February 23rd Meeting

This week's Council Meetings begin at 5pm.

The first matter for consideration is a proposed rezoning to allow a property east of Walker Road south of Highway 401, which was a former excavation pit for Highway 401 construction, to generally become a new asphalt plant, specifically:

  • a hot mix asphalt plant and associated truck holding area on the northern half of the property;
  • recycled aggregate storage on the southern half of the property;
  • hot mix asphalt stock piles on the north-eastern portion of the property, abutting the former CSR railway and vacant industrial lots that front onto Del Duca Drive;
  • three access points that propose to connect the property with Walker Road to the west (via the aforementioned private rights-of-way over abutting properties); Del Duca Drive to the east and Regal Drive to the south. All access points, laneways and parking/loading areas are proposed to be paved with asphalt;
  • five speed bumps and a 12-foot high cloth fence for portions of the westerly private right-of-way connecting the property to Walker Road. It is proposed that industrial vehicles loaded with aggregate and/or asphalt will be restricted to this access in order to exit directly onto County Road 11;
  • only empty industrial vehicles are proposed to enter/exit the property via the easterly access point on Del Duca Drive;
  • a 16-foot high berm along the northerly and north-westerly lot lines and the northerly half of the westerly lot line. An 8-foot high berm is proposed for the balance of the perimeter of the property.

Access to the site is an area of concern to the municipality as the property does not have direct access to a municipal right-of-way and there is no enforcement mechanism in place to ensure that site access can be controlled.

Several delegations will be present to speak to the proposal.

You can read the packet here.

 

At 6:30pm Council will consider the Engineer's Report for the McLean-Hergott Drain wherein affected property owners will contribute to the cost of cleaning the drain and related activities.  The full packet can be found here.

 

At 7pm the regular business of Council begins as follows.  The packet can be found here.

DELEGATIONS

A. Joe Barile, General Manager, Essex Powerlines Re: Essex Power Youth in Community Funding

B. Rosa Amicarelli, Manager Community Living Supports, Community Living.  This delegation will speak to bring awareness of the need for hiring Community Living participants that may exist in the community.

C. Richard Wyma, General Manager, Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA). Re: 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Budget.  ERCA will speak to their 2016 budget and its impact on the municipality.  The levy increase will be $0.65 per household.

COMMUNICATIONS FOR INFORMATION

A. Community Living Essex - Re: Accessibility, Inclusion & Community Living Accessibility, Inclusion & Community Living

B. Town of Lakeshore, Notice of Public Open House - Re: 5 Year Official Plan Review.  The Public Open House will be held on Monday February 29, 2016 at the Atlas Tube Centre from 3pm to 7pm.

C. The Faculty of Law, and the Office of Human Rights, Equality and Accessibility, University of Windsor - Re: Accessibility Café - Ramping Up Stalled Action in Ontario on Disability Accessibility, March 3, 2016 with Special Guest David Lepofsky.  The event will be held on Thursday, March 3rd 2016, from 12pm-2pm at the Katzman Lounge, Vanier Hall, University of Windsor.

D. Township of Southgate, February 17, 2016 - Re: Bill 36 - an Act to amend the Trespass to Property Act Township of Southgate-Clerk Memo - Bill 36.  The Township of Southgate supports an increase to fines for trespassing on Private Property from $500 to $1000 and to a maximum of $25,000.

REPORTS

A. Chief Administrative Officer, January 29, 2016, Report No. 02/16 Re: Police Services - Schedule of Fees 02-16.  As we were alerted to last week, the Police Services Board has requested that Tecumseh harmonize its fees with the provincial fee schedule.  This will result is lower fees for police clearances for residents but will also reduce revenues to the Town (about $12,000).

B. Director Financial Services & Treasurer, February 5, 2016, Report No. 05/16 Re: Essex Powerlines Corporation Long Term Financing Agreement, 2016 Repayment Provision 05-16.  Administration is recommending that the Town retain its interest in the Essex Powerlines debt as the rate of return is higher than placing similar funds at a bank.

C. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, February 11, 2016, Report No. 06/16 Re: Investor Agreement with The One Investment Program 06-16.  This is relevant to our report from last week adopting a new Investment Policy.  To join with other public bodies in their investment programs a by-law is required to proceed.

D. Director Planning & Building Services, February 16, 2016, Report No. 05/16 Re: Financial Incentive Program Grant Application, Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan, 12214 Tecumseh Road (2012471 Ontario Inc. / Buckingham Realty).  Buckingham Realty is seeking a Planning, Design and Architectural Grant, for a total amount of $1,475.00 toward the preparation of architectural drawings for their building.  

