Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

November 10th Meeting

Council next meets on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30pm.

The first part of the meeting will be to consider the Drainage Report, prepared by Chris Thibert, P.Eng., of Dillon Consulting Ltd., dated September 30, 2015, for the repair and improvement of the O’Keefe Drain.  Cleaning of the O'Keefe Drain has been determined to be required and benefiting property owners are proposed to be assessed their respective share of costs.  The packet can be found here.

The regular meeting packet can be found here. Delegations will include Tony Haddad, Chief Administrative Officer, Luc Gagnon, Director of Financial Services/Treasurer; and Tom Kitsos, Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector regarding the 2016 Proposed Budget.

COMMUNICATIONS

Council is being advised of nominations for the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to accessibility and disability issues.  Nominations close on December 3rd.

Randy Pettapiece, MPP Perth-Wellington, October 23, 2015 advises Council of the passage of the Resolution for Fairness in Provincial Infrastructure Fund at Queen's Park which encourages the government to support funding levels that are generally equivalent whether or not the electoral riding is held by a government or opposition member.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, November 5, 2015.  Council is advised that it the Province has declined to support Tecumseh's application for funds under the Second Intake of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund because the Town's economic conditions and fiscal position were not seen to be detrimental enough to warrant support under this program.

REPORTS
The Chief Administrative Officer provides his Strategic Priorities Progress Report.  Earlier this year, Council held a Strategic Priorities session detailing where Administrative efforts ought to be focused.  This report provides an update with respect to the Town's progress in achieving those outcomes.  Generally speaking these include SMART GROWTH: Make the Town of Tecumseh an even better place to live, work and invest through a shared vision for our residents and newcomers; SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Ensure that the Town of Tecumseh’s current and future growth is built upon the principles of sustainability and strategic decision-making; and HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Integrate the principles of health and wellness into all of the Town of Tecumseh’s plans and priorities and the full report speaks to specific initiatives that the CAO and staff are undertaking to adhere to these goals.

The Chief Administrative Officer advises of the ongoing Municipal Legislation Review regarding the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.  Council is being asked to support nine [9] principles outlined in support of a mature Provincial-Municipal relationship and to supports existing submissions on Municipal Legislation Review developed by AMO, OMAA, MFOA and AMCTO.  The nine principles are:

  1. Municipalities are responsible and accountable governments.
  2. New legislation shall enhance existing municipal powers.
  3. The Province shall stop micromanaging municipal governments.
  4. Where there is a compelling Provincial interest, the Province shall, when regulating municipal government, define at the outset that interest.
  5. Provincial legislation shall be drafted with the expectation of responsible municipal government behaviour and not as a remedial tool.
  6. Accountability means mutual respect between municipal government, the Province and other public agencies.
  7. Resources for municipal governments shall be sustainable and commensurate with the level of responsibility.
  8. The Municipal Act shall include principles that will protect the Municipal Act and municipal powers from all provincial legislation.
  9. The Province shall commit to increasing the understanding and awareness of municipal government within all ministries.

Deputy Clerk, October 27, 2015, Report No. 40/15 Re: Parking Lot Lease Agreement Renewal, 12150 Tecumseh Road.  Administration is recommending that the Town extend the current lease of part of this property to provide for downtown area parking.  The property is located across from St. Anne's Church and Pat & Hank's Fish and Chips.

Director Corporate Services/Clerk, October 28, 2015, Report No. 41/15 Re: FIT 3.1 Solar Resolution Contract Holders.  Administration is recommending a blanket resolution supporting all applications within the Town of Tecumseh, based on the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) blanket template in Section 2.4(d)(vii) of the FIT Contract, Version 3.1, be passed in support of applications to the OPA under the Feed in Tariff Program (FIT Program) for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) generation projects over ten (10) kilowatts and under five hundred (500) kilowatts, located within the Town of Tecumseh:

Director Corporate Services/Clerk, October 27, 2015, Report No. 42/15 Re: Appointment of an Integrity Commissioner.  Administration is recommending that Mr. Robert Swayze, of Caledon, Ontario, be appointed as the Town's Integrity Commissioner.  Costs for the integrity commissioner will be shared with Amherstburg, Essex and LaSalle.

Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, November 4, 2015, Report No. 35/15 Re: Tecumseh Transit Service (TTS), Transit Delivery and Maintenance Services Request for Proposals, Selection of Preferred Proponent.  First Student Canada is recommended as the main proponent, with a five year cost that was $55,533 below the next proponent (Transit Windsor) and a net five year cost of $1,019,340.

Manager Roads and Fleet, October 15, 2015, Report No. 60/15 Re: No Parking along Shields Street from County Road 43 to the
Easterly Limit of Shields Street, Adjacent Vista Academy School.  Administration is recommending approval of enacting No Parking in this area.

If you have any questions of comments please feel free to be in touch at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

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