This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm. The agenda and reports described below can be found here.
Delegations include Bob Hamilton our Fire Prevention Officer who is retiring from the Tecumseh Fire Re: Retirement Recognition.
Communications - For Information
1. City of Port Colborne dated January 22, 2021 Re: Drainage Mattters on CNR Lands. Port Colborne asks that the Province of Ontario work with the Federal Minister of Transportation to address concerns regarding municipal drainage matters and need for coordination with the national railways.
2. Town of Plympton-Wyoming dated January 18, 2021 Re: Drainage Matters and Coordination with National Railways. Plympton-Wyoming asks that the Province of Ontario work with the Federal Minister of Transportation to address concerns regarding municipal drainage matters and need for coordination with the national railways.
3. Municipality of West Nipissing Dated February 1, 2021 Re: Municipal Drainage Matters and the Need for Coordination with National Railways. West Nipissing asks that the Province of Ontario work with the Federal Minister of Transportation to address concerns regarding municipal drainage matters and need for coordination with the national railways.
4. Municipality of West Nipissing dated January 7, 2021 Re: Request to Support Communities with Emergency Operational Funding. (The request is a duplicate of the one above)
5. City of Port Colborne dated January 25, 2021 Re: Tile Drainage Installation Act. Port Colborne requests that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs amend the Tile Drainage Installation Act and/or the regulations under the Act that would require tile drainage contractors file farm tile drainage installation plans with the local municipality.
6. Municipality of Grey Highlands dated January 20, 2021 Re: Insurance Rates. Grey Highlands has resolved to support reforms to Joint and Several Liability including:
- The provincial government adopt a model of full proportionate liability to replace joint and several liability.
- Implement enhancements to the existing limitations period including the continued applicability of the existing 10-day rule on slip and fall cases given recent judicial interpretations and whether a 1 year limitation period may be beneficial.
- Implement a cap for economic loss awards.
- Increase the catastrophic impairment default benefit limit to $2 million and increase the third-party liability coverage to $2 million in government regulated automobile insurance plans.
- Assess and implement additional measures which would support lower premiums or alternatives to the provision of insurance services by other entities such as nonprofit insurance reciprocals.
- Compel the insurance industry to supply all necessary financial evidence including premiums, claims and deductible limit changes which support its own and municipal arguments as to the fiscal impact of joint and several liability.
- Establish a provincial and municipal working group to consider the above and put forward recommendations to the Attorney General;
and further to investigate the unethical practice of preferred vendors who are paid substantial amounts over industry standards, despite COVID 19 delays, as insurance premiums will soon be out of reach for many communities.
7. Town of Gore Bay dated January 25, 2021 Re: Municipal Insurance Rates. Gore Bay has resolved to support the above.
8. Town of Bracebridge dated January 22, 2021 Re: Infrastructure funding. Bracebridge requests that the Federal and Provincial Governments provide immediate broad and substantial municipal funding opportunities for well-planned, shovel-ready projects already prioritized under municipal asset management plans to provide immediate stimulus to the local, provincial and the federal economies in order to rebound from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
9. Township of Lake of Bays dated February 3, 2021 Re: Municipal Infrastructure Funding. Lake of Bays supports the above.
10. Municipality of Leamington dated January 22, 2021 Re: Removal of Windsor International Airport from NAV Canada Closure List. Leamington supports the County of Essex in requesting that Navigation Canada (NAV Canada) remove Windsor International Airport from their list of airports currently being studied for possible removal of air traffic controllers, and noting the economic impact that loss of air traffic would have on the region.
11. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated January 25, 2021 Re: Essex Region Source Protection Committee, Municipal Representation and 2020 Annual Report. Municipal Councils are asked to endorse Mr. Kevin Webb as a member of the Source Protection Committee prior to his formal appointment by the Essex Region Source Protection Authority.
12. Township of South Stormont dated January 25, 2021 Re: Reopening small businesses. South Stormont requests that the Province of Ontario allow for small businesses to immediately reopen with the required health guidelines and protocols in place.
13. Township of North Glengarry date January 25, 2021 Re: Support to reopen small businesses. North Glengarry requests that the Province of Ontario allow for small businesses to immediately reopen with the required health guidelines and protocols in place.
14. City of Port Colborne dated January 26, 2021 Re: Unlicensed and Unmonitored Cannabis Grow Operations. Port Colborne supports Blandford-Blenheim in urging the Federal Government to amend the legislation under which cannabis grow operations facilities operate to ensure the safety and rights of the local communities in which they are situated are respected.
15. Norfolk County dated January 22, 2021 Re: Endorsement of Bill 197. Norfolk County calls upon the Government of Ontario (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) to amend Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, to eliminate the development approval requirement provisions from adjacent municipalities and that the 'host' municipality be empowered to render final approval for landfills within their jurisdiction
16. Township of Augusta dated January 25, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire College. Augusta requests that the Province of Ontario reverse their decision to close the Ontario Fire College as the OFC is one of the best and most cost-effective methods for municipalities to train their firefighters which assists us in protecting our residents.
17. Township of Baldwin dated February 1, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire College. Baldwin requests the Province of Ontario to reconsider closing the Ontario Fire College.
18. Township of Lake of Bays dated February 3, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire College. Lake of Bays supports the resolution noted above from Augusta.
19. Township of Asphodel-Norwood dated February 1, 2021 Re: Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Extension Request. Asphodel-Norwood calls upon the Solicitor General to review the imposed deadline for municipalities to complete and adopt a Community Safety & Well-Being (CSWB) Plan in consultation with local governments to address the unique challenges facing individual regions.
20. Town of Amherstburg dated February 1, 2021 Re: COVID-19 Child Care Funding. Amherstburg supports Carleton Place in its request of the Government of Ontario to:
a. prioritize children and childcare as part of its overall post pandemic recovery plan;
b. develop, adequately fund and release publicly a comprehensive plan that can support facilities through the provision of licensed childcare and early learning education;
c. provide increased funding to childcare providers reflective of COVID-19 operating cost increases to ensure a safe reopening and long-term sustainability for the sector.
21. Town of Amherstburg dated February 1, 2021 Re: Request for Longer Grant Application Timelines. Amherstburg supports Matachewan's request that application deadlines on any further grants have a longer turn-around time.
22. Township of Lake of Bays dated February 3, 2021 Re: Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act. Lake of Bays supports the resolution from the Municipality of West Grey requesting support to repeal Schedule 8 of Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, 2020.
23. Township of Lake of Bays dated February 3, 2021 Re: Municipal Elections Act. Lake of Bays hereby supports the resolution from the Municipality of Mississippi Mills regarding support to amend the Municipal Elections Act to provide clearer, stronger wording, to assist municipal Clerks in addressing issues to allow for a more definitive decision to be made when adding names to the voters' list and to ensure that there is a clear and accessible way to report election fraud.
24. Perth County dated February 2, 2021. Re: Significant Negative Impacts of Current Value Assessments. Perth County asks to move forward with implementing reassessment based on Current Value Assessments.
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2021-04 Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Update and Forthcoming Public Consultation Opportunities. Administration supplies a report regarding the “Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Update and Forthcoming Public Consultation Opportunities”. There will be a virtual consultation for the Town of Tecumseh on Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10:00-11:30am.
2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2021-03 Parking Lot Lease Agreement Renewal 12150 Tecumseh Road J Kalbol Enterprises Inc. Administration is requesting that direction be given on the terms proposed by J. Kalbol Enterprise Inc., for a Lease Payment $6,990 (net of snow removal), and for repair costs to be shared on a 50/50 basis for renewal of a Parking Lot Lease Agreement for the Town of Tecumseh’s exclusive use of 26 parking spaces at 12150 Tecumseh Road. With respect to the repairs, the negotiated agreement is to move to a 50/50 cost share from 63/37, with the Town continuing to be responsible for all maintenance costs, except snow removal. In 2020 the cost is $1,968, the 2019 cost was $1,995 and the 2018 cost was $1,904.
3. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2021-02 Site Plan Control Agreement, D11 SKY, Skyline Real Estate Holdings, East Side Southfield Drive. Administration is bringing forward a recommended Site Plan for the Skyline multi-residential development south of existing buildings on Tecumseh Road including revamped driveway access, an improved trail from Arbour Street to Southfield Park, and trees along the Southfield frontage of the property.
b. PBS-2021-03 CIP Report, DC Grant, Skyline Apartments, East Side Southfield. Administration is recommending a $100,000 Community Improvement Grant towards the above-noted development as it complies with the required terms of the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.
4. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2021-03 DMAF Agreement for Climate Change and Flooding Resiliency Project. Administration proposes entering into an agreement to receive federal funding from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund for the flood resiliency project that includes the following:1) Construction of a new consolidated Scully and St. Mark’s Pump Station and a Riverside Drive Trunk Storm Sewer; 2) Decommissioning of the existing St. Mark’s Storm Pump Station; and 3) Construction of a new Peter J. Cecile Pump Station. The Town’s portion of the total project costs will be $16.05M of the total $26.75M, and be funded through a combination of Lifecycle Stormwater Reserves and Debt with up to $15M of Debt to be incurred.
b. PWES-2021-06 Food and Organic Waste Management Plan. Administration reports on the progress of a regional Organics Collection program that would be required for Windsor, Tecumseh, LaSalle, Amherstburg and Leamington under provincial legislation.
c. PWES-2021-07-2021 Supply of Various Vehicles. Administration is recommending various vehicle purchases in the amount of $723,000 plus associated costs for outfitting, $15,000, for a total of $738,000 be funded from the Fleet Vehicle Reserve, as well as funding for the purchase of the 2021 Supply of Various Vehicles in the amount of $210,000 plus associated costs for outfitting, $5,000, for a total of $215,000 be funded from the Lifecycle Fire Apparatus Reserve, subject to confirmation of approval of the Town’s Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Program (ICIP) application.
d. PWES-2021-08 Tecumseh (Water) Distribution System 2020 Inspection Report. Administration reports on the most recent regulatory inspection report for our water distribution system. The Town’s inspection risk rating is 0.00% and the final inspection rating is 100.00%. Those ratings represent the best possible rating achievable.
e. PWES-2021-09 Annual Summary Report for the Year 2020 Town of Tecumseh (Water) Distribution System (260004969). Administration report on the findings from the 2020 summary report demonstrating that the Town of Tecumseh meets all regulatory compliance requirements prescribed through applicable legislation.
