Municipal Projects

The Township of Huron-Kinloss oversees a wide range of projects every year. Council approves projects each year that meet the goals of our strategic plan. Our goals include; to be prosperous, spirited, vibrant, accessible and environmentally conscious.

We want to thank our residents for their patience and cooperation while construction crews are hard at work.

Current Projects

Natural Gas Initiative

The natural gas initiative is a partnership of the Municipality of Kincardine, the Township of Huron Kinloss and the Township of Arran Elderslie . The municipalities have been investigating the feasibility of developing a natural gas supply to the constituents of the municipalities.

Kincardine, Arran-Elderslie and Huron-Kinloss have selected Edmonton-based EPCOR Utilities Inc. as the successful proponent to bring natural gas to their South Bruce communities. The selection of EPCOR follows a 6 month competitive Request for Information process which identified multiple potential developers to construct, own and operate a new natural gas distribution utility.

The Municipalities have approved and signed a Municipal Franchise Agreement which provides EPCOR Utilities Inc. with the right to distribute natural gas within the three Municipalities.

On July 12th, 2019, EPCOR announced they would begin construction on Southern Bruce Natural Gas project this year. 

Visit the EPCOR website for more information about this project, including construction dates for your area and how to sign up for natural gas. 

 Ripley Industrial Park

 In January 2020, the environmental assessment for the Ripley Industrial Park was completed and approved by the Ministry. Staff is now recommending proceeding with the development of the tender documents by BM Ross. In the Fall of 2020, BM Ross presented a number of design options to Council for the road construction, lot placement and services for the industrial park. At budget deliberations last year Council approved moving forward with Lot Layout Option. The project was on hold as we were in discussions with the adjacent property owner about the possibility of a residential development. In December 2020, the Township purchased the adjacent property.

Now that we own all the adjacent lands the street layout for the industrial park needs to be finalized. The layout plan was updated with the proposed Angus Street being located on the existing road allowance as opposed to being shifted to the west. The stormwater management pond would still be located as far west as possible to take advantage of the proximity to the existing outlet pipe. The Township was open to the proposed layout. We had a discussion with BM Ross & Associates, that the construction of the short street leg with the cul-de-sac could be deferred until a future construction phase to help reduce initial construction costs and provide a possible large lot for development in the south east corner of the industrial park. We have also identified that there may be a need to reserve some of the lands for municipal purposes in the long term.

This project was approved through the budgeting process and construction of the park will begin in 2021. 

 Corporate Communications Strategy

 

The Township of Huron-Kinloss is developing a corporate communications strategy to help us improve how we communicate with residents, property owners and visitors. For this strategy to be successful, it is important that we gain a better understanding of how our residents hear about Township programs, services and updates; and more importantly, the most effective communication methods for you.

In 2019, in partnership with the NWMO, a survey was mailed out to Huron-Kinloss residents asking these very questions, we've created a short survey to make sure the data we received from that survey is still relevant.

Township staff will be presenting the draft strategy to Council on June 7th, 2021. We thank everyone for their participation in the survey, we received lots of great feedback.

 Downtown Improvement Program

 The Township created the Downtown Improvement Program in 2017 to encourage investment in our downtown shopping areas. For details about the program visit the Business Grants and Funding Opportunities webpage.  

To date the Township has invested $121,782.12 (with an additional $12,000 committed) through the grant programs and in partnership with Bruce County's Spruce the Bruce program. 

In 2021, Council approved extended the program another 4 years to 2024 with an additional $100,000 invested.

 Lucknow Water Tower

History

In January 2010, Council started planning for a new water storage facility for the community of Lucknow including an Environmental Assessment, which included extensive community consultation completed in 2012. The Initial cost estimate to replace the tower was $2,450,000.00.

In February 2014, details of the Small Communities Fund stream were announced and in September 2014, the Township submitted the first application with a total project cost of $2,949,790.00. Unfortunately, in November 2014 we received notification almost 350 applications were reviewed and our project was not selected to move forward.

In September 2015, the Township applied once again, hoping that some of the most critical projects had been addressed in the first round of funding and that might open the door for some of the remaining projects. A year later, the estimated project cost had risen substantially, to $3,269,728.00. In January of 2016 we were notified that over 270 expressions of interest were received and our project was not selected to move forward.

In October an application for the 2016 Intake of the OCIF Top Up Fund was submitted, with an estimated total project cost of $3,271,300.00. In February 2017 we were notified that our project was not selected for funding.

In September 2017, we submitted once again for the 2017 Intake of the OCIF Top Up Fund and the estimated project cost had increased to $3,489,100.00. Once again, in February 2018 we were notified that the project was not selected for funding.

In August 2018, we tried again to move the project forward and applied to the 2018 Intake of the OCIF Top Up Fund and in March 2019 it was announced that there would be no funding for any projects and that the program had been redesigned as the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Some projects were nominated to proceed under the Rural and Northern Stream, however drinking water was not an eligible category under this funding, so our application would not even be considered. 

Throughout the years, the Township has continued to prepare for the eventual replacement of the standpipe, investing in the necessary engineering and design work to bring the project to a “shovel ready” state. The Township has even purchased additional property to improve the access and location of the site, reducing construction and future maintenance costs and eliminating any potential negative impacts on neighbouring properties. By the end of 2019, almost $500,000.00 will have been invested in this project, without even breaking ground.

The Township applied for grant funding in 2020, however we were once again unsuccessful. Township staff are currently reviewing options for funding the replacement of the Lucknow Standpipe. The proposed 2021 Capital Budget includes the removal of the house at 650 Wheeler Street that was purchased by the Township in 2019 to provide additional land for the construction of the Lucknow Elevated Tank.

