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 12th Meeting

I'm returning to Town Council this week after my absence last meeting.  My wife Mary and I had our honeymoon and we were able to take in some of Canada's iconic National Parks!

This week, Tecumseh Town Council meets beginning at 6:30pm with a Public Meeting to receive feedback regarding the Drainage Report for the McLean-Hergott Drain.  The agenda can be found here.  

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

Our delegations will include:
1. Wade Bondy, Director Fire Services & Fire Chief who will recognize Town of Tecumseh Fire Fighters Ryan MacEachern, Sean McNamara, Tyson Brohman, and Conner Tazzman for an act of courage.

2. Malinda Hebert and JoAnne Neilson Re: Tecumseh Pickleball Association

Town Council will further discuss an email received from Keri Baker, an optometrist in Tecumseh, who has advised Town Council of the withdrawal of OHIP Insured Services by local Optometrists in response to what is said to be a provincial reimbursement that is less than the cost of service delivery.

Reports include:
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2021-30 Cat Intake Program Renewal Agreement 2022.  Administration recommends that the Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh renew the Agreement with the Windsor Essex County Humane Society (WECHS) for the provision of cat intake services, at a cost to the Town of $25 for each cat, until December 31, 2022.

2. Financial Services
a. FS-2021-12 Budget Report - June 2021.  Adminstration presents the Budget Variance Report from June 2021, showing a tax-supported surplus of $97,321 and a rate-supported surplus of $139,090.  This occurred as a result of the provincial Safe Restart Grant Municipal Stream Phase 2 and COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities.

b. FS-2021-13 Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (OILC) Borrowing 2021.  Administration recommends borrowing for the financing of County Road 11 Sanitary Sewer constructions costs for 2021 and that By-laws No. 2021-78 and 2021-79 be adopted to authorize the Mayor and Director Financial Services to issue a 5-year amortizing debenture and 10-year amortizing debenture for $537,500 and $78,500 respectively, in the name of Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation. 

3. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2021-11 Tecumseh Pickleball Association Agreement.  Administration recommends that in accordance with Policy No. 91, Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball Club Operations, that a five (5) year Lease Agreement be entered into between the Town of Tecumseh and the Tecumseh Pickleball Association.
b. PRS-2021-12 Lacasse Park Pickleball Complex Naming Rights.  Administration recommends that approval be given to naming the Lacasse Park Pickleball Courts as the “Zekelman Pickleball Complex” for a period of fifteen (15) years, as consideration for their contribution of $100,000; and that in accordance with the Town’s Corporate Grants, Sponsorships and Naming Rights Policy 72, the Naming Rights Agreement be finalized, and that the $100,000 contribution be transferred to the Parks Development Lifecycle Reserve, with the funds applied to the construction costs of the pickleball complex.
c. PRS-2021-15 Municipal Modernization Fund Intake 1 Project Reallocation Request.  Administration recommends that the previously allocated funds of $65,000 to the Town Hall Expansion Project towards installation of an electric vehicle charging station at the municipal campus be  reallocated to the Community LED Sign Project in the amount of $45,000 and the Clerk Services Review Project with an allocation of $20,000, and that Administration continue to work in partnership with Essex Power researching grant opportunities with the goal of installing electric vehicle charging stations throughout municipal properties.

4. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2021-46 2021 6-Month Permit Activity Report.  Administration provides an update on construction activity for the year.  Construction value was reported at $54,205,909, which is up by $46,255,814 or 581 percent over last year. This is due in part to the construction of two multi storey apartment buildings that have a combined value of $28,000,000 and an industrial/office building with a value of $5,600,000.  The general issuance of permits is down by 8, from 156 to 148 total permits issued.

For questions regarding these or other municipal matters, please contact me at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]

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September 14th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 4:30pm with three rezoning requests:

1. Public comment on a Zoning By-law Amendment application for a 1.09 hectare (2.7 acre) property situated on the north side of North Talbot Road, abutting the west side of Weston Park (5074 North Talbot Road). The purpose of the proposed amendment is to rezone the subject property from “Agricultural Zone (A-33)” to “Hamlet Residential Zone (RH)” in order to facilitate the creation of one new residential lot and the future construction of one single-unit dwelling.  (Agenda)

2.  Public comment on a Zoning By-law amendment application for a 1.4 acre property situated on the south side of County Road 34, approximately 500 metres west of its intersection with Manning Road (12305 County Road 34). The purpose of the proposed amendment is to rezone the subject property from “Hamlet Residential Zone (RH)” to a site-specific “Hamlet Residential Zone (RH-6)” in order to facilitate the construction of one additional residential unit (“ARU”) on the property, in accordance with subsection 11.2.3 of the Tecumseh Official Plan. (Agenda)

3.  Public comment on A Zoning By-law amendment application for a 1232 square metre (13,261 square foot) property situated on the west side of Shawnee Road, approximately 31 metres (102 feet) north of its intersection with Brouillette Court (1441 Shawnee Road). The purpose of the proposed amendment is to:

  • rezone the western 613.1 square metre (6,600 square foot) portion of the subject property from “Residential
    Zone 2 (R2)” to a site-specific “Residential Zone 3 (R3-20)” to permit the construction of one semi-detached
    dwelling and to establish minimum lot and yard requirements; and
  • rezone the eastern 609.8 square metre (6,564 square foot) portion of the subject property from “Residential
    Zone 2 (R2)” to a site-specific “Residential Zone 2 (R2-26)” to establish a new minimum lot area.  (Agenda)

An in camera meeting will follow at 6pm.

 

Beginning at 7pm, Regular Business will include the following: (Agenda)

Delegations

Communications for Action

1. Rail Safety Week September 20 - 26, 2021.  Administraiton recommends participating in Rail Safety Week from September 20 to 26, 2021;ies in communities, including our municipality.

2. Local Authority Services (LAS) dated September 9, 2021 Re: Risk Management Symposium.  Administration recommends authorizing participation of the Mayor and Members of Council if interested to the LAS Powering Change Climate resiliency for a better tomorrow symposium virtually on October 5-6, 2021 at a cost of $275, subject to funding in the 2021 Budget and compliance with the Town’s Travel and Professional Development Policies.

1. By-Law 2021-63 Being a by-law to amend By-law No. 2019-10 being a by-law to appoint Directors to the Board of Management for the Business Improvement Area for the term of Tecumseh Council 2019-2022
2. By-Law 2021-64 Being a By-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities 
3. By-Law 2021-65 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Amending Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and The TDL Group Corp.
4. By-Law 2021-66 Being a by-law to amend By-law 85-18, the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law for those lands in the former Township of Sandwich South - 5648 North Talbot Road
5. By-Law 2021-67 Being a by-law to amend By-law No. 2002-07 being a by-law to respecting the emission of sound 
6. By-Law 2021-68 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario, as represented by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for funding under the Municipal Modernization Fund – Intake 2 Digital Strategy, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery Plan Review
7. By-Law 2021-69 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario, as represented by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for funding under the Municipal Modernization Fund – Intake 2 Town of Tecumseh and Municipality of Lakeshore Economic Development Study 
8. By-Law 2021-70 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario, as represented by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for funding under the Municipal Modernization Fund – Intake 2 Town of Tecumseh Payroll Systems Review 
10. By-Law 2021-41 (Third Reading) Being a bylaw to provide for the repair and improvements to the CYR Drain
11. By-Law 2021-42 (Third Reading) Being a bylaw to provide for the Realignment of the South Talbot Drain
For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at [email protected] or 226-773-1910.
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