In addition, a By-law amendment is proposed to appoint Paul Jobin to the Property Standards Committee for the term of Council 2019-2022.
For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]
This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a meeting concerning the new Tecumseh Official Plan. This is a vision document governing the intended future direction for land development within the municipality and the aims and goals of the municipality with respect to the built environment. Resident submissions have been made with requests specific to cannabis, land disposal, intensification and building materials. The agenda can be found here. The proposed Official Plan document can be found here.
Regular business begins at 7pm and the agenda can be found here.
Communications - For Information includes
1. Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks dated January 11, 2021 Re: Conservation Authorities Working Group. The Province has announced the creation of a working group involving stakeholders from across the Province and from various conservation authority and municipal stakeholders to develop recommendations for the implementaiton of regulations surrounding the general mandate of conservation authorities
2. Municipality of West Grey dated January 13, 2021 Re: Schedule 8, Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19. West Grey requests repeal of Schedule 8 of Bill 229, the legislation that spoke to bringing forward changes to the general mandate of conservation authorities.
3. Town of Lakeshore dated December 15, 2020 Re: ZBA-9-2020, Beachside Development Inc. Lakeshore advises that it has granted approval for three additional multi-storey residential buildings located on the former Tecumseh Golf property between Amy Croft Drive and the future Lanoue Street.
4. Township of South-West Oxford dated January 11, 2021 Re: Automatic Speed Enforcement (Photo Radar). South-West Oxford requests that municipalities be able to use Automatic Speed Enforcement (photo radar) in their communities.
5. Township of Larder Lake dated January 12, 2021 Re: Municipal Insurance Costs. Larder Lake requests that the provincial government adopt a model of full proportionate liability to replace joint and several liability, that it enhance existing limitations period including the continued applicability of the existing 10 day rule on slip and fall cases given recent judicial interpretations and whether a one-year limitation period may be beneficial, to implement a cap for economic loss awards, to increase the catastrophic impainnent default benefit limit to $2 million and increase the third-party liability coverage to S2 million in government regulated automobile insurance plans, to assess and implement additional measures which would support lower premiums or alternatives to the provision of insurance services by other entities such as non- profit insurance reciprocals, to compel the insurance industry to supply all necessary financial evidence including premiums, claims and deductible limit changes which support its and municipal arguments as to the fiscal impact of joint and several liability, and to establish a provincial and municipal working group to consider the above and put forward recommendations to the Attorney General
6. County of Perth dated January 19, 2021 Re: Extension of Grant Deadlines. Perth supports the Township of Matachewan resolution regarding the extension of grants.
7. United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry dated January 18, 2021 Re: Small businesses to reopen with required health guidelines and protocols in place. Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry request that the Province of Ontario allow for small businesses to immediately reopen with the required health guidelines and protocols in place.
8. Municipality of Mississippi Mills dated January 18, 2021 Re: Request for Revisions to Municipal Elections. Mississippi Mills requests a review of the Municipal Elections Act that provides amendments for clearer, stronger wording, to assist municipal Clerks in addressing issues to allow for a more definitive decision to be made when adding names to the voters’ list and to ensure that there is a clear and accessible way to report election fraud and that the rules described in the Municipal Elections Act are actually enforceable even if there is not a current case law.
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2021-02 2020 Open and Closed Meetings. The Clerk reports the 2020 and historical meeting durations. There was more time spent in regular Council meetings in 2020 vs. 2019 however there were fewer Special Council Meetings, Public Council Meetings and In Camera meetings.
2. Financial Services
a. FS-2021-01 Taxes Receivable - December 2020. Administration reports that although there were slightly more tax arrears in 2020, the net value of those arrears in total has declined.
3. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2021-01 Traffic Analysis - 2020 Radar Speed Surveys. Administration presents its listing of Radar Speed Trailer locations and findings. It was noted that southbound Holden Road, southbound Malden Road, northbound Manning Road (between Riverside and Little River), eastbound Riverside between Grace and Centennial, and westbound Tecumseh Road outside of the water tower are areas where speeds are exceeded beyond the 85th percentile. Locations were submitted to the Ontario Provincial Police and will be monitored for future recommendations should conditions persist.
b. PWES-2021-02 Drainage Act Regulatory Proposal. Administration has prepared a response to the Province's invitation to comment with respect to the Drainage Act changes and is requesting Council's concurrence in submitting them.
I have also put forward a motion surrounding investigation of a Rodent Control Subsidy Program for investigtation by Administration.
For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at [email protected] or 226-773-1910.