January 12th Council Meeting

Something new for 2016. Tecumseh will publish a preliminary agenda a few days earlier to give you more time to see whether you might have an item of interest at Council.  

At 6:30pm there will be a rezoning request from St. Gregory's Church to rezone the church rectory as a residential use from its current institutional use.

The remainder of business will begin at 7pm on Tuesday January 12th.  The packet can be found here.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

A. Sinnan Ar Rafi, November 26, 2015 - Re: Greatest Canadian History Fair - Chief Tecumseh Nomination.  Mr. Ar-Rafi is an Ajax student who has selected Tecumseh as the "Greatest Canadian" and has invited Mayor McNamara to attend the fair on Wednesday March 9th in Ajax.

B. The Corporation of the City of Kingston, December 15, 2015 - Re: Basic Income Guarantee.  The City of Kingston is seeking Council's support for a Basic Income Guarantee wherein all residents would be assured of minimum income redistributed from others in the community.

C. Municipality of Port Hope, December 16, 2015 - Re: Opposition to Incineration Facilities.  Port Hope is seeking Council's support for opposing any new incineration facilities in the Province of Ontario for disposal of solid waste.

D. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - Building Canada Small Communities Fund.  OMAFRA has determined that the financial position of the Town of Tecumseh is too strong and therefore Tecumseh cannot qualify for this federal funding.

E. Fire Chief - Survivor Day - Save Pins.  The Fire Chief advises of an upcoming ceremony on February 26th at 1pm at St. Clair Centre for the Arts to recognize five Tecumseh firefighters who were able to help restore vital life signs and assist in recovery.  Recognized are Capt. Ray Simard and Firefighters Chris Pearson, Wade Bondy, Josh Easby and Ron Gambriel.  Congratulations!

F. Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) - Re: Notice of Poll.  There are five nominees for the three spots and therefore the upcoming convention will feature an election.

Further, the County of Essex and Town of Lakeshore, December 21, 2015 are asking the Town of Tecumseh to support the November 24, 2015 Resolution of the Council for the Town of Lakeshore directing that a letter be sent to CN Rail to determine what options may exist to reduce the length, speed and timing of the freight trains along the CN rail line, and that a letter of support be sent to CN Rail and copied to the Town of Lakeshore, County of Essex and area MP's.

 

MINUTES

A. Court of Revision, O'Keefe Drain - December 8, 2015

B. Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee – December 7, 2015

C. Joint Health and Safety Committee – December 10, 2015  

 

REPORTS

A. Director Information & Communication Services, December 14, 2015, Report No. 01/16 - Re: 2016 - 2020 ICS Lifecycle Works Plan.  A spending plan of $244,000 including $99,000 in carryover projects from 2015 is proposed for 2016.  Funds used will upgrade computer hardware and phones.  Residents will also benefit from new street photography.

B. Manager Town Facilities, January 4, 2016, Report No. 01/16 - Re: Arena / Pool Five (5) Year Capital Projects.  $145,000 is proposed to be spent in 2016 at Tecumseh Arena, including $5000 carryover from 2015, for heating and air quality improvements and to refurbish Dressing Room 11.  Further, $45,000 is proposed to be expended for improvements to the Tecumseh Pool including non-slip coating and a new sun shelter.

C. Manager Parks and Horticulture, December 7, 2015, Report No. 02/16 Re: Parks Five (5) Year Capital Projects.  For 2016, various refurbishments are proposed including Lakewood Park North board replacement, various basketball courts, drainage and electrical improvements at Lacasse Park, seeding and bench replacements at various parks, trail enhancements at Lakewood Park South, an update to the Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan, the Sportsplex Study, Tecumseh Town Centre Park Playground, and Weston Park Tennis Court Refurbishment for a total spend of $340,000 of which $160,000 is carryover from 2015.  $30,000 in new tree planting is also proposed as well as $91,000 in trail improvements including new McNorton Trail, Town Hall Trail, and Shawanoe Park trail replacement.

D. Manager Roads & Fleet, December 2, 2015, Report No. 03/16 - Re: 2016 Supply of Various Vehicles.  $345,000 in new vehicles are proposed to be acquired, primarily for use by the Parks Department.  Further, a new transit vehicle is proposed for purchase.  The older vehicles are proposed to be disposed of.

E. Manager Roads & Fleet, December 21, 2015, Report No. 04/16 - Re: VIA Rail Grade Crossings Information Request.  Dillon Consulting is being recommended to be retained to undertake a grade crossing assessment to comply with new federal regulations at a cost of $24,400.

G. Manager Water & Wastewater, December 10, 2015, Report No. 01/16 Re: 2014-2015 Tecumseh Distribution System - Inspection Report.  The Town's water facilities were inspected by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change and were found to be in compliance with all regulations.

H. Manager Water & Wastewater, December 22, 2015, Report No. 05/16 Re: 2015 Annual Summary Report, Town of Tecumseh Distribution System.  This report specifies the instances where water services were found to be outside of compliance with regulations and what corrective actions were taken.

 

As always I can be reached at 226-773-1910 and andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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January 5th CIP Meeting

On Tuesday January 5th at 6 pm, Town Council will meet to receive feedback regarding the new Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.

The full report can be found here.

There are ten "big moves" as part of the plan:

  1. Create a new street section and identity for Tecumseh Road that is walkable and pedestrian friendly, including a reduction in the number of driving lanes, the provision of on-street parking and parking bays, enhanced landscaping and street furniture, and cycling facilities.
  2. Create a new west gateway to demarcate the westerly entrance to Main Street, with destination land uses such as a hotel or movie theatre.
  3. Create higher density residential neighbourhoods north and south of Main Street with integrated public and private open spaces, road and lane access, and pedestrian linkages.
  4. Provide mixed-use commercial residential development along the corridor, with retail at grade and residential above.
  5. Create a central pedestrian node (plaza) as the central gathering place for the community linked by a north-south pedestrian spine to other amenities and open spaces.
  6. Redevelop the St. Anne’s School site as a south pedestrian node and focus for a new large community amenity and central draw.
  7. Enhance the Town Parking lot as flexible event space.
  8. Celebrate and enhance the historic remnant heritage assets.
  9. Create a distinct heritage node at the east end of the corridor integrating the St. Anne’s church and open space, the BIA parkette, the museum, Ticonderoga Park, the north Lesperance Road heritage plaza, and the former industrial buildings north of the railway.
  10. Create a new tree lined civic pedestrian promenade north along Lesperance that redefines and enhances the existing civic buildings and open spaces, celebrates the historic street car route, and creates an attractive street frontage for Lesperance Road north.

For businesses and developers looking to locate along Tecumseh Road, there will be a dramatic shift in terms of the urban design. There will be a mandatory easement across the first 2 to 4m of property to expand walking space.  There will also be prohibitions on backlit box signs and there will be required architectural features.  Parking will not be allowed in the front of properties; new lanes are expected to be created to the rear of properties.

Of particular interest is with the creation of these lanes, there will be access to presently vacant lands adjacent to the railway which is expected to be redeveloped as higher density housing.

Council would very much like to receive your feedback on this.  If you cannot attend on Tuesday, please feel free to call me at 226-773-1910 or e-mail me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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December 8th Meeting

Council begins this week at 6:30pm.

