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Town Hall, Fire Stations and the Tecumseh Arena Offices remain closed to walk-in service. Service remains available by phone, e-mail and drop-box. 

Face Masks

Residents and contractors must wear face masks upon entering Town Hall, other Town facilities or outside on Town premises where a minimum physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained as per the Face Covering Policy adopted at the August 11, 2020 Regular Council meeting.

Please contact us by phone at 519-735-2184 to access municipal information and services. Phones will continue to be answered during regular business hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Online requests remain available at all times as well.

Town Service Updates

September 22, 2021 Proof of Vaccine required at Tecumseh Arena

On Wednesday September 22 proof of vaccination will required to visitors and players at the Tecumseh arena.

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August 13, 2021 Tecumseh Expands Hours for In-Person Services

On Monday, August 16, 2021, the Town of Tecumseh’s Town Hall and the Tecumseh Recreation Complex and Arena will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for limited in-person services. The same protocols that were announced in July continue to be in place and anyone seeking to attend Town Hall or the Arena in-person must either complete the screening form or the hardcopy available at the main entrances prior to being allowed entry. Masks will be required for all visitors in the buildings and appointments continue to be required for specific services.

The front doors of both Town Hall and the Arena will be open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. A maximum of 10 people will be permitted inside the customer service area at Town Hall and a maximum of two people are permitted at the Arena office.

Entrance to Town Hall is permitted for those making a payment, requesting Building/Planning information and those who have an appointment. Payments made by cheque via the drop-box or through a banking institution are encouraged in order to reduce in-person contact. The secure drop box is located at the front entrance of Town Hall.

Services available for drop-in at Town Hall include:

  • Cash/Debit Payments:
    • Bulk Water
    • Building Permits
    • Planning Applications
    • Property Taxes
    • Dog Tags
    • Alarm Registrations
    • Parking Tickets
  • Applications/Permits:
    • Backwater Valve & Foundation Drain Subsidies
    • Building Permits
    • Planning Applications
    • Driveway/Curb Cut; Culverts; Sanitary/Storm; Water Services and Water Meters  

Services available by appointment only at Town Hall:

  • Marriage Licenses
  • Lottery Applications and Reporting
  • Commissioning of documents
  • Burial Permits and Registrations
  • Taxi Cab Drivers’ Licenses
  • Urban Hen Applications
  • Cat Spay/Neuter Vouchers

Services available for drop-in at the Arena include:

  • Purchase of tennis/ pickleball keys
  • Registration for recreation programs

Services available by appointment only at the Arena:

  • Park and arena rentals
  • Funding assistance for recreation programs

Visitors seeking an appointment must call ahead between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The last possible appointment of the day will be 4:00 p.m.

Entrance outside of an appointment time will be on a first come/first serve basis. Anyone entering Town Hall or the Arena for any service must wear a mask or face covering and hand sanitize on entry. The Town will continue to accommodate virtual appointments for meetings with staff, provided signatures or payments are not required. Please contact the relevant department to set up a virtual meeting.

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Media Contact:Lesley Reeves, Manager Strategic Initiatives, 519-735-2184 Ext. 150

July 30, 2021 - Tecumseh Provides for Limited In-Person Services

Beginning Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the Town of Tecumseh will be reopening Town Hall and the Tecumseh Recreation Complex and Arena for limited in-person services. Individuals seeking to attend Town Hall or the Arena in-person must complete the screening form prior to being allowed entry. Masks will be required for all visitors in the buildings and appointments are required for specific services.

 

“We are very pleased to resume in-person services and welcome visitors to our newly renovated Town Hall,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “I thank residents for their patience and understanding while the buildings were closed to the public. We continue to ask anyone seeking to attend in-person to complete the screening form, wear a mask and stay home if you are ill.”

 

The front doors of both Town Hall and the Arena will be open between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. A maximum of 10 people will be permitted inside the customer service area at Town Hall and a maximum of two people are permitted at the Arena office. Entrance to the building is permitted for those making a payment, requesting Building/Planning information and those who have an appointment. Payments made by cheque via the drop-box or through a banking institution are encouraged to reduce in-person contact. The secure drop box is located at the front entrance of Town Hall.

 

Services available for drop-in at Town Hall include:

  • Cash/Debit Payments:
    • Bulk Water
    • Building Permits
    • Planning Applications
    • Property Taxes
    • Dog Tags
    • Alarm Registrations
    • Parking Tickets
  • Applications/Permits:
    • Backwater Valve & Foundation Drain Subsidies
    • Building Permits
    • Planning Applications
    • Driveway/Curb Cut; Culverts; Sanitary/Storm; Water Services and Water Meters  

 

Services available by appointment only at Town Hall:

  • Marriage Licenses
  • Lottery Applications and Reporting
  • Commissioning of documents
  • Burial Permits and Registrations
  • Taxi Cab Drivers’ Licenses
  • Urban Hen Applications
  • Cat Spay/Neuter Vouchers

 

Services available for drop-in at the Arena include:

  • Purchase of tennis/ pickleball keys
  • Registration for recreation programs

 

Services available by appointment only at the Arena:

  • Park and arena rentals
  • Funding assistance for recreation programs

 

Visitors seeking an appointment must call ahead between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  The last possible appointment of the day will be 4:00 p.m.

 

Entrance outside of an appointment time will be on a first come/first serve basis. Anyone entering Town Hall or the Arena for any service must wear a mask or face covering and hand sanitize on entry. The Town will continue to accommodate virtual appointments for meetings with staff, provided signatures or payments are not required. Please contact the relevant department to set up a virtual meeting.

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Media Contact: Lesley Reeves, Manager Strategic Initiatives 519-735-2184 Ext. 150

July 16, 2021 - Tecumseh Service Updates for Step 3 Reopening

The Town of Tecumseh has begun the process to reopen facilities for in-person services in accordance with the Province of Ontario’s Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen. This includes the graduated reopening of Town Hall, the Tecumseh Recreation Complex and Arena and other amenities. Openings will be within public health guidelines and a summary of what is open is set out below and on the Town’s website. Requirements such as pre-screening and safety plans prior to visiting/using the facilities are also outlined.

 

“We are happy that Ontario is moving to Step 3 earlier than expected, however reopening requires a number of measures be completed to ensure safe operation for both visitors and staff,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We appreciate the desire to access in-person services and facilities and we ask for patience as we move forward. We will continue to share information on our website and social media as services are available.”

 

Current Status of Town Facilities

 

Customer Service is available by phone (519-735-2184) or email (info@tecumseh.ca), Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30. A telephone directory is available. Appointment-based visits set out below are subject to COVID pre-screening.

 

Licensing and Information: Marriage License, Dog Tag and Urban Hen Applications, Freedom of Information Request Forms, and Cat Spay/Neuter Vouchers are available on the Town’s website. In person services will be provided by appointment only. Please call 519-735-2184 Ext. 101 to schedule an appointment.

 

Tax Payments: Tax payments may be made through your financial institution, by secure mail drop box at Town Hall or by pre-authorized payment.

 

Community Programming: Tecumseh Recreation is continuing to offer a variety of fitness and artistic programs for youth, adults and seniors in our community parks and facilities. Participant numbers are reflective of the Provincial Roadmap guidelines, instructor requirements and available facility space. Available programs are found on our Tecumseh Rec Page.

 

Leisure Pool: Learn to Swim programs are currently offered reflective of the Provincial Roadmap guidelines and based on current staffing levels. Recreational swims, including Tot Time, Adult Lengths, Aquafit and Family Swims are available daily based with physical distancing measures within the pool area and staffing requirements. Advanced registration is required to attend any scheduled recreational swim. Recreational swims are posted weekly on Tecumseh Rec where individuals can register to reserve a time to swim. All visitors of the Tecumseh Leisure Pool are encouraged to watch the Return to the Pool video prior to attending the facility.

 

Arena: The Tecumseh Arena will be open for ice rentals starting on Tuesday August 3rd. Reservations for ice rentals will be considered based on ice time availability and rentals will be required to strictly follow the Provincial  regulations regarding indoor recreational facilities. The Community Rooms located within the Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena (Centre Ice Room and Horwood Room) will be available for use with a rental permit starting in September 2021.Customer service is available by phone (519-735-4756) or email (recreation@tecumseh.ca), Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 for registrations, rentals and questions on facilities. In-person services by appointment where necessary.

 

Community Recreational Facilities: The Optimist Community Centre is available to use with a rental permit. Groups using the community centre are required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan and adhere to current Provincial and Local health guidelines. Park Pavilions are available for use with a rental permit and with a maximum capacity of 30 individuals. Ten picnic tables will be provided for all scheduled pavilion rentals. To view availability for Community Rooms or to reserve the use of a park pavilion, visit Tecumseh Rec or call the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Administrative Office at (519) 735-4756.

 

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Media Contact: Lesley Reeves, Manager Strategic Initiatives 519-735-2184 Ext. 150

June 18, 2021 - Tecumseh Leisure Pool Set to Reopen July 3

The Tecumseh Leisure Pool will reopen on Saturday, July 3, 2021 with protocols in place under the Province of Ontario’s “Roadmap to Reopening”. The Pool is located within Lacasse Park at 590 Lacasse Boulevard and is an outdoor, seasonal facility offering Learn to Swim lessons and recreational swims.

“We are very excited to open the pool this year after having to remain closed last summer,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We know how important it is for our young people to learn to swim and we are pleased to be offering our Learn to Swim program this summer.”

