Andrew Dowie Ward 1 Tecumseh

October 10th Meeting

This week, Council begins at 5pm with a meeting of the Policy and Priorities Committee.

Delegations will include Steve Ray, General Manager; Kris Taylor, Director Corporate Strategy; Sam Martin, Conservation & Market Analyst from Essex Power, and Ernie Lamont who will be presenting with respect to an advertising-based free transit model.

There is a single report for this meeting.  Administration is recommending that Tecumseh should be the lead applicant in the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund with Essex Power Corporation and the municipalities of LaSalle, Amherstburg and Leamington, that up to $15,000 be allocated in the 2018 Budget to support the partnership and application, and that Council resolve to commit to complete a community-wide GHG inventory, targets and plan.

The full packet can be found here.

At 6pm we will discuss a proposed expansion to the Lakeview Montessori School on the site of the former St. Mark's Church rectory.  The full packet can be found here.  Following several phases of redesign the Administration reports that they are of the opinion that the development is compliant with Town regulations and appropriately addresses the neighbourhood concerns.

The full packet can be found here.

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

Communications include:

Ontario Good Roads Association.  The OGRA Board of Directors is calling for Nominations to serve on its board.

Town of Killarney.  Administration recommends that resolution of the Town of Killarney regarding changes to the Ambulance Act and Fire Protection and Prevention Act, be supported.  Effectively the Province is proposing to allow some firefighters to act as paramedics and not require separate EMS call.  It is also allowing the option of bringing patients to drop-in clinics instead of hospitals.  The concern is that both of these are expected to transfer costs from the province to municipalities as firefighters are municipally operated, and pay increases may be determined through arbitration due to a change in scope.

Reports include:

1. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 32-17 Re: 2017-2018 Tecumseh Snow & Leaf Angels Program.  Administration recommends that the Snow & Leaf Angels program continue.  Continuing is higher demand for the service vs. volunteers.  The program supports helping residents clear the right-of-way in accordance with municipal by-laws.  Administration will further work with area service groups, schools, volunteer organizations and the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to recruit volunteers (Snow & Leaf Angels).  Volunteer incentives would be funded from Administration (the expense of promotional items) and a notice for the Program will be posted on the Town’s website, Tecumseh App and Social Media pages [Facebook and Twitter], advertised in the local media and displayed on the Town’s LED signs.

2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No 33-17 Re: 2018 Council Meeting Calendar.  Administration recommends that Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 9, Tuesday, June 12, Tuesday, August 28, Tuesday, October 23 and Tuesday, December 25 be cancelled.  It is also being recommended that meetings of the Personnel and Policies & Priorities Committees be held at the call of the Chairperson and that these dates be published in the 2018 Council Meeting Calendar and EWSWA Collection Calendar with notice of the altered meeting dates be posted to the Town’s website, Tecumseh App, and linked to its Social Media Pages [Facebook and Twitter], as well as publicized in the local newspaper when practical.

3. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No 34-17 Re: Dog Control Services.  Administration recommends that an existing Agreement, respecting dog control services, entered into between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh [Town] and Philip A. Byrne be renewed for an additional three (3) years to December 31, 2020.

4. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No 21-17 Re: Cultural & Resource Centre – Expansion to Fire Station # 2 Administration recommends that an overall budget of $200,000 be set for architectural services and construction costs of a Cultural & Resource Centre Expansion to Fire Hall No. 2, to be included in the Building 5 Year Capital Projects 2018-2022.  Funding would be in the amount of $150,000 from the Infrastructure Reserve and $50,000 from the One-Time Strategic Issues LC Reserve, with the Building Lifecycle annual allocation increased by $5,000 effective the 2019 budget.  It is also proposed that Sfera Architectural Associates Inc. be retained to undertake the design and project management of the Cultural & Resource Centre project within this budget.

5. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No 22-17 Re: Community Splash Pads (3) Proposed Development.  Administration recommends the siting of three Splash Pads.  The first would be constructed before 2022 and be located at St. Mary’s Park in 2018, with Parks Lifecycle annual allocation be increased by $5,000 effective 2019.  Remaining splash pad funds for Lakewood Park South and McAuliffe Park would be brought forward to Council for consideration in the Parks 2018 – 2022 Capital Projects Report.

6. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No 23-17 Re: Tree Carving - Lakewood Park.  Administration recommends that a report be developed proposing sketches and costing for a Lakewood Park tree carving project, for the trunk of a poplar tree that was damaged this past summer.

7. Manager Planning Services, Report No 30-17 Re: Zoning By-Law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision 1061160 Ontario Inc. (Santarossa) Industrial Park Scheduling of a Public Meeting.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss rezoning a 29.0 hectare (71.6 acre) parcel of land situated at the north-east corner of the 8th Concession Road/County Road 42 intersection from “Holding – Business Park Zone (H)BP” to “Holding – Industrial Zone (H)M1” and “Parks and Open Space Zone (P)” to facilitate the development of the lands for an industrial subdivision.  The development is comprised of nine industrial lots, a block containing an existing woodlot/natural area and associated buffer and a block containing a proposed stormwater management facility.

For any questions on this or other municipal matters please contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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