Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

January 24th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins meeting at 5:30pm.

The first meeting will address the Ward Boundary and Council Structure review.  It is recommended that a new layout for wards be adopted which splits Ward 1 into 2 separate wards.  Ward 1 would be north of St. Thomas Crescent and west of Centennial Drive.  Ward 2 would be north of Tecumseh Road and east of Centennial Drive and Green Valley Drive, Ward 3 would be north of County Road 22 to St. Thomas Crescent and west of Green Valley Drive, Ward 4 would be south of County Road 22 to Intersection Road (Canadian Pacific Railway east of Lesperance) and Ward 5 would be south of Intersection Road / CPR.  The remainder of the Council structure in terms of number of Councillors and voting methods are proposed to remain intact.  You can read the report here.

The second meeting beginning at 6:30pm is a statutory public meeting that will allow an agricultural severance at 6485 Holden Road to proceed.  To comply with provincial policy, the severed parcel needs a rezoning to prohibit having a new residence constructed on the property.  You can read the report here.

The main meeting begins at 7pm.  You can read the full packet here.  The following will be discussed:

Resident Jan Czubernat will appear as a delegation to speak about the 2017 Budget and Content

Council will receive the following communications:

  • Essex Region Conservation Authority 2017 Draft Budget: 30 Day Notice to Member Municipalities.  This year's ERCA budget contains a levy increase of 34 cents per household.
  • Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Re: Ontario 150 Partnership Program Application.  The Government of Ontario will provide The Town of Tecumseh with up to $15,000.00 over fiscal year 2016-17 and fiscal year 2017-18 to support the Tecumseh Youth Entrepreneur Engagement Program.  Great news!
  • Association of Municipalities of Ontario Re: AMO's 2017-18 Strategic Objectives.  AMO describes several of their files ongoing for the forthcoming year.
  • Dillon Consulting Limited Re: Tecumseh Transportation Master Plan Notice of Completion.  Comments are being received until February 25, 2017.
  • Municipal Property Assessment Corporation Re: MPAC 2016 Assessment Update.  Assessment values increased for most classes across Tecumseh.  For residents, assessments generally increased by 16.3% between 2012 and 2016.  For 2017, the increase will be on average 3.8%.
  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities Re: FCM Board Vacancy for Ontario.  This vacancy is open to members of Council.
  • Honourable Chris Ballard, Ministry of Housing Re: The Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016.  This legislation will allow municipalities to mandate a certain amount of affordable housing as part of new developments.

Council is being asked to endorse the following:

a. Town of Fort Frances, Re: Resolution to Address the Inequity in Property Taxation on Railway Right-of-Way's Collected by Municipalities in Ontario THAT the Town of Fort Frances’s Resolution No. 682 regarding the inequity in property taxation on railway right-of-way’s collected by municipalities in Ontario be supported.  The argument is that railways are not paying their fair share of taxes to municipalities in comparison to other jurisdictions.

b. Windsor Essex County Health Unit, Re: Publicly Funded Dental Health Programs for Adults with Low Incomes.  THAT the Windsor Essex County Health Unit’s Board of Directors resolution endorsing the importance of oral health as part of overall health and recommending the Province of Ontario expand publicly funded oral health programs to include low income and vulnerable adults and seniors, similar to what is offered to children through Ontario’s Healthy Smiles program, be supported.

c. Township of Zorra, Re: Rural Hydro Rates THAT the December 6, 2016, resolution of the Council of the Township of Zorra requesting the Province of Ontario to re-evaluate the structure of hydro in terms of access to delivery and implement structural changes to address the unfair practice of charging more for delivery to rural residents, be supported.  This is basically asking for a rebalancing of urban versus rural distribution charges on hydro bills.

COMMITTEE MINUTES

a. The Police Services Board December 7, 2016 - The Police Services Board reports that Tecumseh operations will now be overseen by Staff Sgt. Brad Sakalo

b. Policies & Priorities Committee Decemeber 13, 2016 - Tecumseh Council reaffirms its intention to transfer the Tecumseh Corn Festival to a standalone body no longer directly operated by the Town.