Pool capacity for both recreational swims and lessons will be reduced this year and measures have been implemented to help ensure a safe return to water play. Public recreational swims will be offered daily including Tot Time, Adult Lengths, Aquafit and Family Swims. Swimming lessons offered for 2021 include Parent & Tot, Preschool, and Learn to Swim as well as Leadership Programs that prepare swimmers to become lifeguards and swim instructors. Anyone wishing to register for recreational swims or lessons must register in advance via: www.TecumsehRec.ca.

Visitors to the pool are encouraged to view the “Return to the Pool” video on www.Tecumseh.ca or the Tecumseh Recreation Service Facebook page that details what to expect when attending the Tecumseh Leisure Pool for swim lessons or a recreational swim.

“We thank the community for their patience as we work to reopen recreational facilities this year,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We ask those planning to visit the leisure pool to watch our Return to the Pool video before attending the facility to ensure they are familiar with the new rules in place to keep everyone safe while enjoying the water.”

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Media Contact: Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services, 519-735-4756 Ext. 423

Program Contact: Kerri Rice, Manager Recreation Special Projects, 519-735-4756 Ext. 421

June 11, 2021 - In Person Recreation Programs

In accordance with the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen, the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department will begin offering some in-person, outdoor recreational programs for youth, adults and seniors beginning Saturday, June 26. No summer day camps are offered in 2021 however some weekly outdoor youth activities will be offered under provincial Roadmap guidelines.

“We are pleased to offer modified programming again this summer,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Our goal is to keep residents active while adhering to public health guidelines and working within the provincial Roadmap. We thank the community for their patience and hope our residents take advantage of activities our team has put together.”

The offerings include a variety of fitness, aquatic and artistic programs for youth, adults and seniors and will include: Power Off and Play, Urban Poling and Chair Fitness, Paint in the Park and Learn to Swim. In lieu of the summer day camp, some weekly outdoor youth activities including Jr. Firefighters, Taekwon Do and Learn to Bike will be incorporated. Participant numbers will be reflective of the Provincial Roadmap guidelines, which is currently a maximum gathering of ten (10). As the region moves through the next steps of the reopening, participant numbers will increase accordingly.

All program offerings will be posted on the dedicated recreation site. Advance registration is required and may be done through the site or by calling the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation office at (519) 735-4756. The recreation office at the Arena remains closed and no walk-in registrations are permitted. Please log in to update and/or create an account in advance of registration.

Additional programs and activities will be added throughout the summer with updates and information shared on the Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact: Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services, 519-735-4756 Ext. 423

Program Contact: Kerri Rice, Manager Recreation Special Projects, 519-735-4756 Ext. 421

 

June 2, 2021 - Tecumseh Skate Park Re-opens

With Ontario’s Stay at Home Order expiring today, the Town of Tecumseh has removed the fencing around the Town’s Skate Park. The skate park is now open to use, with responsibility for adhering to the current Provincial rules and public health guidelines assigned to each user of the facility or their parent/guardian.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding from everyone while the park was closed and then set at limited use during the Stay at Home Order,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “The restrictions were put in place to protect users as this park is popular and large gatherings of users were experienced multiple times. With the expiration of the stay at home order today, the decision was made to remove the fencing and redeploy staff.”

The Town controlled use of the Skate Park in April/May in accordance with the Provincial Stay at Home Order. While the Government of Ontario has not advanced the move to Stage 1 of the Reopening Ontario Roadmap, public gatherings in any location—including outdoor recreation facilities—is capped at 10 people. Use of this park is up to individual skaters and their guardians and is at their own risk. Skaters are strongly encouraged to limit their use to off peak periods and if busy return at a later time. When using the park, all users are to follow all public health guidelines particularly:

  • Keeping a physical distance of 2 metres (6ft)
  • Wearing a mask or face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained

Additionally, note the parking lot behind Town Hall at 917 Lesperance Road is reserved for municipal parking only Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Violators are subject to fines. Public parking is available at no charge at the Tecumseh Recreation Complex/Arena on McNorton Street.

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Program Contact: Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services 519-735-2184 Ext. 423

 

May 25, 2021 - Re-opening Tecumseh Skate Park with limits

In accordance with the Ontario government’s Roadmap to Reopen and allowing outdoor recreational amenities to reopen, the Tecumseh Skate Park will reopen on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11 a.m. Skate park users will be limited to a maximum of 10 people on the skate park surface inside the fenced area at one time for a maximum of 30 minutes and be required to keep a minimum distance of 2 m (6 ft) from each other.

“We know the Skate Park is a very popular outdoor amenity and we are happy to re-open it for use,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We encourage users to follow all public health guidelines in place, respect the direction of staff on site and avoid using the park during peak times.”

The skate park will be open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday / Sunday from 8 am to 8 p.m. Staff will be on-site to log user names and contact information as well as open and close the fencing and monitor use. Users will not be permitted inside the fencing outside of these hours.

“Our Recreation Staff continues to monitor Ontario regulations and public health announcements as they affect all of our facilities and will make necessary changes should the need arise,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation Services. “Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Services are working to prepare other facilities for re-opening, including splash pads and the leisure pool and we will inform the public when these facilities are available for use. In the meantime, we continue to urge users of all of all our parks to follow all public health guidelines, including wearing a mask, keeping a 2m distance, not gathering with anyone outside your household, practicing hand hygiene and staying home if you are ill.”

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Program Contact: Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services, 519-735-2184 Ext. 423

April 7, 2021 - Limits Placed on Tecumseh Skate Park

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, increased volume of users and concern for congregate settings, the Town of Tecumseh will implement health and safety measures at the Tecumseh Skate Park. Starting Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Skate Park located behind Town Hall at 917 Lesperance Road will be completely fenced in. The Park will be closed Thursday, April 8 and will reopen Friday, April 9 at 11 a.m. -8 p.m. with users limited to a maximum of 10 people on the skate park surface inside the fenced area at one time for a maximum of 30 minutes. Skate park users will be required to keep a minimum distance of 2 m (6 ft) from each other.

“Unfortunately due to the rapidly changing pandemic conditions and the knowledge young people are becoming ill, we have made this decision to modify use of the skate park,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Our skate park is high use facility with numbers of users reaching 20-40 at various times during the day. Due to the congregate nature and the inability to physically distance at these volumes, we must limit the number of users at the park.”

The skate park will be open Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Staff will be on-site to log user names and contact information as well as open and close the fencing and monitor use. Users will not be permitted inside the fencing outside of these hours. The Town will continue to monitor the situation and may close the park fully should conditions warrant it. Users are reminded they cannot park behind Town Hall during office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or the OPP station off Lesperance.

“Our Recreation Staff continues to monitor public health announcements as they affect all of our facilities and will make necessary changes should the need arise,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation Services. “We continue to urge users of all of our parks whether it is the skate park, trails, playground equipment and benches, to follow all public health guidelines including wearing a mask, keeping a 2m distance, not gathering with anyone outside your household, practicing hand hygiene and staying home if you are ill.”

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Program Contact: Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation, 519-735-2184 Ext. 423

Media Contact: Lesley Reeves, Manager Strategic Initiatives, 519-735-2184 Ext. 150

April 1, 2021 - Mayor's Message
April 1, 2021 - Mayor's Message
February 19, 2021 - Update on Town Facilities

The Town of Tecumseh is working to reopen facilities under the Red Control Level of the Province of Ontario’s Re-opening Framework within public health guidelines. The Tecumseh Arena and the St. Clair Beach Community Centre will reopen to designated rentals with screening protocols in place.

 

“We are pleased that we can reopen the Arena and St. Clair Community Centre under RED Control Level and to offer previously scheduled programming to resume at these facilities,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Since the announcement last Friday of our status, staff has worked to put in place a return plan under current provincial regulations to ensure these facilities are ready for users.” 

 

Tecumseh Arena will reopen to existing rentals only on Monday, February 22, 2021. One ice surface is available and only rentals booked previously under Red Control Level in December 2020 will be contacted for ice time. Parks and Recreation Director, Paul Anthony advises that until the Town moves into a less restrictive level of the provincial framework, no new rentals will be accepted and no further recreational programs, like public skating, will be offered.

 

The St. Clair Beach Community Centre will also reopen to rentals on Monday, February 22, 2021 and rental requests can be made by contacting the Recreation Office  (519-735-4756 ext 0).

 

Note that COVID-19 case data is reviewed bi-weekly, and should circumstances in the region result in a move back into lockdown or the Province initiate the emergency brake for a variant of concern, the Town will close these facilities immediately with all rentals cancelled. Please continue to monitor our website and social media, local news and contact us if you have any concerns about an existing rental booked.

 

Town Hall remains closed to the public with service provided on-line, by phone or email. No marriage licenses, commissioning services or in-person payments are available at this time. The Town will share details on  plans to reopen when they are known. Full details on all services including what is offered can be found on our website at Tecumseh.ca/COVID19.

 

For the interim Property Tax installment due February 24, 2021, residents who typically make their payments in-person at Town Hall are advised there are alternative methods of payment including:

  • In person at your bank branch, remember to bring your tax slip with you;
  • Via internet banking, contact your bank for details;
  • By cheque, certified cheque or bank draft which can be mailed to the Town of Tecumseh—Attention: Tax Department or deposited in the Town’s secure drop box located at Town Hall Main Entrance on Lesperance Rd. (please write your tax roll number on the cheque or include your tax slip). Do not mail cash or put cash in the secure drop box;
  • Via the Town’s Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (https://www.tecumseh.ca/PAP_Application/);
  • Through your mortgage, contact your mortgage lender for details.

