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

June 23rd Meeting

Coming up this week at Council:

6pm - Discussion on Rezoning request for 12346 Arbour Street.  The family that currently owns the property would like to convert it to a duplex in which they would continue to reside in one half.  Full information can be found here

7pm - Our regular business begins. The full packet can be found here:  

Delegates

  • Susie Korchnak will be recognized as Tecumseh's 2015 Senior of the Year
  • Ron Hebert and Scott White will make a presentation to Council regarding the Disc Golf Tournament planned for September 19, 2015 at Lakewood Park South.
  • Mr. Joseph Picard, Directeur Général Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence will speak to Programming at Tecumseh Arena
  • Joe Barile, General Manager of Essex Power will speak to the dividend paid to the Town of Tecumseh for 2014 as well as the Shared Value in June 2015

Written Communications

  • Canada Post responded in writing to Council's request to formalize municipal encroachments in the same manner of other encroachments as well as a 120 day moratorium on Community Mailbox installation.  These requests were refused.
  • The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing advises Council that the Minister will be reviewing the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, and the Municipal Elections Act in 2015 and invites feedback.
  • Council is advised that the City of Windsor has rezoned the properties immediately west of Banwell Road south of the E.C. Row Expressway.  The lands closest to Banwell Road will be Commercial while closer to the existing industrial properties will be Manufacturing.
  • The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is requesting Nominations for Secretary Treasurer Position
  • The Township of Greater Madawaska is asking for Council's support in petitioning the Province of Ontario to stop electricity rate increases, although it does not specify a preference as to how they wish to have this achieved (i.e. lowering the cost of generation, subsidy through increased or reallocated taxes, etc.)
  • The County of Essex has opposed the Privatization of Hydro One and asks for an opportunity for Essex Power and ELK to purchase Hydro One assets in our local distribution area.
  • Katrina Miller, on behalf of Keep Hydro Public, requests a resolution opposing the privatization of Hydro One.  Administration is recommending that Town Council oppose the sell-off/privatization of Hydro One and that Tecumseh wishes to have the Hydro One service area in the Town of Tecumseh sold to Essex Power.
  • The Association of Municipalities of Ontario [AMO] invites municipal officials to a seminar titled Navigating a High Road, High Return Approach to Social Media Seminar, as well as Cover Your Assets, Primer on Asset Management AMO Cover Your Assets Conference Primer on Asset Management as part of the upcoming AMO Conference on August 17.
  • Municipal Employer Pension Center Ontario (MEPCO) is requesting that payees to the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Savings Plans be exempted from the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) as the government of Ontario's originally stated intent was to supply pensions to those who did not have comparable plans.  Administration is recommending that it report back.

Minutes

  • Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (TOTBIA) - June 10, 2015.  The BIA has approved a Health and Wellness Expo for September 2015.  It also inquires as to the cost of the Boundary Adjustment Report prior to agreeing to fund a portion of the cost.

Reports

  • Ontario Power Authority, Feed In Tariff Program Version 4 Blanket Support Resolution.  Administration is recommending that Council approve support for each and every application within Town of Tecumseh boundaries to benefit from the Feed-in-Tariff program.
  • The Treasurer provides a report on the Development Charge Reserve Fund.  There is currently about $28,000 in the account.  This means that the Town must finance on its own the costs required to support development in the short term, although these amounts are repaid as developments are built.  
  • The Treasurer reports that the Brendan/Binder Roads Sanitary Sewer Extension construction costs are not yet collected and therefore a 5 year financing cost of $68,000 or 1.57% is required in order to finance debentures.
  • Council is being asked to approve Phase 2 of the Villa Pia Investments Ltd., Proposed Craft Beer Brewery at 12014 Tecumseh Road which includes:
    • proposed and future additions to existing buildings that will total an additional 219.6 square metres (2,363 square feet);
    • a revised driveway access that will align with the Tecumseh Road/Shawnee Road intersection and function as part of a fully-signalized intersection.
    • an expansion of the originally proposed 39-space parking area to a larger parking area that will accommodate 69 vehicles, the design of which will facilitate a future Phase 3 development
    • a ten foot (10’) road widening across the frontage of the property (along Tecumseh Road) to be conveyed by the Owner to the Town.
  • Site Plan Approval is sought for a new Industrial building to be located at 2060 Fasan Drive
  • The New Town of Tecumseh Official Plan, Commercial Development Discussion Paper is released for review by Council and by the public.  
  • Administration recommends cancellation of the Leaf Pick-Up Program to those properties that receive it.  If it is maintained an investment of $170,000 is required to replace equipment.  There is only enough time in the season to make one pass of each of the properties.  It currently services approximately 900 properties in Wards 1 and 2 of nearly 7500 households in the Town.  If removed leaf pickup will continue to be provided through the existing yard waste collection.
  • In response to my initial request about long-term parking on the municipal right-of-way, Administration recommends that we continue to allows indefinite parking of vehicles on the road except for after winter snowfall events.
  • Administration is recommending conversion of the Yield Signs on Warwick and Clovelly and Warwick and Burlington to Stop Signs.
  • A tender for $1,942,930 is proposed to be awarded to D'Amore Construction for various improvements to Baseline Road, including the Sullivan Creek Bridge, Road Reconstruction from the 10th Concession and 11th Concession, and relocation of the 10th Concession Drain from the Sullivan Creek Bridge to the 11th Concession.  Improvements to the County Road 43 bridge proposed by the County of Essex were also part of the Tender and will be repaid by the County of Essex.
  • A request for repairs to the Wellwood Drain has been received and it was determined to warrant improvement.  The Drainage Act will be undertaken to determine works and assessment.  Administration is recommending that Lou Zarlenga of R.C. Spencer Associates Inc. be appointed as Drainage Engineer.
  • The Windsor Sports and Culture Club Park is requesting permission to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for live band performances / entertainment at McAuliffe Park.  

