Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

March 10th Council Meeting

Coming up this week at Tecumseh Town Council, we will be working on the following matters:

6pm:  Proposed Rezoning at 1310 Lesperance (Across from Ecole St-Antoine and next to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 261 to permit the redevelopment of the property for a residential development consisting of two, 2.5-storey, six-unit dwellings with associated parking and landscaped areas. The subject property is currently occupied by a single-unit dwelling that is to be demolished as part of the redevelopment. The subject property is currently designated "Residential" in the Tecumseh Official Plan. The Official Plan encourages varying densities or residential uses that can be appropriately integrated with the existing and proposed development pattern.

Further details can be found here:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Public%20Council%20Meeting/2015-03/10-18-00/Packet.pdf

 

7pm:  Regular business begins.  The full agenda package can be found here.   http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Regular%20Council%20Meeting/2015-03/10-19-00/Packet.pdf

ERCA Budget - Council will be asked to formally receive the 2015 Draft Budget for the Essex Region Conservation Authority.  A levy increase of $20,500 is being sought, which is approximately a 0.73% increase amounting to an average of 3 cents per household over last year.

Municipal Finance Officials Association - March 24 & 25, 2015 - Council will determine whether any members will be attending the Municipal Finance Officials Association Asset Management Symposium

Request for Storyboard Commemoration at Poisson Park re Handy Place Store (LaBute Family) - Council is being asked to refer to Administration a request from resident Shalaina Kitsos requesting a Storyboard at Poisson Park to commemorate the Town's history and legacy of the LaBute Family.

BIA Minutes - Council is asked to approve the minutes of the BIA meetings of October 8, 2014, November 12, 2014, January 14, 2015 and February 11, 2015.  Of note is the recent cancellation of the Art of Eating Festival for the original June 2015 date.

Beach Grove Golf & Country Club is requesting a Noise Bylaw Exemption for Friday, July 31, 2015, and Friday, August 28, 2015, to permit music entertainment until 11:30 pm.  Area residents and OPP will be informed of this exemption from the Noise By-law, and concerns and complaints will to be monitored.  We are advised that these events occur regularly.

Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program - Council is being asked to approve the 2015 Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program, which allows Caregivers of Feral cats to receive up to a maximum of five [5] vouchers, issued on a first come, first serve basis, with a 120-day expiry period.  Vouchers for the 2015 Program be made available on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.  A Media Release is also proposed to be issued advising of the 2015 Program, along with a notice in the Shoreline Week, as well as on the Town’s website, Twitter and Facebook Page.

Statement of Remuneration and Expenses Paid in 2014 - This is a report describing the payments made to Council and committee members, both for Council pay and for reimbursements.  My own figures are $2,048 for Council Pay - this includes $200 additional to the regular meetings for my time spent at the AMO West Municipal Conference - and $390 for conference participation reimbursement at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  

Fire Five (5) Year Capital Projects - Fire and Rescue Services is seeking approval to purchase the following funded from the Lifecycle Reserve, to replace past equipment that has reached the end of its useful life:

  • a) 6 Swiss phone pagers $ 3,225
  • b) 4 Firefighter helmets $ 1,300
  • c) 5 sets of firefighter bunker gear $11,500

In 2019, upgrades are proposed to the Training Room for Station 1. The Table and chairs have been used extensively and will need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear as well as ergonomically correct equipment at a cost of $5,000. Heavy hydraulic extrication tools, with one unit powered by a gasoline engine and the second unit being an e-draulic unit run by batteries, are proposed to be replaced at a cost of $25,000.

Information Services Lifecycle Upgrades - Council is being asked to approve $190,000 of technology software replacements including PCs, copiers, scanners, geographic photography, and phones is due for replacement this year.  This cost is fairly consistent from year to year.

In future years, items such as GPS unit replacements for vehicles, e-mail server, Town website, data backup and Financial software will be due for upgrades.

Tecumseh's New Official Plan Process, Housing and Residential Intensification Discussion Paper will be presented for the first time as prepared by the Planning and Building Services Department will be received and be deemed available for agency and public consultation review.  Intensification generally means that more persons will live in a given area and neighbourhood density will increase.  I encourage you to read through this document as it will set the direction going forward for how our town will look and the development that we will encourage.

The 2014 Year End Permit Report for building permits will be presented.  Development was relatively flat from 2013 to 2014, with some reductions in new construction but increases in renovations.

All-Way Stop Sign Installation Request at Brouillette Crescent and Southfield Drive - Council is being asked not to approve this request for a stop sign adjacent to the Brouillette Manor Rest Home as the technical warrants including vehicle volumes and right-of-way control have not been met.

Pike Creek Bridge at 12th Concession Road (Bridge #1002) Tender Award is being brought forward to Council for approval in the amount of in the amount of $371,274 excluding HST to Signature Contractors Windsor.  

2015 International Dragon Boat Festival - Permission is being sought from event organizers to serve alcohol as part of the event as well as have a loudspeaker from 8am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The co-located music and food festival known as Lakeview Eats and Beats will not be proceeding this year.  A small quartet will play at the Lakeview Park North pavilion and food will be served at Lakewood Park South.  Riverside will be closed from Grace to Edgewater and Manning will be closed north of Little River for pedestrian control with parking restrictions west to Centennial and east to Grant and south to St. Gregory's.  The event is being billed $1,750 for use and care of the park and OPP services will be billed separately. Setup will begin on July 17th.  Event organizers plan to use Lakewood Park South for parking unless weather conditions require otherwise.  

Tecumseh Corn Festival - The Knights of Columbus # 4375 is seeking permission to serve, sell and consume alcoholic beverages at Lacasse Park from August 27-30, 2015.  Relief is sought from the Noise By-law No. 2002-07, as amended, in order to permit the Tecumseh Corn Festival to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment during the following time periods: Thursday, August 27, from 3:00 pm - 1:00 am; Friday, August 28 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 am; Saturday, August 29 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 am, and Sunday, August 30 from 12:00pm – 7:00 pm.  The Tecumseh Corn Festival is also seeking permission to use the municipal parking lots located at Town Hall (917 Lesperance Road) and Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena (12021 McNorton Street) for Festival visitor parking.

Optimist Club's Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks - Council is being asked to waive fees of $148 for use of the Optimist Community Centre and Green Acres Park pavilion for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach’s 2015 Victoria Day Fireworks Display, as well as fees associated with the fireworks permit, at a cost of $50, be waived.  Council is also being asked to schedule the Ontario Provincial Police [OPP] to walk through the park the evening of the fireworks display.

Finally, Council is being asked to appoint the new Corn Festival Committee and also to co-host a meeting regarding the site selection of the new Windsor Regional Hospital to be held on April 7th, at 7pm, at the Atlas Tube Centre.

Please let me know if you have questions on these or other items.  Feel free to attend the Council Meeting as well on Tuesday.

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