 

Outdoor areas including Town parks and trails and the Tecumseh Dog Park continue to be open for public use. Users are reminded that dogs are not permitted off leash anywhere but the dog park and you must clean up after your dog or be subject to a fine under the Town’s poop and scoop by-law. Please also adhere to public health guidelines including avoiding gatherings, washing/sanitizing hands, keeping physical distance of six feet and wearing a mask if you cannot distance. Washrooms remain closed for the winter.

 

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Media Contact: Paul Anthony, Director Parks & Recreation Services, 519-735-4756 Ext. 423                                   

January 22, 2021 - Mayor's Message
January 22, 2021 - Mayor's Message
December 11, 2020 - Mayor's Message
December 11, 2020 - Mayor's Message
December 10, 2020 - Changes under Lockdown (Grey)

Tecumseh closes Town Hall and Arena offices to walk-in service

 

As a result of the increase in COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex, and the anticipated move to Ontario’s GREY zone of the Provincial COVID Response Framework, Town Hall and the Tecumseh Arena Offices are closed to walk-in service effective at the end of business (4:30 p.m.), December 10, 2020. The Town’s Fire Halls remain closed to walk-in traffic. Service remains available by phone, e-mail and drop-box. Appointment-based in-person services will be permitted until end of day, December 15th to allow people to complete in-process transactions.

 

“Unfortunately with the increased cases over the last two weeks and the number of cases still under investigation, we have made the difficult decision to close our customer service offices to walk-ins,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We have to do what’s best to protect our community and our staff. We are still working and are available to provide services, by other means rather than face-to-face.”

 

Please contact us by phone at 519-735-2184 or use our website to access municipal information and services. For Arena services, please call 519-735-4756 and press 0 for assistance. Phones will continue to be answered during regular business hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday and online service requests remain available at all times. Specific instructions follow:

 

Emergency services remain available 24/7.

 

The following services will be available via appointment by calling 519-735-2184 Ext. 109, until end of business day on Tuesday, December 15:

•          Marriage licenses

•          Lottery Applications and Reporting

•          Commissioning of documents

•          Taxi Cab Drivers’ Licenses

•          Urban Hen Applications

•          Snow and Leaf Angel Registrations

 

Burial permit and registration services will continue to be available by appointment only.  

 

Anyone wishing to drop off payments may use the secure drop box located beside the main Town Hall entrance door off Lesperance Road with information clearly outlined (e.g. name, address, tax roll number, application and/or other identifying details to assist staff). Please do not place cash payments in the drop-box. Licenses, permits, applications and registration may be filled out at home/work and dropped off completed or scanned and e-mailed to the Town.

 

Weekly services like waste collection and recycling continue and our Public Works Crews continue to monitor and maintain the water and sewer systems. Building inspections will continue subject to making appointments by phone at 519-735-2184 Ext. 103 and application of appropriate COVID protocols on job sites.

 

The Town asks for patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation as we work to continue to deliver municipal services.

 

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Program Contacts:                               

Marg Misek-Evans, Chief Administrative Officer, 519-735-2184 Ext. 111

Wade Bondy, Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator, 519-979-4041 Ext. 210

November 20, 2020 - Mayor's Message
 November 20, 2020 - Mayor's Message
October 21, 2020 - Mayor's Message
October 21, 2020 - Mayor's Message
September 30, 2020 - Tax and Water Payments Resume

Tecumseh’s waiving of late payment charges for property taxes and water/wastewater accounts will end on September 30, 2020 with interest and fees applied to amounts past due as of October 1, 2020. The waiver of these fees was implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tecumseh Transit fees were reinstated September 8, 2020.

As of October 1, 2020:

  • Late payment penalty and interest charges for both property tax and water/wastewater amounts will be calculated on all outstanding amounts owing.
  • Non-sufficient funds fees will be applied to accounts where payment by cheque is returned.
  • Dog tag and dog kennel fees will increase to the full fees of $35 and $125 respectively.

Property tax and water/wastewater payments may be made at any banking institution or via online banking. For those wishing to pay these fees, as well as the dog tag and dog kennel fees in person at Town Hall, daily drop in hours are 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You must wear a mask and undergo screening when you enter the building. Payments may also be made by cheque via the secured drop box outside the Town Hall entrance.

The moratorium on temporary signs introduced on July 14, 2020 continues. The moratorium waives: the $50.00 permit application fee; the display period times; and, the three sign maximum at any given time for a multiple-tenant property. This moratorium is in effect until the state of emergency ends. Business owners must still submit an application which can be downloaded at: www.tecumseh.ca/portablesigns.

September 25, 2020 - Mayor's Message
September 25, 2020 - Mayor's Message
September 18, 2020 - Tecumseh Recreation Service Hours

The Tecumseh Recreation Complex and Arena will be adjusting their office hours for in-person service beginning Monday, September 21, 2020. The new in-person drop in hours will be Monday to Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The change is being implemented to accommodate public health guidelines regarding number of people inside a building as the arena has opened both ice surfaces for rentals. There are still restrictions on number of people permitted inside and facility staff reserve the right to restrict entrance. Users are strongly encouraged to utilize phone and scheduled appointment options for service before attending in person. The new hours are as follows:

Weekday

Phone and scheduled appointment

In Person

Online

Sunday

Closed

Closed

Tecumseh.ca

Monday

8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tecumseh.ca

Tuesday

8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tecumseh.ca

Wednesday

8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tecumseh.ca

Thursday

8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tecumseh.ca

Friday

8:30 AM to 7:00 PM

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tecumseh.ca

Saturday

8:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Closed

Tecumseh.ca

Anyone entering the building is required to conduct the posted  COVID-19 self-screening questionnaire, wear a mask and follow the signage posted on the doors and within the facility. If you are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, stay home.

“We encourage customers to continue to utilize our online and over-the-phone services where possible,” says Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “If you are not able to attend the facility during the in-person servicing hours, please schedule an appointment for an alternate time for in-person service.”

September 17, 2020 - Reopening of Rink A
Video on Reopening of Rink A
September 15, 2020 - Tecumseh Fire Prevention Week Open Houses Cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Town’s adherence to current restrictions on gatherings, the Town of Tecumseh has cancelled this year’s annual Fire Prevention Week Open House. The annual event, previously scheduled to run the week of September 28, is normally held at both Town Fire Halls with visitors engaged in activities like putting out fires, riding the trucks and touring the stations.

“It was a difficult decision to cancel our annual Fire Prevention Week as it is one of the most popular and well attended events in Town,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We have to do this though as the high attendance means we cannot guarantee physical distancing or disinfecting of surfaces during the four nights of activities. We hope that next year we will be able to come back strong with attendance at the same or higher levels.”

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of Fire Services in Tecumseh and Fire Prevention Week is planned for four nights in October with events held at both Fire Halls again. Full details on the event will be shared publicly closer to that time.

“While we cannot hold our Fire Prevention Open Houses this year to share fire safety information with residents and their children,” said Wade Bondy, Director Fire and Rescue Services and Fire Chief. “We still want everyone to take fire safety seriously and learn about the different ways to protect their home and family. Our website has a number of different pages on things like fire extinguishers, candles, home escape plans, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and heating safety so residents can protect their home and family.”

August 14, 2020 - Mayor's Message
 August 14, 2020 - Mayor's Message
August 13, 2020 - Mandatory Masks for Visitors/Contractors in Town Buildings

At the Regular Meeting of Council on August 11, By-law 2020-55 ‘Face Covering Policy for Visitors and Contractors’ was adopted and a policy providing for the wearing of face coverings/masks within Town buildings during a pandemic and-or when recommended by the Medical Officer of Health. The policy comes into effect immediately. The policy follows the Order of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) Medical Officer of Health that face masks must be worn inside commercial/business establishments throughout Windsor-Essex.

“As we move into Stage 3 of the reopening framework and with the knowledge that community spread of COVID-19 is prevalent, my Council colleagues and I know we must continue to remain vigilant,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “This by-law extends the Health Unit’s mandatory mask policy to all of our Town facilities for visitors and contractors. The same exemptions apply.”

The mask policy does not apply to Town outdoor spaces, however it is recommended that anyone who is not able to physically distance use a face mask as further protection and practice proper hand hygiene. Hand sanitizer stations are available at all public entrances at Town Hall and the Arena. Visitors are also encouraged to make use of online or phone service wherever possible. Screening and enforcement of mask wearing is in place at Town Hall. 

Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca. Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh). All updates will be posted on our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service at https://subscribe.tecumseh.ca/subscribe.

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Media Contacts:

Lesley Reeves Manager Strategic Initiatives 519-735-2184 Ext. 150

August 11, 2020 - Stage 3 Reopening
August 11, 2020 - Stage 3 Reopening
July 31, 2020 Mayor's Message
 July 31, 2020 Mayor's Message
July 17, 2020 Mayor's Message
 July 17, 2020 Mayor's Message
July 17, 2020 Reopening Town Hall

On July 20, the Town of Tecumseh will begin a gradual and phased in approach to re-open Town Hall for in-person and appointment services. The building was closed to the public in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Renovation on Town Hall has continued with restrictions on entrances and available space. Since the closure, customer service has been provided via on-line, phone and drop-box, as well as regular mail and courier. These services will continue and citizens are encouraged to use these options wherever possible as an alternative to attending Town Hall. Full details on what services are available is on our web site.

