Town Offices are now closed to the public.  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 8:30am-4:30pm. Online requests remain available at all times as well.

Town Service Updates

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 10am 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 website 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 incude 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).

 

Windsor-Essex Health Unit

Province of Ontario

Health Canada

World Health Organization