July 9th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm.  There will be a public meeting to discuss an application for Condominium Approval for a five-storey, 64-unit condominium dwelling on a 1.3 hectare (3.2 acre) property located on the north side of Tecumseh Road (14328-14346 Tecumseh Road), approximately 45 metres east of its intersection with Brighton Road.  The report can be found here.

Beginning at 6pm there will be a public meeting to discuss the level of Development Charges to be levied on new land developments.  The agenda and reports can be found here.

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

1) Bob Boughner, Chair, Windsor Essex Care for Kids regarding a request for a Noise By-Law Exemption Request for the Windsor-Essex Care for Kids Foundation (W.E. Care for Kids) event on Friday, August 16.
a. Town of LaSalle dated June 19, 2019 Re: Support of a New Regional Hospital for Windsor-Essex County.  LaSalle Council has resolved to support the proposed Regional Hospital at its recommended location.
b. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated June 21, 2019 Re: Funding from National Disaster Mitigation Program.  Minister Steve Clark advises that Tecumseh has been successful in its application for funding under the program in the amount of $180,000 towards the Oldcastle Storm Drainage Master Plan.
c. Ministry of the Solicitor General dated June 25, 2019 Re: Compliancy with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).  The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) has reviewed the documentation submitted by the Fire Chief and has determined that the Town is compliant with the EMCPA in 2018.
d. Township of Warwick dated June 26, 2019 Re: Enforcement for Safety on Family Farms.  Warwick requests that the Province investigate a stronger
enforcement of existing laws - or new legislation - to ensure the safety of Ontario’s farm families, employees and animals from protesters or activists.
e. Storm Drainage Master Plan dated July 5, 2019 Re: Notice of Study of Completion.  The Town of Tecumseh reports that the Storm Drainage Master Plan draft report is complete, which recommends the following:
• Replace the existing Lesperance Road Pump Station with an upgraded facility;
• Expand the existing West St. Louis Pump Station;
• Decommission the St. Mark’s Pump Station and replace the existing Scully Pump Station with an upgraded facility for the consolidated Scully/St. Mark’s
service area;
• Replace the existing PJ Cecile Pump Station with an upgraded facility; and
• New storm pump station along Southwind Crescent.
• Construct a surface storage facility within the “Tecumseh Soccer Fields” adjacent to École Secondaire L'Essor;
• Construct a surface storage facility within Buster Reaume Park; and
• Construct an underground/surface storage facility within Tecumseh Centre Park.
Administration is recommending adoption and integration of the Strategic Priorities adopted by Town Council into the Town's operations going forward.  They are: 1) SmartGrowth, Make the Town of Tecumseh an even better place to live, work and invest through a shared vision for our residents and new comers; 2) Sustainable Infrastructure, Ensure that Tecumseh’s current and future growth is built upon the principles of sustainability and strategic decision making; 3) Community Health and Wellness, Integrate the principles of health and wellness into all of Tecumseh’s plans and priorities; 4) Continuous Improvement, Steward the Town’s “continuous improvement” approach to municipal service delivery to residents and businesses; 5) Leadership and Good
Governance, Demonstrate the Town’s leadership role in the community by promoting good governance and community engagement, by bringing together
organizations serving the Town and the region to pursue common goals.
Council consultation September 10, 2019
Public engagement September 12-30, 2019
Table proposed business plan and budget November 12, 2019
Council deliberations November 19, 2019
Council consideration and adoption December 10, 2019
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June 24th and 25th Meetings

This week, Town Council will meet on two nights, Monday and Tuesday.

Monday will begin with a meeting regarding the proposed Tecumseh Sportsplex at 6pm.  The agenda can be found here.

Delegations include Craig Goodman, Principal and Sebastian Spataro, Senior Associate CS&P Architects Inc.,and Jo-Anne Neilson of the Tecumseh Pickleball Association.

The original Multi-Use Sportsplex Feasibility Study and Business Plan can be found here.  Without grant support, the project was expected to be $12.5 million and with grant support, the project cost was expected to be $3.6 million.  The total cost was expected to be $22 million

On May 23rd, 2017, the cost estimate was changed to $24.75 million.  It was expected that the capital contribution from Town taxes would range from $6.6 million with 2/3rds grant funding to $19.8 million (if no grant funding was secured).  The report can be found on page 102 here.

