The Council of the Town of Tecumseh appoints councillors and community representatives to several committees and boards.

View our Meeting Calendar to access agendas and minutes for some of these committees/boards. For minutes prior to 2017, you can contact the Corporate Services and Clerk's Department.

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Town of Tecumseh Business Improvement Area (BIA) Board of Management

Information on the BIA

The BIA is a non-profit organization that allows local business people, commercial property owners and tenants, with the support of the Town, to organize, finance, and carry out physical improvements and promote economic development in their district.

The Board of Management adopts a budget for promotional activities and events and submits this annually to Council for approval. The Town provides the approved funding to the Board by collection of a special levy applied to commercial properties in the defined geographic area.

To learn more about the Tecumseh BIA and access their minutes and agendas, visit their website.

Meeting details

The BIA meets monthly, on the second Wednesday, at 6:00 pm, in the BIA office located at 1189 Lacasse Boulevard.

Committee members

The BIA Board of Management is composed of nine (9) members, with two (2) directors appointed by Council and seven (7) directors selected by a vote of the membership of the improvement area. A selected Council member acts as a liaison between the Board and Council.

The following are the Council representatives on the BIA for the term of Council ending November 14, 2022:

  • Councillor Brian Houston
  • Councillor Andrew Dowie (liaison)
  • Paul Bistany
  • Elisa Braccio
  • Jules Champoux
  • Candice Denis
  • Joseph Fratangeli
  • Scott Harris
  • Michael Kennedy
  • Linda Proctor
  • Shane Meloche

Contact the BIA Coordinator for more information.

Council Compensation Review Committee

Information on Council Compensation Review Committee

Town Council, at their December 11, 2018 meeting, approved the terms of reference for a Council Compensation Review Committee. This Committee will review the current level of remuneration/compensation and benefits paid to the Mayor and Members of Council, including but not limited to:

  • health benefits,
  • taxation issues (T-2200),
  • 1/3 tax-free allowance elimination, and
  • the provision of equipment and staffing resources.

The Committee will make recommendations regarding any proposed changes for the new term of Council. The Committee will present a final report by the end of July 2019 outlining any proposed changes to the level of remuneration/compensation and benefits for the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Councillors for the new term of office effective January 1, 2019.

Meeting details

After it provides its final report to Council, the Council Compensation Review Committee will be disbanded.

Committee members

The Council Compensation Review Committee members are:

  • Fiona Bryden
  • Jules Champoux
  • Marian Drouillard
  • Dwayne Ellis
  • Joey Jraige

Contact the Director Corporate Services & Clerk for more information on this Committee.

Committee of Adjustment

Information on Committee of Adjustment

The Committee of Adjustment is responsible for holding hearings under the Planning Act for:

  • Minor variances to the Town's Zoning Bylaw, and
  • Applications for consents to severances that result in the creation of a new lot(s) or lot additions.

Meeting details

The Committee of Adjustment meets once a month on the 4th Monday, at 5:00 pm, in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall. Agendas and minutes can be accessed on the Meeting Calendar.

Committee members

The Committee is comprised of seven (7) members from the public.

The Committee members for the term ending November 14, 2022 are:

  • Chris Carpenter
  • Lori Chadwick
  • Tom Fuerth
  • Jason Jolicoeur
  • Tom Marentette
  • Paul Morand
  • Tony Muscedere

Contact the Secretary-Treasurer for more information on the Committee of Adjustment.

Court of Revision

Information on Court of Revision

The Court of Revision is an appeal body established under the Drainage Act and administered by the Town. The Court of Revision allows landowners to challenge their drainage assessments quickly and informally. Unlike the Drainage Tribunal at the Drainage Referee, the Court of Revision has one power - to re-allocate funds in a drainage assessment schedule.

Meeting details

The Court of Revision only meets when the Town has approved proceeding with a drainage project. The meetings take place at Town Hall. View our Meeting Calendar to access agendas and minutes.

Committee members

The Committee members for the term ending November 14, 2022 are:

  • Mayor Gary McNamara
  • Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti
  • Councillor Andrew Dowie
  • Councillor Brian Houston
  • Councillor Tania Jobin

Contact the Director Corporate Services & Clerk for more information on the Court of Revision.

Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee

Information on Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee

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

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

Meeting details

The Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee meets once a month on the third Monday, at 7:00 pm, at Town Hall. View our Meeting Calendar to access agendas and minutes.

