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

November 24th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 6pm with a Special Meeting to consider Awards and Appointments.

The agenda can be found here.

Items include:

1. CS-2020-39 Award Nominations.  In response to a call for nominations, Administration recommends that direction be given to selecting the recipient for the 2021 Youth of the Year Award and 2020 Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award.  No nominations were received for the Donny Massender Award and the Senior of the Year Award.

2. CS-2020-40 Committee and Board Appointments 2021.  Administration recommends that the two applications to the Youth Advisory Committee from Jocelyn Adams and Peyton Tillie be accepted; and the application from Tom Burton to the Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors for two years be accepted; and that Town Council select from the provided applications for the Committee of Adjustment and Business Improvement Area Board of Management.

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

Delegations include:
1. Cynthia Swift, Partner, KPMG LLP Re: 2019 Audit.  Ms. Swift is presenting the findings of the 2019 Audit.  There are no issues being reported with respect to the financial affairs of the municipality.

2. Manager Recreation Programs and Events, Kerri Rice  Re: Retirement. Kerri is retiring after 12 years with the Town of Tecumseh and previous to that with the City of Windsor.


Communications - For Information
1. Township of Aramanth dated November 4, 2020 Re: Bill 128- Supporting Recovery and Municipal Elections Act 2020.  Amaranth requests a reversal of the province's prohibition for the use of ranked ballots.

2. City of Belleville dated November 10, 2020. Re: Bill 128, Letter to Premier Ford, Proposing changes to the Municipal Elections Act.  Belleville requests that changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 to extend nomination day from the end of July to the second Friday in September be rescinded.

3. City of Brantford dated November 12, 2020 Re: Bill 218, Ranked Ballots for Municipal Elections.  Brantford requests a reversal of the province's prohibition for the use of ranked ballots.

4. City of Hamilton dated September 8, 2020 Re: Amending the AGCO Licensing and Application Process for Cannabis Retail Stores to Consider Radial Separation from Other Cannabis Locations.  Hamilton requests that the Province to consider radial separation of new cannabis retail stores from other cannabis locations.

5. Town of Fort Erie dated November 17, 2020 Re: Request to the Premier and Minister of Attorney General - Amending the AGCO Process to Consider Radial Separation from Other Cannabis Locations.  Fort Erie supports the above-noted request by Hamilton.

6. Town of Fort Erie dated November 17, 2020 Re: Township of Asphodel-Norwood, Bill C-45, Cannabis Act.  Fort Erie requests that cannabis production be governed by a unified approach to land use planning restrictions, that enforces the regulations under the Cannabis Act on behalf of the licencing agency, and ensures local authorities are provided with notification of any licence issuance, amendment, suspension, reinstatement, or revocation within their region and communicates more readily with local governments and provides local governments with more support.

7. Town of Lincoln dated November 16, 2020 Re: Resolution regarding Norfolk County Illicit Cannabis Operations.  Lincoln supports the previous Norfolk County resolution to request solutions to the current crisis regarding illicit cannabis operations which may include but are not limited to; better regulation and tracking of the prescription of cannabis in Canada by doctors, increased regulatory and enforcement presence by Health Canada, increased OPP resources, increased funding to municipalities to deal with complaints and By-law issues generated by illicit cannabis grow operations.

8. Essex Region Conservation dated November 6, 2020 Re: Phishing Scam.  ERCA provides an update with respect to the phishing scam and further outlines that its staff complement are unable to process the volume of work presently forthcoming with prospective consideration of increasing staffing in the future.

9. Government of Canada dated October 26, 2020 Re: Public Consultations on Proposed Accommodations Requirements for the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.  The Government of Canada has launched a review of the minimum accommodation requirements for primary agriculture that would govern housing for Temporary Foreign Workers, and requests comment regarding the draft requirements.

10. Township of Howick dated November 19, 2020 Re: Tile Loan Program Interest Rate.  Howick requests that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs consider lowering the interest rate on Tile Drain Loans to 4% and increasing the yearly loan limit to $100,000.

11. Town of Fort Erie dated November 17, 2020 Re: Town of Grimsby - Amendment to Bill 108 - More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Fort Erie supports the Grimsby resolution to return the authority for final decisions to municipal council's as the elected representatives of the communities wherein the property and its features of cultural heritage value exist.

12. Town of Lakeshore dated November 9, 2020 Re: Notice of Application - Zoning By-law Amendment, 1654 Manning Road.  Lakeshore is considering a rezoning of the Tecumseh Golf property to permit a new 8 storey apartment building and 10 townhouses, whereby the current MU, Mixed Use Zone permits a maximum 10.5m (3 storeys). 

Reports include:
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2020-09 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program -COVID 19 Resilience Stream.  This report and recommendation is not available as of yet. 

2. Financial Services
a. FS-2020-18 Administrative Fees and Charges 2021.  Administration recommends approving the Administrative Fees and Charges By-law with some increases based on the Consumer Price Index increase of 0.6%.  Most fees are proposed to be unchanged.  Fire and Police fees will match provincial standard fees, new cost-recovery fees for water connections were initiated, and parks fees have a slight increase except for the security deposit for alcohol rentals which will be 50% of the rental cost.

3. Parks and Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-30 Transition to Betterness Lakewood Park Memorial Wall Agreement.   This report and recommendation is not available as of yet.

