Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

January 27th Council Meeting

NOTE:  Council will be meeting on both Monday for the budget and Tuesday for both a special meeting to discuss the McPhee Drain, and our regular meeting at 7pm.

The agendas for Tuesday's meetings are as follows:

6pm:  Public Meeting regarding the cleaning of the McPhee Drain.  In rural areas of the town not serviced by storm sewers, the cost of cleaning the drains and rebuilding deficient culverts falls to the affected landowners who are assessed based on their properties.  The McPhee Drain is at a point in time where this work is necessary.  During the meeting, these landowners will have the opportunity to speak to the costs that they will have to incur for this maintenance and advise Council of any concerns.

The full report for the McPhee Drain meeting is at:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Public%20Council%20Meeting/2015-01/27-18-00/Packet.pdf

7pm:

DELEGATIONS
A. Martin Shortt and Gerard Briody from Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland Re: Twin City Initiative with the Town of Tecumseh
B. Rosemary Fiss, Manager of Education & Support Programs, Alzheimer Society - Re: Dementia Friendly Community
C. Susan Mazzei, Deputy Clerk Re: Retirement Presentation

COMMUNICATIONS
Communication – For Information
A. KPMG - Re: Audit Planning for the Year Ending December 31, 2014.  For the Town of Tecumseh, KPMG audits the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements, the Annual gas tax audit, and an Audit of the annual financial statements of the Business Improvement Area.  Council will receive these audits in May-June 2015.

B. Great Lakes and St Lawrence Cities Initiative - Re: Call for Resolutions.  Council will be asked to consider submitting resolutions regarding actions that all member municipalities on the Great Lakes would accept for implementation.

C. Council will consider participating in a Climate Change Adaptation Seminar to be held on February 11, 2015 in Vaughan, Ontario, jointly hosted by the Ontario Water Works Association and the Water Environment Association of Ontario, in accordance with the Town’s Travel and Professional Development Policy and subject to funding in the 2015 Budget.

REPORTS

A. Chief Administrative Officer, January 22, 2015, Report No. 03/15 - Re: Dementia Friendly Community.  The CAO is recommending development of a Dementia Friendly Community program in conjunction with the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex.  Town Administration will also assist in developing a grant application supporting this program.

B. Director Staff Services/Clerk, January 16, 2015, Report No. 01/15 - Re: Nominations for the 2014 Donald "Donny" Massender Memorial Volunteer Award and 2015 Senior of the Year Award.  Council will be asked to select recipients for both of these awards from the nominees put forward.

C. Fire Chief, January 19, 2015, Report No 01/15 - Re: Fire Chief's Q4 2014 Fire Rescue Services Update.  This report provides Council with statistical data regarding Fire Department activities throughout the fourth quarter of 2014.

D. Director, Public Works and Environmental Services, December 4, 2014, Report No. 07/15 - Re: Speed Limits in the 'Saucer Area' of St Clair Beach.  Council will consider a recommendation from Administration to accept a 30km/h limit in the St. Clair Beach "Saucer" area of Clovelly Road, Rutland Road, Warwick Drive, Essex Road, Burlington Road, and Kensington Boulevard requested by affected residents owing to its unique roadway geometry versus other areas of the Town.  Administration also advises that it would not support such limits elsewhere within the Town.

E. Manager Roads and Fleet, January 9, 2015, Report No. 03/15 - Re: Rural Mailbox Policy - This report requests adoption of a policy for replacement of rural mailboxes when damaged by municipal winter control activities.

F. Manager Engineering Services, November 28, 2014, Report No. 01/15 Re: 2015-2019 Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan.  Council is being asked to adopt Administration's Five-Year Capital Works Plan which includes road paving, bridge maintenance, sewers, sidewalks and water services until 2019.  Part of this request is to use the "New Infrastructure Fund" (should it be adopted by Council as part of the budget) to reimburse the Storm Sewer Lifecycle Reserve which is expected to be in a deficit position of $1.6 million by 2019 because lifecycle funds had previously been allocated for "new" work versus maintaining existing. The major spending item for Ward 1 over the next five years is the enclosure of the Manning Road drain from Riverside southerly at a cost of $4.1 million scheduled for 2020.

G. Manager Water and Wastewater , January 14, 2015, Report No. 05/15 Re: 2014 Annual Summary Report - Tecumseh Water Distribution System.  Council is advised of the reporting provided to the Ministry of the Environment with respect to our water system.

H. Director Parks and Recreation Services, January 15, 2015, Report No 04/15 - Re: Lakewood Park Concession Request for Proposals.  Council will be asked to approve a Request-for-Proposals regarding operating food services at the Lakewood Park Pro Shop  This could also be a cart service or Food Truck as well.

I. Manager Recreation Programs/Events, December 1, 2014, Report No. 01/15 - Re: Outdoor Special Events Policy.  Council will be asked to approve a set policy dictating the kinds of activities that can be delivered in given locations (i.e. Lakewood Park North would be restricted to passive activities while active activities would be at Lakewood Park South.)

J. Manager Recreation Programs/Services, January 12, 2015, Report No 06/15 - Re: Financial Analysis on 2014 Town Special Events.  Council is provided with a financial report regarding how many town resources are expended for Town-led events.

K. Manager, Facilities, January 14, 2015, Report No. 03/15 Re: Arena/Pool Five (5) Year Capital Projects.  Council is advised of the planned Capital Works for the Arena and Swimming Pool over the next five years.  

The full report for the Regular Council Meeting is at http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Regular%20Council%20Meeting/2015-01/27-19-00/Packet.pdf

If you have any questions on these items please be sure to comment here, email to andrew@andrewdowie.ca, or call me at 226-773-1910..

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