United Way calls on Kincardine to help handle Westario disconnects

By Barb McKay

As the United Way of Bruce Grey struggles to keep up with a heavy load of requests for utility assistance, it is trying to convince Westario Power to provide more time before disconnecting users.

 


Overall tax rate increase for Kincardine residents is 2.94 per cent

Municipality of Kincardine residents will see an overall tax rate increase of 2.94 per cent, when county rates are factored in.

 

The education tax rate has not been finalized for 2015, but a zero per cent increase is assumed and the County of Bruce completed its budget for the year with a one per cent tax rate reduction. A resident with a property valued at $250,000, for example, can expect to see an overall tax increase of $80 on their annual tax bill.

 

A total of 48 per cent of tax revenue is retained by the municipality, while 34 per cent goes to the county and 18 per cent is allocated to education.

 


Happy St. Patty's Day!

The Kincardine Community Singers entertained the residents of Trillium Court last week with a St. Patrick's Day-themed performance. From left are Melody Smillie, John Binnendyk, Melanie Milne and Maria Riggin. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine inks new agreement with OPP

Municipality expects to save $400,000 this year

By Barb McKay

Kincardine has signed on for another six years with the OPP for policing services.

 

The decision was one that was accepted by most council members during last Wednesday’s meeting, but councillor Gord Campbell questioned the need for a school resource officer at Kincardine and District Secondary School. Campbell said he had been by the high school last week and had asked a few students about whether they thought it was worthwhile having an officer in the school.

 

“I don’t think we’re getting value for our money,” he said.

 


Festival in top 100

The Lighthouse Blues Festival was recognized as one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario by Festival and Events Ontario (FEO) at its annual conference held in Niagara Falls on March 6.

 

“This recognition by FEO is very important to our volunteers and organizing team,” says Lighthouse Blues Festival president Rick Clarke. “It’s quite an achievement for a festival only five-years-old and says a lot about the hard work to build this great community event. Only three other blues festivals made the Top 100, Ottawa and Kitchener being two of them, so we’re in a select group. To compete with the larger festivals in Ontario we have deliberately sought out talented artists from other regions and introduced them to this market.”

 


Distraction kills more than drunks

For the seventh consecutive year, distracted driving has surpassed impaired driving as a casual factor in fatal collisions on OPP-patrolled roads.

As police prepare to conduct public education and targeted enforcement for its annual Distracted Driving Campaign, they released data that revealed driver inattention was a factor in 12 of this year's 51 fatal collisions.

Police note both of these fatality categories are dangerous and preventable behaviours that result in the senseless loss of life on Ontario roads. They issued several reminders to the public.


Atoms open OMHA finals on Saturday

Game 2 in Kincardine on Sunday afternoon

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks will open the OMHA All-Ontario finals on Saturday night in Ingersoll.

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atoms celebrate a goal against Elmvale in the OMHA quarter-finals. (Independent file photo/Howald)

Game 1 is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, with the series shifting to Kincardine for Game 2. The Davidson Centre will host the second game of this championship series at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Game 3 of this best-of-five series will be played on March 26 in Ingersoll. If needed, Game 4 is scheduled to be played in Kincardine at 2 p.m. on March 28. Game 5 would be played the following day in Ingersoll at 6 p.m., with a potential Game 6 at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine on March 30 at 7 p.m.


Throwing stones

Big Brothers Bis Sisters Kincardine Kincardine and District held a very succesful first annual Curl For Kids Sake Saturday at the Kincardine Curling Club, sponsored by the Society of Energy Professionals. To date, through sponsorships, pledges and donations at Sobeys' tills, the local BBBS has raised more than $18,000. Here, Jennifer Lawrie, right, teaches Gabe Hunter, 5, how to sweep a rock. (Barb McKay photo)


Expect 7.08 per cent tax hike

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine residents will see another residential tax increase this year as the municipality struggles to deal with shrinking revenues.

 

There were few savings to be found as council nickeled and dimed the 2015 budget during its fourth and final budget meeting last Monday, considering everything from adding burial permit fees to cutting firefighter uniform purchases. At the end of the meeting council managed to whittle the proposed residential tax rate increase from nine per cent to 7.08 per cent, mainly by reducing the amount allocated to the municipal lifecycle reserve fund to 1.5 per cent ($930,000) from three per cent to fund core infrastructure in the future.

 


Seven calls in eight days for Fire Department

The Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department has seen plenty of action lately, responding to seven calls since March 1.

In light of all the recent action, Fire Prevention Officer Frank Merkt reminds the public about the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

On March 2, firefighters were dispatched to a chimney fire on Inverlyn Cres. The fire was contained to the chimney, and no major damage was reported.

The next day, March 3, the Fire Dept. was called to an oven fire on Olde Victoria St. in Kincardine. Firefighters cleared smoke from the home, and the damaged appliance was removed.