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

May 25th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a meeting of the Policies and Priorities Committee.  (There will be an in camera meeting for members of Council at 4:30pm).  The agenda can be found here.

Reports include:

CS-2021-07 Urban Hens Licensing Pilot Program Interim Update.  Administration is recommending revisions to the enforcement of the Urban Hens program for the remainder of the pilot program duration.  Amendments would include authorization to enter onto property to inspect, issue orders to comply, authorize removal of hens and/or coop and run and to recover any costs incurred; and enhanced wording for the Seizure and Impoundment provisions of the Terms and Conditions to clearly outline costs incurred by the Town can be charged back to the Owner. 

PRS-2021-06 Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy.  Administration is recommending housekeeping revisions to the Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy to ensure consistency with revisions to the Liquor Licence Act.

PRS-2021-07 Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball Club Operations Policy.  Administration is recommending a new racquet sports court policy for the management of the courts for both public and club users. The Policy establishes criteria for what defines a tennis or pickleball club while outlining the application process for an organization to receive club designation along with the requirement for a formal agreement. The Policy outlines the responsibilities of the Town, such as providing basic recreation level services of all courts and the scheduling of courts for club and public use, as well as the responsibilities of the Club, such as submitting a written request annual for use of the courts as well as promoting the sport of tennis and/or pickleball.

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

Delegations include from the Greater Essex County District School Board, Manager of Facility, Giuliana Hinchiffe, and Amico, Cindy Prince Re: North Shore Public School

Communications - For Information
1. Town of Perth dated April 30, 2021 Re: Provincial Hospital Funding of Major Capital Equipment.  The Mayor of Perth requests that the Province be financially responsible for the replacement costs associated with all major capital equipment in hospitals or to develop a legislative framework as to how counties and municipalities should best address the financial shortfalls facing hospitals throughout Ontario, specifically the funding of major capital equipment.

2. Town of the Blue Mountains date May 12, 2021 Re: Provincial Re-opening Strategy and Frontline Business Experience.  The Mayor of Blue Mountains requests more clarity with respect to the metrics for reopening of the economy from under COVID-19 restrictions.

3. Township of Matachewan dated May 7, 2021 Re: Closure of MeeQuam Youth Residence in Cochrane.  Matachewan is requesting that the Province of Ontario reverse their decision on the closure of Youth Justice Facilities in Northeastern communities. 

4. Town of Plympton-Wyoming dated May 14, 2021 Re: Withdraw Prohibition on Golfing and other Outdoor Recreational Activities.  Plympton-Wyoming requests that the Province of Ontario withdraw its prohibition on golfing and any other outdoor recreational activities.

5. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated May 12, 2021 Re: Withdraw Prohibition on Golfing and other Outdoor Recreational Activities.  Chatham-Kent requests that the Province of Ontario withdraw its prohibition on golfing and any other outdoor recreational activities.

6. City of Barrie dated April 30, 2021 Re: National 3-Digit Suicide and Crisis Hotline.  Barrie endorses this 988 crisis line initiative.

7. Township of Burpee and Mills dated May 11, 2021 Re: National 3-Digit Suicide and Crisis Prevention Hotline.  Burpee and Mills endorses this 988 crisis line initiative.

8. Town of Aurora dated May 6, 2021 Re: National 3-Digit Suicide and Crisis Prevention Hotline.  Aurora endorses this 988 crisis line initiative.

9. Municipality of Grey Highlands dated May 7, 2021 Re: National 3-Digit Suicide and Crisis Hotline.  Grey Highlands endorses this 988 crisis line initiative.

10. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated May 10, 2021 Re: Time for Change, Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Chatham-Kent requests that the Province review the MFIPPA and consider recommendations as follows:

  1. That MFIPPA assign the Municipal Clerk, or designate to be the Head under the Act;
  2. That MFIPPA be updated to address current and emerging technologies;
  3. That MFIPPA regulate the need for consistent routine disclosure practices across institutions;
  4. That the threshold for frivolous and/or vexatious actions be reviewed, and take into consideration the community and available resources in which it is applied;
  5. That the threshold for frivolous and/or vexatious also consider the anonymity of requesters, their abusive nature and language in requests to ensure protection from harassment as provided for in Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  6. That the application and scalability of fees be designed to ensure taxpayers are protected from persons abusing the access to information process;
  7. That administrative practices implied or required under the Act, including those of the IPC, be reviewed and modernized;
  8. That the integrity of the Act be maintained to protect personal privacy and transparent governments.

