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

April 13th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  It will be webcast at the Town's website.

The delegation will be Paul Anthony, Director Parks & Recreation Services, who will speak to the Future Direction of the Tecumseh Corn Festival.

Communications - For Information includes:
1. Town of Grimsby dated March 24, 2020 Re: Suspend Time-of-Use Electricity Billing.  Grimsby asks for the Province to suspend time of use billing for electricity rates (which has occurred)

2. Town of Kingsville dated April 2, 2020 Re: Request for Electricity Billing Relief.   Kingsville asks for the Province to suspend time of use billing for electricity rates (which has occurred)

3. Town of Essex dated March 23, 2020 Re: Time of Use Billing.   Essex asks for the Province to suspend time of use billing for electricity rates (which has occurred)

4. Chatham-Kent dated March 24, 2020.  Re: Support for the Ban of Single Use Disposable Wipes.  Chatham-Kent supports a ban on the sale of single use disposable wipes.

5. Chatham-Kent dated March 24, 2020.  Re: Supporting Association of Municipalities Ontario's position on Bill 132 with respect to Aggregate Resources Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Chatham-Kent supports the AMO position on this matter, which is support for the provincial requirement of an application process where below water table extraction is proposed (rather than just amending an existing licence), but which leaves municipal council members responsible for contamination of this drinking water including potential jail time despite it being a provincial decision.

6. Diocese of London, dated March 25, 2020. Re: Appreciation for Services during Coronavirus Pandemic.  Bishop Fabbro indicates his support for Members of Council and the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

7. Town of Midland dated March 23, 2020 Re: Direct Payment of Federal Funds to Municipalities to Waive Property Taxes for the Year 2020 - Financial help to alleviate the suffering from COVID-19 Pandemic.  Midland requests that the federal government incur individual property taxation costs for residences and partial property taxes for commercial and industrial properties.

Reports include:

Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-12 Delegation of Authority during a Declared Emergency By-law Update.  Administration recommends delegation of authority to ensure that  late payment charges on property tax accounts, penalty and/or interest, through the period ending June 30, 2020.

b. CS-2020-13 Manning Road Farm Lease. Administration recommends that the Town enter into a three-year term Lease Agreement with Olinda Farms Inc. (Olinda) to farm the Town’s 18 acres of farmland located on the south side of Baseline Road.

Financial Services
a. FS-2020-05 Statement of Remuneration and Expenses Paid in 2019.  Administration publishes the list of Town Council and committee member expenses and remuneration for 2019.  My total is $40,020 which includes $27,639 in salary, $2,596 in lieu of pension, $2,051 in CPP and Employer Health Tax costs, $192 in Health and Life Insurance Benefit, and remaining costs allocated to registration at conferences during the year, including the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Conference in Pembroke and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference in Ottawa.

Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-09 Tecumseh Corn Festival Future Direction.  Administration recommends eliminating the admission costs to the Corn Festival and reducing the stage requirements and giving the CAO the authority to cancel the festival in light of COVID-19.

Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2020-15 CIP Grant, 1033 Lesperance Road.  Administration recommends awarding $8,950 for a parking lot improvement grant and $3,416 for a building facade grant to 1033 Lesperance Road which will be occupied by Laura White, Desjardins Insurance.

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

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March 24th Meeting

This week our regular Town Council meeting will begin at 7pm.  With recent changes to the Municipal Act, the meeting may be conducted electronically.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Delegations will include Candice Dennis, Chair, and Paul Bistany, Treasurer, The Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area Re: BIA Budget

Communications - For Information includes:
1. Township of Pelee dated February 28, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Pelee Township supports the Town's resolution regarding cell phone misdials to 911.

2. Norfolk County dated March 1, 2020 Re: Issues regarding the mapping of Provincially Significant Wetlands.  Norfolk County submitted comments to the province as part of the review of the Provincial Policy statement requesting that the process for PSW mapping be significantly improved to allow for transparency and better
land owner engagement, including, for example, a right of appeal or formal dispute resolution process. This will allow for land owners to be properly informed and engaged where land use designations that affect their property may result.

3. Town of Lakeshore dated March 2, 2020 Re: Notice of Public Meeting.  The County of Essex (Approval Authority) has received 4 applications for Plans of Condominium ( 1 Vacant Land Condominium Application and 3 Standard Condominium Applications) for the Tecumseh Golf lands.  The applicant, Beachside
Development Ltd. has applied for Condominium approval to permit 22 townhouses and two apartment buildings (58 units each), on a common element private road, as well as units or land to be set aside for future development.  A public meeting for resident comment will be held on Tuesday, March 24th , 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town of Lakeshore Council Chambers, 419 Notre Dame Street, Belle River 

4. Town of Ajax dated March 5, 2020 Re: Supporting Conservation Authorities.  Ajax supports no program delivery changes for their conservation authorities.

