December 2nd Meeting

INAUGURAL MEETING of the Council of the Town of Tecumseh

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
at the
Tecumseh Town Hall

917 Lesperance Road
Tecumseh, Ontario
at 7:00 p.m.

AGENDA

PROCESSSION: Bagpipes, Caleb Thibodeau
ORDER: Clerk, Laura Moy
PRAYERS: Father Gary Goyeau & Reverend Robin Sherman
SINGING OF O’CANADA: Chastin Lamoureaux

DECLARATION OF ELECTED OFFICE:
The Honourable Mr. Justice Christopher Bondy
Mayor and Members of Council

PRESENTATION: Mayor’s Chain of Office

REMARKS: Members of Council

ADJOURNMENT

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Manning Road / Lakewood Park Facelift Continues

Manning Road's facelift continues.  Beginning later this month, the Lakewood Park Stormwater Channel on the west side of the Park from St Thomas Street to Riverside Drive will be constructed. The Channel will provide stormwater storage allowing the enclosure of the East Townline Drain along the west side of Manning Road and for the new residential areas approved for the southeast section of the former Lakewood Golf Course.

You'll also see the site preparation work begin for the Estates of Lakewood Park Development, (tree removals and stripping of topsoil).  This work is required to allow the stockpiling of the excavated materials from the Channel.  The stockpiled material will be there shall remain until such time the site servicing for the development begins in the Spring 2015.

Construction of the Channel is scheduled to begin in later December 2014 and should be completed in Spring 2015.  

Traffic on Manning Road will be maintained during construction; however you may experience some minor delays when construction vehicles are entering/exiting the site.

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Windsor Symphony December 7th

 Festive Choral Celebration of Christmas Comes to Tecumseh

Windsor, Ontario – November 25, 2014 – The Windsor Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Brass, a concert in Tecumseh celebrating the Christmas season with special guests the Windsor Classic Chorale and the Windsor-Essex Youth Choir. One of three performances taking place throughout Essex County, this concert is led by WSO Chorus Master Lana Lysogor and takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 at St. Anne’s Church.

The WSO Brass Quintet and piano will accompany the choruses in a concert filled with traditional choral holiday favourites both sacred and secular. The finale includes an invitation to the audience to sing along with some of Christmas’ most popular carols.

Beloved Christmas standards including “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silver Bells,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” will be performed with timeless classical works such as Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and Mendelssohn’s “Weihnachten.”

Additional performances include December 5 in Amherstburg and December 6 in Leamington. A different children’s chorus joins the WSO Brass Quintet and Windsor Classic Chorale for each of the weekend’s three performances. Prince Andrew Public School takes part in the Dec. 5 Amherstburg concert. Belle River Public School takes part in theDec. 6 Leamington concert.

Tickets are $20, $10 youth 14 and under. Available from the WSO Box Office, 121 University Avenue, West; by phone at 519-973-1238 ex. 2; online at mywso.ca; and at the door.

Holiday Brass – A Choral Celebration of Christmas
Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, Tecumseh

WSO Brass Quintet & Piano
Lana Lysogor, Conductor
Windsor Classic Chorale
Windsor-Essex Youth Choir

Opus Benefactor: The Morris & Beverly Baker Foundation
Concert Sponsor: Town of Tecumseh
Media Sponsors: the Windsor Star, Windsorite.ca, BizX Magazine

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November 17th Special Meeting Agenda

Town of Tecumseh
Special Committee Meeting
Monday, November 17, 2014
9:00 AM
Tecumseh Town Hall
Council Chambers

MEETING:
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
III. DISCLOSURE OF PECUNIARY INTEREST
IV. INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE OF MEETING
The purpose of the meeting is to hold Municipal Governance Training for Newly Elected and Re-elected Officials and the Senior Management Team.
V. DELEGATIONS
Facilitated by Mike Galloway, Chief Administrative Officer of Niagara on-the Lake
VI. COMMUNICATIONS
VII. ADJOURNMENT

http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Special%20Council%20Meeting/2014-11/17-09-00/Packet.pdf

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November - December Events

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:30 to 11:30

REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE AND SERVICE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2014 Form-up at Legion at 10:30am March off at 10:45am Service 11 am at Tecumseh Cenotaph Corner of Lesperance & McNorton Streets Pot Luck Lunch will be served at the Legion Branch.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Lakeshore/Tecumseh French Immersion Catholic School Feasibility Public Meeting @ St. Anne Catholic Secondary School, 1200 Oakwood Drive in Belle River

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 18:00 to 19:00

Special Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Regular Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 18:00 to 19:00

Essex Powerlines is hosting a Public Information Session We invite all of our electricity customers to attend our Public Information Session to learn background information on the electricity distributor industry and our 2016 electricity rate application.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Inaugural Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 18:00 to 19:00

Special Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 19:00 to 20:00

Regular Council Meeting Location:  Town Hall, 917 Lesperance Road - Council Chambers
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Thank You Tecumseh

Thank you wholeheartedly Tecumseh for your support in Monday's municipal election.  I was positively astounded by the level of support that you have given me and I look forward to contributing my skills, knowledge and experience in municipal government to provide an oversight ability, customer service and advocacy that is second to none.

AndrewDowie.ca is here to stay as a constituency portal.  Once I join Council in December, you will be able to find information about upcoming decisions and considerations.  I would very much like to receive your feedback on these issues, as well as your own, on this site.  Don't be shy, and make sure that you take advantage of the comments section.

In the meantime, this site will undergo some cosmetic changes as it evolves to a constituency portal so that it is ready and online in December.  You may see links appear and disappear during the testing process.  In addition to this site, you can reach me at @Andrew_Dowie, facebook.com/andrewdowie or call me at 519-962-8832.  Please do be in touch with what's on your mind.

