July 11th Meeting

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

We will be discussing the following:

DELEGATIONS

  • Hannah Ruuth & Kristi Koutros, Youth Advisory Committee
  • Doug Drouillard & Paul Morand, Senior Advisory Committee

COMMUNICATIONS FOR INFORMATION

a. Town of Lakeshore Re: Notice of Public Meeting.  This notice is to advise of a public meeting to consider turning the planned Marijuana facility on Manning Road south of Hwy 401 into a Film Studio for a period of three years.  The meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday July 11th.

b. Township of Lake of Bays Re: Resolution of Support Requesting the Tax-Exempt Portion of Remuneration Paid to Local Officials be Reinstated.  Town Council members cannot claim deductions for expenses incurred to fulfill their duties (ex. this website, gasoline/vehicle).  The federal government has previously allowed a blanket tax exemption for municipal councillors of 1/3rd of their council pay in lieu.  In this year's budget this was taken away entirely.  Lake of Bays wishes to see it reinstated and is asking for support.

c. Town of Amherstburg Re: Notice of Passing of a Zoning By-law.  This By-law allows breweries and cideries to operate in agricultural areas.

d. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Re: Nominate an Outstanding Ontario Physician in your Community.  The College wishes to recognize outstanding physicians and is soliciting nominations from the community.  The deadline is October 2, 2017 at 5pm.  Information can be solicited from CPSOaward@cpso.on.ca

e. Ministry of Education Re: Plan to Strengthen Rural and Northern Education.  The province has announced a moratorium on rural school closings until a new planning process is set up.

f. International Joint Commission Canada and United States Federal Budget Strategy Re: Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, and

g. Office of the Prime Minister Re: Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.  These letters acknowledge receipt of our communications expressing concerns with reduced federal Great Lakes remediation funding.

REPORTS

a. Corporate Services & Clerk

1. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 16/17 Re: Essex Power Corporation, Appointment of Proxyholder for Shareholders' 2017 Annual Meeting.  Administration is recommending that Mayor McNamara be designated to have voting rights at the Annual Meeting of Essex Power, and that lay appointee Tom Burton serve as the alternate.

2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 17/17 Re: Tecumseh BIA Night Market.  The Tecumseh Business Improvement Area Board of Management [BIA] is hosting on Friday July 14th the next Tecumseh Night Market at the Tecumseh Town Centre Plaza, and consequently are requesting relief from the Noise By-law between 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and from the Sign By-law from Friday, July 14 through Saturday, July 29, 2017, in order to display 24-inch by 18-inch size signs at the following Town owned locations: BIA Parkette, Tecumseh Arena, Lakewood Park, Poisson Parkette, Lacasse Park, Chippewa Park, and Green Acres Park; and to display a 5-foot by 3-foot sign on the fence located on the north side of the Tecumseh Town Centre Plaza facing County Road 22 subject to the concurrence of the County of Essex.

3. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 18/17 Re: Storyboard - Harold Rindlisbacher.  The Rindlisbacher family requesting approval for placement of a Storyboard regarding former Village of St. Clair Beach Councillor and Deputy Reeve, Harold Rindlisbacher, and his dedication to preserving the former Lakewood Golf Course as green space, located at Lakewood Park on the north side.

b. Parks & Recreation Services

1. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No. 14/17 Re: Update to Tecumseh Parks By-Law No. 2009-13.  Administration is recommending that our by-law be updated to recognize that fishing can be allowed at Lakewood Park.  Currently it is prohibited.

c. Public Works & Environmental Services

1. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No. 37/17 Re: Sanitary Sewer Collection System Rehabilitation Project Sole Source – Manhole Inspections & Rain Catcher Installations.  Administration is recommending contracting one-time services with the Ontario Government's Clean Water Agency in order to complete wastewater system manhole inspections, supply and install rain catchers and replace damaged manhole covers, all to reduce the inflow in the Town’s wastewater system.

For questions on these or other municipal items, please feel free to contact me at 226-773-1910 or adowie@tecumseh.ca

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June 27th Meeting

This week, the public meeting of Council begins at 6pm.

The first order of business is a statutory meeting to consider the rezoning at 11941 Tecumseh Road. There is a proposal to allow an apartment building of up to five storeys in height and a maximum of 51 residential dwelling units and one live/work unit, along with associated on-site surface parking. Currently, in the official plan, it is contemplated to be General Commercial Zone (C3) and it is being requested that this zoning be changed to General Commercial Zone (C3-14) which allows for apartment buildings. The nature of the development would be very similar to the recent 53-unit apartment development approved for next door, however at this time there are no renderings to show what the building would look like. The full packet can be found here

At 6:30pm the Court of Revision meets to discuss assessing property owners living adjacent for the Repair and Improvement to the East McPherson Drain in response to a resident request for cleaning. The packet can be found here

At 6:45pm Council meets to discuss the Repair and Improvement to the Webster Drain in response to a resident request for cleaning. The packet can be found here

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

Delegations include:

  1. Cynthia Swift, CPA, KPMG Re: 2016 Audited Financial Statements; 
  2. Kenneth Coulson Re: 2017 Senior of the Year; 
  3. Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) CEO, Gordon Orr, and Vice President Tourism Programs & Development, Lynnette Bain Re: TWEPI 2016 Year in Review. The latter presentation, Plenty of Reasons to Visit Windsor Essex - Video, can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0Tuv5GLOT86c1pIa1A5OXNVbXM/view?usp=sharing
  4. Roger Demars Re: Proposed Parking Restrictions on the East Side of Pentilly Road
  5. Fiona Bryden Re: Proposed Parking Restrictions on the East Side of Pentilly Road

Communications include:

  • a. Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat Re: 2017 Ontario Senior of the Year Certificate. The Ontario Government has recognized Mr. Kenneth Coulson as a 2017 Ontario Senior of the Year.
  • b. City of St. Catharines Re: Canada's 150th Birthday (Flags). St. Catherines is seeking a sales tax exemption for Canadian Flags.
  • c. Ontario Municipal Board Re: Decision Issued, Nabbout v. Tecumseh (Town). This reflects a notice of the Ontario Municipal Board that a hearing will be held on this issue, which is an appeal of the Del Duca rezoning decision to allow industrial development on North Talbot Road west of Weston Park. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10 a.m.
  • d. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Re: Speed Reduction on 400 Series Highways in Inclement Weather. Leeds-Grenville is seeking speed reduction measures for vehicles in case of inclement weather on Ontario freeways.
  • e. County of Essex, Notice of Decision Re: Official Plan Amendment No. 38 - Town of Tecumseh Official Plan,
  • 11957 Tecumseh Road. Essex County approves the Official Plan amendment supporting the new apartment building on Tecumseh Road west of Shawnee.
  • f. OPG Nuclear Re: Ensuring Safe, Permanent Solution to Manage Nuclear Waste. Ontario Power Generation advises that it is willing to discuss their plans for burial of nuclear waste near the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site.
  • g. Town of New Tecumseth Re: Ontario Carbon Tax. New Tecumseth has asked the Province of Ontario to have the Climate Change mitigation measures broken out as a separate line item in electrical bills and is seeking Council's support. Administration is not recommending same.
  • h. Town of Amherstburg Re: EMS Services. Amherstburg is seeking out a report explaining alleviating differences that municipalities pay for ambulance services in Essex County.
  • i. Town of Essex Re: Request for Province to Halt All Wind Turbine Approvals in Unwilling Host Communities. The Town of Essex is requesting support for a prohibition of wind turbine construction in municipalities that do not want them.
  • j. Kevin Ryan Re: Parking on Pentilly. Mr. Ryan opposes the changes to parking that were recommended by Councillor Altenhof for Pentilly.

