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

September 24th Meeting

This week at Tecumseh Town Council, we begin at 7pm following an In Camera meeting.  The agenda can be found here.

1. Town of LaSalle dated August 26, 2019 Re: Notice of First Sitting of the Court of Revision for the Repair and Improvements to the 3rd Concession Drain.  LaSalle is hosting a meeting of the Court of Revision for the 3rd Concession Drain which includes some properties within Tecumseh on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at LaSalle Town Hall, 5950 Malden.  Affected residents received notification.
2. Township of Larder Lake dated August 27, 2019 Re: Requesting that the Ministers and the Premier offer electronic delegations to small and rural Municipalities that do not have sufficient budget to attend conferences.  Larder Lake is requesting that meetings with the Premier and Ministers be available through electronic means to help reduce the cost of travel for those municipalities that are in remote areas.
3. Township of Zorra dated September 4, 2019 Re: Continuation of the Programs of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.  Zorra supports continuation of the programs of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, both mandatory and non‐mandatory, and that no programs of the UTRCA or of the other Conservation Authorities in Ontario be “wound down” at this time.
4. Town of Lakeshore dated September 4, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting.  Lakeshore is hosting a Public Meeting regarding a rezoning for the Tecumseh Golf property wherein a site-specific mixed use zone and relief from multiple zoning provisions, including building setbacks, height, parking, gross floor area, building separations, minimum lot area/ frontage, lot coverage, landscaping etc. is being requested.  
5. City of Kitchener dated September 5, 2019 Re: Council Resolution regarding single-use disposable wipes.  Kitchener is requesting national regulations related to consumer packaging on single-use wipes to remove the word flushable (as they are not actually flushable in any beneficial manner).
6. Municipality of Hastings Highlands dated September 12, 2019 Re: Mandatory Septic System Reports.  Hastings Highlands is requesting a septic re-inspection program that generates reports including requirements such as a visual inspection by the operator on type of system, time, date, location, and noticeable system problems to reduce to ongoing requirements for creating new reports.
 
1. Waste Reduction Week in Canada dated September 11, 2019.  Administration recommends that October 21-27, 2019 be proclaimed as “Waste Reduction Week” in the Town of Tecumseh.
2. Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Fall Policy Forum, October 24-25, 2019 dated September 12, 2019.  Administration recommends that the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to attend the AMO Fall Policy Forum in London, Ontario from October 24 to 25, 2019, subject to the Town’s Travel and Professional Development Policies, as well as funding in the 2019 Budget.
3. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated September 12, 2019.  Administration recommends that the September 9, 2019 resolution passed by the Council of Chatham-Kent expressing strong support for Legal Aid Ontario and its funding of Ontario’s community legal clinics, which provide legal services to low income and vulnerable Ontarians, be supported.
4. Town of Newmarket dated September 17, 2019.  Re: More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 - Bill 108 proposed Regulations.  Administration recommends that the September 9, 2019 resolution passed by the Council of Newmarket requesting the Province release final drafts of the regulations associated with Bill 108 with a consultation period of no less than three months be supported.
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September 10th Meeting

#Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a Public Meeting for a redevelopment proposal of the former Victoria School.  

Public comment will be received regarding the proposal to build residential condominium development on a parcel of land located at 12433 Dillon Drive.  The application for the proposed Official Plan amendment is requesting a redesignation of the parcel of land from "Community Facility" to "Residential" to accommodate the proposed development.

The associated proposed Zoning By-law amendment is requesting to change the zoning from "Community Facility Zone" and "Residential Zone 1 (R1)" to a site specific "Residential Zone 3 (R3-16)". The proposed R3-16 zone would permit the proposed residential uses and establish various site specific zone provisions.  In addition, the proposed rezoning would add a definition for the term "stacked townhouse dwelling unit" to the definitions section of Tecumseh Zoning By-law 1746.

The developer and several area residents will also be attending as delegations to the meeting.

The reports and comments submitted can be found here.

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

Tom Kitsos, Director Financial Services & Chief Financial Officer, will speak as a delegation regarding the 2020 Pre Budget Council Consultation.  Administration is projecting a 3.14% increase to the municipal levy for 2020 based on status quo financial planning.
Town Council will consider receiving the following communications:
1. Norfolk County Letter dated August 13, 2019  Re: Request for Provincial Response to Address Leaking Gas Wells.  Norfolk County is soliciting provincial funding to help address leaking gas wells to offset costs incurred municipally.
2. Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury dated August 14, 2019 Re: The Never Forgotten National Memorial.  Bradford-West Gwillimbury advises of their support for the memorial to develop commemorative programming, exhibits and monuments at a site on Cape Breton Island as a place of remembrance and thanks for those brave individuals who lost their lives far from home;.
3. Public Notice dated August 22, 2019.  Re: Notice of Intention to Remove Holding "H" Zone Symbol.  This is notification for the Harbour Club development at the former Pud's Place Marina.  An "H" holding zone is applied to approved zoning changes until conditions are met to remove.
4. Township of McKellar dated July 16, 2019 Re: Municipal Amalgamation. McKellar is petitioning the Province to not pursue additional municipal amalgamations.
10. Town of Kingsville dated August 23, 2019 Re: Town of Kingsville support of Town of Halton Hills’ Resolution regarding Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities.  Kingsville endorses a Halton Hills proposal to implement a deposit/return program for all single use plastic, aluminum and metal drink containers and further, that the Province review current producer requirements and look for extended producer responsibility for all packaging.
11. Mayor Gary McNamara dated August 26, 2019 Re: Letter to Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long Term Care regarding Mega Hospital.  Mayor McNamara reiterates support for the proposed regional hospital on behalf of Town Council.
12. Mayor Gary McNamara dated August 21, 2019.  Re: Letter of appreciation to Minister Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, regarding announcement of widening Provincial Highway No. 3.  Mayor McNamara thanks the Province for committing to the long-delayed investment in widening Highway 3.
13. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated September 4, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Minister Steve Clark provides an update regarding implementation of the Bill and various associated regulations including allowance for Additional Residential Units in single detached family homes.
14. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated September 5, 2019 Re: Upper Little River Watershed Master Drainage and Stormwater Management Plan.  ERCA has been revising the previously completed Plan for drainage in the area near the Little River and advises of its intent to file a notice of completion in the fall.
Pre-approval of participation by members of Town Council in the following conferences is recommended.  AMO AGM & Annual
Conference, August 16 - 19, 2020 Ottawa, ON; FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show, June 4 - 7, 2020 Toronto, ON; Festivals and Events Ontario Conference, February 25 - 27, 2020 Richmond Hill, ON; Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiatives Annual Meeting and Conference
To be determined. Quebec City, QC; OGRA Annual Conference February 23 - 26, 2020 Toronto, ON; OSUM Conference and Trade Show, To be determined; ROMA Annual Conference, January 18 - 21, 2020 Toronto, ON.
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