May 26th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  The agenda can be found here.  The livestream for the meeting will be able to be found here.
1. Town of Grimsby dated May 6, 2020 Re: Support for Commercial Rent Assistance Program.  Grimsby endorses an expediting of commercial rent relief programs by the Government of Canada.
2. City of Cambridge dated May 13, 2020 Re: Provincial Funding for Rehabilitation Facilities.  Cambridge requests that the Province increase funding for substance abuse rehabilitation programs.
3. Town of Fort Erie dated May 20, 2020 Re: Request of support for High Speed lnternet Connectivity in Rural Ontario.  Fort Erie requests provincial investment in internet services for rural communities.
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2. Township of Mapleton dated April 21, 2020 Re: Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program.  Mapleton supports the Wellington proposal.
3. Town of Midland dated March 23, 2020 Re:  Financial Aid Plan.  Midland requests that the Federal Government finance the waiver of property taxes, to a level dependent on the value of your property, to municipalities by residents.
4. City of Hamilton dated April 23, 2020 Re: Request to Regulate and Enforce Odour and Lighting Nuisances Related to the Cultivation of Cannabis Plants.  Hamilton is requesting regulatory tools be made available to municipalities by the Province to ensure that odour and lighting nuisance complaints regarding cannabis cultivation may be addressed.
5. Federation of Canadian Municipalities dated April 23, 2020 Re: Protecting Vital Municipal Services.  FCM requests that the Federal Government grant funds to municipalities to ensure that operations may continue to be carried out in light of the expected loss of revenue and increase in costs.
6. Town of Amherstburg dated April 24, 2020 Re: Issues Regarding the Mapping of Provincially Significant Wetlands.  Amherstburg supports an effort by Norfolk County to allow residents a say in the designation of wetlands by the Province encompassing their property.
7. Town of Amherstburg dated April 24, 2020 Re: Suspend Time-of-Use Electricity Billing – Support from the Town of Amherstburg.  Amherstburg indicates support for the provincial direction to suspend time-of-use electricity billing.
8. Town of Amherstburg dated April 24, 2020 Re: Support for 100% Canadian Wines Excise Exemption.  Amherstburg supports Grey County's request for Canada to negotiate with Australia towards a resolution that protects the current excise exemption in light of the Australian complaint to the World Trade Organization.
9. Town of Amherstburg dated April 24, 2020 Re: Active Transportation.  Amherstburg circulates a presentation received by one of the community's FIRST Lego Robotics teams that proposes combined bicycle parking and locker stations.
10. Solicitor General dated April 24, 2020 Re: Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.  The Solicitor General has advised that the early 2021 implementation date for local municipalities to enact their Community Safety and Well-Being Plans has been put into abeyance.
11. Township of Montague dated April 27, 2020 Re: Federal Assistance for Municipalities.  Montague supports the Midland request found in item #3.
12. Township of Armour dated April 29, 2020 Re: Support Resolution - High Speed Internet Connectivity in Rural Ontario.  Armour requests that the Province subsidize high speed internet connectivity in rural municipalities.
13. Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority dated May 1, 2020 Re: No Plastic Bags – Recycling Program Ban.  The Solid Waste Authority has directed that plastic bags not be collected at any time among recyclables.
14. Canadian National Railway dated May 4, 2020 Re: CN Right of Way Vegetation Control.  CN advises that they will be engaging in vegetation control activities along their tracks between May and October although there is no set date for Tecumseh as of today.
1. Association of Municipalities of Ontario Re: Call for Nominations for 2020-2022 AMO Board of Directors 

Administration recommends that Town Council nominate Mayor Gary McNamara to the Office of Director County Caucus in accordance with the 2020-2022 AMO Board of Directors call for nominations.

Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti proposes a motion to request of Postmedia the resumption of news reporting in the Town of Tecumseh through alternative means in light of the company's decision to end publication of Shoreline Week.

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

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April 28th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  The agenda is as follows:

Communications - For Information
1. Municipality of Mattice-Val Cote dated March 2, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Mattice-Val Coté supports Tecumseh's resolution calling for efforts to reduce the volume of 911 misdials from cellular phones.

2. Watson and Associates Economists Ltd dated April 20, 2020.  Re: Updated Draft Regulation for Development Charges and the Community Benefits Charge.  Watson and Associates has been engaged by the Town to review and comment on changes to provincial Development Charges regulations.  This communication reports on Watson's recommendations to the Province of Ontario.

