More than 50 years of service has come to an end.

Still, Dave Sinclair from Kenora Hydro says their merger with Thunder Bay will be good for customers.

"I think I've been saying to most people it's a bit bittersweet," he said earlier today. "I mean it's kind of the end of Kenora Hydro, unfortunately. At the same time, it's an opportunity to be part of a larger organization for the staff and for the city, as well."

Other than the name of the utility on the bill, Sinclair said customers in Kenora shouldn't see any other significant changes in service. The utility was created more than 50 years ago in 1965.

"The intent of the filing was that rates for both the City of Thunder Bay and the City of Kenora would be maintained for at least five years," Sinclair added.

The merger was approved by the Ontario Energy Board earlier this week. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, both the City of Kenora and City of Thunder Bay will proportionally own the new utility nine percent and 91 percent respectively.

 

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