‘Kitchen table offer’ for Paisley fire service accepted

New agreement includes flat fee for service, no capital costs

By Barb McKay

Residents of the Municipality of Kincardine’s northeast end will continue to receive fire services from Paisley.

It is an issue that divided council virtually in half. In a vote of five to four, the Municipality of Kincardine council agreed during its meeting last Wednesday to accept a new offer from the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie to receive fire services from the Paisley Fire Department. Paisley has been providing automatic aid to the Underwood area since 2005 and a five-year agreement expired in 2015.

 Province to provide $100 million in grants for natural gas projects

By Barb McKay

Significantly more subsidies will be available to municipalities in rural and northern Ontario looking to bring in natural gas service.

The Ontario government announced last week that it will now provide $100 million in grants to extend natural gas to communities that are not yet serviced. Previously, the government had announced a program that would provide $30 million in grants and $200 million in loans for natural gas expansion, and it is not yet clear if the additional grants are new funding or if funding has shifted from the loan program.

Vigil Friday night

A vigil in solidarity with Muslim families in Huron-Bruce, and in memory of those lost in Quebec City will be held Friday evening in front of the Kincardine Islamic Centre.

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. The Islamic Centre is at the corner of Broadway and Queen, across the road from the downtown Tim Horton's location.

Ice breaker

The ice in the channel at Kincardine harbour gets busted up Monday morning. January-appropriate weather has returned after a week of rain and warm temperatures that gave us a false taste of spring. (Josh Howald photo)


A Mann to remember

Kincardine loses war hero, former mayor

By Josh Howald

The flag at the Canadian Royal Legion Branch #183 flew at half mast Monday to honour one of Kincardine's most decorated - and beloved - citizens.

Charlie Mann in the early 1980s. (Independent file photo)


Charles Mann died Saturday. He was 94.

Mann was a member of the legendary Devil's Brigade during the Second World War. He was born and raised in Port Hope and began a military stint in 1940. In 1942, he volunteered for the First Special Service Force.

Tennis courts, medical clinic renos get priority in municipal budget

By Barb McKay

Only a few select unfunded high priority capital projects will find their way into the 2017 Municipality of Kincardine budget.

With a large operating deficit as a result of hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees associated with arbitration from the aborted sale of Bruce Telecom and the process to change its governance model, council is faced with some tough decisions when it comes to choosing which projects will get the green light this year. There are 11 projects with a combined price tag of $4.67 million that are considered to be high priority.

Repairs to the Kincardine lighthouse will go ahead since the municipality learned it will receive a Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant for $146,000.

Photographer gets top nod from global artists group

Larry Griffin displays the photo of his daughter Olivia that garnered high praise from photographers from around the world. For the full story, don`t miss this week`s print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

 Kincardine council eyes bag tag increase

By Barb McKay

The price of bag tags will likely increase this year.

During a budget meeting last Monday, the Municipality of Kincardine council took a straw vote to increase the price of bag tags from $2 to $2.50 each in an effort to make waste removal more of a user pay service. Last year, the municipality was left with an operating deficit of $180,000 for garbage collection and $680,000 for the waste management facility. The bag tag rate increase would add as much as $70,000 in non-tax revenue for the municipality in 2017 and reduce the municipal tax rate increase by nearly half a per cent.

Councillor Maureen Couture said in the late 1990s in the former Town of Kincardine bag tags cost $2.50 each.

“You have to pay for waste. The costs to operate the landfill are astronomical.”

 Kincardine trims what little fat remains on operating budget

Municipality looks to Bruce Telecom to pick up portion of legal costs

By Barb McKay

The Municipality of Kincardine council is looking at ways to trim down the municipal operating budget this year in order to reduce the residential tax rate increase.

During its second 2017 budget meeting last Monday evening, treasurer Roxana Baumann talked about some of the changes made to the draft budget since the first meeting back in December. Since council decided to terminate the municipality’s fire service agreement with the Paisley Fire Department $55,700 was removed from the operating budget. Physician recruitment costs were adjusted and are $5,000 less than projected. The budget was also amended to include increased cemetery revenues and an anticipated increase in landfill tipping fees.

Teen injured, charged in head-on crash

A Kincardine teenager was left injured and facing charges following a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon at Highway 21 and Russell Street.

At 4:44 p.m., the South-Bruce OPP were called to the intersection. Officers arrived on the scene with members of the Kincardine Fire and Emergency Services and Bruce Paramedic Services to find a northbound grey Ford Fusion and a southbound grey GMC Acadia had been involved in a crash.