4. Planning and Building Services
a. PBS-2020-39 Nine Month Permit Report.  Construction value was reported at $74,384,305, which is up by $42,189,315 or 131 percent over last year. This is due in part to the construction of three new multi-unit residential buildings that have a combined construction value of $52,500,000.  A total of 278 permits were issued, which is a decrease of 9 permits or 3 percent relative to the previous year.  A total of 10 new single dwelling unit permits were issued. There were also 3 multi-unit residential permits issued, which creates 197 multi-residential units. For the same period last year there were 18 new single dwelling units and 2 multi-residential units. A total of 29 backwater valve permits were issued for the period.

b. PBS-2020-38 T03 TTS, Extension of Transit Delivery and Maintenance Services Contract with First Canada ULC for 2021.  Administration proposes to extend the current contract with First Student Canada for two years in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

c. PBS-2020-40 CIP Grant, 12049 Tecumseh Road.  Administration recommends that the Grant Application for the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Financial Incentive Program, for the property located at 12049 Tecumseh Road (former Torino Plaza property), be deemed eligible and approved for the Parking Area Improvement Grant Program, for a total amount of $10,000 toward the parking lot improvements being proposed.

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

1 reaction Share

November 10th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 6pm with a Public Meeting to discuss a proposed rezoning at 13375 Desro Drive.  The meeting is to hear public comment on the proposed zoning by-law amendment to rezone a 0.22 hectare (0.54 acre) property situated on the south side of Desro Drive, approximately 100 metres (328 feet) east of its intersection with Sylvestre Drive (13375 Desro Drive) , from “Industrial Zone (M1-10)” to “Industrial Zone (M1-26)” to permit the addition of general or business offices and professional offices as permitted uses. In addition, the proposed M1-26 Zone will include site-specific parking requirements establishing a minimum of 17 off-street spaces. The subject property is designated “Business Park” in the Sandwich South Official Plan.

The agenda and report can be found here.

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

Delegation for this week is Cynthia Swift, Partner, KPMG LLP Re: 2019 Audit

Communications - For Information includes:
1. Township of Oro Medonte dated October 21, 2020 Re: Request for Support to Declare Snowsports, Skiing and Snowboarding, Alpine and Nordic Deemed Essential in Stage 2,  Oro-Medonte is seeking clarity on the inclusion of winter activities as part of Stage 2 economic conditions for COVID-19.

2. Local Authority Services (LAS) dated October 22, 2020 Re: Natural Gas Program, 2018-2019 Period Reserve Fund Rebate and Updated Agreement.  Tecumseh received a refund of $1,831.45 as a result of its bulk purchase agreement with Local Authority Services.

3. Town of Lincoln dated October 27, 2020 Re: Support Resolution Letter Regarding Cannabis Production Facilities.  Lincoln supports the Municipality of Tweed request that immediate action be taken by all levels of government for medical cannabis licencing to follow similar regulations and guidelines as all other pharmaceutical industries, that the distribution of medical cannabis be controlled through pharmacies in consistency of all other medications, that Health Canada withhold licencing until the potential licence holder can provide evidence of acceptable zoning of the intended property in question; and that licenced locations be disclosed in advance to the municipalities hosting the licenced locations.

4. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated October 28, 2020 Re: Review of Municipal Elections.  Huron-Kinloss supports Wollaston Township in requesting that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing review the Municipal Elections to address non-residential electors.

5. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated October 28, 2020 Re: Schedule 11 of Bill 108 be amended to remove the powers provided to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.  Huron-Kinloss supports the Town of Amherstburg in recommending that Schedule 11 of Bill 108 be amended to remove the powers provided to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, retaining authority for hearing certain appeals by the Conservation Review Board; and, to return the authority for final decisions to municipal council’s as the elected representative of the communities wherein the property and its features of cultural heritage value exist.

6. City of Belleville dated October 28, 2020 Re: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act - Website Support.  The City of Belleville requests that the Province of Ontario consider providing funding support and training resources to municipalities to meet accessibility compliance standards.

7. The County of Prince Edward dated November 3, 2020 Re: Bill 218 Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020.  Prince Edward Council supports restoring the option for municipalities to conduct elections with ranked ballots.

8. Municipality of St. Charles dated November 3, 2020 Re: Broadband Access.  St-Charles requests the championing of implementing broadband in the under-serviced areas of the Municipality of St.-Charles

9. Town of Grimsby dated November 4, 2020 Re: Proposed Regulation under the Ontario Heritage Act - Bill 108.  Grimsby requests that Schedule 11 of Bill 108 be amended to remove the powers provided to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, retaining authority for hearing certain appeals by the Conservation Review Board; and that Schedule 11 of Bill 108 be amended to return the authority for final decisions to municipal councils.

Reports
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-32 Award Nominations Evaluation Form Update.  Administration provides an update to the Award Nominations Evaluation to reflect the new Youth of the Year Award.
b. CS-2020-36 Donation to Goodfellows.  Administration recommends a one-time donation of $1500 to the Windsor Goodfellows in lieu of the typical expenditure by the Town for its annual holiday gathering.

2. Financial Services
a.FS-2020-17 2019 Development Charge Reserve Fund Statement.  Administration recommends that the 2019 Development Charge Reserve Fund Statement, prepared in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 27, s. 43, be received and made available to the public and to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

3. Information & Communication Services
a. ICS-2020-03 Telus Corporate Purchasing Group Agreement.  Administration recommends that the Telus Corporate Purchasing Group Agreement by approved and executed by the Mayor and Director Information & Communication Services.

Councillor Jobin has put forward a motion to regulate environmental impacts from noise, odour and light coming from agricultural properties.

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

1 reaction Share