“We know the closure of Town Hall has changed how we have done customer service,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “With Stage 2 of Provincial reopening, Administration has been working to put in place safety protocols, protective equipment and physical barriers at customer service stations to permit reopening Town Hall to the public. We ask for the public’s continued patience as we slowly re-open and complete the renovation. On-line, phone and drop-box services are still available and have been working very well over the last four months. These will continue to be offered as an alternative to coming into Town Hall.”

“As we plan to reopen to the public, we have introduced measures to keep the public and our staff safe,” said Margaret Misek-Evans, Chief Administrative Officer. “We look forward to providing in-person public services once again. While these visits might look different than they did before, our staff are committed to serving citizens and taking care of their needs. Feel free to continue to use the on-line and remote service delivery options as these are available, encouraged and expanded for user convenience.”

Beginning July 20, 2020, public, drop-in traffic will be between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. only via the entrance off McNorton Drive. A maximum 10 people will be permitted inside the customer service area and a security guard will conduct a health screening and ensure visitors are wearing a mask. Entrance to the building is permitted for those making a payment, requesting Building/Planning information or have an appointment. Payments made by cheque via the drop-box or through a banking institution are encouraged to reduce contact.

Services available for drop-in include:

  • Cash/Debit Payments:
    • Bulk Water
    • Building Permits
    • Planning Applications
    • Property Taxes
    • Dog Tags
    • Alarm Registrations
    • Parking Tickets
  • Applications/Permits:
    • Backwater Valve & Foundation Drain Subsidies
    • Building Permits
    • Planning Applications
    • Driveway/Curb Cut; Culverts; Sanitary/Storm; Water Services and Water Meters 

Services available by appointment only:

  • Marriage Licenses
  • Lottery Applications and Reporting
  • Commissioning of documents
  • Burial Permits and Registrations
  • Taxi Cab Drivers’ Licenses
  • Urban Hen Applications

Visitors must call ahead to make an appointment between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  Scheduling of appointments will be accommodated based on availability of meeting rooms, during the Town Hall renovation. The last appointment will be 4 p.m. due to length of time for service.

Entrance outside of an appointment time will be on a first come/first served basis. Anyone entering Town Hall for any service must wear a mask or face covering, hand sanitize on entry and report to Security for screening. Renovation on Town Hall continues with workers inside the building in designated areas. As part of the physical distancing measures and renovation work, some appointment-based visits may be delayed and timed when space permits. The Town is able to accommodate virtual appointments for meetings with staff, provided signatures or payments are not required. Please contact the department to set this up.

The Tecumseh Arena and Recreation Complex is providing some in-person services beginning July 20 with additional security measures in place, however visitors are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment. Please call 519-735-4756 Ext. 425 to make a facility reservation, register for tennis court or pickleball court keys, make a funding request, inquire about a commemorative program and schedule an appointment to pick up a key or make a payment. Similar security measures and screening practices apply at the Arena.

The foregoing arrangements are expected to continue into the fall.

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Media Contacts:

Marg Misek-Evans, Chief Administrative Officer, 519-735-2184 Ext. 111

Lesley Reeves, Manager Strategic Initiatives, 519-735-2184 Ext. 150

July 10, 2020 Mayor's Message
July 10, 2020 Mayor's Message
June 26, 2020 Mayor's Message
June 26, 2020 Mayor's Message
June 26, 2020 Stage 2 Reopening

On Wednesday, June 24,  the Province of Ontario outlined Stage 2 Reopening for Windsor-Essex County businesses and recreational facilities that would be permitted to open within Ontario regulations and public health guidelines. As a result, the Parks and Recreation Department is mobilizing to ensure facilities are safe and ready to open as soon as possible by reviewing restrictions on use and meeting with sports associations related to these facilities.

“We learned this week that additional facilities are permitted to open, subject to safety considerations. We understand everyone is eager to return to recreational activities that have been closed however residents must understand the time it takes to ensure our facilities meet public health guidelines and that local sport organizations are prepared.” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Tecumseh is committed to, and hopeful of, continuing to expand services entering Phase 2. We continue to encourage residents to be vigilant in following public health protocols to reduce the spread of the illness.”

The following outdoor recreational facilities will be open for use starting on Monday, July 6:

  • Permit-Based Sports Fields – Soccer and Baseball
  • Picnic Areas / Park Shelters
  • Permit-Based Community Rooms
  • Select outdoor washroom facilities

The Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Department is working closely with local sport organization partners to ensure there are plans in place to meet the Public Health guidance and their sport governing body’s requirements, before any facilities are permitted to open for use. Return to play guidelines include, but are not limited to, skill development only (no game play) and limit of 10 participants including coaches / trainers.

Signage will be posted at each facility indicating COVID-19 safe play recommendations. Individuals using these facilities are reminded to keep their distance from others at the facility by leaving 2 metres of space at all times.

“We ask the community and our local sport organizations to be patient as we take measures to prepare facilities for re-opening in a manner that ensures public safety,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Our priority remains the health and safety of our community and staff. The Ontario Government has indicated in their framework that while restrictions may be relaxed, businesses and facilities should only reopen when it is safe to do so.”

The following recreational facilities that previously opened on May 22, 2020 under Phase 1, continue to remain open under the existing posted guidelines:

  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball
  • Lakewood Park Disc Golf
  • Tecumseh Skate Park
  • Tecumseh Dog Park

The following recreational facilities remain closed:

  • Playgrounds and Play Structures
  • Outdoor Exercise Equipment
  • Beaches
  • Tecumseh Leisure Pool
  • Splash Pads *
  • Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena

* The Splash Pad at St. Mary’s Park will open to be public, under re-opening restrictions, upon completion of facility opening maintenance and inspection procedures. The new Splash Pad currently under construction at McAuliffe Park will open upon construction completion and inspection approvals.

More information will be posted once timing of the reopening of further facilities and resumption of activities and services is allowed. The Provincial Emergency Order remains in effect at this time, which means that public gatherings are still limited to 10 people. Further, physical distancing rules remain in effect. All re-openings are contingent on health indicators continuing to show progress.

June 25, 2020 Yard/Garage Sales

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit has released guidelines for holding/attending Yard/Garage Sales at this time.

 

June 23, 2020 Temporary Patios and Cancellation of Summer Programming

At the Regular Meeting of Council it was decided: 

Temporary Patios: Council acted to permit temporary patios for the hospitality sector to help facilitate COVID-19 Economic Recovery, authorizing By-Law 2020-48 setting out the process and guidelines for business owners. 

As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses in the hospitality sector were closed to both dine-in and patio service with some businesses able to offer take out and delivery service instead. As part of the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening, restaurants, bars, food trucks and other food and drink establishments will be able to open for dining in outdoor areas only under Stage 2 of the Framework. 

Additionally, hospitality businesses with a valid liquor licence who wish to temporarily extend the physical size of their existing licensed patio or temporarily add a new licensed patio will be authorized to do by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. This temporary measure will end on January 1, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. Licensed establishments must ensure they have municipal approval and meet all other applicable requirements to put these patio spaces in operation. 

In preparation for Stage 2 of the reopening process, many local businesses have been looking at either extending their existing patios or temporarily establishing new patio space to welcome back and safely service patrons for food and beverage. 

To facilitate these plans, Administration developed the Temporary Outdoor Patio Guidelines (the Guidelines) to assist business owners extend existing or establish new temporary patios on private and public property. The streamlined application process includes a template for a drawing of the proposed temporary patio or patio extension, an internal review process, inspection before opening and an agreement where the expanded patio encroaches onto public lands. While there are no application fees, a business owner who expands onto public lands will be required to cover the costs associated with entering into an agreement with the Town. The Guidelines are focused on maintaining public health and safety. The Town’s Chief Building Official is authorized to inspect temporary patios and require adjustments to the patio in order to achieve compliance with the Guidelines. 

The application and Guidelines are available and were provided to the Tecumseh Business Improvement Area to share with their business members. Temporary patios will be permitted to operate up to January 1, 2021. 

Cancellation of Summer Recreation Programs: Council decided to cancel summer recreation programming including the Summer Day Camp and the Leisure Pool for 2020. The cancellation is a direct result of the current restrictions associated with COVID-19. Guidelines and recommendations for the operation of such programs are outlined in the Province of Ontario’s Stage 2 Framework. Upon Administration’s consideration of the format, facilities, staffing and operation costs, it was recommended that the 2020 Summer Day Camp and Leisure Pool programs be cancelled for 2020. 

In 2019, the Town provided summer camps for up to 70 children per day. Under the Stage 2 Framework guidelines, only 16 participants per day would be allowed. With this limited registration, the program revenues would not cover program expenses. 

Similarly, for the pool, swimming instruction could not be offered as physical distancing could not be maintained. Recreational swim occupancy would be reduced by 75% under the Stage 2 Framework guidelines. Revenues from such reduced occupancy would not cover the cost of lifeguards or the pool’s mechanical system costs.

June 19, 2020 Mayor's Message
June 19, 2020 Mayor's Message
June 12, 2020 Mayor's Message
 June 12, 2020 Mayor's Message
June 9, 2020 Council Updates

At the Regular Meeting of Council on June 9, 2020, several updates were provided related to the ongoing pandemic.