Communications - Action Required
1.  Municipality of Muskoka dated April 20, 2020 Re: Resolution to Support for Community Gardens, Garden Centres and Nurseries as essential services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

2.  Town of Gravenhurst dated April 22, 2020 Re: Resolution to Support for Community Gardens, Garden Centres and Nurseries as essential services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Administration recommends that Council give consideration to supporting the resolutions passed by Muskoka District Council and the Council for the Town of Gravenhurst requesting the Province of Ontario to add Community Gardens, Garden Centres and Nurseries, to their essential services list during the Declared Emergency due to COVID-19.

 

Reports include:

Financial Services
a. FS-2020-06 COVID-19 Financial Impact Update.  Administration provides an update as to the financial fallout of the COVID-19 emergency.  There are expected impacts to Town revenues as well as new expenditures ($30,000) and cost-containment opportunities.  It remains too early to understand the impact on revenues and expenses at this stage.

Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-10 Amend 2020-2024 Arena and Pool (5) Year capital Works Plan Arena Rink B Brine Line Replacement.  Because of the unexpected discovery of a failure of the brine line for Rink B at Tecumseh Arena, it is recommended that the Rink B Brine Line Replacement capital project be added to the 2020-2024 PRS Arena and Pool (5) Five Year Capital Works Plan; and that the Rink B Brine Line Replacement Capital project as outlined in this report, in the
amount of $43,000 net of 100% refundable HST, be authorized and funded out of the Arena Lifecycle Reserve.

Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2020-16 CIP Grant, 12137 Tecumseh Road.  Administration recommendeds that the Grant Application for the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Financial Incentive Program, for the property located at 12133-12137 Tecumseh Road (The Job Shoppe) be deemed eligible and approved for the Parking Area Improvement Grant Program, for a total amount of $10,000 toward the parking lot improvements being proposed.

Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2020-21 Town of Tecumseh Roads Needs Study 2019.  Administration recommends that the Town of Tecumseh Road Needs Study 2019 as prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited be adopted, and that Administration be authorized to utilize the recommendations contained within the Road Needs Study 2019 when completing the annual Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan.

The total length of all roads under the jurisdiction of the Town is approximately 180 kilometers.  The average kilometer weighted PCI rating of the Town’s roads is currently 77.0. Based on the results of the evaluation, approximately 6.3% of the total road system would require rehabilitation/maintenance within a five-year timeframe (PCI below 60) and an additional 23.4% would require monitoring/maintenance (PCI between 60 and 70).
A five-year maintenance/rehabilitation program is proposed and is based on undertaking the following:

  • Reconstruction works for pavements with a PCI rating less than 45;
  • Rehabilitation works such as resurfacing for pavements with PCI ratings from 45 to 55;
  • Maintenance such as crack sealing for pavements with a PCI rating from 55 to 70.

Proposed projects for 2020 include:

Beachgrove Drive, Brighton Road to End
Pentilly Road, Beachgrove Drive to cul‐de‐sac
St. Thomas Street Centennial Drive to Amberly Crescent
Papineau Court Lesperance Road to End
Odessa Drive County Road 42 to End
Shawnee Road Gouin Street to County Road 22
Wellwood Court Talthorpe Place to End
Talthorpe Place Estate Park to Estate Park
9th Concession Road County Road 8 to South Talbot Road
10th Concession Road County Road 8 to South Talbot Road
Shields Street St Alphonse Avenue to Lesperance Road

b. PWES-2020-22 LAS Sewer and Water Line Warranty Program Service Line Warranties of Canada Inc. Agreement Renewal Term.  Administration recommends that notice be provided to Service Line Warranties of Canada Inc. that the Town intends to allow the ‘Renewal Term’ within section 3(a) of the Agreement to commence, whereby the Agreement will automatically renew for one additional year starting September 29, 2020. 

c. PWES-2020-23 Larviciding for the 2020 West Nile Virus Program.  Administration is recommending that the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) be advised that estalto Environmental Health Services Inc. (Pestalto) will authorize the application of larvicides in water bodies in the Town of Tecumseh such as catch basins or ditches found to contain mosquito species known to transmit the West Nile Virus to support the planned expenditure for this year.

Two motions are being proposed by Members of Council:

1. Refuse Collection Amendment.  Councillor Tonial proposes that two additional waste bags be permitted throughout Tecumseh until the end of May.