REPORTS

a. Chief Administrative Officer

1. Chief Administrative Officer, Report No. 01/17 118 - 133 Re: 2015-2016 Strategic Priorities Progress Report.  This report details the progress that Administration has made with respect to Council's stated strategic goals.

b. Corporate Services & Clerk

1. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 02/17 134 - 144 Re: Essex Region Greenway Trail Extension, Land Acquisition from Roberto & Marco Di Natale.  Administration is seeking Council approval to complete the expropriation of land from these property owners to complete the ERCA Greenway trail.

c. Fire & Rescue Services

1. Director Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No. 01/17  Re: 2017 Fire Five (5) Year Capital Projects Plan.  Administration is requesting $89,700 in purchases this year as follows:  (a) 4 Swiss Phone pagers $ 2,800 (b) 4 firefighter helmets $ 1,900 (c) 4 sets of firefighter bunker gear $ 10,000 (d) Cascade SCBA Station #2 $ 75,000

d. Information & Communication Services

1. Director Information & Communication Services, Report No. 01/17  Re: 2017-2021 ICS Lifecycle Works Plan.  Administration is requesting approval of $172,000 for the following:

  • PC Replacements 40,000 $
  • Network Upgrades 20,000 $
  • Misc. Software 3,000 $
  • Street Photos 10,000 $
  • Video Surveillance 6,000 $
  • A/V Systems 10,000 $
  • Records Management 20,000 $
  • Website Accessibility Assessment 3,000
  • Microsoft Office 30,000 $
  • Email/SQL Server Upgrade 15,000 $ (Previously Approved and Funded)
  • Phone System 60,000 $ (Previously Approved and Funded)
  • Issue Tracking Software 30,000 $

e. Public Works & Environmental Services

1. Director Public Works & Environmental Services, Report No. 55/16 Re: Waste, Organics and White Goods Collection - Tender Results, and

2. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No. 05/17 Re: Waste, Organics and White Goods Collection Tender Negotiated Contract with Windsor Disposal Services.  As noted at our previous meeting, there was a significant cost overrun with respect to solid waste collection costs.  Administration has negotiated further adjustments and is requesting approval of a contract with Windsor Disposal Services in the amount of $587,919.73.

3. Manager Engineering Services, Report No. 01/17  Re: Amendment to the 2017-2021 PWES Capital Works Plan Revised 2017 Asphalt Program.  Administration is recommending that Arlington Boulevard be resurfaced this year and resurfacing of Fasan Drive be deferred to a future year.

4. Manager Water & Wastewater, Report No. 02/17 Re: Tender Result: 2016 Elevated Water Tower Illumination - External Lighting.  Administration recommends cancelling the project to illuminate the Tecumseh Water Tower as costs significantly exceed the expected price.

5. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 04/17 Re: East Townline Drain (Pike Creek Outlet) - Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the tender for the Repair and Improvement of the East Townline Drain in the amount of $49,099.97 excluding HST, be awarded to H.E. Construction Inc.

6. Manager Water & Wastewater, Report No. 06/17 Re: 2016 Annual Summary Report - Distribution System.  Administration recommends adoption of the Annual Summary Report for the Tecumseh Distribution System (260004969) for the Year 2016, as prepared in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, O. Reg. 170/03, Schedule 22 Summary Report, and that the Annual Summary Report be made available for public viewing through the Town of Tecumseh website.

7. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 07/17  Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain, Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Webster Drain.  Administration recommends that Gerard Rood P.Eng. be appointed as Drainage Engineer for maintenance of the Webster Drain.

8. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 08/17 Re: Petition for a Municipal Drain - Appointment of Drainage Engineer.  Administration recommends that Dillon Consulting Ltd. be appointed as Drainage Engineer for the creation of a new drain adjacent to Webster Drive.

For any questions on these or other municipal matters, feel free to contact me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910

 

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