In January 2019, Council received a rendering of a proposed design concept.  Being received tonight is a costing of that concept.  It is $60.4 million.  Additional options featuring facility deletions are $54.05 million (reduction in architectural features), $49.65 million (reduction in program space) and $42.65 million (eliminations of the gymnasium and renovations to the existing arena)

This translates to a 1.87% tax increase to pay for the most recent concept, and 1.43%, 1.13% and 0.66% respectively for the additional options.

On Tuesday, Town Council begins at 4:30pm with a Public Council Meeting regarding the Storm Water Drainage Master Plan.  The agenda can be found here.  The presentation can be found here.  Recommended projects are:

Pump Station Improvements
• Upgrade and replace the existing Lesperance Road pump station with a new pump station and outlet;
• Expand the West St. Louis pump station;
• Upgrade and replace the St. Mark’s and Scully pump stations with a new consolidated pump station at the existing Scully pump station site;
• Upgrade and replace the existing PJ Ceceile pump station with a new pump station and outlet;
and
• Construct a new storm pump station on Southwind Crescent.


Underground/Aboveground Storage
• Incorporate surface storage within the “Tecumseh Soccer Fields” owned by École Secondaire L'Essor;
• Incorporate surface storage within Buster Reaume Park; and
• Incorporate underground/surface storage behind the Tecumseh Town Hall property

New or upgraded trunk sewers identified for various areas.  Total cost of implementation is $106 million.

The Court of Revision meets at 5:30pm to consider appeals to the assessment of drainage costs from benefitting property owners.  The agenda can be found here.

At 6pm there will be a public meeting to consider feedback regarding the proposal of a 97-unit apartment building at 11870 Tecumseh Road.  The agenda can be found here.  The property is currently zoned as General Commercial which includes apartment buildings as compatible developments, but which requires approval of a site-specific designation called “General Commercial Zone (C3-15)”.  The meeting agenda can be found here.

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

Delegations include:
a. Local Government Week Contest Winners:  Flag Contest, Emerson Forrest, Poetry Contest 1st Place, Isabella Larking, and Poetry Contest 2nd Place, Raeanne Laporte
b. Senior of the Year:  Rita Ossington, Award Recipient
c. Cynthia Swift, CPA, CA, Partner Audit/Enterprise, KPMG, regarding Audit Findings Report for the Year Ended December 31, 2018
d. Donna Desantis, regarding the Women on Fire Event
e. Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services regarding the 2019 Wege Small Cities Sustainability Best Practices Award Winner for Lakewood Park and Stormwater System Improvements
f. Arlene Deschamps Re: Regional Hospital Proposed Location
a. Town of Lakeshore dated May 10, 2019 Re: Support of Resolution Regarding Libro Community Credit Union Woodslee Branch.  Lakeshore is seeking municipal support for maintaining a full service Libro Credit Union branch in Woodslee.
b. City of Markham dated May 24, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Markham has resolved to oppose Bill 108 in its current form while supporting various components of the legislation.
f.  Town of Arnprior dated May 29, 2019 Re: Bill 108. More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Arnprior has resolved to oppose Bill 108 in its current form.
g. Town of Orangeville dated May 29, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Orangeville has resolved to oppose Bill 108 in its current form.
h. City of Guelph dated May 31, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Guelph has resolved to oppose Bill 108 in its current form.
i.  Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated June 7, 2019  Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Minister Clark advises of the initiation of municipal consultation regarding Community Benefits charges that are recoverable to the municipality.
j. Ministry of the Solicitor General dated May 31, 2019  Re: Emergency Response Assistance to First Nations - Request for Host Community.  Municipalities across Ontario are being requested to act as host communities for the Pikangikum First Nation resulting from their evacuation due to ongoing forest fires.
k. Town of Georgina dated June 5, 2019 Re: Reducing Litter and Waste.  Georgina has resolved to petition the province to implement a deposit/return program for all single use plastic, aluminum and metal drink containers.
l. Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks dated June 7, 2019 Re: Ontario Appoints Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste.  The Province has appointed Mr. David Lindsay to this post.
m. Municipality of South Huron dated June 12, 2019 Re: 2019 Ontario Good Roads Association Combined Conference Resolution.  South Huron requests the return of the joint OGRA/ROMA conference rather than the operating of two separate and distinct conference events.
n. City of Windsor dated June 17, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application for Various Properties.  Windsor advises of planning applications for several properties in the City core - 3203 Peter Street to permit a multi-residential unit; 1534 Howard Avenue to allow a multi-unit residential dwelling; 1699 Northway to permit a Day Care Centre and 955 Ouellette to permit a 32-unit housing unit.
o. City of St. Catharines dated June 19, 2019 Re: Resolution - Free Menstrual Products at City Facilities.  St. Catharines has resolved to offer free menstrual products at its facilities.
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June 4th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council will host a Special Council Meeting to discuss Development Charges.  Development charges are the fees levied on land development projects to offset the costs borne by the Town to accommodate their growth.  The agenda can be found here.

