Letters

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Thanks to the water department

Many thanks to the staff and work crews for the municipal water department for their dedication to getting water restored to homes and businesses after the many cases of pipes freezing.

 

These crews work long hours outside in extreme cold and wind so that people can have their water running.

 

Thank you for your hard work! It is well appreciated.

 

Sandra and Rob Hiscox


Pipeline debate

Your paper quoted the mayor as saying, “That money (the water reserve) is  there for upgrades and repairs to the Kincardine water system, not the  pipeline that was put in 10 years ago.”

I suggest that our new mayor has lost sight of the definition of a municipal water system which is a water plant and the pipes to deliver the water to the ratepayers.

In the past, the cost of all upgrades (the last upgrade was $2.6 million) to our municipal water system were added to the annual municipal budget.  Then all ratepayers based on property assessment paid a share with no exemption for those who were not hooked up to the system.

The fact is when new pipe is laid for the purpose of delivering water to municipal ratepayers, be it on Broadway Street or Princess Street or the B-line, our one and only water system is expanded.


Need hospital access

In the recent snowstorm, I found myself at Inverhuron. I live in Kincardine but go back and forth and spend a lot of time at Inverhuron. As a senior, I also know there are a lot of other seniors there.

 

Medical events in that snowstorm led me to realize that if I had a stroke I would not be able to get to the Kincardine hospital because Highway 21 and the north part of the B-line (County Road 23) were closed, as was the gate to the municipal shore road to Lorne Beach.

 

If the gate had been open it would have allowed me to get to the hospital. But guess what? If you worked at the nuclear site, the municipality opened the gate and you were allowed over that road. That is not only prejudicial treatment of a segment of the municipality, but a health issue as well as a safety issue.


Preferred use of tax dollars

A copy of the following letter was sent to the mayor and council.

Thank you to those who honoured their campaign promise to not support further funding to PREDC.  Voters do remember and appreciate it.

I have a feeling that PREDC will be back, nevertheless, to plead their case once again and I would like to offer my rational to no longer support this group.

I agree with council that economic development is important to the municipality and, if we cannot handle it in house with our current staff, I would not be opposed to advertising and hiring for the position of Economic Development and Marketing Co-ordinator, to be attached to the Planning Department. That position could also help with the Planning Department’s workload.


Funds collected for healthcare

I understand that council has rescinded the bylaw in regards to the waterline issue in Bruce Township and Kincardine Township and that the funds for the waterline ($1.3 million) will be paid out of the Health Special Charges reserve.

I further understand that when they hook into the line, they will pay for the waterline plus the hook up. As you know, most of the ratepayers will never hook up to the line and this has been verbally confirmed at more than one council meeting.

These funds should be used for the hospital and clinic in our municipality, not for a handful of ratepayers who refuse to pay for their water line. It clearly states on our tax bill that this health charge is over and above our tax levy amount. It is illegal and morally wrong to use funds collected for healthcare on something other than healthcare.


Good Samaritan

I would like to thank the good citizen of Kincardine who drives a small blue plow for stopping to plow the rest of my driveway on Friday morning.

My husband usually does it as good exercise, but that morning he was inside with a nasty cold. This was a wonderful act of kindness and greatly appreciated.

Andrea Sutherland,

Williamsburg Street, Kincardine


More pipeline debate

Mr. Smith of Kincardine Broken Promises, Mr. Stewart of Inverhuron and councillor Roppel haven't thought through all of the issues of fairness of changing the rules of the game 10 years later.

 

When the pipeline was built, like many of my neighbours, I paid my fair share. I did so because I wanted the convenience of clean municipal water and didn't want the liability of privately supplied water. I made an informed decision based on the facts available at the time, and in my view, the municipality and I have a deal.

 

So now Misters Smith, Stewart and Roppel want to raise everyone's water rates, including those of us who have already paid. They want the municipality to break the deal that it has with me and my neighbours, and want us to pay for the pipeline twice.

 


Cash grab

Regarding the recent editorial on the (shoreline water pipeline) here are some more salient facts for your readers to consider.

 

First and foremost, the past council broke a promise, a good faith agreement between our local government and its voters, a breach of trust, a broken moral obligation to conduct its business in an honest manner. What could be more fundamental to good government than having the community's trust and keeping your word?

 


The King's clothes

At this time of year it is important to think about the “have nots” - those on our doorstep, in Ontario, Canada and the whole world. When one looks at the facts below it is easy to see why we have many affected by poverty in Ontario. There is also a paucity of justice on so many levels.

 

We spend $50 billion more on buying electricity than we sold it for (Auditor General’s 2014 Report). She also flagged Ontario’s growing debt as a concern; the net debt was more than $267 billion as of March and there is a 25 per cent increase in electricity rates coming.

 


New tourist attraction

In the last year or so, there have been a number of media releases about concerns with the Armow Wind Farm. Some of these concerns involve electromagnetic radiation, ground vibrations, dead birds; heck, even epileptic seizures allegedly due to the synchronized red lights flashing all night long. Some people think the big white turbines are an eyesore, blocking the view of the countryside.

However, there is another side effect from these turbines that has hit our municipality. Last year numbers were given that the 90-plus Armow turbines would amount to $10 million in taxes to the municipality over the next 20 years. Okay, so that is $500,000 a year, divided by 90, equals $5,555 per year per turbine. Using these figures, the 110 turbines already installed are paying over half a million bucks to the municipality each year.