February 27th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 5pm.

A public meeting will be held to discuss a proposed zoning amendment at 12334 Arbour Street.  The proponent would like to change the zoning to allow for construction of a semi-detached residential dwelling and establish site-specific yard and lot (i.e. building setbacks, lot coverage) requirements.  Each dwelling unit is proposed to have an attached single-car garage accessed from Arbour Street. The agenda can be found here.

At 6pm, Town Council will reconsider the 7th Concession Drain report.  The most recent report needs to be slightly revised because of a land sale and a request to install a new culvert.  The agenda can be found here.

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

No delegations are present this evening.

Communications include:

  • Windsor Essex County 2018 Accessibility Awards Call for Nominations for businesses, organizations and individuals who have
    gone above and beyond in making our community a better place to live for persons with disabilities.
  • Town of Essex Re: Offering School Properties to Municipalities.  Administration is recommending that the resolution from the Town of Essex regarding the sale of surplus school properties to municipalities for a dollar, be supported.
  • Essex Region Conservation Foundation Re: 30th Annual Golf Tournament.  Administration is recommending that the Town’s Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) representatives be authorized to attend the Essex Region Conservation Foundation's 30th Annual Golf Tournament, on July 12, 2018.

Reports include:
a. Parks & Recreation Services
1. PRS-2018-01, Optimist Club's Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks 2018.  It is recommended that:

  • The rental fees associated with use of the Optimist Community Centre and Green Acres Park for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach’s 2018 Victoria Day Fireworks Display, at a cost of $197 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; and that
  • The Ontario Provincial Police schedule officers to walk through the park the evening of the fireworks display.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-04, Encroachment Agreement, 1130 Lesperance Road.  Administration is recommending that an existing building encroachment of the Amloze Pizza building on the public right-of-way be formalized by way of a legal agreement.

2. PBS-2018-05, Potential One-Year Moratorium on Commercial Development and Hotel Building Permit Fees.  Administration is not recommending a one-year moratorium on commercial development and hotel building permit fees, but in the event that the moratorium is approved that any shortfall in building permit revenue that results be off-set by the Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve.

3. PBS-2018-06, 2017 Year End Permit Report.  Administration recommends that construction value is down by -$8,591,736 or -16.7 percent over last year. This is due in part to a decrease in new residential construction over the previous year.

4. PBS 2018-07, D19 SANTA, Santarossa ZBA and Plan of Subdivision.  Administration recommends approval of the a rezoning of the Santarossa lands, including designation of the stormwater management facility as existing woodlot/natural area and the designation of the remaining lands as a business park subdivision comprising five business park lots on a 29.0 hectare (71.6 acre) parcel of land situated at the north-east corner of the 8th Concession Road/County Road 42 intersection.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2018-07, Various 2018 Watermain Improvement Projects - Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the tender for the Various 2018 Watermain Improvement Projects in the amount of $742,725 excluding HST be awarded to Sherway Contracting (Windsor) Ltd.  As the project was under budget, funding allocations reflect a $251,100 decrease from the Watermain Reserve Fund.

2. PWES-2018-10, 2017 Tecumseh Distribution System - Inspection Report.  The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change inspection report for the Tecumseh Distribution System dated January 12, 2018 is received by Council.  100% compliance was reported.

3. PWES-2018-11, Source Protection Municipal Implementation Funding (SPMIF) Agreement Amendment No. 4.  Administration recommends that By-law No. 2018-15 be adopted to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to execute the Source Protection Municipal Implementation Fund (SPMIF) Amendment No.4 and any future SPMIF amendments.  Source water protection is a provincially mandated program.

4. PWES-2018-12, Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 8.  Administration is recommending that the Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 8 be endorsed and committed to.

 

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

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February 13th Meeting

Council begins this week at 5pm with a Special Council Meeting regarding the 8th Concession Road Sanitary Sewer Outlet Cost Recovery By-Law.

It is proposed that residents in the Oldcastle Area be brought onto the Sanitary Sewer system in lieu of continuing to allow septic tanks for sewage storage.  There have been concerns expressed by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change regarding failing septic systems located in the area.

Many area residents are opposed to this transition as a result of cost implications to individual residential properties.

The full agenda packet can be found here.

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

Delegations include Robert Charlton who will be making a Cheque Presentation.

Communications include:

1) 2018 Ontario Farmland Forum - Administration is recommending that the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to attend the 2018 Farmland Forum on April 5, 2018 in Prince Edward County, subject to the provisions of the Town’s Professional Development and Travel Policy.

2) Association of Municipalities of Ontario Re: AMO Policy Update - Call to Action - Fire Medic Protection Needed for Municipal Governments.  Administration is recommending that the resolution from AMO calling for Fire Medic Protection for Municipal Governments be adopted, and that a copy of the resolution be sent to the Office of the Premier, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Minister of Labour, Minister of Municipal Affairs, local MPPs and AMO.

