April 23rd Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm.  We are beginning with a look at the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Detailed Street Design.  You can read the information to be presented here.

Some modifications are being proposed:

- Creation of additional laneways to replace closed driveways with reciprocal access for adjacent properties

- Reconfiguration of Ticonderoga Park to accommodate a new laneway

- Change of Lanoue Street to two-way traffic.

- Leaving some of the overhead electrical wiring in place at the west limit of the project.

Gail Shillingford of Dialog Consultants and Laura Herlehy of Dillon Consulting have been working on the project and will be presenting the specifics of the most recent update.

At 6pm, the Court of Revision begins to hear appeals of assessment for drain improvement charges.  The Dawson Drain (report here) and the South Talbot Road Drain (report here) will be considered.

At 7pm, regular business begins.  The reports can be found here.

Delegations include:

  • Steven Jelich, Director, Southwest Region Operations, Enbridge Gas Inc. Re: Windsor Pipeline Replacement Project.  Enbridge (formerly Union Gas) is replacing approx. 60 km of the existing Windsor natural gas pipeline, an 8-to-10-
    inch diameter pipeline, with a new 6-inch pipeline to be constructed in the vicinity of the existing pipeline.  The 6-inch pipeline will operate at higher pressure.  Construction cost is $88M (est.) and project will occur between Oldcastle and Port Alma, primarily along County Rd. 46, Lakeshore Rd. 309, and Goodreau Line.

  • Luc Gagnon, Director Financial Services & Treasurer and Rick Wellwood, Development Officer Re: Retirement Recognition

Communications - For Information include:

  1. Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities dated March 27, 2019 Re: Provision of an additional $2.2 billion to the Gas Tax Fund.  The Government of Canada advises that it has supplied these additional funds and are geared towards municipalities. Funds shall be distributed through the Government of Ontario.
  2. Township of Tudor and Cashel dated April 2, 2019 Re: Cost for service delivery for hydro.  Tudor and Cashel have indicated that electricity delivery fees are felt to be excessive and are asking for a review of these charges.
  3. City of Windsor dated April 15, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application for 1920 Grove Ave.  Windsor has received an application for development of a subdivision at the former St. John Catholic School at 1920 Grove Avenue and are advising Lasalle, Tecumseh and Lakeshore as a courtesy.
  4. City of Brantford dated April 16, 2019 Re: Single Use Plastic Straws.  Brantford Council is considering restricting the use of single use plastic straws within their boundaries.
  5. Greater Essex County District School Board dated April 18, 2019.  Re: Education Development Charge Rate Change.  Effective Monday April 22, 2019, the residential EDC rate will be increasing to $605 for both the City of
    Windsor by-law and the County of Essex and Township of Pelee by-law.


Communications - Action Required

  1. Town of Saugeen Shores dated February 11, 2019 and Municipality of Brockton dated March 26, 2019 Re: Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.  It is requested that the Town of Tecumseh support the Town of Saugeen Shores and the Municipality of Brockton resolutions on the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to open the application process and accept applications for the Bi-lateral "Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program".  Each of the municipalities is requesting that the provincial government make the existing federal funding available to municipalities and to open the application process for these funds.
  2. Business Improvement Area dated April 15, 2019 Re: Exceptions to the Town's Noise By-Law and Sign By-Law for the Night Market Events dated June 21 and July 19, 2019.  The BIA is requesting an exemption from the Town’s Noise By-Law and Sign By-Law for the Town of Tecumseh BIA Night Market events being held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Green Valley Plaza, 13300 Tecumseh Rd. E. and on Friday, July 19, 2019 located at the Tecumseh Towne Centre Plaza, at 1614 Lesperance Rd. and County Rd. 22 to allow signage in parks and on Town property, and to allow noise between 8pm and midnight.


Reports

Corporate Services & Clerk
CS-2019-11 Checker Flag Storyboard.  It is proposed to place a Checker Flag Speedway Storyboard, which recognizes its
physical attributes and historical timeline in the community, located within Cranbrook Park.  The cost will be paid for by Mr. John Lucier. 