Commnications where action is required include:

  • a. Town of Shelburne, Re: Highway of Heroes. Administration recommends that the challenge by the Town of Shelburne be accepted, and that authorization be given to the purchase of a ‘Hero Tree’ in the amount of $150 for planting of along the Highway of Heroes.
  • b. Township of Essa, Re: New Driver Sign. Administration recommends that the April 19, 2017 Resolution by the Council of the Township of Essa respecting New Driver signs, be received, as recommended by the Tecumseh Police Services Board (PSB 24/17).

Reports include:
a. Chief Administrative Officer Re: Supplementary Report on Ontario Power Generation Deep Geological Repository. This report provides further information regarding the planned storage of nuclear waste near the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant site.

b. Corporate Services & Clerk

  1. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 13/17 Re: Farm Lease Agreement - John Nostadt, 2017 Crop Year. Administration is recommending that the Town enter into a one year term Lease Agreement with John Nostadt, of Nostadt Stock Farms (Nostadt), to farm the Town’s 18 acres of farmland located on the south side of Baseline Road and that By-law No. 2017-41 being a by-law to authorize the Mayor and the Clerk to execute a Farm Lease Agreement between Town and Nostadt for the 2017 Crop Year, be approved.
  2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 15/17 Re: Windsor Sports & Culture Club - 13th Annual Community Celebration - Noise By-law Exemption Request. Administration is recommending that relief be granted from the Noise By-law No. 2002-07, as amended, in order to permit the Windsor Sports & Culture Club to operate loud speakers, or sound amplifying equipment, on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for live band performances/entertainment during their annual community event celebration.

c. Financial Services

  1. Director Financial Services & Treasurer, Report No. 07/17 Re: Windsor/Essex Provincial Offences (POA) Annual Report 2016. The Town’s share of revenues in 2016 was $145,746, an improvement of $7,775 over prior year levels. 
  2. Director Financial Services & Treasurer, Report No. 08/17 Re: 2016 Annual Report on Investment and Cash Management. There was a rate of return of 1.96% in short term investments, 4.42% on long term investments, and 3.62% on medium term investments.
  3. Director Financial Services & Treasurer, Report No. 10/17 Re: 2016 Development Charge Reserve Fund Statement. Administration recommends that the 2016 Development Charge Reserve Fund Statement, prepared in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997, S.O. 1997, c. 27, s. 43, be published. The development charge reserve fund balance as of December 31, 2016 was $467,836 but these funds are earmarked for growth-related projects.

d. Parks & Recreation Services

  1. Manager Recreation Program & Events, Report No. 13/17 Re: Transition Timelines for the Tecumseh Corn Festival. Administration recommends that the Director Parks & Recreation be authorized to enter into direct negotiations with a local community organization to take over the management of the Tecumseh Corn Festival; and further that Administration prepare a report for Council’s consideration regarding the results of the direct negotiations. There was previously a RFP that solicited no bids.
  2. Manager Recreation Program & Events, Report No. 16/17 Re: Tecumseh Terry Fox Run 2017. Administration is requesting that Council consider the request from the Tecumseh Terry Fox Run organizers to waive the associated fees for the use of Green Acres Optimist Park Pavilion and Community Centre for the Tecumseh Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 17, 2017.


e. Planning & Building Services

  1. Director, Planning & Building Services, Report No. 21/17 Re: Financial Incentive Program Grant Application, Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan, 12233 Tecumseh Road (St. Anne Church), Building Façade Improvement Grant Program. Administration is recommending that St. Anne's Church be approved for a retrofit grant of $15,000.00 towards the costs associated with the façade improvements being undertaken in accordance with the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan.
  2. Director, Planning & Building Services, Report No. 22/17 Re: Financial Incentive Program Grant Application, Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan, 1125 Lesperance Road (Carrots N’ Dates Restaurant), Sidewalk Café Grant Program. Administration is recommending approval of a Sidewalk Cafe Grant for a total amount of $2,000.00 toward the costs associated with the construction and installation of an outdoor patio associated with the Carrots N’ Dates restaurant in accordance with the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan.

f. Public Works & Environmental Services

  1. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 27/17 Re: Request for Repair & Improvement to a Municipal Drain Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Dawson Drain. Administration recommends that Gerard Rood, P.Eng., of Rood Engineering Inc. be appointed Drainage Engineer for the Dawson Drain. 
  2. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No. 28/17 Re: Parking Restrictions on Pentilly Road. Administration is recommending that parking be prohibited on the east side of Pentilly Road from Riverside Drive to Beach Grove Drive, with 3. ‘No Parking’ signs be installed to convey the parking restrictions on the east side of Pentilly Road from Riverside Drive to Beach Grove Drive; that the cost to purchase and install the ‘No Parking’ signage be funded from the Public Works Operating Budget; and further that parking on the west side of Pentilly Road along with any traffic or parking-related issues including potential damages to the structural grassed shoulders on the west side of Pentilly Road, be monitored. 
  3. Manager Engineering Services, Report No. 29/17 Re: Amendment to the 2017-2021 PWES Capital Works Plan, Various Watermain Improvement Projects. Administration is recommending that the following projects be adopted for design in 2017 and construction in 2018:

    a) Mack Court Watermain Replacement $230,400
    b) Lacasse Park Watermain Replacement $327,700
    c) Tecumseh Road Watermain Abandonment $207,300
    d) Alden Crescent Watermain Replacement $154,800
    e) Hwy #3 / Roscon Industrial Drive Interconnection $157,000
    For a total of $ 1,077,200

  4. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No. 32/17 Re: Dedicated Bike Lane Pavement Markings on Lesperance Road. Administration is recommending soliciting quotations for pavement marking painting (removal and reapplication) by Water Jetting or Grinding, along Lesperance Road from Riverside Drive to McNorton Street, to create dedicated bike lanes, with a cost allocation of $112,000 for the pavement marking painting be approved with funding to be provided from the Roads Lifecycle Reserve, and that consideration be given to carrying out the pavement marking painting (removal and reapplication) on Lesperance Road from Riverside Drive to McNorton Street, to create dedicated bike lanes, in the 2018 Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan due to congestion on Lesperance Road this summer and the potential of cost savings in 2018. 
  5. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No. 34/17 250 - 253 Re: 2017 Tar & Chip Tender Award. Administration recomemnds that a contract with Shepley Road Maintenance Ltd. for the 2017 Tar & Chip Tender, in the amount of $278,450 plus HST, be accepted. Tar and chip would include 8th Concession Road: South Talbot Road to County Road 8; Sexton Sideroad: Highway 3 to South Talbot Road and Sexton Sideroad Railroad Crossing.
  6. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No. 35/17 Re: 2017 Asphalt Paving Tender Award. Administration is recommending that the low tender from Coco Paving Inc. in the amount of $829,390 plus HST, for the 2017 Asphalt Paving Tender, be approved and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to enter into a contract for the services with Coco Paving Inc. Streets include Outer Drive, Hebert Street, Juniper Court, Clarice Avenue, Mack Court, Burdick Crescent, Brouillette Court and Arlington Boulevard.

