Future of Bruce Telecom up to new council, says mayor

By Barb McKay


There is no bad blood between Kincardine and Bragg Communications (Eastlink) after the company suddenly dropped out of a deal to purchase Bruce Telecom during the summer.


Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer told council during its meeting last Wednesday that he had met with representatives of the company a couple of weeks ago and described the meeting as friendly.


“I’ve spoken with them at the highest level,” he said. “It was a very cordial meeting.”


Work set to begin on south pier

Kincardine has awarded a contract for work on the south pier in the Kincardine harbour in order to have the work completed this year.


Although the quote came in nearly $4,000 above the budget of $165,000 for the work, Kincardine council agreed last week to award the project to Huron District Contracting Ltd., which submitted the lowest bid.


The restoration project, which includes the replacement of 1,900 tonnes of stone for erosion control will carry on into 2015 and is budgeted at $275,000.


Kincardine test site for automated medication dispensing

By Barb McKay


Kincardine hospital is the site of a pilot project expected to create efficiency, reduce costs and potentially save lives.



RPN Lindsay MacKay demonstrates the automated medication dispensing systeam at the Kincardine Hospital. Kincardine is the first SBGHC site to get the technology. (Barb McKay photo)



Monster mash

Elgin Market Public School held a black and orange spirit day dance for Grades 1 and 3 students Friday. Back row, left, Alyssa Bale and Ella Stone. In front, left, are Makenna Kirkconnell and Hailey Wylds. (Barb McKay photo)

Nearly half of Kincardine turns out for municipal election

By Barb McKay


At total of 48 per cent of eligible voters exercised their rights for the 2014 Kincardine municipal election.


That’s down two per cent from the previous election, held in 2010. The municipality reported that a total of 4,871 people cast ballots. There was a 48 per cent voter turnout for Ward 1, 50 per cent for Ward 2 and 42 per cent in Ward 3.


The Municipality of Kincardine council for the 2014-18 term has a few returning representatives, as well as past councillors and one new face.


Health Unit wants to identify dog

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is seeking assistance from the public in finding the owner of a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred in Kincardine last week.


On Monday, Oct. 27, at approximately 9:30 a.m. a man walking on Huron Terrace where it becomes Penetangore Row was bitten by a dog being walked by a young male. The dog is described as a medium-sized brown and tan mixed breed. The victim was unable to obtain any information from the owner.


Staff at the Grey Bruce Health Unit needs to confirm that the dog is not infectious with rabies. By verifying the health of the dog, the victim can avoid receiving the post-exposure rabies treatment


Kincardine looking into mail-in ballot glitch

The Municipality of Kincardine is reviewing its mail-in ballot process after two ballots cast were not by the individuals they belonged to.


The two ballots, cast in Ward 2, were caught prior to the closing of the municipal election and the people who should have received the ballots were issued new ballots. Clerk Donna MacDougall reported that staff discovered that ballots had been sent to an old address and were cast by unknown individuals.


Looking forward to a new term

Anne Eadie, left, is the new mayor of the Municipality of Kincardine, replacing Larry Kraemer. Jacqueline Faubert earned the most votes in the councillor-at-large and will serve as deputy mayor. For the full story and election results, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

K2 wind threatens farmer with lawsuit

By Barb McKay

A Lucknow farmer has received what he calls a threatening letter from legal counsel for K2 Wind, advising him that he must stop spreading manure on his fields or face a lawsuit.

George Alton owns a farming operation, which includes 300 acres of cash crop and 2,000 head of beef cattle, within the K2 Wind project in Ashfield-Colbourne-Wawanosh Township. He has been corresponding with the wind energy development company since the summer over concerns about potential impacts to his farming operation during construction and once the project is operational, including shadow flicker from turbines.

Commercial land for sale holds many possibilities, says PREDC

By Barb McKay


The Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) has partnered with the owner of a large property behind Gary Street to try and attract new businesses.


PREDC vice-chair Robert Cottrill spoke to media at the site behind the new No Frills store Friday to announce that the property’s owner, Ontario Provincial Farms, was interested in selling the land. The property is approximately 75 acres and could accommodate commercial businesses, such as retail outlets and restaurants, as well as possible light industrial developments.