Adam McKinlay clears snow from the front of Magnum Fitness Saturday. Snow squalls and high winds persisted, resulting in the closure of Highways 21, 9 and Bruce Road 20 and 23 at various times last week. Several events, including the Grand Prix de Kincardine snowmobile races and teh Robbie Burns pub night at the Walker House, were postponed until this weekend. Schools were closed in Kincardine, Ripley and Lucknow Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. As of Wednesday, both Highway 9 and 21 remained closed. (Barb McKay photo)
By Barb McKay
Kincardine will support forming a coalition with other municipalities to develop a noise nuisance bylaw and plans to contribute $30,000 over two years to help make it happen.
It was the third time in as many weeks that council debated the idea of joining forces with other municipalities to come up with a bylaw that regulate industrial noise, including that from wind turbines, in rural areas. Last Wednesday council finally reached a concensus and approved two motions to support the plan, first presented by Warren Howard on behalf of Huron-Kinloss Against Lakeshore Turbines (HALT) on Jan. 8. That group indicated it will cost an estimated $300,000 to develop the bylaw and defend it in court.
By Barb McKay
The township will likely need to raise taxes and service rates annually to help cover the cost of replacing its assets over the long-term.
Huron-Kinloss received its asset management plan, completed and analyzed by Public Sector Digest. The report indicates that the township’s total assets, including buildings, roads, bridges and water and sewer systems have a replacement value of $190 million.
The township received a ‘C’ grade point average for its asset management plan, based on the current condition of its assets and its ability to finance them, and it carries an annual infrastructure deficit of $870,000.
Police are investigating the theft of diesel fuel from a farm in the 900 block of Bruce County Road 4, Brant Twp.
A fuel tank was damaged, and about 700 litres of diesel fuel was stolen from a farm property in the 900 block of County Road 4. The theft occurred sometime between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 26. The fuel is estimated to be worth more than $850.
Anybody with information that could assist police is asked to call 1-888-310-1122, or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Carson Fletcher, left, 9, Cole McCormick, 8, and Holden Stevenson, 10, take advantage of cold weather and no classes to play some hockey at the Harbour Community Church last week. The rink has been a popular spot this winter, particularly with several snow days that have closed schools and cancelled buses. (Barb McKay photo)
By Barb McKay
Huron Ridge residents won’t have to worry about being forced to disconnect their footing drains, at least for a couple of years.
Council agreed during its meeting last Wednesday evening to put off mandatory disconnection of footing drains in the subdivision until it thoroughly investigates the issue of storm water drainage inflows to the sanitary sewage collection system. The municipality will spend roughly $5,000 for groundwater monitoring wells to study drainage in the subdivision over the next 24 to 36 months.
By Josh Howald
For the first time since 2008, the Walkerton Hawks will not finish first overall in the Western Junior C League regular season standings.
That honour will go to the Wingham Ironmen, who clinched first place with a 4-3 win over the Hanover Barons on Sunday evening. The win moved the Ironmen to 25-6-3 on the season with two games left. The Walkerton Hawks are 22-6-5 for 49 points, and cannot catch up to the Ironmen. Both teams will get first round byes in the playoffs, however.
It might be more newsworthy if it ever stops snowing in Kincardine.
The wild winter weather continues, as blowing snow and frigid temperatures forced the closure of both Highway 21 and Highway 9 today shortly after lunch. Though Highway 9 was briefly opened this afternoon, it has once again been closed between Kincardine and Walkerton.
Tomorrow Grand Prix de Kincardine, snowmobile races in Tiverton, will not proceed tomorrow, but are scheduled to still take place on Sunday. Minor hockey games, senior hockey games and two of three scheduled Western Junior C hockey games tonight were called off, as well as a number of other scheduled events. Police issued a release earlier today urging people to stay off the roads.
Angus Norcliffe, left, and Chris McLarty approach the finish line Sunday at the second annual Kincardine Cross-country ski loppet at the Stoney Island Conservation Authority. There is certainly enough snow to keep ski enthusiasts happy and on the trails this year. (Josh Howald photo)
By Barb McKay
The perception that municipal staff is resisting Team Kincardine in its plan to co-locate downtown with a visitor information centre is the result of a misunderstanding, according to Kincardine’s CAO.
Murray Clarke told The Independent on Friday that staff’s decision to look at the Arts Centre as a potential location for a visitor information office downtown comes from the direction it was given by council.