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

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May 23rd Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Council begins at 6pm.

The first meeting deals with the Reconsidered Repair and Improvement to the East McPherson Drain Report. Drain cleaning was requested for the East McPherson Drain by a property owner in the area. There was dispute among some of the owners that certain works associated with this cleaning would not be necessary. The matter is being brought back to Council for final decision.

You can read the full packet here.

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

Delegations include: Tecumseh CAO Tony Haddad Re: Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators' Long Service
Recognition Award; Randal Winters and Karen Howard, The Rotary Club of Windsor Re: Fish Fry Event; Tom Bateman and Peter Bziuk of the County of Essex Re: Intersection of County Roads 19 & 22 Improvements; and John Henderson of the Essex Region Conservation Authority Re: Upper Little River Master Plan Environmental Assessment.

Communications include:

  • a. Town of Amherstburg Re: Notice of Public Meeting to Consider a Zoning By-law Amendment. They are considering treating breweries and cideries of a similar manner to wineries in their Agricultural Zoning regulations.
  • b. Honourable Bill Mauro, MPP, Minister of Municipal Affairs Re: Proposed Building Code - Septic System Pump Out Requirement. Originally, the Province was going to require new regular inspections of septic systems as part of changes to the Building Code, however these changes have now been abandoned. 
  • c. Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Premier of Quebec Re: U.S. budget cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Each representative has responded to the letter issued and have advised that they are in communication with relevant authorities.

9. COMMUNICATIONS ACTION REQUIRED
a. Township of Essa, Re: New Driver Sign THAT April 19, 2017 Resolution by the Council of the Township of Essa
respecting New Driver signs be referred to the Tecumseh Police Services Board for review and recommendation. This request is to make it compulsory to have G1 and G2 drivers have identification in the vehicles that they are driving.

REPORTS
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1. Chief Administrative Officer, Report No. 06/17 Re: Ontario Power Generation Deep Geological Repository. This report details some of the activity surrounding the Ontario Power Generation plans to bury nuclear waste at the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant.

b. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 11/17 Re: Skate Shop Lease Agreement, Tecumseh Arena. Due to the sale of the SkatePro business, the agreement with the company requires amendment to identify the new owner.

c. Financial Services

  1. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No. 04/17 Re: 2016 Year-End Budget Variance Report. For 2016, a tax-supported surplus of $365,597 was realized and is proposed to be transferred as follows. 
  2. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No. 05/17 Re: Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan - Annual Update. This is a compulsory report prepared for the Province in which the Town's goals towards fuel and electricity reduction are measured. We have experienced good success in reducing our electrical demand. So far our reductions in natural gas and gasoline have not reached where we have targeted, so some further work is needed.
  3. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No. 06/17 Re: Budget Variance Report - March 31, 2017. A year end surplus of $46,000 is projected based on current trends.

d. Parks & Recreation Services

  1. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No. 05/17 Re: Rotary Club Fish Fry. The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) are requesting authorization to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption by patrons at Lakewood Park on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm as part of their Fish Fry; to be granted an exemption from the Town’s Sign By-law starting June 23, 2017 to permit them to advertise the Fish Fry Event in the BIA Parkette, Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena, Lakewood Park, Poisson Parkette, Lacasse Park, Chippewa Park and Green Acres Park, provided that the signs do not impede traffic site lines; and further that Relief be granted from the Noise By-law No. 2002-07, as amended, in order to permit the Rotary Club of Windsor to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment during the Fish Fry event for the purposes of musical entertainment and event announcements on Friday, July 21, 2017 between 4pm and 8pm.
  2. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No. 06/17 Re: Multi-Use Sportsplex - Proposed Next Steps. The latest estimate for this project is that it would carry a capital cost in the $22-24 million range. Depending on how successful the Town may be in soliciting grants and fundraising, building the facility could require either a 4.05%, 4.96% or 7.67% property tax increase. The facility is expected to break even on an operational basis.
  3. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No. 10/17 Re: 2017 Tecumseh Corn Festival. The Knights of Columbus is seeking permission to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption by patrons at Lacasse Park from August 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017; and the festival is seeking relief from the Noise By-law on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 3:00 pm - 1:00 am; Friday, August 25, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 am; Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 am, and Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The Festival is also looking to be granted permission to use the municipal parking lots located at Town Hall (917 Lesperance Road) and Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena (12021 McNorton Street) for Festival visitor parking.
  4. Supervisor Recreation Programs & Event, Report No. 11/17 Re: Canada 150 Celebration. The following activities are planned:

a. Canada 150 Mosaic Workshops: June 19th at the Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena and on June 20th at Tecumseh Vista Academy
b. Canada Day Weekend:

    1. Friday, June 30:
      1. A free recreational swim at the Tecumseh Leisure Pool from 1PM-3:30PM, sponsored by the Healthy Kids Community Challenge and the Tecumseh Youth Advisory Committee.
      2. Border City Barkers Dog Agility Show at Lakewood Park at 8:30PM.
      3. Fireworks display at Lakewood Park starting at dusk.
    2. Saturday, July 1:
      1. Community celebration at Lakewood Park from 1PM-4PM with free family activities, including bouncy castles, demonstrations, games, giveaways, and more.
    3. Sunday, July 2:
      1. Free outdoor concert at Lakewood Park starting at 1PM performed by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet

The Youth Advisory Committee will also be hosting a career fair in the fall as part of the Ontario 150 Grant received earlier this year.

5. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No. 12/17 Re: St. Clair College Baseball. St. Clair College is requesting authorization to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption by patrons at the Lacasse Park Baseball Diamond during home games throughout the 2017 baseball season starting June 1, 2017 through to and including August 31, 2017.

e. Planning & Building Services

  1. Director Planning & Building Services, Report No. 16/17 Re: County of Essex Agricultural Lot Size Study Related to Farm Lot Severances. Administration is recommending that Council support a minimum agricultural lot size of 40 hectares (98.8 acres).
  2. Director Planning & Building Services, Report No. 17/17 Re: Financial Incentive Program Grant Application, Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan, 1125 Lesperance Road (Lesperance Plaza Inc), Building Façade Improvement Grant Program. This plaza (ex-Big V/Family Video) is being recommended for a Building Façade Improvement Grant in the amount of $15,000.00 under the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan.
  3. Director Planning & Building Services, Report No. 18/17 Re: Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments - Final Recommendation, 2253246 Ontario Inc. (Carl Bernat), 11957 Tecumseh Road. Administration is recommending adopting the accompanying by-laws to allow the condominium development located on Tecumseh Road just west of Shawnee.
  4. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 19/17 Re: Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments, Ms. Loretta Campeau, 11941 Tecumseh Road, Proposed 5-Storey Apartment Building. A public meeting is proposed to be scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to receive concerns related to the potential development of 11941 Tecumseh Road as a multi-unit apartment building of up to five storeys in height and up to 51 residential dwelling units (assuming 119 units/ha) and one live/work unit and having a similar design and layout as that which is being contemplated for the lands located to the immediate east at 11957 Tecumseh Road. No concept drawings are available as of yet.

f. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. Director Public Works & Environmental Services, Report No. 23/17
Re: Upper Little River Master Plan Environmental Assessment, Filing the Notice of Study Completion. Consultation for this Master Plan is now complete, recommending that stormwater corridors be created to address current and future development needs in the vicinity of the Little River, and the report is now in its 30-day review for public comment.