Reports include:
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2018-01, Accomplishments 2017.  This report details the various accomplishments and outcomes that have been achieved by the Town's Administration in the 2017 calendar year.
2. CAO-2018-03, Canada Post Addressing Initiative Tecumseh.  This report recommends that a resolution of Council be sent to Canada Post requesting the Town of Tecumseh be placed in the Addressing Initiative Schedule for Tecumseh to be the single municipal name for postal mail purposes.
3. CAO-2018-04, Chartwell St. Clair Beach Retirement Residence Lease Agreement.  Administration is recommending to execute an Agreement with Chartwell St. Clair Beach Retirement Residence for the lease of additional parking spaces at the municipal parking lot located at Lakewood Park.  In the Lease Agreement, the Town grants Chartwell use of 25 parking spaces in the parking lot
at the Park and will continue to be responsible for the regular maintenance of snow and ice removal.  During Town events, the Town will reserve a minimum of 16 parking spaces for Chartwell that will be identified with signage and notify Chartwell four [4] weeks in advance. 

b. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2018-02, Committee and Board Honorariums.  Administration is recommending that an increase from $50 to $100 in the Committee of Adjustment monthly honorarium be approved effective January 1, 2018 until the end of 2021 and that a review of the honorariums for Committees and Boards be carried out during last year of each term of Council. 
2. CS-2018-03, Civil Marriage Services and Officiants.  Administration is recommending that Bylaw No. 2018-09 being a by-law to authorize the service of Civil Marriage Ceremonies, be adopted; and that the new Civil Marriage Ceremonies Policy No. 94 be amended to include a rehearsal fee of $50.00 per hour and mileage to be paid in accordance with Travel Policy No. 14.  The fees charged by the Town for this service are $250.00 plus H.S.T during office hours and $350.00 plus H.S.T for evenings and weekends. 
3. CS-2018-04, Dog Pound Lease Agreement Renewal.  Administration is recommending that By-law No. 2018-10 being a by-law to authorize the Mayor and Clerk to execute a 20-year Lease Agreement with the County of Essex and the Towns of Essex, Lakeshore and LaSalle for the use of a portion of the property on part of the closed Landfill No. 3, located at 914 Puce Road in Lakeshore, for the Dog Pound Facility, be approved.
4. CS-2018-05, Restricted Acts of Council after Nomination Day - Lame Duck Provisions.  This report speaks to the restricted acts
of Council after Nomination Day (Lame Duck Provisions).

c. Financial Services
1. FS-2018-01, Taxes Receivable December 2017.  Administration is reporting that the tax receivables as a percentage of tax levy decreased to 4.4% at December 2017.  Overall, Residential tax arrears account for 70% of total tax arrears in 2017 compared to 37% in 2013, which is primarily a result of the large reductions to Commercial and Industrial arrears.  The total number of properties in arrears has increased despite the drop in total dollar amount owing. This is predominantly due to the number of Residential properties with arrears of less than $2,000, which increased by 9% year-over-year.
2. FS-2018-02, Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (OILC) Borrowing 2017.  Administration is recommending that borrowing upon 2.82% (estimated) 5 year amortizing debenture in the Principal amount of $99,200 for the financing of Pulleyblank/Crowder/Moro Sanitary Sewer construction costs for 2018 be approved.

d. Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2018-01, Tecumseh Fire Services 2017 Year End Overview.  Administration supplies the 2017 Year End Overview for the various activities of the Fire & Emergency Services Department Report.   

e. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-02, Tecumseh Transit Service, 2017 Annual Status Report.  Administration recommends that an Open House to obtain public input on the potential changes to the Tecumseh Transit Service for 2018 be scheduled, that a 50% reduction in the price of a monthly bus pass for riders on Ontario Works be authorized; and that the implementation of June as “Seniors Ride the TTS for Free Month” be approved.  Proposed changes include eliminating the East Pointe Trails Plaza stop, shifting the east-west routes from Little River onto St. Thomas and Riverside Drive onto Dillon Drive, rerouting the eastbound route off of Tecumseh Road and onto Brouillette consistent with the westbound route by way of Southfield and Shawnee, eliminating the stop at Tecumseh Town Centre Plaza and using Renaud and Bedell.  
2. PBS-2018-03, D19 PETTEC, OPA-ZBA, 13328-14346 Tecumseh Road.  Administration is recommending that a public meeting be scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., for the applications submitted by 2593430 Ontario Limited (Petretta Construction) to amend the St. Clair Beach Official Plan and Zoning By-law 2065 for the former Pud's Place Marina, a 1.4 hectare (3.6 acre) parcel of land located on the north side of Tecumseh Road, approximately 45 metres east of its intersection with Brighton Road (14328 & 14346 Tecumseh Road), from:
i) the current Official Plan designation of “Commercial” to a “Medium Density Residential” designation with a site-specific policy that will establish a maximum density of 51 units per hectare, permit an accessory marina and a limited range of ground floor  commercial uses; and
ii) the current “General Commercial Zone (C1-5)” to a site-specific “Residential Type Three Zone (R3-13)” in order to permit the construction of a five-storey, 71-unit condominium apartment building, accessory marina and limited ground-floor commercial uses, be authorized.

f. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2018-06, Rossi Drive Sanitary Sewers Extension - Tender Award.  Administration is recommending that the tender for the Rossi Drive Sanitary Sewer Extension in the amount of $1,364,200 excluding HST be awarded to Amico Infrastructures Inc., and associated reductions in lifecycle allocations because of reduced costs incurred.

