It would appear from reading tea leaves (and Councillor Cody Oschefski’s Facebook page – a steady source of wonder), Midland council is hell bent on turning local policing over to the OPP. Tonight’s council meeting that will see them debate spending $42,000 on having an outside source measure the pros and cons and coming up with a report takes pressure off of town council……it’s an old smoke and mirrors trick.
Blame authors of the report if town changes police departments only to discover in a year or so politicians at town hall made a terrible costly decision…..by then it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get out of the contract only after serving a one year notice.
Aside from a few pro OPP members of council and even some officers on the Midland force, we have yet to hear from any Midland resident that would jump for joy if the OPP came to town, other than those who have had dealings with the local police, the same kind of “dealings” that would happen with OPP.
We are not anti OPP but we are not fans of the OPP seeking cost recoverables in due course or asking that a new detachment office be constructed in town which has happened in a number of other Ontario municipalities after they got rid of their local forces to “save municipal tax dollars” that never materialized.
Spending more money to see if Midland should go OPP is truly a further waste of tax dollars if only to keep our local politicians out of the dog house somewhere down the road. Pushing for an almost all volunteer fire brigade makes as much sense, stupid from the get go when area fire departments find it difficult to add just one candidate to its compliment of full time-part time smoke eaters. Maybe one or two councillor less around council table (one of the KPMG recommendations) would result in savings; maybe less conventions and smaller expense accounts could help get the town in the black…… maybe giving up their benefits (they are the only part timers on Midland’s purse that get them)
Interesting times lay ahead. Tune in we will continue to keep you up to date.