The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, (AODA) provides that municipalities must establish an Accessibility Advisory Committee. The Tecumseh Accessibility Advisory Committee (TAAC) shall advise Council in each year about the preparation, implementation and effectiveness of the municipality’s Accessibility Plan. The TAAC is also responsible for carrying out all obligations of an Accessibility Advisory Committee as established by the AODA as amended.
The TAAC is made up of one (1) Member of Council, and eight (8) members from the community. The AODA requires that not less than 50 percent of this Committee’s members be persons with disabilities or such members as Council deems appropriate.
The TAAC meets quarterly. The meetings are normally held at 12:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall.
This non-profit organization represents and promotes a defined geographic area of the Town as a business or shopping area (north of County Road 22). The Board also oversees the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally-owned land, buildings and structures in the area beyond that provided at the expense of the municipality generally.
The BIA is governed by a nine (9) member Board of Management, comprised of two (2) directors appointed by Council and seven (7) directors selected by a vote of the membership of the improvement area. A member of Council will be selected to act as a liaison between the Board and Council.
The budget for promotional activities and events as adopted by the Board of Management is submitted annually to Council for approval as part of the budget process. The Town provides the approved funding to the Board of Management by collection of a special levy applied to commercial properties in the defined geographic area.
The BIA meets monthly, on the second Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m. in the Tecumseh Room of Tecumseh Town Hall.
To learn more about the Tecumseh BIA visit their website at http://tecumsehbia.com/
The Committee of Adjustment is responsible for holding hearings under the Planning Act with respect to minor variances to the Town’s Zoning By-law and applications for consents to severances which result in the creation of a new lot(s) or lot additions.
The Committee is comprised of seven (7) members from the public. The Committee members are appointed by Council for their term of office.
Meetings of the Committee are regularly held once a month on the third Monday, at 5:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall.
The Town of Tecumseh established an annual Corn Festival in 1975. The Corn Festival is a four day event, 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 is 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 Committee is comprised of members from the community and a Council Liaison.
The Corn Festival Committee meets monthly on the third Thursday at 6:00 p.m., in the Horwood Room of the Tecumseh Recreation Complex & Arena.
Tecumseh Council established a Cultural & Arts Advisory Committee under the following Terms of Reference:
identify cultural activities and engagements encouraging community participation (i.e. to promote theatre art, music, visual arts and film);
obtain artwork depicting local diverse talents and landmarks in addition to the unique features of the Town of Tecumseh, preserving the Town’s various histories in the former municipalities of the Town of Tecumseh, Village of St. Clair Beach and Township of Sandwich South, and capturing the essence and spirit of the amalgamated Town;
identify prominent locations within the Town of Tecumseh for public display of artwork; andresearch grants and acquire donations for achieving such goals.
The Committee is comprised of Members of Council and members from the community.
The meetings of the Committee are held once a month on the third Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the Sandwhich South Room at Tecumseh Town Hall.
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.
Meetings of the Committee are scheduled by the Town of Lakeshore.
In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (Act), the Council of the Town of Tecumseh is to establish an Election Compliance Audit Committee. The Committee is to be composed of persons with accounting and audit, academic or legal backgrounds and/or other individuals with knowledge of election campaign finances set out in the Act.
Members should have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of municipal election campaign finances; proven analytical and decision-making skills; experience working on a committee, task force or similar setting; and good oral and written communication skills.
The Committee will perform the duties relating to the compliance audit application process as outlined in the Act, including:
- considering a compliance audit application received by an elector and deciding whether the application should be granted or rejected;
- appointing an Auditor, if the application is granted;
- receiving the Auditor's report;
- reviewing the Auditor's report and deciding whether legal proceedings should be commenced; and
- determining whether to recover the costs of conducting the compliance audit from the applicant, if the Auditor's report indicates there were no apparent contraventions and, if there were no reasonable grounds for the application.
Employees of the Town of Tecumseh, Members of its Council and any candidates in the 2014 municipal election or in any by-election during the term of Council are ineligible to be appointed as a member of this Committee.