The presentation to be given to Town Council can be found here.

Discussion will include the various factors that are included in development charges as well as the new Community Benefits Charge to support soft services proposed to be offered to new residents.

A further Public Meeting is proposed to be scheduled for July 9th once a framework for development charges is published.

In addition, Watson and Associates has published a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing detailing comments and ambiguities inherent in the new legislation.  The letter can be found here.

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

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May 28th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 4:30pm.  Discussion will be regarding the Del Duca property at the intersection of 8th Concession with North Talbot Road.  The agenda for this meeting can be found here.

It is proposed that the Del Duca lands be rezoned from "Hamlet Development" to:

  • 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 as well as potential stormwater management pond and stormwater drainage corridor.
  • An approximate 0.75 hectare (1.85 acre) commercial parcel situated at the north-east corner of the 8th Concession Road/North Talbot Road intersection. This parcel could accommodate commercial uses in a building having a footprint of approximately 1200 square metres (13,000 square feet) with associated on-site parking. 
  • 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 would be conveyed to the Town, would be 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. The 30-metre (98- foot) strip of land would be comprised of 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;

At 5:15pm, a meeting to hear comments from any affected landowners on the proposed drainage works, as set out in the Drainage Report filed by Mr.
Mark Hernandez, P.Eng., of Dillon Consulting Ltd., dated May 3, 2019 for the Lachance Drain will begin.  The report can be found here.  It is recommended that a Court of Revision Meeting be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m and that Mayor Gary McNamara and Councillor Brian Houston be appointed to the Court of Revision.

At 5:30pm, a meeting to discuss the 2018 Water Audit and Balance will be held.  The report can be found here.  The Town’s Infrastructure Leakage Index for the 2018 Audit is 1.27. In comparison, the ILI results over the last 10 years in Ontario has ranged from 1.8 to 5.8, with an average of 3.7.  An ILI close to 1.0 may demonstrate that all aspects of a successful leakage management policy are being implemented by a water utility or the distribution system is in excellent condition with very little water loss.

At 6:30pm, Council will receive public comment on a proposed rezoning for a 1.4 hectare non-farm related residential lot situated on the east side of 8th Concession approximately one kilometre north of its intersection with Country Road 8.  The agenda can be found here.  The property is proposed to be rezoned from Agricultural Zone (A) to a site specific "Agricultural Zone  (A-31)" in order to establish a minimum lot area of 1.4 hectares as well as to prohibit a residential dwelling from being constructed, to establish a minimum lot frontage of 62 metres and to establish a minimum lot area of 18 hectares.

