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

February 27th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 5pm.

A public meeting will be held to discuss a proposed zoning amendment at 12334 Arbour Street.  The proponent would like to change the zoning to allow for construction of a semi-detached residential dwelling and establish site-specific yard and lot (i.e. building setbacks, lot coverage) requirements.  Each dwelling unit is proposed to have an attached single-car garage accessed from Arbour Street. The agenda can be found here.

At 6pm, Town Council will reconsider the 7th Concession Drain report.  The most recent report needs to be slightly revised because of a land sale and a request to install a new culvert.  The agenda can be found here.

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

No delegations are present this evening.

Communications include:

  • Windsor Essex County 2018 Accessibility Awards Call for Nominations for businesses, organizations and individuals who have
    gone above and beyond in making our community a better place to live for persons with disabilities.
  • Town of Essex Re: Offering School Properties to Municipalities.  Administration is recommending that the resolution from the Town of Essex regarding the sale of surplus school properties to municipalities for a dollar, be supported.
  • Essex Region Conservation Foundation Re: 30th Annual Golf Tournament.  Administration is recommending that the Town’s Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) representatives be authorized to attend the Essex Region Conservation Foundation's 30th Annual Golf Tournament, on July 12, 2018.

Reports include:
a. Parks & Recreation Services
1. PRS-2018-01, Optimist Club's Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks 2018.  It is recommended that:

  • The rental fees associated with use of the Optimist Community Centre and Green Acres Park for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach’s 2018 Victoria Day Fireworks Display, at a cost of $197 be waived; and that 
  • The fees associated with the fireworks permit as regulated under By-law Number 2013-50, a by-law to regulate the sale and use of fireworks, at a cost of $50, be waived; and that
  • The Ontario Provincial Police schedule officers to walk through the park the evening of the fireworks display.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-04, Encroachment Agreement, 1130 Lesperance Road.  Administration is recommending that an existing building encroachment of the Amloze Pizza building on the public right-of-way be formalized by way of a legal agreement.

2. PBS-2018-05, Potential One-Year Moratorium on Commercial Development and Hotel Building Permit Fees.  Administration is not recommending a one-year moratorium on commercial development and hotel building permit fees, but in the event that the moratorium is approved that any shortfall in building permit revenue that results be off-set by the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve.

3. PBS-2018-06, 2017 Year End Permit Report.  Administration recommends that construction value is down by -$8,591,736 or -16.7 percent over last year. This is due in part to a decrease in new residential construction over the previous year.

4. PBS 2018-07, D19 SANTA, Santarossa ZBA and Plan of Subdivision.  Administration recommends approval of the a rezoning of the Santarossa lands, including designation of the stormwater management facility as existing woodlot/natural area and the designation of the remaining lands as a business park subdivision comprising five business park lots on a 29.0 hectare (71.6 acre) parcel of land situated at the north-east corner of the 8th Concession Road/County Road 42 intersection.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2018-07, Various 2018 Watermain Improvement Projects - Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the tender for the Various 2018 Watermain Improvement Projects in the amount of $742,725 excluding HST be awarded to Sherway Contracting (Windsor) Ltd.  As the project was under budget, funding allocations reflect a $251,100 decrease from the Watermain Reserve Fund.

2. PWES-2018-10, 2017 Tecumseh Distribution System - Inspection Report.  The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change inspection report for the Tecumseh Distribution System dated January 12, 2018 is received by Council.  100% compliance was reported.

3. PWES-2018-11, Source Protection Municipal Implementation Funding (SPMIF) Agreement Amendment No. 4.  Administration recommends that By-law No. 2018-15 be adopted to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to execute the Source Protection Municipal Implementation Fund (SPMIF) Amendment No.4 and any future SPMIF amendments.  Source water protection is a provincially mandated program.

4. PWES-2018-12, Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 8.  Administration is recommending that the Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 8 be endorsed and committed to.

 

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

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February 13th Meeting

Council begins this week at 5pm with a Special Council Meeting regarding the 8th Concession Road Sanitary Sewer Outlet Cost Recovery By-Law.

It is proposed that residents in the Oldcastle Area be brought onto the Sanitary Sewer system in lieu of continuing to allow septic tanks for sewage storage.  There have been concerns expressed by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change regarding failing septic systems located in the area.

Many area residents are opposed to this transition as a result of cost implications to individual residential properties.

The full agenda packet can be found here.

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

Delegations include Robert Charlton who will be making a Cheque Presentation.

Communications include:

1) 2018 Ontario Farmland Forum - Administration is recommending that the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to attend the 2018 Farmland Forum on April 5, 2018 in Prince Edward County, subject to the provisions of the Town’s Professional Development and Travel Policy.

2) Association of Municipalities of Ontario Re: AMO Policy Update - Call to Action - Fire Medic Protection Needed for Municipal Governments.  Administration is recommending that the resolution from AMO calling for Fire Medic Protection for Municipal Governments be adopted, and that a copy of the resolution be sent to the Office of the Premier, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Minister of Labour, Minister of Municipal Affairs, local MPPs and AMO.

