Lions Club ready to put icing on splash pad project

By Barb McKay

This summer, the Lions Park splash pad will not only be functional, it will also be beautiful.

The Kincardine Lions Club received the green light from the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday to go ahead with the installation of gardens around the water park. The gardens have been designed by the municipality’s horticulturist andthe work will be supervised by horticultural staff.


Warming up

 

 

Despite warm temperatures on the weekend, there was still some ice remaining on Kincardine harbour, as well as plenty of ice along the shores of Lake Huron. That could change quickly, however, with warm weather expected to continue this week. (Josh Howald photo)


Snowbirds flying in to celebrate Bruce County’s 150th

By Barb McKay

The Snowbirds are coming to Bruce County.

Local aviator Philip Englishman attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to make the announcement that the famed Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Squadron will perform at a special airshow marking Bruce County’s 150th anniversary.


Huron-Kinloss boasts good financial position as it prepares to be debt-free

By Barb McKay

When the final loan payment is made on the Lake Range Drive extension project this year, Huron-Kinloss Township’s finances will be in the black.

The news was joyfully received by township council during its first meeting to deliberate the 2017 municipal budget on Friday and councillors mused about how they could celebrate the occasion.


Former NHLers join local cops, firefighters for cause

The Face-Off Against Youth Homelessness drew an enthusiastic crowd to the Davidson Centre Saturday. Members of the South-Bruce OPP, Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department and KDSS faced off against each other for three short games. Here, Joan Chanmey of the YMCA Housing Services of Grey Bruce, drops the puck betwen Greg de Vries, left, and Boyd Deveraux. Each of the former NHLers picked a side for the games. (Barb McKay photo)


Bring on Parry Sound

By Josh Howald

How does a trip to Parry Sound sound?

Kincardine finished off Elmvale Saturday evening on home ice in Game 4. (Josh Howald photo)

 

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks will face Parry Sound in the OMHA semi-finals.


Atoms open in Parry Sound

The Kincardine Canadian Tire atom Kinucks will take on Parry Sound in an OMHA semi-final series.

The Kinucks had been waiting for an opponent since completing a three-game sweep of Penetang on Feb. 12. On Saturday, Parry Sound eliminated Stirling to advance to the All-Ontario semis. The other atom B semi-final will feature Ingersoll and Petrolia.


Winter beach work

The Macpherson Park Shoreline Stabalization Project is underway at the beach on the north side of the harbour. The municipal project is drawing mixed reviews from the public. (Josh Howald photo)


 Extensive medical clinic renos to accommodate new doctors

Announcement regarding another new doctor expected next month

By Barb McKay

The final cost of renovations to the Hawthorne Medical Clinic has yet to be determined, but the project is included in this year’s municipal budget.

During last Monday’s Municipality of Kincardine budget meeting councillors questioned proposed big spending on the medical clinic and learned that the extensive work is being done to accommodate the influx of new physicians. Originally, upgrades to examining rooms and renovations to the administrative space were budgeted at $200,000. However, during a budget meeting in January a much higher figure – $600,000 – was presented.


 Kincardine budget finalized with 7.28 per cent tax rate increase

Council looks to form committee to create plan to fund community projects

By Barb McKay

Municipality of Kincardine residents will see an increase of 7.28 per cent on the municipal portion of their tax bill this year, due mainly to the cost of arbitration resulting from the failed sale of Bruce Telecom to Eastlink.

Together with county and education taxes, the blended tax rate increase for 2017 is 3.7 per cent, which amounts to an increase of $103 on the tax bill for residents with an average property value of $244,000.

According to Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie, who addressed that tax rate increase during last Monday’s final municipal budget meeting, less than one per cent of the increase is due to operating expenditures and 2.7 per cent for capital costs. The remainder comes from legal costs associated with the arbitration from the aborted sale of Bruce Telecom – expected to total $625,000.