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

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January 30th Meeting

This week, Council meets beginning at 6pm.  The Agenda can be found here.

Council will discuss the setting of building codes and to receive comments from the public regarding the proposed building permit fee rates.  Building permit rates were last set in 2005 and have not been adjusted for inflation since that time.  Operations for building permit services have run at a deficit (subsidized by the general rate) for all but two of the past ten years and the goal is to make them cost neutral.

Fees are proposed to increase by 17% to 25% for square footage rates and 20% for flat rates.  This would put most rates in the mid-range although residential garage and accessory buildings would become the highest in Essex County at double the rate of other municipalities.

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

Delegations are:
a. Mary Agnes Welch, Probe Research Inc. Re: Citizen Satisfaction Survey
b. Friends of Oldcastle Development Re: Del Duca OMB Decision

Communications for Information:
a. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Re: Notification of Bill 139, the Building Better Communities and
Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 Receiving Royal Assent.  This bill has now been passed which includes reform of the Ontario Municipal Board into the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal.
b. Ernie Hardeman, MPP, PC Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing Re: Ontario PC Platform - People's Guarantee.  MPP Hardeman highlights the portions of the Ontario Progressive Conservative platform that relate to municipal government policy.
c. Town of Amherstburg Re: Support Correspondence from the Essex County Federation of Agriculture.  The Town of Amherstburg and the ECFA advises that it has petitioned the Federal Government to reconsider some of its recent tax changes that are felt to negatively effect small business and agricultural operations.
d. Town of Amherstburg Re: Letter of Support for Windsor-Essex County Board of Health Resolution.  The Town of Amherstburg advises that it supports the Essex County Health Unit resolution with respect to ensuring that the legalization of cannabis is regulated extensively.
e. Ministry of Transportation Re: Ontario's support for the County of Essex's application for consideration under the National Trade Fund Corridors Fund (NTCF).  Minister Del Duca advises that the Province of Ontario supports Essex County's application to upgrade Manning Road with federal funds.
f. Ontario Municipal Board Decision Re: Proposed Official Plan Amendment No. 14.  The OMB has rejected Council's rezoning of the Del Duca property at County Road 46 and the 8th Concession and has stayed the decision for a year in anticipation of a collaborative solution between the Town and the appellants.
g. Essex County Federation of Agriculture Re: Proposed Tax Changes.  The ECFA advises that the Federal Government has indicated that it is re-evaluating its tax changes that affect agricultural operators.

Communications Action Required
a. National Trust for Canada Re: Heritage Day 2018 Re: Heritage Day 2018.  Administration recommends that February 19, 2018 be proclaimed as Heritage Day in the Town of Tecumseh.
b. Ontario Good Roads Association Re: OGRA Requests Support for MCEA Process Reform.  Administration recommends that the resolution provided by OGRA calling on the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to accelerate the Application for
Review of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process be adopted.
c. Town of Lakeshore Re: Storm Water Management and Drainage Improvements.  Administration recommends that the Town of Lakeshore’s resolution that the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario be urged to immediately allocate infrastructure funding dedicated to municipalities for storm water management and drainage improvements, be supported.
d. Community Heritage Ontario Re: Federal Role in Heritage Conservation.  Administration recommends that the recommendations by the Federal House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development contained in report 10 regarding the preservation of Canada’s heritage, be supported.
e. Letter to Minister Eric Hoskins from Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Board Chair.  Re: Proposed changes to the Cannabis Act, (Bill C-45)  Administration recommends that the October 19, 2017, resolution by the Windsor Essex County Health Unit regarding the licensing, planning, and zoning regulations of cannabis retail outlets and the coordinated efforts of Windsor-Essex
municipalities in preventing the harms associated with cannabis use, be supported.
f. National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco.  Re: Contraband Tobacco in Ontario.  Administration recommends that the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco request for municipal governments to partake in the fines collected on contraband
tobacco charges through their local Provincial Offenses Transfer Agreement, be supported.

Reports
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2018-02, Union Gas Kingsville Transmission Reinforcement Project.  Administration recommends that the Union Gas Kingsville Transmission Reinforcement Project should be endorsed via a letter of support to the Ontario Energy Board. 

b. Information & Communication Services
1. ICS-2018-01, 2018-2022 Lifecycle Work Plan.  This report details the capital spending for the Information and Communication Services Department, in the amount of $224,000 (plus $60,000 which was funded in 2017) comprised of:

PC Replacements $ 20,000
Network Upgrades $ 30,000
Video Surveillance $ 6,000
A/V Systems $ 15,000
Miscellaneous Software $ 8,000
Virtual Server Upgrades $ 10,000
Corporate Website $ 25,000
Multifunction Copiers $ 60,000
Arena Sound System $ 50,000
Records Management $ 30,000
Issue Tracking Software $ 30,000

