August 11th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm with the first public meeting to discuss a proposed rezoning at 3455 North Talbot Road (at Hennin).  The streaming link is at https://video.islive.ca/tecumseh/live.html

The property owner is requesting a land use change from  “Industrial Zone (M1)” to a site-specific “Business Park Zone (BP)”  in order to permit the addition of general/business offices, professional offices, union hall, restaurants, craft industries/specialty workshops and retail sales as permitted uses. In addition, the proposed site-specific BP Zone will establish site specific yard and lot requirements. The subject property is designated “Business Park” in the Sandwich South Official Plan.

The agenda can be found here.

At 6:30pm there is a second public meeting to discuss a proposed condominium on a vacant 1.08 hectare (2.68 acre) parcel of land situated at the northeast corner of the Tecumseh Road/Southfield Drive intersection at 11870 Tecumseh Road (the proposed Gateway Tower building in which the land use and site plan were previously approved for the site).  The agenda can be found here.

The proposed Draft Plan of Condominium includes:

  • A total of 99 residential units;
  • 132 parking spaces reserved for individual unit owners (104 uncovered and 29 covered) and 14 parking spaces reserved as visitor parking spaces;
  • 57 storage areas located inside the building that are associated with the individual dwelling units; and
  • 16 exclusive-use patio areas associated with 16 residential units located on the first floor of the proposed building.

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

Communications incluide:

1. Enbridge Gas Inc. dated June 30, 2020 Re: 2020 Rates - Application and Evidence.  Enbridge is requesting a rate increase for all of its customers with the most significant increase being for former Union Gas customers including Tecumseh.  The proposed increase for our area is $8.91 annually.

2. Town of Lakeshore dated July 17, 2020 Re: Notice of Electronic (Virtual) Public Meeting to consider a cannabis production facility.  Lakeshore is proposing a land use change at 417 Jutras Drive South for a medical cannabis production facility.  The public meeting will be held on August 11th at 6pm.

3. Township of South Glengarry dated July 20, 2020 Re: Long Term Care Homes.  South Glengarry urges the Ontario government to provide funding to increase full-time positions in place of casual and part-time labour in long term care homes and requests that the Ministry of Long-term Care acts to regularly inspect all long term care homes, and sound infection control measures are put in place at all Ontario long term care homes.

4. Town of Gore Bay dated July 21, 2020 Re: Support of OPP Diversity Training.  Gore Bay supports the Town of Orangeville in its request for improvements to OPP Diversity Training and that although the OPP have Indicated they have a comprehensive diversity training program, there may not be the same resources available throughout the province detachments; and whereas there is public concern regarding the use of force, such as neck restraints, and oversight, they support efforts to encourage common training requirements to all members ofthe Ontario Provincial Police Force.

5. Town of Mono dated July 24, 2020 Re: Diversity Training Program for Municipal Police Services.  Mono endorses the Orangeville resolution and would like to see it extended to all municipal police forces.

6. Town of Gore Bay dated July 21, 2020 Re: Support of Universal Basic Income.  Gore Bay requests federal and provincial consideration of a Universal Basic Income program.

7. Town of Gore Bay dated July 31, 2020 Re: Support of The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities for The Municipality of McDougall.  Gore Bay disagrees with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario recommendation to replace OPP Detachment Boards with Northern Ontario District Social Services Boards.

8. Town of Kingsville dated July 31, 2020 Re: Request for More Detailed Information and Data Regarding the Spread of COVID-19 in Essex County.  Kingsville advises that it has sent a letter to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Board of Directors and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed, requesting more detailed information and data regarding the spread of COVID-19 (to a neighbourhood level consistent with other named jurisdictions).

9. Town of Amherstburg dated July 28, 2020 Re: Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Grant.  Amherstburg supports a Town of Renfrew resolution requesting that Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant applications be fast tracked.

10. Town of Amherstburg dated July 28, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Financial Relief for Municipalities.  Amherstburg and Essex request that their MPP read aloud a letter in the Ontario Legislature seeking financial relief from the Province.

