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OPP contract up for renewal

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Council will vote to renew the town’s policing contract with the OPP at tonight’s regular meeting.

Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig said the process of developing the five-year agreement went smoothly.

“Administration—George Bell and myself—and a member of the Police Services Board [John McTaggart] had active consultation with the contract people from the OPP,” he noted.

“They were able to show us the whole proposal, they were able to outline costs, they were able to show us how the funding mechanism works,” McCaig said.

“Because we have a new situation, with Dave Lucas as the inspector, they explained how that will work and the costs related to that,” he added.

“They also explained the costs related to Atikokan becoming part of the OPP service area in the Rainy River District. They showed us the rationale with the costing.

“There are some savings this year with regards to what we pay for the contract,” McCaig continued. “With Atikokan coming in, it has worked to the benefit of Fort Frances.”

The proposed agreement includes a staffing level of 20 uniformed officers and one clerical support staff member.

The uniformed officers will provide a minimum of 29,340 hours of service per year.

The total estimated cost of policing for the duration of the agreement is roughly $2.2 million each year.

If so approved, the terms of this agreement will come into effect immediately and shall conclude June 4, 2011.

The proposed contract will be formalized once council votes this evening on a bylaw to authorize the execution of an agreement with the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services for the provision of police services.

Tonight’s council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. It will be preceded by the committee of the whole, which meets in-camera from 5:30 until 6:20, at which time the meeting opens to the public.

Other business at tonight’s meeting will include:

•a request from Supermarine Aircraft Inc. for a fuel discount at the Fort Frances Airport;

•a break-open ticket licence application from the Fort Frances Muskie Touchdown Booster Club from June 13, 2006-Dec. 13, 2006 at This ’N That;

•a request from Barry Plourde and Bonnie Allan regarding the replacement of cedar trees on property located at 1113 Colonization Rd. W.; and

•a bylaw to approve a contract awarded for the 2006 rehabilitation of sanitary sewer and water mains, and a possible new sidewalk, to Bay City Contractors (Thunder Bay) Inc.

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