2,  Procedural By-law Amendment - Electronic Meetings during a Declared Emergency.  Councillor Houston proposes that the Business Improvement Association be authorized to meet electronically during the COVID-19 emergency.

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

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April 16th Meeting

On Thursday, April 16th at 11am, Tecumseh Town Council will be meeting to consider approval of the construction of a land berm on the lakefront behind 16 low lying properties in an effort to address the risk of overland flooding.  The agenda can be found here.

Administration is recommending acceptance of severeal amendments to the Town of Tecumseh Flood Response Plan, and that By-law No. 2020-35 being a by-law to adopt the revised Emergency Response Plan, inclusive of the appended Flood Response Plan, Version 2 (April 2020) be adopted, and that a $500,000 expenditure from the Infrastructure Reserve for the implementation of flood mitigation defenses on those identified private properties that pose a significant risk for further in-land flooding be authorized.

Administration is proposing emergency flood prevention measures. This will involve placing earthen berms and additional sandbags on low-lying private waterfront properties that act as conduits for inland flooding to residential neighbourhoods south of Riverside Drive. With these works, the Town is attempting to install
permanent or temporary flood barriers to an elevation exceeding the previous flood level of Lake St. Clair in order to protect against or mitigate the extent of flooding this year.

Additionally, Administration will be carrying out a pump repair at St. Marks pump station to ensure it remains functional during the spring flooding season.   Approval of this work was previously granted by Council on February 11, 2020, with a budget of $36,433 excluding HST.

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

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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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March 10th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  The full agenda can be found here.

Delegations include, representing the Essex Region Conservation Authority, Richard Wyma, General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer and Kieran McKenzie, Chair.  An accompanying video presentation can be found here.


Communications - For Information
1. County of Haliburton dated February 3, 2020 Re: Tourism Oriented Destination Signage Fee Increases.  Haliburton County has requested that fee increases for Tourism signage be phased in.

2. Town of Lakeshore dated February 12, 2020 Re: Town of Lakeshore's Submission Regading OPP Detachment Boards.  Lakeshore wishes to pursue a two-board (north and south) model for the Ontario Provincial Police detachments of Essex County rather than the single board composition that had been previously recommended by the Mayors of each municipality and the incumbent Police Services Board Chairs/Vice-Chairs. 

3. City of Windsor dated February 14, 2020 Re: Notice of Public Meeting to Consider Amendments to the City of Windsor Official Plan and Zoning By-Law 8600.  The City of Windsor is hosting an Official Plan review at its Development and Heritage Standing Committee Meeting of Monday, March 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm, at the Council Chambers, Main Floor, City Hall, 350 City Hall Square West.

4. Town of Lakeshore dated February 18, 2020 Re: Notice of Public Meeting - Application for Draft Plan of Subdivision.  Lakeshore is hosting a Public Meeting regarding Lakeside Estates - Phase 2 on Old Tecumseh Road at Wallace Line.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Town of Lakeshore Council Chambers 419 Notre Dame Street, Belle River.  The applicant, Amico Properties Incorporated, has applied for Subdivision approval to permit 75 lots for single detached dwellings. 

5. Town of Lakeshore dated February 18, 2020 Re: Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting.  Location: 85 and 87 East Pike Creak Road.  The municipality is considering an application to amend the Town of Lakeshore Zoning By-law under the provisions of Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990. The Applicant, Jonathon and Erica Sylva, wish to re-zone the subject property from an RW1 zone, Residential Waterfront -Watercourse zone, to a site specific RW1 zone, Residential Waterfront - Watercourse Exception, to recognize and permit a minimum lot area of 1,160 m2 (85 East Pike Creek Road) and 1,025 m2 (87 East Pike Creek Road) and to re-zone the Floodway to EP- 1, Environmental Protection Zone Exception 1, which was recently identified as Floodway, by the Essex Region Conservation Authority.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Town of Lakeshore Council Chambers 419 Notre Dame Street, Belle River. 