11. The Municipality of West Elgin dated May 18, 2021 Re: Phragmites.  West Elgin requests that:

  • The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) map, treat, monitor, and eradicate re-growth of invasive Phragmites annually on all Provincial highways, including areas beyond the road allowances, where Phragmites cells extend;
  • The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) communicates that strategy on mapping (detecting sites) and controlling invasive Phragmites on provincial highways, the specific highway management plans and results by each MTO region and each highway in the region and work in coordination with the Municipality of West Elgin;
  • That the Province of Ontario designate Phragmites australis as a noxious weed under the Noxious Weed Act; and in collaboration with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, the Ontario Phragmites Working Group, and Ontario Municipalities, carry out a public education campaign regarding best practices in eradicating Phragmites; and if possible, develop a system of grants to support the uptake of these best practices by citizens.

12. Township of Georgian Bay dated May 10, 2021 Re: Road Management Action on Invasive Phragmites.  Georgian Bay requests same as above.

13. Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks dated May 13, 20201 Re: Consultation on the Conservation Authorities Act.  The Ministry advises that there is an opportunity to participate in a webinar with ministry staff from the Conservation and Source Protection Branch to provide input on the regulatory proposals. Staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will also be present to discuss aspects of the proposal that relate to that ministry’s natural hazard responsibilities.  The dates are May 27, 2021 (10:30am-12pm) and June 1, 2021 (2:00-3:30pm).

14. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated May 12, 2021 Re: Cannabis Licensing and Enforcement.  Chatham-Kent requests that Health Canada:

  1. Require Federal Licenses and Registrations for Designated Growers to conform with local zoning and control by-laws;
  2. Ensure local authorities are provided with notification of any licence issuance, amendment, suspension, reinstatement or revocation within their region;
  3. Provide dedicated communication with local governments and Police services;
  4. Provide lawful authority to Police agencies to lay charges when registered or licences operations grow in excess of their registration or licence through Health Canada; and,
  5. Provide enforcement support and guidance to local municipalities for dealing· with land use complaints relating to Cannabis.

15. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated May 12, 2021 Re: Exempt Carbon Tax on all Primary Agriculture Producers.  Chatham-Kent requests that the Carbon Tax be exempted on all Primary Agriculture Producers and that the exemption extend to the transportation system for all trucking across Canada.

16. Town of Essex dated May 5, 2021 Re: Lottery Licensing to Assist Small Organizations.  Essex supports implementing an additional level of licensing which would permit small organizations to hold fundraisers as a method of sustaining our community and organizations;

17. Township of McKellar dated May 11, 2021 Re: Tax Breaks on 2020 Canada Emergency Response Benefit Payments.  McKellar requests that CERB recipients be given a tax break for 2020, or give them a tax credit for 2021.

18. Township of Brock dated May 19, 2021 Re: Durham Dead-End Road Kids.  Brock requests

  1. Exceptions to allow 3-point turns or backing up where necessary, to provide safer service to dead-end and private road kids, that policies be amended to reflect; and when not possible,
  2. Exceptions to allow indemnification agreements to access private land for bus turnarounds to keep bus stops safer and closer to prescribed 800m distance; and when not possible,
  3. “Bus Stop Ahead” warning signage be required to notify oncoming traffic, prior to STS moving common stops to main roadway and,
  4. STS be comprised of solutions like mini-buses, vans, taxis or public transit worked into funding formulas so that it does not negatively impact STS funding stats; and,
  5. Kid Key Performance Indicator (KPI) be included for Ministry “Effectiveness & Efficiency Follow Up Reviews”, establishing benchmarks for responsive problem solving for kids & parents’ busing concerns, and that this be an STS factor to receive funding; and,
  6. That the Province provide a “Parent Portal” for ongoing busing feedback of their STS, so families and kids can review/provide comments, especially during Ministry STS reviews and revisions to funding; and,
  7. That the Province have GPS tracking software to notify parents when children picked up/dropped off.

19. Town of Cochrane dated May 19, 2021 Re: Reopening of Greenwater Provincial Park.  Cochrane requests that the Province reopen Greenwater Provincial Park whose operations were closed in 2013.

