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.


 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.”


Do you support an increase in the cost of bag tags?

Yes
21% (9 votes)
No
79% (34 votes)
Total votes: 43

Haggis time

Scott Duncan, centre, addresses the haggis at the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Bandd's Robbie Burns Dinner at the Kincardine Legion Saturday. Left is KPSB president Dave Wilson, and on the right is haggis bearer Leon Wilson. (Barb McKay photo)


 Willow West residents say new development raises safety concerns

By Barb McKay

Opposition continues to plague a multi-residential housing development on the edge of the Willow West subdivision.

Once again, the Municipality of Kincardine council chambers were full of residents for a public meeting on a planning application submitted by developer Tom Kerr. This is the third such meeting related to the project at Kincardine Avenue and Fraser Drive, where two sets of semi-detached homes have already been built, fronting onto Fraser Drive.


Queen Street fire results in fire code violation tickets

Kincardine fire and emergency services are reinforcing the need for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on the heels of an investigation into a downtown fire.

According to a report from the Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department, there were no working smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors in the residence on Queen Street where a fire broke out in the early morning hours of Jan. 5. Fortunately, residents of the home’s apartments escaped unharmed. After a week-long investigation, police charged a 21-year-old Kincardine man with arson, mischief under $5,000, uttering threats and two counts of breach of probation.