Huron-Kinloss to commemorate Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth

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HURON-KINLOSS – A report from Mike Fair, director of community services, stated two English oak trees will be planted to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy reforestation initiative throughout the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

The trees have been donated by a local resident, Richard Christy.

One will be planted at the Whitechurch Hall property, while the other will be planted at the Point Clark Lighthouse property.

The tentative date for the planting is Friday, May 20 at 1 p.m. in Whitechurch, and 2:15 p.m. at the lighthouse.

Running for mayor

Don Murray, current deputy mayor of Huron-Kinloss Township, has thrown his hat in the ring for the position of mayor.

That position is currently held by Mitch Twolan.

As of press time, Murray was the only person to have submitted papers for a council position.

This fall’s municipal election will also see voters selecting school trustees.

Lori Di Castri is running for the position of school trustee with the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board.

Good news about Bruce Beach drain

A report on the tribunal decision dated April 22, on the Bruce Beach drain, was described by Deputy Mayor Don Murray as “good news.”

Gary and Karen Pollock and Mark and Samira Gancevich had submitted appeals to the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal regarding the first phase of the Bruce Beach municipal drain project.

The appeal was heard on March 23 and 24. On April 22, the township received word that the appeals had been dismissed. In addition, the township was told that the non-administrative costs (legal fees) would form part of the cost of the drainage works. All parties are responsible for their own costs; no other order will be issued pertain to costs. The decision is being forwarded to all landowners within the watershed and posted on the Huron-Kinloss website.

The report discussed May 2 indicated upcoming activities on the project are waiting on dryer conditions before Birnham Excavating can complete them. These include placing topsoil in the detention area and Lake Range Drive right-of-way, asphalt restoration by the township on Lake Range Drive, construction of the Lake Range Drive north road ditch rock chute, placing gavel on the new detention facility access off Lake Range Drive, and hydroseeding all disturbed areas.

The second phase of the project will be completed by Headway Engineering and will involve hydraulic modeling as required by Saugeen Conservation, revisions to the beach outlet, reviewing of the outlet design as required by Saugeen Conservation, addition re-costing and reassessment as per revisions, and utility locates.

Preparations underway for busy season

Maintenance to parks, trails and sports fields in Huron-Kinloss is taking place in preparation for a busy summer season.

The community services department will be welcoming five parks students to assist with summer duties.

In addition to park cleanup, brush removal, sod repair, grass sweeping, field lining and grass cutting, community services staff will be assisting in the cleanup of ash treetops along the shoreline of Huron Road. Brush will be turned into mulch using a woodchipper, and larger pieces of wood will be cut into pieces and stacked in piles for nearby property owners to use for firewood.

The Boiler Beach tree planting project has seen 1,000 native trees and shrubs planted along the shoreline. Species include tamarack, juniper, spruce, larch, oak, service berry, dogwood, sumac and various cedar varieties. Over 70 people volunteered for the tree planting. The aim is to mitigate shoreline erosion and protect the road, as well as maintain the sand beach by preventing sand from shifting onto and across the road.

The parks and sports fields that are being cleaned up will be well used this summer. Mike Fair, director of community services, reported to council that the outdoor pickleball program has over 20 registrants so far. Pickleball is played on the two asphalt courts beside the Point Clark pavilion and ball diamond.

The baseball program including T-ball up to U-13 teams has 98 registrants, while the soccer program including U-4 up to U-10 has 77.

The Wolf summer camp in July is full, with 30 registrants and several people on the waiting list.

The Ripley-Huron Community Centre dressing room renovation, roofing project and flooring project tenders were released to the public last week. The parks and recreation master plan has also been released for tender. Tender submissions will be brought to the May 16 council meeting.

Roads a major concern

John Yungblut, director of public works, was asked about scheduling a road tour this year.

Coun. Jim Hanna said the tour needs to be done in the spring, when the true condition of the road can be observed. “We had a couple of doozies this spring,” he said, referring to the roads as “unsafe.” He gave South Kinloss Avenue as an example.

“Every one of our citizens deserves to live on a safe road, whether it’s gravel or paved,” Hanna said.

Deputy Mayor Don Murray suggested the week after March break as a good time to hold the road tour.

Supplying water to Kincardine going well

Huron-Kinloss has been supplying Kincardine with drinking water through its Lakeshore system on a temporary basis, while repairs are conducted on Kincardine’s system.

John Yungblut, director of public works, said it’s going well. The end date is anticipated to be May 20.

Coun. Lillian Abbott commented, “If Kincardine (residents) comply with water conservation measures, we’ll be OK.”

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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