Dynamic beach meeting draws crowd in Huron-KInloss

The Ripley Wolves would love the attendance numbers found at Huron-Kinloss council’s last meeting.

An overflow crowd of Bruce Beach residents Oct. 20 sent township staff scrambling for extra chairs. The residents wanted to make comments regarding the new dynamic beach setbacks along the lakeshore and Huron-Kinloss’ official plan amendment.

David Larsen points an accusatory finger at council during the Oct. 20 public meeting concerning dynamic beaches. (Kiel Edge photo)

Bottle drive

Kincardine Beaver Mattew Bushell, 6, holds a box of cans ready for collection during Saturday's Scouts bottle drive in the Foodland parking lot. (Kiel Edge photo)

Vandals damage fence

An eight-foot section of fence on a St. Albert Street property in Kincardine was damaged by vandals on Thanksgiving weekend.

The section if fence, left laying on the ground, was damaged at about 3:30 a.m. on the Sunday of that weekend.

Six Chainsaws stolen

The South Bruce OPP are currently investigating several thefts of chainsaws from Bruce County.  A total of six have been stolen since Sept. 27 from three rural addresses in southern Bruce County.

Culprits stole four chainsaws and some tools from a shop on Highway #9 in the former Greenock Township between Sept. 27 and Sept. 29.   The saws were: Stihl Model 028 (18” bar) orange, Stihl Model 009 (16” bar) orange, Stihl Model 066 (25” bar) orange, Jonsered Model 6171 (20” bar) red. Value of the saws is about $400.

Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 9, a Stihl Model MS 460 chainsaw was taken from a drive shed at a Concession 5 address in the former Greenock Township.

 And between Oct. 5 and 16, culprits stole a Stihl Model 066 (25” bar) from a shed on a rural property on the Brant-Greenock Line.  Value of the saw is $50.00.

Stove Burns

Auto-clean didn’t do much for an Alice Street couple last week.

The Kincardine Fire Department had to be called when the propane stove caught fire.

In the meantime, the owner of the home turned off the propane.

Fire chief Jamie MacKinnon said Monday that firemen took the stove outside. There was minimal damage to the kitchen.

Grant money sparks spending spree

The municipality of Kincardine should see a rash of new projects underway thanks to a $721,784 grant from the Ontario Government.

Councillors and senior staff have selected seven projects to fund with the cash – given out through the Investing in Ontario Act Grant Program. At its Oct. 16 meeting, council hammered out a list of suitable projects from a shopping list of capital projects.

The largest chunk of cash – approximately $250,000 - will go to the Huron Terrace Bridge project. Kincardine is on the hook for $1.2-million of its total cost, and the grant will help to soften the blow on the 2009 capital budget.

“We’ve got a good spread of money going throughout the municipality,” said councillor Ken Craig. “This is a big project.”

CD will raise money for research

Little known about degenerative brain disease

Life is full of irony.

 Kincardine business woman Janet Bannerman spent much of her adult life involved with mobility issues. She ran Community rehab and was on Kincardine’s accessibility committee.

Today, Janet uses the services she worked for while on the accessibility committee.

Now her four children – Mike, Scott and Danielle Bannerman and Melanie Carney – are working on mobility issues.

Clinic limit set at $2.25-million

Kincardine council has a message for Parkin Architects: You have $2.25-million to make the clinic addition work.

Councillors and municipal staff discussed the municipality’s instructions to the architects in charge of designing the new building during committee-of-the-whole Oct. 15. The architects are meeting with council Nov. 3, and the municipality wanted to agree on guidelines for the project well ahead of the face-to-face meeting.

Last month, Parkin Architects presented a preliminary design to council with a price tag in upwards of $5-million. Council was expecting the project to cost no more than $2-million or $3-million.

Ben Lobb elected in Huron-Bruce

Voter turnout higher here than nationally

After 15 years of Liberal representation, Huron-Bruce is sending a Conservative to Ottawa.

Ben Lobb won Tuesday night’s election over main rival, Greg McClinchey, with ease. Lobb took 44 per cent of the vote, while McClinchey only mustered 33 per cent.

In total, Lobb earned 22,202 votes, just fewer than 6,000 more than McClinchey, who took over the Liberal candidacy from incumbent Paul Steckle.

Pudding cup blinds driver

A Kincardine motorist was “blinded” by a flying pudding cup Oct. 3.

South Bruce OPP say the 37-year-old man was southbound on Highway 21 in Kincardine Township at about 3:30 p.m. when a pudding cup was thrown from a northbound school bus.

The pudding cup exploded when  it hit the driver’s  windshield, leaving him unable to see through his windshield.

Police say an act of this nature is a criminal offence.  In the past, police have laid mischief charges and placed conditions on the student involved. Such mischief could lead to an accident, causing injury or loss of life. Police ask that parents tell their children of the consequences of senseless acts of mischief.

The current case is under investigation, say police.