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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

OPP Costing Meeting in City

Owen Sound | by Matt Villeneuve  

Owen Sound officials will meet with OPP to discuss the cost of the force in the City.

Staff in Owen Sound will meet with representatives from the Ontario Provincial Police on Wednesday to discuss a policing quote.

Wayne Ritchie is the City Manager -- and he tells Bayshore Broadcasting News it'll be the inaugural meeting between the OPP and the City.

Council in January supported a motion to pursue a bid from the provincial police, and Ritchie says Wednesday's meeting will be the beginning of a long process.

Talks will begin at 2 PM at the Owen Sound Police Service's headquarters.

Members of the OSPD will attend the gathering, alongside the mayor and staff.

The City police department is expected to cost property taxpayers $7.03-million in 2016, which is about a quarter of Owen Sound $27-million operating budget.

But the police department also generates about $1-million in revenue from its dispatch service. 

A letter from the Owen Sound Police Services Board had requested that Council establish an Ad-Hoc Committee to review policing costs in the Scenic City.

Councillors on Monday voted to defer a decision until April.




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