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

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May 9th Meeting

This week, Council begins at 5pm with a special meeting concluding the Ward Boundary Review discussions.  The packet can be found here.

StrategyCorp and Administration have reviewed various other options presented for consideration but have determined that none are any more suitable than the option already approved by Council.

Beginning at 6pm there will be a special meeting surrounding the proposed development of a new auditorium addition to Lakeview Montessori School in St. Clair Beach on the site of the former St. Mark's Church Rectory.  The packet for the meeting can be found here.

At 7pm our Regular Meeting of Council begins.  The full packet can be found here.

Delegation for the evening will be Rose Rennie Re: 2017 June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism

Communications were received from :

a. The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne Re: Environmental Protection Initiatives for the Great Lakes, responding to Council's previous letter to the Province regarding Great Lakes protection initiatives.

b. Town of Amherstburg Re: Notice of Public Meeting, Proposed Housekeeping Zoning By-Law Amendment; Clarify Provisions and Correct Minor Technical Errors.

c. Town of Amherstburg Re: Notice of Public Meeting, Proposed Housekeeping Zoning By-Law Amendment; Proposed use of Shipping Containers.  Proposed regulations are consistent with what was passed here in the Town of Tecumseh.

d. Town of Amherstburg Re: Notice of Adoption of Amendment No. 4 to the Official Plan by the Town of Amherstburg 

e. Dillon Consulting Re: Town of Tecumseh, Tecumseh Storm Drainage Master Plan, Notice of Commencement.  This advises of the commencement of our Storm Drainage Master Plan study.

f. Town of Lakeshore Re: Notice of Open House and Complete Application.  This application speaks to the fenced in property just south of the OPP Station at Highway 401.  The open house will be on site on May 15th at 7pm.

g. Town of Amherstburg Re: Support for the Town of Richmond Hill's Resolution regarding Postal Banking.  The Town of Amherstburg advises of their support for the concept of Postal Banking operated by Canada Post that would serve as a bank service in small communities.

h. Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Re: 2017 Lincoln M. Alexander Award.  This letter advises that nominations are now open for the Lincoln M. Alexander Award for young Ontarians combatting racial discrimination and that the deadline is May 31st.  Visit ontario.ca/honoursandawards for more information.

i. Canadian Pacific Re: 2017 Vegetation Control Program.  Canadian Pacific advises that it will be undertaking weed control measures between May and August of this year with some efforts being undertaken to December.

REPORTS

a. Corporate Services & Clerk

1. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 06/17 Re: Changes to the Wards & Boundaries and Composition of Council.  This report was deferred from last month and recommends adoption of the by-laws necessary to complete the ward boundary review.  The new boundaries are proposed to be:

Ward 1:  North of St. Thomas, Centennial westerly, west of Meadowland/Harvest

Ward 2:  East of Centennial, Meadowland/Harvest easterly, north of VIA Rail tracks

Ward 3:  St. Thomas southerly to County Road 22, west of Meadowland/Harvest

Ward 4:  County Road 22 southerly to Canadian Pacific Railway

Ward 5:  Canadian Pacific Railway to County Road 8

2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 08/17 Re: Noise By-law Exemption Request St. Charbel Parish-Windsor.  St. Charbel at 5700 Outer Drive is requesting an exemption from the Town’s Noise By-law No. 2002-07, as amended, on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15, 2017 until 11:30 pm and Sunday, July 16, 2017 until 11:00 pm to permit music entertainment.

3. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 09/17 Re: Request for Noise By-Law Exemption, Beach Grove Golf & Country Club.  Beach Grove is requesting an exemption from the Town's Noise By-law No. 2002-07, as amended, on Friday, July 28, 2017, and Friday, August 25, 2017, to permit music entertainment until 11:30 pm

4. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 10/17 Re: Changes to the Wards & Boundaries and Composition of Council, Supplementary Report to Corporate Services & Clerk Report No. 06/17.  This report speaks to the advertising and appeal dates associated with completing the ward boundary review decision at this meeting.

b. Parks & Recreation Services

1. Director, Parks & Recreation Services, Report No. 09/17 Re: Riverside Drive & Kensington Blvd Corner Redevelopment Project and Naming Request.  It is being proposed that the corner parkette and walkway be designated as "Michael Rohrer Boulevard" in memory of past councillor Mike Rohrer.

c. Planning & Building Services

1. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 12/17 Re: Site Plan Control Agreement, V.A.C. Management Inc. and D.C. Management Inc., 1415 Lesperance Road.  Administration is recommending site plan approval of a new building for this site located on Lesperance just south of Arbour Street.

2. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 14/17 Re: Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments, 2253246 Ontario Inc. (Mr. Carl Bernat), 11957 Tecumseh Road.  Administration is recommending approval of the requisite by-law amendments for the propoesd Apartment Building located on Tecumseh Road just west of Shawnee.

3. Director Planning & Building Services & Director Public Works & Environmental Services Report No. 15/17 Re: Sumatara Investments Limited, Estates of Lakewood Park Residential Subdivision, Issue of Sidewalks and On-Street Parking.  Administration is recommending that the boulevard width on Hayes Avenue be reduced to 1.8m from 2.5m on one side of the street in order to be consistent for both sides.

d. Public Works & Environmental Services

1. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 22/17 Re: Review of Active Municipal Drainage Works, 2016 Year End Update.  This report speaks to the work that has been completed by the Town for Drain repairs.  It is acknowledged that there is a significant work backlog and that a lack of practicing Drainage Engineers in the area is resulting in a 2-4 year completion time for these works.

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

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April 25th Meeting

This week, Council begins at 7pm.  Take a look at the full packet here.  

DELEGATIONS

a. Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community, speaking to the Windsor-Essex Compassion Care Community Services and Event
b. Manager Recreation Programs & Events and Supervisor Recreation Programs & Events, speaking to the New Recreation Website - TecumsehRec.ca
c. The Hayes Family, speaking to a Canada Flag Donation

COMMUNICATIONS FOR INFORMATION
a. Municipality of Dutton Dunwich Re: Resolution Supporting Private Member's Bill of Sam Oosterhoff, MPP.  Administration is NOT recommending endorsement of a Private Members' Bill that would allow municipalities to opt out of hosting wind turbines.
b. Ministry of Transportation Re: Province-wide Network of Cycling Routes in Ontario.  Until May 12th members of the public can supply comment on the Cycle Ontario Strategy at Ontario.ca/cycling,

COMMUNICATIONS ACTION REQUIRED
a. Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Re: Federal Budget Strategy.  Administration is recommending that the model resolution provided by the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative calling on the restoration of federal funding for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence be adopted.  The Initiative is seeking to have our endorsement calling on both the Canadian and United States governments to fund Great Lakes remediation at a suitable level.

b. Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs Re: Seniors' Month in Ontario.  Administration is recommending that the month of June 2017 be proclaimed as Seniors’ Month and that the proclamation be posted to the Town’s website and social media and
further that this communication from the Minister be shared with the Senior Advisory Committee.

c. Forests Ontario Re: Ontario150 Initiatives.  Administration is recommending that Forests Ontario's celebration of Ontario150 by launching two initiatives, The Heritage Tree Program and Ontario's Green Leaf Challenge (GLC), in addition to the existing 50 Million Tree Program (50MTP), be promoted on the Town's website and social media sites.

