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

September 22nd Meeting

This Tuesday September 22nd, Council business begins at 6:30pm with a meeting of the Court of Revision.  You can access the full packet here.  This meeting is being hosted to receive appeals from any residents assessed for Repair and Improvement to the South Malden Road Drain (Lower Portion) and Graham Drain.

Regular business begins at 7pm and will include the following items.  The full packet can be found here.

Communications

A. Ciociaro Club, September 2, 2015 Re: Letter of Thanks to Tecumseh Fire Department.  The Tecumseh Fire Department is sent thanks from the Ciociaro Club for having managed a roof fire on August 29th that did not result in any disruptions to business operations.

B. Wendy Pulleyblank-Cunningham, September 10, 2015 Re: 50th Anniversary of Fire Fighting Services in the former Sandwich
South Township.  Council and staff are invited to attend this celebration on Thursday, October 15th at 6 p.m. at Fire Station #2 in Oldcastle

C. Union Gas Limited, July 23, 2015 Re: Expansion of Natural Gas Distribution.  Council is advised that Union Gas has applied for permission to extend its services to communities of Milverton, Prince Township and, the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Lambton Shores.

D. Wetland Conservation Program (MNRF), September 3, 2015 Re: Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper.  Council is advised that comments are being received regarding Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper until October 30, 2015.  A public meeting is being held in London on October 6th at London Public Library, 3200 Wonderland Rd S from 6:30- 8:00pm.

E. Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), September 14, 2015 Re: MPAC Announces New Vice-President, Municipal and
Stakeholder Relations.  MPAC announces that Carla Nell will take on the role of Vice-President, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations at MPAC.

F. City of Windsor, Environment Transportation & Public Safety Standing Committee Re: Environment, Transportation & Public Safety Standing Committee Report 295.  Council is advised that the City of Windsor has approved changes to the Terms of Reference for the Windsor-Essex County Environment Committee which includes various amendments including reducing the number of members, deleting references to specific sectors, transferring supervision of the coordinator fully to the City of Windsor administration, specifying that all recommendations are to be approved by City & County Councils prior to making any recommendations to a third party and/or private agency, and members absent from 3 consecutive meetings without expressing regrets will be deemed to have resigned from the Committee.  Meetings are held bi-monthly and are open to the public.

G. Steven Valente, September 17, 2015 Re: Oliver Drive, Zoning Bylaw Amendment, Townhomes.  Mr. Valente advises that the rezoning application for 12258 Oliver Drive has been rescinded.

H. Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), September 9, 2015 Re: AMO Support for the Syrian Refugee Crisis – Call to Action.  AMO is requesting a $100 donation from the municipality to Lifeline Syria to assist those affected.

I. Unifor, September 11, 2015 Re: Resolution on the Trans Pacific Partnership and Canada's Auto Industry.  Unifor is requesting that Council endorse a resolution to the Federal Government that would ensure regional value content at least as what presently exists under NAFTA, that tariff elimination be contingent on equal access to market, and that this viewpoint be communicated to the federal parties and candidates.

The Police Services Board also met and honoured past Councillor Marcel Blais for his service to the community.

 

Reports

A. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 8, 2015, Report No. 30/15 Re: 2015 Local Government Week.  Council is asked to proclaim the week of October 18 to 24, 2015, as Local Government Week (LGW) in the Town of Tecumseh; and that events and activities be planned to create awareness in local government for children and youth, as well as its important role and function in shaping the community.

B. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 10, 2015, Report No. 31/15 Re: Essex Power Corporation, Appointment of Proxyholder for Shareholders’ 2015 Annual Meeting.  Mayor McNamara is proposed to be designated as the Town's Proxyholder for the purpose of voting at the Essex Power Annual General Meeting.

C. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 10, 2015, Report No. 32/15 Re: 2016 December Holiday Schedule.  Council is being asked to approve a 2016 Holiday Closure from Friday, December 23, 2016, through to and including Monday, January 2, 2017.

D. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 8, 2015, Report No. 33/15  Re: 2016 Council Meeting Calendar.  Council is being asked to cancel the following Regular Council Meeting dates in 2016: a. Tuesday, February 9, 2016; b. Tuesday, June 14, 2016; c. Tuesday, August 23, 2016; and d. Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

E. Deputy Clerk, September 11, 2015, Report No. 34/15 Re: Snow Angels, Volunteer Snow Removal Program.  Council is being asked to renew the Snow Angels – Volunteer Snow Removal Program for the 2015 – 2016 Fall/Winter season.  Snow Angels would be recruited through area service groups, schools and volunteer organizations.  Council is also being asked to provide Volunteer incentives for volunteers and to waive police clearance fees for Snow Angel Volunteers.

F. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 2, 2015, Report No. 35/15 Re: 12522 Ballard Street, Request for Part Alley Closing and Transfer of Lands.  Council is being asked to approve a partial alley closure and sale directly to the west of 12522 Ballard Street for lot consolidation purposes.  Owners of 12522 Ballard Street, as well as 718, 722 and 726 Lacasse Boulevard would be notified that consideration is being given to the closure and sale of the alley abutting their property and invited to submit in writing to the Clerk any interest in acquiring a portion of the Subject Alley.  The cost of the closure and conveyance of the Subject Alley is to be the responsibility of the abutting property owner[s] acquiring the lands, should the lands be declared surplus to the needs of the Town and offered for sale.

G. Fire Prevention Officer, September 14, 2015, Report No. 04/15 Re: Project Zero.  The Fire Department advises that through support from Union Gas, seniors in the southern portion of the town from Highway 3 to County Road 8 will be visited and with the residents’ permission Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms will be installed to make them safe.

H. Manager Engineering Services, September 1, 2015, Report No. 50/15 Re: Laval Tool & Mould Ltd. - 4965 8th Concession Road, Sanitary Sewer Connection Agreement.  Council is being asked to approve a sanitary sewer connection to this property with costs assessed to the property owner.

I. Manager Engineering Services, September 1, 2015, Report No. 51/15 Re: Traffic Signal Infrastructure Assessment (2015).  Council is being asked to adopt the “2015 Signal Assessment” for traffic signals as prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited and to use this document's recommendations to prioritize future capital works.

J. Manager Engineering Services, September 10, 2015, Report No. 52/15 Re: Lakewood Park South Parking Lot & Pathway - Tender Award.  Council is being asked to award a tender for the Lakewood Park South Parking Lot & Pathway in the amount of $108,400 excluding HST to Pierascenzi Contracting Limited.  The project would be funded through the Road Lifecycle Reserve (Parking Lot) – increase from $78,000 to $116,197 and the Infrastructure Reserve (Pathway Extension) – decrease from $41,000 to $10,393.

K. Facilities Manager, September 11, 2015, Report No. 24/15 Re: Green Acres Washroom Building RFQ Tender Award.  Council is being asked to award a tender to TCI Titan Contracting in the amount of $111,983 plus HST for the construction of the addition of outside washrooms and asphalt roof replacement at the Green Acres Community Centre Facility.  Pricing is also proposed to be secured from the contractor to install the sanitary connection at a cost not to exceed $10,000 plus HST.

If you have any questions on these or other items please contact me at 226-773-1910 or at [email protected]  Our next meeting will be held on October 13th beginning with Personnel Committee at 5pm.

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September 8th and 9th Council Meetings

We have a full agenda this week such that we have two nights for Council business.

The first items begin on Tuesday at 5pm where we are discussing whether or not to amend the Business Improvement Area boundaries.  Currently all commercial properties within the town north of Sylvestre Drive are mandated to be part of the Business Improvement Area and pay a dedicated levy.  StrategyCorp has reviewed our present day boundaries and has put forward several recommendations.  Administration and the existing BIA are jointly recommending that boundaries remain roughly as they are, but removing private clubs (Beach Grove Golf and Country Club) and the industrial area south of County Road 22 west of Manning Road.  The full agenda and report for this section can be found here.

At 6:30pm Council is hosting a statutory public meeting to receive feedback from the public regarding a proposed new Medical Marihuana facility located on Outer Drive between Highway 3 and Highway 401.  The full agenda and report for this section can be found here.

At 7pm regular business begins.  The packet can be found here:

The meeting will begin with a delegation from Tony Haddad, CAO and Luc Gagnon, Director Financial Services/Treasurer and Tom Kitsos, Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector who will introduce the process for the 2016 Business Plan and Budget 2016.

