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

May 9th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm.

A public meeting will be hosted to discuss a proposed rezoning for a 1251 square metre (13,465 square foot) parcel of land on the north side of Riverside Drive. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to rezone the property from "Residential Zone 1 (R1)" to a site specific "Residential Zone 1 (R1-11)" to permit the construction of a detached accessory garage with a secondary storey
dwelling unit.

The report of Administration can be found here.

At 6pm the Court of Revision begins.  This meeting will consider assigning costs to affected property owners for maintenance of the East Townline Drain (St. Clair Outlet).sessments less than $50 be assessed as imposed
under Section 61 of the Act.

The report of Administration can be found here.

At 7pm, regular business begins.  You can find the reports linked here.

Delegations include Gordon Orr, CEO, and Lynette Bain, Vice President, Tourism Programs and Development Re: Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island's Program Overview for 2019.  Gordon and Lynette will describe the organization's plans for 2019.

Communications - For Information includes:

  1. Epione Remedios dated April 15, 2019 Re: Application to Become a Licensed Producer under the Cannabis Act.  Approval to establish a cannabis production facility at 2085 Highway 3 in Oldcastle has been solicited from Health Canada.
  2. Minister of Rural Economic Development dated April 23, 2019 Re: Broadband Access for Rural, Northern and Remote Communities.  The Minister advises of the Government of Canada's plan to ensure all Canadians have access to broadband internet by 2030.
  3. Greater Essex County District School Board dated April 23, 2019 Re: Notice of the Passing of Education Development Charges By-Laws by the Greater Essex County District School Board.  The Public School Board has passed Development Charge amounts of $605 (from April 22, 2019 to April 21, 2020) and $682 (from April 22, 2020 to April 21, 2121) for residential developments in Essex County
  4. Town of Tecumseh Letter of Support dated May 2, 2019 Re: West Nile Virus - Application of Larvicides.  The Mayor's Office has supplied a letter to the Ministry of the Environment endorsing larviciding for mosquitoes within our municipality.
  5. Town of Mono Letter dated May 2, 2019 Re: Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).  Mono has requested that funding for the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund be maintained at not less than its current funding level. 
  6. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Letter dated May 3, 2019 Re: Ontario's Housing and Supply Action Plan.  The Minister of Municipal Affairs advises of the introduction of the More Homes, More Choice action plan that attempts to address housing in Ontario.  The goal is to make it faster and easier for municipalities, non-profits and private firms to build the right types of housing in the right places, to meet the needs of people in every part of Ontario.  Ontario is proposing changes that would streamline the development approvals process to remove unnecessary duplication and barriers, while making costs and timelines more predictable. Also included are changes that would make it easier to build certain types of priority housing such as second units.
  7. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services dated May 6, 2019 Re: Fire Marshal Notification to Fire Chiefs on Health Canada's request to advise on matters related to infrared saunas.  Health Canada advises of the illegal sale and marketing of infrared saunas to fire departments for unproven and false medical claims such as prevention of cancer amongst fire fighters and detoxification of fire fighters. Health Canada has discovered that at least two
    Canadian fire departments have acquired them for the aforementioned purposes. 
  8. Township of McKellar Letter dated May 7, 2019 Re: Ford Government Funding Cuts to Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service North.  McKellar requests the reinstatement of funding for the Southern Ontario Library Service and the Ontario Library Service - North who have been subjected a funding cut.  The organizations elected to discontinue Interlibrary Loan services as a result of the loss of funding.
  9. Township of Mulmur Letter dated May 8, 2019 Re: Ford Government Funding Cuts to Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service North.  Mulmur requests that the Ontario Government seek out ways to continue to provide Interlibrary Loan services.
  10. Township of Mulmur Letter dated May 8, 2019 Re: Aggregate Extraction and Proper Management of Aggregate Resources.  Mulmur requests that the Provincial Government provide for municipal representation at meetings related to the the reform of regulation concerning aggregates, that Municipalities be provided authority to regulate hours of operation and haul routes within municipal boundaries, that if the Provincial level is accepted as a single level for applications,
    Municipalities be provided a process through which to provide comments on aggregate extraction activities proposed within or in the vicinity of their boundaries, that the comments on “Cutting the Red Tape” provided by the Ontario Sand and Gravel Association be evaluated from the perspective of the local host community and ensure that there are mechanisms/processes in place to address impacts, and that land unavailable for extraction due to changes on the rules to endangered and threatened species and other policies within the Natural Heritage System continue to be protected.

