Emerald ash borer could be in Kincardine

Kincardine council briefs

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s environmental action group is turning its attention to an invasive insect that is infesting ash trees in Huron-Kinloss Township.


Deputy mayor Anne Eadie, who is a member of the group, told Kincardine council during last Wednesday’s meeting that in light of news that the emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Ripley and along the lakeshore, the group will be revisiting the issue to determine a course of action. Eadie said when an inventory of ash trees was taken last year there was no evidence that the beetle was in Kincardine, but now it is spreading quickly.


Councillor Jacqueline Faubert said that she has been contacted by a few residents who think they have the emerald ash borer on their properties. Eadie said those residents should contact the municipality or the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority to have it confirmed.


“It would be nice if they contacted us so we know if we have it,” she said.


*The Kincardine and Community Medical Clinic has received a donation.


Council learned last week that James Earnest Fisher bequeathed one-fifth of his estate to the medical clinic. The municipality will hold the funds, between $200,000 and $300,000, in reserve for the clinic.


Other beneficiaries, which will receive equal donations, are the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Liver Foundation.


*Kincardine has developed a promotional video to help residents recycle.


The environmental action group debuted the video during last Wednesday’s council meeting. Deputy mayor Anne Eadie said the group learned during a public meeting it held last year that residents are not well-informed about what materials can and cannot be recycled in the municipality and many don’t know how to get to the waste management centre in Armow.


“Although public works and BASWR (Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling) both put out good information we thought more must be needed,” she said.


The environmental action group received funding from OPG to produce the video, which will air on Rogers and Bruce Telecom.


*Councillor Guy Anderson has been appointed as policy chair for economic development and tourism, replacing councillor Mike Leggett who stepped down from the position.


Anderson is a former director with the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation.