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

March 24th Council Meeting

Coming up at this week's meeting:

Beginning at 5pm there will be two meetings of the Court of Revision.  The Court of Revision exists to approve special levies or charges to undertake additional work that would not normally fall under municipal taxes.

The first involves assessing affected residents for maintenance of the Dickson Drain.  Further information can be found here:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Court%20of%20Revision/2015-03/24-17-00/Packet.pdf

The second involves assessing affected residents for maintenance of the South McPhee Drain.  Further information can be found here:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Court%20of%20Revision/2015-03/24-18-00/Packet.pdf

Minutes for the Special Council Meeting of January 23, 2015, Strategic Planning and Priority Setting Session, for the Proposed Zoning meeting regarding a development proposed for 1310 Lesperance Road, and the Regular Council Meeting - March 10, 2015 are to be approved.

The packet covering the remaining items can be found here:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Regular%20Council%20Meeting/2015-03/24-19-00/Packet.pdf 

Delegations will include:

  • Harry J. Bell, Regional Manager, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities speaking about the Jumpstart program that funds recreational programming spaces in the Town of Tecumseh.
  • Fred Raby, President, St Clair Beach Optimist Club will speak to the new Taste of Tecumseh Food & Wine Festival that will be held June 20-21st.

Communications to be received will include:

  • City of Woodstock Accessibility Advisory Committee - Canada Post Community Box Initiative.  This resolution asks Canada Post to fully reconsider end to home delivery in Canada.
  • Township of South Stormont, February 18, 2015 Re: Dedication of 1% of HST/GST to Municipalities. The Township of South Stormont has passed a resolution to dedicate 1% of the federal component of the HST to municipalities. Administration recommends supporting this resolution. 
  • LAS Municipal Energy Finance Workshop - April 28, 2015. Approval is required for Council members to participate in this event in Chatham.
  • Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Re: OAFC Municipal Officials Seminar, May 2 & 3. Approval is required for Council members to participate in this event in Toronto.

Approval of Committee Minutes:

  • Police Services Board - February 10, 2015
  • Corn Festival Committee - March 12, 2015

Reports:

  • Chief Administrative Officer, March 17, 2015, Strategic Planning Priorities.  This report governs Council's strategic priorities for 2015 and 2016 detailing what we prioritize for the coming years as a Council.
  • JCP Program Coordinator, March 13, 2015, This report speaks to the near-completion of an archiving program involving photography of Tecumseh Area Historical Society artifacts as well as past copies of the Tecumseh Tribune.  This project began one year ago and approval is sought for an extension of a few more weeks to complete all works.  
  • Data Fix – Municipal Voter View Application, Voters List Management Services Agreement 2015-2018.  Administration is recommending contracting with DataFix to correct the voters list over the next four years at a cost of $7000.  
  • Health & Safety Policy No. 7 and Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Policy No. 68 Annual Review - These Human Resources policies govern staff and Council members, and are regulatory in nature.
  • Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment, 1310 Lesperance Road, (Sapardanis / Masotti Construction) 07-15 Planning - This application was first presented at last meeting for consideration by Council and is now being brought forward for approval.  The applicant is proposing to construct 2 6-unit buildings across from Ecole St. Antoine on Lesperance Road at Lanoue.  
  • Drinking Water Quality Management System, Operational Plan Version 5.  This report is brought forward to be adopted as Council's plan to ensure safe drinking water for Tecumseh residents.
  • Tender Award Supply of a Single Axle Truck & Snow Plow Package.  This report speaks to the recommended acquisition of a new Single Axle Truck Snow Plow Package.  While the lowest bidder is being recommended, the vehicle will not be able to be put into service in time for our next winter season.  The cost will be $207,872.90 plus HST and acquisition will be from Team Truck Freightliner following a competitive bidding process.
  • Tender Award for the Supply of a Tandem Truck and Contractors Dump Box.  This report recommends the acquisition of a Tandem Axle Truck with Contractors Dump Box from Carrier Centers with Wiltsie – International Workstar at a cost of $177,026.50 following a competitive bidding process.
  • Tender Award for the Supply of Various Vehicles.  This report recommends acquisition of a 2015/2016 4 Door Passenger Vehicle (CUV/SUV) in the amount of $18,171 plus HST, from Windsor Chrysler and one (1) 2015/2016 4X2 3500 Reg. Cab and Chassis and Dump Body 1½ ton, in the amount of $58,624 plus HST, from Ken Knapp Ford following a competitive bidding process.
  • A Taste of Tecumseh Food and Wine Festival.  Council is being asked to grant approval for this event to be held on June 20-21 at Lakewood Park South organized by the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach.
  • The Bylaws being considered relate to the items discussed in the meeting as follows:
    • 2015-22 - Being a by-law to amend By-law 1746, the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law for those lands in the former Town of Tecumseh. (1310 Lesperance Road, Plan 279, Lots 24-26 Sapardanis / Masotti Construction) Bylaw No 2015-22 Zoning By-law Amendment D19 1310LE B.
    • Bylaw 2015-23 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Voter List Management Services Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Comprint Systems Inc. [DataFix]
    • Bylaw 2015-23 DataFix (Voterview) Agreement

If you have any questions on these or other items related to Council, please leave me a message here or at 226-773-1910.

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March 10th Council Meeting

Coming up this week at Tecumseh Town Council, we will be working on the following matters:

6pm:  Proposed Rezoning at 1310 Lesperance (Across from Ecole St-Antoine and next to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 261 to permit the redevelopment of the property for a residential development consisting of two, 2.5-storey, six-unit dwellings with associated parking and landscaped areas. The subject property is currently occupied by a single-unit dwelling that is to be demolished as part of the redevelopment. The subject property is currently designated "Residential" in the Tecumseh Official Plan. The Official Plan encourages varying densities or residential uses that can be appropriately integrated with the existing and proposed development pattern.

Further details can be found here:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Public%20Council%20Meeting/2015-03/10-18-00/Packet.pdf

 

7pm:  Regular business begins.  The full agenda package can be found here.   http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Regular%20Council%20Meeting/2015-03/10-19-00/Packet.pdf

ERCA Budget - Council will be asked to formally receive the 2015 Draft Budget for the Essex Region Conservation Authority.  A levy increase of $20,500 is being sought, which is approximately a 0.73% increase amounting to an average of 3 cents per household over last year.

Municipal Finance Officials Association - March 24 & 25, 2015 - Council will determine whether any members will be attending the Municipal Finance Officials Association Asset Management Symposium

Request for Storyboard Commemoration at Poisson Park re Handy Place Store (LaBute Family) - Council is being asked to refer to Administration a request from resident Shalaina Kitsos requesting a Storyboard at Poisson Park to commemorate the Town's history and legacy of the LaBute Family.

BIA Minutes - Council is asked to approve the minutes of the BIA meetings of October 8, 2014, November 12, 2014, January 14, 2015 and February 11, 2015.  Of note is the recent cancellation of the Art of Eating Festival for the original June 2015 date.

Beach Grove Golf & Country Club is requesting a Noise Bylaw Exemption for Friday, July 31, 2015, and Friday, August 28, 2015, to permit music entertainment until 11:30 pm.  Area residents and OPP will be informed of this exemption from the Noise By-law, and concerns and complaints will to be monitored.  We are advised that these events occur regularly.

Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program - Council is being asked to approve the 2015 Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program, which allows Caregivers of Feral cats to receive up to a maximum of five [5] vouchers, issued on a first come, first serve basis, with a 120-day expiry period.  Vouchers for the 2015 Program be made available on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.  A Media Release is also proposed to be issued advising of the 2015 Program, along with a notice in the Shoreline Week, as well as on the Town’s website, Twitter and Facebook Page.

Statement of Remuneration and Expenses Paid in 2014 - This is a report describing the payments made to Council and committee members, both for Council pay and for reimbursements.  My own figures are $2,048 for Council Pay - this includes $200 additional to the regular meetings for my time spent at the AMO West Municipal Conference - and $390 for conference participation reimbursement at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.  

