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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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Leaf Vacuum Program Discontinuance

This past Tuesday, Council was asked to consider discontinuance of the Leaf Vacuum program in favour of consolidating leaf pickup through the Yard Waste Collection.  This consideration was accepted by Council, of which I supported the decision.

There are undoubtedly mixed feelings on this development.  This was a beloved service, well appreciated and relatively unique for our area.  With all items being considered, I am confident that our weekly Yard Waste Collection service will address your needs for leaf disposal in the fall.

The end of the Leaf Vacuum program affects 990 households, including many in Ward 1 along Riverside Drive as well as the neighbourhood that I grew up in and where my parents still reside, including streets such as Coronado Dr., Barry Ave., Lacasse Boulevard, Burdick Crescent, Dillon Drive, Percy Place, Keith Avenue/Court and Lacasse Boulevard.  

Presently, 87% of residents within the Town are not offered this service.  For those who receive the service, once every November, a Yard Waste truck collects bags and, depending on the schedule, a few days later the vacuum would collect your leaves one time only.

The service was initiated at a time when seasonal yard waste collection was not being delivered.  Presently both of these leaf collection services, the Yard Waste collection everyone receives as well as the leaf vacuum, are operating in parallel.  The areas receiving the service are noted for their very tall and flush cottonwood trees in the area.  Given proportionally higher volumes of leaves falling in these areas versus the newer subdivisions, whose trees were in their infancy, the former Village of St. Clair Beach pioneered this service, and was expanded to select areas of Ward 1 about 2003.  

The matter was brought forward to Council as the two units used are no longer affordable to service and must be replaced at a cost of $70,000 each.  A new box would need to be purchased for $30,000.  The net new equipment cost required is $170,000.

My reasons for supporting the decision are as follows.

  • Government Duplication.  We send two different trucks and crews to perform essentially the same service once a year. The difference between the new level of service versus the old is that the onus falls to the homeowner to bag the leaves versus raking them to the curb.
  • Government Inefficiency.  Wind, weather, and missed communications meant that this program was unreliable for many of the users serviced by it.  There were continual pressures on Town staff to redo its run and have to resort to overtime labour, driving up costs in an unpredictable manner.
  • Opportunity for Savings.   Continuing this once a year service will cost $170,000 in upfront capital costs and about $13,000 in operating costs annually.  That's $300,000 over 10 years.  Those funds could go a long way towards other amenities such as accelerating Lakewood Park improvements or our trail system.  That availability of funds also allows Council to mitigate cost increases elsewhere and allows us to minimize tax increases.
  • Two-Tier Service Elimination.  Harmonizing the leaf collection into the Yard Waste collection across the entire municipality provides certainty and consistency across the municipality - leaves will be picked up on Mondays and they won't blow away while waiting for the vacuum to come by nor will you miss the collection date.  All residents get the same service for the same tax rate.

I thank you once again for entrusting me to be your voice on Council.   While personally difficult, decisions like these open the door to great opportunity.  In choosing options that have minimal change to your service with added cost savings, we are better positioned to hold the line on your property taxes and to bring forward the improvements you are hoping to see happen sooner.  We are likely to see more difficult decisions like these in the future, as Council continues to collaborate with Town Administration to find efficiency and savings to make your tax dollar go further.  I look forward to further discussion at the Council table on similar opportunities to achieve greater value for money.

If you have any further questions or comments, please give me a call at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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June 23rd Meeting

Coming up this week at Council:

6pm - Discussion on Rezoning request for 12346 Arbour Street.  The family that currently owns the property would like to convert it to a duplex in which they would continue to reside in one half.  Full information can be found here

7pm - Our regular business begins. The full packet can be found here:  

Delegates

  • Susie Korchnak will be recognized as Tecumseh's 2015 Senior of the Year
  • Ron Hebert and Scott White will make a presentation to Council regarding the Disc Golf Tournament planned for September 19, 2015 at Lakewood Park South.
  • Mr. Joseph Picard, Directeur Général Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence will speak to Programming at Tecumseh Arena
  • Joe Barile, General Manager of Essex Power will speak to the dividend paid to the Town of Tecumseh for 2014 as well as the Shared Value in June 2015