By-Laws

  • 2015-42 - Being a bylaw to provide for the repair and improvements to the South Talbot and Holden Outlet Drain
  • 2015-43 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Fr. Nicholas Point Council No. 4375 Knights of Columbus Bylaw
  • 2015-44 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach
  • 2015-45 - Being a by-law to provide for the repair and improvement of the Moynahan Drain Bylaw
  • 2015-46 - A By-law to amend Schedule “L” (Intersection Stop Signs) and Schedule “M” (Intersection Yield Signs) of By-law No. 2001- 36, as amended, to regulate traffic and parking on highways and private roadways under the jurisdiction of the Municipality
  • 2015-47 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Villa Pia Investments Ltd. 
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May 26th Meeting

UPDATED

This week, our Council meetings begin at 4:30pm.

At 4:30pm we will be discussing the Manning Road Secondary Plan Area-Specific Development Charge which includes the lands west of Manning Road between County Road 22 and the Canadian Pacific Railway.  A background study will be received and Council will determine whether to adopt the planned charges.  This Area-Specific Development Charge will cover regional costs such as stormwater, parks and collector roads that would normally be built directly by developments.  A regional approach here was felt to be more advantageous for the Town.  The full packet can be found here.

Delegations include Gary Scandlan, Watson & Associates and Flavio Forest, P. Eng., Dillon Consulting 

At 6pm, we begin the Public Council Meeting to consider the Drainage Report, prepared by Gerard Rood, P. Eng., of Rood Engineering Inc., dated April 22, 2015, for the repair and improvement of the Moynahan Drain.  The report details the share of costs being assigned to each benefitting property owner who rely on the drain.  The full packet can be found here.

The Regular Council Meeting begins at 7pm.  The full packet can be found here.  Our first delegation will be Cindy Prince, Vice President, Amico Properties who will be providing an update regarding the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.  The Parkway contractors are also requesting a 6 month extension to the exemption from the Noise By-law.

Ray Tracey, CEO, Essex Power Corporation will speak to the 2014 Essex Power Dividend.  This year Essex Power is returning $434,674 to the Town of Tecumseh.  The net dividend is a 14% increase over years past.

Council is being advised of various Public Council Meetings in the City of Windsor dealing with Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments for the Twin Oaks Industrial Area and the area north of County Road 42 within the City of Windsor.

Town of St. Marys, May 15, 2015 Re: VIA Rail and the Network Southwest Action Plan.  The Town of St. Mary's is requesting that Council approve a resolution calling for an increase in passenger rail services in Southwestern Ontario and support for the Network Southwest Action Plan at http://www.swota.ca.

Administration is recommending that recipients of the Donny Massender Award be forwarded as nominations for the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for 2015 and on a go-forward basis.

Heritage Committee - May 11, 2015.  The Heritage Committee is preparing for the Ontario Heritage Trust Update, Plaque Unveiling Event and Banwell Road Black Cemetery on September 25, 2015.

Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee - May 11, 2015.  The Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee is considering investing in an East End Arts and Culture Incentive, a series of art performances that would be held at L'Essor High School.

Corn Festival Committee.  The Corn Festival Committee has finalized entertainment options.  Of note is an increase in the admission price to $3 from $2 previously.

 

REPORTS

A.  Director Financial Services/Treasurer, May 19, 2015, Report No. 06/15.  The Treasurer is reporting a projected $460,000 surplus as of the end of the first quarter of 2015 largely attributed to a reduction in policing costs.

