Commitees

 

Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC)

The Ontarians with Disabilities Act provides that municipalities must establish an Accessibility Advisory Committee. The Committee shall advise Council in each year about the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of the municipality’s Accessibility Plan. The Committee is also responsible for carrying out all obligations of an Accessibility Advisory Committee as established by the Ontarians with Disabilities Act as amended.

The Committee is normally made up of two (2) members of Council, and eight (8) members from community. The Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires that not less than 50 percent of this Committee’s members be persons with disabilities or such members as Council deems appropriate.

The TAAC Committee meets quarterly. The meetings are normally held at 12:00 pm in the Tecumseh Room located at Town Hall.

Committee of Adjustment

Tecumseh Council has established a Committee of Adjustment pursuant to the Planning Act and delegated authority to the Committee to consider applications for minor variances to the Town’s Zoning By-law and to grant consents for lot severances.

The Committee is to be comprised of seven (7) members from the public. The Committee members are appointed by Council for their term office.

Meetings of the Committee are regularly held once a month on the third Monday, at 5:00 pm, in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall.

 
Property Standards Committee

Tecumseh Council enacted a Property Standards By-law which provides for a Property Standards Committee comprised of three (3) members. The members of the Committee are selected by Council from the Committee of Adjustment. The Property Standards Committee considers appeals from orders issued by the Property Standards Officer.

Meetings of this Committee are only required when someone appeals such an order.

Corn Festival Committee

The Tecumseh Corn Festival Committee was established by Tecumseh Council to organize the Town’s annual Corn Festival. The 2013 Tecumseh Corn Festival will mark its 38th year, and will be held in August 2013. This annual event is held in Lacasse Park, located at 590 Lacasse Blvd. (South of Riverside Drive and north of Tecumseh Road).

Committee members are responsible for organizing all facets of the Tecumseh Corn Festival, including but not limited to: the main and small stage entertainment, special events throughout the weekend, a small town parade, a variety of contests, coordination of vendors and seeking sponsorships.

The Committee is comprised of four (4) members of Council and members from the community.

Meetings of the Committee are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Tecumseh Room of the Town Hall. 

Cultural & Arts Committee

Tecumseh Council established a Cultural & Arts Committee under the following Terms of Reference:

  • identify cultural activities and engagements encouraging community participation (i.e. to promote theatre art, music, visual arts and film);
  • obtain artwork depicting local diverse talents and landmarks in addition to the unique features of the Town of Tecumseh, preserving the Town’s various histories in the former municipalities of the Town of Tecumseh, Village of St. Clair Beach and Township of Sandwich South, and capturing the essence and spirit of the amalgamated Town;
  • identify prominent locations within the Town of Tecumseh for public display of artwork; and
  • research grants and acquire donations for achieving such goals.

The Committee is comprised of four (4) members of Council and five (5) members from the community.

The meetings of the Committee are held monthly on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Tecumseh Room of the Town Hall. 

Dog Pound Committee

The Town of Tecumseh entered into an Agreement with the Towns of Lakeshore, Amherstburg, Essex, and LaSalle for the joint operation of a Dog Pound. Each of the municipalities provides representation on the Joint Dog Pound Committee to assist in overseeing the Dog Pound Operations.

Meetings of the Committee are scheduled by the Town of Lakeshore. 

Election Compliance Audit Committee

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (the "Act"), the Council of the Town of Tecumseh is to establish an Election Compliance Audit Committee.  The Committee is to be composed of persons with accounting and audit, academic or legal backgrounds and/or other individuals with knowledge of election campaign finances set out in the Act.

Members should have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of municipal election campaign finances; proven analytical and decision-making skills; experience working on a committee, task force or similar setting; and good oral and written communication skills.
 
The Committee will perform the duties relating to the compliance audit application process as outlined in the Act, including:
a)     considering a compliance audit application received by an elector and deciding whether the application should be granted or rejected;
b)      appointing an Auditor, if the application is granted;
c)      receiving the Auditor's report;
d)     reviewing the Auditor's report and deciding whether legal proceedings should be commenced; and
e)     determining whether to recover the costs of conducting the compliance audit from the applicant, if the Auditor's report indicates there were no apparent contraventions and, if there were no reasonable grounds for the application.
 
Employees of the Town of Tecumseh, Members of its Council and any candidates in the 2010 municipal election or in any by-election during the term of Council are ineligible to be appointed as a member of this Committee.
 
