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

March 27th Meeting

Tecumseh Council begins this week at 5:30pm.  There will be a public meeting to discuss the rezoning of the property at 154 Hayes Avenue.  The property is vacant, but there was formerly a house there.  The current zoning is "Recreational (RE)" and the proposed zoning is "Residential Type Two Zone (R2)".  The agenda can be found here.

At 6pm, the Court of Revision will meet to consider appeals of his/her assessment or any part thereof as set out in the Drainage Report, prepared by Baird AE, dated November 23, 2017, for the 7th Concession Drain.  This will be the third consideration of the report by Town Council following requests for reconsideration regarding the culvert on a particular property.  The agenda can be found here.

At 7pm, Regular Business begins.  The agenda can be found here.

Delegations include:
a. Fire Service Recognition Re: Kiara Lynn Harrison
b. Top 100 Festival Award Re: 2017 Corn Festival Committee
c. Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach Re: Taste of Tecumseh

Communications for information include:
a. Town of Lakeshore - dated March 19, 2018 Re: Notice of Open House and Complete Application.  Four three-unit townhome developments are proposed for East Pike Creek Road in the Town of Lakeshore.  The public meeting will be held at the Atlas Tube Centre on Tuesday, March 27th from 5pm to 7pm.
b. Canadian Public Works Association - dated March 12, 2018 Re: 2018 National Public Works Week May 20-26, 2018.  The CPWA is requesting proclamation of National Public Works Week.
c. Town of Essex - dated March 12, 2018 Re: User Pay Childcare Services at AMO and FCM Conferences.  Essex is requesting support for offering cost-recovery day care services at the two municipal conferences so that Councillors can bring their children.
d. Township of South Stormont - dated March 14, 2018 Re: Resolution regarding legislations and regulations relative to the
Ontario Building Code.  Stormont is requesting support for asking the Province to ensure that the Building Code regulate occupant health and safety and not other matters such as energy efficiency targets.
e. City of Windsor - March 22, 2018 Re: Sewer Use Master Plan - Notice of Commencement.  The City of Windsor has initiated a Sewer Master Plan for their overall sewer and drainage systems.

Communications - Action Required includes:
a. Ontario Good Roads Association - dated March 22, 2018 Re: Be in the know with new Asset Management training.  Administration is recommending that the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to attend the March 27, 2018 Asset Management Training in London at a cost of $25, in accordance with the Town’s Travel and Professional Development
Policies.

Reports include:
a. Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2018-04 Amendment to the 2018 Fire Five (5) Year Capital Projects Plan 2018 - 2022.  Administration is recommending that 3 sets of firefighter bunker gear be purchased for $7,800, funded through the Fire Equipment
Lifecycle Reserve;


b. Parks & Recreation Services
1. PRS-2018-02 Taste of Tecumseh Festival 2018.  Administration is recommending that the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach be authorized to sell and serve alcohol to patrons at Lakewood Park from Friday, June 15, 2018 through to and including Saturday, June 16, 2018, and for relief from the Noise By-law No. 2002-07 to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment. during the 2018 Taste of Tecumseh Festival on Friday, June 15, 2018 and Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
2. PRS-2018-03 Windsor Sport and Culture Annual Celebration.  Administration is recommending that relief be granted from the Noise By-law in order to permit the Windsor Sports and Culture Club to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment on Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
3. PRS-2018-05 St. Clair College Baseball at Lacasse Park.  Administration is recommending that St. Clair College be authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption by patrons at the Lacasse Park Baseball Diamond during home games throughout the 2018 baseball season starting June 9, 2018 through to and including August 31, 2018.
4. PRS-2018-06 Carter Shows Ltd. Contract for the 2018 Corn Festival.  Administration is recommending that an Agreement be entered into with Carter Shows Limited for the Midway Carnival for the 2018 Tecumseh Corn Festival.  Carter will supply to the Town 25% of the Ride Gross less HST, 50% of the Concession Revenue or $5000, whichever is greater, $2,500 for Advertising, and 100 VIP Passes.


c. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-11, D19 ROSTEC, Rosati Development, North Side of Tecumseh Rd.  A public meeting is proposed to be held on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m., to discuss for the applications submitted by Rosati Construction for a rezoning of a 1.74 hectare (4.29 acre) parcel of land located on the north side of Tecumseh Road at its intersection with Dorset Park.  Rosati is proposing converting the property (former St. Gregory's Church) from the current Official Plan designation of “Institutional” to a “Medium Density Residential” designation with a site-specific policy that will establish a maximum density of 44 units per hectare and permit multi-unit residential uses; and ii) the current “Institutional Zone (I)” to a site-specific “Residential Type Three Zone
(R3)” in order to permit the construction of a residential subdivision consisting of a maximum of 22 townhouse units and one, four-storey apartment building containing a maximum of 55 units.

For questions on these or other municipal matters feel free to contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

 

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March 13th Meeting

Town Council begins at 5:30pm this week.

We will first host a Public Meeting to receive feedback from residents regarding proposed construction of a five-storey, 71-unit condominium apartment building, accessory marina and limited ground-floor commercial uses, along with associated on-site surface and  underground parking at the former Pud's Place Marina at 14328 &14346 Tecumseh Road.   The subject property is currently designated "Commercial" in the St. Clair Beach Official Plan. The purpose of the proposed Official Plan amendment is to redesignate the subject property to a "Medium Density Residential" designation.

The full agenda packet for the rezoning application can be found here.

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

Delegations
a. Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area, Chair Candice Dennis, Treasurer Paul Bistany, Directors Linda Proctor and Dan Hofgartner will speak to the BIA Budget.
b. Richard Wyma, General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Essex Region Conservation Authority will speak to the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) 2017 Annual Report

Reports include:
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2018-05 Town Hall Temporary Office Space.  Administration is recommending spending $10,000 to install portable office space at Town Hall to house 5-6 employees.

b. Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2018-02 Proposed Amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act: Mandatory Training and Community Risk
Assessment.  Administration is recommending receipt of the Fire Chief’s report regarding proposed draft regulations affecting the delivery of municipal fire services, and that Council support the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs regarding the proposed
draft regulations from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services be supported.

The Province is proposing mandatory certification requirements set out by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for all new firefighters employed or appointed to a Fire Department in Ontario for several positions.  Requirements would come into force January 1, 2019 with the exception of technical rescuers, which would come into force January 1, 2020.  The Province is also proposing that mandatory certification requirements also set out by the NFPA apply to existing firefighters currently employed or appointed in fire departments across Ontario.

The Province is proposing that effective January 1, 2019, municipalities be required to conduct a Standard Risk Assessment every five (5) years focusing on key profiles in their communities (e.g. demographics, geography, past fire loss and event history, critical infrastructure, building stock profile within the community, etc.).  Municipalities would be responsible for reviewing their community risk assessment annually to ensure that any significant changes in the mandatory profiles are identified. If there are any significant changes in risk (e.g., addition of retirement homes or care facilities), the Municipality will be responsible for updating their assessment. This information will be used to inform decisions about Fire Protection Services in their community.

Administration is recommending that the following amendments be put forward:

Mandatory Certification:
a) It is recommended that the Internship Program of twenty-four (24) months for newly hired firefighters be expanded to include all applicable areas and positions, such as fire inspectors and Fire Officer I & II, replacing the limiting language found in Section 3(b) of the Act (attached); and
b) It is recommended that the date of implementation be reviewed (in light of an election year) as there may not be enough time prior to July 2018 or at the initial Council meeting on/or after December 1, 2018, to make decisions (e.g. training funding) to
ensure full implementation of the Mandatory Training and Certification regulation; and
c) It is recommended that Certification for some individual chapters within the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006 may not be available for the January 1, 2020 deadline. Additional wording should be added, allowing the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to manage the implementation of NFPA 1006 Technical Rescue 1006 as the standards are updated, published, and testing/skills are made available, in order to support and complete the certification process; and
d) It is recommended that reciprocity among AHJ’s be addressed so that both current and newly hired firefighters that have received NFPA certifications outside the province of Ontario are recognized by the provincial AHJ under the proposed regulations. This recommendation will also assist with provincial capacity for testing and certification.

