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

April 28th Council Meeting

This week our meetings begin at 6pm.

First, Council will be discussing Area Specific Development Charges for the area west of Manning Road south of County Road 22.  In order to provide the best possible neighbourhood benefit, the Town proposes to collect additional development charges from each development in order to regionalize certain infrastructure and to create a regional park.  This would include creating a Stormwater Retention Pond, sewer and drain system, and roads for the area as a whole rather than requiring the individual property owners to manage themselves.  

Without this development charge, each development would create their own infrastructure leading to the creation of several smaller ponds, pumping stations and small parks.  This isn't as economical nor desirable long-term as maintenance costs are higher.  The full packet is found here.

 

Regular business begins at 7pm and includes the following.  The full packet is available here.

DELEGATIONS

A. Longtime Public Works employee Aurelia Toffolon will be recognized by Council.  Aurelia is retiring and we wish her the very best!
B. Stephen Young will present on the Job Creation Partnership program for the Tecumseh Archives which included the digital archiving of the Tecumseh Tribune as well as some artifacts at the Tecumseh Community Museum.
C. The Business Improvement Area Board of Management will present their budget for 2015.  As defined by the Province of Ontario, a Business Improvement Area is a geographic area in a municipality. A BIA board of management is an organization set up to provide certain business promotion and improvement functions within that area.  Business Improvement Areas offer a self-help approach to revitalizing business districts.  Previous Councils have determined that this improvement area includes Ward 1 and 2, and the northern part of Ward 3.  A BIA allows local business people and property owners to join together and with the support of the municipality, to organize, finance and carry out physical improvement and promote economic development.  Town Council is responsible for approving the budget of the BIA.

COMMUNICATIONS

A. Town of Essex, April 13, 2015 - Re: Funding Formula for Ontario's Rural Schools.  The Town of Essex is asking for Council's support in petitioning the province to allocate education funds to maintaining lower enrollment in rural school facilities in order to prevent their closure.  Administration is not recommending support.
B. Township of Carling, April 22, 2015 - Re: Resolution 15-057 Ontario Hydro One Rates.  The Township of Carling is asking for Council's support in petitioning the province to reverse its recent decision to increase electricity rates and to actively solicit ways to reduce electricity costs.  Administration is not recommending support.
C. Essex Region Conservation Authority - Re: Source Protection Plan Approved.  This is an advisory that the Essex Region Source Protection Plan is now approved by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  The Source Protection Plan is intended to protect our drinking water sources from being polluted.

 

REPORTS

A. Chief Administrative Officer, April 16, 2015 - Re: OPP Contract Renewal.  The Chief Administrative Officer is recommending a five year agreement for policing services expiring December 31, 2019 with the Ontario Provincial Police.  The recommendation features a reduction in services from the status quo with the proposed reduction of our local detachment sergeant and 4 of the 6 computers.  The annual savings over the life of the contract with these reductions is $182,000 on top of the reduction that the municipality received from the changes to the provincial billing model which was $1.8 million.  Municipalities can select a contract period for up to six years.

B. Chief Administrative Officer, April 20, 2015, Report No. 06/15 Re: Town of Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland 15 Year Twinning
Anniversary.  Oldcastle, in County Meath, Ireland, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its twinning with the Town of Tecumseh.  They have invited a delegation from Tecumseh to attend the celebration.  Council is being asked to fund travel for one delegation to attend.

C. Director Staff Services/Clerk, April 10, 2015, Report No. 12/15.  Re: 2011-2014 Open and Closed Council Meetings.  This report details the time spent in various categories of Council meetings including closed council meetings for the previous term of Council.

D. Directory Staff Services/Clerk, April 15, 2015, Report No. 13/15 Re: Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee Appointment
The Clerk recommends the appointment of Ron Matysek to the Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee.

E. Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector, April 17, 2015, Report No. 04/15  Re: 2015 Final Tax Rates.  The Treasurer is recommending approval of a final tax rate of 0.01397032 per dollar of assessed property value.  This is an increase of 0.54% from 2014.

F. Manager Building Services/Chief Building Official, April 20, 2015 Re: 2014 Year End By-law Enforcement Report.  The Chief Building Official reports on the volume of complaints received in 2014 and details which properties have outstanding orders issued from 2014.

