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 12th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 6pm with a Special Meeting to discuss the newly completed Brighton Road Traffic Review.  The full agenda can be found here.

Tim Kooistra and Mike Walters, Dillon Consulting Limited will be present to report on their findings.  Recommendations include:

Multi-Use Pathway
• Remove the “stop sign paddles” at all intersections along Brighton Road
• Introduce pavement markings and signage along the pathway
• Introduce “crossrides” where the pathway crosses a stop-control side street
• Retain existing median islands Roundabout (with Tecumseh Road East)
• Introduce pedestrian crossovers (PXOs) on the west and north legs
• Introduce a “crossride” where the pathway crosses the south leg
• Introduce a painted yellow line between the truck apron and the drive aisle

All-Way Stop (with (Old) Tecumseh Road)
• Undertake minor signage changes and enhancements

Traffic Circles (with Aloha Drive and Southwind Crescent)
• Retain both traffic circles with the following enhancements:
• Introduce a “crossride” where the multi-use pathway crosses the east legs
• Raise the splitter island on the east legs only to be 75mm above the surface of the road (similar to the existing truck apron)

Traffic Calming
• Introduce additional traffic calming measures on Brighton Road between the VIA railway and the roundabout at Tecumseh Road East (Potential Option: 2 Sets of Speed Cushions)

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

Re: Remembrance Day video will be played in honour of our Veterans

1.City of Windsor dated October 7, 2019 Re: Funding for eco-passage through the Ojibway corridor.  The City of Windsor advises that it will be requesting funding of the Provincial, Federal and LaSalle governments to assist in constructing an eco-passage.
2. Town of Lakeshore dated October 9, 2019 Re: Five Year Official Plan Review Open House.  Lakeshore advises that they have held an Open House regarding the five year review of their Official Plan on October 29, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Atlas Tube Centre.
3. Town of Ingersoll dated October 19, 2019 Re: Support for Continuation of Mandatory and Non-Mandatory Programs of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.  Ingersoll requests that local control be retained with respect to the services delivered by the local Conservation Authority.
4. Township of Springwater dated October 21, 2019 Re: Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Levy.  Springwaterl requests that local control be retained with respect to the services delivered by the local Conservation Authority.
5. Town of LaSalle dated October 25, 2019 Re: Amended Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment.  LaSalle advises of a Public Meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at Council Chambers at 5950 Malden Road to consider a proposed Amended Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment for approximately 72 hectares of land located between the 6th Concession Road and the 7th Concession Road, east of Huron Church Line Road and west of Howard Avenue.  A development is proposed that includes:
• approximately 480 new single detached, semi-detached, townhouse and apartment style dwelling units;
• new mixed-use (commercial and apartment style residential) buildings on approximately 2 hectares of land situated along the south side of Laurier Parkway;
• new neighbourhood commercial buildings on approximately 3.2 hectares of land located along of the south side of the 6th Concession Road;
• a new school on approximately 3 hectares of land;
• new parkland, trails, and storm water management facilities. 
6. Town of Prescott dated October 28, 2019 Re: Provincial Consultation on the Transformation of Building Services in Ontario.  Prescott requests that the Province provide evidence based justification to municipalities that the creation of a new Delegated Administrative Authority is necessary prior to any legislative changes to the Building Code Act, with regard to building service delivery.
7. Niagara Region dated November 1, 2019  Re: Actions and Resources to Join the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities.  Niagara advises that it has joined the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities (CIM), formerly known as Canadian Coalition for Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD) and has signed a declaration to support the ten CIM commitments and that it intends to create supporting governance structures with internal and external stakeholders to advise on internal diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and support the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan;
8. Niagara Region dated November 1, 2019 Re: Proposed Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario Budget.  Niagara requests that the Ontario Government not impose additional cuts to the Legal Aid Ontario budget and that it re-invest in the Legal Aid and clinic systems.
9. Township of Stirling-Rawdon dated November 5, 2019 Re: Municipal Liability and Insurance Costs.  Stirling-Rawdon endorses the report submitted by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and requests that the Attorney General of Ontario be requested to conduct a full review of joint and several liability as it affects municipalities.
2. Municipality of West Elgin Re: Provincial Policy Statement Proposed Changes.  Administration requests support for The Municipality of West Elgin's resolution dated October 10, 2019, concerning the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) with regards to large grounded-mounted solar facilities; and recommends that the PPS policies also include language to direct wind turbine facilities away from prime agricultural and specialty crops, except for on-farm diversified use. 
Reports include:
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Tuesday October 22nd Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a meeting of the Policies and Priorities Committee.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Delegations will be received regarding the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Councillors' Records, and iCitizen - Resident Access to Tax Information via the Town's Website.

