Council rejects West Ridge plan

Final say rests with Ontario Municipal Board

Kincardine council has spoken out against the proposed West Ridge on the Lake development along the lakeshore, but the final decision on the project now rests with the Ontario Municipal Board.

Last July, council turned down a plan of subdivision for an 852-unit development on 77 acres between Hartwick Lane and Wickham Cove Lane, west of Bruce County Rd. 23. That plan, which was lacking several key reports, called for the construction of 304 single-detached dwellings, 60 semi-detached homes and 488 multi-family units.

The plan was brought back to council March 11. The developers have gone to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to appeal the Official Plan, and the board wanted council to hold a public meeting to cement the municipality’s position on the subdivision plan and accept public comment.

Kincardine man arrested

A 24-year-old Kincardine man has been arrested and is being held for bail, says the South Bruce OPP.

The arrest comes as the result of an investigation into an assault at a residence along Queen Street in Kincardine early Sunday.

Police removed roadblocks on Queen Street between Lambton and Durham Market at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. At about the same investigating officers and a SWAT team cleaned up their gear in and behind an apartment that is located just a few doors to the north of Harbour Street. 

Police say they appreciate the co-operation and the patience shown by the publlic.

Anyone with more infomration that can assist police is asked to call the South Bruce OPP at 519-396-3341 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Street blocked to all traffic

Police have Queen Street blocked at Lambton early Sunday morning.

Lock down

Bystanders watch from the roof of the Royal apartments on Harbour Street Sunday as the drama unfolds in downtown Kincardine.

Kincardine locked down

12:30 p.m. The South Bruce OPP have had downtown Kincardine in lockdown mode since 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

Police cars have the main street blocked off between Lambton and Durham Market. A swat team is in the alley way between the Royal apaqrtments on Harbour St. and the stores on the west side of Queen Street.

Police will only say they are investigating an assualt at a downtown apartment.

More news later.


Bowled over

The Kincardine Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization held its annual Bowl for Kids Sake event at the Bruce Bowling Lanes over the weekend. Huron Heights Public School was one of many groups to enter teams in the popular event. Student Anna Miller was one of the participants, as she closely watches a shot head down the land Saturday afternoon. The event raised $28,021. (Kiel Edge photo)

Pucker up

Huron Heights principal Paul Hambleton was dressed in his finest clothes last Wedensday to make good ona promise he made to students. If the school sold 100 yearbooks, he agred to kiss a pig. After the students sold approximately 130, he puckered up with Petunia at a special assembly. (Kiel Edge photo)

Town dump will close in 2010

Land may be used for dog park

Kincardine’s future dog park might be a real dump.

Council decided Mar. 5 that the Ward 1 landfill will close when it reaches capacity and plans show the property could be used as a recreation area for dog walkers or toboganners.

Jim Yardley of Conestoga Rovers and Associates told council his company considered seven options when looking at the future of the site. The engineers looked at the service level and environmental impact of each option, as well as the costs, before making a decision.

The two options that made the most sense were either a complete closure of the site or setting up a yard waste pick up site at the location. In the end, public works recommended the site be completely closed.

Kincardine looking at 4 per cent or 5 per cent tax increase

There was a distinct chopping sound emanating from the Municipal Administration Centre last week.

Over the course of three meetings, Kincardine council managed to lower the 2009 municipal tax rate increase from more than 13 per cent to just 2.27 per cent. A 2.27 per cent tax increase would result in an increase of approximately $18 on the tax rate for a home valued at the median assessment of $169,500.

Budget deliberations began with council facing a 13.71 per cent increase to the tax rate. Working through the proposed capital budget, council managed to find the money necessary to lower that number significantly.

Kincardine begins budget deliberations

Councillors, staff and senior management began 2009 budget deliberations this week. The draft budget shows a tax increase of 13.71 per cent, or an additional $86.73 on the municipal tax bill of a median assessed home.

Treasurer Brenda French said staff’s goal is to lower the increase to just 3.55 per cent. This will require council to cut more than $500,000 out of the budget. A change of $53,000 will result in a one per cent increase to the tax rate.

Kincardine’s budget increase is impacted by a number of factors this year. Bruce Telecom’s annual payout has dropped $300,000 and the cost of fuel, electricity and hydro have all increased dramatically.