The Court of Revision is being convened at 6:30pm to consider the Engineer's Drainage Report to consider assessing the properties for the O'Keefe Drain.  The Report can be found at http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Court%20of%20Revision/2015-12/08-18-30/Packet.pdf

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The full packet can be found here: http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Regular%20Council%20Meeting/2015-12/08-19-00/Packet.pdf

The following delegations are being received from the following:
A. Tecumseh Rangers Bantam Major Team - Re: Ontario Baseball Association Provincial "A" Championship
B. Tecumseh Thunder Senior AAA Baseball Club - Re: Canadian National Championship
C. Steve Grigorakis - Re: Soccer Fields and Sign By-law
D. Luc Gagnon, Director Financial Services/Treasurer - Re: 2015 Water & Wastewater Rate Study

Communications were received from the following:

A. Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), November 26, 2015.  AMO thanks the Town of Tecumseh for its Syrian Refugee Donation

B. Canada Post, November 30, 2015.  Canada Post advises that the Door to Door Delivery Conversion Program is on hold.  Residences that have not received a permanent box are maintaining their door to door service until further notice.  Those neighbourhoods that are receiving service through a community mailbox presently will continue to receive this service.

C. Ombudsman Ontario, November 30, 2015 - Re: New Municipal Jurisdiction Information, effective January 1, 2016.  The Ontario Ombudsman advises that as of January 1, 2016, their office can begin accepting, resolving and investigating complaints about municipalities under the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014. The Ombudsman’s jurisdiction will extend to municipalities, local boards and municipally-controlled corporations, with some exceptions as set out in regulation.

D. Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, PC Critic Municipal Affairs and Housing.  MPP Hardeman advises that the provincial Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will be holding Pre-Budget consultations during the weeks of January 18 and February 1, 2016. The Committee will hold public hearings in Windsor. Persons interested in making a presentation to the Committee can contact the Committee Clerk, Katch Koch, by noon on Friday, January 8, 2016, or a written submission can be submitted to the Clerk by 5:00 PM on Tuesday February 2, 2016.  Mr. Koch can be reached at kkoch@ola.org.

Corporate Services & Clerks

A. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, August 14, 2015, Report No. 21/15 - Re: Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.  The Clerk provides a report for Council's information regarding the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.  If the Government of Ontario decides not to make an exemption for the municipality given its existing contributions to OMERS, the projected cost to the town could be $100,000 annually.  Contributions to account for Seasonal and Part-Time Employees not receiving OMERS contributions would be approximately $10,000.

B. Acting Deputy Clerk, November 30, 2015, Report No. 48/15 - Re: Resolution Supporting National Zero Waste Council.  Administration is recommending that Council pass a resolution that the National Zero Waste Council’s food waste reduction federal tax incentive proposal be supported and that the Government of Canada be urged to implement tax incentives for food producers, suppliers and retailers to donate unsold edible food, thereby, reducing unnecessary food waste, decreasing disposal costs to municipalities, reducing the environmental impact of food waste and addressing the issue of hunger and poverty in our community.

Financial Services
C. Director Financial Services & Treasurer, November 25, 2015, Report No. 16/15 - Re: Administrative Fees and Charges 2016.  Administration is recommending fee and charge increases consistent with the Consumer Price Index.

Fire Services
D. Director Fire Services & Fire Chief, November 27, 2015, Report No. 06/15 - Re: Essex County Fire Services Training Feasibility Study.  Administration is recommending that Council receives the Essex County Fire Services Training Feasibility Study, and that a committee of the Windsor/Essex County CAO group, in conjunction with the Fire Chiefs meet to establish a work program together with costs to implement the short term goals as identified in the Study, and that for the short term, an Essex County and City of Windsor fire services mobile LP Gas training simulator become a component of the County & City Fire Services Training Delivery Program, with the cost of such a resource to be shared by all participating municipalities and partners.  A conceptual shared facility is proposed to be explored among potential area partners.

Planning & Building Services

E. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, November 26, 2015, Report No. 38/15 - Re: H.T. Reaume Construction Limited, Southeast Corner of Riverside Drive/Grant Avenue Intersection, Consent Agreement Approval.  Administration is recommending approval of the division of this property into five residential lots.

F. Manager Planning Services, December 2, 2015, Report No. 39/15 - Re: Town of Tecumseh New Official Plan, Natural Heritage Discussion Paper, December 2015.  Administration is presenting the Natural Heritage Discussion Paper to Council for information and future consideration as part of the overall Official Plan Review.

Public Works & Environmental Services
G. Manager Roads & Fleet, October 15, 2015, Report No. 60/15 - Re: No Parking along Shields Street from County Road 43 to the Easterly Limit of Shields Street Adjacent Vista Academy School.  Parking along the south side of Shields Street, from County Road 43 to the easterly limit of Shields Street adjacent Vista Academy School is proposed to be prohibited.

H. Manager Engineering Services, November 3, 2015, Report No. 63/15 - Re: 2016-2020 Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan.  Administration is recommending adoption of their proposed Capital Works Plan as follows:

  • Tar & Chip:  Sexton Side Road, Holden Road, Repairs
  • Asphalting:  8th Concession / North Talbot Road / Oldcastle Road Intersection, Marine, Cove, Willow Court, Little River (Woodridge to Shawn), St. Denis St., Public Works / Water Yard
  • Crack Sealing
  • Arbour Street (east limits of the Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board to Lesperance Road)
  • Remie Street (Poisson Street to St. Anne Street)
  • St. Anne Street (Arbour Street southerly 300m to the cul-de-sac)
  • Traffic Signals:  Lesperance Road/Arbour Street, Lesperance Road / McNorton Street, Manning Road / St. Gregory’s Road, Manning Road / Green Valley Plaza, Manning Road / Tecumseh Road East, Tecumseh Road East / Green Valley Drive.
  • Engineering:  Tecumseh Road Mainstreet CIP Design, Transportation Master Plan
  • Sidewalk Extensions and Repairs:  South side of Riverside Drive from 12439 Riverside Drive to Lacasse Boulevard, South side of Little River Boulevard from Arrowhead Park to Lesperance Road, South side of St Denis Street from Carling Park to Lacasse Boulevard, East side of Lacasse Boulevard across the Bonduelle Parking Lot Entrance (approx. 45m in length), East side of Lesperance Road from 2100 Lesperance Road to Abraham Cole Park.
  • Bridges:  Pike Creek at County Road 2, Pike Creek at 12th Concession, Manning/Little River and Manning/St. Thomas (Repairs Only), Pike Creek at Baseline Road Relocate Steel Beam Energy Attenuator Termination.  A Bridge and Culvert Assessment and Bridge and Culvert Needs Study are also proposed to be funded.
  • Water:  Water Tower Lighting, Mack Court Watermain, Lacasse Park Watermain, Intersection Road Watermain, County Road 42 Watermain, Water/Wastewater Master Plan Update
  • Sewers:  Dumouchelle/Outer Drive Sanitary, Pulleyblank/Crowder/Moro Sanitary, Oldcastle/8th Concession (Servicing Report), Gouin Storm, Pump/Metering Station Condition Assessment, East St. Louis Pump Station Building Repairs.

Drainage Superintendent, December 2, 2015, Report No. 68/15 - Re: South Malden Road Drain (Lower Portion) and Graham Drain Tender Award.  Administration is recommending a contract award of $55,591.20 excluding HST to Murray Mills Excavating & Trucking (Sarnia) Ltd.