2. ICS-2018-02, 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  Probe Research conducted a Citizen Satisfaction Survey in late 2017.  It determined that 96% of residents rate the Town's quality of life as good or excellent.  97% were satisfied with the Town's services.  Concerns about flooding as well as water and sewer infrastructure are top-of-mind for Tecumseh residents.  The Sportsplex proposal had extreme viewpoints with 60% favouring construction and 38% opposing.  Online voting was also endorsed by a majority of residents.

c. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-01, Zoning By-law Amendment, 12334 Arbour Street.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a Public Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 5pm to discuss rezoning this property to allow the construction of a new semi-detached residential building.

d. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. PWES-2018-02, Traffic Analysis – Radar Speed Surveys.  Administration reports back on the speeds reported for various streets where speeding was reported.  In Ward 1,  the 85th percentile speeds recorded on Lacasse Boulevard at St. Denis, 800 block of Michael Drive and Southfield Drive were found to be between 12 and 16 kilometers over the respective posted speed limits.  Little River Boulevard, McNorton Street, Riverside Drive and St. Gregory's Road in Ward 1 were both found to be 6-10 kilometers over the respective posted speed limits.  No action is being recommended for these streets.


2. PWES-2018-03, 2018 Supply of Various Vehicles.  Administration recommends soliciting quotations for the following purchases as vehicle replacements at an expected cost of $644,200 plus $26,000 for outfitting, to adopt the 10 year purchase plan noted in the report, and to dispose of the to-be retired vehicles currently in use.  The purchases are:

PW 02-11 Ext Cab Truck $ 35,000
PW 06-08 4x4 1500 Ext Cab Truck $ 32,000
PW 14-18 4x4 1500 Ext Cab Truck $ 30,000
Parks P 04-10 4x4 2500 Reg Cab Truck $ 35,000
P 30-13 Jacobson 9016 Tractor $ 69,000
P 40-08 Vermeer VC1500 Chipper $ 50,000
P 25-11 Dump Trailer 5'x10' $ 5,200
P 21-11 Landscape Trailer 20' $ 6,000
Water W 01-10 Heavy Duty Truck/Service Body $ 55,000
Fire F 01-10 Tahoe Command $ 45,000
F 02-10 Tahoe Command $ 45,000
Recreation M 02-08 1500 Ext. Cab Truck $ 22,000
M 03-18 Mini Van $ 25,000
Transit T 02-10 Kneeling Passenger Bus $ 190,000

3. PWES-2018-04, Annual Summary Report for the Town of Tecumseh Distribution System (260004969) for the Year 2017.  This is a statutory report detailing compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act in the Town's water system.  All operations were in compliance during the calendar year.

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

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December 12th Meeting

This week, Council begins at 6:30pm with a Public Meeting.  The agenda can be found here.

The Public Meeting will consider whether to extend a previous approval for a temporary Garden Suite located at 7035 10th Concession Road.  This is a temporary building that has been exceptionally permitted for a fixed period of time.  The applicant is looking to extend this permission for three more years.

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

Delegations include:

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November 28th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 5pm with a meeting of the Policies and Priorities Committee.  The agenda can be found here.

Council will discuss having members become a part of the Town's benefit and life insurance policies.  Post-retirement benefits would be in conjunction with staff policies and be restricted to those who serve 4 back-to-back terms in office.  The projected current benefits cost would be $29,500 in 2018.  Post-retirement benefits would currently require a capital allocation of $419,100 plus an annual ongoing allocation of $50,300.  This is only a matter of discussion at this time and is not approved.  

Council will also discuss establishing a service for the Issuance of Marriage Licences and Civil Marriage Ceremonies, by the Director Corporate Services & Clerk and designate(s).  The fee would be $130.

At 6pm, Council will discuss award nominations for the Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award and the Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award, and to confirm the nomination of Michael J. Rovers for the 2018 Senior of the Year Award.

Council will then consider committee appointments to the Youth Advisory Committee, Seniors Advisory Committee, Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee, Heritage Committee and the Committee of Adjustment.

The agenda can be found here.

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

Delegations are:  St. Pius X School Robotics Team Re: Save the Fish Program and Jamie Kell, President and Manager Tecumseh Thunder Senior Team Re: Ontario Champions (4x) and 2017 National Reps for Ontario

Communications for information include:

a. Essex County Agricultural Hall of Fame Re: Nominations for 2018 Hall of Fame Induction

b. Ministry of Education Re: Public Engagement on Education Assessment in Ontario.  The Province is reviewing how students are tested and is seeking comment.  There will be a session in Windsor on December 4th.

c. National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco Re: Contraband Tobacco in Ontario.  The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco is requesting Council's endorsement of being able to levy and receive fines for illegal sale of contraband tobacco by way of the Provincial Offences Act Transfer Agreement between the Town and Essex County municipalities.  This is not endorsed by Administration.

d. County of Essex Re: Notice of Decision Official Plan Amendment No. 14.  Essex County has approved the expansion of Lakeview Montessori School.

Further communications with actions recommended by Administration include:
a. Township of Ignace Re: Provincial Flood Insurance Program That the Township of Ignace resolution requesting the Government of Ontario be urged to create a Provincial Flood Insurance Program, to cover those individuals, families and businesses who are unable to secure flood insurance for their properties, be supported.
b. Tecumseh Vista Academy Secondary School Re: Exemption from the Sign Bylaw.  It is recommended that the Tecumseh Vista Academy Secondary School request for a Sign ByLaw exemption, to advertise their Grade 8 Information Night being held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, be referred to the Planning Department.