Reports
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2021-08 Tecumseh Police Services Board Response to Proposed Community Safety and Policing Act Regulations.  The Chair of the Police Services Board has provided comments with respect to the development of regulations under the CSPA and Administration is seeking concurrence from Council in order to send as a formal submission.
b. CAO-2021-09 Essex County Detachment Board Composition.  Administration is recommending adoption of a two-board model that would establish two new Police Services Boards that divide up Essex County based on proximity and geography instead of a single police services board.

2. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2021-24 Financial Incentive Program Grant Application - Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan - 11865 Tecumseh Road (1912909 Ontario Inc.) - Parking Lot Improvement Grant Program.  11865 Tecumseh Road (former Magic Carpet Travel) is requesting a Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Parking Area Improvement Grant in the amount of $10,000; and Planning Application and Permit Fee Grant Program in the amount of $1,680.
b. PBS-2021-25 Financial Incentive Program Grant Application - Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan - Kona Sushi Inc. - 11977 Tecumseh Road - Planning, Design and Architectural Grant Program.  The property at 11977 Tecumseh Road (former Tecumseh Submarine) is requesting a Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Planning, Design and Architectural Grant in the amount of $3,000 in relation to the preparation of drawings for the building façade and parking area improvements
c. PBS-2021-26 Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, GECDSB School, 13800-13814 Tecumseh Rd., Scheduling Public Meeting.  Administration recommends scheduling of a virtual/electronic public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., in accordance with the Planning Act for applications submitted by the Greater Essex County District School Board for the eastern 0.6 hectare (1.48 acre) portion (13810 and 13814 Tecumseh Road) of a 2.33 hectare (5.75 acre) parcel of land (13800, 13810 and 13814 Tecumseh Road) situated on the north side of Tecumseh Road, approximately 60 metres (200 feet) west of its intersection with Arlington Boulevard, to amend the Tecumseh Official Plan and St. Clair Beach Zoning By-law 2065 by:

i) Re-designating it from “Residential” to “Community Facility”; and

ii) Rezoning it from “Residential Type Two Zone (R2)” to “Institutional Zone (I)” in order to facilitate an enlarged site for the proposed New North Shore Elementary School

d. PBS-2021-27 Tecumseh New Official Plan, Proposed County of Essex Modifications to Council Adopted Official Plan.  Administration is recommending that changes to the Council-approved Tecumseh Official Plan put forward by Essex County be endorsed.  There are fifteen changes, which fall under the following categories:

  1. Additional Residential Units (ARUs)
  2. Water Resources and Hazard Lands Policies
  3. Indigenous Consultation
  4. Other Minor Modifications

3. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2021-23 Request to Levy 2020 Municipal Drain Maintenance Costs.  Administration is recommending that municipal drain maintenance costs incurred in 2020 be levied to the benefitting property owners.
b. PWES 2021-26 South Talbot East Drain and 12th Line Drain - Appointment of Drainage Engineer.  Dobbin Engineering Inc. is recommended to be appointed drainage engineer to make an examination of the South Talbot East Drain and 12th Line Drain drainage area as submitted by the landowner in the “Notice of Request for Drainage Improvement” dated April 16, 2021;
c. PWES-2021-27 McLean Hergott Drain –Appointment of Drainage Engineer.  Rood Engineering Inc. is recommended to be appointed drainage engineer to make an examination of the McLean Hergott Drain drainage area as submitted by the Drainage Superintendent on behalf of the Town of Tecumseh Water Division in the “Notice of Request for Drainage Improvement” dated February 10, 2021.

By-Laws to be considered:

  1. By-Law 2021-38: A By-law to amend drainage assessments estimated in engineer reports based on actual costs incurred for the constructing of various drains.
  2. By-Law 2021-39:  A by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and 1230839 Ontario Limited.  (Brouillette Manor)
  3. By-Law 2021-14:  A bylaw to provide for the repair and improvements to the Curtis Drain
  4. By-Law 2021-15: A bylaw to provide for the repair and improvements to the Dawson Drain

For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]

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May 11th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Council begins at 5:45pm with a presentation from Invest Windsor-Essex (the former Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation).  Stephen MacKenzie and Joe Goncalves of the organization are presenting regarding the We Can Green campaign aiming to encourage a transition to electric vehicles and supporting technology in local industry.  The presentation can be found here.

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

Communications - For Information includes:
1. Town of South Bruce Peninsula dated April 23, 2021 Re: Lottery Licensing.  South Bruce Peninsula requests that the Province implement an additional level of licensing which would permit small organizations to hold fundraisers as a method of sustaining our community and organizations.