J. Director Public Works and Environmental Services, November 23, 2015, Report No. 56/15 - Re: Boulevard Maintenance By-law Amendment.  Administration recommends that the Director of Public Works and Environmental Services be assigned responsibility for enforcing the Boulevard Maintenance By-law

K. Director Public Works and Environmental Services, November 12, 2015, Report No. 65/15 - Re: LED Streetlight Conversion Project.  Administration recommends that an RFP be issued to solicit interested bidders to complete the LED Streetlight Conversion project.

L. Director Public Works and Environmental Services, December 2, 2015, Report No. 67/15 - Re: Removal of Snow and Ice from Sidewalks in the Town of Tecumseh and the Provision of By-law Enforcement.  Administration is recommending increased efforts to enforce the removal of snow and ice by-law using existing staff resources.

BY-LAWS

  • A. Bylaw 2015-79 - Being a bylaw to provide for the adoption of the estimates of all sums required (budget) for general municipal purposes for the Year 2016
  • B. Bylaw 2015-80 - Being a by-law to provide for an Interim Tax Rate for the Year 2016
  • C. Bylaw 2015-81 - Being a by-law to impose late payment charges for non-payment of taxes or any installment of taxes by due date
  • D. Bylaw 2015-82 - Being a by-law to prescribe a tariff of administrative fees and charges for the Town of Tecumseh
  • E. Bylaw 2015-83 - Being a by-law to establish the water and wastewater rates for the year 2016
  • F. Bylaw 2015-84 - Being a by-law to amend By-law 85-18, the Town's Comprehensive Zoning By-law for those lands in the former Township of Sandwich South (13072 County Road 34)
  • G. Bylaw 2015-85 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Transit Delivery and Maintenance Services Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and First Student Canada ULC
  • H. Bylaw 2015-86 - Being a by-law to appoint members to the Tecumseh Heritage Committee for the term of Council 2015-2018
  • I. Bylaw 2015-87 - A by-law to appoint members to the Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee for the term of Council 2015-2018
  • J. Bylaw 2015-88 - Being a by-law constituting and appointing a Committee of Adjustment and empowering the granting of Minor Variances for the term of Council ending in 2018
  • K. Bylaw 2015-89 - Being a by-law delegating the authority for the giving of consents for the term of Council ending in 2018
  • L. Bylaw 2015-90 - Being a by-law to confirm and appoint certain officers, servants and employees of The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh (Deputy Clerk)
  • M. Bylaw 2015-91 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Consent Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and H. T. Reaume Construction Limited
  • N. Bylaw 2015-92 - A by-law to close up and authorize the sale of a portion of alley located on the west side of 12522 Ballard Street
  • O.  Bylaw 2015-93 - Being a by-law to confirm the proceedings of the December 8, 2015 regular meeting of the Council of The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016 beginning at 6:30pm for a Public Council Meeting.

If you have any questions or concerns with respect to these or other municipal matters please contact me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

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November 30th Meeting

Council is hosting a special "Policies and Priorities" Meeting on November 30th beginning at 5pm.  The full packet can be found at http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Committee/2015-11/30-17-00/Packet.pdf

Anthony Corona and David Lozinsky, Co-Chairs Tecumseh Corn Festival Committee, will present on this year's event.

We will discuss my Notice of Motion for an Amendment to the Procedural By-law, where I seek to increase consultation time for the agenda from 5 days to 7 days.

We are also reviewing our policies on Flowers, or Contribution in Lieu of Flowers, and for Storyboard Plaques.

The Manager of Recreation Programs/Events has also submitted a report regarding Transition Timelines for the Tecumseh Corn Festival away from being operated by the Town of Tecumseh and towards its ultimate operation by local service clubs.

If you have any questions on these or other matters please be in touch at (226) 773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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November 23rd and 24th Meetings

This week is a busy one at Tecumseh Town Council.

On Monday November 23rd beginning at 4pm, Council will consider the 2016 Budget.  Representatives of the Tecumseh Police Services Board will present as delegations the proposed budget for police services.

The budget document can be found here while the meeting packet can be found here.  The budget proposes a zero per cent increase for the Town's portion of municipal taxes and an average increase in water rates of 2.6%.  Water services operate on a cost recovery basis.  Some of the feedback that the Town has received so far can be found here.

Beginning at 5:30pm on Tuesday, November 24th, Council will host a Public Meeting to consider a rezoning at County Road 46 and County Road 19/Manning Road.  The former Bisnett/Secord and Smith Funeral Home is proposed to be converted to an Art Gallery and Studio and retail Hobby Shop.  The applicants also seek to legalize the residence that exists on site.  This meeting is the statutory public meeting to receive resident input under the Planning Act.  The packet can be found here.

At 6:00pm Council is considering committee appointments and will set direction with respect to awarding the 2015 Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award and a proposal to extend nominations until December 18, 2015, for the 2015 Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award and the 2016 Senior of the Year Award. The packet can be found here.

Beginning at 7pm, Regular Business of Council will be considered.  The packet for this meeting can be found here.

 

Communications

  • Council will be presenting the AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Award to Michael Wasylyk.
  • Municipality of Neebing, October 9, 2015 Re: Consultation on the Police Services Act. The Municipality of Neebing is seeking Council's support for the Province of Ontario to consider allowing a greater share of policing duties to civilians and non-uniformed officers in order to control costs.
  • Essex County Agricultural Hall of Fame, October 28, 2015. Council is advised that nominations for the 2016 Essex County Agricultural Hall of Fame are now being received. The deadline to submit an application is December 31, 2015.
  • Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, November 2015 Re: Nomination Call, Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers and Ontario Volunteer Service Awards. The Minister invites the community to supply nominations for these two awards, with deadlines of January 15th and January 25th, respectively. Nominations can be initiated at http://www.ontario.ca/honoursandawards/
  • County of Essex Re: Notice of Adoption of Official Plan Amendment No. 1, Kingsville Golf & Curling Club. The County of Essex advises that it has approved the advertised amendment to its official plan which allows an area adjacent to Kingsville Golf & Curling Club to be redeveloped from Agricultural land to a residential settlement.
  • Town of Lakeshore, Notice of Statutory Public Meeting Re: Housekeeping Zoning Bylaw Amendment, ZBA 5-2015. The Town of Lakeshore is undertaking a series of housekeeping amendments to its Zoning By-law and generally do not affect Town of Tecumseh residents.
  • Ontario Good Roads Association, November 16, 2015 Re: Report of the OGRA Nominating Committee.  The Ontario Good Roads Association supplies a proposed slate of directors for the upcoming Ontario Good Roads Association elections.

 

Reports

  • Manager Engineering Services, November 3, 2015, Report No. 62/15 - Re: Bridge Signage & Roadside Safety Review (2015).  Council is asked to adopt the report entitled “2015 Bridge Roadside Safety Review, November 2015,” as prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited, to reflect Council's future budget priorities for the basis of the Bridge Roadside Safety improvements component of the annual Public Works & Environmental Services Capital Works Plan.