Reports include:

a. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. Manager Committee & Community Services Report 36-17 Re: 2018 Cat Spay & Neuter Voucher Program.  Administration is recommending continuing the supply of vouchers for spaying or neutering of feral and stray cats, including a dedicated stream for low income residents.  In addition, feral and stray cats would have their ear "tipped" (portion removed) in order to identify that they have been spayed or neutered.
2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk Report No 44-17 Re: Farm Lease Agreement John Nostadt 2018 Crop Year.  Administration is recommending extending the farm lease on the south side of Baseline Road with John Nostadt for $233/acre, 18 acres.
3. Director Corporate Services & Clerk Report No 45-17 Re: Skate Pro Lease Agreement Renewal Tecumseh Arena.  Administration is recommending extending the existing lease with Skate Pro at the Tecumseh Arena, $330 / month.

b. Planning & Building Services
1. Manager Planning Services Report No 33-17 Re: Site Plan Control Home Hardware Stores Limited, 1613 Lesperance Road.  Home Hardware is intending to demolish their existing lumber materials building and replacing it with a larger structure attached to the existing store.

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

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November 14th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 6pm.

Our first hour is a Public Meeting to discuss a proposed land subdivision of the property at 8th Concession and County Road 46 into 9 industrial lots.  The lots are currently holding a "Business Park" designation which are proposed to be rezoned to Industrial.  The area adjacent to the residential properties and DeAngelis Construction are proposed to be transferred to the town as a permanent woodlot and a storm water detention facility.  The full packet can be found here.

Beginning at 7pm, regular business begins.  The packet can be found here.

Communications include:

  1. Town of Essex Re: Notice of Public Meeting - Zoning By-law Amendment.  Five properties in the vicinity of County Road 8 and Highway 3 are the subject of a rezoning application from Agricultural to Highway Commercial.  There are also several housekeeping amendments clarifying definitions in the Official Plan being proposed.
  2. Ontario Good Roads Association Re: Call for Nominations.  OGRA advises of vacancies to their board and nominations for election.
  3. Municipality of Morris-Turnberry Re: Resolution concerning Tenanted Farm Tax Class properties being changed to Residential Tax Class.  Non-tillable acreage in agricultural areas is being proposed for residential property tax rates under recent interpretations even if it is comprised of woodlots, streams or other natural features.  Administration is not recommending support of this motion.

Communications in which Administration is supporting action include:

  1. Town of Lakeshore Re: Provincial Flood Insurance Program.  That the Town of Lakeshore resolution requesting the Province to create a Provincial Flood Insurance Program, to cover those individuals, families, and businesses, who are unable to secure flood insurance for their properties, be supported.

REPORTS
Corporate Services & Clerk
1. Deputy Clerk & Manager Legislative Services, Report No 35-17 Re: Dog Tag and Licensing Enforcement.  Administration is recommending the hiring of the Commissionaires to enforce dog tag compliance within municipal boundaries through a direct canvass.  The $10,158.50 one-time fee would be recovered through late fees and expected new licence revenues.
2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No 40-17 Re: Community Support Centre Services Agreement, Two Year
Term Renewal: 2018-2019.  Administration is recommending that the Town renew its agreement with the Community Support Centre of Essex County to deliver subsidized transportation to seniors and those with accessibility challenges.  The Town subsidizes trips by $3 up to a maximum of $10,000. 
3. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 41-17 Re: Seniors Community Grant Program, 2017 - 2018.  Administration is reporting that the Tecumseh Seniors Advisory Committee was Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat ‘Seniors Community Grant Program’ application was successful and $8,300 was allocated to allow seniors in our community to receive a one-time membership to Life After Fifty.

Planning & Building Services
1. Manager Planning Services, Report 31-2017 Re: Mr. William Leon, 7035 10th Concession Road, Extension of Temporary Use By-law – Garden Suite.  Administration is recommending the scheduling of a Public Meeting to discuss extending permission for the existing Garden Suite (temporary housing) at this address for an additional three years.  The public meeting would be held on December 12, 2017 at 6:30pm.  