B. Manager Roads & Fleet, April 23, 2015, Report No. 23/15 Re: Tender Award: Sexton Side Road Crossing over the South Talbot Drain.  An amount of $39,750 is proposed to be awarded to Quinlan Inc. for replacement of this culvert.

C. Manager Roads & Fleet, April 27, 2015, Report No. 24/15 Re: 2015 Asphalt Paving Tender Award.  An amount of $549,020 plus HST, for the 2015 Asphalt Paving Tender is proposed to be awarded to Coco Paving Inc.  Up to an additional $73,683 required for asphalting Roads ($65,959) and Parking Lots ($7,724) plus additional HST, would be appended to this contract and funded from the Road Lifecycle Reserve on a discretionary basis.

D. Manager Roads and Fleet, April 28, 2015, Report No. 25/15 Re: 2015 Tar & Chip Program - Tender Award.  An amount of $269,125 plus HST is proposed to be awarded to Shepley Road Maintenance Ltd. for the 2015 Tar & Chip Tender.  The amount is slightly higher than the budget estimate and therefore some provisional works may be removed from the plan depending on actual costs.

E. Manager, Water and Wastewater, May 11, 2015, Report No. 29/15 Re: Anode Protection Program - Tender Results
Administration recommends rejecting the existing bids received and re-tendering in June 2015.  The previous tender considered a five year program for Anode Protection in our water distribution systems.  It is expected that an accelerated schedule would bring the cost down and ensure that all work could be completed within 18 months as a single $375,000 project.

Also from the Manager of Water and Wastewater, Landmark is proposed to receive a sole-source contract in the amount of $150,100, excluding HST, to repaint the water tower.  The “Town of Tecumseh” logo, with the gold feather, is proposed to be applied on the elevated water tank. for an additional cost of $17,100 for the application of the Town’s logo be funded from the Water Capital Reserve.

F. Director Parks and Recreation Services, May 15, 2015, Report No. 17/15 Re: Lakewood Park Food Concession Operation RFP Award.  Mr. Christopher Divito is proposed to be the successful proponent to operate the Lakewood Park Food Concession.  Administration recommends a 5 year lease with an option to renew for an additional 5 year term.  The initial proposal calls for the annual operating season to be from May 1 to September 30, however Mr. Divito has requested that consideration be given to extending both the start and closing of the operation if the business warrants staying open.  The proposal calls for operational hours to be Monday – Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 7 pm. The first year of the agreement calls for $500 per month. There are proposed increases for the remaining 4 years of the agreement. The increases will reflect on the success of the operation and Administration will negotiate annually with Mr. Divito, and present to Council as part of the fees and charges by-law update. The concession would be expected to open by early to mid-June.

G. Director Parks & Recreation Services, May 19, 2015, Report No. 19/15 Re: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant Application.  Council is being requested to submit a funding request to complete aspects of our Town's proposed trail system through this federal funding program which will cover 50% of the total cost.  If successful, funds would be obtained from the Waterfront Park Reserve Fund; and $105,000 from the Infrastructure Reserve.  The projects would include:

  1. Paving 2.5 km of existing gravel trails in the community to make these trails more accessible to persons with disabilities;
  2. Expand the Lakewood trail system by adding trail connector links to the existing perimeter trail;
  3. Extend the Lakewood trail and make it accessible by adding two pedestrian bridges over the new channel connecting Manning Road roadside trail to the Lakewood trail system;
  4. Enhance the trails by adding benches, garbage cans and outdoor workout, recreational equipment along the trail.

H. Facilities Manager, May 15, 2015, Report No. 18/15 Re: Arena Front Doors - Removal and Replacement RFQ Award.  The Tender for $62,581 plus HST is proposed to be awarded to Dor-Co Sales and Service Ltd.

BY-LAWS
A. Bylaw 2015-37 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the provision of police services.  This is for our new six-year OPP Contract.

B. Bylaw 2015-38 - Being a by-law to appoint members to the Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee for the term of Council 2015-2018.  This would appoint me as a member of the Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee as the second Council representative.

C. Bylaw 2015-39 - Being a bylaw to confirm and appoint certain officers, servants and employees of The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh.  This is to appoint various members of administration as officials with specific delegated authority under provincial legislation and through the Town's own By-laws.

D. Bylaw 2015-40 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Encroachment Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and 2379665 Ontario Inc.  This agreement would allow Tecumseh Lanes Bowling at the corner of Tecumseh Road and Shawnee Road to use the public right-of-way to establish a patio service.

 

If you have any questions on these or any items please contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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