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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July 28th Meeting

This week at Council:

6pm:  Council will be considering the Drainage Report, prepared by Shane R. McVitty, P. Eng., of N.J. Peralta Engineering Ltd., dated June 18, 2015, for the repair and improvement of the South Malden Road Drain [Lower Portion] and Graham Drain Improvements.

The packet can be found here.

7pm:  The packet can be found here.

This week we'll be considering the following items:

DELEGATIONS

Christopher Hales, Chair, Tecumseh Police Services Board will speak regarding the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB), 2015 Spring Conference and Annual General Meeting.

Jon Fournier, Rob Maitland and Bonnie Hiltz, GDF SUEZ Canada Inc. will speak regarding the Re: Blue Sky Wind Project.  A portion of the transmission corridor connecting the project to the grid will pass within the Town of Tecumseh.

Communication:  

A. Council will consider participating in the LAS Municipal Energy Finance Workshop - September 18, 2015, at a
cost of $400.00 per person, plus HST in accordance with the Town’s Professional Development Policy and subject to funding in the 2015 Budget.

COMMITTEE MINUTES
A. Heritage Committee - July 13, 2015 - The committee is preparing for the Banwell Road Black Cemetery dedication ceremony on September 25, 2015.

B. Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee - July 13, 2015.  The committee will be launching a pilot Coffee House at Ecole secondaire l'Essor in October 2015.

C.Court of Revision - July 14, 2015.  The court approved advancing assessment for improvements to the Branch of the South Talbot and Holden Outlet Drain to Council for tonight's meeting.

D. Court of Revision - July 14, 2015, Moynahan Drain.  The court approved advancing assessment for improvements to the Branch of the South Talbot and Holden Outlet Drain to Council for tonight's meeting.

REPORTS
A. Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector, July 15, 2015, Report No. 10/15 Re: 2016 Business Plan and Budget Timetable

Council is being encouraged to begin the Budget process early through the following timetable:

  • Council consultation September 8, 2015
  • Public engagement September 8, 2015 to September 25, 2015
  • Table proposed Business Plan & Budget November 10, 2015
  • Council deliberations TBD week of November 23, 2015
  • Council deliberations TBD week of November 30, 2015
  • Council consideration & adoption December 8, 2015

B. Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector, July 15, 2015, Report No. 11/15: Taxes Receivable.  The Deputy Treasurer advises that tax arrears have been dramatically reduced over the past year.

C. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, July 22, 2015, Report No. 21/15 Re: Tecumseh Transit Service (TTS), January to June 2015, Status Report and Results of Ridership Survey.  Council is advised that ridership is consistent between 2014 and 2015, and establishing a permanent stop at Sobeys is recommended.  Administration also advises that discussions are under way with Transit Windsor for a pilot project between Tecumseh and Windsor.

D. Development Co-ordinator, July 20, 2015, Report No. 20/15 Re: Sumatara Investments Limited, Estates of Lakewood Park,
Agreement to Amend the Development Agreement.  Council is being asked to agree to change the required 5' tall wrought iron fence type dividing this development from Lakewood Park to a black, five-foot high residential grade, decorative aluminum fence approved by the Town.

E. Manager Water and Wastewater, July 10, 2015, Report No. 44/15 Re: Source Water Protection Transfer Agreement.  Council is being offered acceptance of two grants of $30,000 and $15,000, respectively, for Risk Management Plan development by the Essex Region Conservation Area and general administration, from the Province of Ontario to help offset the cost of its required Drinking Water Source Protection measures to 2018.

F. Drainage Superintendent, July 7, 2015, Report No. 41/15 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain,
Appointment of Drainage Engineer - Oldcastle Road and Branch Drain.  Council is being asked to appoint a Drainage Engineer under the Drainage Act for Oldcastle Road and Branch Drain as requests have been received for cleaning.

G. Drainage Superintendent, July 15, 2015, Report No. 43/15 Re: West Townline and Mooney Creek, Request for Repair and
Improvements to a Municipal Drain, Appointment of Drainage Engineer.  Council is being asked to appoint a Drainage Engineer under the Drainage Act for West Townline and Mooney Creek as requests have been received for cleaning.

H. Manager, Recreation Programs/Events, July 8, 2015, Report No. 21/15 Re: Terry Fox Run 2015.  Council is being asked to waive Green Acres Optimist Park Pavilion and Community Centre fees for the Tecumseh Terry Fox Run on Sunday, September 20, 2015.

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

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July 14th Meeting

Council meetings begin at 6pm with two Court of Revision meetings:

6pm:  Assessment of costs to affected property owners for Drainage Works - South Talbot and Holden Outlet Drain  (Packet here:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Court%20of%20Revision/2015-07/14-18-00/Packet.pdf)

6:30pm: Assessment of costs to affected property owners for Drainage Works - Moynihan Drain (Packet here:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Court%20of%20Revision/2015-07/14-18-30/Packet.pdf)

7pm:  Regular business begins.  (Packet here:  http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Regular%20Council%20Meeting/2015-07/14-19-00/Packet.pdf)

DELEGATIONS

  • A. Adam McClounie Re: Bike Lanes
  • B. Rick Gelinas Re: Cancellation of Leaf Collection Program
  • C. Diane Tope-Ryan Re: Cancellation of Leaf Collection Program
  • D. Gregory Peck Re: Cancellation of Leaf Collection Program

COMMUNICATIONS

A. Town of Amherstburg, June 19, 2015 Re: Funding Formula for Ontario's Rural Schools.  The Town of Amherstburg has supported a motion by the Town of Essex to ask the Association of Municipalities of Ontario to petition for a review of the rural school funding formula.

