Municipal Projects

Current Projects

In June, 2019, staff reached out to Fanshawe College to discuss a possible partnership with the Landscape Architecture Program to provide a design for the Ripley Outdoor Plaza. Staff met with the Program Advisor from Fanshawe College in early July, 2019 to discuss the idea of a partnership. The proposed project would include:

  •  A Community Consultation/BBQ in the Fall on site.
  • A minimum of 3 comprehensive neighbourhood plans for downtown Ripley for our future reference. This will include a design for the Ripley Outdoor Plaza, facade improvements and street scape ideas for the entire downtown area.
  • Tender and construction documents for the plaza in February 2020 based on the concept chosen by Council and the Community to be ready for 2020 Construction season

The partnership provides the Township with an opportunity to examine many different options for the plaza based on community feedback for a fraction of the cost if we used consultants. The Program Advisor requested the bussing costs be covered for the students but otherwise all their services will be provided free of charge as it is a great opportunity for the students. 

Community engagement activities are currently being undertaken through the Township's community engagement website, 

Public Works has identified several problems with this section of road that could be resolved by this project:

1. Surface drainage is not adequate and flooding of the roadway and properties adjacent to the roadway is an issue. There is a significant number of catch basins on private property that cross Boiler Beach Road and outlet to the lake. Some of these drains are becoming clogged with roots and other debris and are in need of repair.

2. The existing watermain between Huronville St. and the Kincardine boundary is within a rear yard easement and will require replacement in the near future. The preferred solution is to install a new watermain on Boiler Beach Road and Penetangore Row and abandon the watermain within the easement.

3. Public Works receives numerous complaints each summer regarding vehicles parking on the west side of the road creating a safety hazard for through traffic on Boiler Beach Road. The reconstructed road is to have sufficient width to allow for parking and active transportation.

4. The exact limits of the municipal road allowance in relation to the existing roadway is unclear in several areas (especially in the vicinity of Huronville Street) and will be established by an Ontario Land Surveyor (OLS) prior to any engineering work being undertaken.

Although this project was not included in the 2019 Capital Budget, the Director of Public Works would like to begin the investigative work now, so a more accurate cost estimate can be obtained before the 2020 budget deliberations.

The next steps in this project are to send out letters to all landowners in this area and subsequently hire an OLS to establish the road allowance property markers. This project will likely be constructed in phases and the anticipated start date is in 2021.

In 2017 and 2018 there was a sharp increase in the number of complaints the Township’s By Law Enforcement Department received about structures being located on the beach that appear to encroach onto municipal property and impede pedestrian traffic. Typically the Township would receive two or three complaints on an annual basis but over the past two years that number has been in the 20s and 30s.

In the fall of 2018, the By-law enforcement officer began preparing an inventory of all the structures that appear to be encroaching on either the beach property of Township Road allowance where it still exists.

The Township does have some building permit records and property surveys on file but in most cases there is little supporting information.

Through the County of Bruce, we do have air photography from 2006 and 2015 to use as comparators.

There were 104 points along the beach where structures were located. We have broken them down into three categories:

  • Significant sized structures that if being built today, would require a building permit from the municipality. These include buildings that are greater than 108 square feet in area or decks that have a platform higher than 24 inches off of grade. There were 29 of this type identified.
  • Minor structures that would not require a building permit. These include decks, walkways and platforms that are less than 24 inches off the ground or buildings that are less than 108 square feet in size. These structures are often easily moved. There were 70 of this type identified.
  • Non-structures. This included furniture, recreational areas, fences and vegetation. The concern from these structures is that they create an impediments for pedestrians walking along the beach. There were five locations where these types of structures were found.

Approximately 40 total structures on in locations south of the Lighthouse where the original shore road allowance is still in the ownership of the Township. The Township has two options on dealing with these structures; ask they be removed or enter into an encroachment agreement. Staff is recommending a mix of both approaches.

For those that have been built since 2006 without approval we recommend that they be removed. Township staff would send notification to the adjacent land owners of approximately five or six of the significant and minor structures to start. We would ask Saugeen Valley  onservation Authority to assist in this work as these structures all fall within their regulated area.

For those that were in existence prior to February 8, 1982, those adjacent land owners be offered the opportunity to enter into an encroachment agreement to allow the structures to remain if they could provide proof that they were built prior to that date.  

In July 2017, the Lucknow Community Health Centre Joint Board of Management requested  hat Council consider a renovation to the Lucknow Community Health Centre. Council agreed to the project in principle, so that the Board could begin to obtain cost estimates and apply for  funding.

In February 2018, the Joint Management Board presented a budget to Council that included a renovation of $360,000.00, although detailed cost estimates were not included at that time.

Township of Huron-Kinloss Council approved the budget as presented, with Huron-Kinloss' share of the renovation, $180,000.00 being funded through the Community Well Being Reserve Fund.

The Board moved forward with site meetings to determine the scope of the required work and accepted a quote in May from Domm Construction. Work began in September 2018 and there have been significant overages in the project due to the unforeseen issues with the demolition.

At the December 19, 2018 Lucknow Community Health Centre Board Meeting the Board was given an update from Al Domm of Domm Construction, the General Contractor for the renovation project. There have been many challenges with the renovation project. The Designated Substance and Hazardous Material Survey was completed on May 10, 2018 which revealed the presence of asbestos and lead. The asbestos removal was completed and all out of date or non-code conforming elements including wiring and plumbing were removed. The building is now significantly clear and several issues have been identified including:

  • Electrical wiring and fixtures HVAC system
  • Windows
  • Floor
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Insulation
  • Roof Drain
  • Asbestos drainage pipes

The Board appointed Carl Sloetjes as the Board representative and liaison for the remainder of the project and agreed that a more comprehensive update on the project be given to both respective Councils.