Communications considered include:

A. Housing Information Services, July 22, 2015 Re: Affordable Housing for Seniors in the Town of Tecumseh The former Victoria School has been submitted as a site which might be converted into affordable seniors housing.

B. Union Gas, July 15, 2015 Re: Application for Rate Change to the Ontario Municipal Board.  Union Gas is proposing to decrease its rates by $20 for our area as part of a wholesale change to procurement with new suppliers, new distribution sources, and proposed service bundling.

C. Association of Municipalities of Ontario, August 13, 2015 Re: Policing Update: Minister Announces Consultations on a New Legislative Framework.  Specifically the Minister aims to:

  • Enhance accountability and strengthen civilian governance of police services boards as well as how to ensure police oversight bodies are effective and have clear mandates.
  • Improve interactions between police and vulnerable Ontarians, including enhancing frontline responses to those in crisis.
  • Clarify police duties, modernize training programs and deliver services using a range of public safety personnel.
  • Develop a provincial framework for First Nations policing to ensure equitable and culturally responsive policing for the province's First Nations communities.

D. Town of Lakeshore, Information Open House, September 23, 2015.  Lakeshore is planning a town-wide Zoning By-law Amendment and is hosting an open house at the Atlas Tube Centre from 6pm to 8pm to solicit feedback.

E. Joseph Picard, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence, April 24, 2015 Re: Franco-Ontarian Flag Day.  The French-Language Catholic School Board is requesting that the Town host a ceremonial flag raising to celebrate Franco-Ontarian Flag Day on September 25th at 10am.  Administration is recommending that a proclamation of Franco-Ontarian Day for this date be issued.

F. Randy Pettapiece, MPP Perth-Wellington, July 21, 2015 Re: Resolution for Fairness in Provincial Infrastructure Funds.  MPP Pettapiece is requesting Council's support for a guarantee that government-held ridings and opposition-held ridings be given equal and transparent consideration on infrastructure funding, and that when funding decisions are made, should guarantee that all MPP's, whether in government or opposition, be given fair and equal advance notice of the official announcement.

Reports to be considered include:  

