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.

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July 14th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  The link to watch the meeting will be able to be found here.  The full agenda can be found here.

Delegations this week will include:
1. Joyce Zuk, Executive Director of Family Services Windsor-Essex and Elizabeth Strutt-MacLeod, Coordinator/Professor, School of Community Studies, St. Clair College Re: Proposed One-Year Pilot Project with Community Meditation Windsor Essex and Tecumseh

2. Bill Marra, Vice President External Affairs and Executive Director of Changing Lives Together Foundation, Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare
Re: Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehab Satellite Facility

Communications - For Information
1. Town of Lakeshore dated June 4, 2020 Re: Reconsideration of Permanent Closing of Local Newspapers.  Lakeshore supports the recent Tecumseh motion asking Postmedia to reconsider the elimination of local print news service.

2. Town of Amherstburg dated June 26, 2020  Re: Permanent Closure of Weekly Newspapers Owned by Postmedia Network Inc.  Amherstburg supports the recent Tecumseh motion asking Postmedia to reconsider the elimination of local print news service.

3. Township of Lake of Bays dated June 17, 2020 Re: Letter of Support for High Speed Internet Connectivity in Rural Ontario.  Lake of Bays supports senior government investment in broadband internet to support offering of the service to rural communities.

4. Municipality of Mississippi Mills dated June 19, 2020.  Re: Support for Rural Broadband.  Mississippi Mills supports senior government investment in broadband internet to support offering of the service to rural communities.

5. Municipality of West Elgin dated June 26, 2020 Re: Affordable Access to Broadband.  West Elgin supports senior government investment in broadband internet to support offering of private service to persons of all economic backgrounds.

6. Town of Renfrew dated June 23, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Pandemic affect on Economic Development, Employment and Small Business in Ontario.  Renfrew requests that the Provincial Government be encouraged to quickly process the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grants to assist in maintaining local economic activity.

7. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated July 7, 2020.  Re: COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act.  The Province advises of its intent to pass the noted Act which:

- Enables municipal councils and local boards to meet electronically on a permanent basis and allow municipal councils to decide if they wish to have proxy voting for their members.

- Finalizes the community benefits charges framework, which will for the first time allow for these charges to be used to develop new libraries.

- Enhances the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s existing zoning order authority to provide more certainty when fast tracking the development of transit oriented communities.

- Makes it faster to update and harmonize the Building Code

- Permanently establishes the office of the Provincial Land and Development Facilitator to help solve complex land use issues. 

8. City of Sarnia dated June 24, 2020 Re: Long Term Care Homes in Ontario.  Sarnia calls on the Province to implement the following:

1. increasing hours for all part-time and casual labour
2. inspect privately operated long term care homes to ensure they are being properly run, and that funds are being used for the benefit of the residents and not the huge profitability of the operators, and
3. to end the neglect and unacceptable conditions being experienced, each day, by our vulnerable seniors.

9. CARP Windsor Essex Chapter 7 dated June 24, 2020 Re: COVID-19 and Long Term Care Homes.  CARP requests the participation of their Ottawa Chapter on the pending provincial Independent Commission regarding Long Term Care.

10. Town of Amherstburg dated June 25, 2020 Re: Spread of COVID-19 in our Farm Worker Population.  Amherstburg advises of support for portions of a recent resolution by Essex Town Council regarding addressing issues in the migrant worker community.  However, Amherstburg did not endorse the Essex request to impose manadatory COVID-19 testing on workers.

11.  Town of Essex dated July 3, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Financial Relief for Municipalities.  Essex requests that MPP Taras Natyshak read aloud in the legislature a request that the Ontario Government to provide immediate relief and/or financial support in order to assist with the additional financial burdens that Municipalities all across Ontario have had to bear and will continue to bear as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

12. Town of Amherstburg dated June 26, 2020 Re: Universal Basic Income.  Amherstburg supports the City of Kitchener request to have the Provincial and Federal governments collaborate with respect to introducing a universal basic income program for all residents.

13. Municipality of West Elgin dated June 26, 2020 Re: Universal Basic Income.  West Elgin supports the Grey Highlands request to have the Provincial and Federal governments collaborate with respect to introducing a universal basic income program for all residents.

14. Township of Puslinch dated July 7, 2020 Re: Aggregate Resource Properties.  Puslinch calls upon the Province to work with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation to address the assessment issue so that aggregate resource properties are assessed for their industrial value.

15. Ontario Energy Board dated June 30, 2020 Re: Notice of Hearing and Procedural Order No. 1 - Enbridge Gas Inc. - Windsor Pipeline Replacement Project.  Essex County and Enbridge Gas are in a dispute regarding the construction of a 22.9 km segment of pipeline along County Road 46. The contested issues include the depth of cover of certain segments of the replacement pipeline and removal of certain segments of the existing pipeline in lieu of abandonment in place.  

