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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Kincardine Council Votes Against Crossing Guard for Student Arrival at KDSS

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

It was suggested the Bluewater Board created the problem when grades 7 and 8 were moved to the school

An interim crossing guard for arrival time at Kincardine District Senior School (KDSS) is not supported financially by Kincardine council.

In a recorded vote, council voted 6-3 against budgeting for the crossing guard in 2020.

Only Mayor Anne Eadie, Deputy Mayor Marie Wilson, along with Councillor Bill Kennedy voted in favour of the $5,500 expenditure.

Many voting against, suggested the Bluewater Board of Education created the problem when they made the school a Grades 7-12 facility, so they should pay the cost to solve the issue.

Councillor Doug Kennedy says he's not happy with the cost for the guard or for upgrading the crosswalk system on River Lane.

Kennedy believes they need some speed limit lights around all of the schools in Kincardine.

He says whoever is responsible is way behind in having those lights installed.

Kennedy points out when he visits similar sized communities, they all seem to have those speed limit signs posted.

Deputy Mayor Marie Wilson, who voted in favour of the recommendation, fears because of the congestion before and after school, there could be a tragic accident in the future.

You may recall KDSS officials were before council in early December asking for financial help on creating an upgraded crosswalk system.

Council, then decided to wait until a report came back from staff.

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