G. Manager, Water & Wastewater Services, April 9, 2015, Report No. 18/15 - Re: 2014 Annual Performance Report for the Skyway
Subdivision Wastewater Treatment Facility.  This report receives the performance report submitted to the Ministry of the Environment from the Ontario Clean Water Agency from the now-decommissioned Skyway Wastewater Treatment Facility.

H. Drainage Superintendent, April 13, 2015, Report No. 19/15.  Re: Request for Repair and Improvement to a Municipal Drain,
Appointment of Drainage Engineer - Sullivan Creek Drain.  The Drainage Superintendent is recommending the hiring of a Drainage Engineer to begin design for improvements to the Sullivan Creek Drain under the Drainage Act with costs to be assessed to benefiting property owners.  Repair work was requested by a property owner serviced by the drain.

I. Drainage Superintendent, April 17, 2015, Report No. 20/15.  Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain,
Appointment of Drainage Engineer - Eighth Concession/South Talbot.  The Drainage Superintendent is recommending the hiring of a Drainage Engineer to begin design for improvements to the Eighth Concession/South Talbot Drain under the Drainage Act with costs to be assessed to benefiting property owners.  Repair work was requested by a property owner serviced by the drain.

J. Manager, Roads and Fleet, March 24, 2015, Report No. 21/15 Re: Annual Sign Reflectivity Inspection.  The Manager of Roads and Fleet is requesting budget dollars to inspect traffic signage to make sure that it meets new reflectivity standards.  A contractor is proposed to carry out this work at a cost of $11,000.

K. Director Parks and Recreation Services, April 21, 2015, Report No.  15/15 - Re: Multi-Use Sportsplex Feasibility Study/Business Plan.  The Director of Parks and Recreation is recommending proceeding with a feasibility study for construction of a new Sports Dome at the Tecumseh Arena site that could be used by multiple sports at a cost of $100,000 funded from the unallocated infrastructure reserve.  These funds would initiate the public consultation process, include the data collection and consolidation of feedback, account for RFP process advertising, and complete the overall plan for final decision by Council once complete.

 

For further information on this or other matters please contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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April 14th Council Meeting

Coming up at this week's Council Meeting.  You can read the full packet here.

At 6pm Council will be considering the new OPP Contract.  You can read the materials for this section here.  Council has not expressed its will on this matter through resolution at this point in time.

Beginning at 7pm, Regular Business begins:

COMMUNICATIONS

A. Township of Southgate, March 23, 2015 - Re: Resolution - Bill 52, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2014.  The Township of Southgate is requesting Town Council's support in endorsing Bill 52 which supports individual freedoms against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation.  Administration is not recommending endorsement.

B. The Township of Madawaska Valley, April 7, 2015 - Re: Hydro Rates.  The Township of Madawaska Valley is requesting Town Council's support for provincial relief for its residents with respect to Hydro One charges.  Administration is not recommending endorsement. 

C. Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon - Re: Private Members Bill 36, Respecting Private Property Act.  MPP Jones is asking for feedback with respect to the Respecting Private Property Act which creates new fines of $500 for trespassing and increases compensation amounts to $25,000.  Administration is not recommending a response.

D. Essex Region Conservation Foundation - Re: 27th Annual Golf Tournament, July 23, 2015.  Administration is seeking Council's direction with respect to purchasing tickets or sponsoring the Essex Region Conservation Foundation Golf Tournament and recommends that tickets be purchased for the ERCA Representatives.

E. City of Stratford, April 2, 2015 - Re: Community Mailboxes, Canada Post.  The City of Stratford has expressed to Canada Post that in order to protect the municipal right-of-way and the use thereof, it is asking for Canada Post to sign a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the expected consultation process and guidelines for mailbox placement.  It is also requiring a formal agreement for use of the right-of-way and costs.  Failing approval of both, Stratford will not allow placement of the boxes.  Administration is recommending that a letter be authorized with similar language from the Town of Tecumseh.  In principle I am supportive of this measure given that the municipality is powerless with respect the installation of these new mailboxes and adopting said guidelines would provide certainty and guidance for Town Administration, as well as providing a known and fair standard for the municipality as a whole.

