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

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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April 9th Meeting

This week Town Council begins at 6pm.  You can read the agenda for this part of the meeting here.

This meeting is to hear public comment for a proposed rezoning of a 2.9 acre parcel of land on the south side of North Talbot Road, 95 metres east of its intersection with Walker Road from "Neighbourhood Commercial Zone" to a site specific "Business Park Zone".  The subject parcel of land is designated "Business Park" in the Sandwich South Official Plan. The rezoning will permit the future development of the lands for a range of light industrial and commercial uses.

A letter has been received from Friends of Oldcastle Development Letter dated April 1, 2019, with and objection to the Zoning By-Law Amendment.

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

Our delegation for the evening is Chaouki Hamka, Community Leader, MADD Windsor and Essex County Re: MADD Campaign 911 Program

Communications - For Information include:
a. Township of South Frontenac Letter dated March 19, 2019 Re: Review of Ontario Municipal Partnership Funding (OMPF).   South Frontenac supports the resolution passed by the Township of South Stormont regarding the Provincial Government review of OMPF funding that provides annual funding allotments to municipal governments to help offset operating and capital costs and advise the
Premier, Ministers of Finance, Municipal Affairs and Housing and our local MPP of our concerns. 

b. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Letter dated March 20, 2019.  Re: 2018-2019 Fiscal support for small and rural municipalities.  Minister Steve Clark advises that the Town of Tecumseh receive a one-time payment of $620,201.

c. Town of Lakeshore dated March 22, 2019 Re: Notice of Open House and Complete Application.  Lakeshore held a public meeting regarding 2110 Manning Road on Tuesday April 2nd.  An application has been received to allow temporary use of the property as a trucking terminal.

d. Town of LaSalle dated March 25, 2019 Re: Notice of Public Meeting and Planning Advisory Committee Information Meeting.  LaSalle advises of a new subdivision proposal including 950 single dwellings, new commercial units on the south side of Laurier Parkway, business park on the west side of Howard Avenue, a new school and parkland.  A public meeting will be held on Tuesday April 16th, 6pm at LaSalle Town Hall.

e. Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities Letter dated March 27, 2019 Re: Gas Tax Fund.  The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities advises that $819,443,895 will be dispersed to Ontario municipalities, of which $167,421,424 is dedicated to the City of Toronto and $2,081,548 for the Province of Ontario.

Reports include:
a. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2019-08 MADD Campaign 911 Program.  Administration recommends that MADD be permitted to install Program signs at the entrances to the Town of Tecumseh (Town) from Windsor on Tecumseh Road and Riverside Drive, as well as the entrance and exits of the Town on County Road 22, along with County Road 11 and County Road 19, subject to the approval of the County of Essex;
And further that MADD Windsor & Essex County be granted licensing privileges under the Use of Official Mark Policy 51 to permit the use of the Town’s Official Mark on their Program signs, and further that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute a Trademark Agreement with MADD Windsor and Essex County to permit the Town’s Official Mark on the Program signs.  MADD is requesting to install ten (10) signs in the Town of Tecumseh.

The MADD Campaign 911 Program (Program) was launched in 2007 nationwide to encourage residents to help make roads safe and reduce the number of deaths caused from impaired driving.  The City of Windsor implemented this Program in 2008, with 42 signs installed around the City.  At the writing of this report, the Towns of LaSalle and Amherstburg and the Municipality of Leamington have formally supported this Program in their respective municipalities.

2.  CS-2019-09 Fluoridation of Drinking Water.  Administration recommends that Report CS-2019-09 regarding the Fluoridation of Water, be received and that the draft By-law authorizing fluoridation of drinking water, in accordance with the Fluoridation Act, R.S.O. 1990 c.F.22, be considered.


b. Financial Services
1. FS-2019-03 Statement of Remuneration and Expenses Paid in 2018.  Administration supplies a report surrounding Council expenses for each member of Council.  My remuneration was $30,354 in 2018.

c. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-07 D19 13214RIV, 13214 Riverside Drive, Zoning By-law Amendment.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., in accordance with the Planning Act for a Zoning By-law Amendment application to rezone a 1251 square metre (13,465 square foot) parcel of land situated on the north side of
Riverside Drive, approximately 290 metres west of its intersection with Manning Road (13214 Riverside Drive), 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
second storey dwelling unit on the subject property in addition to one detached dwelling unit.

Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2019-03 Partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada.  Administration recommends the signing of a partnership
agreements with Wounded Warriors Canada for the purpose of formalizing support for their mission and services, making use of the mental health programs provided, and identify potential fundraising opportunities to support their programming and services. 

For questions on these or other municipal matters I can be reached at (226) 773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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