Fire & Emergency Services
FIRE-2019-02 Tecumseh Fire Services Q1 Update.  Calls for service in the first part of the year have declined versus previous years with 26, 22 and 25 calls in January, February, and March respectively.

Planning & Building Services
PBS-2019-09, D19 69308TH, Zoning By-law Amendment, 6930 8th Concession.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting on Tuesday May 28th at 6pm to facilitate the severance of residential lot from an existing farm and to preclude further houses from being built on the remnant parcel at 6930 8th Concession.

Public Works & Environmental Services

  1. PWES-2019-21 2018 Tecumseh Distribution System - Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Inspection Report.  Administration advises that the Town’s water distribution system did not have any non-compliance issues with regulatory requirements as a result of a Ministry inspection on February 28, 2019.  The Town’s inspection risk rating is 0.00% and the final inspection rating is 100.00%. Those ratings represent the best possible rating achievable.
  2. PWES-2019-22 2018 Bridge and Culvert Needs Study.  The 2018 Bridge & Culvert Needs Study for Structures with Spans > 3.0m is recommended to be received, and the recommendations contained within the 2018 Bridge & Culvert Needs Study for Structures with Spans > 3.0m are proposed to form the basis for prioritizing projects when completing the annual Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan.
  3. PWES-2019-24 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Rural and Northern Communities Funding Stream 2019 Intake.  Administration recommends that an application for funding under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP): Rural and Northern Communities Funding Stream – 2019 Intake for a future commitment to the Manning Road Improvement Project Phases 2 and 3 to be completed in 2021-2022.
  4. PWES-2019-25 Internal Lining Replacement of the Town of Tecumseh Elevated Water Tank.  Administration recommends a sole source purchase with Landmark Municipal Services (Landmark) to sandblast and re-line the
    interior of the Town of Tecumseh’s elevated water tank in the amount of $448,365 excluding HST.
  5. PWES-2019-26 Arlington Boulevard Petition.  20 of the 67 properties on Arlington Boulevard from Riverside Drive to St Gregory’s Road have requested the acceleration of improvements to Arlington Boulevard including a traffic calming mechanism (e.g. all-way stop, speed bump or roundabout) at Arlington and Hayes, install a sidewalk
    or foot and/or bike path along one side of Arlington Blvd. on the stretch from Riverside Drive to St. Gregory's, and implement a speed limit reduction along Arlington Blvd.

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

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April 9th Meeting

This week Town Council begins at 6pm.  You can read the agenda for this part of the meeting here.

This meeting is to hear public comment for a proposed rezoning of a 2.9 acre parcel of land on the south side of North Talbot Road, 95 metres east of its intersection with Walker Road from "Neighbourhood Commercial Zone" to a site specific "Business Park Zone".  The subject parcel of land is designated "Business Park" in the Sandwich South Official Plan. The rezoning will permit the future development of the lands for a range of light industrial and commercial uses.

A letter has been received from Friends of Oldcastle Development Letter dated April 1, 2019, with and objection to the Zoning By-Law Amendment.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The agenda for the regular meeting can be found here.

Our delegation for the evening is Chaouki Hamka, Community Leader, MADD Windsor and Essex County Re: MADD Campaign 911 Program

Communications - For Information include:
a. Township of South Frontenac Letter dated March 19, 2019 Re: Review of Ontario Municipal Partnership Funding (OMPF).   South Frontenac supports the resolution passed by the Township of South Stormont regarding the Provincial Government review of OMPF funding that provides annual funding allotments to municipal governments to help offset operating and capital costs and advise the
Premier, Ministers of Finance, Municipal Affairs and Housing and our local MPP of our concerns. 

b. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Letter dated March 20, 2019.  Re: 2018-2019 Fiscal support for small and rural municipalities.  Minister Steve Clark advises that the Town of Tecumseh receive a one-time payment of $620,201.

c. Town of Lakeshore dated March 22, 2019 Re: Notice of Open House and Complete Application.  Lakeshore held a public meeting regarding 2110 Manning Road on Tuesday April 2nd.  An application has been received to allow temporary use of the property as a trucking terminal.

d. Town of LaSalle dated March 25, 2019 Re: Notice of Public Meeting and Planning Advisory Committee Information Meeting.  LaSalle advises of a new subdivision proposal including 950 single dwellings, new commercial units on the south side of Laurier Parkway, business park on the west side of Howard Avenue, a new school and parkland.  A public meeting will be held on Tuesday April 16th, 6pm at LaSalle Town Hall.

e. Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities Letter dated March 27, 2019 Re: Gas Tax Fund.  The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities advises that $819,443,895 will be dispersed to Ontario municipalities, of which $167,421,424 is dedicated to the City of Toronto and $2,081,548 for the Province of Ontario.

Reports include:
a. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2019-08 MADD Campaign 911 Program.  Administration recommends that MADD be permitted to install Program signs at the entrances to the Town of Tecumseh (Town) from Windsor on Tecumseh Road and Riverside Drive, as well as the entrance and exits of the Town on County Road 22, along with County Road 11 and County Road 19, subject to the approval of the County of Essex;
And further that MADD Windsor & Essex County be granted licensing privileges under the Use of Official Mark Policy 51 to permit the use of the Town’s Official Mark on their Program signs, and further that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to execute a Trademark Agreement with MADD Windsor and Essex County to permit the Town’s Official Mark on the Program signs.  MADD is requesting to install ten (10) signs in the Town of Tecumseh.

The MADD Campaign 911 Program (Program) was launched in 2007 nationwide to encourage residents to help make roads safe and reduce the number of deaths caused from impaired driving.  The City of Windsor implemented this Program in 2008, with 42 signs installed around the City.  At the writing of this report, the Towns of LaSalle and Amherstburg and the Municipality of Leamington have formally supported this Program in their respective municipalities.

2.  CS-2019-09 Fluoridation of Drinking Water.  Administration recommends that Report CS-2019-09 regarding the Fluoridation of Water, be received and that the draft By-law authorizing fluoridation of drinking water, in accordance with the Fluoridation Act, R.S.O. 1990 c.F.22, be considered.


b. Financial Services
1. FS-2019-03 Statement of Remuneration and Expenses Paid in 2018.  Administration supplies a report surrounding Council expenses for each member of Council.  My remuneration was $30,354 in 2018.

c. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-07 D19 13214RIV, 13214 Riverside Drive, Zoning By-law Amendment.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., in accordance with the Planning Act for a Zoning By-law Amendment application to rezone a 1251 square metre (13,465 square foot) parcel of land situated on the north side of
Riverside Drive, approximately 290 metres west of its intersection with Manning Road (13214 Riverside Drive), from "Residential Zone 1 (R1)" to a site specific "Residential Zone 1 (R1-11)" to permit the construction of a detached accessory garage with a
second storey dwelling unit on the subject property in addition to one detached dwelling unit.

Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2019-03 Partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada.  Administration recommends the signing of a partnership
agreements with Wounded Warriors Canada for the purpose of formalizing support for their mission and services, making use of the mental health programs provided, and identify potential fundraising opportunities to support their programming and services. 

For questions on these or other municipal matters I can be reached at (226) 773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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March 26th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30 pm.

We begin with a public meeting for comments regarding rezoning a 10.5 hectare (26.0 acre) agricultural property on the south side of County Road 34, approximately 150 metres east of its intersection with King’s Highway No. 3, from “Agricultural Zone (A)” to a site specific “Agricultural Zone (A-30)”.  This is a condition necessary to sever the residential lot from the farm.  You can find the background information here.

At 6pm a second public meeting will be held to hear comments from any affected landowners for the repair and improvement of the Dawson Drain.  You can find the background information here

At 6:05pm, a third public meeting will be held to hear comments from any affected landowners on the proposed drainage works, as set out in the Drainage Report filed by Dillon Consulting on February 13, 2019 for the repair and improvement of the East Townline Drain.  You can find the background information here.

