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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Kincardine Mayor Looks Back

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Larry Kraemer says proud of many accomplishments, including DGR.

Fourteen years, serving the municipality of Kincardine as mayor, have come to an end for Larry Kraemer.

Kraemer did not run for re-election in this last municipal election.

At his final council meeting, Kraemer says he's proud of many things that he and his councils have accomplished.

The one dearest to him is the Deep Geologic Repository issue which he believes, had he not led the way, would never have happened.

Kraemer says he's also proud of the work he has done to help create and expand the Lake Huron Learning Centre.

He even referred to the Shoreline water pipeline as an accomplishment, although he says the issue isn't very popular with some people right now.

Kraemer says he agrees with those who are unhappy with the recent bylaw to force potential users to pay for their share of the capital cost even if they don't hook up to the service.

He says the pipeline came into being with people who gave their support on good faith that they wouldn't have to pay for anything unless they hooked up and now that's changed.

The Kincardine Pipeline Promise Association has since begun legal proceedings against the municipality to see if the bylaw can be rescinded.

Kraemer has been mayor for three separate terms since 2000 and his advice to any incoming council is to do the best you can and stick with what you believe.

He says the rest should take care of itself.

Kraemer says he has lots of future plans but wouldn't divulge them other than to say a vacation is in the immediate future.


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