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    Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, November 17, 2015, Report No. 36/15 Re: Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Bylaw Amendment, Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of the Diocese of London, 13803 St. Gregory's Road.  The applicant is proposing to sever the Rectory lands on the Northeast corner from the rest of the property which could allow for potential sale.  Administration is recommending the hosting of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Manager Building Services, Chief Building Official, November 9, 2015, Report No. 37/15 Re: Storm Water Mitigation for Infill Lots in ERCA Regulated Areas.  Administration advises that it attempted to meet with the Essex Region Conservation Authority to try and alleviate the situation that has arisen in recent years where new building lots are graded far higher than those adjacent.  Sadly, it appears that this is governed by provincial legislation and there are no further actions that the Town of Tecumseh can take to address this.

By-laws

  • Council to appoint Local Authority Services (LAS) as the Meeting Investigator pursuant to Sections 8,9,10 and 239.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001 c.25, as amended
  • Council to appoint Robert J. Swayze as the Integrity Commissioner for The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh pursuant to Sections 9, 10, 11 and 223.3 of the Municipal Act, 2001 S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended.

 

Motions

  • I have put forward a motion to extend the public consultation time for Council business from five days to seven days.

 

If you have any questions on these or other items please be in touch with me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

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November 10th Meeting

Council next meets on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30pm.

The first part of the meeting will be to consider the Drainage Report, prepared by Chris Thibert, P.Eng., of Dillon Consulting Ltd., dated September 30, 2015, for the repair and improvement of the O’Keefe Drain.  Cleaning of the O'Keefe Drain has been determined to be required and benefiting property owners are proposed to be assessed their respective share of costs.  The packet can be found here.

The regular meeting packet can be found here. Delegations will include Tony Haddad, Chief Administrative Officer, Luc Gagnon, Director of Financial Services/Treasurer; and Tom Kitsos, Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector regarding the 2016 Proposed Budget.

COMMUNICATIONS

Council is being advised of nominations for the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to accessibility and disability issues.  Nominations close on December 3rd.

Randy Pettapiece, MPP Perth-Wellington, October 23, 2015 advises Council of the passage of the Resolution for Fairness in Provincial Infrastructure Fund at Queen's Park which encourages the government to support funding levels that are generally equivalent whether or not the electoral riding is held by a government or opposition member.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, November 5, 2015.  Council is advised that it the Province has declined to support Tecumseh's application for funds under the Second Intake of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund because the Town's economic conditions and fiscal position were not seen to be detrimental enough to warrant support under this program.

REPORTS
The Chief Administrative Officer provides his Strategic Priorities Progress Report.  Earlier this year, Council held a Strategic Priorities session detailing where Administrative efforts ought to be focused.  This report provides an update with respect to the Town's progress in achieving those outcomes.  Generally speaking these include 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; and HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Integrate the principles of health and wellness into all of the Town of Tecumseh’s plans and priorities and the full report speaks to specific initiatives that the CAO and staff are undertaking to adhere to these goals.

The Chief Administrative Officer advises of the ongoing Municipal Legislation Review regarding the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.  Council is being asked to support nine [9] principles outlined in support of a mature Provincial-Municipal relationship and to supports existing submissions on Municipal Legislation Review developed by AMO, OMAA, MFOA and AMCTO.  The nine principles are:

  1. Municipalities are responsible and accountable governments.
  2. New legislation shall enhance existing municipal powers.
  3. The Province shall stop micromanaging municipal governments.
  4. Where there is a compelling Provincial interest, the Province shall, when regulating municipal government, define at the outset that interest.
  5. Provincial legislation shall be drafted with the expectation of responsible municipal government behaviour and not as a remedial tool.
  6. Accountability means mutual respect between municipal government, the Province and other public agencies.
  7. Resources for municipal governments shall be sustainable and commensurate with the level of responsibility.
  8. The Municipal Act shall include principles that will protect the Municipal Act and municipal powers from all provincial legislation.
  9. The Province shall commit to increasing the understanding and awareness of municipal government within all ministries.

Deputy Clerk, October 27, 2015, Report No. 40/15 Re: Parking Lot Lease Agreement Renewal, 12150 Tecumseh Road.  Administration is recommending that the Town extend the current lease of part of this property to provide for downtown area parking.  The property is located across from St. Anne's Church and Pat & Hank's Fish and Chips.

Director Corporate Services/Clerk, October 28, 2015, Report No. 41/15 Re: FIT 3.1 Solar Resolution Contract Holders.  Administration is recommending a blanket resolution supporting all applications within the Town of Tecumseh, based on the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) blanket template in Section 2.4(d)(vii) of the FIT Contract, Version 3.1, be passed in support of applications to the OPA under the Feed in Tariff Program (FIT Program) for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) generation projects over ten (10) kilowatts and under five hundred (500) kilowatts, located within the Town of Tecumseh:

Director Corporate Services/Clerk, October 27, 2015, Report No. 42/15 Re: Appointment of an Integrity Commissioner.  Administration is recommending that Mr. Robert Swayze, of Caledon, Ontario, be appointed as the Town's Integrity Commissioner.  Costs for the integrity commissioner will be shared with Amherstburg, Essex and LaSalle.

Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, November 4, 2015, Report No. 35/15 Re: Tecumseh Transit Service (TTS), Transit Delivery and Maintenance Services Request for Proposals, Selection of Preferred Proponent.  First Student Canada is recommended as the main proponent, with a five year cost that was $55,533 below the next proponent (Transit Windsor) and a net five year cost of $1,019,340.

Manager Roads and Fleet, October 15, 2015, Report No. 60/15 Re: No Parking along Shields Street from County Road 43 to the
Easterly Limit of Shields Street, Adjacent Vista Academy School.  Administration is recommending approval of enacting No Parking in this area.

If you have any questions of comments please feel free to be in touch at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

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October 26th Meeting

The Council Meeting of October 26, 2015 begins at 7pm.

  • Council will receive a delegation from Ms. Karin Falconer, who is requesting completion of the south Riverside Drive sidewalk east from its terminus near Pinewood to Lacasse Boulevard, in order for residents to more easily access their new community mailbox location.  
  • Council will also be recognizing the Town of Tecumseh's Director of Staff Services and Clerk, Laura Moy, with 20 Years of Membership Service from the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario.  
  • The Director of Information Systems will also provide Council with a presentation regarding the Town's Geographic Information Systems.

Communications include:

  1. County of Essex, September 30, 2015 Re: Notice of Public Meeting & Complete Application, Official Plan Amendment (OPA-1-2015, Town of Kingsville).  The public is invited to comment on the re-designation of agricultural land adjacent to the Kingsville Golf and Country Club to a Settlement Area in the County Official Plan.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4th at 6:45pm in the Council Chambers at the Essex County Civic Centre.
  2. Town of Lakeshore, Notice of Public Meeting Re: 5 Year Official Plan Review.  The Town of Lakeshore is hosting a statutory public meeting to introduce its Official Plan Review on Tuesday November 10th at 6pm.
  3. Ontario Good Roads Association, October 13, 2015 Re: Call for Nominations.  The Ontario Good Roads Association is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors.  One vacancy exists in our area (the Southwest Zone)
  4. Glen Murray, Minister, October 16, 2015 Re: Great Lakes Protection Act.  The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change announced that the Great Lakes Protection Act has now passed the Ontario Legislature.
  5. Tecumseh Area Historical Society Re: 5th Annual Fundraiser.  The Tecumseh Area Historical Society announces that their annual fundraiser will take place on Saturday November 14th beginning at 4:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 261.

