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

July 9th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm.  There will be a public meeting to discuss an application for Condominium Approval for a five-storey, 64-unit condominium dwelling on a 1.3 hectare (3.2 acre) property located on the north side of Tecumseh Road (14328-14346 Tecumseh Road), approximately 45 metres east of its intersection with Brighton Road.  The report can be found here.

Beginning at 6pm there will be a public meeting to discuss the level of Development Charges to be levied on new land developments.  The agenda and reports can be found here.

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

1) Bob Boughner, Chair, Windsor Essex Care for Kids regarding a request for a Noise By-Law Exemption Request for the Windsor-Essex Care for Kids Foundation (W.E. Care for Kids) event on Friday, August 16.
a. Town of LaSalle dated June 19, 2019 Re: Support of a New Regional Hospital for Windsor-Essex County.  LaSalle Council has resolved to support the proposed Regional Hospital at its recommended location.
b. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated June 21, 2019 Re: Funding from National Disaster Mitigation Program.  Minister Steve Clark advises that Tecumseh has been successful in its application for funding under the program in the amount of $180,000 towards the Oldcastle Storm Drainage Master Plan.
c. Ministry of the Solicitor General dated June 25, 2019 Re: Compliancy with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).  The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) has reviewed the documentation submitted by the Fire Chief and has determined that the Town is compliant with the EMCPA in 2018.
d. Township of Warwick dated June 26, 2019 Re: Enforcement for Safety on Family Farms.  Warwick requests that the Province investigate a stronger
enforcement of existing laws - or new legislation - to ensure the safety of Ontario’s farm families, employees and animals from protesters or activists.
e. Storm Drainage Master Plan dated July 5, 2019 Re: Notice of Study of Completion.  The Town of Tecumseh reports that the Storm Drainage Master Plan draft report is complete, which recommends the following:
• Replace the existing Lesperance Road Pump Station with an upgraded facility;
• Expand the existing West St. Louis Pump Station;
• Decommission the St. Mark’s Pump Station and replace the existing Scully Pump Station with an upgraded facility for the consolidated Scully/St. Mark’s
service area;
• Replace the existing PJ Cecile Pump Station with an upgraded facility; and
• New storm pump station along Southwind Crescent.
• Construct a surface storage facility within the “Tecumseh Soccer Fields” adjacent to École Secondaire L'Essor;
• Construct a surface storage facility within Buster Reaume Park; and
• Construct an underground/surface storage facility within Tecumseh Centre Park.
Administration is recommending adoption and integration of the Strategic Priorities adopted by Town Council into the Town's operations going forward.  They are: 1) SmartGrowth, Make the Town of Tecumseh an even better place to live, work and invest through a shared vision for our residents and new comers; 2) Sustainable Infrastructure, Ensure that Tecumseh’s current and future growth is built upon the principles of sustainability and strategic decision making; 3) Community Health and Wellness, Integrate the principles of health and wellness into all of Tecumseh’s plans and priorities; 4) Continuous Improvement, Steward the Town’s “continuous improvement” approach to municipal service delivery to residents and businesses; 5) Leadership and Good
Governance, Demonstrate the Town’s leadership role in the community by promoting good governance and community engagement, by bringing together
organizations serving the Town and the region to pursue common goals.
Council consultation September 10, 2019
Public engagement September 12-30, 2019
Table proposed business plan and budget November 12, 2019
Council deliberations November 19, 2019
Council consideration and adoption December 10, 2019
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June 24th and 25th Meetings

This week, Town Council will meet on two nights, Monday and Tuesday.

Monday will begin with a meeting regarding the proposed Tecumseh Sportsplex at 6pm.  The agenda can be found here.

Delegations include Craig Goodman, Principal and Sebastian Spataro, Senior Associate CS&P Architects Inc.,and Jo-Anne Neilson of the Tecumseh Pickleball Association.

The original Multi-Use Sportsplex Feasibility Study and Business Plan can be found here.  Without grant support, the project was expected to be $12.5 million and with grant support, the project cost was expected to be $3.6 million.  The total cost was expected to be $22 million

On May 23rd, 2017, the cost estimate was changed to $24.75 million.  It was expected that the capital contribution from Town taxes would range from $6.6 million with 2/3rds grant funding to $19.8 million (if no grant funding was secured).  The report can be found on page 102 here.

In January 2019, Council received a rendering of a proposed design concept.  Being received tonight is a costing of that concept.  It is $60.4 million.  Additional options featuring facility deletions are $54.05 million (reduction in architectural features), $49.65 million (reduction in program space) and $42.65 million (eliminations of the gymnasium and renovations to the existing arena)

This translates to a 1.87% tax increase to pay for the most recent concept, and 1.43%, 1.13% and 0.66% respectively for the additional options.

