November 24th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 6pm with a Special Meeting to consider Awards and Appointments.

The agenda can be found here.

Items include:

1. CS-2020-39 Award Nominations.  In response to a call for nominations, Administration recommends that direction be given to selecting the recipient for the 2021 Youth of the Year Award and 2020 Dr. Henri Breault Community Excellence Award.  No nominations were received for the Donny Massender Award and the Senior of the Year Award.

2. CS-2020-40 Committee and Board Appointments 2021.  Administration recommends that the two applications to the Youth Advisory Committee from Jocelyn Adams and Peyton Tillie be accepted; and the application from Tom Burton to the Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors for two years be accepted; and that Town Council select from the provided applications for the Committee of Adjustment and Business Improvement Area Board of Management.

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

Delegations include:
1. Cynthia Swift, Partner, KPMG LLP Re: 2019 Audit.  Ms. Swift is presenting the findings of the 2019 Audit.  There are no issues being reported with respect to the financial affairs of the municipality.

2. Manager Recreation Programs and Events, Kerri Rice  Re: Retirement. Kerri is retiring after 12 years with the Town of Tecumseh and previous to that with the City of Windsor.

Communications - For Information
1. Township of Aramanth dated November 4, 2020 Re: Bill 128- Supporting Recovery and Municipal Elections Act 2020.  Amaranth requests a reversal of the province's prohibition for the use of ranked ballots.

2. City of Belleville dated November 10, 2020. Re: Bill 128, Letter to Premier Ford, Proposing changes to the Municipal Elections Act.  Belleville requests that changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 to extend nomination day from the end of July to the second Friday in September be rescinded.

3. City of Brantford dated November 12, 2020 Re: Bill 218, Ranked Ballots for Municipal Elections.  Brantford requests a reversal of the province's prohibition for the use of ranked ballots.

4. City of Hamilton dated September 8, 2020 Re: Amending the AGCO Licensing and Application Process for Cannabis Retail Stores to Consider Radial Separation from Other Cannabis Locations.  Hamilton requests that the Province to consider radial separation of new cannabis retail stores from other cannabis locations.

5. Town of Fort Erie dated November 17, 2020 Re: Request to the Premier and Minister of Attorney General - Amending the AGCO Process to Consider Radial Separation from Other Cannabis Locations.  Fort Erie supports the above-noted request by Hamilton.

6. Town of Fort Erie dated November 17, 2020 Re: Township of Asphodel-Norwood, Bill C-45, Cannabis Act.  Fort Erie requests that cannabis production be governed by a unified approach to land use planning restrictions, that enforces the regulations under the Cannabis Act on behalf of the licencing agency, and ensures local authorities are provided with notification of any licence issuance, amendment, suspension, reinstatement, or revocation within their region and communicates more readily with local governments and provides local governments with more support.

7. Town of Lincoln dated November 16, 2020 Re: Resolution regarding Norfolk County Illicit Cannabis Operations.  Lincoln supports the previous Norfolk County resolution to request solutions to the current crisis regarding illicit cannabis operations which may include but are not limited to; better regulation and tracking of the prescription of cannabis in Canada by doctors, increased regulatory and enforcement presence by Health Canada, increased OPP resources, increased funding to municipalities to deal with complaints and By-law issues generated by illicit cannabis grow operations.

8. Essex Region Conservation dated November 6, 2020 Re: Phishing Scam.  ERCA provides an update with respect to the phishing scam and further outlines that its staff complement are unable to process the volume of work presently forthcoming with prospective consideration of increasing staffing in the future.

9. Government of Canada dated October 26, 2020 Re: Public Consultations on Proposed Accommodations Requirements for the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.  The Government of Canada has launched a review of the minimum accommodation requirements for primary agriculture that would govern housing for Temporary Foreign Workers, and requests comment regarding the draft requirements.

10. Township of Howick dated November 19, 2020 Re: Tile Loan Program Interest Rate.  Howick requests that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs consider lowering the interest rate on Tile Drain Loans to 4% and increasing the yearly loan limit to $100,000.

11. Town of Fort Erie dated November 17, 2020 Re: Town of Grimsby - Amendment to Bill 108 - More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019.  Fort Erie supports the Grimsby resolution to return the authority for final decisions to municipal council's as the elected representatives of the communities wherein the property and its features of cultural heritage value exist.

12. Town of Lakeshore dated November 9, 2020 Re: Notice of Application - Zoning By-law Amendment, 1654 Manning Road.  Lakeshore is considering a rezoning of the Tecumseh Golf property to permit a new 8 storey apartment building and 10 townhouses, whereby the current MU, Mixed Use Zone permits a maximum 10.5m (3 storeys). 

Reports include:
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2020-09 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program -COVID 19 Resilience Stream.  This report and recommendation is not available as of yet. 

2. Financial Services
a. FS-2020-18 Administrative Fees and Charges 2021.  Administration recommends approving the Administrative Fees and Charges By-law with some increases based on the Consumer Price Index increase of 0.6%.  Most fees are proposed to be unchanged.  Fire and Police fees will match provincial standard fees, new cost-recovery fees for water connections were initiated, and parks fees have a slight increase except for the security deposit for alcohol rentals which will be 50% of the rental cost.

3. Parks and Recreation Services
a. PRS-2020-30 Transition to Betterness Lakewood Park Memorial Wall Agreement.   This report and recommendation is not available as of yet.

4. Planning and Building Services
a. PBS-2020-39 Nine Month Permit Report.  Construction value was reported at $74,384,305, which is up by $42,189,315 or 131 percent over last year. This is due in part to the construction of three new multi-unit residential buildings that have a combined construction value of $52,500,000.  A total of 278 permits were issued, which is a decrease of 9 permits or 3 percent relative to the previous year.  A total of 10 new single dwelling unit permits were issued. There were also 3 multi-unit residential permits issued, which creates 197 multi-residential units. For the same period last year there were 18 new single dwelling units and 2 multi-residential units. A total of 29 backwater valve permits were issued for the period.

b. PBS-2020-38 T03 TTS, Extension of Transit Delivery and Maintenance Services Contract with First Canada ULC for 2021.  Administration proposes to extend the current contract with First Student Canada for two years in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

c. PBS-2020-40 CIP Grant, 12049 Tecumseh Road.  Administration recommends that the Grant Application for the Tecumseh Road Main Street Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Financial Incentive Program, for the property located at 12049 Tecumseh Road (former Torino Plaza property), be deemed eligible and approved for the Parking Area Improvement Grant Program, for a total amount of $10,000 toward the parking lot improvements being proposed.

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

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