Kincardine taxes low, despite hefty rate hike

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine’s residential tax rate increase may be steep for a second year in a row, at nine per cent, but compared to surrounding communities, residents pay relatively low taxes.

 

Kincardine council avoided a double digit tax rate increase for 2012, fearing residents would find a 10 per cent increase too hard to digest, after passing a 12.5 per cent hike in 2011. But what is not widely realized is that when converted into actual dollar figures, Kincardine’s tax rate increases are significantly smaller than neighbouring municipalities.

 


Watered down

Kincardine firefighter Grant Robertson operates the deck gun on the Spartan pumper truck Saturday at the Kincardine harbour during the Bruce County Mutual Aid Association fire school training course. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Four receive Medals of Bravery

Four men involved in a lake rescue in Kincardine four years ago are receiving Medals of  Bravery from the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

 

On September 7, 2008, Michael Hancock of Kitchener lost his life while trying to save his 13-year-old daughter who was swimming at Station Beach.

 


School bus drivers negotiate new contract

Kincardine students no longer need to worry about the possibility of a strike by school bus drivers.

 

CAW Local 4268, which represents approximately 750 school bus drivers across southern Ontario,

announced Sunday that it had ratified three-year collective agreements with First Student Canada for all its locations. The union had been in contract negotiations since October 2011.

 


Solid citizens

Brooke Leppington, left, Brownynne Harvey and Mickey Collins recieved provincial citizenship awards recently from the Ontario Association of Home and Schools. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Huron-Kinloss moves ahead with screening process as potential host for DGR

By Barb McKay

 

Huron-Kinloss will ask the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to perform an initial screening of the township to determine if it would be an appropriate candidate to host a deep geologic repository (DGR) for high level nuclear waste.

 

Township council passed a resolution at its meeting last Monday to move ahead to the next step in the site selection process to host approximately 48,000 tonnes of used nuclear fuel, currently being stored at Bruce Power. Council made the decision after touring the storage site at the nuclear power plant and meeting with NWMO officials to discuss the project.

 


Road in the sun

Easton Battler gets set to shoot on Chris Beattie during a game of road hockey Thursday evening in front of the practice wall at the Kincardine Tennis Club. (Josh Howald photo)


Terri Clark, Travis Tritt to headline Music in the Fields

By Barb McKay

 

The 2012 Music in the Fields festival will feature two legendary performers.

 

This year, iconic country music stars Terri Clark and Travis Tritt will headline the two day music festival in Lucknow, scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. The annual concert event is put on by the Lucknow Kinsmen Club.

 

The club recently received a $75,000 grant from Celebrate Ontario, which helped them to expand the one-day concert event into a festival.

 


Family Health Team recruits nurse practitioner

Team in place, office soon open

The Kincardine Family Health Team held a groundbreaking ceremony in the soon-to-be functional office space in the basement of the Kincardine Community Medical Clinic. From left, Deputy Mayor Anne Eadie; Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care senior program consultant Jan Stamers;  Dr. Art Wiebe, chair of the KHFT Board of Directors; Family Health Team CEO Gerry Glover and KHFT lead physician Dr. Gary Gurbin. For more, including the succesful recruitment of a nurse practitioner, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)


Kincardine unveils plan for the future of the municipality

By Barb McKay

 

It’s been a year in the making, but Kincardine’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) is finally complete.

 

After months of planning, extensive community consultation and weeks of editing, the Municipality of Kincardine now has a document that gives it the green light to apply for precious government dollars from the federal Green Municipal Fund. The federal government has mandated that municipalities must have plan for the sustainable future of their community in order to receive the funds.