March 8th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins with an in camera meeting at 4:30pm.  

Public meetings begin at 5:30pm with the Court of Revision for the Antaya Drain.  The purpose of the meeting is to hear from any affected owner who wishes to appeal his/her assessment or any part thereof as set out in the Drainage Report, prepared by Dillon Consulting Limited, dated November 12, 2021.  The agenda can be found here.

A Public Meeting to consider a proposed rezoning of the Home Hardware at Lesperance Road and County Road 22 will begin at 6:15pm. The purpose of the proposed Official Plan amendment is to remove a site-specific prohibition of driveway access onto Westlake Drive, and to permit a defined outdoor area for the storage/display of products (i.e. garden sheds). The proposed new driveway will serve as a second vehicular ingress/egress access point for the existing Home Hardware Store.  The current site-specific “General Commercial Zones (C1-2) and (C1-7)” that apply to the property would be revised accordingly.  The agenda can be found here.

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

Delegations include:
1. Essex Region Conservation Authority - Transition Plan and 2021 Annual Report Re: Tim Byrne, CAO/Secretary-Treasurer; Tania Jobin, Chair; and Kieran McKenzie, Vice-Chair.

Communications - Action Required include:
1. Ontario Farmland Trust dated February 22, 2022 Re: 2022 Farmland Forum.  Administration recommends that the Mayor and Members of Council be authorized to attend the Virtual March 23, 2022 Farmland Forum, at a cost of $50 per person in accordance with the Town’s Professional Development Policy and subject to funding in the 2022 Budget.

Reports
1.  Development Services
a. DS-2022-07 Consent Agreement, 3425 11th Concession Storm Drain Conversion to a Municipal Drain. The existing storm drain on 11th Concession is proposed to be regulated as a Municipal Drain to service the new properties that have been severed from the original parcel of land to facilitate development. 

b. DS-2022-09 Annual Status Report on the Tecumseh Transit Service for 2021 and Update on Initiation of On-Demand Pilot Program.  Administration recommends  that the current waiver of transit fares due to the pandemic be continued until March 28, 2022; And further that transit fares be waived as an incentive to use the On-Demand Transit Pilot for a one-month period from March 28, 2022 up to and including April 28, 2022, after which regular transit fares be reintroduced.  Administration further reports that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Transit continues to experience lower than pre-COVID-19 ridership levels with no revenues being generated. The lack of revenue during this time is due to the decision of the Town to eliminate the transit fare early on in the COVID-19 emergency (March 23, 2020). Elimination of transit fares has been a measure implemented by many transit operations across the country in an effort to keep transit riders and drivers safe while continuing to provide this essential service to the community, to maintain access to an alternative transportation mode and to maintain the habit of transit use. The revenue shortfall is expected to be fully offset by Provincial grant funding through the Safe Restart Agreement (SRA) program. In addition, a summary of the tasks being undertaken by Town Administration, Blaise Transit and First Student Canada in order to initiate the on-demand pilot project on March 28 is provided to Town Council in the report in anticipation of its launch on March 28th.

2. Legislative & Clerk Services
a. LCS-2022-09 Restricted Acts of Council after Nomination Day - Lame Duck Provisions.  Administration recommends that a by-law be prepared to delegate authority to the Chief Administrative Officer with respect to the actions set out in the Municipal Act, 2001 Section 275(3) during the period which Council may be restricted from certain acts due to the municipal election.
b. LCS-2022-10 Award Nominations.  Administration requests that direction be given on selecting the recipient for the 2021 Donald “Donny” Massender Memorial Volunteer Award, the Dr. Henri Breault Award, and the 2022 Youth of the Year and Senior of the Year Awards.

3. Technology & Client Services
a. TCS-2022-03 2022 Lifecycle and 5 Year Capital Works Plan.  Administration recommends that the 2022 TCS Capital Projects ($209,000) be approved and funded through the Technology & Client Services Lifecycle reserve, including PC Replacements ($20,000), Network Upgrades ($25,000), Video Surveillance ($6000), Audio Visual Systems ($5000), Software licences ($5000), Virtual Server Upgrades ($110,000), Financial Software ($200,000), Data Backup ($15,000), Financial Software Update ($20,000), GPS Collector Data Unit ($15,000), Microsoft Office ($20,000), and Time and Attendance Softwre ($50,000)

4. Public Works & Engineering Services
a. PWES-2022-06 Riverside Drive Multi-Use Pathway Project Update.  Administration reports on the detailed design stage of the Riverside Drive Multi-Use Trail Project and provides an update of the progress performed by the Project Team to date, including a visual presentation of the trail alignment at the 90% design stage and the next steps required to complete the project. 
b. PWES-2022-07 2022 Supply of Various Vehicles.  Administration recommends the purchase of the 2022 Supply of Various Vehicles in the amount of $440,000 plus associated costs for outfitting, $17,000, for a total of $457,000 be funded from the Lifecycle Fleet Reserve, and that $1,900,000 plus associated costs for outfitting, $5,000, for a total of $1,905,000 be funded from the Lifecycle Fire Apparatus Reserve for replacement of fire vehicles.
c. PWES-2022-11 Active Transportation Fund - Multi-Use Recreational Trail - Lesperance Road and Little River Boulevard.  Administration recommends submitting an application to the federal government for funding under the Active Transportation Fund (ATF) for a future commitment to install a multi-use recreational trail on the west side of Lesperance Road (from Riverside Drive to First Street) and on the north side of Little River Boulevard (from Lesperance Road to Gauthier Street), with the Chief Financial Officer be authorized to sign any required documents necessary to complete the application and any subsequent documentation.

By-Laws
1. By-Law 2022-010 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Consent Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Dana Azar (for the 11th Concession Drain)

2. By-Law 2022-011 Being a by-law to amend By-law No. 2019-01 appointing members to the Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee for the term of Council ending 2022 (to appoint new members to the Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee

3. By-Law 2022-012 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Letter of Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of Transportation for Ontario relating to funding under the Dedicated Gas Tax Funds for Public Transportation program.

4. By-Law 2022-013 A By-law to govern the proceedings of Council and its committees/local boards, the conduct of its members and the calling of meetings

For questions on these or other municipal matters, feel free to contact me at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]


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