Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

January 30th Meeting

This week, Council meets beginning at 6pm.  The Agenda can be found here.

Council will discuss the setting of building codes and to receive comments from the public regarding the proposed building permit fee rates.  Building permit rates were last set in 2005 and have not been adjusted for inflation since that time.  Operations for building permit services have run at a deficit (subsidized by the general rate) for all but two of the past ten years and the goal is to make them cost neutral.

Fees are proposed to increase by 17% to 25% for square footage rates and 20% for flat rates.  This would put most rates in the mid-range although residential garage and accessory buildings would become the highest in Essex County at double the rate of other municipalities.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The Agenda can be found here.

Delegations are:
a. Mary Agnes Welch, Probe Research Inc. Re: Citizen Satisfaction Survey
b. Friends of Oldcastle Development Re: Del Duca OMB Decision

Communications for Information:
a. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Re: Notification of Bill 139, the Building Better Communities and
Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 Receiving Royal Assent.  This bill has now been passed which includes reform of the Ontario Municipal Board into the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal.
b. Ernie Hardeman, MPP, PC Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing Re: Ontario PC Platform - People's Guarantee.  MPP Hardeman highlights the portions of the Ontario Progressive Conservative platform that relate to municipal government policy.
c. Town of Amherstburg Re: Support Correspondence from the Essex County Federation of Agriculture.  The Town of Amherstburg and the ECFA advises that it has petitioned the Federal Government to reconsider some of its recent tax changes that are felt to negatively effect small business and agricultural operations.
d. Town of Amherstburg Re: Letter of Support for Windsor-Essex County Board of Health Resolution.  The Town of Amherstburg advises that it supports the Essex County Health Unit resolution with respect to ensuring that the legalization of cannabis is regulated extensively.
e. Ministry of Transportation Re: Ontario's support for the County of Essex's application for consideration under the National Trade Fund Corridors Fund (NTCF).  Minister Del Duca advises that the Province of Ontario supports Essex County's application to upgrade Manning Road with federal funds.
f. Ontario Municipal Board Decision Re: Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 14.  The OMB has rejected Council's rezoning of the Del Duca property at County Road 46 and the 8th Concession and has stayed the decision for a year in anticipation of a collaborative solution between the Town and the appellants.
g. Essex County Federation of Agriculture Re: Proposed Tax Changes.  The ECFA advises that the Federal Government has indicated that it is re-evaluating its tax changes that affect agricultural operators.

Communications Action Required
a. National Trust for Canada Re: Heritage Day 2018 Re: Heritage Day 2018.  Administration recommends that February 19, 2018 be proclaimed as Heritage Day in the Town of Tecumseh.
b. Ontario Good Roads Association Re: OGRA Requests Support for MCEA Process Reform.  Administration recommends that the resolution provided by OGRA calling on the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to accelerate the Application for
Review of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process be adopted.
c. Town of Lakeshore Re: Storm Water Management and Drainage Improvements.  Administration recommends that the Town of Lakeshore’s resolution that the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario be urged to immediately allocate infrastructure funding dedicated to municipalities for storm water management and drainage improvements, be supported.
d. Community Heritage Ontario Re: Federal Role in Heritage Conservation.  Administration recommends that the recommendations by the Federal House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development contained in report 10 regarding the preservation of Canada’s heritage, be supported.
e. Letter to Minister Eric Hoskins from Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Board Chair.  Re: Proposed changes to the Cannabis Act, (Bill C-45)  Administration recommends that the October 19, 2017, resolution by the Windsor Essex County Health Unit regarding the licensing, planning, and zoning regulations of cannabis retail outlets and the coordinated efforts of Windsor-Essex
municipalities in preventing the harms associated with cannabis use, be supported.
f. National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco.  Re: Contraband Tobacco in Ontario.  Administration recommends that the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco request for municipal governments to partake in the fines collected on contraband
tobacco charges through their local Provincial Offenses Transfer Agreement, be supported.

Reports
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2018-02, Union Gas Kingsville Transmission Reinforcement Project.  Administration recommends that the Union Gas Kingsville Transmission Reinforcement Project should be endorsed via a letter of support to the Ontario Energy Board. 

b. Information & Communication Services
1. ICS-2018-01, 2018-2022 Lifecycle Work Plan.  This report details the capital spending for the Information and Communication Services Department, in the amount of $224,000 (plus $60,000 which was funded in 2017) comprised of:

PC Replacements $ 20,000
Network Upgrades $ 30,000
Video Surveillance $ 6,000
A/V Systems $ 15,000
Miscellaneous Software $ 8,000
Virtual Server Upgrades $ 10,000
Corporate Website $ 25,000
Multifunction Copiers $ 60,000
Arena Sound System $ 50,000
Records Management $ 30,000
Issue Tracking Software $ 30,000

2. ICS-2018-02, 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  Probe Research conducted a Citizen Satisfaction Survey in late 2017.  It determined that 96% of residents rate the Town's quality of life as good or excellent.  97% were satisfied with the Town's services.  Concerns about flooding as well as water and sewer infrastructure are top-of-mind for Tecumseh residents.  The Sportsplex proposal had extreme viewpoints with 60% favouring construction and 38% opposing.  Online voting was also endorsed by a majority of residents.

c. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-01, Zoning By-law Amendment, 12334 Arbour Street.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a Public Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 5pm to discuss rezoning this property to allow the construction of a new semi-detached residential building.

d. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2018-02, Traffic Analysis – Radar Speed Surveys.  Administration reports back on the speeds reported for various streets where speeding was reported.  In Ward 1,  the 85th percentile speeds recorded on Lacasse Boulevard at St. Denis, 800 block of Michael Drive and Southfield Drive were found to be between 12 and 16 kilometers over the respective posted speed limits.  Little River Boulevard, McNorton Street, Riverside Drive and St. Gregory's Road in Ward 1 were both found to be 6-10 kilometers over the respective posted speed limits.  No action is being recommended for these streets.


2. PWES-2018-03, 2018 Supply of Various Vehicles.  Administration recommends soliciting quotations for the following purchases as vehicle replacements at an expected cost of $644,200 plus $26,000 for outfitting, to adopt the 10 year purchase plan noted in the report, and to dispose of the to-be retired vehicles currently in use.  The purchases are:

PW 02-11 Ext Cab Truck $ 35,000
PW 06-08 4x4 1500 Ext Cab Truck $ 32,000
PW 14-18 4x4 1500 Ext Cab Truck $ 30,000
Parks P 04-10 4x4 2500 Reg Cab Truck $ 35,000
P 30-13 Jacobson 9016 Tractor $ 69,000
P 40-08 Vermeer VC1500 Chipper $ 50,000
P 25-11 Dump Trailer 5'x10' $ 5,200
P 21-11 Landscape Trailer 20' $ 6,000
Water W 01-10 Heavy Duty Truck/Service Body $ 55,000
Fire F 01-10 Tahoe Command $ 45,000
F 02-10 Tahoe Command $ 45,000
Recreation M 02-08 1500 Ext. Cab Truck $ 22,000
M 03-18 Mini Van $ 25,000
Transit T 02-10 Kneeling Passenger Bus $ 190,000

3. PWES-2018-04, Annual Summary Report for the Town of Tecumseh Distribution System (260004969) for the Year 2017.  This is a statutory report detailing compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act in the Town's water system.  All operations were in compliance during the calendar year.

For information on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

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