11. County of Essex dated July 29, 2020 Re: Support for Federal Assistance for People with Disabilities - COVID-19 Pandemic.  Essex County requests additional funding from the Federal government for certified holders of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to assist with the added financial burden that many people living with disabilities are facing during the COVID-19 Pandemic;

Communications - Action Required
1. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated July 31, 2020.  Town Council is being asked to consider endorsing the following individuals’ appointment to the Essex Region Source Protection Committee:

Albert Dionne, Town of Lakeshore, appointment date: September 10, 2020; expiration of appointment September 10, 2025;
Ian Wilson, City of Windsor, appointment date: September 10, 2020; expiration of appointment September 10, 2021;
Nelson Santos, Union Water Supply System, appointment date: September 10, 2020; expiration of appointment November 30 , 2022.

I have declared a conflict on this decision.

Reports
1. Chief Administrative Office
a. CAO-2020-06 Boundary Adjustment Agreement and the County Road 43 Class Environmental Assessment Study.  Administration reports that to be consistent with its 2003 agreement, Essex County had committed to realign Banwell Road with the 11th Concession Road to form a single continuous north-south roadway, with the County undertaking and implementing the Class EA study with construction completed within 5 years of EA completion.  The EA study was first completed in 2009.  The Lauzon Parkway/County Road 42 EA upgraded the intersection design to a roundabout, and a third EA for Banwell Road was completed in September 2016.  Essex County proposes to further delay detailed design to 2021 or 2022 which does not respect the legal agreement signed by Essex County.  The County does not propose to conform to the recommended solution approved in the CR43 ESR; the limits of the proposed detailed design accounts for only two-thirds of the CR43 ESR study area length, omitting that portion of CR43 from Shields to the CPR tracks; and the proposed timing of the design does not comply with the terms set forth in the Agreement, and there has been no commitment to date from the County on the timing for construction.  In addition, County Administration are not responding to efforts to resolve through Town Administration.

2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-15 Golden Age Club Parkette.  Administration has received a request to acquire a portion of currently unused lands adjacent to the Golden Age Club.  Administration is not recommending acceptance of the offer.

b. CS-2020-25 Face Covering Policy for Visitors and Contractors.  Administration is recommending compulsory face coverings for all visitors and contractors to Town Facilities.

3. Financial Services
a. FS-2020-11 2021 Business Plan and Budget Timetable.  Administration recommends that the proposed 2021 Business Plan and Budget Timetable, as follows, be approved:

  • Council consultation September 22, 2020
  • Public engagement September 24 – October 16, 2020
  • Table proposed business plan and budget December 8, 2020
  • Council deliberations TBD January, 2021
  • Council consideration and adoption January 26, 2021

b. FS-2020-14 Budget Variance Report - June 2020.  Administration projects a year-end deficit of $144,000 (Tax Supported $165,000 deficit and Rate Supported surplus of $21,000) as a result of adjustments resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the flooding emergency.

4. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2020-26 Tecumseh Transit Service, 2020 6-month review.  Use of Transit service has been severely impacted by COVID-19 with a significant drop in ridership relative to 2019.  Total ridership has decreased by approximately 50% (or 7,080 riders) during the first 6 months of the year.
b. PBS-2020-28 Six Month Permit Report.  Administration reports that construction value was $7,950,095, which is down by $4,775,870 or 38 percent, and permit applications have declined by 17%.