Mandatory Community Risk Assessments:
e) It is recommended that the reference to building stock and classifications should use Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) data to classify building usage in regards to fire risks; and
f) It is recommended that, in Section 2 of the Draft Regulation – Mandatory Community Risk Assessment (Appendix B) Reporting the “state of compliance with the fire code” should be deleted as this is directly dependent upon municipalities’ set level of service
for fire prevention (e.g. fire inspections upon request or complaints as permitted, under the FPPA); and
g) It is recommended that, in Section 6 of Draft Regulation (Appendix B) that in a multi-tier Government, (e.g. lower-tier fire, upper-tier Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and /or Police Service), the data required for public safety response profile is not attainable; and
h) It is recommended that, in Section 9 (2) of the Draft Regulation (Appendix B), that comparison to other “like communities” may be difficult to achieve. Reporting in comparison to provincial trends would be more appropriate; and

Mandatory Training and Certification for Fire Service Personnel
i) It is recommended that the Provincial Government provides liability indemnification for
all municipal governments who comply with these new regulations at least twelve (12)
months before the training and certification comes into force.

2. FIRE-2018-03 Proposed Amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act: Mandatory Public Reporting

In response to a Provincial review, the following comments are recommended to be submitted to the Province as part of the public
consultation process:
a) It is recommended that the reporting requirements be amended to recognize the various response models of the many composite fire services in the province. In many cases, an initial minimally staffed emergency response unit may be deployed,
relying on volunteer firefighter support in suburban or rural areas. The community population density classifications of the NFPA 1720 Standard for Volunteer Fire Departments provide a better reflection of the service levels chosen by municipal Councils to meet their needs and circumstances in the many communities served by composite fire departments.
b) It is recommended that a comprehensive review and revision of the Standard Incident Report (SIR) codes and categories be undertaken, in consultation with the fire service stakeholders, to better define response types, eliminate duplication and
ambiguity in code categories. Further, a subset of non-emergency response codes should be identified, to be excluded from the requirements for mandatory public reporting of performance against the standard for emergency response.
c) It is recommended that the MCSCS provides direction and the corresponding required funding for the development and implementation of standardized technology and data processing procedures for all fire departments and dispatch services to provide consistency in data collection and reporting of the required elements of total response times required by the regulation, such that accurate performance comparisons can be made among municipalities.

c. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-08 Zoning By-law Amendment 7095 Manning.  Windsor Quality Poultry Proposed Poultry Processing and Repackaging Facility.  Administration is recommending the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00
p.m., for a rezoning of a 1.8 hectare (4.4 acre) parcel of land situated on the west side of Manning Road, approximately 300
metres south of its intersection with South Talbot Road (7095 Manning Road), from "Agricultural Zone (A)" to a site specific "Agricultural Zone (A-28)" to permit a poultry processing and repackaging facility as an additional permitted use on the subject
property, be authorized.

2. PBS-2018-09 Conservation Agreement, 8th. Con.-Cty. Rd. 8 Intersection.  Administration is recommending that a Conservation Easement Agreement on the northeast corner of the 8th Concession/County Road 8 intersection be adopted to facilitate the preservation of the existing woodlot on the northeast corner of the parcel.

3. PBS-2018-10 New Building By-law and Permit Fee Schedule.  Administration is recommending that the By-law and permit fee schedule be update to reflect Council's previous decision to waive building fees for commercial and hospitality developments for one year.  It is estimated that the proposed permit fee rates should increase annual permit fee revenue on average by approximately 15-24 percent.

 

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

 

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