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Concerns with emerg access

I recently had the misfortune of having to go to the emergency department at the Kincardine Hospital. Having lived in this town for over 30 years, I can count on one hand the number of times my husband and I have required the services of the emergency department.


On this particular occasion, it was after 10 p.m., so I knew the entrance doors would be locked. (A fact I have since discovered that a lot of people in the town are not aware of. One is supposed to pick up the phone located near the inside entrance which rings to alert staff that someone is there.) After finding the phone in a dimly lit area, somewhat hidden behind tables and posters about travel warnings, how nice it was to discover that the phone didn't work!


Sorry for misunderstanding

The Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC) recently issued a press release to clarify that we are continuing our economic development work for the Penetangore Region despite the decision by the Municipality of Kincardine to withdraw from the second year of a three-year contract as a cost saving measure.


PREDC was formed to bring a more robust approach to economic development and to act as an ally to municipal governments, so we can do more with what we have. Since its inception, PREDC has worked diligently to boost Kincardine and has not changed its direction.


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?