February 2017

Tennis courts, medical clinic renos get priority in municipal budget

By Barb McKay

Only a few select unfunded high priority capital projects will find their way into the 2017 Municipality of Kincardine budget.

With a large operating deficit as a result of hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees associated with arbitration from the aborted sale of Bruce Telecom and the process to change its governance model, council is faced with some tough decisions when it comes to choosing which projects will get the green light this year. There are 11 projects with a combined price tag of $4.67 million that are considered to be high priority.

Repairs to the Kincardine lighthouse will go ahead since the municipality learned it will receive a Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant for $146,000.


Photographer gets top nod from global artists group

Larry Griffin displays the photo of his daughter Olivia that garnered high praise from photographers from around the world. For the full story, don`t miss this week`s print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


 Kincardine council eyes bag tag increase

By Barb McKay

The price of bag tags will likely increase this year.

During a budget meeting last Monday, the Municipality of Kincardine council took a straw vote to increase the price of bag tags from $2 to $2.50 each in an effort to make waste removal more of a user pay service. Last year, the municipality was left with an operating deficit of $180,000 for garbage collection and $680,000 for the waste management facility. The bag tag rate increase would add as much as $70,000 in non-tax revenue for the municipality in 2017 and reduce the municipal tax rate increase by nearly half a per cent.

Councillor Maureen Couture said in the late 1990s in the former Town of Kincardine bag tags cost $2.50 each.

“You have to pay for waste. The costs to operate the landfill are astronomical.”


 Kincardine trims what little fat remains on operating budget

Municipality looks to Bruce Telecom to pick up portion of legal costs

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine council is looking at ways to trim down the municipal operating budget this year in order to reduce the residential tax rate increase.

During its second 2017 budget meeting last Monday evening, treasurer Roxana Baumann talked about some of the changes made to the draft budget since the first meeting back in December. Since council decided to terminate the municipality’s fire service agreement with the Paisley Fire Department $55,700 was removed from the operating budget. Physician recruitment costs were adjusted and are $5,000 less than projected. The budget was also amended to include increased cemetery revenues and an anticipated increase in landfill tipping fees.


Teen injured, charged in head-on crash

A Kincardine teenager was left injured and facing charges following a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at Highway 21 and Russell Street.

At 4:44 p.m., the South-Bruce OPP were called to the intersection. Officers arrived on the scene with members of the Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services and Bruce Paramedic Services to find a northbound grey Ford Fusion and a southbound grey GMC Acadia had been involved in a crash.


Bulldogs draw Barons in opening round

 Kincardine hosts Game 1 Friday night

By Josh Howald

The second season begins Friday at the Davidson Centre.

The Bulldogs host Games 1 and 3 of the PJHL Pollock Division quarter-finals Friday and Sunday at the Davdison Centre. (Independent file photo/Howald)

 

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs will host the Hanover Barons for Game 1 of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Pollock Division playoffs.


Wolves to face Petrolia in opening round

Game 2 in Ripley Saturday night

By Josh Howald

You don't need a degree in mathematics to figure out the opening round WOAA Senior AA playoff match-ups - but it wouldn't hurt.

Those hoping the final regular season games being played would clear up the playoff picture a little bit were left disappointed. Just three points separate third place from eighth place. The Ripley Wolves dropped a 7-6 decision in overtime Friday night to Clinton, which left them with a final record of 11-7-2. That's the same record as the Tavistock Royals. Both teams have 24 points - one back of Petrolia, two back of Clinton and one up on Tillsonburg and Durham.

How exactly the final seedings were worked out isn't exactly clear - but what seems to have emerged is the fact the Wolves will face the Petrolia Squires in the first round of the Senior AA postseason.


Playoff time in town

The Kincardine Legion peewees dropped Game 2 of the opening round series to Listowel, but bounced back with a 5-4 win the next day in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead. For the full minor hockey playoff picture, pick up this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


 Kincardine to erect Sports Wall of Fame

By Barb McKay

Local athletes will soon receive some very public recognition.

The Municipality of Kincardine plans to erect a Sports Wall of Fame at the Davidson Centre. During its meeting last Wednesday, council approved a recommendation from the municipality’s parks and recreation department to create a wall that will recognize deserving athletes, teams and builders (supporters) of athletics in the community.

“It’s popular in other communities and we’d like to bring it to Kincardine because we have a lot of deserving athletes and builders,” said Recreation Director Karen Kieffer. “It’s long overdue.”


Refugees

To the Editor,

Global Citizen has a letter circulating calling on President Trump to reverse the Executive Order to ban refugees and states, “The United States has just slammed its doors on the world’s most vulnerable…We, as global citizens, stand proudly as supporters of refugee communities and vulnerable populations, regardless of religion or national origin…Sign the letter to President Trump calling on him to reverse course.”

Some may feel there is nothing we can do to change this situation. I would remind those that feel this way of Edmund Burke.In 1770, the Irish statesman and philosopher wrote about the need for good men to associate to oppose the cabals of bad men. In July of 1920, Sir R. Murray Hyslop delivered an address at a Congregational Church Conference that included the following: ‘Burke once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.”’