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

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July 28th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  You can read the agenda here.  You can watch the proceedings here.
The first delegation is Inspector Glenn Miller, Detachment Commander, Essex County OPP and Staff Sergeant Jamie Smith, Essex County OPP who will be speaking with respect to the Essex County OPP Response to Tecumseh 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  You can read some of their data here.  The top 3 issues in Ward 1 are Municipal By-law violations, Traffic Complaints and Suspicious Person calls.
1. City of Oshawa dated June 26, 2020 Re: Covid-19 Funding.  Oshawa requests of senior levels of government additional funding to support social cultural, service clubs, and children/youth minor sporting.
2. Township of Perth South dated July 9, 2020 Re: Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program.  Perth South is requesting reform of the Farm Property Class Tax Rate
3. County of Essex dated July 13, 2020 Re: Official Plan Amendment No. 42 - Town of Tecumseh- Skyline Real Estate Holdings.  Essex County is reporting that the appeal period to respond to the Skyline development (new apartment complex at Southfield and Tecumseh) has expired and the new zoning is now in force.
4. County of Essex dated July 21, 2020 Re: Official Plan Amendment No. 15 Town of Tecumseh - D19 Bashi - F&S Enterprises, 12300 County Road 42.  Essex County is reporting that the appeal period to respond to the Bashi development (new apartment building at County Road 42 and Lesperance Road) has expired and the new zoning is now in force.
5. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated July 21, 2020 Re: Emancipation Day 2020.  Chatham-Kent supports the designation of August 1st as Emancipation Day.
6. Town of Essex dated July 23, 2020 Re: Request for Raw Data on Positive COVID-19 Cases in Essex County.  Essex requests more detailed information regarding data reporting of positive COVID 19 cases in their municipality and the region, based on classification relating to Travel, Close Contact, Community Contact and Agri-Farm as examples.
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July 14th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  The link to watch the meeting will be able to be found here.  The full agenda can be found here.

Delegations this week will include:
1. Joyce Zuk, Executive Director of Family Services Windsor-Essex and Elizabeth Strutt-MacLeod, Coordinator/Professor, School of Community Studies, St. Clair College Re: Proposed One-Year Pilot Project with Community Meditation Windsor Essex and Tecumseh

2. Bill Marra, Vice President External Affairs and Executive Director of Changing Lives Together Foundation, Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare
Re: Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehab Satellite Facility

Communications - For Information
1. Town of Lakeshore dated June 4, 2020 Re: Reconsideration of Permanent Closing of Local Newspapers.  Lakeshore supports the recent Tecumseh motion asking Postmedia to reconsider the elimination of local print news service.

2. Town of Amherstburg dated June 26, 2020  Re: Permanent Closure of Weekly Newspapers Owned by Postmedia Network Inc.  Amherstburg supports the recent Tecumseh motion asking Postmedia to reconsider the elimination of local print news service.

3. Township of Lake of Bays dated June 17, 2020 Re: Letter of Support for High Speed Internet Connectivity in Rural Ontario.  Lake of Bays supports senior government investment in broadband internet to support offering of the service to rural communities.

4. Municipality of Mississippi Mills dated June 19, 2020.  Re: Support for Rural Broadband.  Mississippi Mills supports senior government investment in broadband internet to support offering of the service to rural communities.

5. Municipality of West Elgin dated June 26, 2020 Re: Affordable Access to Broadband.  West Elgin supports senior government investment in broadband internet to support offering of private service to persons of all economic backgrounds.

6. Town of Renfrew dated June 23, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Pandemic affect on Economic Development, Employment and Small Business in Ontario.  Renfrew requests that the Provincial Government be encouraged to quickly process the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grants to assist in maintaining local economic activity.

7. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated July 7, 2020.  Re: COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act.  The Province advises of its intent to pass the noted Act which:

- Enables municipal councils and local boards to meet electronically on a permanent basis and allow municipal councils to decide if they wish to have proxy voting for their members.

- Finalizes the community benefits charges framework, which will for the first time allow for these charges to be used to develop new libraries.

- Enhances the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s existing zoning order authority to provide more certainty when fast tracking the development of transit oriented communities.

- Makes it faster to update and harmonize the Building Code

- Permanently establishes the office of the Provincial Land and Development Facilitator to help solve complex land use issues. 

8. City of Sarnia dated June 24, 2020 Re: Long Term Care Homes in Ontario.  Sarnia calls on the Province to implement the following:

1. increasing hours for all part-time and casual labour
2. inspect privately operated long term care homes to ensure they are being properly run, and that funds are being used for the benefit of the residents and not the huge profitability of the operators, and
3. to end the neglect and unacceptable conditions being experienced, each day, by our vulnerable seniors.