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

a. Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Letter dated May 1, 2019  Re: Job Site Challenge.  Minister Todd Smith (and Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark) acknowledge Tecumseh's offering of sites suitable for new employment opportunities and advise that the sites are being considered.
b. Notice of Design and Construction Meeting dated May 23, 2019  Re: County Road 11 (Walker Road) and South Talbot Intersection Improvements.  Essex County advises that there will be a Meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Ciociaro Club Salon E (3745 N Talbot Road) to discuss the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Walker Road and South Talbot Road.
The following By-laws are proposed:
a. By-Law 2019-41 Being a by-law to provide for the adoption of tax rates, area rates and additional charges for Municipal, County and Education purposes for the Year 2019.
b. By-Law 2019-42 Being a bylaw to provide for the repair and improvements to the Lachance Drain.
c. By-Law 2019-43 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh with All Canadian Entertainment.
d. By-Law 2019-44 Being a by-law to appoint signing authorities for the financial affairs of The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh.
e. By-Law 2019-45 Being a by-law to confirm and appoint certain officers, servants and employees of the Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh.
f. By-Law 2019-46 Being a by-law to authorize the sale of McColl Ave. 
g. By-Law 2019-47 Being a by-law to authorize entering into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Briday Inc. for the sale of the McColl Lands.
h. By-Law 2019-48 Being a by-law to authorize entering into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and James Sylvestre Developments Ltd. and Jamsyl Group Inc. for the conveyance of Parts 5, 6 and 7 on Plan 12R-20993.  (Westlake Drive extension)
For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.
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May 14th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm.

A public meeting will be hosted to discuss a proposed rezoning for a 1251 square metre (13,465 square foot) parcel of land on the north side of Riverside Drive. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to rezone the property 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 secondary storey
dwelling unit.

The report of Administration can be found here.

At 6pm the Court of Revision begins.  This meeting will consider assigning costs to affected property owners for maintenance of the East Townline Drain (St. Clair Outlet).sessments less than $50 be assessed as imposed
under Section 61 of the Act.

The report of Administration can be found here.

At 7pm, regular business begins.  You can find the reports linked here.

Delegations include Gordon Orr, CEO, and Lynette Bain, Vice President, Tourism Programs and Development Re: Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island's Program Overview for 2019.  Gordon and Lynette will describe the organization's plans for 2019.

Communications - For Information includes:

  1. Epione Remedios dated April 15, 2019 Re: Application to Become a Licensed Producer under the Cannabis Act.  Approval to establish a cannabis production facility at 2085 Highway 3 in Oldcastle has been solicited from Health Canada.
  2. Minister of Rural Economic Development dated April 23, 2019 Re: Broadband Access for Rural, Northern and Remote Communities.  The Minister advises of the Government of Canada's plan to ensure all Canadians have access to broadband internet by 2030.
  3. Greater Essex County District School Board dated April 23, 2019 Re: Notice of the Passing of Education Development Charges By-Laws by the Greater Essex County District School Board.  The Public School Board has passed Development Charge amounts of $605 (from April 22, 2019 to April 21, 2020) and $682 (from April 22, 2020 to April 21, 2121) for residential developments in Essex County
  4. Town of Tecumseh Letter of Support dated May 2, 2019 Re: West Nile Virus - Application of Larvicides.  The Mayor's Office has supplied a letter to the Ministry of the Environment endorsing larviciding for mosquitoes within our municipality.
  5. Town of Mono Letter dated May 2, 2019 Re: Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).  Mono has requested that funding for the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund be maintained at not less than its current funding level. 
  6. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Letter dated May 3, 2019 Re: Ontario's Housing and Supply Action Plan.  The Minister of Municipal Affairs advises of the introduction of the More Homes, More Choice action plan that attempts to address housing in Ontario.  The goal is to make it faster and easier for municipalities, non-profits and private firms to build the right types of housing in the right places, to meet the needs of people in every part of Ontario.  Ontario is proposing changes that would streamline the development approvals process to remove unnecessary duplication and barriers, while making costs and timelines more predictable. Also included are changes that would make it easier to build certain types of priority housing such as second units.
  7. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services dated May 6, 2019 Re: Fire Marshal Notification to Fire Chiefs on Health Canada's request to advise on matters related to infrared saunas.  Health Canada advises of the illegal sale and marketing of infrared saunas to fire departments for unproven and false medical claims such as prevention of cancer amongst fire fighters and detoxification of fire fighters. Health Canada has discovered that at least two
    Canadian fire departments have acquired them for the aforementioned purposes. 
  8. Township of McKellar Letter dated May 7, 2019 Re: Ford Government Funding Cuts to Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service North.  McKellar requests the reinstatement of funding for the Southern Ontario Library Service and the Ontario Library Service - North who have been subjected a funding cut.  The organizations elected to discontinue Interlibrary Loan services as a result of the loss of funding.
  9. Township of Mulmur Letter dated May 8, 2019 Re: Ford Government Funding Cuts to Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service North.  Mulmur requests that the Ontario Government seek out ways to continue to provide Interlibrary Loan services.
  10. Township of Mulmur Letter dated May 8, 2019 Re: Aggregate Extraction and Proper Management of Aggregate Resources.  Mulmur requests that the Provincial Government provide for municipal representation at meetings related to the the reform of regulation concerning aggregates, that Municipalities be provided authority to regulate hours of operation and haul routes within municipal boundaries, that if the Provincial level is accepted as a single level for applications,
    Municipalities be provided a process through which to provide comments on aggregate extraction activities proposed within or in the vicinity of their boundaries, that the comments on “Cutting the Red Tape” provided by the Ontario Sand and Gravel Association be evaluated from the perspective of the local host community and ensure that there are mechanisms/processes in place to address impacts, and that land unavailable for extraction due to changes on the rules to endangered and threatened species and other policies within the Natural Heritage System continue to be protected.

