Over the past week, an issue that has been brought to my attention a few times has been our power. Specifically, our electricity distribution system. In the eastern part of Ward 1, and it's been the same experience at my home, the area is prone to brief outages, lasting only a few seconds at a time. I'm always resetting my oven clock. The reliability of the system is concerning to a few residents, worried about the impact on appliances, electronics and personal property.
Essex Powerlines is in charge of the electricity distribution for Ward 1. It inherited the network from the former Tecumseh Public Utilities Commission. While not a municipal service, the Town of Tecumseh is part owner of Essex Power and is represented on its board by two seats. Therefore as residents, we do have a mechanism for addressing known issues by directing our appointed representatives to act on our behalf.
We also have a healthy mix of standards in our municipality. The older parts of the community remain serviced by overhead distribution. These are easier to repair but also more susceptible to wind and environmental damage. Neighbourhoods like mine have underground services, with hydro boxes located in certain front yards.
I won't pretend to know what is causing the electrical failures at this point. It is an area of significant interest for me, though. I'm affected as much as you are. Right now it is difficult to easily find information about what our issues are and how Essex Power is investing funds to address it. I know that they are; the Essex Power crews have been visibly working at this in the neighbourhood and I have myself received a letter a few years ago detailing that improvements were under way for my street.
Once compiled, I intend to provide an information source here at andrewdowie.ca speaking of hydro issues and the capital plan that Essex Power is following to make improvements.
Have you been experiencing electrical outages, even for a brief second? Post your comments here. I would love to know where these brief outages are occurring and how widespread they are.
What past candidates have told me over the years is true. It is an absolutely worthwhile experience to run for municipal council, win or lose. Since my declaration on Friday, I have met some truly inspiring and terrific people; engaging, warm, and neighbourly. The goodwill at the doors and the generosity of friends and colleagues in supporting my campaign has been far beyond what I could have ever expected.
You will find me out in your neighbourhood at some point over the next several weeks. I look forward to meeting you directly and to learning about what the future of our town should look like. You will hear from me of my 12 years of direct experience working in municipal government and delivering the same municipal services that the town provides and my vision and ideas of how I'd like to see the town grow and prosper. You'll also hear of my volunteer involvement: Chairing the Windsor-Essex Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario, my role as a leader with the 35th Tecumseh Scout Group, and my appointments to the Tecumseh Committee of Adjustment and Property Standards Committee.
I also want to give a shout out of thanks to all of the candidates running for the various positions in town. Whomever among us are elected, we're all seeking a bright future for our community and that is something that can and ought to be celebrated.
I'll be visiting you soon, so keep an eye out.