COMMITTEE MINUTES
a. Youth Advisory Committee April 10, 2017.  The Youth Committee put on a Scavenger Hunt this past Saturday for Earth Day, and is inquiring as to a "Rock and Swim" event in late June.

b. Heritage Committee.  Progress is being made with respect to updating the Heritage Registry.

c. Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee.  The Tecumseh Coffee House is well on its way.  It will be held on Friday May 12, 2017.

d. Court of Revision.  This meeting was held to receive feedback regarding the cleaning of the Seventh Concession Drain and apportionment of costs to different property owners.

REPORTS
a. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 07/17 Re: 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections Method of
Voting.  Administration is recommending continuing with Internet and Telephone Voting for the 2018 election.  In the last election, 82% of voters chose Internet Voting.

b. Fire & Rescue Services
1. Director Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No. 05/17 Re: Tecumseh Fire Services - Q1 2017 Update.  This report speaks to some of the activities that have taken place in the Fire Department and the number of calls responded to.

c. Parks & Recreation Services
1. Director Parks & Recreation Services, Report No. 08/17 Re: Essex Region Greenway Trail Extension Tender Award.  Administration is requesting that the tender for the Essex Region Greenway Trail Extension in the amount of $474,984 plus HST be awarded to Total Source Contracting.  The Town of Tecumseh is proposed to contribute $180,000 through the Lifecycle Reserve.

d. Planning & Building Services
1. Director Planning & Building Services, Report No. 11/17 Re: Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, 2016 & 2017
Rental Housing Component of the Social Infrastructure Fund.  Administration is recommending that the Town continue its participation in the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program, 2016 and 2017 Rental Housing Component of the Social Infrastructure Fund as delivered under the existing Investment in Affordable Housing Program Extension (IAHE); that the mandatory program requirements identified under the IAHE, requiring setting the property tax rate for multi-unit residential units receiving capital program funding at the effective rate equivalent to the single-unit residential rate for the Town, be provided; and that a Municipal Housing Facility By-law to enable municipal contributions pursuant to the Municipal Act, 2001, be adopted.

e. Public Works & Environmental Services
1. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 20/17 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain, Appointment of Drainage Engineer – Shreve Drain.  Administration is recommending that Landmark Engineering be appointed Drainage Engineer to make an examination of the drainage area as submitted by the Town of Tecumseh on behalf of the Essex Region Conservation Authority for a bridge installation and to prepare a Drainage Report for the Shreve Drain (Drain) in accordance with Section 78 of the Drainage Act, including provisions for future maintenance of the Drain.
2. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 21/17 Re: Request for Repair & Improvement to a Municipal Drain, Appointment of Drainage Engineer – South Talbot & Holden.  Administration is recommending that Dillon Consulting Ltd. be appointed Drainage Engineer to make an examination of the drainage area as submitted by 1185604 Ontario Inc. and to prepare a Drainage Report for the South Talbot & Holden Outlet Drain (Drain) in accordance with Section 78 of the Drainage Act, including provisions for future maintenance of the Drain.

3. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No. 24/17 Re: Supply of Tandem Axle Truck and Snow Plow Package.  Administration is recommending that the purchase of one Tandem Axle Truck and Snow Plow Package in the amount of $282,229.95 plus HST be awarded to Team Truck Centers Ltd.

4. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No. 25/17 Re: 2017 Supply of Various Vehicles, Tender Award.  Administration is recommending that the following vehicle purchases be awarded to Oxford Dodge Chrysler (1992) Ltd.: a) Item 1: one (1) 2500 Crew Cab Pickup Truck, in the amount of $34,713 plus HST; and b) Item 2: one (1) 1500 Ext. Cab Pickup Truck, in the amount of $29,886 plus HST.

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

 

 

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April 11th Meeting

Council begins this week at 5pm.

The evening begins with a Special Council Meeting to discuss the implementation of the ward boundary review approved last week.  The new wards are:  

  • Ward 1:  Riverside to north of St. Thomas, Windsor border to Centennial
  • Ward 2:  Riverside to Via Rail Tracks, East of Centennial/Amberly/Meadowland/Harvest to Pike Creek
  • Ward 3:  St. Thomas to County Road 22, Windsor border to west of Amberly/Meadowland/Harvest
  • Ward 4:  County Road 22 to Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Ward 5:  Canadian Pacific Railway to County Road 8

The full packet can be found here.

At 6:30pm the Court of Revision meets to determine the charges assessed to property owners serviced by the Seventh Concession Drain.  The full packet can be found here.

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

Delegations are:
a. Shea Dunn & Triston MacDonald, Sunset Metal Fab Inc. regarding the Tecumseh Fire & Rescue Services Wall Sculpture
b. Anthony Corona, President, Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach regarding the Taste of Tecumseh Festival

REPORTS
a. Corporate Services & Clerk
1. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 03/17 Re: Changes to the Municipal Elections Act.  This is an information report regarding recent legislative changes surrounding elections to Municipal Council.  Some of the highlights are:

  • The Nomination Period now begins on May 1st and will run until the fourth Friday in July (July 27, 2018). The nomination period is now thirteen (13) weeks instead of the previous (37) weeks. Candidates will be required to obtain twenty-five (25) endorsement signatures from eligible electors.
  • Various changes to deadlines and dates
  • Prohibition of corporate and union donations to candidates
  • Restrictions on third party advertising
  • Authority to establish ranked ballots
  • Further authority delegated to the municipality's clerk regarding voting hours, electronic filing, and amendments to the voters' list
  • Clarity with respect to election signs and prohibitions
  • Ability to undertake recount methodology based on local needs

2. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 05/17 Re: Request for Noise By-Law Exemption - County of Essex Intersection of County Road 22 and County Road 19 [Manning Road].  Construction is pending for this intersection and the County is asking to allow contractors to work early in the morning and late at night.  The specific hours requested are not identified.

3. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, Report No. 06/17 Re: Changes to the Wards & Boundaries and Composition of
Council.  Administration is recommending finalization of the new ward boundaries and approval of the resulting by-law.


b. Financial Services
1. Director Financial Services & Treasurer, Report No. 03/17 Re: Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (OILC) Borrowing 2017.  Administration is recommending that our town's short-term financing be obtained from Infrastructure Ontario at a rate of 1.86% for the Dumouchelle / Outer Drive sanitary sewer project.

c. Parks & Recreation Services
1. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No. 02/17 Re: Taste of Tecumseh Festival 2017.  Administration is recommending that The Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach be authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption by patrons at Lakewood Park from Friday, June 16, 2017 through to and including Saturday, June 17, 2017; that it be granted an exemption from the Town’s Sign By-law starting May 1, 2017 to permit them to advertise the Taste of Tecumseh Festival in various Town parks, and that it be granted relief from the Noise By-law to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment during the 2017 Taste of Tecumseh Festival for the purposes of musical entertainment and event announcements on Friday, June 16, 2017 and Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

2. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No. 03/17 Re: Optimist Club’s Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks 2017.  Administration is recommending that the Town exempt the Victoria Day fireworks event from rental and permit fees associated with the use of the Optimist Community Centre and Green Acres Park for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach’s 2017 Victoria Day Fireworks Display be waived; and that the Town supply Ontario Provincial Police coverage.

d. Planning & Building Services
1. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 09/17  Re: Site Plan Control Agreement, Hasan Bahcheli and Emine Bahcheli - 14306 Tecumseh Road.  Administration is recommending approval of the negotiated Site Plan for a new plaza to be located on the northeast corner of Brighton and Old Tecumseh Road next to Pud's Place Marina.
2. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 10/17 Re: Supply of New Transit Bus Request for Quotation.  Administration is recommending that the Town purchase a 2017 Champion LF Transport Ford E450 Chassis V-10 6.8L Gas Cutaway Style Low Floor Accessible Community Transit Bus, supplied by Crestline Coach Ltd, at a price of $184,146.00 plus HST.