E. Manager Planning, February 16, 2016, Report No. 06/16 Re: Valente Development Corporation, Part Lot Control Exemption for Blocks 1 through 9 and Block 11 on Registered Plan of Subdivision 12M-612 (Carmelita Court) Creation of Individual Lots for Semi-detached and Townhouse Units 06-16.  This is a technical report speaking to the further subdivision of properties located on the former St. Anne's High School / Carmelita Hall property.  The developer wishes to provide separate ownership for each of the townhouse units.

F. Drainage Superintendent, February 3, 2016, Report No. 12/16 Re: West Townline and Mooney Creek Drain, 5465 County Road 19 - Private Bridge Emergency Replacement award of contract to Facca Incorporated 12-16.  Administration is recommending that the replacement of a failed bridge over the West Townline and Mooney Creek Drain at 5465 County Road 19 be awarded to Facca Incorporated in the amount of $138,950.  This is an unplanned expenditure and is the result of the existing bridge failing unexpectedly.  

G. Manager Roads & Fleet, February 16, 2016, Report No. 13/16 Re: Tender Award - 2016 Supply of Various Vehicles 13-16.  The following vehicles are proposed for purchase:

a. Item 1 – one (1) new 1500 2016 4x2 Crew Cab truck, standard box, in the amount of $26,580 plus HST, to Oxford Dodge.

b. Item 2 – one (1) new 1500 4x4 Ext Cab truck, standard box complete with snow plow prep package, in the amount of $28,073 plus HST, to Provincial Chrysler.

c. Item 3 – one (1) new 1500 2016 4x2 Reg. Cab truck, standard box, in the amount of $25,183 plus HST, to Provincial Chrysler.

d. Item 4 – one (1) new Minivan Passenger Vehicle, in the amount of $20,169 plus HST, to Windsor Chrysler

H. Manager Water & Wastewater, February 16, 2016, Report No. 14/16 Re: Drinking Water Quality Management System, Operational Plan Version 6 14-16.  This is a technical report recommending adopting of the Town's program for water and wastewater procedures.

I. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, January 26, 2016, Report No. 05/16 Re: Essex Power Youth in Community Funding 05-16.  Essex Power will be contributing $10,000 to the Town of Tecumseh.  This allocation will be managed by the Parks and Recreation Department.  

 

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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February 16th Meeting

Our regular business will begin at 7pm

A. Dillon Consulting Limited, January 27, 2016 - Re: Notice of Completion, Oldcastle Industrial Park Area Sanitary Sewer Easements for Connections to the 8th Concession Trunk Sanitary Sewer in the Town of Tecumseh, Class Environmental Assessment.  The Environmental Assessment for establishing a new Trunk Sanitary Sewer connecting the Oldcastle Area to sanitary sewer service has now been completed and is being recommended for a 30 day review.

B. Dillon Consulting Limited, January 26, 2016 - Re: Transportation Master Plan, Notice of Commencement of Study Update.  The Tecumseh Transportation Master Plan was initiated in 2008 but was never completed; it is now proposed to complete the study with updated information.  This provides notice to the public that the update will proceed.

C. The Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands - Re: Request for Increase in Funding to Long Term Care Facilities.  The Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands is requesting an increase in funding for Long-Term Care Facilities (such as Sun Parlour Home) of the Province of Ontario and is asking for support.

D. Ontario Energy Board Notice - Re: Notice of Generic Proceeding.  Union Gas has applied to extend service to rural and remote communities, to be initially paid for by existing network users and paid back over time.  The Ontario Energy Board wishes to have public meetings regarding this policy as a whole.  If you would like to intervene, you can apply to the OEB prior to February 22nd.

COMMUNICATIONS ACTION REQUIRED
A. St. Clair College Re: 24th Annual Alumni of Distinction Awards.  Tony Haddad, CAO of the Town of Tecumseh, is receiving an Alumni of Distinction Award from St Clair College.  Council will consider granting permission for Town representatives to attend the Alumni of Distinction Awards on Friday, April 1, 2016, at a cost of $60 per person.

X. COMMITTEE MINUTES
A. Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee - January 18, 2016
B. Heritage Committee - January 18, 2016
C. Police Services Board - January 25, 2016.  Of note is that it was determined that police clearances costs are significantly more than the OPP Schedule of Fees and that a recommendation will be made to align fees in the near future.

REPORTS
Corporate Services & Clerks
A. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, January 27, 2016, Report No. 02/16 - Re: 2015 Open and Closed Council Meetings.  Council's record for 2015 is consistent with that of past years.

B. Director Financial Services & Treasurer, December 23, 2016, Report 01/16 - Re: Policy #87, - Investment Policy.  This is a review of the municipal Investment Policy wherein municipal funds are invested in private and regulated markets.

C. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, January 25, 2016, Report No. 02/16 - Re: Taxes Receivable - December 2015.  Tax receivable as a percentage of tax levies decreased to 5.7% at December 2015 which is a tremendous improvement from past years and is consistent with Southwestern Ontario municipalities.

D. Director Financial Services & Treasurer, January 18, 2016, Report No. 03/16 - Re: 2015 Water Financial Plan No. 040-301.  Council is being asked to approve the 2015 Water Financial Plan which demonstrates that the program to maintain the water system is sustainable.

E. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, February 9, 2016, Report No. 06/16 - Re: Electricity Costs and Global Adjustment 04-16.    Electricity cost is a significant expenditure item within the Town’s operating budget, expected to account for 3% of all expenditures in 2016.  Electricity costs are managed as best as possible through bulk purchasing.

F. Drainage Superintendent, January 19, 2016, Report No. 09/16 - Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain Appointment of Drainage Engineer – East Townline Drain.  Dillon Consulting is being recommended to act as Drainage Engineer for the repair and improvements to the East Townline Drain.

G. Drainage Superintendent, February 3, 2016, Report No. 11/16 - Re: South McPhee Drain - Tender Award 11-16.  Repairs to the South McPhee Drain are proposed to be awarded to Murray Mills Excavating & Trucking (Sarnia) Ltd., in the amount of $121,773.38 excluding HST.

H. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, January 11, 2016, Report No. 04/16 - Re: Optimist Club's Victoria Day Weekend Fireworks 2016.  It is recommended that the rental fees associated with the use of the Optimist Community Centre and Green Acres Park for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach’s 2016 Victoria Day Fireworks Display, at a cost of $150 be waived; and that the fees associated with the fireworks permit at a cost of $50 be waived, and that the Ontario Provincial Police schedule officers to walk through the park the evening of the fireworks display.

I. Manager Recreation Programs and Events, January 11, 2016, Report No. 06/16 - Re: Taste of Tecumseh Festival 2016
06-16.  It is being recommended that the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach be authorized to sell, serve and consume alcoholic beverages at Lakewood Park from Friday, June 17, 2016 through to and including Saturday, June 18, 2016, subject to compliance with the provisions of the Town’s Municipal Alcohol Risk Management Policy 31 for the purposes of hosting the 2016 Taste of Tecumseh Festival; and that the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach be granted an exemption from the Town’s Sign By-law starting May 1, 2016 to permit them to advertise the Taste of Tecumseh Festival in the following areas: BIA Parkette, Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena, Lakewood Park, Poisson Parkette, Lacasse Park, Chippewa Park and Green Acres Park, provided that the signs do not impede traffic site lines; and further that relief be granted from the Noise By-law No. 2002-07, to permit a 5pm-1am closure.

J. Director Parks & Recreation, February 8, 2016, Report No. 08/16 - Re: Tecumseh Soccer Club Sponsorship Banner Agreement. It is recommended that the Town execute a Sponsorship Banner Agreement (Agreement) for the right to install Sponsorship Banners on the Field Fence at the L’Essor Soccer Fields for a period of five (5) years commencing April 1, 2016 and ending on March 31, 2021.

K. Director Parks & Recreation, February 11, 2016, Report No. 09/16 - Re: Updates to Tecumseh Parks By-law 209-13.  Various housekeeping amendments are proposed for the use of Tecumseh Parks including skateboarding, closure times, permits and sponsorships.

Finally this evening will complete the By-law allowing parking enforcement at the Tecumseh Manning Medical Centre.

 

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

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January 26th Meeting

This week, Council begins at 7pm.  We'll be considering the following items.  You can find the full packet here.

DELEGATIONS

A. Steve Ray, General Manager and Leesa Farah, Intern - Re: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations 

 

COMMUNICATIONS FOR INFORMATION

A. The Corporation of the City of Windsor, January 8, 2016 - Re: Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.  The City of Windsor is requesting the traffic analysis undertaken by the Town with respect to reducing the number of lanes on Tecumseh Road.

B. Municipal Employer Pension Centre Ontario (MEPCO), January 11, 2016 - Re: OMERS Pension Plan HOC.  MEPCO advises of information relevant to the transfer of pension funds to pensioners in case of deficit and in case of surplus.

C.  Township of Carling, January 13, 2016 - Re: Physician Recruitment Township of Carling.  The Township of Carling is seeking Council's support in having the Province establish funding to support physician recruitment services in rural and underserviced areas.

D. Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), January 19, 2016 - Re: AMO's 2016 Pre-Budget Submission.  AMO requests that the Province of Ontario maintain its commitments to complete "uploading" of provincial services from the municipal tax base to the provincial income tax base, that the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund be increased concurrent with inflation, and that the Province address the cost differential created by increases awarded to police and fire employees versus other municipal employees.

E. Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) - Re: 2016 Draft Budget, 30 day Notice to Member Municipalities.  ERCA is proposing a budget increase of 65 cents per household.

REPORTS 

A. Chief Administrative Officer, January 19, 2016, Report No. 01/16 Re: Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario [EVCO] 01-16.  The CAO recommends that an application for funding of two [2] Electric Vehicle [EV] Charging Stations in Tecumseh be submitted and that Council authorize Administration to liaise with Essex Energy in providing the necessary information to support the Electric Vehicle [EV] Charging Stations in Tecumseh.

B. Director Corporate Services & Clerk, January 19, 2016, Report No. 01/16  Re: February 9, 2016, Regular Council Meeting - Re-consider Cancellation.  The Clerk recommends that the February 9th meeting of Council be restored after previous cancellation, as anticipated attendance at conferences did not materialize.

C. Director Fire Services & Fire Chief, December 15, 2015, Report No. 01/16 Re: 2016 Fire Five (5) Year Capital Projects Plan 01-16 Fire 2016.  The Fire Chief recommends purchases as follows:  (a) 2 Swiss phone pagers $ 900, (b) 4 firefighter helmets $ 1,600, (c) 4 sets of firefighter bunker gear $ 10,000, and (d) Confined space training facility $ 50,000, to be funded from (a) Fire Equipment Lifecycle Reserve $ 17,500 and (b) In-kind donations towards the Confined space training facility $ 45,000, including In-kind donations of $25,000 from Leigh Hanson for the cement culverts and manhole, $6,000 from Coxon’s Towing Service for transportation and repositioning of cement culverts and labour.

D. Director Fire Services & Fire Chief, January 14, 2016, Report No. 02/16 Re: Fire Chief's Q4 of 2015 Fire Rescue Services Update 02-16  The Fire Chief provides a statistical report of calls made during the fourth quarter of 2015.  

E. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, January 4, 2016, Report No. 03/16 - Re: 2015 Christmas in Tecumseh and Santa Parade Post-Event Report.  The Parks and Recreation Department advise on the outcome of the events this year and the impacts of the inclement weather.

F. Director Planning & Building Services, January 21, 2016, Report No. 01/16 - Re: 1078398 Ontario Limited (Dunn Group), Proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, East of Walker Road, South of 401.  Dunn Paving is looking to use a property that is generally landlocked just east of the properties facing Walker Road south of Highway 401 to store aggregate for recycling purposes and to supply hot mix asphalt.  The Planning Department is recommending that a public meeting be convened for Tuesday February 23rd at 5pm to discuss the rezoning.

G. Manager Planning, January 18, 2016, Report No. 03/16 - Re: Annual Status Report on the Tecumseh Transit Service for 2015 03-16.  Planning presents a usage report for Tecumseh Transit.  Ridership has been generally static and the most popular stop accounting for half of all persons is Tecumseh Mall.  No changes are proposed at this time.

H. Manager Building Services & Chief Building Official, January 19, 2016, Report No. 04/16 - Re: 2015 Year End Permit Report.  The Building Department reports that in 2015 an additional $15 million in development was undertaken within the town and 22 additional permits issues year-to-year.

I. Development Coordinator, January 19, 2016, Report No. 02/16 - Re: Valente - Arbour Grove Townhomes, Release of Building Permits - Placing of Services on Maintenance.  The Planning Department recommends that the services installed in this development begin their one year maintenance period before being accepted by the Town of Tecumseh.  This also allows for Building Permits to be released for this development.

J. Director Public Works & Environmental Services, January 6, 2016, Report No. 07/16 - Re: Tender Award, LED Street Light Conversion - Luminaire Supply.  Philips Canada was awarded the tender to supply LED lighting materials at a cost of $687,041.50 plus HST, well below the anticipated price.

K. Director Public Works & Environmental Services, January 6, 2016, Report No. 08/16 - Re: Tender Award, LED Street Light Conversion - Removal & Installation.  Maple City Electric was awarded the tender to remove existing fixtures and replace with new LED lamps at a cost of $101,510 plus HST.  

L. Manager Engineering Services, January 14, 2016, Report No. 06/16 - Re: 8th Concession Trunk Sanitary Sewer, Schedule 'B' Class Environmental Assessment.  Public Works reports that the environmental assessment for the proposed 8th Concession Sanitary Sewer is complete and should be advertised for 30 day public review.

 

If you have any questions on these or other matters please feel free to call me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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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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