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ACGO made no beer recommendations

Decision had been made, says Murray

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO) disputes remarks made by Deb Cote in last week’s Independent .

Cote, chair of the Tiverton Reunion Committee, told The Independent last week that the use of cans was recommended by ACGO.

Lisa Murray, head of ACGO media relations, says the liquor board made no such recommendations.

“The license is without condition,” said Murray in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “Our people were told the committee had already made the decision and had decided to go with cans. We didn’t tell them that.”


Twp. woman dies in crash

A 38-year-old Kincardine township woman is dead following a two-vehicle collision Sunday afternoon.

Tara Chatham died at the scene of the crash at the intersection of the South Line and Bruce County Road 7..

South Bruce OPP say Betty Hayes, a 73-year-old Kinloss Township woman, was westbound on the South Line, and failed to yield to the Chatham vehicle which was southbound on County Road 7. The accident happened at 2:26 p.m.

Hayes was taken to the Kincardine hospital by ambulance where she was treated and released.


Clean sweep

With spring in the air, many Kincardine residents were out around the municipality taking part in clean-up activities. At Elgin Market Public School, parents and staff, including Abby Shields, 3, left, and Justin Shields, 5, spent Saturday morning cleaning the school yard and preparing the property for the arrival of new playground equipment this week. (Kiel Edge photo)


Boat launch

It's that time of year again. Kincardine Yacht Club volunteers were busy last weekend as they began lifitng boats into the Kincardine harbour Saturday morning. (Kiel Edge photo)


Appeal halts construction

An appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board is holding up the hotel construction at the intersection of Highways 9 and 21.

“We have stopped work on the site,” said Gord Harris of DHC Developing Ltd., which is in charge of the construction project.

“For now anyways,” he added Wednesday afternoon.

He said DHC is waiting on an OMB decision on an appeal launched by a neighbouring property.

The OMB’s Karen Kotzen confirmed that a hearing had been held Feb. 25, but couldn’t comment on the specifics of the case. The paperwork was apparently with the OMB judge who will rule on the case.

Harris declined to comment on the nature of the appeal.


Egg-static

Kincardine's Sasha Ross had no trouble finding plenty of eggs at Saturday's Rotary Easter Egg Hunt. Nice weather brought hundreds of youngsters out to join in the hunt. (Katrina Stewart photo)


Doctors confirm support for medical clinic

Dr. Lisa Roth re-affirmed the support of Kincardine’s physicians, on Apr. 8 for the proposed clinic addition, ending speculation that the medical staff was unhappy with portions of the design.

“We’re reconfirming our commitment to the current plans and are confident it will result in a clinic the whole community can take pride in,” Roth said, reading from a letter she submitted to the municipality from the physician’s group.

Roth, Dr. Gary Gurbin and clinic manager Gert Larson met with mayor Larry Kraemer and deputy mayor Laura Haight Apr. 6 to discuss the clinic’s future after comments were made Apr. 1 implying there were concerns over the existing clinic plans.

“(The doctors) reaffirmed their support,” said Kraemer. “They assessed where they were at. While (the design) isn’t 100 per cent perfect, they accept the compromise.”


Municipal taxes up 6.4 per cent

Kincardine taxpayers should be prepared for a 6.4 per cent increase in their municipal taxes this year.

Council voted Apr. 8 for a tax increase of 6.4 per cent in 2009. The increase works out to an additional $42.22 on the tax bills for homes assessed at the median assessment of $169,500.

Kincardine’s average home assessment has increase from 2008. The average property assessment has increased by approximately $13,000.

The municipal tax rate was finalized after council reviewed its wish-list of potential projects for 2009. Some projects were added to 2009’s total capital budget, increasing the overall tax rate, while others were held off until next year.


How many are there?

Ava Gratto eyes up a jar of jellybeans at Tiverton's Easter celebrations Saturday morning at the Whitney Crawford Community Centre. (Katrina Stewart photo)


Energy Minister officially opens Enbridge wind generation project

Protesters left out in the rain

With the push of a button, Ontario’s Deputy Premier officially ended three years of controversy as the 115-turbine Enbridge Wind Power project officially came to life.

Energy and Infrastructure Minister George Smitherman, Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell and officials from Enbridge and the Municipality of Kincardine celebrated the opening of the project in the pouring rain just outside of Underwood Friday afternoon.

“Today is a milestone for the people of Ontario,” said Enbridge’s Janet Holder. “We’re proud we’ve made progress towards sustainable energy. Kincardine has re-affirmed its reputation as the sustainable powerhouse of Ontario.”