Bruce Power fire training facility open to municipal departments

By Barb McKay

A new state-of-the-art fire training facility at Bruce Power will be used by Kincardine and Tiverton fire departments.




Terri Allen, left, and Gregory Reid demonstrate high angle rescue training at the new Bruce Power fire training facility on Monday. (Barb MacKay photo)



Marching on

Veterans and other members of the Kincardine Branch #183 Royal Canadian Legion  march behind the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band Saturday morning to kick off the District C Spring Convention. (Josh Howald photo)

Need to start servicing project now, say Inverhuron residents

By Barb McKay


Kincardine should find a contractor to carry out the Inverhuron water and sewer servicing project as soon as possible, according to some residents of the community.


Grant Hopcroft and Paul Axman attended last Wednesday’s Kincardine council meeting to urge council and staff to act quickly to issue the tender to find a company to do the project in order to complete as much of the work as possible before the March 31, 2016 funding deadline. The municipality recently learned that its request to extend its completion deadline was denied by a joint federal and provincial grant application committee.


Kincardine approves plan to support local arts, culture and heritage

By Barb McKay


It took four years, but Kincardine finally has a formal plan to support its arts, culture and heritage groups and events.


Back in 2011, council agreed that it needed a plan to better promote and support those groups and initiatives. At that time, local groups got together to form the Arts, Culture and Heritage Partnership and develop a plan that the municipality could adopt and use.


The plan was presented to council last December, but council did not approve it at that time.


Stop running your taps

Due to the current and forecasted mild weather, it appears that the imminent threat of water services freezing has passed. The Municipality of Kincardine advises residents that they may discontinue running their taps.


If you suspect your service may be freezing, call the water department at 519-396-4660 or after hours call the emergency line at 519-396-1511.

Wolves complete comeback

Ripley wins WOAA Senior A title

By Josh Howald


The Ripley Wolves are WOAA Senior A playoff champions.



The Ripley Wolves celebrate one of seven goals Saturday night at home in Game 6 of the WOAA Senior A finals against Shallow Lake. (Josh Howald photo)

Egg-citing stuff

Hundreds of children, as well as parents and grandparents, filled Victoria Park Saturday morning for the annual Kincardine Rotary Club's Easter Egg Hunt. Here, four and five-year-olds burst from the starting line to take their turn hunting eggs in the straw. (Barb McKay photo)

PREDC building department report unprofessional, says mayor

By Barb McKay


While feedback on municipal services is valuable, the way one particular survey was conducted leaves a lot to be desired, according to Kincardine’s mayor.


Anne Eadie spoke to The Independent Thursday about a customer service questionnaire recently conducted by the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) about Kincardine’s building and planning department. The report was supposed to be disclosed only to municipal staff and members of Kincardine council, but a copy was dropped off anonymously to The Independent office early last week.


Kincardine to dole out $50,000 to non-profit groups

By Barb McKay


A total of 17 community groups, charities and events will receive grants from the Municipality of Kincardine this year to help their causes.


Council approved the recommended allocations during its meeting last Wednesday after little discussion. The groups will receive a total of $25,250. Another $24,750 will go to minor sports groups, the Kincardine Skating Club and the Kincardine Summer Music Festival. Kincardine has also set aside $5,000 to set up a Community Foundation Grey Bruce Endowment Fund, which will be built upon to assist local non-profit groups.


Council loosens restrictions on food vendors

By Barb McKay


Refreshment vehicle owners will see fewer restrictions than originally proposed.


Kincardine municipal staff made amendments to a bylaw for licensing food trucks and trailers, which were approved during last Wednesday’s council meeting. Food trucks may now use generators during special events and in the event of a power outage. Vendors can also hook up to electrical connections on private property, but will not be allowed to connect to municipal services.