Reports include:
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2018-01, Accomplishments 2017.  This report details the various accomplishments and outcomes that have been achieved by the Town's Administration in the 2017 calendar year.
2. CAO-2018-03, Canada Post Addressing Initiative Tecumseh.  This report recommends that a resolution of Council be sent to Canada Post requesting the Town of Tecumseh be placed in the Addressing Initiative Schedule for Tecumseh to be the single municipal name for postal mail purposes.
3. CAO-2018-04, Chartwell St. Clair Beach Retirement Residence Lease Agreement.  Administration is recommending to execute an Agreement with Chartwell St. Clair Beach Retirement Residence for the lease of additional parking spaces at the municipal parking lot located at Lakewood Park.  In the Lease Agreement, the Town grants Chartwell use of 25 parking spaces in the parking lot
at the Park and will continue to be responsible for the regular maintenance of snow and ice removal.  During Town events, the Town will reserve a minimum of 16 parking spaces for Chartwell that will be identified with signage and notify Chartwell four [4] weeks in advance. 

b. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2018-02, Committee and Board Honorariums.  Administration is recommending that an increase from $50 to $100 in the Committee of Adjustment monthly honorarium be approved effective January 1, 2018 until the end of 2021 and that a review of the honorariums for Committees and Boards be carried out during last year of each term of Council. 
2. CS-2018-03, Civil Marriage Services and Officiants.  Administration is recommending that Bylaw No. 2018-09 being a by-law to authorize the service of Civil Marriage Ceremonies, be adopted; and that the new Civil Marriage Ceremonies Policy No. 94 be amended to include a rehearsal fee of $50.00 per hour and mileage to be paid in accordance with Travel Policy No. 14.  The fees charged by the Town for this service are $250.00 plus H.S.T during office hours and $350.00 plus H.S.T for evenings and weekends. 
3. CS-2018-04, Dog Pound Lease Agreement Renewal.  Administration is recommending that By-law No. 2018-10 being a by-law to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to execute a 20-year Lease Agreement with the County of Essex and the Towns of Essex, Lakeshore and LaSalle for the use of a portion of the property on part of the closed Landfill No. 3, located at 914 Puce Road in Lakeshore, for the Dog Pound Facility, be approved.
4. CS-2018-05, Restricted Acts of Council after Nomination Day - Lame Duck Provisions.  This report speaks to the restricted acts
of Council after Nomination Day (Lame Duck Provisions).

c. Financial Services
1. FS-2018-01, Taxes Receivable December 2017.  Administration is reporting that the tax receivables as a percentage of tax levy decreased to 4.4% at December 2017.  Overall, Residential tax arrears account for 70% of total tax arrears in 2017 compared to 37% in 2013, which is primarily a result of the large reductions to Commercial and Industrial arrears.  The total number of properties in arrears has increased despite the drop in total dollar amount owing. This is predominantly due to the number of Residential properties with arrears of less than $2,000, which increased by 9% year-over-year.
2. FS-2018-02, Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (OILC) Borrowing 2017.  Administration is recommending that borrowing upon 2.82% (estimated) 5 year amortizing debenture in the Principal amount of $99,200 for the financing of Pulleyblank/Crowder/Moro Sanitary Sewer construction costs for 2018 be approved.

d. Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2018-01, Tecumseh Fire Services 2017 Year End Overview.  Administration supplies the 2017 Year End Overview for the various activities of the Fire & Emergency Services Department Report.   

e. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-02, Tecumseh Transit Service, 2017 Annual Status Report.  Administration recommends that an Open House to obtain public input on the potential changes to the Tecumseh Transit Service for 2018 be scheduled, that a 50% reduction in the price of a monthly bus pass for riders on Ontario Works be authorized; and that the implementation of June as “Seniors Ride the TTS for Free Month” be approved.  Proposed changes include eliminating the East Pointe Trails Plaza stop, shifting the east-west routes from Little River onto St. Thomas and Riverside Drive onto Dillon Drive, rerouting the eastbound route off of Tecumseh Road and onto Brouillette consistent with the westbound route by way of Southfield and Shawnee, eliminating the stop at Tecumseh Town Centre Plaza and using Renaud and Bedell.  
2. PBS-2018-03, D19 PETTEC, OPA-ZBA, 13328-14346 Tecumseh Road.  Administration is recommending that a public meeting be scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., for the applications submitted by 2593430 Ontario Limited (Petretta Construction) to amend the St. Clair Beach Official Plan and Zoning By-law 2065 for the former Pud's Place Marina, a 1.4 hectare (3.6 acre) parcel of land located on the north side of Tecumseh Road, approximately 45 metres east of its intersection with Brighton Road (14328 & 14346 Tecumseh Road), from:
i) the current Official Plan designation of “Commercial” to a “Medium Density Residential” designation with a site-specific policy that will establish a maximum density of 51 units per hectare, permit an accessory marina and a limited range of ground floor  commercial uses; and
ii) the current “General Commercial Zone (C1-5)” to a site-specific “Residential Type Three Zone (R3-13)” in order to permit the construction of a five-storey, 71-unit condominium apartment building, accessory marina and limited ground-floor commercial uses, be authorized.

f. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2018-06, Rossi Drive Sanitary Sewers Extension - Tender Award.  Administration is recommending that the tender for the Rossi Drive Sanitary Sewer Extension in the amount of $1,364,200 excluding HST be awarded to Amico Infrastructures Inc., and associated reductions in lifecycle allocations because of reduced costs incurred.

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

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