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 am seeking your support for re-election as Ward 1 Councillor in the 2018-2022 term. If re-elected, 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 22nd Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  The full agenda can be found here.

Delegations include:
a. Gloria McKibbin, The Royal Canadian Legion Col. Paul Poisson Branch 261 - Ladies Auxiliary.  The Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary will be celebrating their 80th Anniversary on May 11, 2018; and Gloria McKibbin has been named Legionnaire of the Year.
b. Tracy Pringle, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Re: 2017 Assessment Report.  In their report, MPAC will demonstrate the effect of the phase-in of property assessment increases to the property taxes that you pay.

Communications - For Information
a. Township of Selwyn - dated April 30, 2018 Re: Hockey Season Re-Alignment.  Selwyn is requesting that hockey season across Ontario not begin until October in order for municipalities to save on operating funds.
b. Town of Lakeshore Notice of Public Meeting - dated May 3, 2018 Re: Purpose of Proposed Amendment 36, 38, 40 and 42 E. Pike Creek Road.  Lakeshore is hosting a public meeting regarding this development on the eastern side of East Pike Creek Road north of Tecumseh Road which involves the construction of two 3-unit townhouse dwellings.
c. Minister of Infrastructure - dated May 4, 2018 Re: Ontario Regulation 588/17 Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure.  Minister Bob Chiarelli advises of changes to the provincial Asset Management framework for municipalities including funding to create asset management plans in small communities.
d. Letter from Canada Post - dated May 8, 2018 Re: Municipal Identifier.  Canada Post advises that it is considering Tecumseh Town Council's request to consolidate addresses within municipal boundaries as being "Tecumseh" in lieu of Windsor.
e. Town of Oakville - dated May 11, 2018 Re: CN Intermodal Update.  Oakville is requesting that Ontario participate in an appeal of the Canadian National Railway's determination that an intermodal development would reside under federal jurisdiction outside of municipal regulation.

Communications - Action Required
a. Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) - dated April 23, 2018 RE: 2018-2020 AMO Board of Directors-Call for Nominations.  Administration recommends that the nomination of Mayor Gary McNamara for the vacant position on
the AMO Board of Directors, be supported.
b. The Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area - dated May 16, 2018 Re: Night Market.  Administration is recommending that the Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area be granted an exemption from the Town`s Noise By-law No. 2002-07 as amended, on Friday, June 22nd at Green Valley Plaza from 5:00 to 10:00 pm; and on Friday, July 20th at the Tecumseh Towne Centre Plaza from 5:00 to 10:00 pm; to host the Night Market;
And that OPP be informed of this exemption from Noise By-law.

Reports include:
Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2018-06 Records Retention By-law. Administration proposes that By-law 2018-39, being a by-law to establish a new classification and retention schedule for Corporate Records and Temporary Records for The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and to repeal By-Law No. 2003-62, be adopted.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-17 CIP Grant Funding, 12214 Tecumseh Rd., Building Permit Fee Grant.  Administration recommends that the Grant Application for the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan Financial Incentive Program, for the property located at 12214 Tecumseh Road (Roll No. 3744060000001700) (Buckingham Realty), be approved and deemed eligible for a Financial Incentive(s) in accordance with Section 11.3 (5) towards the Planning Application and Permit Fee Grant, for a total amount of $600.00 toward the building permit fee cost associated with the above-noted property all of which is in accordance with the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan.
2. PBS-2018-18 CIP Grant Funding, 1071 Lesperance Road.  Administration recommends that the Grant Application for the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan Financial Incentive Program, for the property located at 1071
Lesperance Road (Roll No. 374406000005100) (former Akasaka Japanese Restaurant), be approved and deemed eligible for
Financial Incentive(s) in accordance with Section 11.3 (5) towards:
i) Building Façade Improvement Grant, for a total amount of $15,000.00 towards the building façade improvements to the existing building;
ii) Residential Grant Program, for a total amount of $40,000 towards the costs associated with the rehabilitation and construction on the existing second floor residential unit and the conversion of the unit into two separate residential units;
and
iii) Development Charges Grant Program, for a total amount of $5,416, being the development charge rate for the newly proposed one-bedroom residential unit on the second floor all of which is in accordance with the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community
Improvement Plan and PBS-2018-18.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2018-14 Bike Lanes on Lesperance Road.  Administration recommends the hosting of a Public Information Centre regarding the addition of Bicycle Lanes to Lesperance Road and removing the centre left turn lane.
2. PWES-2018-16 2018 Asphalt Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the low tender from Coco Paving Inc. in the amount of $ 1,325,140 plus HST, for the 2018 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.
The following streets were included in the 2018 Asphalt Program:
1. Alden Cres ........................................Entire length
2. Baseline Rd.......................................12th Conc. To CR 19
3. Birkdale Crt .......................................Entire Length
4. Cambridge Crt...................................Entire Length
5. Cumberland Crt.................................Entire Length
6. Dresden Pl ........................................Entire Length
7. Dube Dr.............................................Entire Length
8. Fasan Dr ...........................................Entire Length
9. Mack Crt............................................Entire Length
10.Oakfield Crt .......................................Entire Length
11.Oakpark Dr........................................Entire Length
12.Oldcastle Rd......................................North Talbot Rd to Hwy 3
13.Regal Crt...........................................Entire Length
14.Regent Rd.........................................Entire Length
15.Rostrevor Crt.....................................Entire Length