In addition, staff was directed to look through the records to see who the original contractor was that built the clinic and contact service providers who have infrastructure in the mechanical room to facilitate moving the panel and services on the south wall to the east wall.

Trevor Hallam, Deputy Clerk for Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh drafted a report which outlines the project and provides further detail on the project. The Township of ACW discussed the project at their January 8, 2019 meeting. ACW Council has recommended that no further financial outlays be given until an estimate for the projected renovation expenses has been received. Demolition and remediation costs to date are $65,000 plus plumbing (invoice not yet received). Al Domm the General Contractor has finished the layout and is currently obtaining costs estimates from sub-contractors. Minor adjustments have been made to the original plan to accommodate items such as existing drains. 

We included a total of $375,000.00 in the 2019 approved budget for both operating and  capital, with the amount of capital works to be funded from the Community Sustainability and Well Being Reserve Fund.  The total proposed budget is $229,922.50 which will result in less funding being transferred from the reserve fund.

The installation of new sanitary sewers and water on Bruce County Road 6 east of the community of Ripley is now completed and connected to the existing system. Roadside
restoration work is progressing and pavement restoration is currently scheduled for mid-August.

Servicing of the proposed Industrial Park is included in the 2019 capital budget. No unexpected costs were incurred since construction began.

The Ripley Industrial Park update provided by B.M. Ross on June 3rd 2019 can be found here.

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. To read the full press release visit the Natural Gas Page on our website. 

Lauren continues to actively seek out and assist our local businesses as our Digital Service Squad Expert. She has assisted multiple business owners with everything from website development to social media set-up and enhancements.

We have one business who has completed the entire “Digital Transformation” program and submitted their application to Digital Main Street for their $2,500 Grant and we have at least two others pursuing the full program. We anticipate they will receive notification of a successful application within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

Lauren’s last day will be Friday, August 23rd at which point the program is still open for businesses to use but we will no longer have a staff person solely dedicated to this program after her departure. Nicole will continue to promote the program and its valuable education and potential grant opportunity moving forward.

The second of the four workshops being presented co-operatively with Digital Main Street and Camp Tech has been scheduled. “Social Media for Small Business” has been booked for Monday, December 16th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Construction has not begun. 

A construction start date of August 6th was provided by Bill & Tom Kempton Construction.
They have informed the Township that paving will not likely be completed by the September 27th completion date. An updated schedule will be provided in late August. Property owners have been notified accordingly.

Staff and the stakeholder group have been working with ICLEI on the Township of Huron-Kinloss’ Climate Change and Energy Plan. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) requires a progress report in order to receive a portion of the funding agreement.

The Update on Energy Project Activities report is a compilation of the works completed to date. The project is on schedule for completion for April of 2020. 

Update on Energy Project Activities

There has been some minor clearing for the pathway south of the Point Clark Community Centre. Staff will be meeting with the Dog Park group to assess the signage and update the completion schedule for this fall 2019.

The Ball diamond fencing has been replaced in Ripley, Point Clark and Reids Corner. The dugouts roof structures have not been installed yet. Marco Clay will be starting the infield restoration around August 10th, 2019.

Although the elevated tank has been in service since March 4th, the two new wells that were drilled in 2011 have still not been incorporated into the system. The issue of higher than normal total coliform levels in the raw water samples has not been resolved. The Contractor has been authorized to proceed with "Phase 1" of the well disinfection procedure at an estimated cost $24,544. This will include removing the pumps, video inspecting the well casings and completing a shock disinfection procedure. If Phase 1 is not successful in providing adequate raw water sample results, then "Phase 2" may be necessary. Although they have not been authorized to carry out Phase 2, the necessary. Although they have not been authorized to carry out Phase 2, the Contractor has indicated that it could cost an additional $17,000 per well. This will include cleaning the casing with a wire brush well bore, however, the scope of work is unclear until the video inspection is completed.

The video inspection of Well 3 and Well 4 at the Ripley ET site has now been completed.
The existing casings for both wells are relatively clean, so wire brushing was not recommended. However, there is approximately three (3) metres of soft iron/bio debris at the bottom of Well 3, and Well 4 has approximately 1.4 metres of the same material. The accumulation of this material most likely occurred because the wells have not been in use since they were drilled in 2011 and it can allow for the growth of bacteria that may have contributed to the presence of Coliform in the raw water samples.
The recommendation from the contractor was to set airlift equipment at the bottom of each
well to remove this material and disinfect the well pumps at an estimated cost of $10,000-$11,000 per well. This work was authorized and has now been completed. Water samples are scheduled to be collected on the week of August, 5, 2019.

Currently, there is approximately $5,000 remaining in the $75,000 contingency allowance
for the Ripley ET project. With an additional $20,000 for removal of the iron/bio debris the
contingency allowance will be exceeded

As of July 24th we had exceeded the 2018 participation numbers: 138 versus 90 the previous year. A second printing of t-shirts will be required as we have already gone through the entire stock of adult shirts and are getting low on child sizes.

Nicole and Olivia also hit the Trail for a social media blitz with games and prizes on Sunday, July 21st in celebration of National Ice Cream Day. Participants were enthusiastic and a marked increase in traffic on Facebook that day and in the following couple of days was significant.

Repeated vandalism of one of the Street Sweets has resulted in it being removed from the Trail in Lucknow; however the amount of press coverage received about this unfortunate event has extended exposure of the Trail itself into areas that may not have previously heard of it – silver linings!

July’s Free Ice Cream Day at the Lucknow Tourism Office saw nearly 70 visitors while the final Free Ice Cream Day at the Lucknow Tourism Office will be held on Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Previous Projects

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