At 6:30pm a fourth public meeting will be held to hear comments from any affected landowners on the proposed drainage works, as set out in the Drainage Report filed by Dillon Consulting on March 11, 2019 for the South Talbot Drain.  You can find the background information here.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  You can find the background information here.

Delegations include Sean Girard and Gage Smith, Town of Tecumseh who will receive Recognition for Life Saving Efforts, and Mr. Trevor Durant, Archer Daniels Midland Company for a Cheque Presentation supporting the Fire Department's Confined Space Equipment, as well as Richard Wyma, CEO and Irek Kumierczyk, Chair of Essex Region Conservation Authority, speaking to the 2018 Annual Report based on Essex Region Conservation Authority's goals and objectives for 2019.  The video to be shown can be found here:  ERCA 2018 Annual Report Video

a.  City of Quinte West Letter dated March 8, 2019. Re: Reduce bottled water usage and promote the use of municipal water.  Quinte West is intending to encourage its residents to reduce purchase of single use plastics and encourages others to do the same.
b.  Greater Essex County District School Board Letter dated March 13, 2019.  Re: Notice of Public Meetings regarding Education Development Charges.  The Public School Board is hosting a meeting to discuss the imposition of education development charges to support the construction of schools serving new development areas.  This meeting would be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7pm at the Greater Essex County District School Board Board Room (2nd Floor) 451 Park Street West in Windsor.
Administration recommends acceptance of the resignation of Robert James Mackie from the Committee of Adjustment and Property
Standards Committee, that Chris Carpenter be appointed to the Committee of Adjustment and Tony Muscedere be appointed to the Property Standards Committee, in his place; that Shane Meloche be appointed to the vacant Director position on the Business Improvement Area (BIA) Board of Management; and that the resignation of Suzanne Beneteau from the Heritage Committee, be accepted.
  • Approximately 20.5 hectares (50.6 acres) of land identified for residential uses offering a range of housing types, including single unit dwellings, semi-detached and multi-unit dwellings and retirement homes.
  • An approximate 0.75 hectare (1.85 acre) commercial parcel situated at the northeast corner of the 8th Concession Road/North Talbot Road intersection. This parcel could accommodate commercial uses in a building having a footprint of
    approximately 1,200 square metres (13,000 square feet), with associated on-site parking. The types of uses to be permitted include retail, eating establishments, financial institutions, day nursery, adult day care centre, general and professional
    offices, personal service shop and accessory uses;
  • A 30 metre (98 foot) wide strip of land along the western boundary of the property adjacent to the 8th Concession Road and extending fully from the commercial block to the northern limit of the subject property. The purpose of this strip of
    land, which is proposed to be conveyed to the Town, is to provide adequate separation from the industrial uses on the west side of the 8th Concession Road and the proposed residential use of the balance of the subject property. It is intended that the 30 metre (98 foot) strip of land will comprised three components:
    a) a berm with appropriate tree plantings on the top to assist with visual screening;
    b) a 3 metre (10 foot) multi-use pathway, which would ultimately extend to North Talbot Road and potentially along the northerly limit of the proposed residential lands;
    c) a drainage feature/swale for the conveyance of stormwater;
  • A stormwater drainage corridor along the northern extent of the property and along the north-eastern portion of the property where it abuts the former railway lands. This stormwater drainage corridor, if deemed acceptable in relation to the
    stormwater management scheme yet to be approved for the subject property, would also include a multi-use pathway; an area of land identified for a stormwater management pond at the easterly extent of the subject property, where it abuts the existing Weston Park. This stormwater management pond would be designed as an amenity and would incorporate multi-use pathway linkages to adjacent lands (including Weston Park, potential future multi-use pathway on former railway lands, potential multi-use pathways on the subject property and along the north side of North Talbot Road;
  • A multi-use pathway along the north side of North Talbot Road that would ultimately provide connectively to existing homes and Weston Park to the east and other proposed multi-use pathways in the vicinity.
2.  PWES-2019-17 Purchase of a Valve Maintenance Trailer.  Administration recommends authorization to obtain quotations for the Supply of a Valve Maintenance Trailer; And that Appendix A “Town of Tecumseh 2019 – 2028 Ten Year Fleet Funding and Replacement Schedule – Water - Amended” attached to Public Works and Environmental Services Report No. 2019-17 be adopted;
And that funding for the purchase of the Valve Maintenance Trailer in the amount of $85,000 be funded from the Fleet Lifecycle Reserve.  This request is a cost-saving measure to reduce contractor labour and materials in case of water main breaks.
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February 12th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a Public Council Meeting.  This meeting will address the proposed Bicycle Lanes on Lesperance Road from Riverside to McNorton.  The lanes would be added by removing the paint from Lesperance Road and eliminating the continuous centre left turn lane.  Left turn lanes would be retained at Riverside Drive and at McNorton Street.  Because most of the cost is covered by a provincial grant and the County's CWATS fund, the impact to the municipality is $11,500.  The engineering consultants reviewed resident concerns and responded with the best opportunities for risk mitigation where warranted.  They did encourage that pre-existing concerns for speeding and for poor stopping habits of drivers be referred to the Ontario Provincial Police for enforcement.