9. CARP Windsor Essex Chapter 7 dated June 24, 2020 Re: COVID-19 and Long Term Care Homes.  CARP requests the participation of their Ottawa Chapter on the pending provincial Independent Commission regarding Long Term Care.

10. Town of Amherstburg dated June 25, 2020 Re: Spread of COVID-19 in our Farm Worker Population.  Amherstburg advises of support for portions of a recent resolution by Essex Town Council regarding addressing issues in the migrant worker community.  However, Amherstburg did not endorse the Essex request to impose manadatory COVID-19 testing on workers.

11.  Town of Essex dated July 3, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Financial Relief for Municipalities.  Essex requests that MPP Taras Natyshak read aloud in the legislature a request that the Ontario Government to provide immediate relief and/or financial support in order to assist with the additional financial burdens that Municipalities all across Ontario have had to bear and will continue to bear as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

12. Town of Amherstburg dated June 26, 2020 Re: Universal Basic Income.  Amherstburg supports the City of Kitchener request to have the Provincial and Federal governments collaborate with respect to introducing a universal basic income program for all residents.

13. Municipality of West Elgin dated June 26, 2020 Re: Universal Basic Income.  West Elgin supports the Grey Highlands request to have the Provincial and Federal governments collaborate with respect to introducing a universal basic income program for all residents.

14. Township of Puslinch dated July 7, 2020 Re: Aggregate Resource Properties.  Puslinch calls upon the Province to work with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation to address the assessment issue so that aggregate resource properties are assessed for their industrial value.

15. Ontario Energy Board dated June 30, 2020 Re: Notice of Hearing and Procedural Order No. 1 - Enbridge Gas Inc. - Windsor Pipeline Replacement Project.  Essex County and Enbridge Gas are in a dispute regarding the construction of a 22.9 km segment of pipeline along County Road 46. The contested issues include the depth of cover of certain segments of the replacement pipeline and removal of certain segments of the existing pipeline in lieu of abandonment in place.  

16. County of Essex, dated June 24, 2020 Re: Notice of Decision regarding Official Plan Amendment No. 15 - 12300 County Road 42 - Bashi.  Essex County has approved to re-designate the subject 0.66 hectare (1.63 acre) parcel of land located on the northeast corner of the County Road 42/Lesperance intersection (12300 County Road 42) from “Neighbourhood Commercial” to “Medium Density Residential” and to introduce a new site-specific policy to facilitate the development of the lands for four, six-unit, three-storey dwellings and establish a total lot density of 36 units per hectare.

17. Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks dated July 8, 2020 Re: Environmental Assessment Modernization.  The Province advises of proposed updates to the Environmental Assessment process including the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, and invites comment.

Committee Minutes include: 
1. Town on Tecumseh Business Improvement Area - May 13, 2020 and June 10, 2020This item has attachments.

Reports include:
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2020-03 2019 Strategic Plan Report.  Administration supplies a comprehensive summary of the strategic efforts made by the Town over the 2019 calendar year.

b. CAO-2020-04 Town Hall Reopening.  Administration advises of the intent to reopen Town Hall for services.  From July 20 forward, Town Hall and Arena Customer Service areas are proposed to be reopened to the public for in-person, drop-in traffic during the hours of 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday while Town Hall is proposed to be opened to the Public for scheduled in-person appointments, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.  Limited in-person meetings in board rooms and offices would resume when safe physical distancing (2 metres) protocol can be observed.  On September 11, the Town would re-evaluate open hours for public in-person, drop-in traffic and the screening method.  Until September 30th, Town Hall staff occupancy would remain at approximately 50% to allow extra space for building renovation to be completed.

c. CAO-2020-05 Rural Economic Development Program Funding.  Tecumseh was successful in securing funds from the Province's Rural Economic Development program under the Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream to modernize and streamline the Building Department’s Permitting system through digitization.  The project will include digitizing files, providing opportunities for online applications and having hardware (iPads) for Town Inspectors to reduce the time it takes to process applications and permits. The project is expected to reduce red tape, better coordinate permit approvals and provide efficiencies in the entire permitting process.

