This week is a busy one at Tecumseh Town Council.
On Monday November 23rd beginning at 4pm, Council will consider the 2016 Budget. Representatives of the Tecumseh Police Services Board will present as delegations the proposed budget for police services.
The budget document can be found here while the meeting packet can be found here. The budget proposes a zero per cent increase for the Town's portion of municipal taxes and an average increase in water rates of 2.6%. Water services operate on a cost recovery basis. Some of the feedback that the Town has received so far can be found here.
Beginning at 5:30pm on Tuesday, November 24th, Council will host a Public Meeting to consider a rezoning at County Road 46 and County Road 19/Manning Road. The former Bisnett/Secord and Smith Funeral Home is proposed to be converted to an Art Gallery and Studio and retail Hobby Shop. The applicants also seek to legalize the residence that exists on site. This meeting is the statutory public meeting to receive resident input under the Planning Act. The packet can be found here.
At 6:00pm Council is considering committee appointments and will set direction with respect to awarding the 2015 Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award and a proposal to extend nominations until December 18, 2015, for the 2015 Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award and the 2016 Senior of the Year Award. The packet can be found here.
Beginning at 7pm, Regular Business of Council will be considered. The packet for this meeting can be found here.
- Council will be presenting the AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Award to Michael Wasylyk.
- Municipality of Neebing, October 9, 2015 Re: Consultation on the Police Services Act. The Municipality of Neebing is seeking Council's support for the Province of Ontario to consider allowing a greater share of policing duties to civilians and non-uniformed officers in order to control costs.
- Essex County Agricultural Hall of Fame, October 28, 2015. Council is advised that nominations for the 2016 Essex County Agricultural Hall of Fame are now being received. The deadline to submit an application is December 31, 2015.
- Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, November 2015 Re: Nomination Call, Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. The Minister invites the community to supply nominations for these two awards, with deadlines of January 15th and January 25th, respectively. Nominations can be initiated at http://www.ontario.ca/honoursandawards/
- County of Essex Re: Notice of Adoption of Official Plan Amendment No. 1, Kingsville Golf & Curling Club. The County of Essex advises that it has approved the advertised amendment to its official plan which allows an area adjacent to Kingsville Golf & Curling Club to be redeveloped from Agricultural land to a residential settlement.
- Town of Lakeshore, Notice of Statutory Public Meeting Re: Housekeeping Zoning Bylaw Amendment, ZBA 5-2015. The Town of Lakeshore is undertaking a series of housekeeping amendments to its Zoning By-law and generally do not affect Town of Tecumseh residents.
- Ontario Good Roads Association, November 16, 2015 Re: Report of the OGRA Nominating Committee. The Ontario Good Roads Association supplies a proposed slate of directors for the upcoming Ontario Good Roads Association elections.
Manager Engineering Services, November 3, 2015, Report No. 62/15 - Re: Bridge Signage & Roadside Safety Review (2015). Council is asked to adopt the report entitled “2015 Bridge Roadside Safety Review, November 2015,” as prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited, to reflect Council's future budget priorities for the basis of the Bridge Roadside Safety improvements component of the annual Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan.
Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, November 17, 2015, Report No. 36/15 Re: Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment, Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of London, 13803 St. Gregory's Road. The applicant is proposing to sever the Rectory lands on the Northeast corner from the rest of the property which could allow for potential sale. Administration is recommending the hosting of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
- Manager Building Services, Chief Building Official, November 9, 2015, Report No. 37/15 Re: Storm Water Mitigation for Infill Lots in ERCA Regulated Areas. Administration advises that it attempted to meet with the Essex Region Conservation Authority to try and alleviate the situation that has arisen in recent years where new building lots are graded far higher than those adjacent. Sadly, it appears that this is governed by provincial legislation and there are no further actions that the Town of Tecumseh can take to address this.
- Council to appoint Local Authority Services (LAS) as the Meeting Investigator pursuant to Sections 8,9,10 and 239.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001 c.25, as amended
- Council to appoint Robert J. Swayze as the Integrity Commissioner for The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh pursuant to Sections 9, 10, 11 and 223.3 of the Municipal Act, 2001 S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended.
- I have put forward a motion to extend the public consultation time for Council business from five days to seven days.
If you have any questions on these or other items please be in touch with me at [email protected] or 226-773-1910.
Council next meets on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30pm.
The first part of the meeting will be to consider the Drainage Report, prepared by Chris Thibert, P.Eng., of Dillon Consulting Ltd., dated September 30, 2015, for the repair and improvement of the O’Keefe Drain. Cleaning of the O'Keefe Drain has been determined to be required and benefiting property owners are proposed to be assessed their respective share of costs. The packet can be found here.