B. Town of New Tecumseth, June 26, 2015 Re: Motion - Electricity Rates.  The Town of New Tecumseth has advised of its support for a reduction in the farm and industrial electricity rates.

C. Places to Grow, July 6, 2015 Re: Implementing Growth Plan Population and Employment Forecasts.  The Province of Ontario has released a backgrounder with respect to growth.  Details can be found at www.placestogrow.ca

D. City of Windsor, June 19, 2015 Re: Notice of Public Meeting, OPA Re: Heritage Resources, Land Conservation and Implementation of Urban Design Guidelines City of Windsor.  Windsor has advised that it is hosting a public meeting detailing an Official Plan Amendment on the above-noted changes to its Official Plan.  As of the writing of this, there are no written reports published for reference.

COMMITTEE MINUTES

  • A. Police Services Board - June 11, 2015
  • B. Heritage Committee - June 15, 2015.  Of note is that there will be a plaque unveiling at the Banwell Road Black Cemetery on September 25th at 1:30 pm at McAuliffe Park
  • C. Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee - June 15, 2015.  The committee has authorized a $250 donation to the event to be held October 23 – 25, 2015 and has asked Council to match.  Administration is recommending a total $300 commitment to this event.
  • E. City of Windsor, June 4, 2015 Re: Court of Revision, 10th Concession Drain.  This meeting was held to assess Drainage Act charges to benefiting property owners.

REPORTS

A. Director Fire Services/Fire Chief, July 6, 2015, Report No. 03/15 Re: Fire Chief's First Half 2015 Fire Rescue Services Update.  Chief Pitre provides a summary of department activities, including outreach initiatives, inspections and calls, over the first half of 2015.

B. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, July 7, 2015, Report No. 16/15 Re: Petro Canada Key Lock Facility, 4406 County Road 46, Site Plan Control Agreement.  Administration is recommending approval of an addition to the existing Petro-Canada Key Lock Facility to include a retail store and showers at the rear/far north of the property.  

C. Manager Planning Services/Senior Planner, July 7, 2015, Report No. 19/15 Re: Proposed Zoning By-law Amendment (Valente Construction Ltd.), Proposed Four-Unit Townhouse Dwelling - 12258 Oliver Drive.  Administration is recommending the scheduling of a Public Meeting for August 11, 2015 at 6pm to discuss the construction of a townhouse development at this address and demolition of the existing building.

D. Development Coordinator, July 6, 2015, Report No. 18/15 Re: Valente - Candlewood Development (Gadomski - Phase IV), Assumption of Services.  Administration recommends assuming the roads, sewers and infrastructure maintenance from the developer as they have been determined to have been completed to Town standards.

E. Drainage Superintendent, June 25, 2015, Report No. 38/15 Re: Tender Award - Dickson Drain 38-15.  Administration is recommending that a tender be awarded in the amount of $81,373.50 excluding HST to Murray Mills Excavating & Trucking to perform works related to drain improvement of the Dickson Drain.

F. Drainage Superintendent, June 24, 2015, Report No. 39/15 Re: Request for Repair and Improvements to a Municipal Drain, Appointment of Drainage Engineer - Pike Creek Drain.  Administration is recommending appointing a Drainage Engineer to determine necessary works under the Drainage Act for the Pike Creek Drain.

G. Manager Roads and Fleet, July 2, 2015, Report No. 42/15 Re: Stop Sign Policy Update 42-15 PW Stop Sign Policy Update 070915.  Administration recommends implementing housekeeping changes with respect to the Stop Sign Policy.

H. Director Parks and Recreation Services and Director Public Works and Environmental Services, June 25, 2015, Report No. 22/15 Re: Lakewood Park - Hayes Avenue Parking Lot & Pathway Extension.  Administration is recommending the expenditure of $119,000 to complete the construction of a Parking Lot on the new Hayes Avenue (St. Thomas St. extension) and a pathway extension from this lot extending to the existing path on Manning Road.

I.  Rezoning - 12346 Arbour Street for a Duplex Dwelling.  Council is being asked to approve the request for rezoning to allow the existing home to exist as a Duplex.

 

For further information on these or other matters, I invite you to reach me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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July 7th Meeting

We have few separate meetings occurring this coming Tuesday.  You can find the full packet here: http://town.tecumseh.on.ca/amserver/Special%20Council%20Meeting/2015-07/07-17-00/Packet.pdf 

Here are the details:

5pm - Council will be considering the use of Town Property at the corner of Walker Road and Highway 3, adjacent to the Essex Power Lines building, for a land lease to Essex Energy Corporation (a sister company partially owned by the Town). The land is currently vacant and without a designated use.

There are two proposed uses. The land would be reserved for 20 years for both a solar farm and an energy storage facility. There would be three separate 500kW solar PV systems.  The Town would obtain as revenue 4% of the yearly gross revenue of the system based on the sale of Kilowatt Hours.  The storage component would include up to three technology classes (Solid, Flow and Flywheel). However, the fees payable for that property would be negotiated by Town Administration and is not set as of yet.

Following this, the BIA is meeting for an open meeting beginning at 5:30pm.

At 7pm there is a Public Information Session regarding BIA boundaries.  Several businesses have asked Council to amend the boundaries.  This session will be held at Torino's Banquet Hall, 12049 Tecumseh Road.  There will be a second session from 7am to 9am on Wednesday as well.

 

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

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