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 25th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins with a Public Council Meeting at 5:30pm.  The agenda and corresponding reports can be found here.

The Public Meeting is to receive comments regarding a proposed rezoning for the northeast corner of the County Road 42 and Lesperance Road intersection.  This property is currently designated as "Neighbourhood Commercial" in the Sandwich South Official Plan.  The request for "Medium Density Residential" with a site specific policy for the construction of a residential development consisting of three six-unit, three storey multi-unit dwellings, for a total of 18 dwelling units.  The proposed residential development would front Lesperance Road.  Zoning therefore is proposed to change from "General Commercial Zone (C1)" to a site specific "Residential Zone 2 (R2)".

Resident Anna Mae Bracken will speak as a delegation.  Letters of objection were received from Mr. Karim Nash and Mrs. Bracken as well.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The agenda and corresponding reports can be found here.
Delegations include Tom Rindlisbacher who will present and speak to a new rendering of Chief Tecumseh, and Inspector Glenn Miller who will speak to policing services in Tecumseh.  Statistical information supplied by the OPP can be found here.  Tecumseh is the 15th safest community among those over 10,000 population in Canada with continuing declines in violent crime in our community and an 83% clearance rate.  However property crime has been increasing with only a 20% clearance rate.

Communications include a resolution from Amaranth Township requesting support for maintaining dairy supply management in Canada, and from Union Gas advising that it wishes to introduce firm transportation services for gas distributors that will have competitive storage and gas supply options under a new M17 rate class effective January 1, 2019.  Administration is also recommending that Council support a local resident proposal for Parks Canada to establish a feasibility Study to designate the Western Basin of Lake Erie as a National Marine Conservation Area.

Reports include:

a. Chief Administrative Officer 
1. CAO-2018-10 Strategic Priorities Update.  The Chief Administrative Officer supplies an overview of the Town's Strategic Plan and progress on various items.

b. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2018-27 Elections 2018 - Compliance Audit Committee.  Administration is recommending the appointment of residents Jerry Marion, Walter Copeland, Mary Masse and Mary Birch to the Elections Compliance Audit Committee.

c.  Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2018-07 Disposal of Surplus Fire Apparatus.  Administration recommends the donation of the Surplus Fire Spartan Engine Rescue 1 (1990) to the St Clair College Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program.  Its current value is approximately $4000.

d. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-33, CIP Grant Funding, 12122 Tecumseh Road, Building Facade Improvement Grant.  Re/Max Preferred Realty is requesting $4000 under the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan to support painting both buildings a dark grey colour, paint the front porch, paint the existing doors and garage door of the accessory structure, and restain the existing deck at the rear of the main building.

e. Public Works & Environmental Services
1.  PWES-2018-22 South Talbot-Holden Outlet and Branch Drain - Appointment of Drainage Engineer.  Administration is requesting that Dillon Consulting Ltd. be appointed as Drainage Engineer for the cleaning of the South Talbot - Holden Outlet and Branch Drain and to prepare a Drainage Report to establish future maintenance of the Drain.

2. PWES 2018-29 Source Protection Plan, Part IV Enforcement Transfer Agreement Amendment.  Administration recommends that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute a Source Protection Plan, Part IV Enforcement Transfer Agreement Amendment satisfactory to the Town of Tecumseh (Town) and Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), to extend the agreement to December 31, 2021, with estimated cost share of $10,025 to be funded from the Source Protection Municipal Implementation Fund (SPMIF) grant.  This agreement is recommended as ERCA supplies the Town's statutory risk management services on behalf of the Town.

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

 

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September 11th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 5pm with a Public Meeting. The agenda can be found here.

This is the second public meeting to consider comments on a rezoning for the former Pud's Place Marina, a 1.3 hectare (3.2 acre) property located on the north side of Tecumseh Road, approximately 45 metres east of its intersection with Brighton Road (14328 and 14346 Tecumseh Road). This commercial property is proposed to be redesignated as "Medium Density Residential" that would allow for the construction of a five-storey condominium apartment building containing 65 units, an accessory marina and limited ground-floor commercial uses, along with associated on-site surface and underground parking.

The developer, Davide Petretta, will present the revised proposal. Various letters of correspondence will also be received relevant to the application.

At 7pm, regular business will begin. The agenda can be found here.

Delegations include:
- Veronica Friesen, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594, to speak to the agenda item for the Windsor Essex Community Foundation (WECF) Grant Application, and
- Jagmanjot Singh Deol and Bikramjeet Singh, who will be recognized for their life saving efforts

Communications for information include:

a. Community School Alliance dated August 13, 2018 who have supplied minutes regarding their Annual General Meeting
b. Minister of Finance dated August 14, 2018 Re: Preserving Canada's Heritage: the Foundation for Tomorrow. The Minister indicates that the government of Canada will not support a tax credit for the restoration and preservation of heritage properties.
c. Town of Lakeshore dated August 17, 2018 Re: Notice of Adoption OPA No. 13 - Amy Croft Secondary Plan. Lakeshore advises that is has approved the proposed Secondary Plan for the Amy Croft area.
d. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services dated August 29, 2018 Re: Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act - 2017 Compliance Review. The Ministry has determined that the Town of Tecumseh is compliant with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
e. Township of Selwyn dated August 15, 2018 Re: Provincial Agricultural Systems Mapping. Selwyn is opposed to provincial agricultural mapping changes and is soliciting support to have the system reviewed.