The agenda can be found here. Delegations are Andrea Winter from Dillon Consulting Ltd and Lori Newton, Executive Director of Bike Windsor Essex.

 

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

Communications are received from:
a. Municipality of Mattice-Valcôté dated December 11, 2018.  Re: Amend Paragraph 4 of Municipal Council Members' Declaration of Office.  Mattice-Valcôté wishes to remove the oath of duty to the Queen for Council members.

b. Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario dated January 21, 2019 Re: 14328 and 14346 Tecumseh Road Appeal Withdrawn.  The Local Planning Appeals Tribunal advises that the appeal of the Harbour Club Condominiums at Pud's Place Marina has been withdrawn by the appellant and there are no further objections.

c. City of Niagara Falls dated January 22, 2019.  Re: Opting in to Allow Retail Cannabis Stores.  Niagara Falls is requesting that the Province give municipalities greater regulatory controls over the location, distance separations and numbers of Retail Cannabis Stores within a municipality.

d. County of Essex dated January 29, 2019 Re: Notice of Decision for Official Plan Amendment No. 15 - Village of St. Clair Beach Official Plan 14328 and 14346 Tecumseh Road.  Essex County advises that it has approved the Harbour Club Condominiums at Pud's Place Marina.

e. Independent Electricity System Operator dated January 31, 2019. Re: Establishing a switching station in the Leamington area to accommodate demand growth.  IESO requests that Hydro One establish a new switching station at or near Leamington Junction to sectionalize and switch the four existing 230 kV circuits from Chatham to the Windsor area (C21J/C22J/C23Z/C24Z).

f. Letters from Mayor Gary McNamara dated February 5, 2019.  Re: In support of SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology's request to modify the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Broadband Funding Model.  Mayor McNamara and CAO Tony Haddad submitted letters requesting a rebalancing of funding for broadband implementation to include areas in Southwestern Ontario.

10.Communications - Action Required
a.
Town of Georgina and Town of Orangeville dated January 17, 2019 Re: Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act.  Administration recommends support for the resolution calling for recommended changes to Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act.

Reports

Chief Administrative Officer
CAO-2019-02 Strategic Priorites Update.  This report details the Town's progress with respect to Town Council's most recent Strategic Plan.

Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2019-02 Fluoridation of Water Supply.  Administration is recommending that no action be taken until legal opinions and notification of decision by the City of Windsor is made.

2.CS-2019-04 2018 Open and Closed Meetings.  This report summarizes the time spent in Open and Closed Meetings.  2019 was as follows:

Meeting Type | # of Meetings | # of Agenda Items | Total Duration Average | Duration
Regular Council Meeting | 18 | 274 | 30 hrs. 21 min. | 1 hr. 41 min.
Public Council Meeting | 11 | 76 | 8 hrs. 45 min. | 0 hr. 47 min.
Special Council Meeting | 7 | 9 | 14 hrs. 11 min. | 2 hrs. 1 min.
In-Camera Meeting | 13 | 36 | 11 hrs. 17 min. | 0 hr. 52 min.