16. County of Essex, dated June 24, 2020 Re: Notice of Decision regarding Official Plan Amendment No. 15 - 12300 County Road 42 - Bashi.  Essex County has approved to re-designate the subject 0.66 hectare (1.63 acre) parcel of land located on the northeast corner of the County Road 42/Lesperance intersection (12300 County Road 42) from “Neighbourhood Commercial” to “Medium Density Residential” and to introduce a new site-specific policy to facilitate the development of the lands for four, six-unit, three-storey dwellings and establish a total lot density of 36 units per hectare.

17. Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks dated July 8, 2020 Re: Environmental Assessment Modernization.  The Province advises of proposed updates to the Environmental Assessment process including the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, and invites comment.

Committee Minutes include: 
1. Town on Tecumseh Business Improvement Area - May 13, 2020 and June 10, 2020This item has attachments.

Reports include:
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2020-03 2019 Strategic Plan Report.  Administration supplies a comprehensive summary of the strategic efforts made by the Town over the 2019 calendar year.

b. CAO-2020-04 Town Hall Reopening.  Administration advises of the intent to reopen Town Hall for services.  From July 20 forward, Town Hall and Arena Customer Service areas are proposed to be reopened to the public for in-person, drop-in traffic during the hours of 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday while Town Hall is proposed to be opened to the Public for scheduled in-person appointments, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Limited in-person meetings in board rooms and offices would resume when safe physical distancing (2 metres) protocol can be observed.  On September 11, the Town would re-evaluate open hours for public in-person, drop-in traffic and the screening method.  Until September 30th, Town Hall staff occupancy would remain at approximately 50% to allow extra space for building renovation to be completed.

c. CAO-2020-05 Rural Economic Development Program Funding.  Tecumseh was successful in securing funds from the Province's Rural Economic Development program under the Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream to modernize and streamline the Building Department’s Permitting system through digitization.  The project will include digitizing files, providing opportunities for online applications and having hardware (iPads) for Town Inspectors to reduce the time it takes to process applications and permits. The project is expected to reduce red tape, better coordinate permit approvals and provide efficiencies in the entire permitting process.

2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-19 Council Meetings 2021.  Administration recommends that Regular Council Meeting dates be cancelled on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and Tuesday, December 28, 2021.  In addition, Town Hall would remain closed from Friday, December 24, 2021, until Monday, January 3, 2022.

b. CS-2020-22 Dog Control Services.  Administration recommends that the Agreement regarding dog control services with Phillip A. Byrne be renewed for an additional two years from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

3. Financial Services
a. FS-2020-07 2019 Year-End Variance Report.  For the 2019 fiscal year, Administration is reporting a total surplus of $913,981.

4. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-17 Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare Letter of Intent Tecumseh Sportsplex Capital Contribution.  Administration recommends that Council authorize the execution of the Letter of Intent between Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and The Town of Tecumseh to construct a Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehab Satellite Facility.  The facility would be paid for entirely by Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare and there would be an operational agreement.

5. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2020-21 D19 3455NTR, Zoning By-law Amendment, 3435 North Talbot Road.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting for the application submitted by 470698 Ontario Ltd. (Dalla Bona Construction) to rezone a 1.0 hectare (2.4 acre) property situated on the south side of North Talbot Road, approximately 40 metres (130 feet) east of its intersection with Hennin Drive (3455 North Talbot Road), from “Industrial Zone (M1)” to a site-specific “Business Park Zone (BP)” in order to permit the addition of general/business offices, professional offices, a union hall, restaurants, craft industries/specialty workshops and retail sales as permitted uses, and establish site-specific yard/lot requirements, be authorized, once Council formally approves the holding of virtual public meetings.

b. PBS-2020-22 Community Mediation Windsor-Essex, 1 Year Pilot Program with Town of Tecumseh.  Administration recommends that Council authorize entering into a One-Year Pilot Community Mediation Program with Community Mediation Windsor-Essex in order to assist Town residents in resolving neighbourhood conflicts/disagreements, and further that the use of Town facilities to host the mediation sessions at no cost to the users, be approved.

c. PBS-2020-23 Suspension of Sign By-law 2018-33 Regulations Governing Temporary Signs During COVID-19 Emergency.  Administration advises that through delegation of authority, a moratorium was enacted to waive provisions of By-law No. 2018-33 (“the Sign By-law”):
1. the requisite $50.00 permit application fee;
2. the display period time limits (i.e. one 60-day period or two 30-day periods); and
3. the three-sign maximum at any given time for a multiple-tenant property (i.e. a commercial plaza). 

d. PBS-2020-24 Housekeeping Amendment to limit Permitted uses on Agricultural zoned lands in Hamlet Development Designation.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting in accordance with The Planning Act, for a proposed housekeeping zoning by-law amendment to the Sandwich South Zoning By-law 85-18 to limit the permitted agricultural uses on lands zoned Agricultural Zone (A) within settlement areas as delineated in the Sandwich South Official Plan, be authorized, once Council formally approves the holding of virtual public meetings.