Public Works & Environmental Services
1. Drainage Superintendent, Report No 49-17 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain, Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Antaya Drain.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting be hired as the Drainage Engineer to recommend measures to restore the drain to its intended working condition under the Drainage Act.  Costs are assessed back to benefiting property owners.
2. Director Public Works & Environmental Services, Report No 50-17  Re: Backwater Valve Inspector, Temporary Position. Administration is recommending the hiring of a temporary Backwater Valve inspector to assist in the backlog of work in processing these applications for subsidy.  The expected cost is $37,000 which will be funded from existing Wastewater rates.
3. Drainage Superintendent, Report No 52-17.  Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain - Appointment of Drainage Engineer - Gouin Drain.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting be hired as the Drainage Engineer to recommend measures to restore the drain to its intended working condition under the Drainage Act.  Costs are assessed back to benefiting property owners.
4. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No 53-17.  Re: Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Electric Truck Pilot Program.  Administration is recommending participating in and supporting the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Electric Truck Pilot Project alongside other interested municipal governments, including by partnering with AMO in the application for grant funding from the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund.  Costs would be for insurance and licencing as they would be for regular vehicles.
5. Drainage Superintendent, Report No 54-17 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain,
Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Desjardins Drain.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting be hired as the Drainage Engineer to recommend measures to restore the drain to its intended working condition under the Drainage Act.  Costs are assessed back to benefiting property owners.
6. Drainage Superintendent, Report No 56-17 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain,
Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Lachance Drain.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting be hired as the Drainage Engineer to recommend measures to restore the drain to its intended working condition under the Drainage Act.  Costs are assessed back to benefiting property owners.

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

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October 24th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 5:30pm with a Special Meeting to discuss the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.  There are no advance materials for this meeting however Dillon Consulting will present a PowerPoint detailing the current state of design for the project.

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

Delegations include:

a. The Dillon Family Re: Dillon Drive Street Name Recognition

b. Police Services Board Chair Christopher Hales & OPP Inspector Glenn Miller, regarding the 2018 Police and Police Services Board Budget.  The Police Services Board reports that Tecumseh's policing costs are 4th lowest in Essex County, at $169 per capita or $442 per household.

c. Stephen MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation Re: Resolution Citing the Importance of the Auto Industry to Municipalities in Ontario.  The Economic Development Corporation requests that Tecumseh call on the federal government to recognize Canada’s automotive sector as a key priority throughout the NAFTA negotiations.

Communications include:

a. Township of Oro Medonte Re: Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.  Oro-Medonte requests that the Province:

a) expand the OWDCP to include evidence of partial carcass' to allow eligible producers to process legitimate claims; and

b) rely more heavily on the opinions of the Municipal Investigator, as they are experienced, familiar and knowledgeable with the Municipality’s producers, as they continue to process genuine and valid applications.

b. Ontario Energy Board Notice Re: Union Gas Limited applied to raise its natural gas rates effective January 1, 2018.  Union Gas is requesting an increase in rates of $9.60 each year from residential customers based on an approved Ontario Energy Board calculation for rate increases.

c. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Re: Proposed regulation change: compressed air energy storage (CAES).  The Province is crafting legislation that would allow for underground compressed air energy storage in retired mines and is seeking consultation.

d. Township of Montague, Re: Bill 148.  Administration recommends Council support the resolution of the Township of Montague requesting the Province to conduct a full economic impact study of Bill 148 on the effect on businesses and municipalities across Ontario by supported.

Reports include:

a. Chief Administrative Officer

1. Chief Administrative Officer, Report No 11-17 Re: Strategic Priorities Update.  This is a summary report of the progress being made on the strategic priorities adopted by Town Council and what has been done to achieve these.

b. Corporate Services & Clerk

1. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 37-17 Re: Renewal of Cat Intake Agreement with the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society for 2018/  Administration is recommending that the Clerk be authorized to execute the Cat Intake Agreement (Agreement) with the WindsorEssex County Humane Society (WECHS) for 2018 to permit stray cats to be dropped off at a cost of $25 to the Town of Tecumseh for each cat.

2. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 38-17 Re: Dillon Drive Street Naming Recognition.  Administration is seeking formal approval for the new "Poppy" signage that has been erected on Dillon Drive to recognize Jack Dillon, a World War II veteran from our community.

c. Financial Services

1. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No 15-17 Re: Budget Variance Report – August 31, 2017.  The Town is currently running a surplus of $875,000 due to a number of factors including lower police costs and assessment growth.

2. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No 16-17 Re: Vacancy Rebate Program Elimination.  Administration is recommending that Council support the elimination of the Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate Program, and for Essex County Council to seek approval from the Minister of Finance to enact a Regulation for Essex County to eliminate this Program, commencing for the 2018 taxation year.  This is a program where vacant buildings or units receive a break on their property taxes.

d. Fire & Rescue Services

1. Director of Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No 08-17 Re: Tecumseh Fire Services – Q3 2017 Update.  Administration provides a report regarding third quarter activities in the Fire Services area.

e. Parks & Recreation Services

1. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No 24-17 Re: Transition Timelines for the Tecumseh Corn Festival Update.  Administration is recommending that for 2018, that the Town's Administration manage the Corn Festival as a department program and as an alcohol-free 3-day event with budget fund submission in 2018, that the festival be reduced to three days (Friday to Sunday) and that the festival close at 11pm.  Following the 2018 Festival, Administration will prepare a report for Council’s consideration on the overall operations of the Festival with recommendations for future years.

f. Public Works & Environmental Services

1. Manager Engineering Services, Report No 33-17 Re: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, Funding Approval, Town of Tecumseh Storm Drainage Master Plan.  Administration was successful in obtaining $175,000 in funding from FCM for the Storm Drainage Master Plan and is recommending that Council pass a By-law to enter into an agreement to receive these funds.

2. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No 47-17 Re: Proposed Pedestrian Crossing on St. Gregory’s Road at the Intersection of Cada Crescent.  Administration reports that taking further action at this crossing is contrary to the principles of the Ontario Traffic Manual and is unwarranted based on usage.

3. Manager, Water & Wastewater, Report No 48-17 Re: Essex Region Source Protection Area, 2016 Annual Report.  This report is being supplied for information regarding our local efforts to protect our drinking water sources.

 

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

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October 10th Meeting

This week, Council begins at 5pm with a meeting of the Policy and Priorities Committee.

Delegations will include Steve Ray, General Manager; Kris Taylor, Director Corporate Strategy; Sam Martin, Conservation & Market Analyst from Essex Power, and Ernie Lamont who will be presenting with respect to an advertising-based free transit model.

There is a single report for this meeting.  Administration is recommending that Tecumseh should be the lead applicant in the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund with Essex Power Corporation and the municipalities of LaSalle, Amherstburg and Leamington, that up to $15,000 be allocated in the 2018 Budget to support the partnership and application, and that Council resolve to commit to complete a community-wide GHG inventory, targets and plan.

The full packet can be found here.

At 6pm we will discuss a proposed expansion to the Lakeview Montessori School on the site of the former St. Mark's Church rectory.  The full packet can be found here.  Following several phases of redesign the Administration reports that they are of the opinion that the development is compliant with Town regulations and appropriately addresses the neighbourhood concerns.

The full packet can be found here.

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

Communications include:

Ontario Good Roads Association.  The OGRA Board of Directors is calling for Nominations to serve on its board.

Town of Killarney.  Administration recommends that resolution of the Town of Killarney regarding changes to the Ambulance Act and Fire Protection and Prevention Act, be supported.  Effectively the Province is proposing to allow some firefighters to act as paramedics and not require separate EMS call.  It is also allowing the option of bringing patients to drop-in clinics instead of hospitals.  The concern is that both of these are expected to transfer costs from the province to municipalities as firefighters are municipally operated, and pay increases may be determined through arbitration due to a change in scope.

Reports include:

1. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 32-17 Re: 2017-2018 Tecumseh Snow & Leaf Angels Program.  Administration recommends that the Snow & Leaf Angels program continue.  Continuing is higher demand for the service vs. volunteers.  The program supports helping residents clear the right-of-way in accordance with municipal by-laws.  Administration will further work with area service groups, schools, volunteer organizations and the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to recruit volunteers (Snow & Leaf Angels).  Volunteer incentives would be funded from Administration (the expense of promotional items) and a notice for the Program will be posted on the Town’s website, Tecumseh App and Social Media pages [Facebook and Twitter], advertised in the local media and displayed on the Town’s LED signs.

2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No 33-17 Re: 2018 Council Meeting Calendar.  Administration recommends that Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 9, Tuesday, June 12, Tuesday, August 28, Tuesday, October 23 and Tuesday, December 25 be cancelled.  It is also being recommended that meetings of the Personnel and Policies & Priorities Committees be held at the call of the Chairperson and that these dates be published in the 2018 Council Meeting Calendar and EWSWA Collection Calendar with notice of the altered meeting dates be posted to the Town’s website, Tecumseh App, and linked to its Social Media Pages [Facebook and Twitter], as well as publicized in the local newspaper when practical.

3. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No 34-17 Re: Dog Control Services.  Administration recommends that an existing Agreement, respecting dog control services, entered into between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh [Town] and Philip A. Byrne be renewed for an additional three (3) years to December 31, 2020.

4. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No 21-17 Re: Cultural & Resource Centre – Expansion to Fire Station # 2 Administration recommends that an overall budget of $200,000 be set for architectural services and construction costs of a Cultural & Resource Centre Expansion to Fire Hall No. 2, to be included in the Building 5 Year Capital Projects 2018-2022.  Funding would be in the amount of $150,000 from the Infrastructure Reserve and $50,000 from the One-Time Strategic Issues LC Reserve, with the Building Lifecycle annual allocation increased by $5,000 effective the 2019 budget.  It is also proposed that Sfera Architectural Associates Inc. be retained to undertake the design and project management of the Cultural & Resource Centre project within this budget.

5. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No 22-17 Re: Community Splash Pads (3) Proposed Development.  Administration recommends the siting of three Splash Pads.  The first would be constructed before 2022 and be located at St. Mary’s Park in 2018, with Parks Lifecycle annual allocation be increased by $5,000 effective 2019.  Remaining splash pad funds for Lakewood Park South and McAuliffe Park would be brought forward to Council for consideration in the Parks 2018 – 2022 Capital Projects Report.

6. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No 23-17 Re: Tree Carving - Lakewood Park.  Administration recommends that a report be developed proposing sketches and costing for a Lakewood Park tree carving project, for the trunk of a poplar tree that was damaged this past summer.