On Tuesday, Town Council begins at 4:30pm with a Public Council Meeting regarding the Storm Water Drainage Master Plan.  The agenda can be found here.  The presentation can be found here.  Recommended projects are:

Pump Station Improvements
• Upgrade and replace the existing Lesperance Road pump station with a new pump station and outlet;
• Expand the West St. Louis pump station;
• Upgrade and replace the St. Mark’s and Scully pump stations with a new consolidated pump station at the existing Scully pump station site;
• Upgrade and replace the existing PJ Ceceile pump station with a new pump station and outlet;
• Construct a new storm pump station on Southwind Crescent.

Underground/Aboveground Storage
• Incorporate surface storage within the “Tecumseh Soccer Fields” owned by École Secondaire L'Essor;
• Incorporate surface storage within Buster Reaume Park; and
• Incorporate underground/surface storage behind the Tecumseh Town Hall property

New or upgraded trunk sewers identified for various areas.  Total cost of implementation is $106 million.

The Court of Revision meets at 5:30pm to consider appeals to the assessment of drainage costs from benefitting property owners.  The agenda can be found here.

At 6pm there will be a public meeting to consider feedback regarding the proposal of a 97-unit apartment building at 11870 Tecumseh Road.  The agenda can be found here.  The property is currently zoned as General Commercial which includes apartment buildings as compatible developments, but which requires approval of a site-specific designation called “General Commercial Zone (C3-15)”.  The meeting agenda can be found here.

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

Delegations include:
a. Local Government Week Contest Winners:  Flag Contest, Emerson Forrest, Poetry Contest 1st Place, Isabella Larking, and Poetry Contest 2nd Place, Raeanne Laporte
b. Senior of the Year:  Rita Ossington, Award Recipient
c. Cynthia Swift, CPA, CA, Partner Audit/Enterprise, KPMG, regarding Audit Findings Report for the Year Ended December 31, 2018
d. Donna Desantis, regarding the Women on Fire Event
e. Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services regarding the 2019 Wege Small Cities Sustainability Best Practices Award Winner for Lakewood Park and Stormwater System Improvements
f. Arlene Deschamps Re: Regional Hospital Proposed Location
a. Town of Lakeshore dated May 10, 2019 Re: Support of Resolution Regarding Libro Community Credit Union Woodslee Branch.  Lakeshore is seeking municipal support for maintaining a full service Libro Credit Union branch in Woodslee.
b. City of Markham dated May 24, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Markham has resolved to oppose Bill 108 in its current form while supporting various components of the legislation.
f.  Town of Arnprior dated May 29, 2019 Re: Bill 108. More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Arnprior has resolved to oppose Bill 108 in its current form.
g. Town of Orangeville dated May 29, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Orangeville has resolved to oppose Bill 108 in its current form.
h. City of Guelph dated May 31, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Guelph has resolved to oppose Bill 108 in its current form.
i.  Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated June 7, 2019  Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Minister Clark advises of the initiation of municipal consultation regarding Community Benefits charges that are recoverable to the municipality.
j. Ministry of the Solicitor General dated May 31, 2019  Re: Emergency Response Assistance to First Nations - Request for Host Community.  Municipalities across Ontario are being requested to act as host communities for the Pikangikum First Nation resulting from their evacuation due to ongoing forest fires.
k. Town of Georgina dated June 5, 2019 Re: Reducing Litter and Waste.  Georgina has resolved to petition the province to implement a deposit/return program for all single use plastic, aluminum and metal drink containers.
l. Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks dated June 7, 2019 Re: Ontario Appoints Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste.  The Province has appointed Mr. David Lindsay to this post.
m. Municipality of South Huron dated June 12, 2019 Re: 2019 Ontario Good Roads Association Combined Conference Resolution.  South Huron requests the return of the joint OGRA/ROMA conference rather than the operating of two separate and distinct conference events.
n. City of Windsor dated June 17, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application for Various Properties.  Windsor advises of planning applications for several properties in the City core - 3203 Peter Street to permit a multi-residential unit; 1534 Howard Avenue to allow a multi-unit residential dwelling; 1699 Northway to permit a Day Care Centre and 955 Ouellette to permit a 32-unit housing unit.
o. City of St. Catharines dated June 19, 2019 Re: Resolution - Free Menstrual Products at City Facilities.  St. Catharines has resolved to offer free menstrual products at its facilities.
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