Kincardine locked down

12:30 p.m. The South Bruce OPP have had downtown Kincardine in lockdown mode since 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Police cars have the main street blocked off between Lambton and Durham Market. A swat team is in the alley way between the Royal apaqrtments on Harbour St. and the stores on the west side of Queen Street.

Police will only say they are investigating an assualt at a downtown apartment.

More news later.


Bowled over

The Kincardine Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization held its annual Bowl for Kids Sake event at the Bruce Bowling Lanes over the weekend. Huron Heights Public School was one of many groups to enter teams in the popular event. Student Anna Miller was one of the participants, as she closely watches a shot head down the land Saturday afternoon. The event raised $28,021. (Kiel Edge photo)

Pucker up

Huron Heights principal Paul Hambleton was dressed in his finest clothes last Wedensday to make good ona promise he made to students. If the school sold 100 yearbooks, he agred to kiss a pig. After the students sold approximately 130, he puckered up with Petunia at a special assembly. (Kiel Edge photo)

Provincial gold for Young

KDSS swimmer wins OFSAA title

Steve Young swims the Individual Medley faster than any high school student in Ontario.

The Grade 12 Kincardine District Secondary School student set a new personal best en route to a gold medal winning performance Wednesday in Etobicoke.

Young, initially seeded third in the IM,  swam the 100-metre IM in 1:06.24.

Steve Young shows off his OFSAA gold medal Thursday afternoon at the Davidson Centre pool. (Josh Howald photo)

“As soon as I finished I looked up and saw Lane 4, first place,” said Young Thursday. “Then I started celebrating. I didn’t actually even find out my time until hours later.”

Town dump will close in 2010

Land may be used for dog park

Kincardine’s future dog park might be a real dump.

Council decided Mar. 5 that the Ward 1 landfill will close when it reaches capacity and plans show the property could be used as a recreation area for dog walkers or toboganners.

Jim Yardley of Conestoga Rovers and Associates told council his company considered seven options when looking at the future of the site. The engineers looked at the service level and environmental impact of each option, as well as the costs, before making a decision.

The two options that made the most sense were either a complete closure of the site or setting up a yard waste pick up site at the location. In the end, public works recommended the site be completely closed.

Kincardine looking at 4 per cent or 5 per cent tax increase

There was a distinct chopping sound emanating from the Municipal Administration Centre last week.

Over the course of three meetings, Kincardine council managed to lower the 2009 municipal tax rate increase from more than 13 per cent to just 2.27 per cent. A 2.27 per cent tax increase would result in an increase of approximately $18 on the tax rate for a home valued at the median assessment of $169,500.

Budget deliberations began with council facing a 13.71 per cent increase to the tax rate. Working through the proposed capital budget, council managed to find the money necessary to lower that number significantly.

Kincardine begins budget deliberations

Councillors, staff and senior management began 2009 budget deliberations this week. The draft budget shows a tax increase of 13.71 per cent, or an additional $86.73 on the municipal tax bill of a median assessed home.

Treasurer Brenda French said staff’s goal is to lower the increase to just 3.55 per cent. This will require council to cut more than $500,000 out of the budget. A change of $53,000 will result in a one per cent increase to the tax rate.

Kincardine’s budget increase is impacted by a number of factors this year. Bruce Telecom’s annual payout has dropped $300,000 and the cost of fuel, electricity and hydro have all increased dramatically.

Flippin' flapjacks

Don Eyre flips pancakes as Kincardine United Church celebrates Shrove Tuesday with a pancake dinner. (Kiel Edge photo)

Township home burns to the ground

A smoke alarm likely saved the lives of a Kincardine Town ship family early Saturday morning.

Rick and Susan Smith and their two daughters were awakened by the alarm about 4 a.m. and were able to escape the house safely.

Kincardine Administrative fire chief Jamie MacKinnon said Monday that the home, located on the 7th concession, just east of the 20th Sideroad, was burned to the ground. Damage is estimated at $150,000.

Cause of the fire is undetermined, said MacKinnon. With an old house, it could have been one of many things, he added.

Biogas fuel makes energy out of waste

Kincardine’s farmers might be getting more out of their waste if the municipality’s environmental advisory committee can follow through on an idea presented at its February meeting.

Clare Riepma, president of PlanET Biogas Solutions Inc., was at the Walker House Thursday morning to discuss the benefits of generating electricity through anaerobic digestion.

Riepma’s company creates digesters that turn carbon products, usually farm animal manure, waste vegetables and grease and fats into energy and heat that can be used to power homes and farms.

PlanET Biogas started in Germany, where the technology is much more common place. In 2006-2007, Riepma helped build his company’s first digester in Ontario at a Niagara-area greenhouse.