The minutes of last meeting, including the two Court of Revision sessions, will be ratified. 

REPORTS

Clerks

A. Director Staff Services/Clerk, April 1, 2015, Report No. 08/15 Re: Farm Lease Agreement - John Nostadt 2015-16 Years.  Administration is recommending a sole-source lease to John Nostadt to allow for farming of this property as there is no direct road access to Baseline Road for the 18 acres affected at this time and access would be required through lands already leased by Mr. Nostadt. The lease is for $4,050. 

B. Director Staff Services/Clerk, April 1, 2015, Report No. 09/15 Re: Community Support Centre Services Agreement, Two Year Term Renewal: 2016-2017.  Administration is recommending that Council approve extending an agreement with Community Support Centre in an amount of $10,000 to provide transit services for seniors and disabled residents.  A $3 subsidy is given to each resident requiring the service up to the $10,000 amount.

C. Director Staff Services/Clerk, March 19, 2015, Report No. 10/15 Re: Tenth (10th) Concession Drain - Repair and Improvement Court of Revision Appointment.  Administration is recommending that Councillor Jobin be appointed to the City of Windsor's Court of Revision hearing this matter in the City of Windsor representing Tecumseh as the drain crosses municipal boundaries.

D. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, April 7, 2015, Report No. 06/15 - Re: Town of Tecumseh New Official Plan, Urban Design Discussion Paper, April 2015.  Administration has released an Urban Design discussion paper which will be received for the first time at this meeting.  By receiving the discussion paper, public consultation on its contents can begin.  Of note is that last month Council also received a housing discussion paper which remains in consultation period.

E. Director Planning and Building Services, April 7, 2015, Report No. 08/15 - Re: Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, Extension of the Investment in Affordable Housing Program (IAH-E), 2015 Rental Housing Component.  Administration is recommending approval of participation in this program which ensures that new builds within Tecumseh can be eligible for funding.  This participation requires that the multi-residential and single unit residential tax rates be equivalent for subject properties.  In effect, this means that the Town could be providing a grant of $7,419.33 every year for 20 years to affordable housing developers.

F. Director Planning and Building Services, April 7, 2015, Report No 09/15 - Re: Valente Development Corporation, South Side of Arbour Street (Former St. Anne High School, South Campus), Development Agreement Approval.  Administration is recommending approval of seven semi-detached dwellings, six 3-unit townhome dwellings and four 4-unit townhome dwellings, totalling 48 dwelling units on a 2.9 hectare site.  Carmelita Hall and the St. Anne's High School Staley Field were located at this site previously.

G. Manager Engineering Services, March 25, 2015, Report No. 15/15 Re: Manning Road Secondary Plan Area, Stormwater Management Environmental Study Report Addendum (December 2014-Updated March 2015).  Council will be receiving an amended ESR which dealt with the proposed new multi-development stormwater facility intended for development located between County Road 22 and the CP Mainline.  The amendments were to incorporate new lands and to incorporate public comments received.

H. Manager Roads and Fleet, March 30, 2015, Report No. 16/15 Re: West Nile Virus Program - 2015 Funding.  Administration is requesting up to $6000 to help fund larvicide to help control insects and prevent spread of West Nile Virus.  Funding would be sought from external sources to offset costs wherever possible.

I. Manager Roads and Fleet, April 1, 2015, Report No. 17/15 Re: A Review of Existing Community Safety Zones.  Administration advises that the Community Safety Zone installed outside of Victoria Public School is no longer required and can be removed. 

J. Manager Facilities and Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector, March 30, 2015, Report No. 13/15 - Re: Green Energy Act, O. Reg. 397/11 Compliance Requirements 13-15 Parks - Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan 041415.  Administration is requesting approval of their plan to abide by provincial regulation 397/11 and requires:

  1. An annual summary of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for the
    operation of the municipality.
  2. A description of measures for:
    a. Conserving and otherwise reducing the amount of energy consumed by operation; and
    b. Managing the demands for energy, including a forecast of the expected results of current and proposed measures.

 

For any questions on these or other matters please contact me at 226-773-1910 or Andrew@andrewdowie.ca

 

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