Reports include:
A. Deputy Clerk, September 23, 2015, Report No. 36/15 Re: Renewal of Cat Intake Agreement with the Windsor Essex County Humane Society for 2016.  Council is being requested to approve a Cat Intake Agreement with the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society (WECHS) for 2016 to permit stray cats to be dropped off at a cost of $10 to the resident and $20 to the Town for each cat.  Funding for the Cat Intake Program would be reduced from $3,500 to $2,500 in the 2016 Budget and that funding for the Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program be increased from $3,750 to $4,750 in the 2016 Budget.

B. Deputy Clerk, October 5, 2015, Report No. 38/15 Re: Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program 2016.  Administration is recommending that the Town continue the Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program (Program) in 2016 wherein the total number of vouchers would be increased from 75 to 95 vouchers in 2016, with a value of $50 each.  Vouchers would be distributed for the spay or neuter of Feral Cats, to a maximum of five (5) vouchers per caregiver of feral cats.  Vouchers would also be allocated for the spay or neuter of Owned Cats, to a maximum of three (3) vouchers per household for low income families.  Vouchers would be available early April 2016 and issued on a first come, first serve basis with a 120-day expiry period.

C. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 14, 2015, Report No. 39/15 Re: Closed Meeting Investigator Appointment.  Administration is recommending not renewing the appointment of John Maddox as Closed Meeting Invesigator and is recommending that this service be contracted to Local Authority Services, which is operated through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, at a cost of $330 and an hourly investigation rate of $225 for a two year term commencing January 1, 2016.  Administration is recommending against the use of the Ontario Ombudsman to provide this service free of charge.

D. Director Financial Services/Treasurer, October 16, 2015, Report No. 15/15 Re: Budget Variance Report - August 31, 2015.  Council is apprised of the status of surpluses and deficits in various accounts and projects.  Administration is requesting that Council approve: a) Establishment of a Community Improvement Program Reserve (CIPR) for the purpose of managing CIP funding, b) Transferring the 2015 unexpended allocation of $40,000 to the CIPR, and c) Rescind the original reserve funding, $8,600 from each of Roads Lifecycle and Water and Sanitary Sewer Reserve Funds, for the partial funding of the Drainage Department.

E. Director Fire Services/Fire Chief, October 19, 2015, Report No. 05/15.  Re: Fire Chief's Q3 of 2015 Fire Rescue Services Update
05-15.  The Fire Chief provides his quarterly update with respect to inspections and public education.

F. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, October 19, 2015, Report No. 32/15 Re: Zoning Bylaw Amendment, 1277165 Ontario Ltd. c/o Laura and Mark Williams, 13072 County Road 34.  Council is being asked to schedule a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., in accordance with The Planning Act for a Zoning By-law Amendment application seeking to amend the Sandwich South Zoning By-law 85-18 by rezoning a 0.38 hectare (0.95 acre) property situated on the north-west corner of the County Road 34/County Road 19 intersection (13072 County Road 34), from “Rural Commercial Zone (CR-10)” to an appropriate site specific commercial zone to permit the proposed conversion of the former funeral home establishment to an art gallery/studio and retail hobby shop, legally recognize the existing single-unit residential dwelling that is also located on the subject property, and permit a broader range of commercial uses that are contemplated by the Neighbourhood Commercial designation in the Official Plan.

G. Development Coordinator, October 21, 2015, Report No. 34/15 Re: 2015 Provincial Review of the Municipal Act, Formal Request for Amendment to Municipal Act, Registration of Municipal Work Orders and Zoning Orders on Title.  Administration is recommending that Council pass a resolution petitioning for changes the Municipal Act which would provide for the registration of Orders issued pursuant to paragraphs 444 and 445 of the Municipal Act on the title of the property that is the subject of the Order, and ii) amend sentence 444. (1) by inserting the words “or any other ” between the words “this” and “Act,”.  This is felt to be necessary as the use of title insurance for real estate transactions has resulted in a loss of the effectiveness of municipal orders as their existence is no longer a subject of most real estate transactions.  Administration wishes to maintain a system whereby the existence of outstanding municipal orders are identified and resolved as part of a real estate transaction by keeping registration of municipal orders on title.

H. Drainage Superintendent, September 17, 2015, Report No. 53/15  Re: Request for Approval by Resolution for Drainage Apportionment Agreement.  The Drainage Superintendent has reached agreements regarding costs with all benefiting property owners for general cleaning of the Ninth Line Drain, South Talbot O’Connell Drain, and Wolfe Drain, and is seeking Council's approval of said agreements.  

I. Manager Roads and Fleet, September 17, 2015, Report No. 55/15  Re: Clearing and Enforcement of Snow Removal from Sidewalks, Review of Options.  Administration has provided some options for Council to consider with respect to improved snow clearing and enforcing of snow removal from sidewalks within the Municipality.  These options include Status Quo, increased By-law Enforcement for non-compliance ($18,000 annual salary plus $18,000 vehicle purchase), absorbing the responsibility for clearing all sidewalks by hiring more Town Staff ($114,000 annually over 10 years), or hiring of a contractor to clear all sidewalks ($70-150,000).  The fine for non-compliance is $55.00.

J. Drainage Superintendent, October 27, 2015, Report No. 58/15 Re: Branch of the South Talbot & Holden Outlet Drain - Tender Award.  Administration recommends that the tender for the Branch of the South Talbot & Holden Outlet Drain in the amount of $57,506 excluding HST, be awarded to Murray Mills Excavating & Trucking (Sarnia) Ltd. and that the Town’s portion of the assessed costs estimated at $23,020 for Benefit and Outlet Liability be funded from the Municipal Drain Lifecycle Reserve.

K. Manager Roads and Fleet, October 15, 2015, Report No. 61/15 Re: Proposed Sidewalk Extension on Riverside Drive from East of
Pinewood Crescent to Lacasse Boulevard.  Administration recommends that this and completion of other dead-ended sidewalks be funded as part of 2016 Capital Budget.

L. Manager Recreation Programs/Events, October 13, 2015, Report No. 26/15 Re: Pathway to Potential 2015 Funding Agreement
26-15. Administration is recommending signing an agreement with Pathway to Potential to allow for the release of National Child Benefit funding to the Town of Tecumseh in the amount of $24,000, to support recreational programs.  

M. Manager Parks and Horticulture, October 21, 2015, Report No. 27/15  Re: Tender Award for the Request for Quotations Design and Supply of Playground Equipment.  Council is being asked to approve the following playground replacements:  Crozier Enterprises Ltd ($20,000 plus HST) for Abraham Park, Open Space Solutions Inc. ($18,268.99 plus HST) for Green Acres Park, Open Space Solutions Inc. ($19,068.24 plus HST) and Gerry Lesa Park, and Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd. ($24,959.95 plus HST) for Cranbrook Park.

Our next meeting of Council will be Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 9:00 am for a Road Tour of Capital Projects.  The next regular meeting date will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015, beginning at 6:30 pm with the Public Council Meeting Re: O`Keefe Drainage Report and 7:00 pm for the Regular Council Meeting

If you have any questions or concerns please be in touch at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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October 13th Council Meeting

Our next meeting of Council will begin at 7pm on Tuesday October 13th.  You can find the full packet here.

