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Municipality has concerns about ICSP deal with chamber
By Liz Dadson

Kincardine council

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Kincardine council will be revisiting a proposed agreement with the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce in which the chamber is paid to implement the municipality's Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP).

At the March 19 meeting, councillor Kenneth Craig, requested the issue be brought forward in committee-of-the-whole at the April 2 meeting for further discussion.

"There are a lot of issues in this agreement that I have trouble with," he said. "We need to discuss what the chamber folks are going to do."

The agreement runs from now to the end of 2014, and sets out a list of tasks to be completed, including the following:

  • Develop and implement a volunteer development and animation program
  • Facilitate implementation of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan strategies
  • Develop a framework for a visiting family relations program
  • Develop a business welcome protocol with community partners
  • Work with the County of Bruce Planning Department on implementation of the Business Retention and Expansion Study
    provided by the RED (Rural Economic Development) grant
  • Fully implement the free wifi system in Lakeside Downtown Kincardine in partnership with Bruce Telecom and the municipality
  • Identify potential higher-tier government grants and private funding for various municipal projects
  • Continuation of bi-weekly Tourism Table meetings and implementation of strategies contained in the Tourism Strategic Plan
  • Continued support to Kincardine Trails on development of the bike path on the B-line
  • Support for the BIA and its Downtown Ambassador program so that it is sustainable.
  • Seek funding and Phase 1 planning for a public walkway linking Queen's Lookout to the existing pathway to the beach
  • Input to the 2015 tourism budget
  • Further enhancement for the municipal brand through the RED grant
  • Continue to provide options for enhanced customer service training
  • Continue to seek marketing opportunities for existing community festivals and events and investigate new “shoulder season”
    opportunities

 


The chamber is also to regularly report to council on activities and target achievement.

Chief administrative officer Murray Clarke said Team Kincardine, which includes the chamber, the Kincardine Business Improvement Area (BIA) and the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC), is actually in charge of completing the implementation of the sustainability plan.

He said the agreement includes two six-month contracts for a total of $12,000.

Council agreed to bring the agreement forward for further discussion at the April 2 committee-of-the-whole meeting.



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