Kincardine in the dark

The former town of Kincardine was left in the dark Thursday evening during a blizzard that had most area highways closed.

Pat Protomanni of Westario Power said Friday that a crew was despatched to Kincardine because of near brown out conditions in the town that started at about 6 p.m. As the linemen got closer to Kincardine on Highway 9, the problem seemed to worsen.

Because of the strange voltage fluctuations, Westario asked  Hydro One to turn off the main line into town to prevent damage to the equipment of Westario customers. Fluctuating voltage can burn out motors in fridges, furnaces, etc.

A burned off lead on the main line, two poles outside the bounday, was the problem, said Protomanni. Once found, Hydro One quickly had the problem fixed.

Council bails out pavilion

The Kincardine Beach Pavilion has started to become a bit of a money pit for Kincardine council.

The municipality agreed to forgive a $122,500 loan owed to them by the Friends of the Pavilion and is also planning to loan the group an additional $350,000 after committee member Barb Fisher told council the pavilion has accumulated debts of almost $350,000 during its four-year refurbishment.

“We’ve been working at both ends to make debt repayments,” said Fisher Feb. 18. “We’re asking you for forgiveness (of the municipality’s loan).”

Friends of the Pavilion took over control of the building when it was ready to be demolished in 2004. Through four years of restoration, which culminated with its official opening last April, the building’s value has risen from $30,000 to approximately $1.2-million.

Nice ice

From left, sisters Sarah, Lauren, Emily and Hannah Cassidy put their creativity to use painting the Ripley Community Centre ice Saturday afternoon. (Katrina Stewart photo)

Kincardine, Huron-KInloss get infrastructure grants

Huron-Bruce’s federal and provincial Members of Parliament were busy handing out money for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects in the riding on Saturday.

The federal and provincial governments are each putting $17,680,300 into the projects.  The benefiting municipalities will contribute the cost of the other third of each project.

“This is a partnership (with the federal government) that we’ve been waiting for for a long time,” said MPP Carol Mitchell. The infrastructure projects are laying the foundation for more jobs down the road.

The two levels of government want to see jobs right away, she said. The shovel has to be ready to go in the ground if a project is to get funding.

Playhouse $20,000 behind in rent

After its worst season ever, the Bluewater Summer Playhouse has seen its debt to the municipality of Kincardine rise to almost $20,000.

In two-and-a-half years of arrears, the Playhouse has accumulated a debt of $19,484.72. The owed money stems from overdue rent payments owed on the theatre space in the Kincardine Arts Centre on Queen Street.

The Playhouse’s Jennifer Webb told council Feb. 11 that the group has trimmed its 2009 budget considerably. It has hired a new creative team at a lower cost and has finalized its lineup early to enable bookings from bus tours and other seasonal tour groups.

“It’s nothing you can guess ahead of time,” said Webb.  “I can’t guarantee we’ll be able to pay rent plus money towards our deficit.”

Municipal staff review will cost $125,000

Some Kincardine councillors have agreed to spend $125,000 to let a consulting firm evaluate the work of municipal staff.

Councillor Marsha Leggett brought forward a motion Feb. 11, asking council to consider pre-budget approval for a consulting firm to work with council to review the performance of the CAO, senior management and lower-tier staff. The consultant would also come up with recommendations on personnel changes and ways to make the municipality run more efficiently.

“If you have been on council for two years and haven’t seen problems, you better start paying attention,” said Leggett. “I’ve seen a lot of problems.”

Should Kincardine's poop and scoop bylaw be enforced?

95% (104 votes)
5% (6 votes)
Total votes: 110

Walkerton man dies in accident

South Bruce OPP are investigating a motor vehicle accident that that claimed the life of a 31-year-old Walkerton man.

The accident happened Feb. 10 at about 4:30 p.m. on Concession 6 Greenock Township west of the Village of Chepstow.

A vehicle had entered the north ditch and caused guide wires to fall across the roadway. A Good Samaritan, Derrick Walter, stopped to assist the driver in the ditch.

A second vehicle, a Dodge Dakota pickup driven by a 34-year-old Walkerton man, drove over the downed wires, causing a hydro pole to break and fall, hitting Walter who succumbed to his injuries at the scene .

South Bruce OPP are asking any one witnessed the accident to contact South Bruce OPP Walkerton at 519 881-3130 , OPP Dispatch at 1-888-310- 1122 or Crime Stoppers 1-800 -222-8477

February 11, 2009

Kathleen Cuyler was Kincardine's oldest resident


Kathleen Jean Cuyler (née Ferrier), of Kincardine, died at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre - Kincardine, on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, in her 105th year. Kathleen Cuyler was Kincardine’s oldest resident.

Born Sept. 21, 1904, in Bervie, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Rachel Ferrier.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Cuyler, who died in 1959.

Winterfest fun

Tiverton's sledding hill was a popular spot during Saturday's Winterfest activties. Among those heading down the hill were Madison Campbell, 10, and four-year-old Jessi Roppel. (Kiel Edge photo)