These include:

  • The extension of financial relief measures put in place in April have been extended to July 31, 2020. This includes waiving late payment penalty/interest charges associated with property taxation; waiving “non-sufficient funds” charges on property tax payments; waiving late payment and late payment penalty/interest charges associated with water/wastewater billing; extending the Dog Tag/Licence fee of $20 and the Kennel License fee of $100; and waiving transit fares for Tecumseh Transit.
  • Upcoming summer events including the Summer Concerts Series, Outdoor Movie Nights, Canada Day and the End of Summer Celebration have all been cancelled.
  • The Committee of Adjustment will begin meeting electronically on June 29, 2020 to deal with minor property variances like building additions, pool installation and heating/cooling installation.
June 5, 2020 COVID-19 Random Testing
Random drive-thru testing for COVID-19 is available Friday, June 5 at the Zehrs Parking lot in Tecumseh (400 Manning Rd.) from 10 am to 4pm. To enter testing area, access via Manning Road parking lot entrance. Residents of Windsor-Essex 12 years of age and older are eligible for testing. Please bring your health card.
June 5, 2020 Mayor's Message
 June 5, 2020 Mayor's Message
June 1, 2020 Tecumseh Cancels Annual Corn Festival

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and continued provincial orders on events and gatherings, the Town has made the decision to cancel the annual Tecumseh Corn Festival scheduled to run August 28 to August 30, 2020.

“Today’s announcement is a difficult one for all of us as we know how popular this event is every summer,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “The Tecumseh Corn Festival is a summer highlight but we cannot schedule this event or undertake the work to organize this festival without the ability to guarantee the health and safety of our residents and visitors. We continue to put the well-being of our community first in the decisions we are making.”

This year would have marked the 45th year of the annual event at Lacasse Park which was once again named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario—the 17th consecutive year of recognition. Earlier this year, the Town of Tecumseh undertook an extensive review of the Festival and through surveys and public consultations the results indicated an overall support for continuing the long-standing Festival as a family event financially supported by the Town.

While the Town had initially planned a phased approach to the Festival, ramping down to a 1-day event at May 31st with full cancellation determined at the end of June, it is believed that a return to events with large crowds will not be possible this summer. So, the decision was taken early to cancel the event for 2020.

“Planning for large events such as the Tecumseh Corn Festival takes months and includes a number of individuals and groups to put it together. Without knowing the timeline for when larger gatherings can be permitted or if events as large are permitted under government orders, we had no other choice but to cancel this year’s event,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Like our neighbouring municipalities, we will put our efforts into planning for the 2021 Tecumseh Corn Festival especially considering the review of the festival undertaken earlier. We thank our sponsors, volunteers and members of the public who provided comments on the festival for their continued support and we hope that we can come back next year with a great event for the community.”

The Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on all recreational activities and events as details on orders and information are shared by both Canada and Ontario. Residents are encouraged to visit the Tecumseh web site and sign up for the news subscription service (https://subscribe.tecumseh.ca/subscribe) for the most up-to-date information.

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Media Contacts:

Paul Anthony, Director Parks & Recreation Services, 519-735-4756 Ext. 423

Kerri Rice, Manager Recreation Programs and Events, 519-735-4756 Ext. 421

May 29, 2020 Waste Collection Returns to Normal

Waste Collection in Tecumseh will return to normal pick-up as of June 4, 2020 in accordance with the hard-sided container by-law. All household waste must be in an acceptable hard-sided container, not bags, or it will not be collected. At the Regular Meeting of Council on April 28, 2020, Council approved temporary changes to the Town’s Waste Collection to accept an additional two (2) bags of household waste per week until May 28, 2020.

“We made the decision to allow for extra bags while the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority (EWSWA) public drop off depot was closed,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “With the reopening of the depot and other transfer stations in the County, we are moving back to our original waste restrictions which were put in place to reduce rodents and urban wildlife.”

Details on acceptable containers for waste collection are found on page 3 of the Tecumseh Collection Calendar or online (https://www.tecumseh.ca/en/living-here/resources/Documents/2020-Tecumseh-Calendar_web.pdf). Green For Life/Windsor Disposal Service (GFL/WDS) will not collect unacceptable containers or additional bags placed out for collection as of June 4, 2020. It is also important to note that EWSWA will no longer accept plastic bags in blue boxes as of June 1, 2020 and items placed in bags for recycling or blue boxes found with bags in them will not be collected on recycling day.

Renovation debris is not accepted at curbside collection and will not be picked up. This includes materials placed in a hard sided container or in bags. GFL/WDS reserves the right to reject any waste they deem not acceptable or unsafe for collection. There are no exceptions and containers/bags will be left curbside.

“We were pleased to be able to provide additional service during the closure of the drop off depot and transfer stations regionally,” said Phil Bartnik, Director Public Works and Environmental Services. “Regular service is clearly outlined in the Town’s collection calendar and on our website.”

White goods like appliances must be registered for collection and residents may do so at 519-735-2184 ext. 142. Furniture like mattresses, bookshelves or dressers is acceptable and be placed at the curb for regular pick-up. If residents see anyone dumping waste in Town they are encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 with details on the vehicle including license plate, make and model.

Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at wee.tecumseh.ca. Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

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Media Contacts:

Phil Bartnik, Director Public Works & Environmental Services, 519-735-2184 Ext. 148

Kirby McArdle, Manager Roads & Fleet, 519-735-2184 Ext. 144

May 29, 2020 Mayor's Message
 May 29, 2020 Mayor's Message
May 22, 2020 Mayor's Message
 May 22, 2020 Mayor's Message
May 20, 2020 Reopening Tecumseh Facilities

Last week the Province of Ontario outlined businesses and recreational facilities that would be permitted to open within Ontario regulations and public health guidelines as early as Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The Town of Tecumseh learned at that time that some Town facilities could re-open this week. As a result, the Parks and Recreation Department is mobilizing to ensure these facilities are safe and ready to open as soon as possible. Restrictions on use are outlined and may be modified following meetings with sports associations related to these facilities.

“We learned last Thursday that certain facilities are permitted to open this week, subject to safety considerations. We understand everyone is eager to return to recreational activities that have been closed however residents must understand the time it takes to ensure our facilities meet public health guidelines,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Tecumseh is committed to, and hopeful of, entering a safe, new normal, as we move to a recovery phase in the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to encourage residents to be vigilant in following public health protocols to reduce the spread of the illness.”

The following outdoor recreational facilities will be open for use starting on Friday, May 22:

  • Tennis Courts*
  • Pickleball Courts*
  • Lakewood Park Disc Golf
  • Tecumseh Skate Park
  • Tecumseh Dog Park
  • Basketball Courts
  • Picnic Areas / Park Shelters
  • All Park Benches & Tables
  • Non-Permit-Based Sports Fields

* Note: Tennis and pickleball courts will be open to everyone for use Friday, May 22 to Tuesday, May 26. Starting on Wednesday, May 27, membership key access will be in effect. To purchase a membership key, register at TecumsehRec.ca.

Signage will be posted at each facility indicating COVID-19 safe play recommendations. Residents using these facilities are reminded to keep their distance from others at the facility by leaving 2 metres of space at all times. Users are to provide their own equipment and wash/sanitize hands and equipment before and after play.

“We ask the community to be patient as we take measures to prepare facilities for re-opening in a manner that ensures public safety,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Our priority remains the health and safety of our community and staff. The Ontario Government has indicated in their framework that while restrictions may be relaxed, businesses and facilities should only reopen when it is safe to do so.”

The following recreational facilities remain closed:

  • Playgrounds
  • Beaches
  • Outdoor Exercise Equipment
  • Tecumseh Leisure Pool
  • Splash Pads
  • Permit-Based Sports Fields
  • Public Washrooms
  • Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena

The Town continues to work with sport organization partners to ensure there are plans in place to meet Public Health guidance and their sport governing body’s requirements, before any facilities are reopened. More information will be posted once timing of the reopening of further facilities and resumption of activities and services is allowed. The Provincial Emergency Order remains in effect at this time, which means that public gatherings are still limited to 5 people. Further, physical distancing rules remain in effect. During the announcements last week, Premier Ford stated that all reopenings are contingent on health indicators continuing to show progress.

 

Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca. Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh). All updates will be posted on our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service at https://subscribe.tecumseh.ca/subscribe.

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Media Contacts:

Paul Anthony, Director Parks & Recreation Services, 519-735-4756 Ext. 423

Kerri Rice, Manager Recreation Programs and Events, 519-735-4756 Ext. 421

May 15, 2020 Mayor's Message
 May 15, 2020 Mayor's Message
May 14, 2020 Tecumseh Facilities Remain Closed

Today the Province of Ontario announced the reduced restrictions that would permit some private facilities to reopen as early as Saturday, May 16 or Tuesday, May 19. Tecumseh Administration is reviewing the Provincial list and will work to determine when Town facilities may be able to safely reopen. At this time, Town of Tecumseh park facilities remain closed to the public and they include, but are not limited to: the Arena, Skate Park, Dog Park, Disc Golf Course, Fitness Equipment and Climbing Rock in Lakewood Park, tennis and pickleball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer pitches and all playground and picnic equipment in parks.

“We understand that everyone is eager to get back to enjoying our equipment and facilities,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Unfortunately we are not ready to reopen these for use yet. The Town is following public health advice on measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We ask for your continued patience and as soon as they are ready for use we will let everyone know.”

Tecumseh closed all parks equipment, facilities and fields on Tuesday, March 24. This included the installation of fencing, tape and locks around equipment and on all access points. After restrictions are lifted, the Town will require time to properly prepare amenities for safe use relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, reopening these areas to residents will be shared publicly.