Committee members

The Committee members for the term ending November 14, 2022 are:

  • Councillor Bill Altenhof
  • Marian Drouillard
  • Rhonda Dupuis
  • Dwayne Ellis
  • Charlie Gray
  • Christopher McNamara
  • Rita Ossington
  • Kyrsten Solcz

Contact the Manager Committee & Community Services for more information on the Cultural and Arts Advisory Committee.

Dog Pound Committee

Information on Dog Pound Committee

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

Meeting details

The Town of Lakeshore schedules the meetings of the Dog Pound Committee.

Committee member

The Committee member for the term ending November 14, 2022 is:

  • Councillor Brian Houston

Contact the Director Corporate Services & Clerk for more information on the Dog Pound Committee.

Essex County Library Board

Information on the Essex County Library Board

The Library Board consists of seven (7) members. After a municipal election, each local municipality in Essex County forwards to the County Clerk, the name of a nominee from their municipality to serve as a representative on the Essex County Library Board. The Essex County Striking Committee shall review the names of the nominees received and makes final recommendations for the Essex County Library Board appointees to County Council for approval. The number of County Councillors appointed to the Library Board shall not exceed four (4), in accordance with the Public Libraries Act.

Library Board members receive payment and mileage compensation for attending meetings.

Meeting details

The Library Board meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday, usually at 7:00 pm, (except for July and August) at the Essex County Civic Centre, located at 360 Fairview Avenue, Essex.

For further information regarding the Essex County Library, including accessing their meeting dates, agendas, and minutes, visit their website.

Committee member

The Town's representative on the Essex County Library Board for the term ending November 14, 2022 is:

  • Councillor Andrew Dowie

Contact the Director Corporate Services & Clerk regarding more information on the Essex County Library Board.

Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA)

Information on ERCA

In 1973, the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) was established. Its purpose is to manage the natural resources of the Essex region with help from the municipalities and the Province of Ontario.

Local municipalities and the City of Windsor appoint members to ERCA.

Meeting details

The ERCA Board members meet monthly on a Thursday, at 6 pm, in the Essex County Civic Centre. ERCA's website has more information on Board meetings, agendas, and minutes.

Committee members

The Board is made up of:

  • 2 members of Council appointed from each local municipality
  • 1 member of Council from the Township of Pelee
  • 4 members from Windsor City Council.

The Town of Tecumseh's representatives on ERCA until November 14, 2022 are:

  • Councillor Joe Bachetti
  • Councillor Tania Jobin

Contact the Director Corporate Services & Clerk regarding more information on the Essex Region Conservation Authority Board.

Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors

Information on Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors

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

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

Meeting details

The Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors meets quarterly in the months of March, June, September, and December usually on a Wednesday, at 4:00 pm, at 200-2199 Blackacre Drive, Oldcastle.

Committee members

The Town of Tecumseh representatives appointed to the Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors are:

  • Mayor Gary McNamara (until November 14, 2022)
  • Tom Burton (until December 31, 2020).

Contact the Director Corporate Services & Clerk regarding more information on the Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors.

Heritage Committee

The Heritage Committee is appointed under the Ontario Heritage Act (Act). The Committee may advise on matters related to the Act and to properties in the Town that have cultural heritage value and that the Town may wish to protect from destruction or harmful change by passing of a Designation By-law as provided for in the Act.

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

The statutory role of the Municipal Heritage Committee is as follows:

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

Meeting details

The Heritage Committee meets monthly, on the third Monday, at 6:00 pm., in the Sandwich South Room at Tecumseh Town Hall. View our Meeting Calendar to access agendas and minutes.

Committee members

The Committee members for the term ending November 14, 2022 are:

  • Councillor Bill Altenhof
  • Chris Carpenter
  • Marian Drouillard
  • Rhonda Dupuis
  • Dwayne Ellis
  • Charlie Gray
  • John Levesque
  • Rita Ossington

Contact the Manager Committee & Community Services regarding more information on the Heritage Committee.

Police Services Board

Information on Police Services Board

The Town currently contracts the services of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for police protection within the community. The Tecumseh Police Services Board administers the contract. The Police Services Act requires a municipality to appoint a Police Services Board. Tecumseh Council established that a Board be appointed for the Town comprised of:

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

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

Meeting details

The Tecumseh Police Services Board meets six (6) times per year in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month, usually at 4:30 pm. For further information on the Police Services Board, contact the Recording Secretary at 519-735-2184, ext. 114.