Reports include 
a. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2019-01 Farm Lease Agreement - Tyler Nostadt - 2019 Crop Year.  Administration recommends that the Town enter into a one-year term Lease Agreement with Tyler Nostadt, of Nostadt Stock Farms (Nostadt), to farm the Town’s 18 acres of farmland located on the south side of Baseline Road at a rate of $238.13 plus HST per acre.
2. CS-2019-10 Webcasting and Closed Captioning Services for Council Meetings.  Administration investigate expected costs for these services and it is predicted that $16,587.50 for a single camera and $24,187.50 for multiple cameras would be the expected cost to proceed with webcasting.  The Province recently granted funds to the Town to modernize municipal services and it is proposed that this funding could be used.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-10 D19 MATOS, South Side North Talbot, Result of Public Consultation, Final Recommendation.  Administration is recommending that the 1.18 hectare (2.9 acre) property situated on the south side of North Talbot Road, approximately 95 metres east of its intersection with Walker Road, (next to Tim Hortons) be rezoned from “Neighbourhood Commercial Zone (C2-5)” to “Business Park Zone (BP-4)” in order to permit the future development of the lands for a range of light industrial and commercial uses, and to satisfy Condition No. 8 of severance application B-04/19.
2. PBS-2019-12 L07 SYL, Land Conveyance to Town, Sylvestre Westlake Extension.  Administration recommends that a by-law authorizing the execution of the agreement of purchase and sale between James Sylvestre Developments Ltd./Jamsyl Group Inc. and the Town to convey lands required to complete the Westlake Extension (Parts 5, 6 and 7 on Plan 12R-20993), be adopted,
3. PBS-2019-13, ICIP Transit Stream Funding.  Administration is recommending that Town Council consider applying for grant funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program 2019 Intake of the Public Transit Funding Stream for construction of a Multi-Purpose Pathway on Lesperance Road from County Road 22 to County Road 42.  The project is currently scheduled for 2021-22 and grants could reduce the Town's cost from $ 1,025,817 to $ 559,110.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2019-29 Larviciding for the 2019 West Nile Virus Program.  Public Works recommends the authorizing 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 and that the Town contribute for its share of the costs within the existing operating budget allocation.

 

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

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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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March 12th Meeting

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

Delegations include:

a. Representatives of the Tecumseh Business Improvement Association Board of Management, including Candice Dennis, Chair; Paul Bistany, Treasurer; and Paula Rorai, Coordinator. They will be speaking regarding the Board's 2019 Budget which is being presented tonight for approval.

b. Town of Tecumseh Parks and Recreational Services Department. Staff will present regarding the 2018 Tecumseh Corn Festival Named a Top 100 Festival by Festival and Events Ontario


Communications include:
a. Notice - Enbridge Gas Inc. dated February 19, 2019 . Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to raise its natural gas rates effective April 1, 2019 to recover costs associated with the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. There would be an increase of $86.21 for each account.

b. AMO Communications - dated February 21, 2019 Re: Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC). AMO advises that the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre will be shut down and no new cases are being accepted.

c. County of Essex dated February 21, 2019 Re: Official Plan Amendment No. 15 - Village of St. Clair Beach Official Plan, 14328 and 14346 Tecumseh Road. Essex County has approved the the Official Plan amendments required for the Harbour Club Condominium Building at the former Pud's Place Marina and no appeals were received.

