"The topic of policing costs is still a major concern to members of our community as it has been for Council from the start of these conversations. Our community expressed these concerns loud and clear during the community engagement session hosted by the Ministry of the Solicitor General on November 17,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
Mayor Peckford sent Minister Sylvia Jones a letter on November 11 asking for clarity on several items, including facility infrastructure requirements, the transfer of the surplus lands to the municipality, and the approach to policing costs. The response from Minister Jones on December 2nd addressed most of the concerns, but the issue of policing costs remains.
As a result, Mayor Peckford sent a follow-up letter to Minister Jones on December 9th reiterating the need to ensure North Grenville is not burdened by policing costs attached to the facility and requested a meeting with Minister Jones and her senior staff to discuss it further.
“As Chair of the North Grenville Police Services Board, we have been extremely careful in monitoring costs related to the deployment of the OPP. It is not appropriate that any policing costs related to the future provincial correctional facility are borne by the community,” added Councillor John Barclay.
"We are paying close attention to the experience of the Town of Penetanguishene, among others, and I recently had a discussion with the Penetanguishene Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer. As we have stated from the beginning, it is crucial that all costs related to the correctional facility's design, construction, and operations - including policing – are financed by the province," emphasized Mayor Peckford.
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