About Andrew

Since 2014, I have had the privilege to serve Ward 1 residents as Councillor for the Town of Tecumseh. With my background in municipal public works, my record of professional experience and community engagement can be put to extensive use to keep Tecumseh a great place to live.

I am ecstatic to have been a part of the Town's progress over the last four years and to have been acclaimed to serve a second term as Ward 1 Councillor from 2018-2022. You can continue to count on me to deliver responsive, reliable and responsible town oversight, decision-making and advocacy on your behalf.

What's New

September 10th Meeting

#Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a Public Meeting for a redevelopment proposal of the former Victoria School.  

Public comment will be received regarding the proposal to build residential condominium development on a parcel of land located at 12433 Dillon Drive.  The application for the proposed Official Plan amendment is requesting a redesignation of the parcel of land from "Community Facility" to "Residential" to accommodate the proposed development.

The associated proposed Zoning By-law amendment is requesting to change the zoning from "Community Facility Zone" and "Residential Zone 1 (R1)" to a site specific "Residential Zone 3 (R3-16)". The proposed R3-16 zone would permit the proposed residential uses and establish various site specific zone provisions.  In addition, the proposed rezoning would add a definition for the term "stacked townhouse dwelling unit" to the definitions section of Tecumseh Zoning By-law 1746.

The developer and several area residents will also be attending as delegations to the meeting.

The reports and comments submitted can be found here.

Beginning at 7pm, regular business begins.  The agenda can be found here.

Tom Kitsos, Director Financial Services & Chief Financial Officer, will speak as a delegation regarding the 2020 Pre Budget Council Consultation.  Administration is projecting a 3.14% increase to the municipal levy for 2020 based on status quo financial planning.
Town Council will consider receiving the following communications:
1. Norfolk County Letter dated August 13, 2019  Re: Request for Provincial Response to Address Leaking Gas Wells.  Norfolk County is soliciting provincial funding to help address leaking gas wells to offset costs incurred municipally.
2. Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury dated August 14, 2019 Re: The Never Forgotten National Memorial.  Bradford-West Gwillimbury advises of their support for the memorial to develop commemorative programming, exhibits and monuments at a site on Cape Breton Island as a place of remembrance and thanks for those brave individuals who lost their lives far from home;.
3. Public Notice dated August 22, 2019.  Re: Notice of Intention to Remove Holding "H" Zone Symbol.  This is notification for the Harbour Club development at the former Pud's Place Marina.  An "H" holding zone is applied to approved zoning changes until conditions are met to remove.
4. Township of McKellar dated July 16, 2019 Re: Municipal Amalgamation. McKellar is petitioning the Province to not pursue additional municipal amalgamations.
10. Town of Kingsville dated August 23, 2019 Re: Town of Kingsville support of Town of Halton Hills’ Resolution regarding Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities.  Kingsville endorses a Halton Hills proposal to implement a deposit/return program for all single use plastic, aluminum and metal drink containers and further, that the Province review current producer requirements and look for extended producer responsibility for all packaging.
11. Mayor Gary McNamara dated August 26, 2019 Re: Letter to Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long Term Care regarding Mega Hospital.  Mayor McNamara reiterates support for the proposed regional hospital on behalf of Town Council.
12. Mayor Gary McNamara dated August 21, 2019.  Re: Letter of appreciation to Minister Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, regarding announcement of widening Provincial Highway No. 3.  Mayor McNamara thanks the Province for committing to the long-delayed investment in widening Highway 3.
13. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated September 4, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Minister Steve Clark provides an update regarding implementation of the Bill and various associated regulations including allowance for Additional Residential Units in single detached family homes.
14. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated September 5, 2019 Re: Upper Little River Watershed Master Drainage and Stormwater Management Plan.  ERCA has been revising the previously completed Plan for drainage in the area near the Little River and advises of its intent to file a notice of completion in the fall.
Pre-approval of participation by members of Town Council in the following conferences is recommended.  AMO AGM & Annual
Conference, August 16 - 19, 2020 Ottawa, ON; FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show, June 4 - 7, 2020 Toronto, ON; Festivals and Events Ontario Conference, February 25 - 27, 2020 Richmond Hill, ON; Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiatives Annual Meeting and Conference
To be determined. Quebec City, QC; OGRA Annual Conference February 23 - 26, 2020 Toronto, ON; OSUM Conference and Trade Show, To be determined; ROMA Annual Conference, January 18 - 21, 2020 Toronto, ON.
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August 13th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 6:30pm with the Court of Revision.  We are considering the assessment of drain cleaning charges to abutting properties.  The reports regarding the Court of Revision meeting can be found here.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The agenda and reports can be found here.

Delegations include

  1. the Youth Advisory Committee and Senior Advisory Committee, speaking to Annual Accomplishments and Initiatives
  2. Majors McGuire Inc, Ron McGuire Re: Fire Facility Use Agreement
  3. Watson & Associates Economists Ltd., Gary Scandlan Re: Development Charges By-law (Note: This delegation will be heard at 8:00 pm.)

