Council turns down south end Kerr development, again

By Barb McKay

For the third time, a planning application for a multi-unit housing development at the corner of Kincardine Avenue and Fraser Drive has failed to pass muster.

Once again, the Municipality of Kincardine council turned down an application from developer Tom Kerr to add units to a development in progress at the edge of the Willow West subdivision, where two semi-detached homes are currently under construction. Kerr was back in front of council during its planning meeting last Wednesday with a planning application that is on its third revision.

 Charges in Highway 21 crash

A 21-year-old female from Huron-Kinloss is facing several charges following a crash involving a snow plow at the intersection of Highway 21 and Bruce County Road 6 in Huron Twp. on March 11.

South-Bruce OPP officers arrived on the scene just before 10 a.m. to find a silver Honda Civic had collided with a yellow Western snow plow. The driver of the Civic was found to have been drinking.

The woman was charged with operation over 80mgs, disobeying a stop sign and driving with an obstructed window. She is scheduled to appear in court April 5 to answer to the charges.

No injuries were reported.

Kincardine Youth Council ready to get down to business

By Barb McKay

Kincardine’s new youth council members are already brainstorming ways to improve the community for their peers.

Kincardine's Youth Council, back row left, Kristen Jackson, Kate Voskamp and Autumn Lake. Front row, left, Brooklyn Lampi, Justin Noakes and Andrew McKay. (Barb McKay photo)


The council held its inaugural meeting last Monday evening with seven members ranging in age from 12 to 16 years old. The youth council is an initiative of Kincardine Youth Waves as part of its goal to make the municipality more youth friendly.

Kincardine’s deputy mayor, Jacqueline Faubert, who has been an active member of the Youth Waves committee for the past two years, led last week’s meeting and explained the objectives of the council.

Bowling for BBBS

Rylie Emmerton, 11, bowls at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser held over the weekend at the Bruce Bowling Lanes. The bowlathon featured 30 teams that together raised more than $24,000. (Barb McKay photo)

Councillor Campbell docked pay over Code of Conduct violation

By Barb McKay

Municipality of Kincardine Councillor Gordon Campbell will lose 30 days’ pay after an investigation found that he had verbally abused municipal staff.

Robert Swayze, an integrity commissioner appointed by the municipality, attended last Wednesday’s Kincardine council meeting to report on his findings from a four-month investigation to determine if Campbell had violated the Council Code of Conduct. Swayze said he was appointed in early October and soon after received applications of complaint from CAO Murray Clarke and Water and Wastewater Supervisor Shamus Anderson regarding Campbell. He interviewed the complainants, a witness and Campbell on two separate occasions before reaching his decision.

 Province commits to dropping hydro rates by 17 per cent

By Barb McKay

Relief is on the way for homeowners as the Ontario government says it will cut hydro rates by 17 per cent.

The government made the announcement on Thursday that “significant system restructuring” will provide residential hydro users with a reduced rate starting this summer. In its report, the province used the figure of 25 per cent, but that includes an eight per cent reduction on electricity bills that came into effect earlier this year.

A total of $50 billion spent on upgrades to Ontario’s electrical grid, along with high priced renewable energy contracts, have caused hydro rates to skyrocket in recent years. The government is now backing away from its original plan to fast track the debt repayment and instead repay it over a longer term.

 Airport runway tender comes in under budget

By Barb McKay

The rehabilitation of the Kincardine municipal airport runway, and associated work, could end up being under budget.

Engineers from WSP Inc. (formerly Genivar) were at the Municipality of Kincardine council meeting last year to discuss the results of a tender for the airport project. The series of work, which includes reconstruction of the main runway, the extension of taxiway Charlie, new edge lighting, taxiway electrical upgrades, taxiway paving, apron replacement and replacement of the visual guidance system is budgeted at $2.2 million.

The municipality received bids from four companies, with the lowest bid of $1.72 million coming from The Murray Group. Together with engineering costs of $183,800 and a sizable contingency of $287,800, the total cost estimate is $2.16 million.

Kincardine Rotary Club aims to build music park

By Barb McKay

There will be a new addition to Rotary Park in the near future that will appeal to music lovers.

The Kincardine Rotary Club is undertaking a special project in recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday and the Rotary Foundation’s 100th anniversary. The club is proposing to install an outdoor music park in a corner of Rotary Park close to the fish hatchery and opposite the playground equipment.

Kincardine Rotary President Chuck Edey made a presentation to the Municipality of Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday about the project. The music park will feature sculptural instruments that can be played by visitors to the park.

 Adventure through the swamp

A 39-year-old man led police through a swamp and up a tree before finally being taken into custody Feb. 24.

At 8:30 p.m., Huron County OPP responded to the area of Orange Hill, northwest of Gorrie, to patrol for a possible impaired driver that had nearly struck another vehicle. As officers were responding, police learned the male driver had ditched his Lincoln SUV and fled the scene into a nearby swamp.  After exiting the swamp, the impaired driver hopped into a nearby parked vehicle and was ready to leave when he was confronted by the owner of the vehicle. The man took off on foot, and then decided to climb a large tree.

Flipping out

The skate park at the Davidson Centre might be closed for the season but Benn Leggett, left, Zach McCabe and Matt McCable, all 13, found a way to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather last Wednesday. Fog cancelled school buses around the region so many students enjoyed a gorgeous day off school. (Barb McKay photo)