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

Tuesday October 26th Meeting

Tecumseh Town Council is meeting beginning at 5:30pm beginning with a meeting of the Personnel Committee.

Administration is presenting a recommendation to maintain the policy currently in place stating that members of the public who will have a sustained presence in the building, particularly for internal or Council meetings and for undertaking service delivery to the public, will be required to be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.  Regular customer service will be maintained for all individuals seeking counter service, such as bill payment and permit inquiries as the plexiglas barriers provides protection for staff.

The agenda for this meeting can be found here.

An in camera meeting will follow.

At 6:15pm there is a public meeting to consider feedback regarding a rezoning at 165 Chene Street.  There is currently a commercial auto shop as an accessory use to the building.  It is proposed to designate the property as a site-specific “Residential Zone 3 (R3)” in order to: a) remove the currently permitted use of an automobile body repair garage in accordance with Condition 5 of Consent Application B-13-21; and b) establish regulations that would permit up to 46.4 square metres (500 square feet) of the existing 230.6 square metre (2,485 square foot) detached accessory structure to be used for a limited range of commercial uses; and rezoning the southern 868.6 square metre (9,350 square foot) portion of 165 Chene Street from “Residential Zone 3 (R3-3)” to a revised “Residential Zone 3 (R3-3)” in order to: a)remove the currently permitted use of an automobile body repair garage in accordance with Condition 5 of Consent Application B-13-21; and to b) establish a maximum lot coverage of 40% to facilitate the construction of one single-unit dwelling.  The agenda can be found here.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The agenda can be found here.

Delegations include Leonardo Gil, Project Manager for the Windsor-Essex Community Safety Well-Being Plan

Reports include:
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2021-17 Approval of Community Safety Well-Being Plan.  Administration recommends that Council authorize Essex County Council to approve the Windsor Essex Regional Community Safety and Well-Being Plan and any subsequent reports as required, on behalf of the Town of Tecumseh.

2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2021-28 Request for Noise By-Law Exemption - County of Essex Construction Activities on County Road 42.  Administration is recommending that the County of Essex be granted an exemption from the Town’s Emission of Sounds By-law No. 2002-07, as amended, commencing March 1, 2022 through to November 30, 2022 during the hours of 8:00 pm to 7:00 am to facilitate construction works on County Road 42 from County Road 19 to the City of Windsor border.  Construction would still be prohibited between the hours of 8:00 pm and 7:00 am in all residential, agricultural and commercial areas.

b. CS-2021-31 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections Method of Voting.  Administration recommends that Internet and Telephone voting be approved for the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections and that the Clerk prepare a by-law to authorize the alternate voting method in accordance with Section 42(1b) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, S.O, 1996 c.32.

c. CS-2021-32 Business Process Optimization Review.  Administration recommends that a $25,000 allocation in the Clerks Department 2021 Operating budget under Professional Fee – Other be applied to the Clerks Services Business Optimization Review Project.  The Business Process Optimization Review has been awarded to WSCS Consulting Inc. and the project will be kicked off shortly with a completion expected in two to three months.

3. Fire Services
a. FIRE-2021-07 Firefighter Radio Enhancements.  Administration recommends that additional funding in the amount of $9,360 (excluding HST) be referred to 2022 budget deliberations as part of the Community Safety operating budget under Contract Services to support the assignment of radios to all firefighters and to extend of radio service airtime until the radio fleet replacement in 2023.

4. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2021-14 Strategic Master Plan for Parks and Recreation Services, 5 Year Update Adoption.  Administration presents the Strategic Master Plan for Parks and Recoreation Services 5 Year Review, recommends its adoption, and recommends that Administration be directed to include operation and capital development initiatives in future municipal forecasts for council consideration.  The listing of community priorities is noted here.

b. PRS-2021-16 Tecumseh Special Events - 2022.  Administration recommends that the Town’s 100th Anniversary Celebration be planned for July 2022 as the Town’s major event for 2022 in place of the Tecumseh Corn Festival, with consideration of costs referred to the 2022 budget deliberations, with the Tecumseh Corn Festival returning in 2023, with consideration for resuming the event during the 2023 budget deliberations.

5. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2021-47 Financial Incentive Program Grant Application - Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan - 12300 Tecumseh Road - Planning Design and Architectural Grant Program and Residential Grant Program.  This report is not ready yet.

b. PBS-2021-48 Financial Incentive Program Grant Application - Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan - 1222 Lesperance Road - Building Facade Improvement Grant Program - Parking Area Improvement Grant Program.  Administration recommends approval of a Building Façade Improvement Grant in the amount of $15,000; and Parking Area Improvement Grant Program in the amount of $10,000; in relation to the building façade and parking lot improvements proposed for the subject property for 1222 Lesperance Road.