The Library Board consists of seven (7) members. Following a municipal election each local municipality in Essex County forwards to the County Clerk, the name of a nominee from their municipality to serve as a representative on the Essex County Library Board. The Essex County Striking Committee shall review the names of the nominees received and makes final recommendations for the Essex County Library Board appointees to County Council for approval. The number of County Councillors appointed to the Library Board shall not exceed four (4), in accordance with the Public Libraries Act.
Library Board members are compensated through payment of a stipend for meetings attended and a per kilometre reimbursement for travel to and from meetings.
Library Board meetings are typically held at the Essex County Civic Centre, located at 360 Fairview Avenue, Essex, once a month (except for July and August), usually at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
The Library’s Management Team, responsible for the daily operation of the Library, is made up of the Chief Librarian, the Deputy Chief Librarian / Manager of Branches, and the Manager of Technical Services. The Library has approximately 100 employees, including students and janitors, 85% of whom are part-time. For further information respecting the Essex County Library visit their website at http://www.countyofessex.on.ca
The Town of Tecumseh, together with the Towns of Amherstburg, LaSalle and the Municipality of Leamington are the holders and beneficial owners of common shares in Essex Power Corporation (Essex Power). Essex Power provides power to over 28,000 residents and businesses in Amherstburg, LaSalle, Leamington and Tecumseh. Its mission statement is to provide safe, reliable, and economical energy supply and services to its customers.
Under an Agreement between the shareholders, each municipality is required to appoint an elected municipal representative and a non-elected representative for their respective community to the Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors. The Directors may also be appointed to the Board of an Essex Power subsidiary; namely: Essex Powerlines Corporation, Essex Power Services and Essex Energy Corporation. Further information regarding Essex Power Corporation is available on their website www.essexpower.ca
The Essex Power Corporation Board of Directors generally meets quarterly in the months of March, June, September and December. Meetings are usually held at 200-2199 Blackacre Drive, Oldcastle at 4:00 p.m., on a Wednesday.
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 which 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.
Statutory role of the Municipal Heritage Committee:
Designation - advise Council prior to the designation of a property;
Repeal of Designation - advise Council prior to the repeal of a by-law or part thereof designating property;
Amendment of Designation - advise Council prior to the amendment of a by-law or part thereof designating a property;
Alteration of a Designated Property - advise Council on applications to alter a designated property where such proposed alteration may affect the reasons for designation as set out in the by-law designating the property;
Demolition - advise Council on applications to demolish or remove any building or structure on designated property;
Easements / Covenants - advise Council before the passing of by-laws providing for the entering into of easements or covenants with the owners of real 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.
The Heritage Committee is comprised of Members of Council and members from the community.
Meetings of the Heritage Committee are held monthly, on the third Monday, at 6:00 p.m., in the Sandwich South Room at Tecumseh Town Hall.
The Town currently contracts the services of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for police protection within the community. This contract is administered by the Tecumseh Police Services Board.
The Police Services Act requires a municipality to appoint a Police Services Board. Tecumseh Council established that a Board be appointed for the Town comprised of:
the Head of Council (Mayor) or, if the Mayor chooses not to be a member of the Board, another member of Council appointed by resolution;
one member of the Council appointed by resolution;
one person appointed by resolution of the Council, who is neither a member of the Council nor an employee of the Town; and
two (2) persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
The responsibilities of the Police Services Board are set out in the Police Services Act. The Board is responsible for the provision of adequate and effective police services in the Town.
Meetings of the Tecumseh Police Services Board are held in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall. The meetings of the Board are held bi-monthly on the second Thursday, at 4:30 p.m.
Tecumseh Council enacted a Property Standards By-law which provides for a Property Standards Committee comprised of three (3) members. The members of the Committee are selected by Council from the Committee of Adjustment. The Property Standards Committee considers appeals from orders issued by the Property Standards Officer.
Meetings of this Committee are only required when someone appeals such an order.
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.
The Senior Advisory Committee is comprised of members over the age of 60.
Meetings are held in the Council Chambers of Tecumseh Town Hall, on the last Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
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.
The Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of area youth between the ages of 13-23.
Meetings are held in the Council Chambers, of the Tecumseh Town Hall, on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.