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

March 12th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 7pm.  The agenda can be found here.

Delegations include:

a. Representatives of the Tecumseh Business Improvement Association Board of Management, including Candice Dennis, Chair; Paul Bistany, Treasurer; and Paula Rorai, Coordinator. They will be speaking regarding the Board's 2019 Budget which is being presented tonight for approval.

b. Town of Tecumseh Parks and Recreational Services Department. Staff will present regarding the 2018 Tecumseh Corn Festival Named a Top 100 Festival by Festival and Events Ontario

Communications include:
a. Notice - Enbridge Gas Inc. dated February 19, 2019 . Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to raise its natural gas rates effective April 1, 2019 to recover costs associated with the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. There would be an increase of $86.21 for each account.

b. AMO Communications - dated February 21, 2019 Re: Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC). AMO advises that the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre will be shut down and no new cases are being accepted.

c. County of Essex dated February 21, 2019 Re: Official Plan Amendment No. 15 - Village of St. Clair Beach Official Plan, 14328 and 14346 Tecumseh Road. Essex County has approved the the Official Plan amendments required for the Harbour Club Condominium Building at the former Pud's Place Marina and no appeals were received.

Communications recommended for action include:
a. Township of South Stormont dated February 26, 2019 Re: Provincial Review of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). Administration recommends that the Town of Tecumseh support the Township of South Stormont resolution on the provincial review of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund and the future financial considerations ensures municipal sustainability. Essentially, South Stormont wishes to have the results of the OMPF review expedited so that planning for 2020 can begin.

Reports include:

a. Parks & Recreation Services
1. PRS-2019-03 Rotary Club Fish Fry. Administration is recommending that the Rotary Club of Essex be authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages at Lakewood Park on Friday, July 19, 2019 between 4pm and 8pm. A Noise By-law exemption is also being requested.

2. PRS-2019-02 Taste of Tecumseh Festival 2019. Administraton recommends that the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach be authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages at Lakewood Park from Friday, June 14, 2019 through to and including Saturday, June 15, 2019. A Noise By-law exemption is also being requested.

3. PRS-2019-01 Optimist Club's Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks 2019. Administration recommends that the rental fees associated with use of the St. Clair Beach Community Centre and Optimist Park for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach’s 2019 Victoria Day Fireworks Display, at a cost of $201 be waived; and that the fees associated with the fireworks permit as regulated under By-law Number 2013-50, a by-law to regulate the sale and use of fireworks, at a cost of $50 be waived.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-06 Extension of the One-Year Moratorium on Building Permit Fees. Administration supplied this report and asks for direction as to whether to continue.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2019-11 Appointment of Drainage Engineer for Variation of Assessment. Administration recommends appointing Dillon Conulting Limited as Drainage Engineer to:
(i) make a variation of the assessment schedule for maintenance and repair on the drainage works required to maintain the CYR Drain and Extension Outlet Drain; and
(ii) prepare a Report in accordance with Section 76 of the Drainage Act.

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

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February 23rd, 2019 Meeting

Town Council begins at 7pm this week.  You can read the full agenda here.

Reports include:  
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1.  CAO-2019-03 Town Hall Expansion.  Administration is proposing that $3.15M be invested into Town Hall for expansion to accommodate all customer-facing staff, to address a shortage of consultation and meeting space, and to improve access to Council Chambers.  Funding would be from past surpluses (Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve $1.25M) and from a portion of the New Infrastructure Reserve revenues ($1.90M).

The proposed new look can be found here.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-03, D11 STMAR, Ste. Marguerite d’Youville Elementary, Site Plan Control.  Administration is recommending approval of a Site Plan Agreement for Ste. Marguerite d'Youville school. An 390 sq m expansion is proposed for the existing Day Care facility at the northwest corner of the building together with a new 16-space parking area at the north-western portion of the school, and on-site works, including new sidewalks and landscaping.

2. PBS-2019-04, Zoning By-law Amendment, 11079 Cty. Rd. 34.  A public meeting is recommended to discuss a rezoning of 11079 County Road 34.  This is the result of a a lot consolidation where a prohibition for building a new house is required under Provincial policy.  The public meeting is proposed to be scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2019-09 FCM Grant Agreement Amendment.  The Town's Storm Drainage Master Plan is funded in part from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  An amendment to the funding agreement is requested to set the completion date at June 30, 2019.

2. PWES-2019-13 Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 9.  Administration has updated the Safe Drinking Water operational plan and has submitted for Town Council approval.  The plan updates content related to the link to the Quality Management System Policy on the website, commitments to the Town’s Quality Management System, additional detail respecting records, new procedures in place to maintain disinfectant residuals within the distribution system, risk assessment for hazardous events, and an explanation of how opportunities for improvement come about.

3. PWES-2019-15 County Road 11 (North) Sanitary Sewer - Tender Award.  Administration is recommending a tender award for the County Road 11 (North) Sanitary Sewer in the amount of $1,199,000 to Shearock Construction Group Inc.  The project also includes a new trail which will include recoveries from the County of Essex for the County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) of approximately $190,750.

4. PWES-2019-16 Rehabilitation of Bridges No. 1004, 1013 and 1014 - Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the tender for the Rehabilitation of Bridges #1004, #1013 and #1014 in the amount of $518,915 excluding HST be awarded to South Shore Contracting of Essex County Inc.

For further information on these or other municipal matters, feel free to contact me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

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