“We have heard from users and understand the desire to use municipal facilities,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “However we must maintain a cautious and measured approach to reopening. In the meantime we encourage residents to continue to use our Virtual Recreation Complex page of our website (www.tecumseh.ca/virtualrecreation) for links on how to stay active and in motion while at home.”

As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the Canadian and Ontario governments as well as public health agencies, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted on our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service at https://subscribe.tecumseh.ca/subscribe.

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Media Contacts:

Paul Anthony, Director Parks & Recreation Services, 519-735-4756 Ext. 423

May 12, 2020 Mayor's Message
 May 12, 2020 Mayor's Message
May 11, 2020 Tecumseh Cancels Recreation Events in June

As a result of the ongoing provincial order on events and gatherings, Tecumseh Parks and Recreation has cancelled all recreational programs and events scheduled for the month of June. These include:

Power Off and Playground Program

Tecumseh Leisure Pool Public Recreational Swims and Lessons

Lakewood Park’s Summer Concert Series

“Today’s decision is a result of the ongoing provincial orders aimed at reducing exposure to COVID-19 in the community,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We continue to have to make decisions around public recreation and I am hopeful everyone understands and supports these decisions.”

All Tecumseh park equipment and play structures remain closed, including Baseball Diamonds, Disc Golf, Pickleball Courts, Soccer Pitches and Tennis Courts. Public health officials remind residents to: stay home if you are sick; practice physical distancing while walking in parks and on trails; avoid touching surfaces and wash your hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer frequently.

“Tecumseh Recreation staff continue to follow provincial orders and are working on various scenarios to offer programming once restrictions are lifted and recreation areas are allowed to re-open,” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Until then, we encourage residents to use our Virtual Recreation Complex page of our website (www.tecumseh.ca/virtualrecreation) for links on how to stay active and in motion while at home”.

As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the Canadian and Ontario governments as well as public health agencies, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted on our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service at https://subscribe.tecumseh.ca/subscribe.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health UnitTravel AdvisoriesHealth Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca. 

 

Media Contacts:

Paul Anthony, Director Parks and Recreation Services, 519-735-4756 Ext. 423

Kerri Rice, Manager Recreation Programs and Events, 519-735-4756 Ext. 421

May 8, 2020 Mayor's Message

 May 8, 2020 Mayor's Message

 

www.bouncebackontario.ca

Windsor-Essex Counselling Support Line: 519-946-3277 or 1-877-451-1055

Windsor-Essex Community Crisis Line (24 hours) 519-973-4435

 

May 5, 2020 Mayor's Message
 May 5, 2020 Mayor's Message
May 1, 2020 Mayor's Message
 May 1, 2020 Mayor's Message
April 28, 2020 Mayor's Message
 April 28, 2020 Mayor's Message
Province of Ontario Framework for Reopening
 Information is available from the Province of Ontario regarding planning for the next phase of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
April 27, 2020 - Tecumseh summer programs postponed
 April 27, 2020 - Tecumseh summer programs postponed
April 24, 2020 Mayor's Message
 April 24, 2020 Mayor's Message
April 21, 2020 Mayor's Message
 April 21, 2020 Mayor's Message
April 14, 2020 Mayor's Message
 April 14, 2020 Mayor's Message
April 10, 2020 Mayor's Message
April 10, 2020 Mayor's Message
April 9, 2020 Update - Physical Distancing Dos and Don'ts
physical distancing dos and donts
April 8, 2020 Update - Virtual Recreation Complex

The Town of Tecumseh has launched a Virtual Recreation Complex (www.tecumseh.ca/virtualrecreation), a new online source for recreational activities anyone can do in the comfort and safety of their home. The site provides a number of ideas and activities for all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Families are looking for activities to do to stay active and engaged while staying at home” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Although our facilities are closed, our Parks and Recreation Services staff have developed a range of activities for our residents to enjoy during this time”.

Tecumseh’s Virtual Recreation Complex has suggestions by age, recommendations on how to stay physically active while at home, creative activities for individuals and families, training resources for local athletes and links to virtual field trips.

Many of these activities can be done at home either inside or in your yard. The Town continues to encourage everyone to stay home and avoid the spread of COVID-19. If you do take advantage of the weather to go for a walk or cycle through Tecumseh parks, we request that you keep physical distance of 2 m (6 feet), keep moving and don’t congregate or loiter.

“Our Parks and Recreation Services staff are dedicated to helping our residents get through this time while we are all staying at home” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation. “We look forward to the day when we can re-open our facilities for all to enjoy but until then we hope this information will help our residents”.

The Tecumseh Virtual Recreation Complex will be updated on a regular basis with new ideas for residents to enjoy.

The Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Services staff are also asking residents to share how they are staying in motion during this time on Twitter (@TecumsehRec) and Facebook (Tecumseh Recreation Services).

As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the federal and provincial  governments, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health UnitTravel AdvisoriesHealth Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca, Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

Media Contacts
Paul Anthony Kerri Rice
Director Parks & Recreations Services         Manager Recreation Programs & Events
519 735 2184 x423 519 735 4756 x421

 

April 7, 2020 - Mayor's Message

The Mayor will be providing weekly updates related to COVID-19 issues in the Town of Tecumseh on our Youtube Channel.

 

April 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update

April 2, 2020 Update - Property Tax and Water Payments

Following a meeting of regional treasurers in Essex County, Tecumseh introduced a plan for the waiver of late payment fees on property taxes and water/wastewater payments. Council approved the waiver of late payment fees at their meeting on March 24 and delegated authority to Tecumseh’s Treasurer to make further decisions on extending financial relief measures during the declared state of emergency. An update to the plan will be presented to Council at their April 14, 2020 meeting to extend the delegation of authority to include the waiver of non-sufficient funds charges.

 

“We know the strain our community is under financially with the changes to essential and non-essential work and the impact that has on their expenses,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We want to help our residents through different ways to meet their financial obligations without increased penalties. We will continue to monitor the situation with further updates as needed.”

 

Taxes are due April 28, 2020. Water/wastewater payments are due based on your monthly or bi-monthly billing cycle. To provide relief for owners, the Town has implemented the following:

  • No late payment fees on property tax accounts either as penalty and/or interest will be applied through the period ending June 30, 2020
  • No late payment fees on water/wastewater accounts either as penalty and/or interest will be applied through the period ending April 30, 2020 with an extension to June 30, 2020 pending Council approval on April 14
  • All pre-authorized payments will be withdrawn on scheduled dates unless otherwise cancelled by the property owner

 

Under this plan, late payment fees will be applied on July 1, 2020 on outstanding balances, and the first of every month after that unless otherwise changed or updated. Council is being requested to waive any non-sufficient funds charges on property taxes through the period ending June 30, 2020 and to delegate authority to Tecumseh’s Treasurer to request Essex Power to match the waiver of late payment fees and non-sufficient funds charges on water/wastewater payments to those of property taxes.

 

For property owners who have selected pre-authorized payment for these accounts, you may discontinue the pre-authorized payment by contacting the Town at 519-735-2184.

 

“Property taxes and water/wastewater rates are the main source of funding for the essential services the Town still continues to provide at this time,” said Tom Kitsos, Director Financial Services and Treasurer. “My colleagues and I in the County are mindful of the financial challenges many of our property owners have at this time while we continue to provide day-to-day services like waste collection, sewer maintenance, safe drinking water, storm water pumping stations, and protection services. Those who are able to maintain their regular tax payments are encouraged to do so to help support these essential municipal services.”

 

As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the federal and provincial  governments, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service.

 

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Travel Advisories; Health Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca, Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

 

Media Contacts:

 

Margaret Misek-Evans                                     Tom Kitsos      

Chief Administrative Officer                             Director Financial Services and Treasurer

519-735-2184 Ext. 111                                   519-735-2184 Ext. 125

 

April 1, 2020 Update - Enforcement During COVID-19

 

As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Provincial emergency declaration, Tecumseh’s By-Law Enforcement Officer and the Tecumseh Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be jointly enforcing the Emergency Management and Civil Protections Act (EMCPA). This will include enforcement for no gatherings of more than five people and the required closure of non-essential businesses in the town of Tecumseh.

 

“The Health Unit advised that community spread of COVID-19 is happening here. Unfortunately some people are still not taking the matter seriously and putting others at risk in the community,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “I am not asking anymore. Stay home. Stop getting together in groups. Keep your distance of 2 metres (6 feet). Don’t ignore the fenced and roped off playground and exercise equipment. We need to stop the spread of this virus in our community.”

 

Ontario declared a State of Emergency on March 17, 2020 and has extended this Declaration to be in effect until April 14, 2020. The declaration of emergency includes several Orders for the closure of all non-essential businesses and all public facilities and outdoor playround equipment, outdoor exercise equipment, picnic areas, beaches, dog parks, sports fields and all types of courts. While parks, trails and paths remain open in Town for walkthrough access, users are reminded that they must maintain a safe physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart.

 

The declaration of emergency under the EMCPA gives the police and municipal by-law enforcement authority to issue fines to individuals or businesses that are not abiding by the Act.

 

“The Town will take a measured approach to enforcement, relying on the OPP strategy of discretion and public education before resorting to use of authorities and fines,” said Marg Misek-Evans, Chief Administrative Officer. “Compliance is critical to planking the curve.”

 

“We are working closely with the OPP on this matter for the health and safety of our community,” said Brian Hillman, Director Building and Planning Services. “Our By-law Officer has been out in the community already, visiting areas of known gatherings, checking sites and addressing instances where we are not seeing compliance with Emergency Orders.”