2. City of Cambridge dated April 1, 2021 Re: Request for Paid Sick Leave.  Cambridge requests that Ontario employers provide no less than five paid sick days annually to workers —after three months of employment — by amending the Employment Standards Act, 2000, or through a different mechanism and to provide necessary funding, fiscal relief and/or support to employers so that all workers in Ontario have access to no less than 10 paid sick days annually in the event of a declared infectious disease emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure all Ontario workers have access to protected and paid emergency leave so care can be provided to children, parents, and/or other family members who may become ill and that all workers may receive paid time off to enable them to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine.

3. Town of Shelburne dated April 27, 2021 Re: Request for Paid Sick Leave.  The Mayor of Shelburne requests that Ontario create a paid sick day policy that must ensure accessible and timely supports to allow workers to stay home when they are sick, get tested, self-isolate and follow all necessary COVID-19 control measures without fear of income-loss and financial hardship. 

4. LEA Consulting Inc. dated April 28, 2021 Re: Notice of Study - Detail Design Services for the Rehabilitation of the Highway 401, Lakeshore Road 103 Underpass and Concession Road 8 Underpass.  Lea Consulting advises that it will be assisting with the detailed design of the project and provides contact information for inquiries.

5. Township of Scugog dated April 28, 2021 Re: Bus Stops at Dead End Roads.  Scugog requests a series of measures that will restore school bus service to residential dead-end roads that school bus providers are advising that they will no longer serve.

6. Town of Tecumseh dated April 29, 2021 Re: Notice of Intention to Remove Holding "H" Zone Symbol.  It is proposed that the HOLDING “H” ZONE SYMBOL affecting a 1.2 hectare portion of a 1.9 hectare parcel of land located between Brouillette Court and County Road 22, approximately 100 metres west of Shawnee Road - 11900 Brouillette Court be removed to facilitate the redevelopment of Brouilliette Manor with a new 96-unit, long-term care facility.

7. Windsor International Airport dated April 26, 2021 Re: NAV Canada Aeronautical Study at Windsor International Airport.  NAV Canada has made the decision to maintain air traffic control service at Windsor International Airport.

8. Town of Amherstburg dated May 3, 2021 Re: Regional Food and Organic Waste Management Program.  Amherstburg supports the City of Windsor’s resolution regarding the Regional Food and Organics Waste Management Program.

9. Town of Amherstburg dated May 3, 2021 Re: Request for Funding for Tree Planting in Windsor-Essex County.  Amherstburg supports the City of Windsor’s resolution regarding their request for Funding for Tree Planting in Windsor-Essex County.

10. Town of Amherstburg dated May 3, 2021 Re: Planning Act Timelines.  Amherstburg requests that the Province of Ontario review and reconsider the current timelines established for review of Planning Act applications before an appeal is permitted to the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal and to return to the timelines that were in effect under Bill 139, the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017;

11. Municipality of Calvin dated May 4, 2021 Re: National Three-Digit Suicide and Crisis Hotline.  Calvin endorses the 988 crisis line initiative.

12. Municipality of Leamington dated May 5, 2021 Re: Advocacy for Reform Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Leamington requests a review of MFIPPA, and consider recommendations as follows:

  1. That MFIPPA assign the municipal clerk, or designate to be the Head under the Act;
  2. That MFIPPA be updated to address current and emerging technologies;
  3. That MFIPPA regulate the need for consistent routine disclosure practices acrossinstitutions;
  4. That the threshold for frivolous and/or vexatious actions be reviewed, and take into consideration the community and available resources in which it is applied;
  5. That the threshold for frivolous and/or vexatious also consider the anonymity of requesters, their abusive nature and language in requests to ensure protection from harassment as provided for in Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  6. That the application and scalability of fees be designed to ensure taxpayers are protected from persons abusing the access to information process;
  7. That administrative practices implied or required under MFIPPA, including those of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, be reviewed and modernized;
  8. That the integrity of MFIPPA be maintained to protect personal privacy and transparent governments.
13. Town of East Gwillimbury dated April 21, 2021 Re: Submissions of the Town of East Gwillimbury Health Canada Consultation on Guidance on Personal Production of Cannabis for Medical Purposes.  East Gwillimbury supports Health Canada’s draft “Guidance on personal production of cannabis for medical purposes”.

