By Barb McKay
Kincardine has won the battle over Huronville water rates.
Mayor Larry Kraemer announced during last Wednesday’s council meeting that Huron-Kinloss Township has agreed to a reciprocal agreement where it will lower its water service fees to Kincardine by 25 per cent in return for Kincardine lowering its water rates to Huronville subdivision residents by 25 per cent. In addition, Kincardine will no longer tack on repair and maintenance fees to Huronville water bills; a concession that will be reviewed again in two years’ time.
“I’m pleased, that’s what we asked for,” said councillor Maureen Couture.
Interestingly, Kraemer noted, the rate Huronville residents will now pay ($1 per cubic metre of water) is very similar to the frozen rate Tiverton residents pay ($1.02 per cubic metre).
The saga over the Huronville water rates is one that has been ongoing since last fall when residents there said there was a growing disparity between the rates paid by users in the subdivision and Kincardine residents since the introduction of metred rates. Kincardine had offered to drop its charge from 50 per cent above the Kincardine rate to 25 per cent so long as Huron-Kinloss lowered its rates for Kincardine.
The municipality recently used water from the Huronville well while the Kincardine system was flushed and paid a rate of 150 per cent. Huron-Kinloss had been adamantly against changing its agreement. The agreement required Huron-Kinloss concurrence at its council meeting Monday night.