon Tax Credits for Municipalities.  Neebing requests the Premier, the Minister of Finance and the Legislature, when considering the policies associated with carbon taxes and carbon tax credits, accrue any carbon tax credits applicable to tax-exempt private properties within Ontario municipalities, to the Municipality in which the land is situated, rather than to the property owner.

COMMUNICATIONS ACTION REQUIRED

a. Ontario Heritage Trust Re: Heritage Week 2017.  The Ontario Heritage Trust requests that the week of February 20-26, 2017, be proclaimed as Heritage Week in the Town of Tecumseh.

COMMITTEE MINUTES

a. Police Services Board January 12, 2017.  The current chair and vice-chair will continue their terms of office until 2018.  OPP report an increase in calls originating from retirement and long term care homes.  The RIDE program this year was also notable for Essex County leading the province in licence suspensions.

b. Heritage Committee January 16, 2017.  Jerome Baillargeon becomes Chair and Ian Froese continues as Vice-Chair.  Completion of the Heritage Registry is the main priority for 2017.

c. Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee January 16, 2017.  Marian Drouillard becomes Chair and Rhonda Dupuis becomes Vice-Chair.  There will be a formal unveiling of the Tecumseh-l’Essor Arts Centre Auditorium Sign on April 29, 2017.  

d. Youth Advisory Committee January 17, 2017.  Hannah Ruuth becomes Chair, Paytin Gardner becomes Secretary and Andre Ducharme becomes Treasurer.  

e. Senior Advisory Committee January 26, 2017.  Doug Drouillard becomes Chair, Paul Morand becomes Vice-Chair.  

f. Corn Festival Committee January 26, 2017.  David Lozinsky remains as Chair and Tony Corona remains as Vice-Chair.

 

REPORTS

Finance

1. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No. 01/17 - Re: Taxes Receivable - December 2016.  Tax receivables as a percentage of tax levies decreased to 5.0% at December 2016.  585 properties are in arrears representing $2,346,000.  Residential arrears have increased moderately while Commercial and Industrial arrears have decreased significantly.

Fire & Rescue

1. Director Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No. 02/17  Re: Tecumseh Fire Services 2016 Year End Overview.  In 2016, loss fires included: 6 garage / barn, 3 vehicle, 2 house / deck, 1 oven (residential), 1 industrial machine & 1 dumpster fire.  Six no loss fires were also recorded that included three grass/ditch fires, two garbage/construction bins and one lawnmower fire.

Planning & Building

1. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 01/17 Re: Annual Status Report on the Tecumseh Transit Service for 2016.  Total ridership this past year was 27,003 (see Figure 1 below). This figure represents a 1,843 decrease in ridership from 2015 when total ridership was 28,846, and is the lowest yearly total since 2011.  Decreases were mainly at Tecumseh Mall and the Corn Festival.   Tecumseh Mall accounted for just under half of the passenger trips, followed by Southfield Drive, the Tecumseh Road/Tecumseh Medical Centre, the Zehrs Plaza, the municipal parking lot on Tecumseh Road (at St. Anne’s Street), East Pointe Trails Plaza/Sobey’s Plaza and Cada Library/L’Essor Secondary School.  A new kneeling bus is set to be purchased this year.

2. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 02/17 Re: Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments, 2253246 Ontario Inc., 11957 Tecumseh Road - Proposed Five-Storey/44- Unit Apartment Building.  Administration proposes the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the impacts of building an apartment building at this location, on Tecumseh Road just west of Shawnee.

3. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 03/17 Re: Site Plan Control Approval, BK Cornerstone / Vortex Snow Removal Inc. - 13405 Desro Drive.  Administration is recommending that the site plan developed for 13405 Desro Drive which involves an industrial addition to the building and second story be approved.

4. Manager Building Services & Chief Building Official, Report No. 04/17 Re: 2016 Year End Permit Report.  Construction value is reported at $51,359,667 which is $3,821,368 lower than the $55,181,035 construction value reported last year.  A total of 100 new dwelling unit permits were issued, which resulted in 106 new residential units, compared to 106 new residential units for the same period in 2015.  The number of permits is up by 224, partly due to the installation of a significant number of backwater valves.

 

Public Works and Environmental Services

1. Director Public Works & Environmental Services, Report No. 09/17 Re: Amendment to Refuse Control By-Law 2003-40.  Administration is recommending approval of a model exempting rural properties from the hard-sided garbage container by-law that was directed by Council.

 NEXT MEETING will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 pm, for a Public Council Meeting regarding changing the zoning by-law to allow Sea Containers followed by our 7:00 pm Regular Council Meeting.

 

For questions on these or other municipal issues please contact me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

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