 Growth and Servicing Master Plan

 What is a Growth and Servicing Master Plan?

A Growth and Servicing Master Plan allow the Township to proactively plan for future growth. The plan considers opportunities, constraints and existing conditions to give the Township a better understanding what our communities can look like in the future. 

Creating this plan requires a multi-phase approach:

Phase 1: Background Planning and Issues Report (completed in July 2020)

Phase 2: Defining a Growth and Master Plan Report (in progress)

 

Ministry of Transportation Golf Car Pilot Program

The Ministry of Transportation announced that they are exploring the feasibility of implementing a pilot program that would permit the on-road use of golf carts on Pelee Island and in Huron-Kinloss.

On June 3, 2020, from the Ministry of Transportation introduced a new pilot project for golf carts legally referred to as “golf cars”. The pilot project under Ontario Regulation 407/21 Pilot Project – Golf Cars sets out the broad regulatory framework to allow golf carts on roads on Pelee island and in Huron-Kinloss and includes operator and vehicle requirements. 

The pilot is intended to assess these vehicles over a period of ten years in order to examine their ability to safely integrate with other vehicle types and determine whether existing rules of the road are adequate. 

As noted in the regulation, Municipal By-laws will need to be passed to allow their use on municipal roads and to add any additional requirements that may be required. 

On August 16, 2021 Township of Huron-Kinloss Council passed By-Law No. 2021-90 Regulating the Use of Golf Cars in the Township of Huron-Kinloss.

For information about the project, including updates and how you can register your Golf Car, please visit our Golf Car Pilot Project Page.

 Women in Carpentry

 The Township of Huron-Kinloss has partnered with Fanshawe College, VPI Working Solutions, the UBC Local 2222 Carpenter's Union, Employment Ontario, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to create a pilot pre-apprenticeship program: Women in Carpentry. The program will have two intakes; August 2021 and January 2022 and we are looking for 10 women to participate in each intake. There are no pre-requisites; however, grade 10 English and math is recommended. 

Program Details:

  • The program will begin with participants upgrading their math and communications skills with Fanshawe College

  • Participants will then receive industry specific training with the UBC Local 2222 Carpenter’s Union that includes:

    • Fall Protection

    • Confined Space

    • WHMIS

    • Emergency First Aid

    • Basic Health & Safety Awareness

    • Power Elevated Work Platforms

    • Mental Health in the Workplace

    • Workplace Violence and Harassment

  • Finally, the participants will participate in an 8 week paid work placement

  • Students will receive the following for participating:

    • Workboots, hard hat and other safety gear

    • Basic tool belt and tool kit

There is no cost to participate in this program and you may be eligible for additional funding to remove employment barriers (daycare, transportation, etc.). 

To register for this program please contact VPI at infowalkerton@vpi-inc.com

Or call 519-881-4900.

 

Upcoming Information Sessions

Wednesday August 18th 2021 7:00PM 

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Wednesday August 25th 2021, 1:30PM

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Completed Projects (2020-2021)

 Community Energy Plan

Staff and the stakeholder group have been working with ICLEI on the Township of Huron-Kinloss' Climate Change and Energy Plan

This project is now complete.

 Economic Development Action Plan

 The Economic Development Action Plan was adopted by Council in February 2020. The Economic Development Team has moved into the implementation phase of the project that will continue until 2023. 

 Shoreline Remediation

 Construction to protect the Point Clark Harbour wall and shoreline is now complete. Landscaping and other beautification projects for the area will be considered after the summer of 2021. 

 Parks and Recreation Service Delivery Review

 This review was completed by Dillon Consulting and the findings were presented to Council in February 2021. 

The Township will be applying for grant funding to implement some of the recommendations provided in the report. 

 Ripley Outdoor Plaza

 

In 2018 the Township prepared conceptual drawings for the gravel lot at the corner of Huron St. and Jessie St. to build an outdoor plaza. The drawing included 9 parking lots and a large plaza area with benches, trees, greenery and space for markets, events, etc. 

This project was a small piece of a much bigger economic development project to increase investment in Ripley, to create a Downtown that the residents enjoy, to recruit and retain businesses that residents and visitors can support, but most importantly to ensure our beautiful village can remain a vibrant, spirited community for decades to come.

Far too often, we hear stories of village downtowns dying because there are no businesses, youth leaving because there is nothing to do, and service clubs disappearing due to lack of volunteers; we don’t want the same fate for the communities in Huron-Kinloss. Economic Development is an important driving factor for thriving communities and includes many projects to achieve this; business recruitment and retention, development (commercial, industrial, residential), streetscape beautification, tourism and more! The Ripley Outdoor Plaza is one piece of the Township’s Economic Development puzzle. 

The conceptual drawing was circulated throughout the community, presented to the Ripley Fire Department, and added to Have Your Say HK as a community engagement project. 

When we presented the first plaza design to the community of Ripley, we heard there was an overwhelming need for more parking in the downtown core. In response to that feedback, two alternate designs were created by B.M. Ross.

 Plan A: Provides 35 standard size parking spaces and 2 accessible parking spaces.

 Plan B: Provides 25 standard size parking spaces and 2 accessible parking spaces with a modest size outdoor plaza.

Council Direction

At the May 17, 2021 Council meeting, Council discussed the poll results and feedback received and have deferred their decision on the Ripley Outdoor Plaza and Parking Lot project at this time with the funds being placed in reserves.