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

January 22nd Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm.  We will be discussing the proposed Multi-Purpose Sportsplex.  The agenda can be found here.  Craig Goodman and Sebastian Spataro of CS&P Architect Inc. will discuss the state of the facility design.

At 6:45pm Town Council will consider resident feedback regarding the rezoning of a farm property at 5500 Sexton Side Road.  The property is being consolidated with the previous home severed.  To comply with provincial policy, the remaining parcel must have further construction of a residence prohibited.  The agenda can be found here.

At 7pm, Regular Business begins. The agenda can be found here.

a. City of Windsor dated December 17, 2018 Re: Notice of Complete Application.  Windsor is notifying the Town that it has received planning applications from CK Mechanical Heating & Cooling Inc., 3842 & 3846 Peter St., To expand business to both parcels of land, and 1307657 Ontario Ltd., 863 Lauzon Rd., for a Proposed duplex on each of the lots.
b. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated December 17, 2018 Re: 2019 Draft Budget.  There is a 30 day consultation window to provide comment to ERCA regarding the draft 2019 Budget.  The budget totals $7,708,571 and includes a total levy
contribution from member municipalities of approximately $3,238,667.  This represents an increase of $89,915, or $0.32 per person ($9.68 to $10.00 per person).
a. Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula dated December 12, 2018, and the City of Hamilton dated January 3, 2019 Re: Creation, Maintenance and General Quality of the Municipal Voters' List.  Administration is recommending that the resolution regarding the establishment of a multi-stakeholder working group between the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Finance, AMCTO, MPAC and Elections Ontario to explore and identify ways to create and maintain the Voters’ List for Municipal Elections, be supported; and that a letter of concerns respecting the Voter's List for Municipal Elections and a request for investigation be forwarded to the Ombudsman's office, be supported.
b. SouthWest Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) dated January 8, 2019.  Re: Increase Access to Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) broadband funding.  Administration is recommending that comments be submitted to the Canadian Radio -Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to reconsider its broadband fund eligibility criteria.
For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca
We will next be meeting on January 29, 2019, to discuss fluoridation of our drinking water.
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January 15th Budget Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council will be meeting at 5pm to set the 2019 Business Plan and Budget.  The document and accompanying reports can be found here.

Administration is recommending a 2.7% tax levy increase net of growth on the Tecumseh portion of taxes (53% of the total residential tax bill) and represents an increase in the municipal tax bill of approximately $50 on a property assessed at $250,000 (the average assessed value of a home in Tecumseh).

The 2019 budget provides for:

  • A $150,000 increase towards the New Infrastructure Levy (NIL).  This fund is intended to enhance existing municipal services.  As an example, new sidewalks could be constructed under this fund.  
  • A $100,000 increase towards Lifecycle infrastructure replacement.
  • $17.5 million capital expenditure program supported by an increase in Provincial OCIF grant of $377,000 ($700,000 to
    $1,077,000) and Federal Gas Tax grant funding of $1,127,500 (a decrease of $21,000 from 2018 level of $1,148,500).
  • Service level enhancements in some areas, including:
    • Extended Parks and Recreation office hours to include evenings and weekends
    • Additional resources to maintain Parks facilities during extended operating hours
    • Additional Parks resources to improve department efficiency and effectiveness and to address health and safety issues
    • Additional Public Works resources by substituting one full-time labourer position for an existing part-time seasonal
  • $330,000 for known employee wage and benefit increases including:
    • $170,000 for negotiated wage and related benefit increases,
    • $60,000 for Bill 148 impact of increasing wages for certain part-time/seasonal employees,
    • $55,000 for impact of income tax changes affecting Council compensation, and\
    • $45,000 for employee retirement payouts.
  • $330,000 increase to general operations including:
    • $92,000 estimated increase to contracted policing costs,
    • $80,000 increase in materials and supplies, largely impacted by fuel costs, and
    • $130,000 increase to professional services, largely due to various studies to be undertaken during 2019, much of
      which will be funded through reserves.

In addition, Administration is recommending that Town Council set a Public Meeting for Tuesday, January 29th at 7pm to solicit feedback regarding fluoridation of the Town's water supply.  Water is supplied by Windsor but under the Fluoridation Act as it supplies to both Tecumseh and LaSalle, at least one of the municipalities must agree to the change.  The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has supplied an Oral Health study as a point of information on this subject.  The study can be found here.  Administration is not offering a proposed direction on this matter.

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

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