In addition I have put forward a motion for Administration to review warrants for enacting a Community Safety Zone at Arrowhead Park.

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

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June 23rd Meeting

This week, the public session of Town Council begins at 7pm.  The agenda can be found here.

Communications - For Information
1. Northumberland County dated May 20, 2020.  Re: Provincially Significant Wetlands Designation.  Northumberland supports the previously circulated resolution to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to review its practices and procedures to include a requirement to provide supporting evidence to impacted municipalities when designating Provincially Significant Wetlands within their boundaries.

2. Township of Puslinch dated June 5, 2020.  Re: Farm Property Class Tax Programme.  Puslinch ensorses the previously circulated resolution from Mapleton for the Province of Ontario to review the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Programme in light of economic competitiveness concerns between rural and urban municipalities.

3. Town of Lakeshore dated June 1, 2020.  Re: Notice of Electronic (Virtual) Public Meeting regarding Zoning By-law Amendment Regarding the Production of Cannabis.  Lakeshore is hosting a virtual public meeting on June 23, 2020, beginning at 6:00 pm.  There will be a broadcast source at www.lakeshore.ca and opportunity to provide input electronically or by written correspondence, prior to a decision being made, regarding an amendment to Lakeshore Zoning By-law 2-2012, as amended (File: ZBA-5-2020), under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O.1990, c.P.13, concerning the entire Town of Lakeshore. In light of the recent implementation of the Cannabis Regulations SOR/2018-144 that are enabled by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act., the Food and Drugs Act, and the Cannabis Act, it is prudent that the Town of Lakeshore Council consider necessary housekeeping changes to the Town of Lakeshore Zoning By-law, to reflect the current legislation.

4. Town of Lakeshore dated June 1, 2020.  Re: Notice of Electronic (Virtual) Public Meeting regarding Applications for Draft Plan of Condominium.  Lakeshore is hosting an electronic public meeting regarding 0 Amy Croft Drive on June 23rd, 2020 at 6pm, at www.lakeshore.ca.  The County of Essex (Approval Authority) has received 4 applications for Plans of Condominium (1 Vacant Land Condominium Application and 3 Standard Condominium Applications). The subject property was a former golf driving range. The applicant, Beachside Development Ltd. has applied for Condominium approval to permit 22 townhouses and two apartment buildings (58 units each), on a common element private road, as well as units or land to be set aside for future development.

5. Town of Fort Erie dated June 9, 2020 Re: Request Proclamation of March 17 as Essential Workers Day.  Fort Erie reports that it has endorsed the Brantford resolution to request a formal designation of March 17 to be Essential Workers Day to honour all of the essential workers who sacrificed so much during the COVID-19 pandemic.

6. Township of Plummer Additional dated June 11, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Plummer endorses Tecumesh's efforts to have the Municipal, Federal, and Provincial governments and relevant associations be requested to lobby the telecommunications industry and smart phone manufacturers to develop a solution to 911 Misdials.

7. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated June 11, 2020 Re: Support for the Province of Ontario's Commission on Long-Term Care.  Chatham-Kent supports the government's Long Term Care Commission and asks that it remain non-partisan, and be independent of owners and operators including municipal operators. They are asking for an impartial review of current best practices in both private and publicly operated homes, as well as requesting that the Commission be tasked with recommending best practice standards of care, and accountability protocols regarding documentation, peer reviews, and residenUfamily reviews.

8. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated June 11, 2020.  Re: Letter of Support for Alzheimer Society.  Chatham-Kent Council supports the call to action with respect to psychological and emotional well-being of all Long-Term Care and Retirement Home residents, and to encourage the government to review and act on the recommendations provided.

9. Town of Bracebridge dated June 12, 2020.  Re: Support for the Establishment of a Municipal Financial Assistance Program.  Bracebridge supports the Federation of Canadian Municipalities report “Protecting Vital Municipal Services” on April 23, 2020 which included recommendations to the federal government to provide financial assistance for municipalities across the country and requests that both the Federal and Provincial Governments establish a municipal financial assistance program to offset the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

10. Town of Essex dated June 15, 2020.  Re: Post Media Closure of Local Community Newspapers.  Essex endorses the Tecumseh resolution showing support for maintaining local news coverage in Essex County.

11. Grey County dated June 16, 2020 Re: Broadband Access.  Grey County wishes to have the Province champion the implementation of broadband in the unserviced and under-serviced areas of Grey County

12. County of Essex dated June 15, 2020 Re: Notice of Decision OPA No. 42 Town of Tecumseh 11873 and 11917 Tecumseh Road.  Essex County approved the rezonings required for construction of a new apartment building at Tecumseh Road and Southfield Drive, with an additional conditoin for a Noise and Vibration Study.

