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 am seeking your support for re-election as Ward 1 Councillor in the 2018-2022 term. If re-elected, 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

November 14th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 6pm.

Our first hour is a Public Meeting to discuss a proposed land subdivision of the property at 8th Concession and County Road 46 into 9 industrial lots.  The lots are currently holding a "Business Park" designation which are proposed to be rezoned to Industrial.  The area adjacent to the residential properties and DeAngelis Construction are proposed to be transferred to the town as a permanent woodlot and a storm water detention facility.  The full packet can be found here.

Beginning at 7pm, regular business begins.  The packet can be found here.

Communications include:

  1. Town of Essex Re: Notice of Public Meeting - Zoning By-law Amendment.  Five properties in the vicinity of County Road 8 and Highway 3 are the subject of a rezoning application from Agricultural to Highway Commercial.  There are also several housekeeping amendments clarifying definitions in the Official Plan being proposed.
  2. Ontario Good Roads Association Re: Call for Nominations.  OGRA advises of vacancies to their board and nominations for election.
  3. Municipality of Morris-Turnberry Re: Resolution concerning Tenanted Farm Tax Class properties being changed to Residential Tax Class.  Non-tillable acreage in agricultural areas is being proposed for residential property tax rates under recent interpretations even if it is comprised of woodlots, streams or other natural features.  Administration is not recommending support of this motion.

Communications in which Administration is supporting action include:

  1. Town of Lakeshore Re: Provincial Flood Insurance Program.  That the Town of Lakeshore resolution requesting the Province to create a Provincial Flood Insurance Program, to cover those individuals, families, and businesses, who are unable to secure flood insurance for their properties, be supported.

REPORTS
Corporate Services & Clerk
1. Deputy Clerk & Manager Legislative Services, Report No 35-17 Re: Dog Tag and Licensing Enforcement.  Administration is recommending the hiring of the Commissionaires to enforce dog tag compliance within municipal boundaries through a direct canvass.  The $10,158.50 one-time fee would be recovered through late fees and expected new licence revenues.
2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No 40-17 Re: Community Support Centre Services Agreement, Two Year
Term Renewal: 2018-2019.  Administration is recommending that the Town renew its agreement with the Community Support Centre of Essex County to deliver subsidized transportation to seniors and those with accessibility challenges.  The Town subsidizes trips by $3 up to a maximum of $10,000. 
3. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 41-17 Re: Seniors Community Grant Program, 2017 - 2018.  Administration is reporting that the Tecumseh Seniors Advisory Committee was Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat ‘Seniors Community Grant Program’ application was successful and $8,300 was allocated to allow seniors in our community to receive a one-time membership to Life After Fifty.

Planning & Building Services
1. Manager Planning Services, Report 31-2017 Re: Mr. William Leon, 7035 10th Concession Road, Extension of Temporary Use By-law – Garden Suite.  Administration is recommending the scheduling of a Public Meeting to discuss extending permission for the existing Garden Suite (temporary housing) at this address for an additional three years.  The public meeting would be held on December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm.  

Public Works & Environmental Services
1. Drainage Superintendent, Report No 49-17 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain, Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Antaya Drain.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting be hired as the Drainage Engineer to recommend measures to restore the drain to its intended working condition under the Drainage Act.  Costs are assessed back to benefiting property owners.
2. Director Public Works & Environmental Services, Report No 50-17  Re: Backwater Valve Inspector, Temporary Position. Administration is recommending the hiring of a temporary Backwater Valve inspector to assist in the backlog of work in processing these applications for subsidy.  The expected cost is $37,000 which will be funded from existing Wastewater rates.
3. Drainage Superintendent, Report No 52-17.  Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain - Appointment of Drainage Engineer - Gouin Drain.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting be hired as the Drainage Engineer to recommend measures to restore the drain to its intended working condition under the Drainage Act.  Costs are assessed back to benefiting property owners.
4. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No 53-17.  Re: Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Electric Truck Pilot Program.  Administration is recommending participating in and supporting the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Electric Truck Pilot Project alongside other interested municipal governments, including by partnering with AMO in the application for grant funding from the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund.  Costs would be for insurance and licencing as they would be for regular vehicles.
5. Drainage Superintendent, Report No 54-17 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain,
Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Desjardins Drain.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting be hired as the Drainage Engineer to recommend measures to restore the drain to its intended working condition under the Drainage Act.  Costs are assessed back to benefiting property owners.
6. Drainage Superintendent, Report No 56-17 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain,
Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Lachance Drain.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting be hired as the Drainage Engineer to recommend measures to restore the drain to its intended working condition under the Drainage Act.  Costs are assessed back to benefiting property owners.