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

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May 8th Meeting

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

Delegations include:

  • Corn Festival Committee member Tony Corona who is being recognized by Festival and Events Ontario Recognition
  • Ron Seguin, Vice President, International Relations, Training and Campus Development, Dave Cooper, Head Coach – Men’s Baseball, Ted Beale, Athletic Coordinator, Bernie Labute, Manager, Special Events/Athletic Advancement, and Christy Gatto, Director of Athletics & Sports Development who will be recognized as the winners of the St. Clair College Men's Baseball 2017 National Championship
  • Joe Barile, General Manager of Essex Powerlines Corporation providing Updates and Youth Engagement Cheque
    Presentation.  (Essex Power is 11th lowest operational cost of Local Distribution Companies)

Communications include:
a. Town of LaSalle Notice of Public Meeting, dated April 23, 2018, Re: New Official Plan.  LaSalle is inviting interested persons to LaSalle Council Chambers on Tuesday May 22nd at 7pm.
b. Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, dated May 1, 2018 Re: 2018 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.  The Minister advises that May 25, 2018 is the application deadline for the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation
Excellence program.  Details can be found in the 2018 Program Guidebook and Application Form at: www.ontario.ca/agrifoodinnovation. 
c. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs dated May 3, 2018 Re: Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund Top-up Component – Important Information.  The Fund will transfer $2,252,692 to Tecumseh but the town will not be able to benefit from top-up funding.

Also, Essex Power Corporation is requesting that consideration of Water and Sanitary In-House Billing and the corresponding report No. FS-2018-04 Water and Sanitary In-House Billing April 24, 2018 be deferred to the June 26, 2018 Regular Meeting of Council.

Reports include:
Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2018-01, 2017 Open and Closed Council Meetings.  Our meeting times were as follows:

  • Regular Meetings 20 meetings, 335 agenda items, 34 hrs. 16 min spent in session, 1 hr. 42 min on average.
  • Public Meetings 14 meetings, 53 agenda items, 8 hrs. 9 min spent in session, 34 min on average.
  • Special Council Meetings 9 meetings, 21 agenda items, 16 hrs. 44 min spent in session, 1 hr. 51 min on average.
  • In-Camera 7 meetings, 23 agenda items, 5 hrs. 31 min. spent in session, 0 hr. 47 min on average.

2. CS-2018-10 Restricted Acts of Council after Nomination Day - Lame Duck Provisions.  Administration is recommending delegation of certain authority to the Chief Administrative Officer, to the Director Corporate Services & Clerk and to the Director Financial Services & Treasurer until the next Council is elected.
3. CS-2018-07 Request for Noise By-Law Exemption - Beach Grove Golf and Country Club.  Beach Grove Golf and Country Club is requesting an exemption from the Town’s Noise By-law on Friday, July 27, 2018 and Friday, August 31, 2018, to permit music entertainment until 11:30 pm.

b. Financial Services
1. FS-2018-04 Water Sanitary In-House Billing.  Administration is recommending that In-House Billing for water services where water bills will be sent by the Town of Tecumseh in lieu of Essex Power be adopted.
2. FS-2018-06 2018 Asset Management Plan.  Administration recommends that the previously presented Asset Management Program identifying the addressing of newly identified gaps in maintenance funding be adopted.

c. Parks & Recreation Services
1. PRS-2018-07, Essex Power Youth In Community Fund.  Administration advises that Essex Power will supply a $10,000 Youth in Community grant to Tecumseh once again.

d. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-16, CIP Grant Funding, 12350 Tecumseh Road.  Administration is recommending approval of a Grant under the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan toward construction of a gazebo at the Tecumseh Historical Society for a total of $1,000.00 under the Public Act category.

 

For any questions on these or other municipal matters you can reach me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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