13. Town of Essex dated June 17, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Financial Relief for Non-Profit and Community Service Clubs and Organizations.  Essex has requested that the Province to look into all possible ways of providing tax and/or other financial relief to our community non-profit and service clubs and organizations as a result of those organizations not being able to operate and be open as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

14. Town of Essex dated June 17, 2020.  Re: Spread of COVID-19 in our Farm Worker Population.  Essex requests urgent and emergency action to be taken by all levels of government in order to support all local farm workers, including migrant workers, as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic; and that that the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs come together immediately to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our farm worker population.

K. Communications - Action Required
1. Town of Tecumseh Memo to Council dated June 15, 2020 Re: Excessive Noise – Vehicular Exhaust Systems.  Administration recommends that the Essex County OPP Report dated June 4, 2020 regarding enforcement of noise complaints related to excessive noise from vehicular exhaust systems, be adopted by Council as recommend by the Tecumseh Police Services Board at their June 11, 2020 meeting.

Reports include:
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-17 Council Conferences for 2021.  Administration recommends that Members of Council be authorized to attend up to 3 of the noted conferences scheduled to be held in 2021, in accordance with the Town’s Travel Policy No. 14 and Professional Development Policy No. 73.

b. CS-2020-18 December Holiday Schedule 2021.  Administration recommends that the Tecumseh Town Hall Offices close for the 2021 December Holiday Season from Friday, December 24, 2021, through to and including Monday, January 3, 2022 where staff may choose to take non-holiday days as vacation, lieu time or unpaid leave.

c. CS-2020-21 COVID-19 Economic Recovery - Temporary Outdoor Patios.  Administration recommends that By-law No. 2020-48 being a by-law to adopt the Temporary Outdoor Patio Guidelines and authorize the Chief Building Official to inspect all temporary patios and require adjustments to the patio in order to address compliance with the Guidelines, be approved;
And further that in accordance with Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act, the Council for The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh support the extension of existing liquor licences to temporary patios on private property throughout the Town of Tecumseh for the duration of 2020, provided businesses comply with the Town of Tecumseh’s Temporary Outdoor Patio Guidelines;
And furthermore that in accordance with Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act, the Council for The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh support the extension of existing liquor licences to temporary patios on Town property for the duration of 2020, provided businesses comply with the Town of Tecumseh’s Temporary Outdoor Patio Guidelines and enter into an Encroachment Agreement, in form and content satisfactory to the Town’s Solicitor;
And furthermore over that the Mayor and the Clerk be authorized to execute an Encroachment Agreement with business owners requesting to encroach onto Town property for a Temporary Outdoor Patio.


2. Financial Services
a. FS-2020-10 Windsor-Essex Provincial Offences Act (POA) Annual Report 2019.  Administration reports that for the most recent year-ended 2019, the Program had a net surplus of approximately $1.9 million of which the Town of Tecumseh is entitled to $143,867, exceeding the Town’s 2019 budget of $120,000.

3. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-02 Lakewood Park Food and Beverage Concession Operation.  Administration recommends that the Town invite submissions through an RFP to operate a concession operation at Lakewood Park; and that a report be presented for Council’s consideration and approval on the recommended Lakewood Park concessionaire.

b. PRS-2020-16 Cancellation of Summer Recreation Programming.  Administration is recommending that as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that the summer recreation programs, including the Tecumseh Summer Day Camp and the Tecumseh Leisure Pool, be cancelled.

4. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2020-27 Asphalt Paving Tender Award 2020.  Administration recommends that the low tender from Coco Paving Inc. in the amount of $900,500 plus HST, for the 2020 Asphalt Paving Tender, be approved and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to enter into a contract for the services with Coco Paving Inc. for the Asphalt Paving Tender in 2020 that includes:

1. Beachgrove Road – full extent
2. Pentilly Road – Beachgrove to cul de sac
3. St. Thomas Street – Centennial Dr. to Amberly Cres.
4. Papineau Court – full extent
5. Shields Street – Lesperance to St. Alphonse
6. Odessa Drive – full extent
7. Odessa Drive – cul-de-sac
8. Shawnee Road – Gouin St. to County Rd. 22
9. Wellwood Court – full extent
10. Thalthorpe Court – full extent

b. PWES-2020-28 Tar and Chip Tender Award 2020.  Administration recommends that the sole tender from Shepley Road Maintenance Ltd. in the amount of $180,687 plus non-rebatable HST, for the 2020 Tar and Chip Tender, be approved.

By-Laws for approval include By-Law 2020-47 being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Gateway Tower Inc.

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

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