 

For questions on these or other municipal matters please be in touch with me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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March 28th Meeting

This week, Council begins at 5pm.  You can read the full packet here.

The first part of the meeting will discuss an update to the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.  Representatives from Dialog Consulting and Dillon Consulting will be on hand to show the detailed concepts being proposed.

At 6pm, a public meeting will be held to discuss a proposed five-storey condominium apartment building on the northerly portion of 43 dwelling units and one live-work unit (a dwelling unit that will double as a commercial work space) on the first floor of the building, fronting Tecumseh Road. An associated 65-space on-site parking lot is proposed to occupy the southerly portion of the subject property with access from a driveway proposed along the west side of the property.  You can read the packet here.

The regular meeting begins at 7pm and will feature regular Council business.  You can read the packet here.

Delegations are Darren Winger, Regional Advisor, Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration,Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Re: Top 100 Festival Award - Tecumseh Corn Festival and Judy Wellwood-Robson Re: Oldcastle Hamlet.

Town Council will receive communications from the Town of Amherstburg Re: Notice of Statutory Public Meeting to Consider an Official Plan Amendment OPA #4 Breweries in Agricultural Areas, and the City of Windsor regarding the 2017 Ontario Renovates Program Release.  Windsor operates this program that offers renovation subsidies for low-income residents for the Town of Tecumseh.  Administration is also recommending that the Town’s Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) representatives [or alternate Members of Council should they be unable to attend] be authorized to attend the Essex Region Conservation Foundation 29th Annual Golf Tournament, on July 20, 2017.

 

The first report will be a revisiting of the Ward Boundary & Council Structure Review - Supplementary Report that was deferred at the previous meeting.

The second report will be a summary of the 2016 Open and Closed Council Meetings. 

Number of Meetings, Agenda Items, Total Duration and Average Duration:
Regular Meeting: 20, 331, 29 hrs 33 mins, 1 hrs 28 mins
Public Meeting: 13, 53, 7 hrs 41 mins, 0 hrs 35 mins
Special Meeting: 7, 18, 10 hrs 40 mins, 1 hrs 31 mins
In-Camera: 10, 23, 6 hrs 40 mins, 0 hrs 40 mins

The third report will be a summary of how much members of Council were paid and claimed in expenses for 2016.  My record is as follows:

Paid $25,983 for Council time, plus reimbursements/expenses of $771 for professional development, $238 for seminars, and $525 for mileage to training.

The fourth report will speak to an application to the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan, Financial Incentive Program Grant Application, Development Charges Grant Program, for Carmelita Court, Blocks 4 to 6, 12M-616, Valente Development Corporation.  This is the development that was built on the former St. Anne's High School site.  The developer is requesting a Development Charges Grant for a total amount of $78,120 toward the construction of three semi-detached residential dwellings on the subject lands.

The fifth report provides a summary of By-law Enforcement statistics during the 2016 calendar year.  The total number of complaints investigated was 155, with 14 (9%) complaints remaining unresolved.

The final report speaks to the West Nile Virus Program - 2017 Funding Status in which Town Council is being asked to contribute up to $6000 to conduct larviciding (spraying for mosquitos) in an effort to combat West Nile Virus.

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

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March 14th Meeting

This week, Council begins at 6pm with a meeting to consider Repairs and Improvements to the 7th Concession Drain which links North Talbot Road to County Road 46 just east of Walker Road. You can find the packet here.

The regular meeting begins at 7pm. You can find the packet here.

DELEGATIONS
a. Tecumseh Fire and Rescue Services, Volunteer Firefighters Dan Redmond and Bassem Baalbaki
Re: Ultimate Fun Firefighter Challenge

b. St. Clair Beach Optimist Club
Re: Cheque Presentation to Tecumseh Fire Services for Summer Junior Fire Camp Overalls

c. Essex Region Conservation Authority, General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer Richard Wyma, & Chair Rick Fryer Re: 2016 Annual Report and 2017 Activities. The annual report is detailed in the meeting packet.

COMMUNICATIONS FOR INFORMATION
a. The Corporation of The United Townships of Head, Clara & Maria Re: Building Code Changes. The request is for the Province to reconsider the requirement to have septic systems pumped every 5 years.

b. Essex County Agricultural Hall of Fame Re: Agricultural Hall of Fame Annual Meeting/Induction. The letter advised that the Annual General Meeting for the organization was held on Monday, March 6th and the Induction Ceremony for the Agricultural Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, April 6th at 7pm, Harrow Exhibition Hall.

c. Ministry of Education Re: Pupil Accommodation Reviews and Support for Education in Rural and Remote Communities. The letter describes the Province of Ontario's position with respect to school closures and repurposing of closed school buildings.

d. MPAC Re: Assessing Properties in Proximity to Industrial Wind Turbines. MPAC advises that it believes that its set assessment values in the vicinity of industrial wind turbines is appropriate and that land values have not decreased due to their presence.

e. MPAC Re: 2017 Municipal Stakeholder Research
. MPAC advises that it will be consulting with municipal officials to build its next four-year strategy in anticipation of the next reassessment in 2020.

COMMUNICATIONS ACTION REQUIRED

a. Operation Life Saver Re: Rail Safety Week. Administration recommends that Operation Lifesaver’s request to promote Canada’s 15th annual Rail Safety Week, to be held from April 24 to 30, 2017 and to raise awareness
about rail safety, highlighting the ongoing commitment of communities along with rail companies, in making Canada’s rail network even safer, be supported.

b. Township of Zorra Re: Automated External Defibrillators Policy for Installation in Ontario Schools. Administration recommends that the resolution of the Township of Zorra requesting the Premier, and Minster of Education, develop a policy that enables all schools and school boards in Ontario, that allows individual elementary and secondary schools to have an AED installed in their schools, as soon as possible for the safety of our children, be supported.

c. Association of Municipalities Ontario Re: 2017 Asset Management Symposium. Administration recommends that the Members of Council be authorized to attend the 2017 Asset Management Symposium in Toronto, on April 4 and 5, 2017, in accordance with the Town’s Travel and Professional Development Policies.

d. Windsor International Airport Re: Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Administration recommends that a letter be sent to the Canadian Air Division Headquarters National Defence advising of the Town of Tecumseh’s support for the Canadian
Forces Snowbirds and other Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, to fly past the Town of Tecumseh, as low as 500 feet, as part of their air display event at Windsor International Airport on May 27-28, 2017.

