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

February 25th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm with a Public Meeting discussing the new Official Plan.

Among the proposed changes are:

  • Regulations for cannabis production facilities
  • Conversion of "Hamlet Development" designation to "Future Development"
  • Segregation of commercial policies between Main Street areas and the broader community.
  • Mandatory residential intensification, to 15% of development, in accordance with provincial policy.
  • Consistency with the Ontario Provincial Policy Statement.
  • Incorporation of Transportation Master Plan and past discussion papers into the Official Plan.

A PowerPoint presentation will be shown at the meeting with the draft document available at the March 10th meeting of Tecumseh Council.

Regular business begins at 7pm.

Communications - For Information includes:
1. County of Essex Letter dated January 17, 2020 Re: Notice of Decision with respect to Official Plan Amendment No. 13 - Town of Lakeshore.  Essex County has approved the Amy Croft Secondary Plan prepared by the Town of Lakeshore
2. Prince Edward County Letter dated February 10, 2020 Re: Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.  Prince Edward County appears to support the intent of Bill 156 without supporting the bill itself.  Tecumseh Council supported the bill at its last meeting.
3. Municipality of Southwest Middlesex Letter dated February 13, 2020 Re: Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.  Southwest Middlesex supports the intent of Bill 156 and requests additional enhancements for grain farm operations.
4. Township of Madoc Letter dated February 11, 2020 Re: Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.  Madoc strongly supports Bill 156.
5. Town of Kingsville Letter dated February 12, 2020 Re: Conservation Authority Levies.  Kingsville requests additional, stable funding for the Essex Region Conservation Authority and supports maintaining the present day core mandate of conservation authorities.
6. Township of Madoc Letter dated February 19, 2020 Re: Conservation Authorities Levies.  Madoc supports the Township of Spingwater's request for a review of Conservation Authority levies.
7. Northumberland County dated February 19, 2020 Re: Conservation Authorities Levies.  Northumberland County supports the Township of Springwater's request for a review of Conservation Authority levies.
8. Office of the Solicitor General Letter dated February 12, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Minister Sylvia Jones acknowledges the Town's request to address 911 misdials.
9. City of Belleville Letter dated January 16, 2020.  Re: 911 Misdials.  Belleville has received Tecumseh's request for support regarding 911 misdials but elected to take no action.
10. Town of Lakeshore Letter dated January 17, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Lakeshore supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
11. Township of North Kawartha Letter dated January 20, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  North Kawartha supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
12. Township of Champlain Letter dated January 24, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Champlain supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
13. Township of Schreiber Letter dated January 28, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Schreiber supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
14. Town of Espanola Letter dated February 3, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Espanola supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
15. Township of Addington Hills Letter dated February 7, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Addington Hills supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
16. Township of Madoc Letter dated February 19, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Madoc supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regardin 911 misdials.

Communications - Action Required
1. Town of Lakeshore Letter dated January 30, 2020.  Re: Police Services Board.  Administration recommends that the request of the Town of Lakeshore to create two police services board (north and south) instead of a single board be forwarded to the Tecumseh Police Services Board.

Reports
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-06 Minimum Maintenance Standards for Roads.  Administration recommends adoption of a By-law for Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways, be adopted, as appended to the Agenda for the February 25, 2020 meeting of Council.

2. Planning and Building Services
a. PBS-2020-07 Site Plan Control, Lily Jean Daniher, 5355 Manning Road.  Daniher Topsoil is adding a topsoil bagging facility on site together with associated stormwater works.  Approval of the Site Plan for the property is being recommended.

b. PBS-2020-08 2019 Year End Building Permit Report.  Administration advises that in 2019, $58,589,778 worth of construction activity was undertaken, which is up by $21,866,511 over 2018.  Conversely, there was a decline of 27% in total permits due to reduced residential construction activity.

3. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2020-10 Highway 3 - County Road 11 Watermain Replacement Project.  Administration recommends signing an agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to allow reconstruction of the Town's watermain in the Highway 3 right-of-way, and to award the tender for the Highway 3/County Road 11 Watermain Replacement Project in the amount of $1,390,658, excluding HST, to Shearock Construction Group Inc. 

b. PWES-2020-12 Annual Summary Report for the Year 2019 - Town of Tecumseh Distribution System (260004969).  The Town is required to publish its water quality reports on an annual basis demonstrating compliance testing and work undertaken in the system.  Reports are circulated to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

c. PWES-2020-13 Tecumseh Distribution System Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks 2019 Inspection Report.  The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks inspected Tecumseh's water distribution system on January 30, 2020.  The system obtained 100% compliance.

d. PWES-2020-14 Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 10.  Administration submits the Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 10 for endorsement and commitment.  It has been updated to reflect changes in legislation, changes to Town personnel, interal Management Review Committee recommendations and the Town’s administrative and/or policy changes.

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

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February 11th Meeting

This week, City Council begins at 5pm with a public meeting regarding a proposed development at Lesperance Road and County Road 42.
The meeting is to receive comments on the revised Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendment applications for the 0.66 hectare (1.63 acre) parcel of land located on the northeast corner of the County Road 42 and Lesperance Road intersection. The subject property is currently designated “Neighbourhood Commercial” in the Sandwich South Official Plan. The revised Official Plan amendment application proposes to redesignate the subject property to a “Medium Density Residential” designation with a site-specific policy that would allow for the construction of a residential development consisting of four six-unit, three-storey multi-unit dwellings, for a total of 24 dwelling units. The purpose of the associated Zoning By-law amendment was to change the zoning pertaining to the subject property from “General Commercial Zone (C1)” to a site-specific “Residential Zone 2 (R2)” to permit the proposed residential uses and establish site-specific zone provisions, such as minimum yard depths and height.

This second public meeting is to review the revised proposal and to summarize how issues identified at the first public meeting are proposed to be addressed.

At 6pm the first Court of Revision begins.  The meeting is to hear from any affected owner who wishes to appeal his/her assessment or any part thereof as set out in the Hurley Relief Branch Drain and Upper Part of Hurley Relief Drain Drainage Report, prepared by Mr. Gerard Rood P. Eng., of Rood Engineering Inc., dated November 20, 2019.

At 6:30pm the second Court of Revision begins.  The meeting is to hear from any affected owner who wishes to appeal his/her assessment or any part thereof as set out in the West Branch of the East Branch Delisle Drain Drainage Report, prepared by Mr. Gerard Rood, P. Eng., of Rood Engineering Inc., dated November 18, 2019.  

At 7pm the Delegations begin and include Joe Barile, General Manager, and Kris Taylor, Director Corporate Strategy, Essex Power Corp Re: Essex Power Youth in Community Fund and e: E- Billing and Digital Transformation.  We are also welcoming Curtis Brown, Probe Research Inc. Re: Findings of Customer Satisfaction Survey

 

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