A copy of the Tecumseh 2010 Election Compliance Audit Committee Terms of Reference is attached.

Essex County Library Board

The Library Board consists of seven (7) members. Following a municipal election each local municipality in Essex County forwards to the County Clerk, the name of a nominee from their municipality to serve as a representative on the Essex County Library Board. The Essex County Striking Committee shall review the names of the nominees received and makes final recommendations for the Essex County Library Board appointees to County Council for approval. The number of County Councillors appointed to the Library Board shall not exceed four, in accordance with the Public Libraries Act.

Library Board members are compensated through payment of a stipend for meetings attended and a per kilometre reimbursement for travel to and from meetings.

Library Board meetings are typically held at the Essex County Civic Centre, once a month (except for July and August), usually at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

The Library’s Management Team, responsible for the daily operation of the Library, is made up of the Chief Librarian (Janet Woodbridge), the Deputy Chief Librarian / Manager of Branches (Jennifer Franklin McInnis) and the Manager of Technical Services (Pat Knight). The Library has approximately 100 employees, including students and janitors, 85% of whom are part-time. For further information respecting the Essex County Library visit their website at www.countyofessex.on.ca.

Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors

The Town of Tecumseh, together with the Towns of Amherstburg, LaSalle and the Municipality of Leamington are the holders and beneficial owners of common shares in Essex Power Corporation (Essex Power). Essex Power provides power to over 28,000 residents and businesses in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Leamington and Tecumseh. Its mission statement is to provide safe, reliable, and economical energy supply and services to its customers.

Under an Agreement between the shareholders, each municipality is required to appoint an elected municipal representative and a non-elected representative for their respective community to the Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors. The Directors may also be appointed to the Board of an Essex Power subsidiary; namely: Essex Powerlines Corporation, Essex Power Services and Essex Energy Corporation. Further information regarding Essex Power Corporation is available at its website www.essexpower.ca

The Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors generally meets quarterly in the months of March, June, September and December. Meetings are usually held at the Essex Civic Centre, located at 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex at 4:00 p.m. on a Wednesday.

Heritage Committee

The Heritage Committee is comprised of volunteers appointed by Council under the Ontario Heritage Act. The Committee’s may advise Council on matters related to the Act and to properties in the Town of Tecumseh that have Cultural Heritage Value and for which the Town may wish to protect from destruction or harmful change by passing of a Designation By-law as provided for in the Ontario Heritage Act.

Tecumseh Council is required, under the Ontario Heritage Act, to consult with its Heritage Committee during the designation/repeal-of-designation process for individual properties or districts and on applications to demolish/remove structures from, or otherwise alter designated properties.

Statutory role of the Municipal Heritage Committee:

  • Designation - advise Council prior to the designation of a property
  • Repeal of Designation - advise Council prior to the repeal of a by-law or part thereof designating property
  • Amendment of Designation - advise Council prior to the amendment of a by-law or part thereof designating a property
  • Alteration of a Designated Property - advise Council on applications to alter a designated property where such proposed alteration may affect the reasons for designation as set out in the by-law designating the property
  • Demolition - advise Council on applications to demolish or remove any building or structure on designated property
  • Easements / Covenants - advise Council before the passing of by-laws providing for the entering into of easements or covenants with the owners of real propety, or interests therein, for the conservation of buildings of historical or architectural value or interest
  • Districts - advise Council before passing a by-law to define one or more areas to be examined for designation as a heritage conservation district  

The Heritage Committee is normally comprised of three (3) members of Council and five (5) members from the community.

The Heritage Committee meets quarterly on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm, in the Tecumseh Room of the Town Hall.

Tecumseh Police Services Board

The Town currently contracts the services of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for police protection within the community. This contract is administered by the Tecumseh Police Services Board.

The Police Services Act requires a municipality to appoint a Police Services Board. Tecumseh Council established that a Board be appointed for the Town comprised of:

  • the Head of Council (Mayor) or, if the Mayor chooses not to be a member of the Board, another member of Council appointed by resolution;
  • one member of the Council appointed by resolution;
  • one person appointed by resolution of the Council, who is neither a member of the Council nor an employee of the Town; and
  • two (2) persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

The responsibilities of the Police Services Board are set out in the Police Services Act. The Board is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services in the Town.

Meetings of the Tecumseh Police Services Board are held in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall. The meetings of the Board are held bi-monthly on the second Thursday of the month at 4:30 pm.