 

REPORTS

Chief Administrative Office
1. Chief Administrative Officer, Report No. 03/17 Re: Strategic Priorities 2017-2018. Council met earlier this year to discuss its strategic priorities for the remainder of our term of Council. The revised report of our five strategic priorities is presented tonight for adoption. They are:
- Smart Growth: Make the Town of Tecumseh an even better place to live, work and invest through a shared vision for our residents and newcomers.
- Sustainable Infrastructure: Ensure that the Town of Tecumseh’s current and future growth is built upon the principles of sustainability and strategic decision-making.
- Health and Wellness: Integrate the principles of health and wellness into all of the Town of Tecumseh’s plans and priorities
- Continuous Improvement: Steward the Town’s “continuous improvement” approach to municipal service delivery to residents and businesses.
- Good Governance: Demonstrate the Town of Tecumseh’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.

2. Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Report No. 04/17 Re: Ward Boundary & Council Structure Review -
Supplementary Report. The final report is proposed. Ward 2 is proposed to extend westerly to Centennial and Revland. The remainder of Ward 1 would be split at St. Thomas. Ward 3 is renumbered to Ward 4 and is truncated at the Canadian Pacific Railway. Ward 4 is renumbered to Ward 5 and gains the territory between the Canadian Pacific Railway and County Road 42.

Fire & Rescue Services
1. Director of Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No. 04/17 Re: Ultimate Fun Firefighter Challenge Station 2 – May 13, 2017. Administration is recommending waiving fees for the Training Tower rental for this event, which will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Fire Station #2 on Walker Road.

Public Works & Environmental Services
1. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 17/17 Re: West Branch Delisle Drain – Tender Award. A tender for the West Branch Delisle Drain improvements in the amount of $120,655 excluding HST, is proposed to be awarded to Murray Mills Excavating & Trucking (Sarnia) Ltd. The cost of this drain improvement will be borne by benefitting residents.

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

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February 28th Meeting

Council begins at 6pm with a meeting to receive feedback regarding the use of Shipping Containers within Town limits.  The full packet can be found here.

Administration is recommending prohibiting permanent shipping container use in residential and commercial areas, but would allow for industrial storage use as follows:

  1. Shall only be permitted as accessory structures in industrial zones
  2. Shall not be used for human habitation, office use, display, advertising, screening or fencing;
  3. Shall only be located in the side yard or rear yard provided it:
    1. is screened from view from the street and abutting properties zoned other than industrial;
    2. complies with the lot coverage and accessory buildings and structures setback requirements of the zone;
    3. is not located in any required parking areas or landscaped buffer;
    4. shall be included in the calculation of lot coverage;
    5. shall not exceed a height of 3.0 metres and a length of 12.0 metres and shall not be stacked one on top of the other;
    6. the maximum number of shipping containers for accessory storage purposes on any property shall be limited to two unless the shipping containers are used in the transportation of goods and materials in which case no maximum shall apply;
    7. shall comply with the requirements of the Ontario Building Code.

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

Delegations are:

 

  1. Western Secondary School, Matt Sanders, Vice Principal and Dawn Garvey, Cooperative Education Teacher Re: Outstanding Commitment to Western’s Coop Program
  2. Essex Power Corp, Joe Barile, General Manager Re: Youth in Community Fund
  3. 2017 Proposed BIA Budget Candice Dennis, Chair, Tony Nehme, Vice Chair and Paula Rorai, Coordinator
  4. Dartis Willis, President & CEO Re: Windsor Express

 

COMMUNICATIONS FOR INFORMATION

a. Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Re: Opioid Addiction and Overdose.  The Windsor-Essex County Board of Health supports the recommendation from the Middlesex-London Health Unit to better inform Canadians about the risks of opioids, improve prescribing practices, reduce easy access to unnecessary opioids, support better treatment options, and improve the national evidence base.

COMMUNICATIONS ACTION REQUIRED

a. Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Re: Smoke-Free Ontario Amendment Act, 2016.  Administration is recommending that for Marijuana Controls under Bill 178 THAT The Tecumseh Council support the position of the Windsor-Essex County Board of Health and Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit recommending the enactment of the Smoke-free Ontario Amendment Act which received Royal Assent on June 9, 2016, as well as their suggestion to include medicinal and recreational marijuana as a prescribed substance within the regulations.  

b. Ontario Invasive Plant Council & Essex Region Conservation Authority, Re: Invasive Plant Management Workshop THAT the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to attend the Creating an Invasive Plant Management Strategy in Essex, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in accordance with the Town’s Travel and Professional Development Policies.  Administration is recommending that Council be authorized to attend this session.

c. City of Hamilton, Re: Request for Legislation to Establish Updated Guidelines for Ward Boundary Reviews and to Create an Independent Body to Conduct those Reviews.  Administration is recommending that the resolution of Hamilton City Council requesting the Province to develop legislation to establish updated guidelines for ward boundary reviews and to create an independent body to conduct the reviews, taking into consideration the principle of effective representation and having sensitivity to the relevant interest of Ontario’s rural and urban communities, be supported.

COMMITTEE MINUTES

a. Youth Advisory Committee February 13, 2017.  The Committee discussed its 2017 plans including hosting a job fair, hosting a mock Council meeting, setting up a Corn Festival booth and a sponsored skate at Tecumseh Arena.

b. Heritage Committee February 13, 2017.  The Committee made progress with respect to the Heritage Property listing and is developing ideas for Heritage Week in 2018.

c. Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee February 13, 2017.  The Committee spoke regarding the l'Essor-Tecumseh Arts Centre signage and participation in the Ontario 150 Mosaic project.

REPORTS

a. Fire & Rescue Services

1. Director Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No. 03/17 Re: Tecumseh Fire Services Lock Box Program Fee.  Administration is proposing that the Tecumseh Fire Services Lock Box Program (where spare keys are affixed to a locked box outside of the facility) be increased to $225.00 (taxes included), per Lock Box, given that the cost to acquire the box and install the box now exceeds the cost of the fee.

b. Parks & Recreation Services

1. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No. 01/17 Re: Essex Power Youth In Community Fund.  Essex Power is supplying $10,000 to the Town of Tecumseh for youth programming delivered by the Town.

c. Planning & Building Services

1. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 05/17 Re: Site Plan Control, 1808250 Ontario Limited - C/O Rosati Construction, 5515 Roscon Industrial Drive.  Council is being asked to consider approving an addition to an industrial building at 5515 Roscon Industria Drive.

2. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 06/17 Re: Site Plan Control, Beach Grove Golf Club, 14134 Riverside Drive.  Council is being asked to approve the demolition and replacement of the Pool House, as well as paving of the gravelled parking area, at Beach Grove.

d. Public Works & Environmental Services

1. Manager Water & Wastewater, Report No. 10/17 Re: Drinking Water Quality Management System Operational Plan Version 7.  Provincial law requires that our drinking water operational plans be updated in accordance with present day regulations.  The updated plan is presented for Council approval.

2. Drainage Superintendent, Report No. 11/17 Re: West Branch Delisle Drain - Tribunal Decision.  It is recommended that Council adopt an amended Drainage Report and specifications for the West Branch Delisle Drain as prepared by Mr. Gerald Rood, P.Eng., of Rood Engineering Inc., dated April 28, 2016.  There was an appeal to the original fee schedule that questioned the distribution of costs between newly severed properties subsequent to the original apportionment of costs and that appeal was sustained.  

