Morning Coffee – By Aaron Hall

Weather forecast from Friday, August 11, 2017 to Sunday, August 13, 2017

Today – Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers and risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming southwest 20 km/h late this morning. High 26. Humidex 32. UV index 6 or high.

Tonight – Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers this evening then partly cloudy. Risk of a thunderstorm this evening. Low 16.

Saturday, August 12 – A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers in the afternoon with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h late in the morning. High 23. Humidex 27.

Saturday night – Cloudy periods. Low 13.

Sunday, August 13 – A mix of sun and cloud. High 26.

Sunday night – Cloudy periods. Low 15.

Photos of the day

WAMBO setup got underway on Thursday, as the refreshment tent, stage and fencing was put up for the weekend. We can’t wait to see this area packed with people all weekend long!

WAMBO weekend schedule

Here is this year’s WAMBO 29 schedule:

Events – Friday, August 11

5:00 pm Opening Ceremonies & bell ringing at Wallaceburg Civic Park (near fountain)
All Day Arrival of boats on the Sydenham River
4:30 until sold out Knights of Columbus BBQ at James & Nelson St., with live music.
7:00 – ? Entertainment Tent in downtown Wallaceburg, featuring Chatham Kents own Jessika Rabbit Band. Be sure to bring lawn chairs!
5:00 – 9:00 pm Terry Glover Memorial Cruise gathering at 5 pm, Cruise to start at 6:45pm at Canadian Tire. New information is available here.

Events – Saturday, August 12

8:00 am – 5 pm Boats along Sydenham River
8:00 – 11:00 am Knights of Columbus Breakfast – James St Municipal Parking Lot
8:00 am – 5 pm Cars & Motorcycles on James St.
Mid-morning Time 50 & 60 Show – Southside
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Fire Truck Show registration till noon – Wallace St., east of Hope St. & WAMBO Tour Wagon Stop
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Antique & Custom Bicycles in front of the Museum on the South Side.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Annual Toy & Model Show – on the south side of the river, across the walking bridge, featuring face painting, antique tractors, model trains, Toy show, Chatham-Kent Block Parent Program, blow-ups, and more!.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Art in the Park – grassy area on the North side of the river next to Wallaceburg’s Adult Activity Centre/Public Library.
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Craft Tables – South Side
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Flea Market – South Side
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Wallaceburg & District Museum – King St., one block south of Walking Bridge
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Soap Box Racing Practice and Time Trials on South Side
12:00 am – 6:00 pm Karaoke tent by the Wallaceburg Library with DJ’s Mike & Melody.
12:00 pm – 1:00pm Police Boat Parade – River
2:00 pm – Boat Awards
1:00 pm – ? Cardboard Boat Races
Early Afternoon Mad Science! Show – South Side
Mid-Afternoon Time 50 & 60 Show – Southside
1:00 pm – 2:00pm Live entertainment.
1:00 pm Soap Box Racing on South Side
2:00 pm Participants BBQ draw at the Radio station
3:00 pm – 5:00pm Live entertainment inside the refreshment tent.
3:00 pm Fire Truck Parade
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Awards Ceremonies for Cars – there will be a People’s Choice Ballot Box available for spectators to vote.
7:00 pm – ? Live music at James St. municipal parking lot (Liquidation World) featuring POWERHOUSE. Be sure to bring lawn chairs!

More info at: www.wambo.ca

Sunday Events – Sunday, August 13

10:00 – 11:30 am Interdenominational Church Service – James St. Municipal Parking Lot.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm – FREE BBQ with MPP Monte McNaughton

WAMBO 29 coverage

Check out some of our coverage leading up to WAMBO 29:

– Fire trucks, Museum fun, Art in the Park at WAMBO 29

– Sydenham River expected to be packed for WAMBO

– Kid’s activities, cardboard boat races on WAMBO’s south-side

– Changes this year to WAMBO’s cruise & car show

– WAMBO 29 is right around the corner

– WAMBO 29 entertainment

CK officials attending AMO

A contingent of Chatham-Kent council members and senior staff will join more than 1,900 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) 2017 Conference in Ottawa from August 13 to16.

Councillors Darrin Canniff, Joe Faas, Brock McGregor, David VanDamme and Carmen McGregor, will be joined by Chief Administrative Officer Don Shropshire, Chief Legal Officer John Norton, Chief Human Resource Officer Cathy Hoffman, Community Development General Manager Bob Crawford, Health and Family Services General Manager April Riedyk and Director of Seniors Services Tami Gillier.

Shropshire said the conference provides an excellent opportunity for interaction with provincial officials as well as those from other municipalities.

Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and both opposition leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries.

Key session topics include the need for new and modern approaches to funding municipal government, changes to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), infrastructure and transit, climate change, new waste legislation and changes to the Blue Box program, marijuana legalization, the digital and sharing economy, affordable housing, police modernization, and much more. These province-wide matters have local implications for our community.

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at www.amo.on.ca.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

New water main and reservoir in Highgate

Construction has begun on a new $4.2 million project to upgrade municipal water service for residents of the community of Highgate.

The project involves construction and installation of a transmission water main from Ridgetown to Highgate and a new underground water storage reservoir to be located at 39 Main Street West, Highgate.

East Kent Councillor David VanDamme said “rural Ontario needs clean, reliable water that is safe to drink and affordable to ensure prosperity.This is one of the best assurances needed to grow rural communities across our municipality. For the community of Highgate this is a positive step forward to ensure adequate supply and a financial gain for the municipality because of the cost share opportunities that have been granted”

Tim Sunderland General Manager of the Chatham-Kent Public Utilities Commission, said the community of Highgate currently receives its water supply from a groundwater well system which is experiencing water quality concerns and operational constraints.

“The Highgate system was designed and commissioned in late 2002 as a temporary measure to supply water until community growth and other factors dictated the implementation of a more permanent solution,” he said in a press release.

In 2015, a Class Environmental Assessment was completed for the South Chatham-Kent water supply, which provided alternatives and preferred solution, with the Ridgetown to Highgate watermain and reservoir being the approved project scope. Public meetings had been held throughout the process to gain community input.

The 2016 federal budget established a Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) for immediate improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure. The federal government’s contribution is 50% of the eligible project costs, with the province contributing 25% and the remaining 25% to be met by CK PUC.

This project is one of 12 such projects throughout the municipality that fits the CWWF requirements. Of the $9.2 million in total project costs, the federal/provincial contribution is $6.9 million.

Dillon Consulting Limited is overseeing the project’s engineering.

Finnbilt General Contracting Ltd will be constructing a 320 mᵌ ground water storage tank and new booster pumping station at Highgate.

Clarke Construction Inc is installing the 9 km long 200 mm watermain from Ridgetown to Highgate.

Project completion date is anticipated to be spring 2018.

For Chatham-Kent PUC CWWF Project Updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CKPUC.

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