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 22nd Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a meeting of the Policies and Priorities Committee.  The agenda can be found here.

1. CS-2020-23 Award Nominations.  Administration recommends that advertising begins to submit nominations and select recipients for the Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award (Dr. Breault Award), Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award (Donny Massender Award) and the Senior of the Year Award.  A new Youth of the Year Award is also proposed to be added.  Considerations for the awards are proposed for a Special Meeting of Council to be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 6:00 pm.

2. PWES-2020-08 Amendments to the MMS and Significant Weather Event Policy.  Administration has submitted housekeeping updates with respect to adherence to provincial minimum maintenance standards during periods of significant weather.

New Business includes setting direction for which Non-Profit Organization will receive proceeds from Essex Powerlines Corporation Paperless Billing Savings.

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

Delegations include Tom Kitsos, Director Financial Services & Chief Financial Officer RE: 2021 Pre Budget Council Consultation.  A 2.78% levy increase is expected to be required to maintain current plans.

Communications - For Information

1. Township of Puslinch dated September 7, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Funding Support.  Puslinch requests that that the Federal, Provincial, and Regional Government help local municipalities assist their local social cultural, service clubs, and children/youth minor sporting originations with clear and definitive relief funding programs directed to help sustain though COVID-19.

2. Debbie France, Resident of Norfolk County dated September 13, 2020 Re: Stop Illicit Cannabis Grow Operations.  Ms. France requests Tecumseh's support in raising the matter of illicit cannabis grow operations through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Rural Ontario Municipalities Association (ROMA) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), and for requesting municipalities to join together and place this at the top of our Provincial and Federal Governments "must urgently fix" list. All levels of government need to be involved in developing a standardized and enforceable solution while reaching out to MPs and MPPs.

3.  Township of North Glengarry dated September 14, 2020 Re: Long Term Care Homes.  North Glengarry urges the Ontario government to provide funding to increase full-time positions in place of casual and parttime labour in long term care homes and requests that the Ministry of Long-term Care acts to regularly inspect all long term care homes , and sound infection control measures are put in place at all Ontario long term care homes.

4. County of Essex dated September 16, 2020 Re: Notice of Decision for Gateway Towers.  Essex County has approved the Gateway Towers development as a condominium at Tecumseh Road and Southfield Drive.

5. Township of Wollaston dated September 16, 2020 Re: Resolution requesting Changes to Municipal Elections Act.  Wollaston has asked that a loophole allowing property leaseholders to vote in a separate municipality even when they do not reside there be closed.

6. Town of Gravenhurst dated September 16, 2020 Re: Emancipation Day in Canada.  Gravenhurst supports setting August 1st as Emancipation Day.

 
Reports

1. Parks & Recreation Services

a. PRS-2020-23 Summer Recreation Overview.  While most programming was suspended for this year, the Town activated online programming.  The Town received funding under the Canada Summer Job grant program for six (6) summer student positions that provided subsidized funding up to minimum wage. The total cost for the six summer student positions was $26,600 of which the Canada Summer Job program funded $23,520 and the Town’s share was $3,080.

b. PRS-2020-24 Recreation Software Upgrade.  Administration is recommending approval to proceed with upgrading the recreation software system, at a onetime cost of $15,484 for implementation and that annual operating service fees for Application Programming Interface Configuration and digital signage be included into the 2021 operating budget. 

2. Planning & Building Services

a. PBS-2020-32 CWATS Projects 2021.  Administration recommends that a study for Facility Enhancement for Crossing at Pike Creek/Tecumseh Road; and Municipal Partnership Program (MPP) – Bike Valet and Bike Rode for 2021 Tecumseh Corn Festival and Children’s One-Week Bike Camp, be submitted for funding consideration under CWATS:

Pike Creek Bridge:  $20,000 cost, contribution of $6,000

Bike Valet, Bike Rodeo and Bike Camp: $3,350 cost, contribution of $1,675 (50%)

b. PBS-2020-33 CIP Grant, 11865 Tecumseh Road. Administration is recommending the re-approval of a building façade grant for the property located at the southeast corner of Tecumseh Road and Southfield Drive (Magic Carpet Travel / Skyview Solutions) in the amount of $3,000.  Town Council had previously approved but the application was withdrawn. 

3. Public Works & Environmental Services

a. PWES-2020-30 Request for Approval by Resolution for Drainage Apportionment Agreements. Administration is recommending approval on a housekeeping basis for recognizing various individual property ownership changes through subdivision in Drainage Assessments.  Where new parcel owners cannot agree to apportion costs between them, a process to involve the Drainage Engineer would be adopted.

b. PWES-2020-31 Request to Levy 2019 Municipal Drain Maintenance Costs.  Administration is recommending the levying of outstanding drainage works charges now that the municipality has obtained partially offsetting grants.

c. PWES-2020-32 2020 Supply of Various Vehicles Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the following purchases be awarded to Finch Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC Ltd.:
Item 1: One (1) 1500 Regular Cab Pickup Truck, in the amount of $30,886 plus HST plus outfitting costs;
Item 2: One (1) 1500 Regular Cab Pickup Truck, in the amount of $31,450 plus HST plus outfitting costs; and
Item 3: One (1) 3500 Regular Cab Dump Body, in the amount of $65,013 plus HST plus outfitting costs. 

For questions regarding these or other municipal matters please contact me at Andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910

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September 8th Meeting

This week at Tecumseh Town Council, business begins with a Public Meeting at 5pm.  The agenda can be found here.