3. CS-2019-05 Pregnancy and Parental Leave for Members of Council.  Administration recommends establishing a Pregnancy and Parental Leave Policy for Council members in response to Bill 68 - Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act, 2016.  Changes prevent Councils from having a seat being declared vacant during an absence related to the Member’s pregnancy, birth or the adoption of a Member’s child for up to 20 consecutive weeks.  


Financial Services
1. FS-2019-01 Taxes Receivable December 2018.  Administration supplies an update with respect to tax arrears indicating a decline in the number of residential and industrial properties in arrears and increase in commercial properties in arrears (although the value of the industrial arrears is increasing.  There is a total of 600 properties in arrears having a value of $2,203,000.

Information & Communication Services
1. ICS-2019-01 ICS Five (5) Year Capital Works Plan 2019-2023.  Administration is recommending funding the following technology projects in 2019:

PC Replacements -- 30,000
Network Upgrades -- 15,000
Video Surveillance -- 6,000
A/V Systems -- 15,000 (previously approved)
Miscellaneous Software -- 3,000
Street Photography -- 10,000
Virtual Server Upgrades -- 5,000
Corporate Website  -- 20,000 (previously approved)
Multifunction Copiers -- 75,000 (60,000 previously approved)
Arena Sound System (revised) -- 25,000 (previously approved)
GPS Data Collector Units -- 6,000
Records Management -- 10,000
Issue Tracking Software -- 30,000 (previously approved)
FMW Web Capital Plan Module -- 10,000
Total of $260,000 ($150,000 previously approved)

Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-01, Tecumseh Transit Service, 2018 Review.  Administration advises that ridership has stagnated with a slight increase noted in 2018.  The system appears to have peaked at its current ridership levels based on current route design.  Tecumseh Mall and Southfield/Tecumseh remain the most popular stops for riders.  Discussions surrounding further coordination with Transit Windsor have also been initiated.

2. PBS-2019-02 2018 Year End Permit Report.  There has been a reduction in new residential building activity from 2017 but an increase of additions and renovations.  Revenues from new buildings exceeded expectations.

Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES 2019-01 2018 Traffic Analysis - Radar Speed Surveys.  Administration presents the findings of the most recent Radar Trailer deployments:

Location | Posted Speed Limit | Average Speed | 85th Percentile Speed
Tecumseh Road near Dorset (westbound traffic) 50 km/h 50.7 km/h 58.8 km/h
Tecumseh Road near Dorset (eastbound traffic) 50 km/h 51.8 km/h 59.0 km/h
Riverside Drive east of Arlington (eastbound traffic) 50 km/h 51.1 km/h 59.0 km/h
Riverside Drive at Kensington (westbound traffic) 50 km/h 49.4 km/h 58.6 km/h
Riverside Drive at Pinewood (eastbound traffic) 50 km/h 52.2 km/h 59.2 km/h
Riverside Drive at Centennial (westbound traffic) 50 km/h 53.8 km/h 62.1 km/h
Intersection Road west of Shawnee (westbound traffic) 50 km/h 52.7 km/h 59.7 km/h
Intersection Road at the residential boundary (eastbound traffic) 50 km/h 57.2 km/h 66.4 km/h
Little River Boulevard near Chene (eastbound traffic) 50 km/h 45.6 km/h 54.5 km/h
McNorton Street near the baseball diamond (eastbound traffic) 40 km/h 44.5 km/h 51.8 km/h
Dillon Drive at Coronado (westbound traffic) 40 km/h 35.1 km/h 47.0 km/h

2. PWES-2019-04 West Branch of the East Branch Delisle Drain - Appointment of Drainage Engineer.  Administration recommends appointing Gerald Rood as Drainage Engineer for this drain cleaning project.  Costs are assessed to benefiting property owners.

3.PWES-2019-06 Water Distribution System - Annual Summary Report.  Administration presents the Annual Summary Report for the Tecumseh Distribution System (260004969) for the Year 2018, as prepared in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, O. Reg. 170/03, Schedule 22.  The report notes one adverse report in the vicinity of County Road 19 and County Road 34 at a vacant house.