Communications - For Information includes: 
a. Enwin Utilities Ltd. dated July 18, 2019 Re: Reintroduction of Fluoridation.  Enwin formally advises the Town of LaSalle of the decisions by both Tecumseh and Windsor to reintroduce fluoride to the water supply.

b. Town of Lakeshore dated July 18, 2019 Re: Notice of the Passing of a Zoning By-Law Amendment.  This notice concerns the proposed Holiday Inn Express and Suites located on the current Tecumseh Golf property on the north side of Amy Croft Drive near Manning Road.

c. James Sylvestre Development Ltd Letter dated July 19, 2019 Re: Development Charges Background Study dated June 13, 2019.  James Sylvestre Development Ltd. supplies comments regarding the proposed Development Charges By-Law.  The company identifies several concerns with the recommended approach of the municipality.

d. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated July 22, 2019 Re: Provincial Policy Statement Review - Draft Policy.  Minister Steve Clark advises of a provincial review of the Provincial Policy Statement that governs decision-making relevant to planning and land development decisions in the Province of Ontario. 

e. Town of Lakeshore dated July 25, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting.  Melvin Orr Trucking is requesting the addition of a new barn located on their property.  There will be a public meeting held on August 13th at 6pm, at the Lakeshore Town Hall.

Reports include:

Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2019-05 Municipal Modernization Fund Allocation.  Administration recommends that Council authorize Municipal Modernization Fund expenditures ($620,201) of up to $50,000 for the purchase, installation and annual support and maintenance fees (2019 and 2020) of eSCRIBE software and hardware required to implement Council meeting webcasting as per Report CS-2019-10.  Administration is recommending allocating the remainder of the funds towards a variety of projects related to:

  • Town Hall Expansion
  • Online property tax inquiry service
  • Cityworks Work Order Management
  • Water Oasis Payment solution
  • Online permit payment
  • Organizational Review
  • Corporate Dashboard Reporting
  • Mobile Technology
  • Speed Control Devices
  • ConsignO Cloud Digital Signature Software
  • Community LED signs
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Citizen Satisfaction Survey
  • Community Engagement

Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2019-07 2020 December Holiday Schedule.  Administration is recommending that the Tecumseh Town Hall Offices close for the 2020 December Holiday Season from Thursday, December 24, 2020, through to and including Friday, January 1, 2021.
2. CS-2019-12 Closed Meeting Investigator Appointment - 2020.  Administration recommends that the Closed Meeting investigator Appointment change from Local Authority Services to the Ontario Ombudsman effective January 1, 2020 for a cost savings of $17,500, be reallocated to the Integrity Commissioner Reserve.
3. CS-2019-18 Call for 2019 Award Nominations.   Administration recommends that paragraph 4.02 of the Awards Policy No. 2 be amended such that a Special Meeting of Council (or a Committee comprised of Members of Council) will be held on the fourth Tuesday of November each year, either before or after the Regular Meeting of Council, in order that the members may review the nominations and select the award recipient for each of the awards;
And further that nominations received for the Awards be considered at a Special Meeting of Council (or a Committee comprised of Members of Council) to be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 6:00 pm.
4. CS-2019-20 Advisory and Statutory Committees - Call for 2020 Applications.  It is recommended that a Notice of Call be issued for Applications for the:

  • Committee of Adjustment;
  • Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee;
  • Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee;
  • Heritage Committee;
  • Senior Advisory Committee; and
  • Youth Advisory Committee;

Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2019-07 Majors McGuire Confined Space Training Facility Rental.  The Acting Fire Chief supplies a report regarding Major McGuire’s proposal to utilize the Town of Tecumseh Fire Department facilities for confined space rescue training at regular rental rates.

Financial Services
1. FS-2019-09 Water and Sanitary Billing.  Administration recommends that performance of the Water and Sanitary billing and collection function for the Town continue to be provided by Essex Powerlines Corporation (EPC) for the 2019 and 2020 budget years; and that the Water and Sanitary billing and collection function be reviewed by Administration for the 2021 budget year. 
2. FS-2019-10 Budget Variance Report - June 2019.  Administration reports that the 2019 Quarter 2 Variance analysis projects a year-end surplus of $331,000 (Tax Supported surplus $183,000 and Rate Supported surplus $148,000).

Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-27 Tecumseh Transit Service, January to June Statistical Review.  Versus previous years, there are more users of the Tecumseh Transit service.  It is believed that this is the result of an increase in student attendance at schools in Windsor.
2. PBS-2019-28 Six Month Permit Report.  Construction value was reported at $12,725,965, which is down by $3,211,523 or 20 percent over last year.  There have been 183 permits issued to date versus 253 for the same period last year.
3. PBS-2019-26 2019 Development Charges, Results of Public Meeting and Final Recommendation.  Administration recommends that the 2019 Development Charges Background Study, dated June 13, 2019, as amended (if applicable), as prepared by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd, be received and approved.
4. PBS-2019-25 Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, Briday Developments, Scheduling of a Public Meeting.  It is recommended that the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., in accordance with the Planning Act for applications submitted for the former Victoria School property.  The proposal is to redesignate the property from “Community Facility” to “Residential”; and to rezone the subject property from “Community Facility Zone (CF)” and “Residential Zone 1 (R1)” to a site-specific “Residential Zone 3 (R3-16)”; to facilitate the development of the lands for a 63-unit residential condominium development consisting of five, two-storey townhouse dwellings totalling 23 units and two, three-storey stacked townhouse dwellings totalling 40 units.
5. PBS-2019-29 CIP Grant Funding Request, 12222 Tecumseh Road, Parking Lot Improvements.  Administration recommends that the Grant Application for 12222 Tecumseh Road (Roll No. 374406000001800), be deemed eligible and approved for the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Parking Area Improvement Grant Program for a total amount of $10,000 toward the parking lot improvements being proposed, in accordance with PBS-2019-29.

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

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