2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-19 Council Meetings 2021.  Administration recommends that Regular Council Meeting dates be cancelled on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 and Tuesday, December 28, 2021.  In addition, Town Hall would remain closed from Friday, December 24, 2021, until Monday, January 3, 2022.

b. CS-2020-22 Dog Control Services.  Administration recommends that the Agreement regarding dog control services with Phillip A. Byrne be renewed for an additional two years from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

3. Financial Services
a. FS-2020-07 2019 Year-End Variance Report.  For the 2019 fiscal year, Administration is reporting a total surplus of $913,981.

4. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-17 Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare Letter of Intent Tecumseh Sportsplex Capital Contribution.  Administration recommends that Council authorize the execution of the Letter of Intent between Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and The Town of Tecumseh to construct a Cardiac Wellness and Pulmonary Rehab Satellite Facility.  The facility would be paid for entirely by Hôtel Dieu Grace Healthcare and there would be an operational agreement.

5. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2020-21 D19 3455NTR, Zoning By-law Amendment, 3435 North Talbot Road.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting for the application submitted by 470698 Ontario Ltd. (Dalla Bona Construction) to rezone a 1.0 hectare (2.4 acre) property situated on the south side of North Talbot Road, approximately 40 metres (130 feet) east of its intersection with Hennin Drive (3455 North Talbot Road), from “Industrial Zone (M1)” to a site-specific “Business Park Zone (BP)” in order to permit the addition of general/business offices, professional offices, a union hall, restaurants, craft industries/specialty workshops and retail sales as permitted uses, and establish site-specific yard/lot requirements, be authorized, once Council formally approves the holding of virtual public meetings.

b. PBS-2020-22 Community Mediation Windsor-Essex, 1 Year Pilot Program with Town of Tecumseh.  Administration recommends that Council authorize entering into a One-Year Pilot Community Mediation Program with Community Mediation Windsor-Essex in order to assist Town residents in resolving neighbourhood conflicts/disagreements, and further that the use of Town facilities to host the mediation sessions at no cost to the users, be approved.

c. PBS-2020-23 Suspension of Sign By-law 2018-33 Regulations Governing Temporary Signs During COVID-19 Emergency.  Administration advises that through delegation of authority, a moratorium was enacted to waive provisions of By-law No. 2018-33 (“the Sign By-law”):
1. the requisite $50.00 permit application fee;
2. the display period time limits (i.e. one 60-day period or two 30-day periods); and
3. the three-sign maximum at any given time for a multiple-tenant property (i.e. a commercial plaza). 

d. PBS-2020-24 Housekeeping Amendment to limit Permitted uses on Agricultural zoned lands in Hamlet Development Designation.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting in accordance with The Planning Act, for a proposed housekeeping zoning by-law amendment to the Sandwich South Zoning By-law 85-18 to limit the permitted agricultural uses on lands zoned Agricultural Zone (A) within settlement areas as delineated in the Sandwich South Official Plan, be authorized, once Council formally approves the holding of virtual public meetings.

In addition I have put forward a motion for Administration to review warrants for enacting a Community Safety Zone at Arrowhead Park.

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

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June 23rd Meeting

This week, the public session of Town Council begins at 7pm.  The agenda can be found here.

Communications - For Information
1. Northumberland County dated May 20, 2020.  Re: Provincially Significant Wetlands Designation.  Northumberland supports the previously circulated resolution to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to review its practices and procedures to include a requirement to provide supporting evidence to impacted municipalities when designating Provincially Significant Wetlands within their boundaries.

2. Township of Puslinch dated June 5, 2020.  Re: Farm Property Class Tax Programme.  Puslinch ensorses the previously circulated resolution from Mapleton for the Province of Ontario to review the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Programme in light of economic competitiveness concerns between rural and urban municipalities.

