October 8th Meeting

This week, #Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm.  We shall begin with a discussion surrounding the Ontario Provincial Police Billing Model.  The presentation surrounding the model can be found here.  Tecumseh's policing costs have been below the provincial average cost in recent years, being $348 per household in 2019.  Sgt. Peter J. Marshall, Contract Analyst / Transition Coordinator, Municipal Policing Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police will be our delegation.

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

Delegations include:
1. Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services  Re: Southwestern Ontario in Motion - Outstanding Community Partner Recognition

2. Jamie Dow, Supervisor of Transportation Services Community Support Centre of Essex County Re: Funding AgreementCommunications - For Information
1. Township of North Glengarry dated September 23, 2019 Re: Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline.  North Glengarry requests that for Pupil Accommodation Reviews, that the economic impact of a school closure on a municipality be considered before a school is closed; that there be proven value to the student when considering a school closure, including greater access to amenities, services, and learning opportunities (i.e., after school work, coop programs etc.); that multiple options be allowed to be considered during the Pupil Accommodation Review Process; and that students being removed from their community be the absolute last resort, with all efforts being exhausted for school boards to share amenities and space before a child is transported out of their community. 

2. Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus dated October 1, 2019 Re: Provincial Priorities and Current Initiatives.  The Western Ontario Warden's Caucus provides its report supporting an improved inter-community bus system, sustainable funding to support asset management, eliminating the funding gap for the delivery of care, and the operational restrictiveness of the Long Term Care Homes Act for all public sector licensees together with a real solution to the unintended consequences of the Age-In-Place Strategy and flexibility to the staffing requirements outlined in Regulation 79/10, continue supporting and investing in the vision to empower communities to
access global opportunities through local, ultra-high speed connections, and support greater economic prosperity across Southwestern Ontario by investing in local and regional economic development strategies, providing infrastructure needed for business expansion and attraction, addressing labour market shortages, and
supporting land use planning policies that encourage responsible growth.

3. City of Hamilton dated September 30, 2019. Re: Consumer Packaging.  Hamilton supports the Kitchener resolution to lobby the Federal Government, to review regulations related to consumer packaging on single-use wipes to remove the word flushable.

4. Douglas Ryan Drouillard, Past President of Tecumseh Area Historical Society dated September 30, 2019.  Re: County of Meath, Ireland.  Mr. Doug Drouillard recently visited Meath, Ireland and particularly, Oldcastle, and sends his regards for our continued twinning.

5. Ontario Good Roads Association dated October 3, 2019 Re: Nominations for Directors.  The Ontario Good Roads Association reports that a vacancy exists for their Board of Directors representing the South West zone.

Communications - Action Required
1. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated September 18, 2019 Administration recommends that the following individuals’ appointment to the Essex Region Source Protection Committee be endorsed:

  • Thom Hunt, City of Windsor, to be reappointed December 12, 2019; expiration of appointment December 12, 2024
  • Antonietta Giofu, Town of Amherstburg, to be reappointed December 12, 2019; expiration of appointment December 12, 2024
  • Kevin Girard, Town of Lakeshore, appointment date: February 21, 2019; expiration of appointment February 21, 2024
  • Paul Drca, City of Windsor, appointment date: November 2, 2015; expiration of appointment November 2, 2020
  • Nelson Santos, Union Water Supply System, appointment date: November 2, 2015; expiration of appointment November 2, 2020

1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2019-26 Dog Tag and Licensing Enforcement Program 2019.  Administration reports that the Dog Tag and Licensing Enforcement Program continues to be successful, with compliance increasing from 1,050 tags in 2017 to 1,627 tags in 2019.
b. CS-2019-28 2019 Local Government Week.  Administration recommends that the week of October 21 to 25, 2019, be proclaimed as Local Government Week (LGW)
in the Town of Tecumseh (Town), and that events and activities be planned for local elementary and secondary students to create awareness of local government and acknowledge its vital role and function in helping to shape the community, and further that LGW activities and events be posted on the Town’s website, and Social
Media pages (Facebook and Twitter), and furthermore that local elementary and secondary schools be invited to participate in the planned events.
c. CS-2019-29 Community Support Centre Services Agreement - Two Year Term Renewal Agreement 2020-2022.  Administration recommends renewal of the agreement with the Community Support Centre of Essex County (CSC) to provide public transportation to persons with a disability and seniors in the Town.  A By-law is recommended to execute the renewal of the agreement, and a $15,000 budget is recommended for 2020 and 2021 to provide Three Dollars ($3) per Tecumseh resident rider subsidy, up to a maximum annual contribution of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000).

2. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2019-35 Carmelita Court Development Agreement, Assumption of Services.  With completion of all municipal requirements, Administration is recommending that a resolution assuming the services for the Arbour Grove (Carmelita Court) Residential Development Agreement be approved and passed, as of October 8, 2019
b. PBS-2019-36 Summary of Proposed Changes to Provincial Policy Statement.  Administration has reviewed recent provincial legislation changes surrounding land use planning principles in Ontario and has provided a summary of the changes and recommendations to be forwarded to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

3. Financial Services
FS-2019-12 Amendment to the 2019-2023 Fire Equipment Five (5) Year Capital Works Plan.  Administration recommends that High Water Rescue Equipment, including
a Fire rescue boat and personal protective equipment, in the amount of $16,000, be funded from the Fire Equipment Lifecycle Reserve, and that an increase to the annual allocation to the Fire Equipment Lifecycle Reserve of $2,000 should be considered during the Town’s 2020 Budget process. 

Two notices of motion are to be presented:
1. Councilor Jobin - Motion - Future Planning Study - Hamlet Development Lands.  Councillor Jobin wishes to propose advancing with a Secondary Plan for the Oldcastle area, and
2. Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti - Dedicated Veteran Parking Spaces.  Deputy Mayor Bachetti wishes to propose designating certain parking spaces in the municipal parking lot adjacent to the Legion for veterans.

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

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September 24th Meeting

This week at Tecumseh Town Council, we begin at 7pm following an In Camera meeting.  The agenda can be found here.

1. Town of LaSalle dated August 26, 2019 Re: Notice of First Sitting of the Court of Revision for the Repair and Improvements to the 3rd Concession Drain.  LaSalle is hosting a meeting of the Court of Revision for the 3rd Concession Drain which includes some properties within Tecumseh on Thursday, October 3, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at LaSalle Town Hall, 5950 Malden.  Affected residents received notification.
2. Township of Larder Lake dated August 27, 2019 Re: Requesting that the Ministers and the Premier offer electronic delegations to small and rural Municipalities that do not have sufficient budget to attend conferences.  Larder Lake is requesting that meetings with the Premier and Ministers be available through electronic means to help reduce the cost of travel for those municipalities that are in remote areas.
3. Township of Zorra dated September 4, 2019 Re: Continuation of the Programs of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.  Zorra supports continuation of the programs of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, both mandatory and non‐mandatory, and that no programs of the UTRCA or of the other Conservation Authorities in Ontario be “wound down” at this time.
4. Town of Lakeshore dated September 4, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting.  Lakeshore is hosting a Public Meeting regarding a rezoning for the Tecumseh Golf property wherein a site-specific mixed use zone and relief from multiple zoning provisions, including building setbacks, height, parking, gross floor area, building separations, minimum lot area/ frontage, lot coverage, landscaping etc. is being requested.  
5. City of Kitchener dated September 5, 2019 Re: Council Resolution regarding single-use disposable wipes.  Kitchener is requesting national regulations related to consumer packaging on single-use wipes to remove the word flushable (as they are not actually flushable in any beneficial manner).
6. Municipality of Hastings Highlands dated September 12, 2019 Re: Mandatory Septic System Reports.  Hastings Highlands is requesting a septic re-inspection program that generates reports including requirements such as a visual inspection by the operator on type of system, time, date, location, and noticeable system problems to reduce to ongoing requirements for creating new reports.
1. Waste Reduction Week in Canada dated September 11, 2019.  Administration recommends that October 21-27, 2019 be proclaimed as “Waste Reduction Week” in the Town of Tecumseh.
2. Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Fall Policy Forum, October 24-25, 2019 dated September 12, 2019.  Administration recommends that the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to attend the AMO Fall Policy Forum in London, Ontario from October 24 to 25, 2019, subject to the Town’s Travel and Professional Development Policies, as well as funding in the 2019 Budget.
3. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated September 12, 2019.  Administration recommends that the September 9, 2019 resolution passed by the Council of Chatham-Kent expressing strong support for Legal Aid Ontario and its funding of Ontario’s community legal clinics, which provide legal services to low income and vulnerable Ontarians, be supported.
4. Town of Newmarket dated September 17, 2019.  Re: More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 - Bill 108 proposed Regulations.  Administration recommends that the September 9, 2019 resolution passed by the Council of Newmarket requesting the Province release final drafts of the regulations associated with Bill 108 with a consultation period of no less than three months be supported.
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September 10th Meeting

#Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a Public Meeting for a redevelopment proposal of the former Victoria School.  