Written Communications

  • Canada Post responded in writing to Council's request to formalize municipal encroachments in the same manner of other encroachments as well as a 120 day moratorium on Community Mailbox installation.  These requests were refused.
  • The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing advises Council that the Minister will be reviewing the Municipal Act, the City of Toronto Act, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, and the Municipal Elections Act in 2015 and invites feedback.
  • Council is advised that the City of Windsor has rezoned the properties immediately west of Banwell Road south of the E.C. Row Expressway.  The lands closest to Banwell Road will be Commercial while closer to the existing industrial properties will be Manufacturing.
  • The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is requesting Nominations for Secretary Treasurer Position
  • The Township of Greater Madawaska is asking for Council's support in petitioning the Province of Ontario to stop electricity rate increases, although it does not specify a preference as to how they wish to have this achieved (i.e. lowering the cost of generation, subsidy through increased or reallocated taxes, etc.)
  • The County of Essex has opposed the Privatization of Hydro One and asks for an opportunity for Essex Power and ELK to purchase Hydro One assets in our local distribution area.
  • Katrina Miller, on behalf of Keep Hydro Public, requests a resolution opposing the privatization of Hydro One.  Administration is recommending that Town Council oppose the sell-off/privatization of Hydro One and that Tecumseh wishes to have the Hydro One service area in the Town of Tecumseh sold to Essex Power.
  • The Association of Municipalities of Ontario [AMO] invites municipal officials to a seminar titled Navigating a High Road, High Return Approach to Social Media Seminar, as well as Cover Your Assets, Primer on Asset Management AMO Cover Your Assets Conference Primer on Asset Management as part of the upcoming AMO Conference on August 17.
  • Municipal Employer Pension Center Ontario (MEPCO) is requesting that payees to the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Savings Plans be exempted from the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) as the government of Ontario's originally stated intent was to supply pensions to those who did not have comparable plans.  Administration is recommending that it report back.

Minutes

  • Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (TOTBIA) - June 10, 2015.  The BIA has approved a Health and Wellness Expo for September 2015.  It also inquires as to the cost of the Boundary Adjustment Report prior to agreeing to fund a portion of the cost.

Reports

  • Ontario Power Authority, Feed In Tariff Program Version 4 Blanket Support Resolution.  Administration is recommending that Council approve support for each and every application within Town of Tecumseh boundaries to benefit from the Feed-in-Tariff program.
  • The Treasurer provides a report on the Development Charge Reserve Fund.  There is currently about $28,000 in the account.  This means that the Town must finance on its own the costs required to support development in the short term, although these amounts are repaid as developments are built.  
  • The Treasurer reports that the Brendan/Binder Roads Sanitary Sewer Extension construction costs are not yet collected and therefore a 5 year financing cost of $68,000 or 1.57% is required in order to finance debentures.
  • Council is being asked to approve Phase 2 of the Villa Pia Investments Ltd., Proposed Craft Beer Brewery at 12014 Tecumseh Road which includes:
    • proposed and future additions to existing buildings that will total an additional 219.6 square metres (2,363 square feet);
    • a revised driveway access that will align with the Tecumseh Road/Shawnee Road intersection and function as part of a fully-signalized intersection.
    • an expansion of the originally proposed 39-space parking area to a larger parking area that will accommodate 69 vehicles, the design of which will facilitate a future Phase 3 development
    • a ten foot (10’) road widening across the frontage of the property (along Tecumseh Road) to be conveyed by the Owner to the Town.
  • Site Plan Approval is sought for a new Industrial building to be located at 2060 Fasan Drive
  • The New Town of Tecumseh Official Plan, Commercial Development Discussion Paper is released for review by Council and by the public.  
  • Administration recommends cancellation of the Leaf Pick-Up Program to those properties that receive it.  If it is maintained an investment of $170,000 is required to replace equipment.  There is only enough time in the season to make one pass of each of the properties.  It currently services approximately 900 properties in Wards 1 and 2 of nearly 7500 households in the Town.  If removed leaf pickup will continue to be provided through the existing yard waste collection.
  • In response to my initial request about long-term parking on the municipal right-of-way, Administration recommends that we continue to allows indefinite parking of vehicles on the road except for after winter snowfall events.
  • Administration is recommending conversion of the Yield Signs on Warwick and Clovelly and Warwick and Burlington to Stop Signs.
  • A tender for $1,942,930 is proposed to be awarded to D'Amore Construction for various improvements to Baseline Road, including the Sullivan Creek Bridge, Road Reconstruction from the 10th Concession and 11th Concession, and relocation of the 10th Concession Drain from the Sullivan Creek Bridge to the 11th Concession.  Improvements to the County Road 43 bridge proposed by the County of Essex were also part of the Tender and will be repaid by the County of Essex.
  • A request for repairs to the Wellwood Drain has been received and it was determined to warrant improvement.  The Drainage Act will be undertaken to determine works and assessment.  Administration is recommending that Lou Zarlenga of R.C. Spencer Associates Inc. be appointed as Drainage Engineer.
  • The Windsor Sports and Culture Club Park is requesting permission to operate loud speakers or sound amplifying equipment on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for live band performances / entertainment at McAuliffe Park.  