 

As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the federal and provincial  governments, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service.

 

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Travel Advisories; Health Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca, Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

March 31, 2020 Update - Closure of Parks and Sports Fields
COVID 19 Parks Closed sign
March 30, 2020 Update - Events Update

Town of Tecumseh events update

 

As a result of the ongoing provincial order on events and gatherings, Parks and Recreation has cancelled the following upcoming events:

 

Town of Tecumseh’s Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2020

 

“We continue to make difficult decisions about community events and activities and reducing exposure to COVID-19,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “I know the community looks forward to our spring activities  however, I am hopeful everyone understands and can support these decisions. I continue to ask that residents stay home, avoid unnecessary trips, spend time in your backyards or go for walks while keeping physical distance of at least 2 m, and remember to wash your hands. Every individual action counts.”

 

Tecumseh Parks and Recreation Services staff continues to work with local groups and organizations on other upcoming events and activities. Community sport organizations that utilize Tecumseh Parks and Recreation facilities including ice hockey, skating, soccer, baseball, fitness & karate have been informed of facility and field closures and are responsible for communicating with their registered participants on the status of their programs. If you have questions regarding programs run by outside organizations, please contact the organization directly, or go to their websites for more up-to-date information. Recreation facilities and outdoor playgrounds and equipment have been closed until further notice. This includes the skate park, tennis and pickleball courts, disk golf course, and the leash-free dog park.

 

“The Town will continue to work with all of its user groups to facilitate the required cancellations and will work with event organizers to reschedule events wherever possible once restrictions are lifted” said Paul Anthony, Director of Parks and Recreation.

As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the Canadian and Ontario governments as well as public health agencies, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates using the online subscription service.

 

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Travel Advisories; Health Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca, Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

 

Media Contacts:

Paul Anthony                                                                   

Director Parks & Recreation Services                            

519-735-4756 Ext. 423     

 

Kerri Rice 

 Manager Recreation Programs and Events

519-735-4756 Ext. 421

March 27, 2020 Update - Tecumseh Transit

Tecumseh Transit continues to provide valuable service

Following discussions with First Student Canada, the operator of Tecumseh Transit, the Town determined that Tecumseh’s transit service will continue to operate notwithstanding the temporary suspension of Windsor Transit during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


“I commend First Student for their dedicated service and continued operation for our residents,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “Our transit service carries passengers to grocery stores, drugstores and places of work. We continue to see riders on the bus that depend on us for their vital transportation needs.”
On Friday, March 20, 2020, Tecumseh announced that fares would be waived to reduce contact between drivers and passengers and First Student Canada has implemented additional cleanings and sanitization daily to protect those using and operating the service.


Tecumseh Transit riders are provided a transfer stop at Tecumseh Mall however the connections to Windsor Transit will cease as of Sunday, March 29, 2020. Administration and First Student Canada continue to monitor service on an on-going basis and will make service or route adjustments as needed on a go forward basis. The transit service has 43 stops throughout Town, providing access to a number of pharmacies and the two main grocery stores, Zehrs and Food Basics.


As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the Canadian and Ontario governments as well as public health agencies, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates from the online subscription service.

March 25, 2020 Update - Business Continuity

Tecumseh’s business continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic
At the Regular Meeting of Council on March 24, 2020, Tecumseh Town Council approved several measures to ensure business continuity in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. These measures follow discussions and planning between Council and Town Administration to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff while still providing essential municipal services.
Town Hall continues to be open for work and closed to the public. Inquiries are being taken online, by phone and email. Payments may be deposited in the secure drop box located outside the main entrance of Town Hall. If you have a question about service, please call 519-735-2184 or email info@tecumseh.ca.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Council received a report on Town service levels and measures underway to assist rate payers during this uncertain period. Council delegated certain authorities to staff, including the authority to waive late payment penalties and interest on property taxes. Council has also authorized the Town’s Treasurer to request Essex Powerlines for similar relief for water and sanitary billings for Town accounts.
At this time, the Town has taken action to slow the spread of COVID-19 through closing town facilities to the public, arranging for staff to work remotely from home where feasible and ensuring the continuity of essential services and those services needed to support them. Town service levels and changes at this time are summarized as follows:

• Fire and Rescue Services continue for emergencies with both fire stations closed to the public
• Police Services continue to be delivered by the OPP as per the contract, however the OPP station on Lesperance Road is operating with reduced public interface and front-line staff are screening for COVID-19 symptoms
• Garbage and recycling services continue, garbage must be placed in tied bags and in hard sided containers, as per the by-law; residents are asked to avoid interacting with waste collection crews
• Water testing and watermain repairs continue
• Traffic, roads and bridges continue to be maintained and monitored to minimum maintenance standards
• Storm and sanitary sewer system maintenance and monitoring continues
• Lake Flooding Response continues and residents are encouraged to monitor our website and social media for potential lake flooding as levels in Lake St. Clair and Pike Creek continue to be high this spring
• Transit continues to operate, and no fares are being collected to reduce physical interaction and fare passes are not being sold

• By-law enforcement continues for life safety and to assist with enforcing provincial orders
• Council meetings and support from the Clerk’s office continue with meetings held electronically and livestreamed on www.tecumseh.ca
• The issuance of licenses, including: marriage, lottery, and urban hens have been suspended
• Dog tag applications and payments can be submitted in the drop box; reduced rates are in effect to the end of April
• Public grounds and facilities continue to be maintained with parks and trails open for public use and social distancing advised; playground equipment and all parks & recreation facilities are closed and recreational programming is suspended
• High risk and dead tree inspections and removals continue
• Processing of building permits and scheduling of associated inspections, subject to screening for COVID-19 symptoms
• Processing of planning and development applications
• Support functions for essential services remains operational in information technology, finance, human resources, clerks, etc.

 

Tecumseh has cancelled all public meetings for March and April 2020 and will continue to monitor the situation for rescheduling. This includes public meetings on the Town’s New Official Plan; Council deferred tabling the New Official Plan at this time. Parks and Recreation facilities and events have been closed and cancelled with the support of public health officials.


As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the Canadian and Ontario governments as well as public health agencies, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates from the online subscription service.

March 24, 2020 Update - Closures and Additional Measures

Tecumseh taking additional measures for physical distancing due to COVID-19
The Town of Tecumseh is taking additional measures to encourage social/physical distancing to reduce opportunities for the spread of COVID-19 through measures in local parks. The Town is posting signs on playground equipment, skate park, tennis and pickle ball courts, and the leash-free dog park, confirming closures of these facilities. These measures will remain in effect until further notice and are directly related to the advice and recommendations from the federal and provincial governments and public health agencies.
“We continue to take measures that result in reduced exposure to this virus. We have the support of our public health unit in taking measures to ensure social/physical distancing,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh.
“Nothing makes me more unhappy than having to take such extreme measures as closing of these outdoor facilities and playground equipment, especially at a time when schools and daycares are closed. But it’s necessary and we can do this – every individual action counts. Stay home, spend time in your backyards, go for walks but avoid touching surfaces and being in groups of people.”
The measures being taken are as follows:

• the dog park will be closed with locks placed on all entrance point gates and signed
• fencing will be placed around the skate park and Lakewood Park climbing rock/work out equipment and signed
• all swings will be taken out of service and caution tape will be wrapped around playgrounds and signed
• outdoor washrooms will remain closed until further notice
• tennis and pickleball courts will be locked and signed

 

This work will be undertaken by municipal staff by midnight Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice. Residents are requested to avoid congregating in groups, keep a physical distance from others, wash your hands and stay home unless it is absolutely necessary.
Tecumseh closed all public facing offices on Wednesday, March 18 at noon. This includes the Town Hall, Arena, Fire Hall and Public Works and Parks & Recreation Offices. Work continues in the offices with service provided by phone, e-mail and drop-box. Phones continue to be answered during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and online service requests remain available at all times. For changes in services, we encourage citizens to monitor our website and social media feeds.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Travel Advisories; Health Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca, Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

March 22, 2020 Update - Tecumseh declares state of emergency

Tecumseh declares emergency due to COVID-19

The Town of Tecumseh declared a state of local emergency today in tandem with the County of Essex and regional municipalities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration follows Ontario’s declaration on March 17 as well as similar declarations by municipalities across Canada .

“This declaration provides us with another tool to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic quickly and effectively by bringing resources on-stream, as needed. We will continue to share information and make decisions that protect Tecumseh. We are regularly in contact as Council and we are working together with Administration for the safety, security and health of our Town. Our risk level for COVID-19 continues to remain low and I am very proud of our residents and businesses for taking swift action to protect themselves, their families and their workers,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We are in the early stages of this pandemic and it has been shown that social distancing, staying home and washing your hands is paramount in preventing the spread of illness I continue to call on everyone to practice social distancing, stay home if you don’t need to go out and follow the guidance of our Public Health agencies to the letter. Every one of us doing our part is important.”

Emergency Declarations are outlined in Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and provide municipalities the ability to respond to an emergency situation quickly as well as call on the Province for assistance. As COVID-19 is an ongoing situation that changes daily, local municipalities like Tecumseh must make decisions quickly in the public interest.

“I commend Council for their ongoing support as we work together through Tecumseh’s Administrative team to implement actions to stave off the spread of COVID-19 and maintain services,” said Margaret Misek-Evans, Chief Administrative Officer. “We continue to follow the advice of federal, provincial and local health authorities while continuing to offer services for our residents. Staff have been absolutely fantastic in working with senior management on the rapidly changing work and service delivery environment. I applaud the efforts of our staff and know they are truly appreciated by Mayor and Council.”