3. Town of Lakeshore dated June 1, 2020.  Re: Notice of Electronic (Virtual) Public Meeting regarding Zoning By-law Amendment Regarding the Production of Cannabis.  Lakeshore is hosting a virtual public meeting on June 23, 2020, beginning at 6:00 pm.  There will be a broadcast source at www.lakeshore.ca and opportunity to provide input electronically or by written correspondence, prior to a decision being made, regarding an amendment to Lakeshore Zoning By-law 2-2012, as amended (File: ZBA-5-2020), under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O.1990, c.P.13, concerning the entire Town of Lakeshore. In light of the recent implementation of the Cannabis Regulations SOR/2018-144 that are enabled by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act., the Food and Drugs Act, and the Cannabis Act, it is prudent that the Town of Lakeshore Council consider necessary housekeeping changes to the Town of Lakeshore Zoning By-law, to reflect the current legislation.

4. Town of Lakeshore dated June 1, 2020.  Re: Notice of Electronic (Virtual) Public Meeting regarding Applications for Draft Plan of Condominium.  Lakeshore is hosting an electronic public meeting regarding 0 Amy Croft Drive on June 23rd, 2020 at 6pm, at www.lakeshore.ca.  The County of Essex (Approval Authority) has received 4 applications for Plans of Condominium (1 Vacant Land Condominium Application and 3 Standard Condominium Applications). The subject property was a former golf driving range. 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.

5. Town of Fort Erie dated June 9, 2020 Re: Request Proclamation of March 17 as Essential Workers Day.  Fort Erie reports that it has endorsed the Brantford resolution to request a formal designation of March 17 to be Essential Workers Day to honour all of the essential workers who sacrificed so much during the COVID-19 pandemic.

6. Township of Plummer Additional dated June 11, 2020 Re: 911 Misdials.  Plummer endorses Tecumesh's efforts to have the Municipal, Federal, and Provincial governments and relevant associations be requested to lobby the telecommunications industry and smart phone manufacturers to develop a solution to 911 Misdials.

7. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated June 11, 2020 Re: Support for the Province of Ontario's Commission on Long-Term Care.  Chatham-Kent supports the government's Long Term Care Commission and asks that it remain non-partisan, and be independent of owners and operators including municipal operators. They are asking for an impartial review of current best practices in both private and publicly operated homes, as well as requesting that the Commission be tasked with recommending best practice standards of care, and accountability protocols regarding documentation, peer reviews, and residenUfamily reviews.

8. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated June 11, 2020.  Re: Letter of Support for Alzheimer Society.  Chatham-Kent Council supports the call to action with respect to psychological and emotional well-being of all Long-Term Care and Retirement Home residents, and to encourage the government to review and act on the recommendations provided.

9. Town of Bracebridge dated June 12, 2020.  Re: Support for the Establishment of a Municipal Financial Assistance Program.  Bracebridge supports the Federation of Canadian Municipalities report “Protecting Vital Municipal Services” on April 23, 2020 which included recommendations to the federal government to provide financial assistance for municipalities across the country and requests that both the Federal and Provincial Governments establish a municipal financial assistance program to offset the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

10. Town of Essex dated June 15, 2020.  Re: Post Media Closure of Local Community Newspapers.  Essex endorses the Tecumseh resolution showing support for maintaining local news coverage in Essex County.

11. Grey County dated June 16, 2020 Re: Broadband Access.  Grey County wishes to have the Province champion the implementation of broadband in the unserviced and under-serviced areas of Grey County

12. County of Essex dated June 15, 2020 Re: Notice of Decision OPA No. 42 Town of Tecumseh 11873 and 11917 Tecumseh Road.  Essex County approved the rezonings required for construction of a new apartment building at Tecumseh Road and Southfield Drive, with an additional conditoin for a Noise and Vibration Study.

13. Town of Essex dated June 17, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Financial Relief for Non-Profit and Community Service Clubs and Organizations.  Essex has requested that the Province to look into all possible ways of providing tax and/or other financial relief to our community non-profit and service clubs and organizations as a result of those organizations not being able to operate and be open as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

14. Town of Essex dated June 17, 2020.  Re: Spread of COVID-19 in our Farm Worker Population.  Essex requests urgent and emergency action to be taken by all levels of government in order to support all local farm workers, including migrant workers, as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic; and that that the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs come together immediately to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our farm worker population.