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

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October 24th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 5:30pm with a Special Meeting to discuss the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.  There are no advance materials for this meeting however Dillon Consulting will present a PowerPoint detailing the current state of design for the project.

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

Delegations include:

a. The Dillon Family Re: Dillon Drive Street Name Recognition

b. Police Services Board Chair Christopher Hales & OPP Inspector Glenn Miller, regarding the 2018 Police and Police Services Board Budget.  The Police Services Board reports that Tecumseh's policing costs are 4th lowest in Essex County, at $169 per capita or $442 per household.

c. Stephen MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation Re: Resolution Citing the Importance of the Auto Industry to Municipalities in Ontario.  The Economic Development Corporation requests that Tecumseh call on the federal government to recognize Canada’s automotive sector as a key priority throughout the NAFTA negotiations.

Communications include:

a. Township of Oro Medonte Re: Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.  Oro-Medonte requests that the Province:

a) expand the OWDCP to include evidence of partial carcass' to allow eligible producers to process legitimate claims; and

b) rely more heavily on the opinions of the Municipal Investigator, as they are experienced, familiar and knowledgeable with the Municipality’s producers, as they continue to process genuine and valid applications.

b. Ontario Energy Board Notice Re: Union Gas Limited applied to raise its natural gas rates effective January 1, 2018.  Union Gas is requesting an increase in rates of $9.60 each year from residential customers based on an approved Ontario Energy Board calculation for rate increases.

c. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Re: Proposed regulation change: compressed air energy storage (CAES).  The Province is crafting legislation that would allow for underground compressed air energy storage in retired mines and is seeking consultation.

d. Township of Montague, Re: Bill 148.  Administration recommends Council support the resolution of the Township of Montague requesting the Province to conduct a full economic impact study of Bill 148 on the effect on businesses and municipalities across Ontario by supported.

Reports include:

a. Chief Administrative Officer

1. Chief Administrative Officer, Report No 11-17 Re: Strategic Priorities Update.  This is a summary report of the progress being made on the strategic priorities adopted by Town Council and what has been done to achieve these.

b. Corporate Services & Clerk

1. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 37-17 Re: Renewal of Cat Intake Agreement with the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society for 2018/  Administration is recommending that the Clerk be authorized to execute the Cat Intake Agreement (Agreement) with the WindsorEssex County Humane Society (WECHS) for 2018 to permit stray cats to be dropped off at a cost of $25 to the Town of Tecumseh for each cat.

2. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 38-17 Re: Dillon Drive Street Naming Recognition.  Administration is seeking formal approval for the new "Poppy" signage that has been erected on Dillon Drive to recognize Jack Dillon, a World War II veteran from our community.

c. Financial Services

1. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No 15-17 Re: Budget Variance Report – August 31, 2017.  The Town is currently running a surplus of $875,000 due to a number of factors including lower police costs and assessment growth.

2. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No 16-17 Re: Vacancy Rebate Program Elimination.  Administration is recommending that Council support the elimination of the Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate Program, and for Essex County Council to seek approval from the Minister of Finance to enact a Regulation for Essex County to eliminate this Program, commencing for the 2018 taxation year.  This is a program where vacant buildings or units receive a break on their property taxes.

d. Fire & Rescue Services

1. Director of Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No 08-17 Re: Tecumseh Fire Services – Q3 2017 Update.  Administration provides a report regarding third quarter activities in the Fire Services area.

e. Parks & Recreation Services

1. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No 24-17 Re: Transition Timelines for the Tecumseh Corn Festival Update.  Administration is recommending that for 2018, that the Town's Administration manage the Corn Festival as a department program and as an alcohol-free 3-day event with budget fund submission in 2018, that the festival be reduced to three days (Friday to Sunday) and that the festival close at 11pm.  Following the 2018 Festival, Administration will prepare a report for Council’s consideration on the overall operations of the Festival with recommendations for future years.

f. Public Works & Environmental Services

1. Manager Engineering Services, Report No 33-17 Re: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, Funding Approval, Town of Tecumseh Storm Drainage Master Plan.  Administration was successful in obtaining $175,000 in funding from FCM for the Storm Drainage Master Plan and is recommending that Council pass a By-law to enter into an agreement to receive these funds.

2. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No 47-17 Re: Proposed Pedestrian Crossing on St. Gregory’s Road at the Intersection of Cada Crescent.  Administration reports that taking further action at this crossing is contrary to the principles of the Ontario Traffic Manual and is unwarranted based on usage.

3. Manager, Water & Wastewater, Report No 48-17 Re: Essex Region Source Protection Area, 2016 Annual Report.  This report is being supplied for information regarding our local efforts to protect our drinking water sources.

 

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

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