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

October 8th Meeting

This week, #Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm.  We shall begin with a discussion surrounding the Ontario Provincial Police Billing Model.  The presentation surrounding the model can be found here.  Tecumseh's policing costs have been below the provincial average cost in recent years, being $348 per household in 2019.  Sgt. Peter J. Marshall, Contract Analyst / Transition Coordinator, Municipal Policing Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police will be our delegation.

Our regular meeting begins at 7pm.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Delegations include:
1. Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services  Re: Southwestern Ontario in Motion - Outstanding Community Partner Recognition

2. Jamie Dow, Supervisor of Transportation Services Community Support Centre of Essex County Re: Funding AgreementCommunications - For Information
1. Township of North Glengarry dated September 23, 2019 Re: Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline.  North Glengarry requests that for Pupil Accommodation Reviews, that the economic impact of a school closure on a municipality be considered before a school is closed; that there be proven value to the student when considering a school closure, including greater access to amenities, services, and learning opportunities (i.e., after school work, coop programs etc.); that multiple options be allowed to be considered during the Pupil Accommodation Review Process; and that students being removed from their community be the absolute last resort, with all efforts being exhausted for school boards to share amenities and space before a child is transported out of their community. 

2. Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus dated October 1, 2019 Re: Provincial Priorities and Current Initiatives.  The Western Ontario Warden's Caucus provides its report supporting an improved inter-community bus system, sustainable funding to support asset management, eliminating the funding gap for the delivery of care, and the operational restrictiveness of the Long Term Care Homes Act for all public sector licensees together with a real solution to the unintended consequences of the Age-In-Place Strategy and flexibility to the staffing requirements outlined in Regulation 79/10, continue supporting and investing in the vision to empower communities to
access global opportunities through local, ultra-high speed connections, and support greater economic prosperity across Southwestern Ontario by investing in local and regional economic development strategies, providing infrastructure needed for business expansion and attraction, addressing labour market shortages, and
supporting land use planning policies that encourage responsible growth.

3. City of Hamilton dated September 30, 2019. Re: Consumer Packaging.  Hamilton supports the Kitchener resolution to lobby the Federal Government, to review regulations related to consumer packaging on single-use wipes to remove the word flushable.

4. Douglas Ryan Drouillard, Past President of Tecumseh Area Historical Society dated September 30, 2019.  Re: County of Meath, Ireland.  Mr. Doug Drouillard recently visited Meath, Ireland and particularly, Oldcastle, and sends his regards for our continued twinning.

5. Ontario Good Roads Association dated October 3, 2019 Re: Nominations for Directors.  The Ontario Good Roads Association reports that a vacancy exists for their Board of Directors representing the South West zone.

Communications - Action Required
1. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated September 18, 2019 Administration recommends that the following individuals’ appointment to the Essex Region Source Protection Committee be endorsed:

  • Thom Hunt, City of Windsor, to be reappointed December 12, 2019; expiration of appointment December 12, 2024
  • Antonietta Giofu, Town of Amherstburg, to be reappointed December 12, 2019; expiration of appointment December 12, 2024
  • Kevin Girard, Town of Lakeshore, appointment date: February 21, 2019; expiration of appointment February 21, 2024
  • Paul Drca, City of Windsor, appointment date: November 2, 2015; expiration of appointment November 2, 2020
  • Nelson Santos, Union Water Supply System, appointment date: November 2, 2015; expiration of appointment November 2, 2020

Reports
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2019-26 Dog Tag and Licensing Enforcement Program 2019.  Administration reports that the Dog Tag and Licensing Enforcement Program continues to be successful, with compliance increasing from 1,050 tags in 2017 to 1,627 tags in 2019.
b. CS-2019-28 2019 Local Government Week.  Administration recommends that the week of October 21 to 25, 2019, be proclaimed as Local Government Week (LGW)
in the Town of Tecumseh (Town), and that events and activities be planned for local elementary and secondary students to create awareness of local government and acknowledge its vital role and function in helping to shape the community, and further that LGW activities and events be posted on the Town’s website, and Social
Media pages (Facebook and Twitter), and furthermore that local elementary and secondary schools be invited to participate in the planned events.
c. CS-2019-29 Community Support Centre Services Agreement - Two Year Term Renewal Agreement 2020-2022.  Administration recommends renewal of the agreement with the Community Support Centre of Essex County (CSC) to provide public transportation to persons with a disability and seniors in the Town.  A By-law is recommended to execute the renewal of the agreement, and a $15,000 budget is recommended for 2020 and 2021 to provide Three Dollars ($3) per Tecumseh resident rider subsidy, up to a maximum annual contribution of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000).

2. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2019-35 Carmelita Court Development Agreement, Assumption of Services.  With completion of all municipal requirements, Administration is recommending that a resolution assuming the services for the Arbour Grove (Carmelita Court) Residential Development Agreement be approved and passed, as of October 8, 2019
b. PBS-2019-36 Summary of Proposed Changes to Provincial Policy Statement.  Administration has reviewed recent provincial legislation changes surrounding land use planning principles in Ontario and has provided a summary of the changes and recommendations to be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

3. Financial Services
a.
FS-2019-12 Amendment to the 2019-2023 Fire Equipment Five (5) Year Capital Works Plan.  Administration recommends that High Water Rescue Equipment, including
a Fire rescue boat and personal protective equipment, in the amount of $16,000, be funded from the Fire Equipment Lifecycle Reserve, and that an increase to the annual allocation to the Fire Equipment Lifecycle Reserve of $2,000 should be considered during the Town’s 2020 Budget process. 

Two notices of motion are to be presented:
1. Councilor Jobin - Motion - Future Planning Study - Hamlet Development Lands.  Councillor Jobin wishes to propose advancing with a Secondary Plan for the Oldcastle area, and
2. Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti - Dedicated Veteran Parking Spaces.  Deputy Mayor Bachetti wishes to propose designating certain parking spaces in the municipal parking lot adjacent to the Legion for veterans.

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

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September 24th Meeting

This week at Tecumseh Town Council, we begin at 7pm following an In Camera meeting.  The agenda can be found here.

1. Town of LaSalle dated August 26, 2019 Re: Notice of First Sitting of the Court of Revision for the Repair and Improvements to the 3rd Concession Drain.  LaSalle is hosting a meeting of the Court of Revision for the 3rd Concession Drain which includes some properties within Tecumseh on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at LaSalle Town Hall, 5950 Malden.  Affected residents received notification.
2. Township of Larder Lake dated August 27, 2019 Re: Requesting that the Ministers and the Premier offer electronic delegations to small and rural Municipalities that do not have sufficient budget to attend conferences.  Larder Lake is requesting that meetings with the Premier and Ministers be available through electronic means to help reduce the cost of travel for those municipalities that are in remote areas.
3. Township of Zorra dated September 4, 2019 Re: Continuation of the Programs of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.  Zorra supports continuation of the programs of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, both mandatory and non‐mandatory, and that no programs of the UTRCA or of the other Conservation Authorities in Ontario be “wound down” at this time.
4. Town of Lakeshore dated September 4, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting.  Lakeshore is hosting a Public Meeting regarding a rezoning for the Tecumseh Golf property wherein a site-specific mixed use zone and relief from multiple zoning provisions, including building setbacks, height, parking, gross floor area, building separations, minimum lot area/ frontage, lot coverage, landscaping etc. is being requested.  
5. City of Kitchener dated September 5, 2019 Re: Council Resolution regarding single-use disposable wipes.  Kitchener is requesting national regulations related to consumer packaging on single-use wipes to remove the word flushable (as they are not actually flushable in any beneficial manner).
6. Municipality of Hastings Highlands dated September 12, 2019 Re: Mandatory Septic System Reports.  Hastings Highlands is requesting a septic re-inspection program that generates reports including requirements such as a visual inspection by the operator on type of system, time, date, location, and noticeable system problems to reduce to ongoing requirements for creating new reports.
 
1. Waste Reduction Week in Canada dated September 11, 2019.  Administration recommends that October 21-27, 2019 be proclaimed as “Waste Reduction Week” in the Town of Tecumseh.
2. Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Fall Policy Forum, October 24-25, 2019 dated September 12, 2019.  Administration recommends that the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to attend the AMO Fall Policy Forum in London, Ontario from October 24 to 25, 2019, subject to the Town’s Travel and Professional Development Policies, as well as funding in the 2019 Budget.
3. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated September 12, 2019.  Administration recommends that the September 9, 2019 resolution passed by the Council of Chatham-Kent expressing strong support for Legal Aid Ontario and its funding of Ontario’s community legal clinics, which provide legal services to low income and vulnerable Ontarians, be supported.
4. Town of Newmarket dated September 17, 2019.  Re: More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 - Bill 108 proposed Regulations.  Administration recommends that the September 9, 2019 resolution passed by the Council of Newmarket requesting the Province release final drafts of the regulations associated with Bill 108 with a consultation period of no less than three months be supported.
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