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Voting Status

I had never really thought about how frustrating it would be to have an election going on and not be able to be a part of it before.

Like most of you, I have yet to receive my voting kit.   It is expected to arrive at the remaining doorsteps before Tuesday.  If you are still without by Tuesday, you may visit Town Hall to secure new credentials.  Town staff are on hand there to assist.

In the meantime I will be watching my own mailbox with eager anticipation.  I look forward to seeing you at the Tecumseh Legion on Monday night beginning at 7pm for the Meet the Candidates night.

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Voter Information Town Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ANDREW DOWIE TO HOLD VOTER INFORMATION TOWN HALL

October 14, 2014 (Tecumseh, ON) - Andrew Dowie, Tecumseh Council candidate for Ward 1, invites members of the public to attend a Voter Information Town Hall to learn about Tecumseh's new voting process.  The Town Hall will be held at 12222 Tecumseh Road East beginning at 7:30pm on Thursday, October 16th, across from Ste. Anne's Church.

Dowie has just reached a major milestone of his campaign, having now knocked on every accessible residence's door in Ward 1.  Throughout the election, Dowie has noted continuing uncertainty with respect to the voting procedure and minimal knowledge that voting has changed to a telephone or internet-based system for this election.

"Making sure residents are connected to their local government is a key priority of my campaign.  I look forward to helping my fellow Tecumseh residents become as comfortable as possible with the new voting process," says Dowie.

A special invite is extended to residents of Plaza East and Place Tecumseh apartments.  Mr. Dowie was declined access by property management during his visit on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11th, 2014, contrary to Section 28 of the Residential Tenancies Act which allows for access to municipal election candidates for the purpose of canvassing.  We are attempting to work with the property management company to obtain access to speak with voters.

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Shoreline Week Submission

Reprinted here is my submission to Shoreline Week for their candidate profiles:

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Dear Tecumseh Resident,

With voting now under way, I’d like to thank you for the terrific reception you have given me at the door. I’m proud to have knocked on every door in Ward 1 during this election campaign and to have engaged with thousands of my neighbours.

If elected, this dialogue will remain open. I was the first Ward 1 candidate to launch an interactive webpage at AndrewDowie.ca, Facebook and Twitter to solicit your feedback, and will continue to provide you with town information so that you can be informed of what’s happening within the town.

I will champion the completion and implementation of the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan so that we can establish a walkable and accessible core establishing our downtown as a destination and economic driver.

You can count on my career as a long-time Civil Engineer for the City of Windsor to work for you. Having managed multi-million dollar capital projects, including basement flooding relief and traffic calming programs, as well as serving in the Chief Administrative Office and Mayor’s Office, I will deliver effective and responsible oversight at Tecumseh Town Hall. My experience also ensures for you informed responses and advocacy backed by a solid knowledge and understanding of solutions no matter what the issue may be.

I grew up on Coronado Drive and now call Centennial Drive home with my wife Kristin. I have served on Tecumseh’s Committee of Adjustment since 2006 and Property Standards Committee since 2010. You may have also seen me in the community as a leader with the 35th Tecumseh Scout Group since 2006, or representing our 1700 local engineers as the Windsor-Essex Chapter Chair of Professional Engineers Ontario.

It would be a true privilege to serve you and be your advocate for the coming four years.

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Lakewood Park

It was just over two years ago that the Town of Tecumseh celebrated the grand opening of Lakewood Park North.  For the first time in its municipal history, Tecumseh had a lake front public space that its residents could enjoy that was not the leftover property of a pumping station.  This really was a milestone for the town; despite being one of a minority of municipalities located on a body of water, our town lacked any meaningful way of accessing it.  It now serves as a community gathering place. I enjoy it most for sitting down with my e-reader and reading while listening to the crashing waves.  The property formerly housed the Lakewood Golf Course club house, and was purchased for $7.98 million in 2006.

The Town of Tecumseh purchased 2/3rds of the former Lakewood Golf Course (65 of 91 acres) as part of an agreement for $6.9 million.  The agreement resolved the Ontario Municipal Board appeals from the former owners to develop the whole parcel as residential lots.  The Town has posted the chronological information here.

The agreements remain incredibly controversial to this day.  The purchases of the two parcels of Lakewood Golf Course remain the number one issue being brought to my attention at the door.  The status of the remaining (undeveloped) property has been resolved through a master planning process that concluded a few years ago.  You can read the final report for the Lakewood Park South master plan here.  There are a lot of amenities being proposed that I find encouraging, including the innovative stormwater system (with meandering path), the naturalized wetland, the outdoor amphitheatre, and the paths.  For my part, I am pleased with the Lakewood Park South master plan and look forward to identifying a funding program to support its redevelopment in the way proposed.

I also look forward to supporting the development of a Splash Pad at Lakewood Park North as identified in the Town's Parks and Recreation Master Plan.  Splash pads are relatively inexpensive means of providing active recreational features to our parkland and, as I have come to learn over the last few months, would be an asset truly valued by the families of Ward 1.

Many residents have also observed the construction occurring at the foot of Little River Boulevard.  The work being undertaken is to provide upgrades to existing pumping station and to sewer capacity.  You can be assured that it is not a precursor to residential development on the town's retained portion of the former golf course.  The residential areas will be located on the south and east sides of the property (roughly opposite to St. Thomas St.), as well as on Christy Lane.

The use of the property as a golf course permanently ended in 2011 and its physical features have been transformed.  I look forward to working with you and to hearing your feedback as to what elements of the Master Plan ought to be prioritized for the property to ensure that it can best serve you going forward into the future.

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