3. Manager, Engineering Services, Report No. 12/17 Re: 8th Concession Road Trunk Sanitary & Watermain, Phase 1 Tender Award.  Administration is recommending that the tender for the 8th Concession Road Trunk Sanitary & Watermain, Phase 1 project in the amount of $3,418,000 excluding HST be awarded to Coco Paving Inc.   Because the project is under budget, the surplus is proposed to be allocated to the Road Lifecycle Reserve – increase from $1,382,440 to $1,413,413, the Watermain Reserve Fund – decrease from $1,093,315 to $1,002,982, Wastewater Sewers Reserve Fund – decrease from $2,246,650 to $1,549,615, and Bridge Lifecycle Reserve – increase from $0 to $98,442

4. Manager Water & Wastewater, Report No. 13/17 195 - 222 Re: Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Inspection Report, Tecumseh Distribution System.  Administration advises that the Ministry has inspected and approved Tecumseh's Water Distribution System.

 

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

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Feburary 14th Meeting

Council begins at 7pm this week.  You can read the full packet here.  The following items will be discussed:

 

COMMUNICATIONS FOR INFORMATION

a. Simon Bélisle, Program Manager, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.  Tecumseh is invited to participate in the Water Utility Energy Challenge, a competition between water utilities in the Great Lakes Basin to reduce energy‐related pollution emissions in water distribution systems.  We would have free access to two new state of the art technologies, the Locational Emissions Estimation Methodology (LEEM) and the Polluting Emission Pump Station Optimization (PEPSO), to help track, control and reduce energy consumption and optimize pumping systems free of charge as part of the challenge.  No action is recommended.

b. Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs re: Renewed Community-Focused Rural Economic Development (RED) Program.  This program is intended to help rural communities become better positioned to attract investment, retain and create jobs, and sustain a highly skilled workforce. The renewed RED program is part of a range of initiatives that address infrastructure, health care, education and other issues of importance to rural Ontario residents.

c. Patrick Brown, MPP Re: Natural Gas Expansion in Ontario.  MPP Brown advises that the Progressive Conservative caucus unequivocally supports natural gas distribution expansion in the Province of Ontario in opposition to current provincial directive.

d. Township of Montague.  Re: Funding for Internet Connectivity for Libraries in Ontario.  The Township of Montague requests that funding for rural internet connectivity be maintained.

e. Dave Hemingway, Reporter, The Landowner and Municipality of Central Huron Re: Industrial Wind Turbine Health Issues.  This letter/article speaks to a recent solar development in the Goderich area and area resident opposition.

f. County of Essex Re: Essex County Council Library Board Refund of Surplus Funds.  Essex County advises that the operating surplus arising from the workers' strike will be placed in reserves until such as time as the overall savings net of costs can be quantified and further direction will be supplied at that time.

g. Samaritan's Purse International Relief Re: Samaritans Purse Canada Flood Recovery Deployment for Tecumseh and Windsor.  Samartian's Purse, who helped residents free of charge during last fall's flooding event, expresses their thanks for support during their operations helping the community.

h. Municipality of Neebing Re: Carbon Tax Credits for Municipalities.  Neebing requests the Premier, the Minister of Finance and the Legislature, when considering the policies associated with carbon taxes and carbon tax credits, accrue any carbon tax credits applicable to tax-exempt private properties within Ontario municipalities, to the Municipality in which the land is situated, rather than to the property owner.

COMMUNICATIONS ACTION REQUIRED

a. Ontario Heritage Trust Re: Heritage Week 2017.  The Ontario Heritage Trust requests that the week of February 20-26, 2017, be proclaimed as Heritage Week in the Town of Tecumseh.

COMMITTEE MINUTES

a. Police Services Board January 12, 2017.  The current chair and vice-chair will continue their terms of office until 2018.  OPP report an increase in calls originating from retirement and long term care homes.  The RIDE program this year was also notable for Essex County leading the province in licence suspensions.

b. Heritage Committee January 16, 2017.  Jerome Baillargeon becomes Chair and Ian Froese continues as Vice-Chair.  Completion of the Heritage Registry is the main priority for 2017.

c. Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee January 16, 2017.  Marian Drouillard becomes Chair and Rhonda Dupuis becomes Vice-Chair.  There will be a formal unveiling of the Tecumseh-l’Essor Arts Centre Auditorium Sign on April 29, 2017.  

d. Youth Advisory Committee January 17, 2017.  Hannah Ruuth becomes Chair, Paytin Gardner becomes Secretary and Andre Ducharme becomes Treasurer.  

e. Senior Advisory Committee January 26, 2017.  Doug Drouillard becomes Chair, Paul Morand becomes Vice-Chair.  

f. Corn Festival Committee January 26, 2017.  David Lozinsky remains as Chair and Tony Corona remains as Vice-Chair.

 

REPORTS

Finance

1. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No. 01/17 - Re: Taxes Receivable - December 2016.  Tax receivables as a percentage of tax levies decreased to 5.0% at December 2016.  585 properties are in arrears representing $2,346,000.  Residential arrears have increased moderately while Commercial and Industrial arrears have decreased significantly.

Fire & Rescue

1. Director Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No. 02/17  Re: Tecumseh Fire Services 2016 Year End Overview.  In 2016, loss fires included: 6 garage / barn, 3 vehicle, 2 house / deck, 1 oven (residential), 1 industrial machine & 1 dumpster fire.  Six no loss fires were also recorded that included three grass/ditch fires, two garbage/construction bins and one lawnmower fire.

Planning & Building

1. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 01/17 Re: Annual Status Report on the Tecumseh Transit Service for 2016.  Total ridership this past year was 27,003 (see Figure 1 below). This figure represents a 1,843 decrease in ridership from 2015 when total ridership was 28,846, and is the lowest yearly total since 2011.  Decreases were mainly at Tecumseh Mall and the Corn Festival.   Tecumseh Mall accounted for just under half of the passenger trips, followed by Southfield Drive, the Tecumseh Road/Tecumseh Medical Centre, the Zehrs Plaza, the municipal parking lot on Tecumseh Road (at St. Anne’s Street), East Pointe Trails Plaza/Sobey’s Plaza and Cada Library/L’Essor Secondary School.  A new kneeling bus is set to be purchased this year.

2. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 02/17 Re: Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments, 2253246 Ontario Inc., 11957 Tecumseh Road - Proposed Five-Storey/44- Unit Apartment Building.  Administration proposes the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the impacts of building an apartment building at this location, on Tecumseh Road just west of Shawnee.

3. Manager Planning Services, Report No. 03/17 Re: Site Plan Control Approval, BK Cornerstone / Vortex Snow Removal Inc. - 13405 Desro Drive.  Administration is recommending that the site plan developed for 13405 Desro Drive which involves an industrial addition to the building and second story be approved.

4. Manager Building Services & Chief Building Official, Report No. 04/17 Re: 2016 Year End Permit Report.  Construction value is reported at $51,359,667 which is $3,821,368 lower than the $55,181,035 construction value reported last year.  A total of 100 new dwelling unit permits were issued, which resulted in 106 new residential units, compared to 106 new residential units for the same period in 2015.  The number of permits is up by 224, partly due to the installation of a significant number of backwater valves.

 

Public Works and Environmental Services

1. Director Public Works & Environmental Services, Report No. 09/17 Re: Amendment to Refuse Control By-Law 2003-40.  Administration is recommending approval of a model exempting rural properties from the hard-sided garbage container by-law that was directed by Council.

 NEXT MEETING will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 6:00 pm, for a Public Council Meeting regarding changing the zoning by-law to allow Sea Containers followed by our 7:00 pm Regular Council Meeting.

 

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

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