The meeting will begin with delegations regarding the BIA Boundary Review.  They include:

  • Tecumseh BIA Board of Management: Candice Dennis, Chair; Paul Bistany, Treasurer; Richard Vennettilli, Director; Paula Rorai, Coordinator 
  • Jocelyn Deeks, StrategyCorp - Re: BIA Boundary Review

We will also host Presentations for:

  • Government Finance Officers Association [GFOA] Award
  • In motion 2015 Community Champion and All-Star Awards - Kerri Rice, Manager Programs & Events

COMMUNICATIONS

A. Government Finance Officers Association [GFOA] Re: GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award 2015 GFOA.  The GFOA recognizes the efforts of Tecumseh's Finance Department in achieving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and details the selection process.

B. Town of Lakeshore, September 22, 2015 Re: Town of Essex Unwilling Host to Industrial Wind Turbines.  The Town of Lakeshore advises that it has placed a moratorium on further Industrial Wind Turbine developments within the municipality.  

C. City of Windsor, September 28, 2015 Re: Notice of Council Decision .  Windsor City Council advises of its approval for the change in Terms of Reference for the Windsor-Essex County Environmental Committee.

D. Labour Sponsored Community Development Group, October 1, 2015.  Re: Letter of Thanks re Support of Proposal - Investment in Affordable Housing Program Extension.  The Labour Sponsored Community Development Group advises that the Seniors Affordable Housing Program proposed for Victoria School will not be proceeding as a project in Kingsville was instead chosen to receiving funding.

E. Ontario Energy Board Notice to Customers of Union Gas Limited Re: 2016 Rate Increase Application.  Union Gas Limited has applied to the Ontario Energy Board to increase its natural gas rates effective January 1, 2016. If the application is approved, customers would see an average increase of approximately $7.80 per year. Residential customers in all the other areas served by Union Gas Limited would see an increase ranging from $2.50 to $2.80 per year. Other customers, including businesses, may also be affected.

F. Association of Municipalities of Ontario, September 25, 2015  Re: AMO Report to Member Municipalities, Highlights of the
September 2015 Board Meeting.   Council receives an update regarding various provincial initiatives including, notably, for Fair Pricing of E books for Public Libraries and reviews to legislation including Conservation Authorities Act, Municipal Act and changes to Local Distribution Companies such as Essex Power.  Administration is recommending that the Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh adopt the AMO resolution requesting the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport to work with the federal and the other provincial and territorial governments to find a solution that will allow public libraries to purchase e-books from publishers at a fair and reasonable price.


REPORTS
Clerks, Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (BIA) Boundary Review.  Council will make a final decision regarding the permanent boundaries for the Tecumseh Business Improvement Association.

Financial Services
Director Financial Services/Treasurer, September 30, 2015, Report No. 14/15 Re: Windsor/Essex Provincial Offences Act (POA) Program 2013 & 2014 Annual Reports.  Council is advised that revenues have been declining in recent years.

Planning and Building Services

Director Planning and Building Services, October 5, 2015, Report No. 30/15 Re: Manning Road Secondary Plan Area, Area-Specific
Development Charge, Approval of Background Study and Development Charge By-law.  Council is being asked to approve the area specific assessments to benefiting property owners in the Manning Road Secondary Plan area.

31/15 Re: Essex Region Greenway Trail Extension to the Herb Gray Parkway Trail, OMCIP Funding Application.  Town Council is advised that the Town of Tecumseh was successful in obtaining funding to connect the Herb Gray Parkway Trail with the Chrysler Canada Greenway.  The new trail would pass within town limits.

Public Works and Environmental Services
Manager Engineering Services, October 1, 2015, Report No. 57/15 Re: Pike Creek Bridge at 12th Concession Road (Bridge #1002), Tender Award Update.  Administration recommends that the tender for the rehabilitation of the Pike Creek Bridge at 12th Concession Road (Bridge #1002) in the amount of $406,701 excluding HST be awarded to Front Construction Industries Inc.

Manager Water and Wastewater, October 5, 2015, Report No. 59/15
Re: Source Protection Municipal Implementation, Extension of Timeline to Allocate Funds and Transfer of Collaboration Funds to
other Municipalities.  Administration recommends that the Mayor and Clerk be authorized to amend a previously executed Grant Funding Agreement under the 2013-14 Source Protection Municipal Implementation Fund (SPMIF) that extends the deadline from December 7, 2015 to December 5, 2016 to carry out any of the Town’s eligible activities and amends the term of the Agreement to expire on March 31, 2017.  Unused funds from the collaboration agreement of $15,000 shall be contributed towards the shared costs for those municipalities in the Region who did not receive SPMIF (including Essex, Kingsville, Leamington, Pelee Island and LaSalle) to help offset their costs.

Manager Roads and Fleet, September 24, 2015, Report No. 66/15 Re: Proposed Stop Sign Installation at the Eastern Extent of Shields.  Administration recommends that a stop sign be installed at the eastern extent of Shields Street.


Recreation Services
Manager Recreation Programs/Events, September 14, 2015, Report No. 25/15 Re: Tecumseh Leisure Pool Operational Analysis.  Administration responds to a question posed by a Councillor regarding a prospective closure of the Lacasse Park pool and usage statistics.

 

If you have any questions on these or other items please contact me at (226) 773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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September 22nd Meeting

This Tuesday September 22nd, Council business begins at 6:30pm with a meeting of the Court of Revision.  You can access the full packet here.  This meeting is being hosted to receive appeals from any residents assessed for Repair and Improvement to the South Malden Road Drain (Lower Portion) and Graham Drain.

Regular business begins at 7pm and will include the following items.  The full packet can be found here.

Communications

A. Ciociaro Club, September 2, 2015 Re: Letter of Thanks to Tecumseh Fire Department.  The Tecumseh Fire Department is sent thanks from the Ciociaro Club for having managed a roof fire on August 29th that did not result in any disruptions to business operations.

B. Wendy Pulleyblank-Cunningham, September 10, 2015 Re: 50th Anniversary of Fire Fighting Services in the former Sandwich
South Township.  Council and staff are invited to attend this celebration on Thursday, October 15th at 6 p.m. at Fire Station #2 in Oldcastle

C. Union Gas Limited, July 23, 2015 Re: Expansion of Natural Gas Distribution.  Council is advised that Union Gas has applied for permission to extend its services to communities of Milverton, Prince Township and, the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation and Lambton Shores.

D. Wetland Conservation Program (MNRF), September 3, 2015 Re: Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper.  Council is advised that comments are being received regarding Wetland Conservation in Ontario: A Discussion Paper until October 30, 2015.  A public meeting is being held in London on October 6th at London Public Library, 3200 Wonderland Rd S from 6:30- 8:00pm.

E. Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), September 14, 2015 Re: MPAC Announces New Vice-President, Municipal and
Stakeholder Relations.  MPAC announces that Carla Nell will take on the role of Vice-President, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations at MPAC.

F. City of Windsor, Environment Transportation & Public Safety Standing Committee Re: Environment, Transportation & Public Safety Standing Committee Report 295.  Council is advised that the City of Windsor has approved changes to the Terms of Reference for the Windsor-Essex County Environment Committee which includes various amendments including reducing the number of members, deleting references to specific sectors, transferring supervision of the coordinator fully to the City of Windsor administration, specifying that all recommendations are to be approved by City & County Councils prior to making any recommendations to a third party and/or private agency, and members absent from 3 consecutive meetings without expressing regrets will be deemed to have resigned from the Committee.  Meetings are held bi-monthly and are open to the public.