By-Laws

  • 2015-42 - Being a bylaw to provide for the repair and improvements to the South Talbot and Holden Outlet Drain
  • 2015-43 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Fr. Nicholas Point Council No. 4375 Knights of Columbus Bylaw
  • 2015-44 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and the Optimist Club of St. Clair Beach
  • 2015-45 - Being a by-law to provide for the repair and improvement of the Moynahan Drain Bylaw
  • 2015-46 - A By-law to amend Schedule “L” (Intersection Stop Signs) and Schedule “M” (Intersection Yield Signs) of By-law No. 2001- 36, as amended, to regulate traffic and parking on highways and private roadways under the jurisdiction of the Municipality
  • 2015-47 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Site Plan Control Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Villa Pia Investments Ltd. 
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May 26th Meeting

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This week, our Council meetings begin at 4:30pm.

At 4:30pm we will be discussing the Manning Road Secondary Plan Area-Specific Development Charge which includes the lands west of Manning Road between County Road 22 and the Canadian Pacific Railway.  A background study will be received and Council will determine whether to adopt the planned charges.  This Area-Specific Development Charge will cover regional costs such as stormwater, parks and collector roads that would normally be built directly by developments.  A regional approach here was felt to be more advantageous for the Town.  The full packet can be found here.

Delegations include Gary Scandlan, Watson & Associates and Flavio Forest, P. Eng., Dillon Consulting 

At 6pm, we begin the Public Council Meeting to consider the Drainage Report, prepared by Gerard Rood, P. Eng., of Rood Engineering Inc., dated April 22, 2015, for the repair and improvement of the Moynahan Drain.  The report details the share of costs being assigned to each benefitting property owner who rely on the drain.  The full packet can be found here.

The Regular Council Meeting begins at 7pm.  The full packet can be found here.  Our first delegation will be Cindy Prince, Vice President, Amico Properties who will be providing an update regarding the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway.  The Parkway contractors are also requesting a 6 month extension to the exemption from the Noise By-law.

Ray Tracey, CEO, Essex Power Corporation will speak to the 2014 Essex Power Dividend.  This year Essex Power is returning $434,674 to the Town of Tecumseh.  The net dividend is a 14% increase over years past.

Council is being advised of various Public Council Meetings in the City of Windsor dealing with Proposed Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments for the Twin Oaks Industrial Area and the area north of County Road 42 within the City of Windsor.

Town of St. Marys, May 15, 2015 Re: VIA Rail and the Network Southwest Action Plan.  The Town of St. Mary's is requesting that Council approve a resolution calling for an increase in passenger rail services in Southwestern Ontario and support for the Network Southwest Action Plan at http://www.swota.ca.

Administration is recommending that recipients of the Donny Massender Award be forwarded as nominations for the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for 2015 and on a go-forward basis.

Heritage Committee - May 11, 2015.  The Heritage Committee is preparing for the Ontario Heritage Trust Update, Plaque Unveiling Event and Banwell Road Black Cemetery on September 25, 2015.

Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee - May 11, 2015.  The Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee is considering investing in an East End Arts and Culture Incentive, a series of art performances that would be held at L'Essor High School.

Corn Festival Committee.  The Corn Festival Committee has finalized entertainment options.  Of note is an increase in the admission price to $3 from $2 previously.

 

REPORTS

A.  Director Financial Services/Treasurer, May 19, 2015, Report No. 06/15.  The Treasurer is reporting a projected $460,000 surplus as of the end of the first quarter of 2015 largely attributed to a reduction in policing costs.

B. Manager Roads & Fleet, April 23, 2015, Report No. 23/15 Re: Tender Award: Sexton Side Road Crossing over the South Talbot Drain.  An amount of $39,750 is proposed to be awarded to Quinlan Inc. for replacement of this culvert.

