March 13th Meeting

Town Council begins at 5:30pm this week.

We will first host a Public Meeting to receive feedback from residents regarding proposed construction of a five-storey, 71-unit condominium apartment building, accessory marina and limited ground-floor commercial uses, along with associated on-site surface and  underground parking at the former Pud's Place Marina at 14328 &14346 Tecumseh Road.   The subject property is currently designated "Commercial" in the St. Clair Beach Official Plan. The purpose of the proposed Official Plan amendment is to redesignate the subject property to a "Medium Density Residential" designation.

The full agenda packet for the rezoning application can be found here.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The full agenda packet can be found here.

Delegations
a. Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area, Chair Candice Dennis, Treasurer Paul Bistany, Directors Linda Proctor and Dan Hofgartner will speak to the BIA Budget.
b. Richard Wyma, General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Essex Region Conservation Authority will speak to the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) 2017 Annual Report

Reports include:
a. Chief Administrative Officer
1. CAO-2018-05 Town Hall Temporary Office Space.  Administration is recommending spending $10,000 to install portable office space at Town Hall to house 5-6 employees.

b. Fire & Emergency Services
1. FIRE-2018-02 Proposed Amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act: Mandatory Training and Community Risk
Assessment.  Administration is recommending receipt of the Fire Chief’s report regarding proposed draft regulations affecting the delivery of municipal fire services, and that Council support the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs regarding the proposed
draft regulations from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services be supported.

The Province is proposing mandatory certification requirements set out by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for all new firefighters employed or appointed to a Fire Department in Ontario for several positions.  Requirements would come into force January 1, 2019 with the exception of technical rescuers, which would come into force January 1, 2020.  The Province is also proposing that mandatory certification requirements also set out by the NFPA apply to existing firefighters currently employed or appointed in fire departments across Ontario.

The Province is proposing that effective January 1, 2019, municipalities be required to conduct a Standard Risk Assessment every five (5) years focusing on key profiles in their communities (e.g. demographics, geography, past fire loss and event history, critical infrastructure, building stock profile within the community, etc.).  Municipalities would be responsible for reviewing their community risk assessment annually to ensure that any significant changes in the mandatory profiles are identified. If there are any significant changes in risk (e.g., addition of retirement homes or care facilities), the Municipality will be responsible for updating their assessment. This information will be used to inform decisions about Fire Protection Services in their community.

Administration is recommending that the following amendments be put forward:

Mandatory Certification:
a) It is recommended that the Internship Program of twenty-four (24) months for newly hired firefighters be expanded to include all applicable areas and positions, such as fire inspectors and Fire Officer I & II, replacing the limiting language found in Section 3(b) of the Act (attached); and
b) It is recommended that the date of implementation be reviewed (in light of an election year) as there may not be enough time prior to July 2018 or at the initial Council meeting on/or after December 1, 2018, to make decisions (e.g. training funding) to
ensure full implementation of the Mandatory Training and Certification regulation; and
c) It is recommended that Certification for some individual chapters within the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006 may not be available for the January 1, 2020 deadline. Additional wording should be added, allowing the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to manage the implementation of NFPA 1006 Technical Rescue 1006 as the standards are updated, published, and testing/skills are made available, in order to support and complete the certification process; and
d) It is recommended that reciprocity among AHJ’s be addressed so that both current and newly hired firefighters that have received NFPA certifications outside the province of Ontario are recognized by the provincial AHJ under the proposed regulations. This recommendation will also assist with provincial capacity for testing and certification.

Mandatory Community Risk Assessments:
e) It is recommended that the reference to building stock and classifications should use Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) data to classify building usage in regards to fire risks; and
f) It is recommended that, in Section 2 of the Draft Regulation – Mandatory Community Risk Assessment (Appendix B) Reporting the “state of compliance with the fire code” should be deleted as this is directly dependent upon municipalities’ set level of service
for fire prevention (e.g. fire inspections upon request or complaints as permitted, under the FPPA); and
g) It is recommended that, in Section 6 of Draft Regulation (Appendix B) that in a multi-tier Government, (e.g. lower-tier fire, upper-tier Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and /or Police Service), the data required for public safety response profile is not attainable; and
h) It is recommended that, in Section 9 (2) of the Draft Regulation (Appendix B), that comparison to other “like communities” may be difficult to achieve. Reporting in comparison to provincial trends would be more appropriate; and

Mandatory Training and Certification for Fire Service Personnel
i) It is recommended that the Provincial Government provides liability indemnification for
all municipal governments who comply with these new regulations at least twelve (12)
months before the training and certification comes into force.

2. FIRE-2018-03 Proposed Amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act: Mandatory Public Reporting

In response to a Provincial review, the following comments are recommended to be submitted to the Province as part of the public
consultation process:
a) It is recommended that the reporting requirements be amended to recognize the various response models of the many composite fire services in the province. In many cases, an initial minimally staffed emergency response unit may be deployed,
relying on volunteer firefighter support in suburban or rural areas. The community population density classifications of the NFPA 1720 Standard for Volunteer Fire Departments provide a better reflection of the service levels chosen by municipal Councils to meet their needs and circumstances in the many communities served by composite fire departments.
b) It is recommended that a comprehensive review and revision of the Standard Incident Report (SIR) codes and categories be undertaken, in consultation with the fire service stakeholders, to better define response types, eliminate duplication and
ambiguity in code categories. Further, a subset of non-emergency response codes should be identified, to be excluded from the requirements for mandatory public reporting of performance against the standard for emergency response.
c) It is recommended that the MCSCS provides direction and the corresponding required funding for the development and implementation of standardized technology and data processing procedures for all fire departments and dispatch services to provide consistency in data collection and reporting of the required elements of total response times required by the regulation, such that accurate performance comparisons can be made among municipalities.

c. Planning & Building Services
1. PBS-2018-08 Zoning By-law Amendment 7095 Manning.  Windsor Quality Poultry Proposed Poultry Processing and Repackaging Facility.  Administration is recommending the scheduling of a public meeting, to be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00
p.m., for a rezoning of a 1.8 hectare (4.4 acre) parcel of land situated on the west side of Manning Road, approximately 300
metres south of its intersection with South Talbot Road (7095 Manning Road), from "Agricultural Zone (A)" to a site specific "Agricultural Zone (A-28)" to permit a poultry processing and repackaging facility as an additional permitted use on the subject
property, be authorized.

2. PBS-2018-09 Conservation Agreement, 8th. Con.-Cty. Rd. 8 Intersection.  Administration is recommending that a Conservation Easement Agreement on the northeast corner of the 8th Concession/County Road 8 intersection be adopted to facilitate the preservation of the existing woodlot on the northeast corner of the parcel.

3. PBS-2018-10 New Building By-law and Permit Fee Schedule.  Administration is recommending that the By-law and permit fee schedule be update to reflect Council's previous decision to waive building fees for commercial and hospitality developments for one year.  It is estimated that the proposed permit fee rates should increase annual permit fee revenue on average by approximately 15-24 percent.

 

For further information on these or other municipal matters please contact me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

 


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