G. Steven Valente, September 17, 2015 Re: Oliver Drive, Zoning Bylaw Amendment, Townhomes.  Mr. Valente advises that the rezoning application for 12258 Oliver Drive has been rescinded.

H. Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), September 9, 2015 Re: AMO Support for the Syrian Refugee Crisis – Call to Action.  AMO is requesting a $100 donation from the municipality to Lifeline Syria to assist those affected.

I. Unifor, September 11, 2015 Re: Resolution on the Trans Pacific Partnership and Canada's Auto Industry.  Unifor is requesting that Council endorse a resolution to the Federal Government that would ensure regional value content at least as what presently exists under NAFTA, that tariff elimination be contingent on equal access to market, and that this viewpoint be communicated to the federal parties and candidates.

The Police Services Board also met and honoured past Councillor Marcel Blais for his service to the community.

 

Reports

A. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 8, 2015, Report No. 30/15 Re: 2015 Local Government Week.  Council is asked to proclaim the week of October 18 to 24, 2015, as Local Government Week (LGW) in the Town of Tecumseh; and that events and activities be planned to create awareness in local government for children and youth, as well as its important role and function in shaping the community.

B. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 10, 2015, Report No. 31/15 Re: Essex Power Corporation, Appointment of Proxyholder for Shareholders’ 2015 Annual Meeting.  Mayor McNamara is proposed to be designated as the Town's Proxyholder for the purpose of voting at the Essex Power Annual General Meeting.

C. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 10, 2015, Report No. 32/15 Re: 2016 December Holiday Schedule.  Council is being asked to approve a 2016 Holiday Closure from Friday, December 23, 2016, through to and including Monday, January 2, 2017.

D. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 8, 2015, Report No. 33/15  Re: 2016 Council Meeting Calendar.  Council is being asked to cancel the following Regular Council Meeting dates in 2016: a. Tuesday, February 9, 2016; b. Tuesday, June 14, 2016; c. Tuesday, August 23, 2016; and d. Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

E. Deputy Clerk, September 11, 2015, Report No. 34/15 Re: Snow Angels, Volunteer Snow Removal Program.  Council is being asked to renew the Snow Angels – Volunteer Snow Removal Program for the 2015 – 2016 Fall/Winter season.  Snow Angels would be recruited through area service groups, schools and volunteer organizations.  Council is also being asked to provide Volunteer incentives for volunteers and to waive police clearance fees for Snow Angel Volunteers.

F. Director Staff Services/Clerk, September 2, 2015, Report No. 35/15 Re: 12522 Ballard Street, Request for Part Alley Closing and Transfer of Lands.  Council is being asked to approve a partial alley closure and sale directly to the west of 12522 Ballard Street for lot consolidation purposes.  Owners of 12522 Ballard Street, as well as 718, 722 and 726 Lacasse Boulevard would be notified that consideration is being given to the closure and sale of the alley abutting their property and invited to submit in writing to the Clerk any interest in acquiring a portion of the Subject Alley.  The cost of the closure and conveyance of the Subject Alley is to be the responsibility of the abutting property owner[s] acquiring the lands, should the lands be declared surplus to the needs of the Town and offered for sale.

G. Fire Prevention Officer, September 14, 2015, Report No. 04/15 Re: Project Zero.  The Fire Department advises that through support from Union Gas, seniors in the southern portion of the town from Highway 3 to County Road 8 will be visited and with the residents’ permission Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms will be installed to make them safe.

H. Manager Engineering Services, September 1, 2015, Report No. 50/15 Re: Laval Tool & Mould Ltd. - 4965 8th Concession Road, Sanitary Sewer Connection Agreement.  Council is being asked to approve a sanitary sewer connection to this property with costs assessed to the property owner.

I. Manager Engineering Services, September 1, 2015, Report No. 51/15 Re: Traffic Signal Infrastructure Assessment (2015).  Council is being asked to adopt the “2015 Signal Assessment” for traffic signals as prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited and to use this document's recommendations to prioritize future capital works.

J. Manager Engineering Services, September 10, 2015, Report No. 52/15 Re: Lakewood Park South Parking Lot & Pathway - Tender Award.  Council is being asked to award a tender for the Lakewood Park South Parking Lot & Pathway in the amount of $108,400 excluding HST to Pierascenzi Contracting Limited.  The project would be funded through the Road Lifecycle Reserve (Parking Lot) – increase from $78,000 to $116,197 and the Infrastructure Reserve (Pathway Extension) – decrease from $41,000 to $10,393.

K. Facilities Manager, September 11, 2015, Report No. 24/15 Re: Green Acres Washroom Building RFQ Tender Award.  Council is being asked to award a tender to TCI Titan Contracting in the amount of $111,983 plus HST for the construction of the addition of outside washrooms and asphalt roof replacement at the Green Acres Community Centre Facility.  Pricing is also proposed to be secured from the contractor to install the sanitary connection at a cost not to exceed $10,000 plus HST.

If you have any questions on these or other items please contact me at 226-773-1910 or at andrew@andrewdowie.ca.  Our next meeting will be held on October 13th beginning with Personnel Committee at 5pm.

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September 8th and 9th Council Meetings

We have a full agenda this week such that we have two nights for Council business.

The first items begin on Tuesday at 5pm where we are discussing whether or not to amend the Business Improvement Area boundaries.  Currently all commercial properties within the town north of Sylvestre Drive are mandated to be part of the Business Improvement Area and pay a dedicated levy.  StrategyCorp has reviewed our present day boundaries and has put forward several recommendations.  Administration and the existing BIA are jointly recommending that boundaries remain roughly as they are, but removing private clubs (Beach Grove Golf and Country Club) and the industrial area south of County Road 22 west of Manning Road.  The full agenda and report for this section can be found here.

At 6:30pm Council is hosting a statutory public meeting to receive feedback from the public regarding a proposed new Medical Marihuana facility located on Outer Drive between Highway 3 and Highway 401.  The full agenda and report for this section can be found here.

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

The meeting will begin with a delegation from Tony Haddad, CAO and Luc Gagnon, Director Financial Services/Treasurer and Tom Kitsos, Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector who will introduce the process for the 2016 Business Plan and Budget 2016.

Communications considered include:

A. Housing Information Services, July 22, 2015 Re: Affordable Housing for Seniors in the Town of Tecumseh The former Victoria School has been submitted as a site which might be converted into affordable seniors housing.

B. Union Gas, July 15, 2015 Re: Application for Rate Change to the Ontario Municipal Board.  Union Gas is proposing to decrease its rates by $20 for our area as part of a wholesale change to procurement with new suppliers, new distribution sources, and proposed service bundling.

C. Association of Municipalities of Ontario, August 13, 2015 Re: Policing Update: Minister Announces Consultations on a New Legislative Framework.  Specifically the Minister aims to:

  • Enhance accountability and strengthen civilian governance of police services boards as well as how to ensure police oversight bodies are effective and have clear mandates.
  • Improve interactions between police and vulnerable Ontarians, including enhancing frontline responses to those in crisis.
  • Clarify police duties, modernize training programs and deliver services using a range of public safety personnel.
  • Develop a provincial framework for First Nations policing to ensure equitable and culturally responsive policing for the province's First Nations communities.

D. Town of Lakeshore, Information Open House, September 23, 2015.  Lakeshore is planning a town-wide Zoning By-law Amendment and is hosting an open house at the Atlas Tube Centre from 6pm to 8pm to solicit feedback.

