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Reader Appreciates TMI Election Coverage

Editor,

I wish to congratulate The Meaford Independent on your great coverage during the recent municipal election in Meaford. You helped the candidates voice their ideas through the newspaper and the Soapbox. You helped to bring candidates and town citizens together for very necessary interchange of information. And, you helped voters that had problems with the new electronic voting process.

The Meaford Independent did their utmost to involve its readers in this important democratic process. I just wonder why 50 percent of people didn’t vote. This newly energized Town Council seems to be what Meaford needs. Now, how can we help?

Gordon Lowe, Meaford


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Reader Response to New OPP Costing

Mr. Editor,

This headline should come with a caveat: ‘creative math’ required.

The OPP billing statement for 2015 is $1,797,913. That is $44,184 lower than OSPS Option 1 (with a civilian school officer) and $131,859 less than OSPS Option 2 (with a uniformed school officer).

The community has shown a strong desire to ensure a uniformed presence in our schools and the merits of moving to a storefront police office from the current (municipally owned) police building have been argued at length. The $45,000 in projected savings is dubious at best. Has the suitable storefront, at $10,000 annually ($833 per month) including renovations and all other costs, been secured?


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Municipal Policing: Different Responsibilities Yes…Superior No…

Editor,

The current policing debate for the Municipality of Meaford is a tough decision for the future council following the upcoming municipal elections with much debate taking place over the situation. This article has not been written to extend the virtues of one policing option, the Owen Sound Police Service (OSPS) proposal, over another, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). That is the responsibility of both the new Owen Sound and Meaford councils in co-ordination with their separate retained consultants to make any such decision.

It should be noted that the Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, as well as Ontario Regulation 3/99 Adequacy and Effectiveness of Police Services provide the operating procedures on how police services are provided within a municipality, as well as any shared policing agreements to provide specialty services to the municipality so that those costs are not duplicated or a burden to that sole municipality. Both Owen Sound and Meaford must adhere to these standards regardless of the choice of policing provider.


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