Reports include:

Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2018-08 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594 WECF Grant Application. The Legion is asking the Town to act as its intermediary in a Grant Application to the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation so that it can apply for funds to improve building accessibility. There is no cost to the Town.

Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2018-23 2019 Council Conferences. This report details the various conferences that members of Council typically attend and their dates for the coming year. Administration is recommending pre-approval for participation in these conferences.

2. CS-2018-24 2019 December Holiday Schedule. Administration is recommending that the Tecumseh Town Hall Offices close for the 2019 December Holiday Season from Monday, December 23, 2019, through to and including Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

3. CS-2018-26 2018 Local Government Week. Administration is recommending that:
- That the Mayor proclaim the week of October 15 to 21, 2018, as Local Government Week (LGW) in the Town of Tecumseh (Town);
And that events and activities be planned for local elementary and secondary students to create awareness in local government and acknowledge its vital role and function in helping to shape the community;
And further that LGW activities and events be posted on the Town’s website, Tecumseh App and Social Media pages (Facebook and Twitter);
And furthermore that Local elementary and secondary schools be invited to participate in the planned events.

4. CS-2018-30 2019 Council Meeting Calendar. Administration is recommending that Council Meetings be cancelled in 2019 for Tuesday, January 8; Tuesday, June 11; Tuesday, August 27; and Tuesday, December 24.

5. CS-2018-33 Integrity Commissioner. Administration is recommending that Mr. Robert Swayze be appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh (Town) until December 31, 2019.

6. CS-2018-34 Snow and Leaf Angels Program. Administration recommends that the Snow & Leaf Angels Program (Program) continue for the 2018-2019 Fall/Winter season, and that Administration work with area service groups, schools, volunteer organizations and the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to recruit volunteers (Snow & Leaf Angels). Volunteer incentives would be funded from Administration (the expense of promotional items).


Financial Services
1. FS-2018-12 Taxes Receivable - June 2018. Administration reports that tax receivables at June 2018 totals $11.9 million of which $1.5 million is due from prior years, compared to $11.8 million and $1.3 million respectively at June 2017. Prior year receivables have been trending downward. The residential class accounts for 68% of total tax revenues and 74% of tax arrears. Commercial class properties account for 17% of total tax revenues and 13% of tax arrears and industrial properties account for 15% of tax revenues and 13% of arrears. Tax arrears per residential property have increased from last year at $5,231 in 2018 compared to $4,334 in 2017.

2. FS-2018-14 Water Bulk Supply Rate Memorandum of Agreement WUC. Administration recommends that the Mayor and Clerk execute the Memorandum of Agreement dated August 14th, 2018 between the Town of Tecumseh, Windsor Utilities Commission and the City of Windsor. There was dispute over the interpretation of the original agreement, and resolution was reached in which there is a financial impact to the average residential consumer water bill of $11.52 per year or a 4.1%
increase. The impact to our large consumer would also be 4.1% which amounts to approximately $13,000 per year.

Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-28 2018 Tecumseh Transit Jan. to June 6 Month Review. Monthly ridership averages for the first six months of 2018 ranged from 77-97riders per day, with the average daily ridership a peak of 97 passengers per day occurring in the month of June. These figures represent similar ridership levels compared with the same period for 2017. The current 2018 monthly high was reached in June when a total of 2,511 passengers boarded the TTS. Overall, total ridership was up approximately 1.5% (or 199 riders) from January-June 2018 when compared against the same time period in 2017.

2. PBS-2018-29, CWATS, Proposed 2019 Projects. Administration recommends that the 2019 CWATS Project - Segment Tec-3:
Construction of Trail, East Side of Walker Road, From North Talbot Road to Highway 401 be completed:
i. The total estimated cost of the trail construction of $369,770, with Tecumseh’s share being $221,862 (60%) and the County’s share being $147,908 (40%). Funding from the Infrastructure Reserve (Attachment 3) for this project, is proposed to be increased from $224,580 to $260,760.

3. PBS-2018-30 2018 Six Month Permit Report. Construction value is down by $6,354,133 or 28.5 percent over last year. This is due in part to a decrease in new residential construction over the previous year and late spring construction
start which results in increased permit activity for the 3rd quarter.

Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2018-21 National Disaster Mitigation Program - Intake 5. Administration request Council approval to submit two Project Proposal Forms to the federal government (through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing) for funding under
the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) for the Sanitary Sewer Collection System Rehabilitation Project Phase 3, and the Oldcastle Storm Drainage Master Plan.

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

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