  • Chief Administrative Officer, August 11, 2015, Report No. 07/15 Re: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for Lakewood Park.  The Town of Tecumseh received approval for the Enhancement of Lakewood Park Trail Network, total project cost of $800,000 and FedDev Ontario funding of $400,000.  Construction is proposed for mid-2016.  The project components include:
    1. Paving 2.5 km of existing gravel trails in the community to improve accessibility
    2. Expansion of the Lakewood Park trail system by adding connector links to the perimeter trail
    3. Extend the existing trail and improve accessibility by adding two pedestrian bridges over the SWM channel
    4. Enhance the trails with benches, refuse containers, workout stations and recreational equipment.
  • Director Staff Services/Clerk, August 6, 2015, Report No. 20/15 Re: 2016 Council Conferences 20-15.  The Clerk advises of the municipal conference schedule for the 2016 year.
  • The Deputy Clerk issues Report No. 23/15 Re: Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program and Cat Intake Program 2015, Bi-Annual Update 23-15 Clerk_Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program & Cat Intake Program.  One change proposed for the forthcoming year is the reallocation of 10 Low-Income Spay and Neuter vouchers to Feral Cat Vouchers to match demand.
  • Deputy Clerk, August 19, 2015, Report No. 24/15 Re: Advisory and Statutory Committees, Call for Applications 24-15.  Administration is requesting applications for the following committees and the setting of a special Council meeting for A Special Meeting of Council be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., to give consideration to the applications received before the October 31st deadline and to consider filling the vacancies on the referenced committees:
    • Committee of Adjustment
    • Property Standards Committee
    • Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC;) and
    • Corn Festival Committee
  • Director Staff Services/Clerk, August 28, 2015, Report No. 27/15 Re: Ontario Power Authority, Feed In Tariff Program - Solar Power Network.  This is a housekeeping report wherein the corporate name of the applicant is being changed.
  • Director Staff Services/Clerk, August 31, 2015, Report No. 28/15 Re: Ontario Power Authority, Feed In Tariff Program - Essex Power Resolution.  This is a housekeeping report wherein the corporate name of the applicant is being changed.
  • Director Staff Services/Clerk, August 31, 2015, Report No. 29/15 Re: Annual Call for Award Nominations.  Advertisements for the 2015 Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award and Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award, as well as the 2016 Senior of the Year Award (Awards), are proposed to be placed on the Town’s website and Social Media [Facebook and Twitter pages], advertised in the local media, delivered to local charitable and non-profit organizations, displayed on the Town’s LED sign, as well as posted in prominent locations in the Town’s facilities; with nominations to be considered at a Special Meeting of Council scheduled for Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 6:00 pm.
  • Director Planning and Building Services, August 26, 2015, Report No. 28/15 Re: Valente Development Corporation, South Side of Arbour St. [Former St. Anne High School, South Campus], Redline Revisions to Draft Plan of Subdivision Approval.  This is a housekeeping proposal that would ensure driveways and lot lines are compatible with the proposed building footprints.
  • Manager of Building Services, Chief Building Official, August 31, 2015, Report No. 29/15 Re: 2015 Six Month Permit Report 29-15.  Building activity value for the first 6 months of 2015 is $36 million, with an $11.7 million multi-residential development being largely responsible for the year-over-year increase of $11.9 million from 2014.
  • Manager Roads and Fleet, July 2, 2015, Report No. 45/15 Re: Boulevard Maintenance By-law 45-15.  Administration is proposing to adopt enforcement measures and consequences for those who:
    • Install landscaping or improvements in the boulevard which create safety/maintenance hazards,
    • Fail to maintain the boulevard abutting their property,
    • Fail to maintain around fixtures, ie: benches, telephone boxes, etc.,
    • Injure, damage or destroy improvements located in the boulevard including landscaping, trees, and sidewalks.
  • Director Public Works and Environmental Services, August 11, 2015, Report No. 48/15 Re: Expression of Interest for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund [OCIF] Application Based Component; and Small Communities Fund.  Administration is requesting permission to solicit grant funding for:
    • Renewal and Rehabilitation of the Town’s Sanitary Sewer System ($1.8 million of $2 million cost)
    • Construction of the Southwest Trunk Sanitary Sewer in the Eighth Concession Sanitary Sewer Service Area in the Oldcastle Hamlet ($1.852 million of $2.778 million cost)
  • Manager Roads and Fleet, August 19, 2015, Report No. 49/15 Re: Interim Paved Walkway Installation along County Road 42.  The cost to construct a temporary paved walkway on County Road 42 will exceed $80,000, with Essex County proposing improvements in the 2018 calendar year.  Therefore Council is being asked for direction as to whether to wait or build with a limited lifetime for the path.
  • Director Parks and Recreation Services, August 26, 2015, Report No. 23/15 Re: Multi-Use Sportsplex Feasibility Study/Business Plan RFP Award.  Council is being asked to approve retaining Mhpm Project Leaders at a cost of $84,000 plus HST following the results of an open RFQ process.
  • Bylaw 2015-57 - Being a by-law to amend By-law No. 2003-58, being a by-law to prohibit parking on private property without the consent of the owner or occupant and to provide for the towing away of motor vehicles thereon.  APM Logistics at 11559 County Road 42 is asking to be included in the parking by-law to allow towing of illegal vehicles.
  • Bylaw 2015-58 - Being a bylaw to provide for the repair and improvement of the South Malden Road Drain (Lower) and Graham Drain.  This By-law would assess the benefiting property owners for their share of charges under the Drainage Act.
  • Bylaw 2015-59 - Being a by-law to amend By-law 85-18, the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law for those lands in the former Township of Sandwich South. (D19 MEDMAR4 – Medical Marihuana Production Facility – 5815 Outer Drive).  This would be to approve the proposal for which the public meeting was held earlier in the evening.
  • Bylaw 2015-60 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Amending Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh, Gridlock Solutions Inc. and Essex Condominium Corporation No. 177.  This is final approval of a site plan control amendment involving the transfer of lands between all parties.
  • Bylaw 2015-61 - Being a by-law of the Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh to designate the Tecumseh Road Main Street historical commercial core of the former Town of Tecumseh settlement area as a Community Improvement Project Area for the purpose of establishing a Community Improvement Plan respecting the revitalization, redevelopment, and enhancement of the area.  This By-law would adopt the boundaries of the Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.

On Wednesday September 9th beginning at 5pm we will be discussing the specifics of the Community Improvement Plan more thoroughly.  You can find the report here.

If you have any questions on these or other items please contact me at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]

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