Kincardine's policing costs jump more than 16 per cent

Rising operational costs and higher salaries have helped drive up the cost of policing in Kincardine over the next five years.

Kincardine’s policing costs will increase by more than 16 per cent in 2009, as the total cost to police the municipality rises to more than $2.3-million. The total includes $351,048 in operating expenses and more than $2-million in salaries and benefits.

OPP contract analyst Dino Tsitomeneas gave council a rundown of the new policing contract at its May 13 meeting. The previous contract, signed in 2004, expired at the end of April.

Tsitomeneas said the large increase came because the previous year’s costs were based on 2001 cost estimates. Rather than an incremental increase to the total budget annually, Kincardine will now be making up for steep rises in operating costs like fuel and communication all at once.

Mulitcultural Night

Eliza Bumba, left, and Dakota Smith hold a banana condiment from Angola as part of their display at Kincardine's annula Multicultural Night. More than 1,500 people attended the event at the Davidson Centre. (Kiel Edge photo)

New exhibit

On the board behind Malcolm and Annette MacDonald are copies of portraits of Kincardine's first dentist and hise wife, Nelson and Emma Gumaer. The MacDonalds, who attended the opening of the exhibit at the Walker House Friday evening, own the paintings, which are currently being restored. (Eric Howald photo)

Young pianist makes her mark

7-year-old finalist in international competition

Kincardine’s latest splash on the music scene comes courtesy of a 7-year-old composer.

Claire Hunsburger bested more than 850 youths in her age group to finish as a finalist in the Music For Young Children’s 2009 International Composition Festival.

The young piano player earned accolades for her original composition, Snowing Again. Hunsburger is a student of Ripley’s Jo Reid.

Claire Hunsberger was a finalist in the 2009 International Composition Festival for her song "It's Snowing Again." (Josh Howald photo)

Top cop gets G8 security gig

OPP inspector Paul Holmes has gone from protecting Kincardine’s streets to protecting the world’s leaders.

After 11 years in Kincardine, including time as the detachment’s commander, Holmes has accepted a role with the G8 Integrated Security Unit. The Unit is designed to handle security for the G8 summit in Huntsville next June.

Holmes has been asked to coordinate and operate a prisoner processing centre during the international event, scheduled for June 25-27, 2010. He was initially assigned to the job for only three months but has since been asked to stay on full-time.

“Because consistency in leadership for our officers is of vital importance,” Holmes said, “I will be vacating my position as detachment commander of the South Bruce OPP detachment.”

$2 rental fee too high

Seniors want free use of addition

Kincardine’s Bid Euchre and Shooter Club is a tough group to please.

More than a dozen members of the seniors group attended the May 6 Kincardine council meeting protesting the cost of room rental at the new Davidson Centre addition.

“The municipality is proposing a new facility for dogs, free-of-charge,” said club president John Kesteloot. “But, the recreation committee has seniors paying, we hope council will (see it fair) to treat seniors the way (better than the) dogs (are).”

Recreation director Karen Kieffer presented council with a report on the proposed rental fees for the new Davidson Centre addition.

Tykes on Bikes

Quinton Page, three-and-a-half, steadies himself through one of the event Elgin Market's annual bike rodeo Saturday morning. Members of the Kincardine Triathlon Club were on hand to tgeach bike safety and ensure each bike was in good working condition. (Kiel Edge photo)

Independent columnist Kristen Shane to write from Rwanda

Kincardine Independent columnist Kristen Shane is packing her pen for Africa.

Shane is headed to the central African country of Rwanda, where she is to work for May and June as an intern at a local magazine for youth.

She will be living in a house in the capital city of Kigali with other interns who are all journalism, communications or public policy students at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Shane recently graduated from a four-year bachelor of journalism degree at Carleton.

Bruce Power observes Day of Mourning

Bruce Power staff and its trade unions took time out of their days Tuesday to pay tribute to workers who were injured or killed on the job.

The Grey-Bruce Labour Council organized a ceremony Tuesday morning at the Bruce site to mark the annual Day of Mourning. This year marked the event’s 25th anniversary.

“It reminds us of how easy life can be lost when we fail to keep safety at the (forefront) of our minds,” said John McManus, the manager of OPG’s Nuclear Waste Management division.

Bruce Power President and CEO Duncan Hawthorne, left, and John Suager of the Bruce A Restart carry the wreath during the annual Day of Mourning ceremony at Bruce Power Tuesday. (Kiel Edge photo)

Whalers grab Meurs at 13

Ripley teen a first round pick

Garrett Meurs is headed for Plymouth.

The Ripley teenager was a first round pick, 13th overall, in Saturday’s Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

“Not bad,” laughed Meurs early Saturday afternoon. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Ripley’s Garret Meurs was selected by the Plymouth Whalers Saturday morning in the OHL Priority Selection. (Josh Howald photo)