Reports include 
a. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2019-01 Farm Lease Agreement - Tyler Nostadt - 2019 Crop Year.  Administration recommends that the Town enter into a one-year term Lease Agreement with Tyler Nostadt, of Nostadt Stock Farms (Nostadt), to farm the Town’s 18 acres of farmland located on the south side of Baseline Road at a rate of $238.13 plus HST per acre.
2. CS-2019-10 Webcasting and Closed Captioning Services for Council Meetings.  Administration investigate expected costs for these services and it is predicted that $16,587.50 for a single camera and $24,187.50 for multiple cameras would be the expected cost to proceed with webcasting.  The Province recently granted funds to the Town to modernize municipal services and it is proposed that this funding could be used.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-10 D19 MATOS, South Side North Talbot, Result of Public Consultation, Final Recommendation.  Administration is recommending that the 1.18 hectare (2.9 acre) property situated on the south side of North Talbot Road, approximately 95 metres east of its intersection with Walker Road, (next to Tim Hortons) be rezoned from “Neighbourhood Commercial Zone (C2-5)” to “Business Park Zone (BP-4)” in order to permit the future development of the lands for a range of light industrial and commercial uses, and to satisfy Condition No. 8 of severance application B-04/19.
2. PBS-2019-12 L07 SYL, Land Conveyance to Town, Sylvestre Westlake Extension.  Administration recommends that a by-law authorizing the execution of the agreement of purchase and sale between James Sylvestre Developments Ltd./Jamsyl Group Inc. and the Town to convey lands required to complete the Westlake Extension (Parts 5, 6 and 7 on Plan 12R-20993), be adopted,
3. PBS-2019-13, ICIP Transit Stream Funding.  Administration is recommending that Town Council consider applying for grant funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program 2019 Intake of the Public Transit Funding Stream for construction of a Multi-Purpose Pathway on Lesperance Road from County Road 22 to County Road 42.  The project is currently scheduled for 2021-22 and grants could reduce the Town's cost from $ 1,025,817 to $ 559,110.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2019-29 Larviciding for the 2019 West Nile Virus Program.  Public Works recommends the authorizing of larvicides in water bodies in the Town of Tecumseh such as catch basins or ditches found to contain mosquito species known to transmit the West Nile Virus and that the Town contribute for its share of the costs within the existing operating budget allocation.

 

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

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April 23rd Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm.  We are beginning with a look at the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Detailed Street Design.  You can read the information to be presented here.

Some modifications are being proposed:

- Creation of additional laneways to replace closed driveways with reciprocal access for adjacent properties

- Reconfiguration of Ticonderoga Park to accommodate a new laneway

- Change of Lanoue Street to two-way traffic.

- Leaving some of the overhead electrical wiring in place at the west limit of the project.

Gail Shillingford of Dialog Consultants and Laura Herlehy of Dillon Consulting have been working on the project and will be presenting the specifics of the most recent update.

At 6pm, the Court of Revision begins to hear appeals of assessment for drain improvement charges.  The Dawson Drain (report here) and the South Talbot Road Drain (report here) will be considered.

At 7pm, regular business begins.  The reports can be found here.

Delegations include:

  • Steven Jelich, Director, Southwest Region Operations, Enbridge Gas Inc. Re: Windsor Pipeline Replacement Project.  Enbridge (formerly Union Gas) is replacing approx. 60 km of the existing Windsor natural gas pipeline, an 8-to-10-
    inch diameter pipeline, with a new 6-inch pipeline to be constructed in the vicinity of the existing pipeline.  The 6-inch pipeline will operate at higher pressure.  Construction cost is $88M (est.) and project will occur between Oldcastle and Port Alma, primarily along County Rd. 46, Lakeshore Rd. 309, and Goodreau Line.

  • Luc Gagnon, Director Financial Services & Treasurer and Rick Wellwood, Development Officer Re: Retirement Recognition

Communications - For Information include:

  1. Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities dated March 27, 2019 Re: Provision of an additional $2.2 billion to the Gas Tax Fund.  The Government of Canada advises that it has supplied these additional funds and are geared towards municipalities. Funds shall be distributed through the Government of Ontario.
  2. Township of Tudor and Cashel dated April 2, 2019 Re: Cost for service delivery for hydro.  Tudor and Cashel have indicated that electricity delivery fees are felt to be excessive and are asking for a review of these charges.
  3. City of Windsor dated April 15, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application for 1920 Grove Ave.  Windsor has received an application for development of a subdivision at the former St. John Catholic School at 1920 Grove Avenue and are advising Lasalle, Tecumseh and Lakeshore as a courtesy.
  4. City of Brantford dated April 16, 2019 Re: Single Use Plastic Straws.  Brantford Council is considering restricting the use of single use plastic straws within their boundaries.
  5. Greater Essex County District School Board dated April 18, 2019.  Re: Education Development Charge Rate Change.  Effective Monday April 22, 2019, the residential EDC rate will be increasing to $605 for both the City of
    Windsor by-law and the County of Essex and Township of Pelee by-law.


Communications - Action Required

  1. Town of Saugeen Shores dated February 11, 2019 and Municipality of Brockton dated March 26, 2019 Re: Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.  It is requested that the Town of Tecumseh support the Town of Saugeen Shores and the Municipality of Brockton resolutions on the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to open the application process and accept applications for the Bi-lateral "Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program".  Each of the municipalities is requesting that the provincial government make the existing federal funding available to municipalities and to open the application process for these funds.
  2. Business Improvement Area dated April 15, 2019 Re: Exceptions to the Town's Noise By-Law and Sign By-Law for the Night Market Events dated June 21 and July 19, 2019.  The BIA is requesting an exemption from the Town’s Noise By-Law and Sign By-Law for the Town of Tecumseh BIA Night Market events being held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Green Valley Plaza, 13300 Tecumseh Rd. E. and on Friday, July 19, 2019 located at the Tecumseh Towne Centre Plaza, at 1614 Lesperance Rd. and County Rd. 22 to allow signage in parks and on Town property, and to allow noise between 8pm and midnight.


Reports

Corporate Services & Clerk
CS-2019-11 Checker Flag Storyboard.  It is proposed to place a Checker Flag Speedway Storyboard, which recognizes its
physical attributes and historical timeline in the community, located within Cranbrook Park.  The cost will be paid for by Mr. John Lucier. 

Fire & Emergency Services
FIRE-2019-02 Tecumseh Fire Services Q1 Update.  Calls for service in the first part of the year have declined versus previous years with 26, 22 and 25 calls in January, February, and March respectively.

Planning & Building Services
PBS-2019-09, D19 69308TH, Zoning By-law Amendment, 6930 8th Concession.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting on Tuesday May 28th at 6pm to facilitate the severance of residential lot from an existing farm and to preclude further houses from being built on the remnant parcel at 6930 8th Concession.

Public Works & Environmental Services

  1. PWES-2019-21 2018 Tecumseh Distribution System - Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Inspection Report.  Administration advises that the Town’s water distribution system did not have any non-compliance issues with regulatory requirements as a result of a Ministry inspection on February 28, 2019.  The Town’s inspection risk rating is 0.00% and the final inspection rating is 100.00%. Those ratings represent the best possible rating achievable.
  2. PWES-2019-22 2018 Bridge and Culvert Needs Study.  The 2018 Bridge & Culvert Needs Study for Structures with Spans > 3.0m is recommended to be received, and the recommendations contained within the 2018 Bridge & Culvert Needs Study for Structures with Spans > 3.0m are proposed to form the basis for prioritizing projects when completing the annual Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan.
  3. PWES-2019-24 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Rural and Northern Communities Funding Stream 2019 Intake.  Administration recommends that an application for funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP): Rural and Northern Communities Funding Stream – 2019 Intake for a future commitment to the Manning Road Improvement Project Phases 2 and 3 to be completed in 2021-2022.
  4. PWES-2019-25 Internal Lining Replacement of the Town of Tecumseh Elevated Water Tank.  Administration recommends a sole source purchase with Landmark Municipal Services (Landmark) to sandblast and re-line the
    interior of the Town of Tecumseh’s elevated water tank in the amount of $448,365 excluding HST.
  5. PWES-2019-26 Arlington Boulevard Petition.  20 of the 67 properties on Arlington Boulevard from Riverside Drive to St Gregory’s Road have requested the acceleration of improvements to Arlington Boulevard including a traffic calming mechanism (e.g. all-way stop, speed bump or roundabout) at Arlington and Hayes, install a sidewalk
    or foot and/or bike path along one side of Arlington Blvd. on the stretch from Riverside Drive to St. Gregory's, and implement a speed limit reduction along Arlington Blvd.

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

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