Tecumseh closed all public facing offices on Wednesday, March 18 at noon. This includes the Town Hall, Arena, Fire Hall and Public Works and Parks & Recreation Offices. Work continues in the offices with service provided by phone, e-mail and drop-box. Phones continue to be answered during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and online service requests remain available at all times. For changes in services, we encourage citizens to monitor our website and social media feeds.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Travel Advisories; Health Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca, Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

March 20, 2020 Update - Changes to Transit and Healthy Practices

Tecumseh implements changes to Transit; requests healthy practices while away from home

 

The Town of Tecumseh is implementing temporary changes to Transit service in Town. Fares for Tecumseh Transit will be reduced to zero ($0) beginning Saturday, March 21 to limit contact between riders and drivers. The Town continues to request that residents heed the request to socially distance and avoid any unnecessary travel. This change is temporary and is expected to be in effect until April 5 after which it will be reassessed.

 

Town of Tecumseh parks and playgrounds continue to be maintained on a reduced schedule with washrooms scheduled to open later this spring in accordance with annual practices. With this in mind and with the current COVID-19 situation, we kindly request that visitors to our parks and playgrounds adhere to the following:

 

  • stay home if you are sick, have recently travelled outside of Canada or have a sick family member
  • practice social distancing while out in public and avoid congregating in groups
  • remember to wash your hands or bring hand sanitizer with you to use after touching surfaces
  • place your garbage in the containers supplied in the park

 

“We don’t want to discourage anyone from getting out and enjoying the parks, trails and public areas outdoors, especially during the current situation with so many children at home,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We want everyone to stay healthy and the only way to do that is to ask everyone to take measures that protect you and your family. If you’re sick, stay home. If you go to a park or playground, try to keep a safe distance and be mindful of your surroundings. Remember to bring hand sanitizer with you.”

 

Tecumseh closed all public facing offices on Wednesday, March 18 at noon. This includes the Town Hall, Arena, Fire Hall and Public Works and Parks & Recreation Offices. Work continues in the offices with service provided by phone, e-mail and drop-box. Phones continue to be answered during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and online service requests remain available at all times.

 

As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the Canadian and Ontario governments as well as public health agencies, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates from the online subscription service.

 March 18, 2020 Update - Town Hall Closed to Public
 

Tecumseh Town Offices Closed to Public But Still Open For Business

 

In an effort to protect staff and slow the spread of COVID-19, the Town of Tecumseh is closing all public facing offices as of Wednesday, March 18 at noon. This includes the Town Hall, Arena, Fire Hall and Public Works and Parks & Recreation Offices. Work continues in the offices with service provided by phone, e-mail and drop-box.

 

Please contact us by phone at 519-735-2184 or use our website at www.tecumseh.ca to access municipal information and services. Phones will continue to be answered during regular business hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday to Friday and online service requests remain available at all times.

 

“This is an unprecedented situation and we are having to make decisions daily to respond,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We don’t like having to close our doors to residents but we have to do what’s best to protect our community and our staff. We are still working and are available to provide services, by other means rather than face-to-face.”

 

Please use the secure drop box located beside the main entrance door off McNorton Street with information clearly outlined (e.g. name, address, tax roll number, application and/or other identifying details to assist staff). Licenses, permits and registration may be filled out at home/work and dropped off completed or scanned and e-mailed to the Town. Dog tag/kennel licenses fees have been extended to April 30.

 

Weekly services like waste collection and recycling continue, our Public Works Crews continue to monitor and maintain the water and sewer systems and building inspections will continue subject to making appointments by phone and screening protocols.

 

These service level changes are being made to help mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 within our community. Due to these changes, response and wait times may be longer than usual. The Town appreciates the public’s understanding and patience at this time.

 

As this situation is constantly changing with updated messages from the Canadian and Ontario governments as well as public health agencies, the Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates from the online subscription service.

 

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Travel Advisories; Health Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Information on this and all Town of Tecumseh news and events is available at www.tecumseh.ca, Twitter (@TownofTecumseh), and Facebook (Town of Tecumseh).

 March 17, 2020 Update - Screening for in-person services
 

Tecumseh introduces screening for in-person services to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19

 

As of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Town of Tecumseh has introduced a screening protocol for front line service to further protect staff from potential exposure to COVID-19. Applications that require an on-site inspection will also be subject to screening and staff will observe at least a 2 metre distance during such calls. This change follows on today’s announcements by the Province and public health agencies to move in the direction of essential services only at this time.

 

“To protect the health of our staff and their family members, we are moving toward essential service only,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “We have looked at our business operations and what is absolutely necessary to be done in-person. There is a secure mail slot outside the main entrance to drop off payments and there are a number of services that can be done via an online application and secure mail drop. We are asking everyone—do not come to Town Hall unless it is absolutely necessary.”

 

Payments for services can be made by cheque or money order through the secure mail slot located beside the main entrance door off McNorton Street. The payments will be processed with a receipt mailed. Necessary paperwork for licenses, permits and registration can be filled out at home/work and dropped off completed. Anyone entering Town Hall will be subject to screening prior to being seen at the counter. If the individual fails the screening they will be provided with other service options. Screening is similar to that now imposed by medical facilities/treatment centres.

 

The Town requests that if anyone is feeling ill that they avoid all public buildings until they have recovered fully. If you are unsure about attending Town Hall, you may contact us at 519-735-2184 for further information.

 

A similar screening will be conducted for on-site inspections prior to the dispatch of our staff. Staff will not attend a location that is currently under self-isolation, has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or any individual is experiencing symptoms of acute respiratory illness.

 

The Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions. As this situation is ongoing and changes daily, the EOC continues to meet with updates as needed. All updates will be posted to our website and users may register for regular updates from the online subscription service by clicking on the “Connect” button at the top of the page and submitting the online subscription form within that pop up window.

 

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit; Travel Advisories; Health Canada; and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

 March 16 2020 Update - Closure of Recreation Facilities

Tecumseh cancels all public recreation events; closes recreation and cultural facilities

 

Tecumseh Town Council held an emergency meeting today regarding the ongoing response to COVID-19 in light of the announcement on Saturday, March 14 from the federal government on the escalation of international travel risk to Level 3, the ongoing information from both the federal and provincial governments on the spread of the illness and regional decisions related to municipal activities and facilities. Four reports were provided on the following topics: facilities; dog tags; personnel; and, Emergency Operations Centre.

“This is solely a proactive, precautionary measure based on the alerts from the federal government on Saturday and with the support of the Windsor-Essex Medical Officer of Health,” said Gary McNamara, Mayor of Tecumseh. “The Windsor-Essex Health Unit has advised that there are still no local cases of COVID-19 and our risk continues to remain low. We are taking pre-emptive measures to keep that risk level low. We are not happy we have to cancel activities—especially as many families have had to cancel March Break plans—but we are acting to stop the community spread of any illness and particularly COVID-19.”

Council ordered the cancellation of all public activities at the Tecumseh Arena, St. Clair Beach Community Centre, the Golden Age Club, the Tecumseh Historical Society Museum and the Sandwich South Cultural and Resource Centre. Save for the Parks and Recreation Office located in Tecumseh Arena, all of these facilities will remain closed with activities cancelled until further notice. The Parks and Recreation Office located in the Tecumseh Arena will remain open to the extent needed for front-line customer service of our Parks & Recreation services.

Town Hall will remain open and day-to-day municipal services will continue. You may make payments of taxes,
tickets and dog tags; as well as apply for/purchase permits and licenses and register death certificates. The Town requests that if anyone is feeling ill that they avoid public buildings like Town Hall and the Arena until they have recovered fully. If you are unsure about attending Town Hall but are worried about payments, you may make payments by cheque through the mail drop beside the main entrance off McNorton Street. If you have any questions about attending in person, please contact us at 519-735-2184 for further information.
Administration will work with staff at the Town to provide for new self-isolation requirements that will impose a 14-day period of staying away from Town offices for employees recently returned or soon to be returning from foreign travel. Employees whom this affects will be paid during the isolation period and will, where feasible, be set up to work from home. Employees leaving the country after the change in Federal Government elevation of any country outside of Canada to Level 3 risk will do so at their own risk and will not be paid by the Town during the required 14-day isolation period, unless severe extenuating circumstances require such travel. Similarly, measures will be taken to assist employees who have childcare requirements during the 2-week period following March break when schools remain closed.

Council agreed to the continued partial stand-up of the Tecumseh Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and that
should a Regional EOC be activated, that Tecumseh would participate. Members of the Town’s EOC have been
meeting daily since Friday, March 13 and will continue this practice until further notice.

Finally, Council agreed to extend the discount for the payment of Dog Tags and Kennel Licenses until April 30, 2020 to allow for sufficient time to obtain renewals at the lower rate ($20 for dog tags and $100 for kennel licenses) in consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Town will continue to provide ongoing updates on further decisions and any potential changes to front line
service at Town Hall. As this situation is ongoing and changes daily, the EOC will continue to meet daily with
updates as needed and will advise when conditions have warranted standing up a Regional Emergency Operations Centre. All updates will be posted to our website (www.tecumseh.ca) and users may register for regular updates from the online subscription service by clicking on the “Connect” button at the top of the page and submitting the online subscription form within that pop up window.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website (www.wechu.org/z-health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019); Travel Advisories
(https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices) Health Canada (www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html); and, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus).