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

January 12th Council Meeting

Something new for 2016. Tecumseh will publish a preliminary agenda a few days earlier to give you more time to see whether you might have an item of interest at Council.  

At 6:30pm there will be a rezoning request from St. Gregory's Church to rezone the church rectory as a residential use from its current institutional use.

The remainder of business will begin at 7pm on Tuesday January 12th.  The packet can be found here.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

A. Sinnan Ar Rafi, November 26, 2015 - Re: Greatest Canadian History Fair - Chief Tecumseh Nomination.  Mr. Ar-Rafi is an Ajax student who has selected Tecumseh as the "Greatest Canadian" and has invited Mayor McNamara to attend the fair on Wednesday March 9th in Ajax.

B. The Corporation of the City of Kingston, December 15, 2015 - Re: Basic Income Guarantee.  The City of Kingston is seeking Council's support for a Basic Income Guarantee wherein all residents would be assured of minimum income redistributed from others in the community.

C. Municipality of Port Hope, December 16, 2015 - Re: Opposition to Incineration Facilities.  Port Hope is seeking Council's support for opposing any new incineration facilities in the Province of Ontario for disposal of solid waste.

D. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Building Canada Small Communities Fund.  OMAFRA has determined that the financial position of the Town of Tecumseh is too strong and therefore Tecumseh cannot qualify for this federal funding.

E. Fire Chief - Survivor Day - Save Pins.  The Fire Chief advises of an upcoming ceremony on February 26th at 1pm at St. Clair Centre for the Arts to recognize five Tecumseh firefighters who were able to help restore vital life signs and assist in recovery.  Recognized are Capt. Ray Simard and Firefighters Chris Pearson, Wade Bondy, Josh Easby and Ron Gambriel.  Congratulations!

F. Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) - Re: Notice of Poll.  There are five nominees for the three spots and therefore the upcoming convention will feature an election.

Further, the County of Essex and Town of Lakeshore, December 21, 2015 are asking the Town of Tecumseh to support the November 24, 2015 Resolution of the Council for the Town of Lakeshore directing that a letter be sent to CN Rail to determine what options may exist to reduce the length, speed and timing of the freight trains along the CN rail line, and that a letter of support be sent to CN Rail and copied to the Town of Lakeshore, County of Essex and area MP's.

 

MINUTES

A. Court of Revision, O'Keefe Drain - December 8, 2015

B. Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee – December 7, 2015

C. Joint Health and Safety Committee – December 10, 2015  

 

REPORTS

A. Director Information & Communication Services, December 14, 2015, Report No. 01/16 - Re: 2016 - 2020 ICS Lifecycle Works Plan.  A spending plan of $244,000 including $99,000 in carryover projects from 2015 is proposed for 2016.  Funds used will upgrade computer hardware and phones.  Residents will also benefit from new street photography.

B. Manager Town Facilities, January 4, 2016, Report No. 01/16 - Re: Arena / Pool Five (5) Year Capital Projects.  $145,000 is proposed to be spent in 2016 at Tecumseh Arena, including $5000 carryover from 2015, for heating and air quality improvements and to refurbish Dressing Room 11.  Further, $45,000 is proposed to be expended for improvements to the Tecumseh Pool including non-slip coating and a new sun shelter.

C. Manager Parks and Horticulture, December 7, 2015, Report No. 02/16 Re: Parks Five (5) Year Capital Projects.  For 2016, various refurbishments are proposed including Lakewood Park North board replacement, various basketball courts, drainage and electrical improvements at Lacasse Park, seeding and bench replacements at various parks, trail enhancements at Lakewood Park South, an update to the Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan, the Sportsplex Study, Tecumseh Town Centre Park Playground, and Weston Park Tennis Court Refurbishment for a total spend of $340,000 of which $160,000 is carryover from 2015.  $30,000 in new tree planting is also proposed as well as $91,000 in trail improvements including new McNorton Trail, Town Hall Trail, and Shawanoe Park trail replacement.

D. Manager Roads & Fleet, December 2, 2015, Report No. 03/16 - Re: 2016 Supply of Various Vehicles.  $345,000 in new vehicles are proposed to be acquired, primarily for use by the Parks Department.  Further, a new transit vehicle is proposed for purchase.  The older vehicles are proposed to be disposed of.

E. Manager Roads & Fleet, December 21, 2015, Report No. 04/16 - Re: VIA Rail Grade Crossings Information Request.  Dillon Consulting is being recommended to be retained to undertake a grade crossing assessment to comply with new federal regulations at a cost of $24,400.

G. Manager Water & Wastewater, December 10, 2015, Report No. 01/16 Re: 2014-2015 Tecumseh Distribution System - Inspection Report.  The Town's water facilities were inspected by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and were found to be in compliance with all regulations.

H. Manager Water & Wastewater, December 22, 2015, Report No. 05/16 Re: 2015 Annual Summary Report, Town of Tecumseh Distribution System.  This report specifies the instances where water services were found to be outside of compliance with regulations and what corrective actions were taken.

 

As always I can be reached at 226-773-1910 and [email protected]

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January 5th CIP Meeting

On Tuesday January 5th at 6 pm, Town Council will meet to receive feedback regarding the new Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.

The full report can be found here.

There are ten "big moves" as part of the plan:

  1. Create a new street section and identity for Tecumseh Road that is walkable and pedestrian friendly, including a reduction in the number of driving lanes, the provision of on-street parking and parking bays, enhanced landscaping and street furniture, and cycling facilities.
  2. Create a new west gateway to demarcate the westerly entrance to Main Street, with destination land uses such as a hotel or movie theatre.
  3. Create higher density residential neighbourhoods north and south of Main Street with integrated public and private open spaces, road and lane access, and pedestrian linkages.
  4. Provide mixed-use commercial residential development along the corridor, with retail at grade and residential above.
  5. Create a central pedestrian node (plaza) as the central gathering place for the community linked by a north-south pedestrian spine to other amenities and open spaces.
  6. Redevelop the St. Anne’s School site as a south pedestrian node and focus for a new large community amenity and central draw.
  7. Enhance the Town Parking lot as flexible event space.
  8. Celebrate and enhance the historic remnant heritage assets.
  9. Create a distinct heritage node at the east end of the corridor integrating the St. Anne’s church and open space, the BIA parkette, the museum, Ticonderoga Park, the north Lesperance Road heritage plaza, and the former industrial buildings north of the railway.
  10. Create a new tree lined civic pedestrian promenade north along Lesperance that redefines and enhances the existing civic buildings and open spaces, celebrates the historic street car route, and creates an attractive street frontage for Lesperance Road north.

For businesses and developers looking to locate along Tecumseh Road, there will be a dramatic shift in terms of the urban design. There will be a mandatory easement across the first 2 to 4m of property to expand walking space.  There will also be prohibitions on backlit box signs and there will be required architectural features.  Parking will not be allowed in the front of properties; new lanes are expected to be created to the rear of properties.

Of particular interest is with the creation of these lanes, there will be access to presently vacant lands adjacent to the railway which is expected to be redeveloped as higher density housing.

Council would very much like to receive your feedback on this.  If you cannot attend on Tuesday, please feel free to call me at 226-773-1910 or e-mail me at [email protected]

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