Public comment will be received regarding the proposal to build residential condominium development on a parcel of land located at 12433 Dillon Drive.  The application for the proposed Official Plan amendment is requesting a redesignation of the parcel of land from "Community Facility" to "Residential" to accommodate the proposed development.

The associated proposed Zoning By-law amendment is requesting to change the zoning from "Community Facility Zone" and "Residential Zone 1 (R1)" to a site specific "Residential Zone 3 (R3-16)". The proposed R3-16 zone would permit the proposed residential uses and establish various site specific zone provisions.  In addition, the proposed rezoning would add a definition for the term "stacked townhouse dwelling unit" to the definitions section of Tecumseh Zoning By-law 1746.

The developer and several area residents will also be attending as delegations to the meeting.

The reports and comments submitted can be found here.

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

Tom Kitsos, Director Financial Services & Chief Financial Officer, will speak as a delegation regarding the 2020 Pre Budget Council Consultation.  Administration is projecting a 3.14% increase to the municipal levy for 2020 based on status quo financial planning.
Town Council will consider receiving the following communications:
1. Norfolk County Letter dated August 13, 2019  Re: Request for Provincial Response to Address Leaking Gas Wells.  Norfolk County is soliciting provincial funding to help address leaking gas wells to offset costs incurred municipally.
2. Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury dated August 14, 2019 Re: The Never Forgotten National Memorial.  Bradford-West Gwillimbury advises of their support for the memorial to develop commemorative programming, exhibits and monuments at a site on Cape Breton Island as a place of remembrance and thanks for those brave individuals who lost their lives far from home;.
3. Public Notice dated August 22, 2019.  Re: Notice of Intention to Remove Holding "H" Zone Symbol.  This is notification for the Harbour Club development at the former Pud's Place Marina.  An "H" holding zone is applied to approved zoning changes until conditions are met to remove.
4. Township of McKellar dated July 16, 2019 Re: Municipal Amalgamation. McKellar is petitioning the Province to not pursue additional municipal amalgamations.
10. Town of Kingsville dated August 23, 2019 Re: Town of Kingsville support of Town of Halton Hills’ Resolution regarding Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities.  Kingsville endorses a Halton Hills proposal to implement a deposit/return program for all single use plastic, aluminum and metal drink containers and further, that the Province review current producer requirements and look for extended producer responsibility for all packaging.
11. Mayor Gary McNamara dated August 26, 2019 Re: Letter to Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long Term Care regarding Mega Hospital.  Mayor McNamara reiterates support for the proposed regional hospital on behalf of Town Council.
12. Mayor Gary McNamara dated August 21, 2019.  Re: Letter of appreciation to Minister Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, regarding announcement of widening Provincial Highway No. 3.  Mayor McNamara thanks the Province for committing to the long-delayed investment in widening Highway 3.
13. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated September 4, 2019 Re: Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Minister Steve Clark provides an update regarding implementation of the Bill and various associated regulations including allowance for Additional Residential Units in single detached family homes.
14. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated September 5, 2019 Re: Upper Little River Watershed Master Drainage and Stormwater Management Plan.  ERCA has been revising the previously completed Plan for drainage in the area near the Little River and advises of its intent to file a notice of completion in the fall.
Pre-approval of participation by members of Town Council in the following conferences is recommended.  AMO AGM & Annual
Conference, August 16 - 19, 2020 Ottawa, ON; FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show, June 4 - 7, 2020 Toronto, ON; Festivals and Events Ontario Conference, February 25 - 27, 2020 Richmond Hill, ON; Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiatives Annual Meeting and Conference
To be determined. Quebec City, QC; OGRA Annual Conference February 23 - 26, 2020 Toronto, ON; OSUM Conference and Trade Show, To be determined; ROMA Annual Conference, January 18 - 21, 2020 Toronto, ON.
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August 13th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 6:30pm with the Court of Revision.  We are considering the assessment of drain cleaning charges to abutting properties.  The reports regarding the Court of Revision meeting can be found here.

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

Delegations include

  1. the Youth Advisory Committee and Senior Advisory Committee, speaking to Annual Accomplishments and Initiatives
  2. Majors McGuire Inc, Ron McGuire Re: Fire Facility Use Agreement
  3. Watson & Associates Economists Ltd., Gary Scandlan Re: Development Charges By-law (Note: This delegation will be heard at 8:00 pm.)