The meeting will consider feedback from the community with respect to changing permitted uses under the “Agricultural Zone (A)” to exclude livestock intensive agricultural uses and greenhouses.  In addition, it will continue to prohibit mushroom farms.  Currently, greenhouses are allowed and one is currently under construction at 2085 Highway 3 which is proposed to house a Cannabis crop.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear public comment on a proposed Housekeeping Zoning By-law Amendment to the Sandwich South Zoning By-law 85-18 pursuant to the provisions of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990.

Currently, there are three separate settlement areas in the Town’s Official Plan pertaining to lands within the former Sandwich South area, that collectively, identify areas where long-term urban uses are to be established.  Within each of these three settlement areas, future development lands are either within a Hamlet Development Designation (requiring further study and Official Plan amendments to determine and identify the ultimate preferred urban land uses) or a specific urban land use designation (such as the Maidstone Hamlet Residential designation).

The proposed housekeeping amendment would have the effect of changing the zoning on these lands to a site-specific “Agricultural Zone (A)” that would permit all of the uses in the “Agricultural Zone (A)” with the exception of livestock intensive agricultural uses and greenhouses.  In addition, it will continue to prohibit mushroom farms.

  • When compared to 2018, Essex Powerlines undertook less planned outages in 2019 and 2020. 2020 Construction in Progress has 32 transformer replacements ongoing.
  • In 2020, Essex Powerlines experienced an increase in Loss of Supply (3) events. These types of outages by their nature (feeder lock out) usually result in the largest number of customer outage hours.
  • In 2019 and 2020, Essex Powerlines also saw an increase in defective equipment related outages when compared to 2018.
  • In 2019 and 2020 the Town of Tecumseh did experience some adverse weather and lightning related outages which were not experienced in 2018. 
1. Town of Mono dated July 28, 2020 Re: Investment in Rural Broadband Infrastructure.  Mono is requesting federal consideration for rural broadband internet funding.
2. Town of Essex dated August 14, 2020 Re: Request for more detailed information regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Essex County.  Essex advises that it requires of the Health Unit more granular information that allows the public to note positive cases by neighborhood not just at the Municipal level. To receive this more detailed information on a timelier and even daily basis if possible will better equip the public and their municipalities to evaluate health risks, identify potential hot zones and plan and use precious taxpayer/municipal resources more efficiently. 
3. Town of Essex dated August 13, 2020 Re: Formal Apology from Canadian Government to African Canadians for Slavery.  Essex is requesting a formal apology from the Canadian Government to African Canadians for slavery.
4. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated August 28, 2020 Re: Support for Cultural, Service and Sporting Clubs.  Huron-Kinloss  supports Oshawa in their request that the Federal, Provincial, and Regional Government help local municipalities assist their local social cultural, service clubs, and children/youth minor sporting organizations with clear and definitive relief funding programs directed to help sustain the aforementioned groups through these trying times inflected on them by the effects of COVID-19.
5. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated August 28, 2020 Re: Emancipation Day in Canada.   Huron-Kinloss is in support of designating August 1 of every year as Emancipation Day in Canada.
6. Town of Fort Erie dated August 25, 2020 Re: Private Members Bill M-36 to Declare August 1 as "Emancipation Day" in Canada.  Fort Erie is in support of designating August 1 of every year as Emancipation Day in Canada.
7. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated August 17, 2020 Re: Farm Tax Credit Review.  Huron-Kinloss supports the Council of the Township of Mapleton in their request that: The Province of Ontario undertake a review of the Farm Property Tax Class Rate Program.
8. City of St. Catharines dated August 17, 2020 Re: Support to the City of Toronto in their Legal Challenge of the Amendments made under Bill 184, Section 83.  St. Catharines supports the City of Toronto's legal challenge to Bill 184, section 83, respecting tenant eviction due to rent arrears.
9. Town of Gore Bay dated August 18, 2020 Re: Support for COVID-19 Funding.  The Town of Gore Bay is in support of The Corporation of the City of Oshawa requesting support of their motion to request the Federal, Provincial and Regional Government to help municipalities assist their local social cultural, service clubs and children/youth minor sporting organizations with clear and definitive relief funding programs. 
10. City of Port Colborne dated August 18, 2020 Re: Funding and Inspections for Long Term Care Homes due to COVID-19 Pandemic.  Port Colborne supports the resolution from the Township of South Glengarry regarding funding and regular inspections for Long Term Care facilities.
11. City of Port Colborne dated August 18, 2020 Re: Endorsement of Bill 164, Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2019.  Port Colborne supports Private Member’s Bill 164: Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2019.
12. Town of Amherstburg dated August 26, 2020 Re: Support for Increased Provincial Funding.  Amherstburg supports the Greater Essex County District School Board – Chairperson of the Board’s recommendation regarding Support for Increased Provincial Funding to allow the Board to offer the health and safety standards at an enhanced level.
13. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs dated August 31, 2020 Re: Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.  Minister Ernie Hardeman has announced a partial proclamation of the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020 that will come into effect on Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 12:01AM.  Included are sections 6(1), 7, 14(1)[3] and 15(1) of the Act, making it an offence to stop, hinder, obstruct or otherwise interfere with a motor vehicle transporting farm animals.
1. CN Rail, dated August 20, 2020 That the week of September 21 - 27, 2020, be proclaimed as “Rail Safety Week” in the Town of Tecumseh.
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