C. Manager Roads & Fleet, April 27, 2015, Report No. 24/15 Re: 2015 Asphalt Paving Tender Award.  An amount of $549,020 plus HST, for the 2015 Asphalt Paving Tender is proposed to be awarded to Coco Paving Inc.  Up to an additional $73,683 required for asphalting Roads ($65,959) and Parking Lots ($7,724) plus additional HST, would be appended to this contract and funded from the Road Lifecycle Reserve on a discretionary basis.

D. Manager Roads and Fleet, April 28, 2015, Report No. 25/15 Re: 2015 Tar & Chip Program - Tender Award.  An amount of $269,125 plus HST is proposed to be awarded to Shepley Road Maintenance Ltd. for the 2015 Tar & Chip Tender.  The amount is slightly higher than the budget estimate and therefore some provisional works may be removed from the plan depending on actual costs.

E. Manager, Water and Wastewater, May 11, 2015, Report No. 29/15 Re: Anode Protection Program - Tender Results
Administration recommends rejecting the existing bids received and re-tendering in June 2015.  The previous tender considered a five year program for Anode Protection in our water distribution systems.  It is expected that an accelerated schedule would bring the cost down and ensure that all work could be completed within 18 months as a single $375,000 project.

Also from the Manager of Water and Wastewater, Landmark is proposed to receive a sole-source contract in the amount of $150,100, excluding HST, to repaint the water tower.  The “Town of Tecumseh” logo, with the gold feather, is proposed to be applied on the elevated water tank. for an additional cost of $17,100 for the application of the Town’s logo be funded from the Water Capital Reserve.

F. Director Parks and Recreation Services, May 15, 2015, Report No. 17/15 Re: Lakewood Park Food Concession Operation RFP Award.  Mr. Christopher Divito is proposed to be the successful proponent to operate the Lakewood Park Food Concession.  Administration recommends a 5 year lease with an option to renew for an additional 5 year term.  The initial proposal calls for the annual operating season to be from May 1 to September 30, however Mr. Divito has requested that consideration be given to extending both the start and closing of the operation if the business warrants staying open.  The proposal calls for operational hours to be Monday – Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 7 pm. The first year of the agreement calls for $500 per month. There are proposed increases for the remaining 4 years of the agreement. The increases will reflect on the success of the operation and Administration will negotiate annually with Mr. Divito, and present to Council as part of the fees and charges by-law update. The concession would be expected to open by early to mid-June.

G. Director Parks & Recreation Services, May 19, 2015, Report No. 19/15 Re: Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program Grant Application.  Council is being requested to submit a funding request to complete aspects of our Town's proposed trail system through this federal funding program which will cover 50% of the total cost.  If successful, funds would be obtained from the Waterfront Park Reserve Fund; and $105,000 from the Infrastructure Reserve.  The projects would include:

  1. Paving 2.5 km of existing gravel trails in the community to make these trails more accessible to persons with disabilities;
  2. Expand the Lakewood trail system by adding trail connector links to the existing perimeter trail;
  3. Extend the Lakewood trail and make it accessible by adding two pedestrian bridges over the new channel connecting Manning Road roadside trail to the Lakewood trail system;
  4. Enhance the trails by adding benches, garbage cans and outdoor workout, recreational equipment along the trail.

H. Facilities Manager, May 15, 2015, Report No. 18/15 Re: Arena Front Doors - Removal and Replacement RFQ Award.  The Tender for $62,581 plus HST is proposed to be awarded to Dor-Co Sales and Service Ltd.

BY-LAWS
A. Bylaw 2015-37 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the provision of police services.  This is for our new six-year OPP Contract.

B. Bylaw 2015-38 - Being a by-law to appoint members to the Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee for the term of Council 2015-2018.  This would appoint me as a member of the Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee as the second Council representative.

C. Bylaw 2015-39 - Being a bylaw to confirm and appoint certain officers, servants and employees of The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh.  This is to appoint various members of administration as officials with specific delegated authority under provincial legislation and through the Town's own By-laws.

D. Bylaw 2015-40 - Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Encroachment Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and 2379665 Ontario Inc.  This agreement would allow Tecumseh Lanes Bowling at the corner of Tecumseh Road and Shawnee Road to use the public right-of-way to establish a patio service.

 

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

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