6. Township of Puslinch dated February 20, 2020 Re: AMO’s position on the Legislative Changes in Bill 132 with respect to the Aggregate Resources Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Puslinch supports AMO’s position on the Legislative Changes in Bill 132 with respect to the Aggregate Resources Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

7. Enbridge Gas dated February 21, 2020 Re: 2020 Windsor Line Replacement - Notice of Brushing and Vegetation Removal.  Enbridge is replacing a 6” pipeline between the intersection of Concession 8 and County Road 46 (Located in the Town of Tecumseh) and the existing Enbridge Gas Port Alma Transmission Station (located in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent).  The company will complete vegetation and tree clearing along the project route. The proposed clearing will occur primarily within municipal ROW with additional clearing on private lands were temporary work space is required at watercourse and road crossings.

8. County of Frontenac dated February 21, 2020 Re: Resolution of Support for Conservation Authorities.  Frontenac County encourages the province to continue to support the principle of planning on a watershed basis in the ongoing review and prioritize the allocation of adequate funding to support the core mandate of
conservation authorities; and that the provincial government will maintain and not diminish the core mandate of conservation authorities.

9. Municipality of West Nipissing dated March 3, 2020 Re: Provincially Significant Wetlands Designation.  West Nipissing supports the Village of Merrickville-Wolford, asking the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to respectfully review its practices and procedures to include a requirement to provide supporting evidence, to impacted municipalities, when designating Provincially Significant Wetlands within their boundaries. 

10. Township of Tyendinaga dated March 3, 2020 Re: Call for a solution to the ongoing Coastal GasLink and Rail Disruption situations.  Tyendinaga requests that all parties work together to find a successful and peaceful resolution of the pipeline matter as quickly as possible and requests support of further municipalities.

Communications - Action Required:
1. Essex Region Conservation Golf Tournament dated February 21, 2020.  Re: Save the Date.  The Essex Region Conservation Foundation Golf Tournament will be hosted on Thursday, July 16th and approval is being sought for current ERCA Board Members to be able to attend at the Town's cost.

2. Association Municipalities Ontario dated February 27, 2020 Re: Land Use Planning: Beyond the Basics Workshops.  Administration is recommending that that the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to participate in the Land Use Planning: Beyond the Basics Workshops, in accordance with the Town's Professional Development and Travel Policies, and subject to 2020 Budget funding.

 

Reports include:

1. Information & Communication Services
a. ICS 2020-02 2020-2024 ICS Lifecycle Works Plan.  Administration recommends that the Information & Communication Services workplan which includes a 2020 expenditure of $77,000 be adopted.  This is the first replacement of IT resources since the program was initiated.

2. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-05 Optimist Club's Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks 2020.  Administration recommends that the Town of Tecumseh pay the cost for enhanced OPP service during the 43rd annual Victoria Day Fireworks event to be held on May 16 or 17, 2020, estimated to be in the order of $1,400 to be funded from the Police Contracts budget.
b. PRS-2020-06 St. Clair College Baseball at Lacasse Park.  Admininstration recommends 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 2020 baseball season starting June 5, 2020 through to and including August 31, 2020, subject to compliance with the provisions of the Town’s Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy 31.
c. PRS-2020-07 Rink A Chiller Replacement.  Administration recommends that the price of $155,985.00 net of 100% refundable HST, submitted from Cimco Refrigeration for Rink A Brine Pump and Chiller Replacement, undertaken through a contract record, be approved, and that Council award the project to Cimco Refrigeration as an Irregular Result under Schedule “A” of the Purchasing policy.

3. Planning and Building Services
a.PBS-2020-09 Site Plan Control, 12000 Tecumseh Road.   Admininstration recommends that a by-law authorizing the execution of the “Villa Pia Investments Ltd.” site plan control amending agreement, satisfactory in form to the Town’s Solicitor, which allows for the construction of a new 361.5 square metre (3,891.7 square foot) commercial building and associated patios, landscaping and on-site services/works on 0.85 hectare (2.1 acre) parcel of land located on the north side of Tecumseh Road/Shawnee Road intersection (12000 Tecumseh Road), be adopted.
b. PBS-2020-10 Encroachment Agreement, 12000 Tecumseh Road.  Admininstration recommends that a by-law authorizing the execution of the “Villa Pia Investments Ltd.” encroachment agreement, satisfactory in form to the Town’s Solicitor, which allows for the establishment of two outdoor patios associated with a proposed new 361.5 square metre (3,891.7 square foot) commercial building to be constructed on a 0.85 hectare (2.1 acre) parcel of land located on the north side of Tecumseh Road/Shawnee Road intersection (12000 Tecumseh Road), be adopted.
c. PBS-2020-11 CIP Grant, 12000 Tecumseh Road.  It is recommended that the Grant Application for the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan
(CIP) Financial Incentive Program, for the property located at 12000 Tecumseh Road (Roll No. 374401000001900), be deemed eligible and approved for the Development Charges Grant Program in the amount of $26,152.22 in relation to the construction of a new 361.5 square metre (3,891.7 square foot) commercial building on the subject property.


4. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2020-15 2018 Water and Wastewater Master Plan Update - Study Completion and Final Adoption.  Admininstration recommends that the 2018 Water & Wastewater Master Plan Update be adopted.  The Master Plan has been in the works for some time and recommends investment in particular new projects to improve service levels.
b. PWES-2020-16 Amend 2020-2024 PWES Five Year Capital Works Plan-CR11 STR Roundabout-Advanced Watermain Modifications.  Admininstration recommends that the County Road 11 and South Talbot Road Roundabout Advanced Watermain Modifications be added to the PWES 2020-2024 Public Works & Environmental Services Five Year Capital Works Plan and that the expenditure of $30,000 from the Watermain Reserve Fund for the Town Water Division to complete the County Road 11 and South Talbot Road Roundabout Advanced Watermain Modifications in 2020 be authorized.

 

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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February 25th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm with a Public Meeting discussing the new Official Plan.

Among the proposed changes are:

  • Regulations for cannabis production facilities
  • Conversion of "Hamlet Development" designation to "Future Development"
  • Segregation of commercial policies between Main Street areas and the broader community.
  • Mandatory residential intensification, to 15% of development, in accordance with provincial policy.
  • Consistency with the Ontario Provincial Policy Statement.
  • Incorporation of Transportation Master Plan and past discussion papers into the Official Plan.

A PowerPoint presentation will be shown at the meeting with the draft document available at the March 10th meeting of Tecumseh Council.

Regular business begins at 7pm.

Communications - For Information includes:
1. County of Essex Letter dated January 17, 2020 Re: Notice of Decision with respect to Official Plan Amendment No. 13 - Town of Lakeshore.  Essex County has approved the Amy Croft Secondary Plan prepared by the Town of Lakeshore
2. Prince Edward County Letter dated February 10, 2020 Re: Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.  Prince Edward County appears to support the intent of Bill 156 without supporting the bill itself.  Tecumseh Council supported the bill at its last meeting.
3. Municipality of Southwest Middlesex Letter dated February 13, 2020 Re: Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.  Southwest Middlesex supports the intent of Bill 156 and requests additional enhancements for grain farm operations.
4. Township of Madoc Letter dated February 11, 2020 Re: Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.  Madoc strongly supports Bill 156.
5. Town of Kingsville Letter dated February 12, 2020 Re: Conservation Authority Levies.  Kingsville requests additional, stable funding for the Essex Region Conservation Authority and supports maintaining the present day core mandate of conservation authorities.
6. Township of Madoc Letter dated February 19, 2020 Re: Conservation Authorities Levies.  Madoc supports the Township of Spingwater's request for a review of Conservation Authority levies.
7. Northumberland County dated February 19, 2020 Re: Conservation Authorities Levies.  Northumberland County supports the Township of Springwater's request for a review of Conservation Authority levies.
8. Office of the Solicitor General Letter dated February 12, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Minister Sylvia Jones acknowledges the Town's request to address 911 misdials.
9. City of Belleville Letter dated January 16, 2020.  Re: 911 Misdials.  Belleville has received Tecumseh's request for support regarding 911 misdials but elected to take no action.
10. Town of Lakeshore Letter dated January 17, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Lakeshore supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
11. Township of North Kawartha Letter dated January 20, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  North Kawartha supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
12. Township of Champlain Letter dated January 24, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Champlain supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
13. Township of Schreiber Letter dated January 28, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Schreiber supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
14. Town of Espanola Letter dated February 3, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Espanola supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
15. Township of Addington Hills Letter dated February 7, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Addington Hills supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regarding 911 misdials.
16. Township of Madoc Letter dated February 19, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Madoc supports Tecumseh's request for provincial action regardin 911 misdials.

Communications - Action Required
1. Town of Lakeshore Letter dated January 30, 2020.  Re: Police Services Board.  Administration recommends that the request of the Town of Lakeshore to create two police services board (north and south) instead of a single board be forwarded to the Tecumseh Police Services Board.

