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

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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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Corn Festival!

Entertainment

CORN FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT

Tecumseh Corn Festival Entertainment Line-Up
The Tecumseh Corn Festival is excited to announce that it has booked its headline entertainment line-up for the 40th annual Tecumseh Corn Festival at Lacasse Park.
Friday, August 28thThese Kids Wear Crowns
Saturday, August 29thAlyssa Reid

Click on each day below to see the full listing of all entertainment and activities scheduled for that day.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30

$3.00 Daily General Park Admission admission includes all live entertainment and concerts scheduled on the festival stage.  All concerts are general viewing areas.  Children 12 & under and Seniors 65+ are free.

Carter Shows Midway is Back!
Carter Shows is proud to be part of the 40th Tecumseh Corn Festival.  Our goal remains the same, to provide a good, clean and safe midway for folks to enjoy and remember.  CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE LIST OF MIDWAY HOURS AND TICKET INFORMATION.

INTERACTIVE FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Fun and exciting family activities will be available every day of the festival.
Activities Include:
Giant Inflatable Corn Maze
Putt Putt Golf
Soft Toddler Play Area
Painting
Lawn Checkers / Chess
Lawn Jenga
Lawn Connect Four
Lawn Twister
Parachute Games
Potato Sack Races

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Canada Post Update - August 2015

At the time of this writing, Canada Post box service has been in place for 3 days.  Many residents have expressed concern with mailbox locations and the quality of the construction of box locations.

With respect to the location of the boxes, these have been chosen by Canada Post staff and have not been approved or confirmed by the Town of Tecumseh.  There are numerous locations where the boxes are set in places that I would consider to be hazardous to all involved, from residents to postal workers to passerby drivers.  These locations have been reported to Town Staff and to Canada Post staff directly.  One such is the corner of Little River and Manning.

Where there are gravel bases, these are temporary measures and Canada Post has committed to installing permanent bases shortly.

If you are finding that issues are arising with accessing your mail and need special delivery consideration, Canada Post is willing to accommodate and can be reached at 1-844-454-3009.

Some residents have advised me that calls to the the hotline have not been successful in resolving their issues.  I would be happy to learn of your experience and advocate on your behalf to find a solution.  Feel free to contact me directly at 226-773-1910.

I have been able to reach the Manager at Canada Post overseeing this project, directly at FCM and AMO conferences, and indirectly through Town Staff, to bring forward areas of concern for Canada Post to review.  I would be pleased to continue to do so if you have issues that you want to ensure are relayed for possible solution.  This is a permanent change to our community design and it is important that its implementation be done right.

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August 11th Meeting

We're beginning at 5pm this week.

First is the consideration of assessment of charges to clean and maintain the South McPhee Drain to benefitting property owners.  The full packet can be found here.

At 6pm Council will be holding a public meeting to receive input regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment for 12258 Oliver Drive.  The existing property is proposed to be demolished and rebuilt as a four unit townhomes.  The full packet can be found here which includes feedback received from the neighbourhood so far as well as renderings from the developer as to what he is proposing.

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

Delegations will be received from Tony Corona and David Lozinsky, Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach Re: Taste of Tecumseh Festival, as well as Candice Dennis, BIA Chair, Carolyn Sivitter, Health Fair Expo Committee Chair, and Paula Rorai, BIA Coordinator Re: Fall Into Health Day Fair and Sign By-law Exemption Request.

Among our communications:

A. The Chamber of Marine Commerce serving the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Seaway invites the Town of Tecumseh to become a member.

B. Dillon Consulting advises of a Study Commencement for the Oldcastle Industrial Park Area Sanitary Sewer Easements for Connections to the 8th Concession Trunk Sanitary Sewer, Class Environmental Assessment

C. The Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen advises of its opposition to the Sale of Hydro One.

D. An anonymous Town of Tecumseh resident submits a Letter of Thanks to the Public Works Department for their service during a recent incident.

E. Tecumseh BIA requests a Sign Bylaw Exemption for various parks to promote its 'Fall Into Health Day' Fair

COMMITTEE MINUTES

A. Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (TOTBIA) Minutes July 22, 2015 - The BIA will be hosting a Health and Wellness Expo at Lakewood Park over Labour Day Weekend (September 5-6).  The BIA has also deferred confirming a contribution to the Boundary Review study until completion of the review.

B. Corn Festival Committee Minutes - July 23, 2015.  The committee approved a pilot project with the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority to provide segregated food waste pickup.  

REPORTS

A. Director Financial Services/Treasurer, August 1, 2015, Report No. 12/15 Re: Budget Variance Report - June 30, 2015.  The Town is on track to record a $330,000 surplus.  The primary driver of this surplus is a reduction in our police costs.  There is a deficit on the water/wastewater side in the amount of $245,000 vs budgeted as residents are doing exactly what we've been asking them to do - conserve and use less of our natural resources which means you're saving money too.

B. Director Financial Services/Treasurer, August 6, 2015, Report No. 13/15 Re: Essex Energy Corporation (EEC) Solar Photovoltaic Proposal and Energy Storage RFP - Update.  In the due diligence process, Town Administration determined that it would not be beneficial to proceed with leasing Town of Tecumseh land adjacent to Fire Hall #2 for the Solar Photovoltaic farm and Energy Storage facility and is recommending support of same from Council.  A review of this property is being recommended by Administration for the best possible use.

C. Development Coordinator, July 20, 2015, Report No. 20/15 Re: Sumatara Investments Limited, Estates of Lakewood Park, Agreement to Amend the Development Agreement.  This item was deferred from last meeting and recommends adopting a residential 5' fence versus a taller 6' fence between Lakewood Park and the development.

D. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, July 27, 2015, Report No. 22/15 Re: The Estate of Miksa Marton / Active Global Organiks, Proposed Medical Marihuana Facility - 5815 Outer Drive, Zoning Bylaw Amendment.  Council is being asked to set a public meeting regarding this proposed rezoning to permit a Medical Marijuana facility in Oldcastle located between the old and new alignments of Highway 3 on Tuesday, September 8th.  The zoning is proposed to change from Rural Commercial to Industrial.  The proposed facility will produce approximately 50,000 grams of medical marihuana per month and will reuse the existing building with new greenhouses constructed.  

E. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, July 28, 2015, Report No. 23/15 Re: Site Plan Control Agreement, 1310 Lesperance Road, (1614840 Ontario Ltd. / Masotti Construction).  Administration is proposing approval of a Site Plan Control agreement which meets Town Requirements and has attempted to address adjacent resident concerns.

F. Development Coordinator, July 30, 2015, Report No. 24/15 Re: Sumatara - Lakewood Estates, Release of Building Permits.  Administration is requesting conditional approval for release of building permits for this development located on a portion of the former Lakewood Golf Course.  Further information is expected to be released on Tuesday August 11th.

G. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, August 6, 2015, Report No. 26/15 Re: Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan.  Administration is proposing to host a public meeting on Wednesday September 9th at 5pm to receive feedback on the final report of the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.  The plan is not ready as of yet but will be released in time for the Council Meeting, however the "Big Moves" contemplated are:

  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 the “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 grate and residential above.
  5. Create a central pedestrian node (plaza) as the central gathering place for the community lined 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.

H. Manager Engineering Services, July 24, 2015, Report No. 46/15 Re: Petro Canada Key Lock Facility - 4406 County Road 46, Sanitary Sewer Connection Agreement.  Administration is recommending approval of allowing a sanitary sewer connection for the Petro Canada Key Lock facility expansion being proposed for County Road 46 at Highway 401.

If you have any questions about these or other items please be in touch.  I can be reached at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

 

 

 

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Great News! Tecumseh secures Canada 150 Funding

MP Jeff Watson Announces Important Investments through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Harper Government Supports Community Infrastructure in Windsor and Essex County

Friday, July 31, 2015        Essex   Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario   (FedDev Ontario)

Jeff Watson MP, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced that Windsor-Essex will benefit from funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. 

The Harper Government has approved funding totalling over $1,000,000 for seven local recipients. These include the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, the Town of Tecumseh, and five branches of the Royal Canadian Legion. For more details, please see the backgrounder.

This announcement is one of many for projects approved through the Program that will improve and preserve community spaces across southern Ontario, with the aim of giving back to Canadians and creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The program is expected to boost economic activity through infrastructure investments, build community-based partnerships and modernize existing community facilities.

The contributions are contingent on the execution of contribution agreements with recipients.

Quick Facts

  • Over the coming weeks, local announcements for projects approved through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in southern Ontario will take place across southern Ontario.
  • Projects have been selected based on program criteria, including the extent to which funding was leveraged from other sources, construction-readiness, and linkages to Canada 150.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Harper Government has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.
  • It builds on FedDev Ontario’s delivery of the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario, which represented a federal investment of more than $225 million and supported more than 1180 projects.  

Quotes

“The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will preserve and improve our community infrastructure, so that Canadians and their families can enjoy moments of culture, sport, recreation and leisure, not only to commemorate Canada's 150th, but for years to come. The Harper Government continues to deliver infrastructure jobs and benefits to Windsor-Essex."

Jeff Watson, MP,

Member of Parliament, Essex

“Today, with the support from the Federal government and the Town of Essex, we are pleased to announce our Trail On! campaign has reached $750,000 of its $1million goal to complete the trail.  Green spaces, trails and a healthy environment directly contribute to our region being recognized as a place of choice for people to live, visit, and invest.  Trails improve the communities where they are built, which is why we are so pleased to be celebrating another success with our partners,”
Susan Stockwell Andrews,
President, Board of Directors, Essex Region Conservation Foundation.

“We are  very appreciative that our proposed project for enhancements at Lakewood Park  through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program has been approved.  Infrastructure investment partnerships with  the Federal Government provide leverage and contribute to successful projects as we work collaboratively  to strengthen our communities.”
Mayor McNamara 
Town of Tecumseh

Related Products

Backgrounder: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Southern Ontario

Associated Links

FedDev Ontario – Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_02195.html

Contacts

Cyril Bagin
Office of Jeff Watson MP
519-776-4700

Richard Wyma introduces Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti for Tecumseh's comments on funding annoucement

 

Applicant Name

Project Description

Total Project Cost

Funds Requested

City/Town

Essex Region Conservation Foundation

Renovation of Essex-Amherstburg Greenway

$1,000,000

$500,000

Essex

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 399

Repair of and replace front steps to building and repave existing parking lot

$37,131

$12,032

Belle River

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 143

Replacement of Main sewer drain, of roof top furnace, and repairing Flat roof

$132,000

$66,000

Windsor

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 261

Replacement of roof on the Legion Building

$75,020

$37,510

Tecumseh

Royal Canadian Legion Walkerville & East Windsor Branch # 12

Renovation of the Royal Canadian Legion Walkerville & East Windsor Branch # 12 Building

$36,700

$16,775

Windsor

Royal Canadian Legion, Riverside Branch 255

Repair of heating and cooling systems in the legion hall

$26,725

$13,362

Windsor

The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh

Enhancement of Lakewood Park Trail Network

$800,000

$400,000

Tecumseh

 

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