By-Laws
1. By-Law 2021-82 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Transfer Payment Agreement with Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario, as represented by the Minister of Infrastructure for funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: COVID-19 – Local Government Intake Stream Projects

2. By-law 2021-83 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Amending Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Cojopa Investments Inc.

3. By-law 2021-84 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and The Stephanie and Barry Zekelman Foundation.

4. By-Law 2021-85 Bring a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Tecumseh Pickleball Association.

 

For questions on there or other municipal matters, I can be reached at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]

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October 12th Meeting

I'm returning to Town Council this week after my absence last meeting.  My wife Mary and I had our honeymoon and we were able to take in some of Canada's iconic National Parks!

This week, Tecumseh Town Council meets beginning at 6:30pm with a Public Meeting to receive feedback regarding the Drainage Report for the McLean-Hergott Drain.  The agenda can be found here.  

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The agenda can be found here.

Our delegations will include:
1. Wade Bondy, Director Fire Services & Fire Chief who will recognize Town of Tecumseh Fire Fighters Ryan MacEachern, Sean McNamara, Tyson Brohman, and Conner Tazzman for an act of courage.

2. Malinda Hebert and JoAnne Neilson Re: Tecumseh Pickleball Association

Town Council will further discuss an email received from Keri Baker, an optometrist in Tecumseh, who has advised Town Council of the withdrawal of OHIP Insured Services by local Optometrists in response to what is said to be a provincial reimbursement that is less than the cost of service delivery.

Reports include:
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2021-30 Cat Intake Program Renewal Agreement 2022.  Administration recommends that the Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh renew the Agreement with the Windsor Essex County Humane Society (WECHS) for the provision of cat intake services, at a cost to the Town of $25 for each cat, until December 31, 2022.

2. Financial Services
a. FS-2021-12 Budget Report - June 2021.  Adminstration presents the Budget Variance Report from June 2021, showing a tax-supported surplus of $97,321 and a rate-supported surplus of $139,090.  This occurred as a result of the provincial Safe Restart Grant Municipal Stream Phase 2 and COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities.

b. FS-2021-13 Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (OILC) Borrowing 2021.  Administration recommends borrowing for the financing of County Road 11 Sanitary Sewer constructions costs for 2021 and that By-laws No. 2021-78 and 2021-79 be adopted to authorize the Mayor and Director Financial Services to issue a 5-year amortizing debenture and 10-year amortizing debenture for $537,500 and $78,500 respectively, in the name of Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation. 

3. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2021-11 Tecumseh Pickleball Association Agreement.  Administration recommends that in accordance with Policy No. 91, Outdoor Tennis and Pickleball Club Operations, that a five (5) year Lease Agreement be entered into between the Town of Tecumseh and the Tecumseh Pickleball Association.
b. PRS-2021-12 Lacasse Park Pickleball Complex Naming Rights.  Administration recommends that approval be given to naming the Lacasse Park Pickleball Courts as the “Zekelman Pickleball Complex” for a period of fifteen (15) years, as consideration for their contribution of $100,000; and that in accordance with the Town’s Corporate Grants, Sponsorships and Naming Rights Policy 72, the Naming Rights Agreement be finalized, and that the $100,000 contribution be transferred to the Parks Development Lifecycle Reserve, with the funds applied to the construction costs of the pickleball complex.
c. PRS-2021-15 Municipal Modernization Fund Intake 1 Project Reallocation Request.  Administration recommends that the previously allocated funds of $65,000 to the Town Hall Expansion Project towards installation of an electric vehicle charging station at the municipal campus be  reallocated to the Community LED Sign Project in the amount of $45,000 and the Clerk Services Review Project with an allocation of $20,000, and that Administration continue to work in partnership with Essex Power researching grant opportunities with the goal of installing electric vehicle charging stations throughout municipal properties.

4. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2021-46 2021 6-Month Permit Activity Report.  Administration provides an update on construction activity for the year.  Construction value was reported at $54,205,909, which is up by $46,255,814 or 581 percent over last year. This is due in part to the construction of two multi storey apartment buildings that have a combined value of $28,000,000 and an industrial/office building with a value of $5,600,000.  The general issuance of permits is down by 8, from 156 to 148 total permits issued.

For questions regarding these or other municipal matters, please contact me at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]

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