Special meetings Aug. 25
regarding natural gas project
By Liz Dadson
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Councils in Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie will hear the details of the proposed natural gas project at special meetings held in each municipality Monday, Aug. 25.
At the Huron-Kinloss council meeting July 21, and at Kincardine council July 9, the date of the special meeting was announced. Details about the time and venue will be provided later.
In Kincardine, councillor Guy Anderson noted there is $135-billion in government money available for infrastructure projects, with the majority earmarked for the provision of natural gas in rural areas.
"I'd like to make a motion that we attempt to get a meeting with the ministry (of agriculture) and present our proposal," said Anderson.
Mayor Larry Kraemer said the business case for bringing natural gas to the three municipalities is very close to completion. It was to be presented at the end of June, but there were delays in obtaining other expert information.
The special meetings Aug. 25 will see the presentation of various reports and the preferred option.
Once the business case is complete, it could be forwarded to the ministry for consideration, said chief administrative officer Murray Clarke.
Meanwhile, also at the July 9 meeting, Ron Larsen, on behalf of the Tiverton and District Ratepayers' Association, brought a petition to council, asking the municipality to hold a referendum regarding the natural gas project.
"The people want to be part of the decision-making process," he said.
The petition contained 193 signatures but Larsen said more could have been obtained.
"Not everyone will benefit from the natural gas project but it has the potential to be a liability for all constituents," said Larsen. "We feel that the Municipality of Kincardine has the obligation to let all citizens help make the decision."
Later, during discussion of the special meeting, councillor Randy Roppel brought up the delegation regarding a referendum.
"Let's decide if there's a project first," said Kraemer.
© Liz Dadson
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