Communications - For Information includes: 
a. Enwin Utilities Ltd. dated July 18, 2019 Re: Reintroduction of Fluoridation.  Enwin formally advises the Town of LaSalle of the decisions by both Tecumseh and Windsor to reintroduce fluoride to the water supply.

b. Town of Lakeshore dated July 18, 2019 Re: Notice of the Passing of a Zoning By-Law Amendment.  This notice concerns the proposed Holiday Inn Express and Suites located on the current Tecumseh Golf property on the north side of Amy Croft Drive near Manning Road.

c. James Sylvestre Development Ltd Letter dated July 19, 2019 Re: Development Charges Background Study dated June 13, 2019.  James Sylvestre Development Ltd. supplies comments regarding the proposed Development Charges By-Law.  The company identifies several concerns with the recommended approach of the municipality.

d. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing dated July 22, 2019 Re: Provincial Policy Statement Review - Draft Policy.  Minister Steve Clark advises of a provincial review of the Provincial Policy Statement that governs decision-making relevant to planning and land development decisions in the Province of Ontario. 

e. Town of Lakeshore dated July 25, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting.  Melvin Orr Trucking is requesting the addition of a new barn located on their property.  There will be a public meeting held on August 13th at 6pm, at the Lakeshore Town Hall.

Reports include:

Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2019-05 Municipal Modernization Fund Allocation.  Administration recommends that Council authorize Municipal Modernization Fund expenditures ($620,201) of up to $50,000 for the purchase, installation and annual support and maintenance fees (2019 and 2020) of eSCRIBE software and hardware required to implement Council meeting webcasting as per Report CS-2019-10.  Administration is recommending allocating the remainder of the funds towards a variety of projects related to:

  • Town Hall Expansion
  • Online property tax inquiry service
  • Cityworks Work Order Management
  • Water Oasis Payment solution
  • Online permit payment
  • Organizational Review
  • Corporate Dashboard Reporting
  • Mobile Technology
  • Speed Control Devices
  • ConsignO Cloud Digital Signature Software
  • Community LED signs
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Citizen Satisfaction Survey
  • Community Engagement

Corporate Services & Clerk
1. CS-2019-07 2020 December Holiday Schedule.  Administration is recommending that the Tecumseh Town Hall Offices close for the 2020 December Holiday Season from Thursday, December 24, 2020, through to and including Friday, January 1, 2021.
2. CS-2019-12 Closed Meeting Investigator Appointment - 2020.  Administration recommends that the Closed Meeting investigator Appointment change from Local Authority Services to the Ontario Ombudsman effective January 1, 2020 for a cost savings of $17,500, be reallocated to the Integrity Commissioner Reserve.
3. CS-2019-18 Call for 2019 Award Nominations.   Administration recommends that paragraph 4.02 of the Awards Policy No. 2 be amended such that a Special Meeting of Council (or a Committee comprised of Members of Council) will be held on the fourth Tuesday of November each year, either before or after the Regular Meeting of Council, in order that the members may review the nominations and select the award recipient for each of the awards;
And further that nominations received for the Awards be considered at a Special Meeting of Council (or a Committee comprised of Members of Council) to be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 6:00 pm.
4. CS-2019-20 Advisory and Statutory Committees - Call for 2020 Applications.  It is recommended that a Notice of Call be issued for Applications for the:

  • Committee of Adjustment;
  • Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee;
  • Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee;
  • Heritage Committee;
  • Senior Advisory Committee; and
  • Youth Advisory Committee;

Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2019-07 Majors McGuire Confined Space Training Facility Rental.  The Acting Fire Chief supplies a report regarding Major McGuire’s proposal to utilize the Town of Tecumseh Fire Department facilities for confined space rescue training at regular rental rates.

Financial Services
1. FS-2019-09 Water and Sanitary Billing.  Administration recommends that performance of the Water and Sanitary billing and collection function for the Town continue to be provided by Essex Powerlines Corporation (EPC) for the 2019 and 2020 budget years; and that the Water and Sanitary billing and collection function be reviewed by Administration for the 2021 budget year. 
2. FS-2019-10 Budget Variance Report - June 2019.  Administration reports that the 2019 Quarter 2 Variance analysis projects a year-end surplus of $331,000 (Tax Supported surplus $183,000 and Rate Supported surplus $148,000).

Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2019-27 Tecumseh Transit Service, January to June Statistical Review.  Versus previous years, there are more users of the Tecumseh Transit service.  It is believed that this is the result of an increase in student attendance at schools in Windsor.
2. PBS-2019-28 Six Month Permit Report.  Construction value was reported at $12,725,965, which is down by $3,211,523 or 20 percent over last year.  There have been 183 permits issued to date versus 253 for the same period last year.
3. PBS-2019-26 2019 Development Charges, Results of Public Meeting and Final Recommendation.  Administration recommends that the 2019 Development Charges Background Study, dated June 13, 2019, as amended (if applicable), as prepared by Watson & Associates Economists Ltd, be received and approved.
4. PBS-2019-25 Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, Briday Developments, Scheduling of a Public Meeting.  It is recommended that the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., in accordance with the Planning Act for applications submitted for the former Victoria School property.  The proposal is to redesignate the property from “Community Facility” to “Residential”; and to rezone the subject property from “Community Facility Zone (CF)” and “Residential Zone 1 (R1)” to a site-specific “Residential Zone 3 (R3-16)”; to facilitate the development of the lands for a 63-unit residential condominium development consisting of five, two-storey townhouse dwellings totalling 23 units and two, three-storey stacked townhouse dwellings totalling 40 units.
5. PBS-2019-29 CIP Grant Funding Request, 12222 Tecumseh Road, Parking Lot Improvements.  Administration recommends that the Grant Application for 12222 Tecumseh Road (Roll No. 374406000001800), be deemed eligible and approved for the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Parking Area Improvement Grant Program for a total amount of $10,000 toward the parking lot improvements being proposed, in accordance with PBS-2019-29.

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

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July 23rd Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 6:30pm with a meeting to discuss the Wellwood Drain.  The agenda can be found here.

Administration presents and recommends receipt of a report concerning the completion of a Drainage Study for the cleaning of the Wellwood Drain, prepared by R.C. Spencer and Associates.  The next step would be the hosting of a Court of Revision Meeting on August 13, 2019, wherein property owners will have opportunity to dispute assessed charges.

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

The delegations include:
Marianne Love of M.L. Consulting regarding the Council Compensation Review and the Committee's report.
Conclusions of the review are:
  • The 2018 base pay remuneration for Elected Officials at Tecumseh is the same or higher relative to the comparator group identified.
  • Base pay for the Deputy Mayor and Councillor positions is higher than the 65th percentile of the comparator group (22% and 13% respectively).
  • The 65th percentile target (P65) is a reasonable pay target for base pay having regard to local area practice and the comparator group.
  • Other elements of compensation are generally competitive, including health and life benefit coverage, technology, travel and professional development.
Recommendations are:
  • That base pay for the Elected Official positions be adjusted to offset the removal of the 1/3 tax free treatment, effective January 1, 2019, and
    that the adjustment be removed in the event that the CRA provision is repealed.
  • That Council continue the practice of adjusting base pay for the Elected Official positions annually by using the % adjustment provided for the
    Management/Non-union Salary Grid; however, Council may wish to consider a varied economic adjustment for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and/or Councillor position in 2019 and future years to normalize the base pay for the three positions and become more aligned with comparator practice and the 65th percentile (i.e.,100% of the economic adjustment for the Mayor, 50% for Councillor and 25% for Deputy Mayor) 
  • That an external review be conducted once every four years using a Community Advisory Committee, a Consultant and comparator data; the next
    review being during the next term of Council (2022-2026)
  • That Council consider revising the comparator group when the comparators for the Management/Non-union compensation change.
  • That Council consider providing more itemization of the remuneration and benefits in the Annual Statement of Council Remuneration.
In addition, Director of Parks and Recreation, Paul Anthony, and Manager Recreation Programs and Events, Kerri Rice, will present regarding the Tecumseh Corn Festival.  The presentation can be found here.  This year's entertainment will include Fred Penner, Pretzel Logic and Christee Palace.  There will also be a new festival layout with vendors placed adjacent to the main path.
a. Town of Lakeshore dated June 18, 2019 Re: Notice of the Passing of a Zoning By-Law Amendment.  Lakeshore has rezoned the former Cedarhurst Landscaping property to house a Transport Trucking Company terminal on Manning Road.
b. Town of Lakeshore dated June 25, 2019 Re: Notice of Complete Application and Public Meeting.  Lakeshore advises of a proposed rezoning for a hotel on the Tecumseh Golf property at the corner of Amy Croft Drive and Manning Road.
c. Town of Kingsville dated July 5, 2019 Re: Support for New Regional Hospital in Windsor-Essex.  Kingsville has resolved to support the proposed new Regional Hospital location.
d. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario dated July 8, 2019 Re: Nominate an Outstanding Ontario Physician in Your Community.  The College is requesting nominations for their Council Award.  The deadline for receipt of nominations is September 30, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 
e. Local Planning Appeal Tribunal dated July 17, 2019 Re: Del Duca Industrial Park Ltd.  The LPAT has approved the consensus development plan for the Del Duca property.
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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;
• 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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