a. CS-2019-30 Customer Service Policy Administration is recommending adoption of the proposed Customer Service Policy.  Calls are proposed to be responded to within 1 day, emails within 3 days, written correspondence within 5 days and social media postings within 1 day.
b. CS-2019-31 Public Complaints Policy.  It is proposed to establish a policy of acknowledgement, assign, investigate, and Resolve/Decision.  Town staff will
acknowledge a formal complaint within three (3) days and provide information on the next steps of the complaint process.  
c. CS-2019-32 Health and Safety Policy No. 7 Annual Review.  Administration recommends approval of the existing Occupational Health and Safety Policy for the next year.
d. CS-2019-33 Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Policy No. 68 Administration proposes to add to the scope of the policy as part of its 2019 review. 
e. CS-2019-35 Fire Alarm By-Law.  Through proposed amendments, it is proposed that Town Administration shall be responsible for registration of both fire and security alarms; Provide for the imposition of two (2) ‘At Fault False Alarms’ before being charged for each ‘At Fault False Alarm’ thereafter during a calendar year; Prescribe the fee for registration under the annual Fees and Charges By-law; and Prescribe the fee for attendance to each ‘At Fault False Alarm’ as the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) rate for responses to an emergency on a provincial highway, for improved recovery of cost.
f. CS-2019-36 Urban Hen Licensing Pilot Program.  A two year pilot program allowing for 6 hens and a $25 licence fee is being proposed subject to a public meeting.
g. CS-2019-37 Alley Closing Policy.  Administration proposes the formalizing of an alley closing policy in which the onus for securing the support of alley closures is left to the proponent.
h. CS-2019-38 Professional Appearance Policy.  Administration proposes the establishment of guidelines that will govern the dress code of Town employees.
i. CS-2019-39 Employee Service Recognition.   The “Application” for recognition of employees has been amended to include Members of Council, and to describe who is not included; the “Procedures” have been revised to reflect the current practice of providing specific gifts at key career milestones.

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

Delegations include Celeste O'Neil and Judy Robson regarding Cannabis Production Facilities in Oldcastle, and Loretta Stoyka, Diane Mulcaster, and Janice Moroun Re: Windsor Essex Compassion Care

Communications for Information includes:

  1. Town of Lakeshore dated September 26, 2019 Re: Notice of the passing of a zoning by-law amendment.  Lakeshore has passed a By-law for the former Tecumseh Golf property in which zoning has been changed to a mixed use environment with several variances from existing planning by-laws.
  2. Municipality of Grey Highlands dated October 2, 2019 Re: Conservation Authorities.  Grey Highlands resolves to support continuation of the programs
    and services of the three CAs, both mandatory and non-mandatory, and that no programs or services of conservation authorities be “wound down” at this time; and that the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks give clear direction as to what programs and services are considered mandatory and non-mandatory and how those programs will be funded in the future.
  3. Municipality of East Ferris dated October 10, 2019 Re: Child Care Services at Conferences.  East Ferris resolves to request municipal conferences offer child care services to participants.
  4. Enbridge Gas Inc. dated October 10, 2019 Re: Notice of Application.  Enbridge has filed an application with the Ontario Energy Board for approval to construct approximately 34 kilometres of natural gas pipeline and associated facilities in the Municipality of West Grey and the Township of Chatsworth, both in the County of Grey, and to introduce a new service for gas distributors effective December 1, 2019. This new service under Rate M17 is proposed to be a firm point-to-point transportation service for existing and new gas distributors in Ontario. Enbridge Gas Inc. is also proposing to modify and limit the applicability of the existing bundled delivery service under Rate M9 and the semi-unbundled storage and transportation service under Rate T3, to existing gas distributor customers.
  5. City of Windsor dated October 11, 2019 Re: Notice of Commencement and Public Information Centre - Wyandotte St. E. and Jarvis Avenue.  The City of Windsor is hosting a public meeting surrounding the extension of Wyandotte Street East and Jarvis Avenue on Thursday, July 24.

1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2019-08 20th Anniversary of Amalgamation Project.  Administration recommends that a storyboard be created to recognize the 20th Anniversary of the January 1, 1999, amalgamation of the former Township of Sandwich South, Town of Tecumseh and Village of St. Clair Beach, which together now form The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh as it is today at a cost of $4,000.

2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2019-27 Charitable Bingo and Gaming Revitalization Initiative.  Administration is recommending that the Municipality authorize electronic gaming within the Town boundaries.

b. CS-2019-34 Liability and Insurance Cost Reforms.  Administration is recommending that Town Council support recommendations from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario supporting reforms to Joint and Several Liability.

3. Financial Services
a. FS-2019-13 Budget Variance Report - August 31, 2019.  The 2019 August Variance analysis projects a year-end surplus of $63,000 (Tax Supported
surplus $309,000 and Rate Supported deficit $246,000).

4. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2019-37 Elderberry Court Development Agreement, Assumption of Services.  Administration recommends that the municipal services constructed for the Elderberry Court development be accepted as part of the municipal infrastructure network.

b. PBS-2019-38 CIP Grant Application 12000 Tecumseh, Villa Pia Investments.  Administration recommends approval of a Community Improvement grant for the property located at 12000 Tecumseh Road (adjacent to Frank Brewery) for the Planning Design and Architectural Grant Program in the amount of $3,000; and the Planning Application and Permit Fee Grant Program in the amount of $1,075 in relation to the design and site plan application for the proposed construction of a new commercial building on the subject property.

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

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