K. Communications - Action Required
1. Town of Tecumseh Memo to Council dated June 15, 2020 Re: Excessive Noise – Vehicular Exhaust Systems.  Administration recommends that the Essex County OPP Report dated June 4, 2020 regarding enforcement of noise complaints related to excessive noise from vehicular exhaust systems, be adopted by Council as recommend by the Tecumseh Police Services Board at their June 11, 2020 meeting.

Reports include:
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-17 Council Conferences for 2021.  Administration recommends that Members of Council be authorized to attend up to 3 of the noted conferences scheduled to be held in 2021, in accordance with the Town’s Travel Policy No. 14 and Professional Development Policy No. 73.

b. CS-2020-18 December Holiday Schedule 2021.  Administration recommends that the Tecumseh Town Hall Offices close for the 2021 December Holiday Season from Friday, December 24, 2021, through to and including Monday, January 3, 2022 where staff may choose to take non-holiday days as vacation, lieu time or unpaid leave.

c. CS-2020-21 COVID-19 Economic Recovery - Temporary Outdoor Patios.  Administration recommends that By-law No. 2020-48 being a by-law to adopt the Temporary Outdoor Patio Guidelines and authorize the Chief Building Official to inspect all temporary patios and require adjustments to the patio in order to address compliance with the Guidelines, be approved;
And further that in accordance with Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act, the Council for The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh support the extension of existing liquor licences to temporary patios on private property throughout the Town of Tecumseh for the duration of 2020, provided businesses comply with the Town of Tecumseh’s Temporary Outdoor Patio Guidelines;
And furthermore that in accordance with Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act, the Council for The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh support the extension of existing liquor licences to temporary patios on Town property for the duration of 2020, provided businesses comply with the Town of Tecumseh’s Temporary Outdoor Patio Guidelines and enter into an Encroachment Agreement, in form and content satisfactory to the Town’s Solicitor;
And furthermore over that the Mayor and the Clerk be authorized to execute an Encroachment Agreement with business owners requesting to encroach onto Town property for a Temporary Outdoor Patio.


2. Financial Services
a. FS-2020-10 Windsor-Essex Provincial Offences Act (POA) Annual Report 2019.  Administration reports that for the most recent year-ended 2019, the Program had a net surplus of approximately $1.9 million of which the Town of Tecumseh is entitled to $143,867, exceeding the Town’s 2019 budget of $120,000.

3. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-02 Lakewood Park Food and Beverage Concession Operation.  Administration recommends that the Town invite submissions through an RFP to operate a concession operation at Lakewood Park; and that a report be presented for Council’s consideration and approval on the recommended Lakewood Park concessionaire.

b. PRS-2020-16 Cancellation of Summer Recreation Programming.  Administration is recommending that as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that the summer recreation programs, including the Tecumseh Summer Day Camp and the Tecumseh Leisure Pool, be cancelled.

4. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2020-27 Asphalt Paving Tender Award 2020.  Administration recommends that the low tender from Coco Paving Inc. in the amount of $900,500 plus HST, for the 2020 Asphalt Paving Tender, be approved and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to enter into a contract for the services with Coco Paving Inc. for the Asphalt Paving Tender in 2020 that includes:

1. Beachgrove Road – full extent
2. Pentilly Road – Beachgrove to cul de sac
3. St. Thomas Street – Centennial Dr. to Amberly Cres.
4. Papineau Court – full extent
5. Shields Street – Lesperance to St. Alphonse
6. Odessa Drive – full extent
7. Odessa Drive – cul-de-sac
8. Shawnee Road – Gouin St. to County Rd. 22
9. Wellwood Court – full extent
10. Thalthorpe Court – full extent

b. PWES-2020-28 Tar and Chip Tender Award 2020.  Administration recommends that the sole tender from Shepley Road Maintenance Ltd. in the amount of $180,687 plus non-rebatable HST, for the 2020 Tar and Chip Tender, be approved.

By-Laws for approval include By-Law 2020-47 being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Gateway Tower Inc.