The regular meeting packet can be found here. Delegations will include Tony Haddad, Chief Administrative Officer, Luc Gagnon, Director of Financial Services/Treasurer; and Tom Kitsos, Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector regarding the 2016 Proposed Budget.
Council is being advised of nominations for the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to accessibility and disability issues. Nominations close on December 3rd.
Randy Pettapiece, MPP Perth-Wellington, October 23, 2015 advises Council of the passage of the Resolution for Fairness in Provincial Infrastructure Fund at Queen's Park which encourages the government to support funding levels that are generally equivalent whether or not the electoral riding is held by a government or opposition member.
Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, November 5, 2015. Council is advised that it the Province has declined to support Tecumseh's application for funds under the Second Intake of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund because the Town's economic conditions and fiscal position were not seen to be detrimental enough to warrant support under this program.
The Chief Administrative Officer provides his Strategic Priorities Progress Report. Earlier this year, Council held a Strategic Priorities session detailing where Administrative efforts ought to be focused. This report provides an update with respect to the Town's progress in achieving those outcomes. Generally speaking these include SMART GROWTH: Make the Town of Tecumseh an even better place to live, work and invest through a shared vision for our residents and newcomers; SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE: Ensure that the Town of Tecumseh’s current and future growth is built upon the principles of sustainability and strategic decision-making; and HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Integrate the principles of health and wellness into all of the Town of Tecumseh’s plans and priorities and the full report speaks to specific initiatives that the CAO and staff are undertaking to adhere to these goals.
The Chief Administrative Officer advises of the ongoing Municipal Legislation Review regarding the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Council is being asked to support nine  principles outlined in support of a mature Provincial-Municipal relationship and to supports existing submissions on Municipal Legislation Review developed by AMO, OMAA, MFOA and AMCTO. The nine principles are:
- Municipalities are responsible and accountable governments.
- New legislation shall enhance existing municipal powers.
- The Province shall stop micromanaging municipal governments.
- Where there is a compelling Provincial interest, the Province shall, when regulating municipal government, define at the outset that interest.
- Provincial legislation shall be drafted with the expectation of responsible municipal government behaviour and not as a remedial tool.
- Accountability means mutual respect between municipal government, the Province and other public agencies.
- Resources for municipal governments shall be sustainable and commensurate with the level of responsibility.
- The Municipal Act shall include principles that will protect the Municipal Act and municipal powers from all provincial legislation.
- The Province shall commit to increasing the understanding and awareness of municipal government within all ministries.
Deputy Clerk, October 27, 2015, Report No. 40/15 Re: Parking Lot Lease Agreement Renewal, 12150 Tecumseh Road. Administration is recommending that the Town extend the current lease of part of this property to provide for downtown area parking. The property is located across from St. Anne's Church and Pat & Hank's Fish and Chips.
Director Corporate Services/Clerk, October 28, 2015, Report No. 41/15 Re: FIT 3.1 Solar Resolution Contract Holders. Administration is recommending a blanket resolution supporting all applications within the Town of Tecumseh, based on the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) blanket template in Section 2.4(d)(vii) of the FIT Contract, Version 3.1, be passed in support of applications to the OPA under the Feed in Tariff Program (FIT Program) for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) generation projects over ten (10) kilowatts and under five hundred (500) kilowatts, located within the Town of Tecumseh:
Director Corporate Services/Clerk, October 27, 2015, Report No. 42/15 Re: Appointment of an Integrity Commissioner. Administration is recommending that Mr. Robert Swayze, of Caledon, Ontario, be appointed as the Town's Integrity Commissioner. Costs for the integrity commissioner will be shared with Amherstburg, Essex and LaSalle.
Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, November 4, 2015, Report No. 35/15 Re: Tecumseh Transit Service (TTS), Transit Delivery and Maintenance Services Request for Proposals, Selection of Preferred Proponent. First Student Canada is recommended as the main proponent, with a five year cost that was $55,533 below the next proponent (Transit Windsor) and a net five year cost of $1,019,340.
Manager Roads and Fleet, October 15, 2015, Report No. 60/15 Re: No Parking along Shields Street from County Road 43 to the
Easterly Limit of Shields Street, Adjacent Vista Academy School. Administration is recommending approval of enacting No Parking in this area.
If you have any questions of comments please feel free to be in touch at [email protected] or 226-773-1910.