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

August 11th Meeting

We're beginning at 5pm this week.

First is the consideration of assessment of charges to clean and maintain the South McPhee Drain to benefitting property owners.  The full packet can be found here.

At 6pm Council will be holding a public meeting to receive input regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment for 12258 Oliver Drive.  The existing property is proposed to be demolished and rebuilt as a four unit townhomes.  The full packet can be found here which includes feedback received from the neighbourhood so far as well as renderings from the developer as to what he is proposing.

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

Delegations will be received from Tony Corona and David Lozinsky, Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach Re: Taste of Tecumseh Festival, as well as Candice Dennis, BIA Chair, Carolyn Sivitter, Health Fair Expo Committee Chair, and Paula Rorai, BIA Coordinator Re: Fall Into Health Day Fair and Sign By-law Exemption Request.

Among our communications:

A. The Chamber of Marine Commerce serving the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway invites the Town of Tecumseh to become a member.

B. Dillon Consulting advises of a Study Commencement for the Oldcastle Industrial Park Area Sanitary Sewer Easements for Connections to the 8th Concession Trunk Sanitary Sewer, Class Environmental Assessment

C. The Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen advises of its opposition to the Sale of Hydro One.

D. An anonymous Town of Tecumseh resident submits a Letter of Thanks to the Public Works Department for their service during a recent incident.

E. Tecumseh BIA requests a Sign Bylaw Exemption for various parks to promote its 'Fall Into Health Day' Fair

COMMITTEE MINUTES

A. Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (TOTBIA) Minutes July 22, 2015 - The BIA will be hosting a Health and Wellness Expo at Lakewood Park over Labour Day Weekend (September 5-6).  The BIA has also deferred confirming a contribution to the Boundary Review study until completion of the review.

B. Corn Festival Committee Minutes - July 23, 2015.  The committee approved a pilot project with the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority to provide segregated food waste pickup.  

REPORTS

A. Director Financial Services/Treasurer, August 1, 2015, Report No. 12/15 Re: Budget Variance Report - June 30, 2015.  The Town is on track to record a $330,000 surplus.  The primary driver of this surplus is a reduction in our police costs.  There is a deficit on the water/wastewater side in the amount of $245,000 vs budgeted as residents are doing exactly what we've been asking them to do - conserve and use less of our natural resources which means you're saving money too.

B. Director Financial Services/Treasurer, August 6, 2015, Report No. 13/15 Re: Essex Energy Corporation (EEC) Solar Photovoltaic Proposal and Energy Storage RFP - Update.  In the due diligence process, Town Administration determined that it would not be beneficial to proceed with leasing Town of Tecumseh land adjacent to Fire Hall #2 for the Solar Photovoltaic farm and Energy Storage facility and is recommending support of same from Council.  A review of this property is being recommended by Administration for the best possible use.

C. Development Coordinator, July 20, 2015, Report No. 20/15 Re: Sumatara Investments Limited, Estates of Lakewood Park, Agreement to Amend the Development Agreement.  This item was deferred from last meeting and recommends adopting a residential 5' fence versus a taller 6' fence between Lakewood Park and the development.

D. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, July 27, 2015, Report No. 22/15 Re: The Estate of Miksa Marton / Active Global Organiks, Proposed Medical Marihuana Facility - 5815 Outer Drive, Zoning Bylaw Amendment.  Council is being asked to set a public meeting regarding this proposed rezoning to permit a Medical Marijuana facility in Oldcastle located between the old and new alignments of Highway 3 on Tuesday, September 8th.  The zoning is proposed to change from Rural Commercial to Industrial.  The proposed facility will produce approximately 50,000 grams of medical marihuana per month and will reuse the existing building with new greenhouses constructed.  

E. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, July 28, 2015, Report No. 23/15 Re: Site Plan Control Agreement, 1310 Lesperance Road, (1614840 Ontario Ltd. / Masotti Construction).  Administration is proposing approval of a Site Plan Control agreement which meets Town Requirements and has attempted to address adjacent resident concerns.

F. Development Coordinator, July 30, 2015, Report No. 24/15 Re: Sumatara - Lakewood Estates, Release of Building Permits.  Administration is requesting conditional approval for release of building permits for this development located on a portion of the former Lakewood Golf Course.  Further information is expected to be released on Tuesday August 11th.

G. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, August 6, 2015, Report No. 26/15 Re: Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan.  Administration is proposing to host a public meeting on Wednesday September 9th at 5pm to receive feedback on the final report of the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.  The plan is not ready as of yet but will be released in time for the Council Meeting, however the "Big Moves" contemplated are:

  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 the “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 grate and residential above.
  5. Create a central pedestrian node (plaza) as the central gathering place for the community lined 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.

H. Manager Engineering Services, July 24, 2015, Report No. 46/15 Re: Petro Canada Key Lock Facility - 4406 County Road 46, Sanitary Sewer Connection Agreement.  Administration is recommending approval of allowing a sanitary sewer connection for the Petro Canada Key Lock facility expansion being proposed for County Road 46 at Highway 401.

If you have any questions about these or other items please be in touch.  I can be reached at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]

 

 

 

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Great News! Tecumseh secures Canada 150 Funding

MP Jeff Watson Announces Important Investments through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Harper Government Supports Community Infrastructure in Windsor and Essex County

Friday, July 31, 2015        Essex   Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario   (FedDev Ontario)

Jeff Watson MP, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced that Windsor-Essex will benefit from funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. 

The Harper Government has approved funding totalling over $1,000,000 for seven local recipients. These include the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, the Town of Tecumseh, and five branches of the Royal Canadian Legion. For more details, please see the backgrounder.

This announcement is one of many for projects approved through the Program that will improve and preserve community spaces across southern Ontario, with the aim of giving back to Canadians and creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.

The contributions are contingent on the execution of contribution agreements with recipients.

Quick Facts

  • Over the coming weeks, local announcements for projects approved through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario will take place across southern Ontario.
  • Projects have been selected based on program criteria, including the extent to which funding was leveraged from other sources, construction-readiness, and linkages to Canada 150.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Harper Government has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.
  • It builds on FedDev Ontario’s delivery of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario, which represented a federal investment of more than $225 million and supported more than 1180 projects.  

Quotes

“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will preserve and improve our community infrastructure, so that Canadians and their families can enjoy moments of culture, sport, recreation and leisure, not only to commemorate Canada's 150th, but for years to come. The Harper Government continues to deliver infrastructure jobs and benefits to Windsor-Essex."

Jeff Watson, MP,

Member of Parliament, Essex

“Today, with the support from the Federal government and the Town of Essex, we are pleased to announce our Trail On! campaign has reached $750,000 of its $1million goal to complete the trail.  Green spaces, trails and a healthy environment directly contribute to our region being recognized as a place of choice for people to live, visit, and invest.  Trails improve the communities where they are built, which is why we are so pleased to be celebrating another success with our partners,”
Susan Stockwell Andrews,
President, Board of Directors, Essex Region Conservation Foundation.

“We are  very appreciative that our proposed project for enhancements at Lakewood Park  through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program has been approved.  Infrastructure investment partnerships with  the Federal Government provide leverage and contribute to successful projects as we work collaboratively  to strengthen our communities.”
Mayor McNamara 
Town of Tecumseh

Related Products

Backgrounder: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Southern Ontario

Associated Links

FedDev Ontario – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_02195.html

Contacts

Cyril Bagin
Office of Jeff Watson MP
519-776-4700

Richard Wyma introduces Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti for Tecumseh's comments on funding annoucement

 

Applicant Name

Project Description

Total Project Cost

Funds Requested

City/Town

Essex Region Conservation Foundation

Renovation of Essex-Amherstburg Greenway

$1,000,000

$500,000

Essex

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 399

Repair of and replace front steps to building and repave existing parking lot

$37,131

$12,032

Belle River

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 143

Replacement of Main sewer drain, of roof top furnace, and repairing Flat roof

$132,000

$66,000

Windsor

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 261

Replacement of roof on the Legion Building

$75,020

$37,510

Tecumseh

Royal Canadian Legion Walkerville & East Windsor Branch # 12

Renovation of the Royal Canadian Legion Walkerville & East Windsor Branch # 12 Building

$36,700

$16,775

Windsor

Royal Canadian Legion, Riverside Branch 255

Repair of heating and cooling systems in the legion hall

$26,725

$13,362

Windsor

The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh

Enhancement of Lakewood Park Trail Network

$800,000

$400,000

Tecumseh

 

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