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Monday, September 17, 2012

New Cop Shop in Saugeen Shores?

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Shores looks at building new police station with Bruce County EMS.

Saugeen Shores could be getting a new police station.

Bruce County Emergency Services Director Doug Smith informed county councillors last week that he has been approached by Saugeen Shores police services about sharing a facility, should a new one be built or the old one expanded.

Smith says this practice of sharing facilities is happening a lot across the province and it's proven to be beneficial to both emergency services.

He says right now the ambulance headquarters is located in downtown Port Elgin where, at times, it can be difficult to get in and out of their building because of traffic.

Smith says it's becoming a dangerous situation.

If a new combo facility was built on town-owned land near the Bruce County Library headquarters on the 10th concession, Smith believes response time would improve to both Port Elgin and Southampton.

Saugeen Shores mayor Mike Smith says they're looking at land near the 10th concession as a site for a new police station.

Smith expects the concept to be fleshed out more at upcoming budget sessions.

Meanwhile, Doug Smith likes the idea for obvious reasons such as shared costs and cost savings, not to mention improved service.

 


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