5.  Grey County dated March 16, 2020 Re: Resolution Supporting 100% Canadian Wines Excise Exemption  Grey supports the excise exemption for 100% Canadian wines in spite of the World Trade Organization deeming it to be discriminatory.

6. AMO Communications dated March 19, 2020 Re:Queen's Park Update: New Provincial Legislation, the Municipal Emergency Act, 2020, will allow Virtual Municipal Council Meetings.  The Ontario Government has passed recent changes allowing for the conducting of regular meetings of Council electronically.

Communications - Action Required includes:
1. Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. dated March 18, 2020 Re: Draft Regulations for the Development Charges Act and Planning Act (Community Benefits Charge Related).  Administration recommends that the Town of Tecumseh support Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. comments and recommendations regarding the draft regulations for the Development Charges Act and the Planning Act on Community Benefits Charge, and be submitted to the Environmental Registry of Ontario as comments from the Town.

Reports include:
Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-09 Request for Noise By-Law Exemption - County of Essex.  Essex County requests an exemption from the Town’s Emission of Sounds By-law No. 2002-07, as amended, for the three (3) month period commencing May 1, 2020 through to and including July 31, 2020, during the hours of 8:00 pm to 7:00 am to facilitate the improvement of the pavement condition of County Road 22 from Manning Road westerly to the City of Windsor border.

Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-08 Taste of Tecumseh Festival 2020.  Admininstration recommends that the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach be authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption by patrons at Lakewood Park, and to have a noise By-law exemption from Friday, June 12, 2020 through to and including Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 5pm to 1am, subject to compliance with the provisions of the Town’s Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy 31 for the purposes of hosting the 2020 Taste of Tecumseh Festival;

Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2020-13, Skyline Apartments, 11873-11917 Tecumseh Road, Results from Public Meeting and Final Recommendation.  Administration recommends that Town Council adopt a rezoning by-law having the effect of amending the Tecumseh Official Plan land use designation for a 4.4 hectare (10.9 acre) area of land (Plaza East / Tecumseh Terrace apartments owned by Skyline) at 11837 and 11917 Tecumseh Road from “General Commercial” and “Residential” to a new site-specific policy in the “Residential” designation, in order to recognize the two existing apartment buildings located on the northern portion of the property and to facilitate the development of the southern portion of the property for a 150-unit, fourstorey apartment building, with corresponding changes to Tecumseh Zoning By-law 1746 to amend from “General Commercial Zones (C3) and (C3-1)” and “Residential Zone 2 (R2)” to site-specific zones “Residential Zone 3 (R3-16), “Residential Zone 3 (R3-17)” and “Residential Zone 3 (R3-18)”, in order to recognize the two existing apartment buildings, and to be subject to Site Plan Control.

b. PBS-2020-14 D19 BASHI, Comments from Public Meeting No. 2 and Final Recommendation.  Administration recommends that Town Council adopt a rezoning by-law having the effect of amending the Sandwich South Official Plan land use designation for a 0.66 hectare (1.63 acre) parcel of land located on the northeast corner
of the County Road 42/Lesperance Road intersection (12300 County Road 42) from “Neighbourhood Commercial” to “Medium Density Residential” with a site-specific policy establishing a maximum density of 36 units per hectare, in order to facilitate the development of the lands for four, six-unit, three-storey dwellings, for a total of 24 dwelling units, with associated zoning By-law changes, to be subject to Site Plan Control.

Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2020-17 Amendment to Drainage Assessment Schedule.  To be added

b. PWES-2020-18 Tecumseh Road Sanitary Sewer - Lesperance Road to Southfield Drive - Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the tender for the Tecumseh Road Sanitary Sewer in the amount of $1,478,595 excluding HST be awarded to D’Amore Construction (2000) Ltd. and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute an agreement, satisfactory in form to the Town’s Solicitor, with D’Amore Construction (2000) Ltd.;
And that funding allocations, reflecting an $824,200 decrease, be adjusted as follows: Road Lifecycle Reserve – decrease from $672,600 to $404,500 and  Wastewater Sewers Reserve Fund – decrease from $2,395,100 to $1,839,000.

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

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