Fire Five (5) Year Capital Projects - Fire and Rescue Services is seeking approval to purchase the following funded from the Lifecycle Reserve, to replace past equipment that has reached the end of its useful life:

  • a) 6 Swiss phone pagers $ 3,225
  • b) 4 Firefighter helmets $ 1,300
  • c) 5 sets of firefighter bunker gear $11,500

In 2019, upgrades are proposed to the Training Room for Station 1. The Table and chairs have been used extensively and will need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear as well as ergonomically correct equipment at a cost of $5,000. Heavy hydraulic extrication tools, with one unit powered by a gasoline engine and the second unit being an e-draulic unit run by batteries, are proposed to be replaced at a cost of $25,000.

Information Services Lifecycle Upgrades - Council is being asked to approve $190,000 of technology software replacements including PCs, copiers, scanners, geographic photography, and phones is due for replacement this year.  This cost is fairly consistent from year to year.

In future years, items such as GPS unit replacements for vehicles, e-mail server, Town website, data backup and Financial software will be due for upgrades.

Tecumseh's New Official Plan Process, Housing and Residential Intensification Discussion Paper will be presented for the first time as prepared by the Planning and Building Services Department will be received and be deemed available for agency and public consultation review.  Intensification generally means that more persons will live in a given area and neighbourhood density will increase.  I encourage you to read through this document as it will set the direction going forward for how our town will look and the development that we will encourage.

The 2014 Year End Permit Report for building permits will be presented.  Development was relatively flat from 2013 to 2014, with some reductions in new construction but increases in renovations.

All-Way Stop Sign Installation Request at Brouillette Crescent and Southfield Drive - Council is being asked not to approve this request for a stop sign adjacent to the Brouillette Manor Rest Home as the technical warrants including vehicle volumes and right-of-way control have not been met.

Pike Creek Bridge at 12th Concession Road (Bridge #1002) Tender Award is being brought forward to Council for approval in the amount of in the amount of $371,274 excluding HST to Signature Contractors Windsor.  

2015 International Dragon Boat Festival - Permission is being sought from event organizers to serve alcohol as part of the event as well as have a loudspeaker from 8am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The co-located music and food festival known as Lakeview Eats and Beats will not be proceeding this year.  A small quartet will play at the Lakeview Park North pavilion and food will be served at Lakewood Park South.  Riverside will be closed from Grace to Edgewater and Manning will be closed north of Little River for pedestrian control with parking restrictions west to Centennial and east to Grant and south to St. Gregory's.  The event is being billed $1,750 for use and care of the park and OPP services will be billed separately. Setup will begin on July 17th.  Event organizers plan to use Lakewood Park South for parking unless weather conditions require otherwise.  

Tecumseh Corn Festival - The Knights of Columbus # 4375 is seeking permission to serve, sell and consume alcoholic beverages at Lacasse Park from August 27-30, 2015.  Relief is sought from the Noise By-law No. 2002-07, as amended, in order to permit the Tecumseh Corn Festival to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment during the following time periods: Thursday, August 27, from 3:00 pm - 1:00 am; Friday, August 28 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 am; Saturday, August 29 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 am, and Sunday, August 30 from 12:00pm – 7:00 pm.  The Tecumseh Corn Festival is also seeking permission to use the municipal parking lots located at Town Hall (917 Lesperance Road) and Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena (12021 McNorton Street) for Festival visitor parking.

Optimist Club's Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks - Council is being asked to waive fees of $148 for use of the Optimist Community Centre and Green Acres Park pavilion for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach’s 2015 Victoria Day Fireworks Display, as well as fees associated with the fireworks permit, at a cost of $50, be waived.  Council is also being asked to schedule the Ontario Provincial Police [OPP] to walk through the park the evening of the fireworks display.

Finally, Council is being asked to appoint the new Corn Festival Committee and also to co-host a meeting regarding the site selection of the new Windsor Regional Hospital to be held on April 7th, at 7pm, at the Atlas Tube Centre.

Please let me know if you have questions on these or other items.  Feel free to attend the Council Meeting as well on Tuesday.

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