4. PWES-2019-07 2019 Supply of Various Vehicles.  Administration is requesting permission to solicit quotations for several vehicles that have reached the end of their life cycle and to dispose of the existing fleet vehicles once replaced.

Department | Vehicle | Estimated Price
Public Works 12-12 2500 Crew Cab $35,000
Parks 06-12 2500 4x4 Crew Cab – Plow Package $37,000
Parks 31-16 Jacobson R311T Mower $44,000
Parks 36-16 Kubota 331 Mower $15,000
Parks 37-16 Kubota 331 Mower $15,000
Water 06-11 Large Service Truck $85,000
Water 10-04 Utility Trailer $2,600
Recreation 03-98 Zamboni $110,000
Total $343,600

5. PWES-2019-08 South Talbot Road Reconstruction Tender Award.  Administration recommends awarding a tender for the South Talbot Road Reconstruction in the amount of $2,056,935 excluding HST to Amico Infrastructures Inc.  Because this is less than expected the deductions from the Road Lifecycle Reserve decrease from $2,330,500 to $1,973,614 and the Bridges Lifecycle Reserve decreases from $606,000 to $581,84613.

 

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

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January 29th Meeting - Fluoridation of Water Supply

This week, Tecumseh Town Council will be hosting a Public Meeting to discuss fluoridation of the Town's water supply beginning at 6pm.  Tecumseh has purchased its water from the City of Windsor since 2004 and Windsor has supported reintroducing fluoride to its water supply.  Tecumseh residents previously held a referendum supporting the introduction of fluoride on December 17, 1968.  According to a Windsor Star report from May 14, 2003, when Tecumseh operated its own water treatment plant, its fluoride machinery was shut down in December 2001 after the Ministry of Labour condemned it as unsafe.  Fluoride would not be restored until the City of Windsor distributed water once again to the community.  In 2012, Tecumseh Town Council passed a By-law to remove fluoride and this decision was implemented in 2013 following the passage of a By-law by the City of Windsor.

The Administrative Report regarding the matter is here.  Administration does not take a position in 2019, but previously expressed support for fluoridation in 2012 as a result of the Health Unit support for the practice.  You can read the previous report here beginning on Page 178.  A recent Health Unit report regarding the state of Oral Health in our community can be found here.

Town Council has received dozens of letters and emails regarding this issue.  Those that have been submitted for the record can be found here.

Feel free to reach out on this or other municipal matters by contacting me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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January 22nd Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm.  We will be discussing the proposed Multi-Purpose Sportsplex.  The agenda can be found here.  Craig Goodman and Sebastian Spataro of CS&P Architect Inc. will discuss the state of the facility design.

At 6:45pm Town Council will consider resident feedback regarding the rezoning of a farm property at 5500 Sexton Side Road.  The property is being consolidated with the previous home severed.  To comply with provincial policy, the remaining parcel must have further construction of a residence prohibited.  The agenda can be found here.

At 7pm, Regular Business begins. The agenda can be found here.

a. City of Windsor dated December 17, 2018 Re: Notice of Complete Application.  Windsor is notifying the Town that it has received planning applications from CK Mechanical Heating & Cooling Inc., 3842 & 3846 Peter St., To expand business to both parcels of land, and 1307657 Ontario Ltd., 863 Lauzon Rd., for a Proposed duplex on each of the lots.
b. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated December 17, 2018 Re: 2019 Draft Budget.  There is a 30 day consultation window to provide comment to ERCA regarding the draft 2019 Budget.  The budget totals $7,708,571 and includes a total levy
contribution from member municipalities of approximately $3,238,667.  This represents an increase of $89,915, or $0.32 per person ($9.68 to $10.00 per person).
a. Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula dated December 12, 2018, and the City of Hamilton dated January 3, 2019 Re: Creation, Maintenance and General Quality of the Municipal Voters' List.  Administration is recommending that the resolution regarding the establishment of a multi-stakeholder working group between the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Finance, AMCTO, MPAC and Elections Ontario to explore and identify ways to create and maintain the Voters’ List for Municipal Elections, be supported; and that a letter of concerns respecting the Voter's List for Municipal Elections and a request for investigation be forwarded to the Ombudsman's office, be supported.
b. SouthWest Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) dated January 8, 2019.  Re: Increase Access to Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) broadband funding.  Administration is recommending that comments be submitted to the Canadian Radio -Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to reconsider its broadband fund eligibility criteria.
For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca
We will next be meeting on January 29, 2019, to discuss fluoridation of our drinking water.
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January 15th Budget Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council will be meeting at 5pm to set the 2019 Business Plan and Budget.  The document and accompanying reports can be found here.