E. Joseph Picard, Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence, April 24, 2015 Re: Franco-Ontarian Flag Day.  The French-Language Catholic School Board is requesting that the Town host a ceremonial flag raising to celebrate Franco-Ontarian Flag Day on September 25th at 10am.  Administration is recommending that a proclamation of Franco-Ontarian Day for this date be issued.

F. Randy Pettapiece, MPP Perth-Wellington, July 21, 2015 Re: Resolution for Fairness in Provincial Infrastructure Funds.  MPP Pettapiece is requesting Council's support for a guarantee that government-held ridings and opposition-held ridings be given equal and transparent consideration on infrastructure funding, and that when funding decisions are made, should guarantee that all MPP's, whether in government or opposition, be given fair and equal advance notice of the official announcement.

Reports to be considered include:  

  • Chief Administrative Officer, August 11, 2015, Report No. 07/15 Re: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for Lakewood Park.  The Town of Tecumseh received approval for the Enhancement of Lakewood Park Trail Network, total project cost of $800,000 and FedDev Ontario funding of $400,000.  Construction is proposed for mid-2016.  The project components include:
    1. Paving 2.5 km of existing gravel trails in the community to improve accessibility
    2. Expansion of the Lakewood Park trail system by adding connector links to the perimeter trail
    3. Extend the existing trail and improve accessibility by adding two pedestrian bridges over the SWM channel
    4. Enhance the trails with benches, refuse containers, workout stations and recreational equipment.
  • Director Staff Services/Clerk, August 6, 2015, Report No. 20/15 Re: 2016 Council Conferences 20-15.  The Clerk advises of the municipal conference schedule for the 2016 year.
  • The Deputy Clerk issues Report No. 23/15 Re: Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program and Cat Intake Program 2015, Bi-Annual Update 23-15 Clerk_Cat Spay and Neuter Voucher Program & Cat Intake Program.  One change proposed for the forthcoming year is the reallocation of 10 Low-Income Spay and Neuter vouchers to Feral Cat Vouchers to match demand.
  • Deputy Clerk, August 19, 2015, Report No. 24/15 Re: Advisory and Statutory Committees, Call for Applications 24-15.  Administration is requesting applications for the following committees and the setting of a special Council meeting for A Special Meeting of Council be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., to give consideration to the applications received before the October 31st deadline and to consider filling the vacancies on the referenced committees:
    • Committee of Adjustment
    • Property Standards Committee
    • Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC;) and
    • Corn Festival Committee
  • Director Staff Services/Clerk, August 28, 2015, Report No. 27/15 Re: Ontario Power Authority, Feed In Tariff Program - Solar Power Network.  This is a housekeeping report wherein the corporate name of the applicant is being changed.
  • Director Staff Services/Clerk, August 31, 2015, Report No. 28/15 Re: Ontario Power Authority, Feed In Tariff Program - Essex Power Resolution.  This is a housekeeping report wherein the corporate name of the applicant is being changed.
  • Director Staff Services/Clerk, August 31, 2015, Report No. 29/15 Re: Annual Call for Award Nominations.  Advertisements for the 2015 Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award and Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award, as well as the 2016 Senior of the Year Award (Awards), are proposed to be placed on the Town’s website and Social Media [Facebook and Twitter pages], advertised in the local media, delivered to local charitable and non-profit organizations, displayed on the Town’s LED sign, as well as posted in prominent locations in the Town’s facilities; with nominations to be considered at a Special Meeting of Council scheduled for Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at 6:00 pm.
  • Director Planning and Building Services, August 26, 2015, Report No. 28/15 Re: Valente Development Corporation, South Side of Arbour St. [Former St. Anne High School, South Campus], Redline Revisions to Draft Plan of Subdivision Approval.  This is a housekeeping proposal that would ensure driveways and lot lines are compatible with the proposed building footprints.
  • Manager of Building Services, Chief Building Official, August 31, 2015, Report No. 29/15 Re: 2015 Six Month Permit Report 29-15.  Building activity value for the first 6 months of 2015 is $36 million, with an $11.7 million multi-residential development being largely responsible for the year-over-year increase of $11.9 million from 2014.
  • Manager Roads and Fleet, July 2, 2015, Report No. 45/15 Re: Boulevard Maintenance By-law 45-15.  Administration is proposing to adopt enforcement measures and consequences for those who:
    • Install landscaping or improvements in the boulevard which create safety/maintenance hazards,
    • Fail to maintain the boulevard abutting their property,
    • Fail to maintain around fixtures, ie: benches, telephone boxes, etc.,
    • Injure, damage or destroy improvements located in the boulevard including landscaping, trees, and sidewalks.
  • Director Public Works and Environmental Services, August 11, 2015, Report No. 48/15 Re: Expression of Interest for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund [OCIF] Application Based Component; and Small Communities Fund.  Administration is requesting permission to solicit grant funding for:
    • Renewal and Rehabilitation of the Town’s Sanitary Sewer System ($1.8 million of $2 million cost)
    • Construction of the Southwest Trunk Sanitary Sewer in the Eighth Concession Sanitary Sewer Service Area in the Oldcastle Hamlet ($1.852 million of $2.778 million cost)
  • Manager Roads and Fleet, August 19, 2015, Report No. 49/15 Re: Interim Paved Walkway Installation along County Road 42.  The cost to construct a temporary paved walkway on County Road 42 will exceed $80,000, with Essex County proposing improvements in the 2018 calendar year.  Therefore Council is being asked for direction as to whether to wait or build with a limited lifetime for the path.
  • Director Parks and Recreation Services, August 26, 2015, Report No. 23/15 Re: Multi-Use Sportsplex Feasibility Study/Business Plan RFP Award.  Council is being asked to approve retaining Mhpm Project Leaders at a cost of $84,000 plus HST following the results of an open RFQ process.
  • Bylaw 2015-57 - Being a by-law to amend By-law No. 2003-58, being a by-law to prohibit parking on private property without the consent of the owner or occupant and to provide for the towing away of motor vehicles thereon.  APM Logistics at 11559 County Road 42 is asking to be included in the parking by-law to allow towing of illegal vehicles.
  • Bylaw 2015-58 - Being a bylaw to provide for the repair and improvement of the South Malden Road Drain (Lower) and Graham Drain.  This By-law would assess the benefiting property owners for their share of charges under the Drainage Act.
  • Bylaw 2015-59 - Being a by-law to amend By-law 85-18, the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law for those lands in the former Township of Sandwich South. (D19 MEDMAR4 – Medical Marihuana Production Facility – 5815 Outer Drive).  This would be to approve the proposal for which the public meeting was held earlier in the evening.
  • Bylaw 2015-60 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Amending Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh, Gridlock Solutions Inc. and Essex Condominium Corporation No. 177.  This is final approval of a site plan control amendment involving the transfer of lands between all parties.
  • Bylaw 2015-61 - Being a by-law of the Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh to designate the Tecumseh Road Main Street historical commercial core of the former Town of Tecumseh settlement area as a Community Improvement Project Area for the purpose of establishing a Community Improvement Plan respecting the revitalization, redevelopment, and enhancement of the area.  This By-law would adopt the boundaries of the Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.

On Wednesday September 9th beginning at 5pm we will be discussing the specifics of the Community Improvement Plan more thoroughly.  You can find the report here.

If you have any questions on these or other items please contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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