Committee members

The Committee members for the term ending November 14, 2022, unless otherwise noted, are:

  • Mayor Gary McNamara (Municipal Appointment)
  • Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti (Municipal Appointment)
  • Christopher Hales (Municipal Appointment and Board Chair)
  • Mark Gomes (Provincial Appointment) (April 11, 2019 to April 10, 2022)
  • Paul Sweet (Provincial Appointment) (April 11, 2019 to April 10, 2022)
  • CAO Margaret Misek-Evans (Secretary)
  • Ellen Preuschat (Recording Secretary)

Property Standards Committee

Information on the Property Standards Committee

A Property Standards By-law was passed by Tecumseh Town Council. The by-law provides for a Property Standards Committee comprised of three (3) members. Council selects the members of the Committee from the Committee of Adjustment. The Property Standards Committee considers appeals from orders issued by the Property Standards Officer.

Meeting details

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

Committee members

The Committee members for the term ending November 14, 2022 are:

  • Tom Marentette
  • Paul Morand
  • Tony Muscedere

Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC)

Information on TAAC

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, (AODA) provides that municipalities must establish an Accessibility Advisory Committee. The responsibilities of TAAC are:

  • Provides advice to Council, each year, about the preparation, implementation, and effectiveness of the municipality's Accessibility Plan;
  • Reviews blueprints and designs;
  • Tours existing facilities and suggests improvements;
  • Carries out all obligations of an Accessibility Advisory Committee as established by the AODA.

In accordance with the AODA, a majority of the members of the Accessibility Advisory Committee shall be persons with disabilities. The Committee includes:

  • 1 member of County Council
  • 6 representatives from the disability community.

Meeting details

The TAAC meets quarterly. The meetings are at 12:00 pm, in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall. View our Meeting Calendar to access agendas and minutes.

Committee members

The following are the members on the Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee until November 14, 2022:

  • Councillor Tania Jobin
  • Mary Anne Askin
  • Ron Doherty
  • David Golden
  • Ron Matysek
  • Catherine Rutherford
  • Linda Stanczak

Contact the Director Corporate Services & Clerk regarding more information on the Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Senior Advisory Committee

Information on Senior Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Senior Advisory Committee is to:

  • provide advice to Council and Administration of the Town on issues that affect area seniors;
  • work with Town departments, agencies and organizations for the purpose of improving the quality of life for senior residents in Tecumseh;
  • solicit input and act as a public forum for issues that affect local seniors; and
  • identify barriers of access to seniors to Town services and programs.

Visit our Seniors page for more information on activities for seniors in Tecumseh.

Meeting details

The Senior Advisory Committee meets in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall, on the last Thursday of each month, at 6:00 pm. View our Meeting Calendar to access agendas and minutes.

Committee members

The Senior Advisory Committee is comprised of members over the age of 60. The following are the members on the Senior Advisory Committee until November 14, 2022:

  • Councillor Rick Tonial
  • Suzanne Beneteau
  • Gabrielle McMillan
  • Paul Morand
  • Dorothy Nagy
  • Dara Pfeifer O'Connor
  • Loretta Stoyka Henderson

Contact the Manager Committee & Community Services regarding more information on the Senior Advisory Committee.

Youth Advisory Committee

Information on Youth Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Youth Advisory Committee is to:

  • provide advice to Council and Administration of the Town on issues that affect area youth; and
  • work with Town departments, agencies and organizations that are involved in youth initiatives.

Meeting details

The Youth Advisory Committee meets in Tecumseh Town Hall on the third Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. View our Meeting Calendar to access agendas and minutes.

Committee members

The Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of residents between the ages of 13-23. Council appointed the following members to the Youth Advisory Committee until November 14, 2022:

  • Councillor Rick Tonial
  • Jacob Altenhof
  • Michael Altenhof
  • Brendan Froese
  • Kurtis Hengl Lachance
  • Tamsyn King
  • Kristi Koutros
  • Tia-Lynne McCann
  • Ava Ruuth
  • Suzie Sawicki
  • Cameron Skinner

Contact the Manager Committee & Community Services regarding more information on the Youth Advisory Committee.

Corn Festival Committee

The Town of Tecumseh established an annual Corn Festival in 1975. The Corn Festival is held in August on the weekend prior to the Labour Day weekend. This annual festival is located at Lacasse Park. The Festival is widely renowned and is named one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario.

The Corn Festival Committee was responsible for organizing the events associated with the Festival, including but not limited to the parade, carnival, large and small stage entertainment, as well as other responsibilities such as advertising/promotion, parking and security.

The 2019 Corn Festival, as recommended under Parks and Recreation Report No. 24/17, will be managed by the Parks and Recreation Department, similar to other community events operated by the Department. The Manager Recreation Programs & Events will oversee the planning of the Festival and, as such, the Corn Festival Committee is no longer necessary.