By Barb McKay
Kincardine is taking another step forward in its effort to bring natural gas to the region.
Following a closed session meeting last Wednesday, Kincardine council passed a motion to direct staff to work in conjunction with consultants on phase one of the natural gas project, which will include finalizing and approving a memorandum of agreement with the Township of Huron-Kinloss and Municipality of Arran-Elderslie. The municipalities will also conclude the feasibility and business case studies.
Last Wednesday council received legal advice in a report from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, the firm working with the three municipalities on the proposed natural gas project. A joint press release is expected to be issued this week with an update on the project.
During last week’s council meeting, councillor Maureen Couture asked that the public and media be given an explanation as to why council was going in to closed session to talk about the project.
Mayor Larry Kraemer explained that the discussion will be about a preferred option to distribute natural gas in the region and there is a lot of sensitive corporate information that does not belong to the municipality. He said council could make a decision to ink a deal with Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie and that would be adopted during tonight’s council meeting.
Councillor Jacqueline Faubert expressed concern that several members of council would be missing from the discussion (Ron Coristine’s seat is vacant, Randy Roppel is on vacation and Mike Leggett left to attend fire training).
Kraemer said the meeting had been arranged weeks earlier and the lawyers had already met with the other two municipalities earlier that day.