Reports
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-06 Minimum Maintenance Standards for Roads.  Administration recommends adoption of a By-law for Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways, be adopted, as appended to the Agenda for the February 25, 2020 meeting of Council.

2. Planning and Building Services
a. PBS-2020-07 Site Plan Control, Lily Jean Daniher, 5355 Manning Road.  Daniher Topsoil is adding a topsoil bagging facility on site together with associated stormwater works.  Approval of the Site Plan for the property is being recommended.

b. PBS-2020-08 2019 Year End Building Permit Report.  Administration advises that in 2019, $58,589,778 worth of construction activity was undertaken, which is up by $21,866,511 over 2018.  Conversely, there was a decline of 27% in total permits due to reduced residential construction activity.

3. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2020-10 Highway 3 - County Road 11 Watermain Replacement Project.  Administration recommends signing an agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to allow reconstruction of the Town's watermain in the Highway 3 right-of-way, and to award the tender for the Highway 3/County Road 11 Watermain Replacement Project in the amount of $1,390,658, excluding HST, to Shearock Construction Group Inc. 

b. PWES-2020-12 Annual Summary Report for the Year 2019 - Town of Tecumseh Distribution System (260004969).  The Town is required to publish its water quality reports on an annual basis demonstrating compliance testing and work undertaken in the system.  Reports are circulated to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

c. PWES-2020-13 Tecumseh Distribution System Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks 2019 Inspection Report.  The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks inspected Tecumseh's water distribution system on January 30, 2020.  The system obtained 100% compliance.

d. PWES-2020-14 Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 10.  Administration submits the Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 10 for endorsement and commitment.  It has been updated to reflect changes in legislation, changes to Town personnel, interal Management Review Committee recommendations and the Town’s administrative and/or policy changes.

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

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February 11th Meeting

This week, City Council begins at 5pm with a public meeting regarding a proposed development at Lesperance Road and County Road 42.
The meeting is to receive comments on the revised Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw amendment applications for the 0.66 hectare (1.63 acre) parcel of land located on the northeast corner of the County Road 42 and Lesperance Road intersection. The subject property is currently designated “Neighbourhood Commercial” in the Sandwich South Official Plan. The revised Official Plan amendment application proposes to redesignate the subject property to a “Medium Density Residential” designation with a site-specific policy that would allow for the construction of a residential development consisting of four six-unit, three-storey multi-unit dwellings, for a total of 24 dwelling units. The purpose of the associated Zoning By-law amendment was to change the zoning pertaining to the subject property from “General Commercial Zone (C1)” to a site-specific “Residential Zone 2 (R2)” to permit the proposed residential uses and establish site-specific zone provisions, such as minimum yard depths and height.

This second public meeting is to review the revised proposal and to summarize how issues identified at the first public meeting are proposed to be addressed.

At 6pm the first Court of Revision begins.  The meeting is to hear from any affected owner who wishes to appeal his/her assessment or any part thereof as set out in the Hurley Relief Branch Drain and Upper Part of Hurley Relief Drain Drainage Report, prepared by Mr. Gerard Rood P. Eng., of Rood Engineering Inc., dated November 20, 2019.

At 6:30pm the second Court of Revision begins.  The meeting is to hear from any affected owner who wishes to appeal his/her assessment or any part thereof as set out in the West Branch of the East Branch Delisle Drain Drainage Report, prepared by Mr. Gerard Rood, P. Eng., of Rood Engineering Inc., dated November 18, 2019.  

At 7pm the Delegations begin and include Joe Barile, General Manager, and Kris Taylor, Director Corporate Strategy, Essex Power Corp Re: Essex Power Youth in Community Fund and e: E- Billing and Digital Transformation.  We are also welcoming Curtis Brown, Probe Research Inc. Re: Findings of Customer Satisfaction Survey

 

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January 28th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm at the Tecumseh Arena, Horwood Room with a meeting regarding Policies and Priorities.  The agenda can be found here.

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

Many of our communications are responding to Tecumseh's resolution to resolve the frequency of 911 misdials.  Most responses are favourable, including Huron East, Nipigon, Rainy River, Armour, Innisfil, Norwich, Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Marathon and Hanover.  St. Catharines does not support the resolution.

Essex County has approved the Amy Croft area secondary plan in the Town of Lakeshore which envisions additional residential, commerical and institutional development in the area between Manning Road and Commercial Drive.

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

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