Administration is recommending a 2.7% tax levy increase net of growth on the Tecumseh portion of taxes (53% of the total residential tax bill) and represents an increase in the municipal tax bill of approximately $50 on a property assessed at $250,000 (the average assessed value of a home in Tecumseh).

The 2019 budget provides for:

  • A $150,000 increase towards the New Infrastructure Levy (NIL).  This fund is intended to enhance existing municipal services.  As an example, new sidewalks could be constructed under this fund.  
  • A $100,000 increase towards Lifecycle infrastructure replacement.
  • $17.5 million capital expenditure program supported by an increase in Provincial OCIF grant of $377,000 ($700,000 to
    $1,077,000) and Federal Gas Tax grant funding of $1,127,500 (a decrease of $21,000 from 2018 level of $1,148,500).
  • Service level enhancements in some areas, including:
    • Extended Parks and Recreation office hours to include evenings and weekends
    • Additional resources to maintain Parks facilities during extended operating hours
    • Additional Parks resources to improve department efficiency and effectiveness and to address health and safety issues
    • Additional Public Works resources by substituting one full-time labourer position for an existing part-time seasonal
      position
  • $330,000 for known employee wage and benefit increases including:
    • $170,000 for negotiated wage and related benefit increases,
    • $60,000 for Bill 148 impact of increasing wages for certain part-time/seasonal employees,
    • $55,000 for impact of income tax changes affecting Council compensation, and\
    • $45,000 for employee retirement payouts.
  • $330,000 increase to general operations including:
    • $92,000 estimated increase to contracted policing costs,
    • $80,000 increase in materials and supplies, largely impacted by fuel costs, and
    • $130,000 increase to professional services, largely due to various studies to be undertaken during 2019, much of
      which will be funded through reserves.

In addition, Administration is recommending that Town Council set a Public Meeting for Tuesday, January 29th at 7pm to solicit feedback regarding fluoridation of the Town's water supply.  Water is supplied by Windsor but under the Fluoridation Act as it supplies to both Tecumseh and LaSalle, at least one of the municipalities must agree to the change.  The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has supplied an Oral Health study as a point of information on this subject.  The study can be found here.  Administration is not offering a proposed direction on this matter.

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

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July 24th Meeting

Click this week's link here for the full agenda and reports.

The meeting will begin at 7pm with delegations:

a. Ashley Weeres, Mike Brian, and Bob Boughner, Windsor-Essex Care for Kids Foundation Re: Black Tie Tailgate Event - Request for Exemption from Noise By-Law
b. Wendy Pulleyblank-Cunningham, Old Sandwich South Historical Society RE: Grand Opening Invitation – Sandwich South Cultural & Resource Centre
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July 10th Meeting

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

A delegation for this week is Diane Mitchell, National Campaign Coordinator for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. CUPW is seeking support on expanding postal services as well as postal banking.

Communications - For Information includes a letter from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation dated July 4, 2018 Re: Cancellation of the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program.

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June 26th Meeting

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

Delegations include:
a. Dan Piescic, who is retiring as Tecumseh's Director of Public Works & Environmental Services

b. Judy Wellwood-Robson, who is being recognized as Senior of the Year Award Recipient

c. Cynthia Swift, CPA, KPMG, who will be presenting the 2017 Draft Audited Financial Statements

 

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