Communications recommended for action include:
a. Township of South Stormont dated February 26, 2019 Re: Provincial Review of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). Administration recommends that the Town of Tecumseh support the Township of South Stormont resolution on the provincial review of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund and the future financial considerations ensures municipal sustainability. Essentially, South Stormont wishes to have the results of the OMPF review expedited so that planning for 2020 can begin.

Reports include:

a. Parks & Recreation Services
1. PRS-2019-03 Rotary Club Fish Fry. Administration is recommending that the Rotary Club of Essex be authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages at Lakewood Park on Friday, July 19, 2019 between 4pm and 8pm. A Noise By-law exemption is also being requested.

2. PRS-2019-02 Taste of Tecumseh Festival 2019. Administraton recommends that the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach be authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages at Lakewood Park from Friday, June 14, 2019 through to and including Saturday, June 15, 2019. A Noise By-law exemption is also being requested.

3. PRS-2019-01 Optimist Club's Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks 2019. Administration recommends that the rental fees associated with use of the St. Clair Beach Community Centre and Optimist Park for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach’s 2019 Victoria Day Fireworks Display, at a cost of $201 be waived; and that the fees associated with the fireworks permit as regulated under By-law Number 2013-50, a by-law to regulate the sale and use of fireworks, at a cost of $50 be waived.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-06 Extension of the One-Year Moratorium on Building Permit Fees. Administration supplied this report and asks for direction as to whether to continue.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2019-11 Appointment of Drainage Engineer for Variation of Assessment. Administration recommends appointing Dillon Conulting Limited as Drainage Engineer to:
(i) make a variation of the assessment schedule for maintenance and repair on the drainage works required to maintain the CYR Drain and Extension Outlet Drain; and
(ii) prepare a Report in accordance with Section 76 of the Drainage Act.

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

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February 23rd, 2019 Meeting

Town Council begins at 7pm this week.  You can read the full agenda here.

Reports include:  
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1.  CAO-2019-03 Town Hall Expansion.  Administration is proposing that $3.15M be invested into Town Hall for expansion to accommodate all customer-facing staff, to address a shortage of consultation and meeting space, and to improve access to Council Chambers.  Funding would be from past surpluses (Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve $1.25M) and from a portion of the New Infrastructure Reserve revenues ($1.90M).

The proposed new look can be found here.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-03, D11 STMAR, Ste. Marguerite d’Youville Elementary, Site Plan Control.  Administration is recommending approval of a Site Plan Agreement for Ste. Marguerite d'Youville school. An 390 sq m expansion is proposed for the existing Day Care facility at the northwest corner of the building together with a new 16-space parking area at the north-western portion of the school, and on-site works, including new sidewalks and landscaping.

2. PBS-2019-04, Zoning By-law Amendment, 11079 Cty. Rd. 34.  A public meeting is recommended to discuss a rezoning of 11079 County Road 34.  This is the result of a a lot consolidation where a prohibition for building a new house is required under Provincial policy.  The public meeting is proposed to be scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2019-09 FCM Grant Agreement Amendment.  The Town's Storm Drainage Master Plan is funded in part from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.  An amendment to the funding agreement is requested to set the completion date at June 30, 2019.

2. PWES-2019-13 Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 9.  Administration has updated the Safe Drinking Water operational plan and has submitted for Town Council approval.  The plan updates content related to the link to the Quality Management System Policy on the website, commitments to the Town’s Quality Management System, additional detail respecting records, new procedures in place to maintain disinfectant residuals within the distribution system, risk assessment for hazardous events, and an explanation of how opportunities for improvement come about.

3. PWES-2019-15 County Road 11 (North) Sanitary Sewer - Tender Award.  Administration is recommending a tender award for the County Road 11 (North) Sanitary Sewer in the amount of $1,199,000 to Shearock Construction Group Inc.  The project also includes a new trail which will include recoveries from the County of Essex for the County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) of approximately $190,750.

4. PWES-2019-16 Rehabilitation of Bridges No. 1004, 1013 and 1014 - Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the tender for the Rehabilitation of Bridges #1004, #1013 and #1014 in the amount of $518,915 excluding HST be awarded to South Shore Contracting of Essex County Inc.

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

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