October 24th Meeting

This week, Town Council begins at 5:30pm with a Special Meeting to discuss the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.  There are no advance materials for this meeting however Dillon Consulting will present a PowerPoint detailing the current state of design for the project.

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

Delegations include:

a. The Dillon Family Re: Dillon Drive Street Name Recognition

b. Police Services Board Chair Christopher Hales & OPP Inspector Glenn Miller, regarding the 2018 Police and Police Services Board Budget.  The Police Services Board reports that Tecumseh's policing costs are 4th lowest in Essex County, at $169 per capita or $442 per household.

c. Stephen MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation Re: Resolution Citing the Importance of the Auto Industry to Municipalities in Ontario.  The Economic Development Corporation requests that Tecumseh call on the federal government to recognize Canada’s automotive sector as a key priority throughout the NAFTA negotiations.

Communications include:

a. Township of Oro Medonte Re: Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.  Oro-Medonte requests that the Province:

a) expand the OWDCP to include evidence of partial carcass' to allow eligible producers to process legitimate claims; and

b) rely more heavily on the opinions of the Municipal Investigator, as they are experienced, familiar and knowledgeable with the Municipality’s producers, as they continue to process genuine and valid applications.

b. Ontario Energy Board Notice Re: Union Gas Limited applied to raise its natural gas rates effective January 1, 2018.  Union Gas is requesting an increase in rates of $9.60 each year from residential customers based on an approved Ontario Energy Board calculation for rate increases.

c. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Re: Proposed regulation change: compressed air energy storage (CAES).  The Province is crafting legislation that would allow for underground compressed air energy storage in retired mines and is seeking consultation.

d. Township of Montague, Re: Bill 148.  Administration recommends Council support the resolution of the Township of Montague requesting the Province to conduct a full economic impact study of Bill 148 on the effect on businesses and municipalities across Ontario by supported.

Reports include:

a. Chief Administrative Officer

1. Chief Administrative Officer, Report No 11-17 Re: Strategic Priorities Update.  This is a summary report of the progress being made on the strategic priorities adopted by Town Council and what has been done to achieve these.

b. Corporate Services & Clerk

1. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 37-17 Re: Renewal of Cat Intake Agreement with the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society for 2018/  Administration is recommending that the Clerk be authorized to execute the Cat Intake Agreement (Agreement) with the WindsorEssex County Humane Society (WECHS) for 2018 to permit stray cats to be dropped off at a cost of $25 to the Town of Tecumseh for each cat.

2. Manager Committee & Community Services, Report No 38-17 Re: Dillon Drive Street Naming Recognition.  Administration is seeking formal approval for the new "Poppy" signage that has been erected on Dillon Drive to recognize Jack Dillon, a World War II veteran from our community.

c. Financial Services

1. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No 15-17 Re: Budget Variance Report – August 31, 2017.  The Town is currently running a surplus of $875,000 due to a number of factors including lower police costs and assessment growth.

2. Deputy Treasurer & Tax Collector, Report No 16-17 Re: Vacancy Rebate Program Elimination.  Administration is recommending that Council support the elimination of the Vacant Unit Property Tax Rebate Program, and for Essex County Council to seek approval from the Minister of Finance to enact a Regulation for Essex County to eliminate this Program, commencing for the 2018 taxation year.  This is a program where vacant buildings or units receive a break on their property taxes.

d. Fire & Rescue Services

1. Director of Fire Services & Fire Chief, Report No 08-17 Re: Tecumseh Fire Services – Q3 2017 Update.  Administration provides a report regarding third quarter activities in the Fire Services area.

e. Parks & Recreation Services

1. Manager Recreation Programs & Events, Report No 24-17 Re: Transition Timelines for the Tecumseh Corn Festival Update.  Administration is recommending that for 2018, that the Town's Administration manage the Corn Festival as a department program and as an alcohol-free 3-day event with budget fund submission in 2018, that the festival be reduced to three days (Friday to Sunday) and that the festival close at 11pm.  Following the 2018 Festival, Administration will prepare a report for Council’s consideration on the overall operations of the Festival with recommendations for future years.

f. Public Works & Environmental Services

1. Manager Engineering Services, Report No 33-17 Re: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, Funding Approval, Town of Tecumseh Storm Drainage Master Plan.  Administration was successful in obtaining $175,000 in funding from FCM for the Storm Drainage Master Plan and is recommending that Council pass a By-law to enter into an agreement to receive these funds.

2. Manager Roads & Fleet, Report No 47-17 Re: Proposed Pedestrian Crossing on St. Gregory’s Road at the Intersection of Cada Crescent.  Administration reports that taking further action at this crossing is contrary to the principles of the Ontario Traffic Manual and is unwarranted based on usage.

3. Manager, Water & Wastewater, Report No 48-17 Re: Essex Region Source Protection Area, 2016 Annual Report.  This report is being supplied for information regarding our local efforts to protect our drinking water sources.


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

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