7. Manager Planning Services, Report No 30-17 Re: Zoning By-Law Amendment and Draft Plan of Subdivision 1061160 Ontario Inc. (Santarossa) Industrial Park Scheduling of a Public Meeting.  Administration recommends the scheduling of a public meeting for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss rezoning a 29.0 hectare (71.6 acre) parcel of land situated at the north-east corner of the 8th Concession Road/County Road 42 intersection from “Holding – Business Park Zone (H)BP” to “Holding – Industrial Zone (H)M1” and “Parks and Open Space Zone (P)” to facilitate the development of the lands for an industrial subdivision.  The development is comprised of nine industrial lots, a block containing an existing woodlot/natural area and associated buffer and a block containing a proposed stormwater management facility.

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

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Riverside Drive Trail

Recently there has been some concern from residents on Riverside Drive about the prospect of a new trail linking the Ganatchio Trail in Windsor to Lakewood Park and the existing cycling facilities on Riverside east of Manning.

The idea for a trail is being put out for discussion for a few reasons:

1)  With Canada Post's decision to eliminate home delivery, residents on Riverside and some of the side streets like Pinewood have to walk to adjacent streets to reach their mail.  There's a lot more demand now for pedestrian facilities on Riverside Drive than there was prior.

2)  There is a sidewalk on the north side of Riverside Drive.  The water from the road currently drains down onto the sidewalk as it is higher.  The sidewalk frequently has spots under water.  In the wintertime this ponding is further concerning because it could become ice.  There is no easy solution.  The sidewalk as a whole needs to be raised if it is to be drier.

3)  The County-Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) was developed over the past few years.  One of the recommendations was to construct bicycle lanes on Riverside Drive between the City of Windsor limit and Lakewood Park.  This fills a cycling facility gap.

There is a good case to be made that our present day circumstances for both walking and cycling are not ideal.  If Tecumseh builds the bicycle lanes, it's a cycling improvement but the new area for water to run off from may end up onto the sidewalk and make that problem worse.

By considering a trail both cycling and walking are addressed at the same time with expected economies of scale on cost.  It is for this reason that the idea for a trail is being pursued in lieu of the two separate projects.

A public meeting was hosted on September 13th.  I had the chance to speak with several residents at that meeting, with a good distribution between those living right on Riverside Drive and those who live elsewhere but had an interest in the trail.

The stage that concluded today was Step 1 of many to come.  The concept drawings for a trail and what it would look like needed to be put on paper to give an idea of what it would look like.  Concepts were developed for both the north and south side of Riverside Drive.  Only one would be pursued.  Both scenarios have major challenges that need to be overcome.  With the comments that have been received so far, the consultant, Bezaire Partners, will come to a recommendation about what side of Riverside Drive to focus efforts on for a design.  This will be brought back further for public input and further refinement based on comments received.

In the event that a design is finalized, then Council would need to prioritize this work among the many infrastructure works being sought out.  As this is not maintenance-related, it is not part of any current operational program funded by your property taxes.  It would have to come from grants and accounts like our New Infrastructure Fund, that already have several projects aiming to use the same dollars.

Consequently:

1)  Public engagement is not over.  We concluded our opportunity to comment about the general idea of a trail on Friday September 29th.  This cutoff is so that Bezaire and Associates can read the comments and recommend what to focus on, and abandon design concepts that do not work.  They may need a lot of time to figure this out.  We don't know how long it may take.  There will be more opportunity to have a voice when there is an actual, tangible proposal on the table.

2)  Funding is not allocated.  Council needs to decide whether this project is funded or not.  It can't make that determination until there is detailed design that will address issues like electrical poles, drainage, adjacent property impacts, etc.  This can only happen at the conclusion of the consultation process.

3)  Private property is not expected to be directly affected.  The concepts shown do not show a need for property taking.  The Town's existing road allowance has room for this trail on either side.

4)  Property values are determined by market sales.  Improvement to our facilities in the right-of-way may be attractive to some families or individuals.

You can see the specific design concepts yourself at the Town website here.

In the meantime you can continue to send your comments and concerns my way to keep me informed.  I can then let you know when the next opportunity to comment officially will be.  I expect that the time to refine the comments received so far and make a recommendation will be extensive.  It is destined to be quite a difficult task.  

I would be pleased to speak further on this with you at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

Cheers!

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September 26th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 6pm.

We begin with a Public Meeting regarding the 8th Concession Road Sanitary Sewer. Right now these properties are generally on septic systems. It is desirable from an environmental and land development standpoint that sanitary sewer service be extended to these properties. They are generally industrial in nature or are expected to be. Only benefitting properties are intended to contribute to the cost of this sewer. Costs are intended to be assessed to most properties based on their acreage. Residential properties will be per lot. Administration is recommending that a public meeting be hosted to solicit comments from benefitting property owners and that a further report be tabled.  The full packet can be found here.

At 7pm, regular business begins.

In our communications, Council will receive from Essex County their resolution regarding the Essex County Library Reserve Funds Administration. Tecumseh's share of the surplus from the Library Strike is $119,839. Essex County will release the funds to the town on approval by the Essex County Library Board for how it intends to be spent.

We only have one report this week. The Chief Administrative Officer is recommending that Council consider a Town Hall Expansion at an estimated cost of $2.81M to be funded through reserves. In addition, the Building Lifecycle annual allocation would be increased by $50,000 effective for the 2019 budget year.

The full packet can be found here.

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

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