14. Municipality of Calvin dated April 27, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire.  Calvin requests that the Federal and Provincial Government includes apparatuses, training, equipment and structures for fire departmentsas eligible categories to any further infrastructure programs which will not only provide immediatestimulus to the local, provincial and federal economies given current economic uncertainty but also ensure thesafety of Canadians and dedicated firefighters.


Reports
1. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2021-20 Site Plan Control Agreement-1230839 Ontario Limited/Brouillette Manor Nursing Home - 11900 Brouillette Court.  Administration recommends adoption of a by-law authorizing the execution of the “1230839 Ontario Limited”/Brouillette Manor Long Term Care Home site plan control agreement, satisfactory in form to the Town’s Solicitor, which agreement facilitates the phased development of a new 5408 square metre (58,211 square foot), 96-bed long-term care facility, the demolition of the existing 1,935 square metre (20,828 square foot) 60-bed long-term care facility and the addition of new associated parking areas, landscaped areas and on-site services/workson the 1.92 hectare (4.74 acre) parcel of land located between Brouillette Court and County Road 22, approximately 100 metres (328 feet) west of Shawnee Road (11900 Brouillette Court).

b. PBS-2021-21 Site Plan Control Agreement - Demeter Developments Inc. - 11941 Tecumseh Road.  Administration recommends adoption of a by-law authorizing the execution of the “Demeter Developments Inc.” site plan control agreement, satisfactory in form to the Town’s Solicitor, which allows for the development of a four-storey apartment building consisting of 38 dwelling units and associated parking, landscaping and on-site services/works on a 0.43 hectare (1.06 acre) parcel of land situated on the south side of Tecumseh Road, approximately 80 metres west of its intersection with Shawnee Road (11941 Tecumseh Road).

c. PBS-2021-22 Financial Incentive Program Grant Application - Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan - Demeter Developments Inc. - 11941 Tecumseh Road - Development Charges Grant Program. Administration recommends that the Grant Application for the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Financial Incentive Program, for the property located at 11941 Tecumseh Road (Roll No. 374402000000700), be deemed eligible and approved for the Development Charges Grant Program in the amount of $100,000 in relation to the construction of a four-storey, 38-unit apartment building proposed for the subject property, and that the construction timeline requirement for the proposed development be extended from one year to two years, in accordance with Section 11.3 (5) of the CIP. 

d. PBS-2021-23 Financial Incentive Program Grant Application - Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan - Demeter Developments Inc. - 11941 Tecumseh Road.  Administration recommends that the Grant Application for the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Financial Incentive Program, for the property located at 11941 Tecumseh Road (Roll No. 374402000000700), be deemed eligible and approved for the Building and Property Improvement Grant Program, the amount of which will be determined based upon the incremental increase in the municipal portion of property tax that results from the works being completed in relation to the construction a four-storey, 38-unit apartment building proposed for the subject property, all of which is in accordance with Section 11.3 (5) of the CIP, and that the construction timeline requirement for the proposed development be extended from one year to two years, in accordance with Section 11.3 (5) of the CIP.

2. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2021-19 2020 Bridge and Culvert Needs Study.  Administration recommends that the 2020 Bridge & Culvert Needs Study (Structures with Spans >3.0m) be received; And that the recommendations contained within the 2020 Bridge & Culvert Needs Study (Structures with Spans > 3.0m) form the basis for prioritizing projects when completing the annual Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan.  Two structures were identified with deficiencies that should be addressed within the next one to five years: Structure No. 1028 – East Townline Drain at St. Thomas Street Bridge and Structure No. 1029 – East Townline Drain at Little River Road Bridge.

b. PWES-2021-22 Manning Road Pump Station, Fish Pond Inlet Erosion Repair - Tender Award.  Admininstration recommends that the low tender from SheaRock Construction Group Inc. in the amount of $129,790 plusHST, for the Manning Road Pump Station, Fish Pond Inlet Erosion Repair Tender, be approved.

c. PWES-2021-24 Larviciding for the 2021 West Nile Program.  Administration provides an information report surrounding the 2021 mosquito larviciding program that will be undertaken by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Motion

Paramedics Week Banner.  Councillor Rick Tonial has proposed accepting a request by Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services under the Town’s Banner Policy (Policy) for the placement of a banner on the Town’s polls on Tecumseh Road near the intersection of Southfield in recognition of ParamedicServices Week (May 23-29, 2021), to be funded by Essex Power.

For questions on these or other municipal matters, feel free to contact me at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]

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