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

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June 9th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm following a closed session at 6pm.  The agenda can be found here.

The evening's delegation is Katie Stammler, Water Quality Scientist/Source Water Protection Project, Manager Essex Region Conservation Authority who will speak to the Drinking Water Source Protection Annual Progress Report

Communications - For Information includes:
1. Ontario Energy Board, dated May 8, 2020 Re: Enbridge Gas Inc. Application - Harmonized System Expansion Surcharge, Temporary Connection Surcharge and Hourly Allocation Factor.  Enbridge wishes to apply surcharge to new customers to recover the cost of expanding the system to them.  In addition it wishes to harmonize rates between Union Gas and Enbridge customers.

2. City of Brantford dated May 28, 2020 Re: Essential Workers Day.  Brantford requests that March 17th be designated as "Essential Workers Day" in Ontario and Canada.

3. Town of LaSalle dated May 29, 2020 Re: Postmedia Closure of Community Newspapers.  LaSalle has supported Tecumseh's request of Postmedia to reconsider their elimination of service delivery in Essex County.

4. Township of Puslinch dated June 3, 2020 Re: Conservation Authority Support.  Puslinch expresses support for allowing conservation authorities to engage in discretionary, non-mandatory programs.

Communications - Action Required

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated June 4, 2020.  Administration recommends that Tecumseh Council support the request of The Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and other Ontario Municipalities calling for urgent federal action to provide immediate funding for reliable broadband access across Ontario;

And that a copy of Council’s resolution be sent to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Minister of Rural Economic Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality; Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, as well as the Local MPPs, area municipalities and AMO.

Committee Minutes

1. Police Services Board - May 14, 2020.  The Police Services Board is looking into low satisfaction rates in Ward 2 and into the matter of enforcement of modified exhaust systems on vehicles.  

Reports
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-16 Essex Power Corporation - Appointment of Proxyholder for Shareholder's 2020 Annual Meeting.  Administration recommends that Mayor Gary McNamara and alternate Mr. Tom Burton be appointed proxyholder for the Town of Tecumseh to cast its shareholder’s votes at Essex Power Corporation’s 2020 Shareholders’ Annual Meeting scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Financial Services
a. FS-2020-08 2019 Annual Report on Investment and Cash Management.  Administration provides a performance report for various investments made of the Town's funds in order to grow the amount.  The return on investment is in line with other municipalities and good returns have been realized from recent introductions of the ONE investment program from AMO.

b. FS-2020-09 COVID-19 Financial Relief Measures Extended to July 31, 2020.  Administration requests that the amnesty for late fees and interest rates on unpaid taxes be waived until July 31st.

Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-15 Cancellation of Summer Events.  Administration recommends the cancellation of various summer events:
Summer Concert Series
Canada Day Celebration
Outdoor Movie Nights
End of Summer Celebration

Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2020-20 Public Consultation Process for Committee of Adjustment Applications During COVID-19.  Administration advises that Committee of Adjustment applications continue to be received and meetings will be convened shortly through electronic participation.

Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2020-25 Tecumseh Road Sanitary Sewer - Lesperance to Southfield - Project Update.  The Contractor has advised they intend to start construction in mid-July with works expected to be substantially complete in November 2020.
b. PWES-2020-26 Source Protection Annual Progress Report.The Drinking Water Source Protection Annual Progress Report is received by Town Council and provides status updates on several areas of vulnerability.
c. PWES-2020-19 Amend 2020-2024 PWES Five Year Capital Works Plan Manning Road Pump Station Pond Inlet Erosion Repair.  Administration recommends that the Manning Road Pump Station – Fish Pond Inlet Erosion Repair be added to the PWES 2020-2024 Public Works & Environmental Services Five Year Capital Works Plan and that the expenditure of $100,000 from the Storm Lifecycle Reserve be authorized to complete the Manning Road Pump Station – Fish Pond Inlet Erosion Repair in 2020.  The east bank has been failing in light of increased wave activity and water levels causing the current state of erosion.

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

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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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May 12th, 2020 Meeting

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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