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

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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July 23rd Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 6:30pm with a meeting to discuss the Wellwood Drain.  The agenda can be found here.

Administration presents and recommends receipt of a report concerning the completion of a Drainage Study for the cleaning of the Wellwood Drain, prepared by R.C. Spencer and Associates.  The next step would be the hosting of a Court of Revision Meeting on August 13, 2019, wherein property owners will have opportunity to dispute assessed charges.

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

The delegations include:
Marianne Love of M.L. Consulting regarding the Council Compensation Review and the Committee's report.
Conclusions of the review are:
  • The 2018 base pay remuneration for Elected Officials at Tecumseh is the same or higher relative to the comparator group identified.
  • Base pay for the Deputy Mayor and Councillor positions is higher than the 65th percentile of the comparator group (22% and 13% respectively).
  • The 65th percentile target (P65) is a reasonable pay target for base pay having regard to local area practice and the comparator group.
  • Other elements of compensation are generally competitive, including health and life benefit coverage, technology, travel and professional development.
Recommendations are:
  • That base pay for the Elected Official positions be adjusted to offset the removal of the 1/3 tax free treatment, effective January 1, 2019, and
    that the adjustment be removed in the event that the CRA provision is repealed.
  • That Council continue the practice of adjusting base pay for the Elected Official positions annually by using the % adjustment provided for the
    Management/Non-union Salary Grid; however, Council may wish to consider a varied economic adjustment for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and/or Councillor position in 2019 and future years to normalize the base pay for the three positions and become more aligned with comparator practice and the 65th percentile (i.e.,100% of the economic adjustment for the Mayor, 50% for Councillor and 25% for Deputy Mayor) 
  • That an external review be conducted once every four years using a Community Advisory Committee, a Consultant and comparator data; the next
    review being during the next term of Council (2022-2026)
  • That Council consider revising the comparator group when the comparators for the Management/Non-union compensation change.
  • That Council consider providing more itemization of the remuneration and benefits in the Annual Statement of Council Remuneration.
In addition, Director of Parks and Recreation, Paul Anthony, and Manager Recreation Programs and Events, Kerri Rice, will present regarding the Tecumseh Corn Festival.  The presentation can be found here.  This year's entertainment will include Fred Penner, Pretzel Logic and Christee Palace.  There will also be a new festival layout with vendors placed adjacent to the main path.
 
 
a. Town of Lakeshore dated June 18, 2019 Re: Notice of the Passing of a Zoning By-Law Amendment.  Lakeshore has rezoned the former Cedarhurst Landscaping property to house a Transport Trucking Company terminal on Manning Road.
b. Town of Lakeshore dated June 25, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting.  Lakeshore advises of a proposed rezoning for a hotel on the Tecumseh Golf property at the corner of Amy Croft Drive and Manning Road.
c. Town of Kingsville dated July 5, 2019 Re: Support for New Regional Hospital in Windsor-Essex.  Kingsville has resolved to support the proposed new Regional Hospital location.
d. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario dated July 8, 2019 Re: Nominate an Outstanding Ontario Physician in Your Community.  The College is requesting nominations for their Council Award.  The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 
e. Local Planning Appeal Tribunal dated July 17, 2019 Re: Del Duca Industrial Park Ltd.  The LPAT has approved the consensus development plan for the Del Duca property.
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