SBP Coun­cil Briefs

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Coun­cil will present its pro­posed 2017 bud­get at a pub­lic meet­ing at the Wiar­ton Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Arena, Feb. 9.

In an on­go­ing ef­fort to find a way to de­crease polic­ing costs in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, SBP coun­cil di­rected staff to write a let­ter to Bill Walker, MPP ask­ing for in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the pro­vin­cial for­mula for the num­ber of po­lice re­quired per capita and to ask for help in find­ing ways to re­duce polic­ing costs in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. A let­ter had pre­vi­ously been sent from coun­cil, Nov. 1, to Larry Miller, MP, ask­ing for in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing any fed­eral fund­ing avail­able to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for polic­ing – and point­ing out that fed­eral taxes are used to pro­vide RCMP polic­ing to Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties.

RCMP has con­tracts to po­lice eight prov­inces and three ter­ri­to­ries. On­tario and Que­bec have their own pro­vin­cial po­lice.

The Town re­ceived a re­sponse from Miller, Dec. 9.

Miller said the RCMP pro­vides some ser­vice in On­tario, but the ma­jor­ity of con­tract polic­ing in On­tario is pro­vided by On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice (OPP).

“Any mu­nic­i­pal­ity that re­quires con­tract polic­ing ser­vices must pay the RCMP or OPP for th­ese ser­vices. Both the RCMP and OPP are ob­li­gated to re­cover the cost of pro­vid­ing polic­ing ser­vices to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.” *** Cliff Bi­lyea, am­bas­sador for Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Grey Bruce, gave an up­date to South Bruce Penin­sula coun­cil at its meet­ing in Wiar­ton, Jan. 3.

Bi­lyea said there were five ac­tive com­mu­nity funds – but none in SBP.

The pur­pose of a com­mu­nity fund would be to cham­pion wor­thy causes specif­i­cally in the town, he said.

A donor would have to come for­ward with $10,000 seed money to start a lo­cal fund and a com­mit­tee from the com­mu­nity – in­clud­ing one coun­cil mem­ber – would have to be formed.

Once the amount reached $25,000, Bi­lyea said, grant­ing could be­gin.

In an in­ter­view af­ter the coun­cil meet­ing, Mayor Jan­ice Jack­son said, “It would be won­der­ful to have a grant­ing branch here in the Bruce Penin­sula, but as we’ve learned here to­day that takes a do­na­tion of roughly around $25,000 from some­where within the com­mu­nity to start the fund.”

Jack­son added tax dol­lars were prob­a­bly not on the ta­ble for the ini­tia­tive, as the town is al­ready look­ing at its bud­get to find fi­nan­cial sup­port for the Wiar­ton skate­board park and “also went through the mo­tion of get­ting rid of grants to cham­bers and things like that, so, I’m not sure that we would nec­es­sar­ily kick in any seed money. But there’s other ways that we could cer­tainly help.”

*** New and in­creased fees for ser­vices from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity were in place Jan. 1, 2017.

Over­due fee pay­ments will be sub­ject to a two per cent monthly penalty. Un­col­lected fees can be added to tax bills.

In­creased fees in­clude arena dasher­board fees of $850 plus HST. Tax and wa­ter cer­tifi­cates have been bumped from $50 to $60 in 2017.

Land­fill fees have risen from $5 to $10 per tonne for many items and fa­cil­ity rental fees have had nom­i­nal in­creases.

News fees in­clude $30 to change own­er­ship or billing in­for­ma­tion on a prop­erty tax or util­ity ac­count.

To see the com­plete list of 2017 fees, visit the town’s web­site at south­bru­cepenin­ Fees are linked from the Dec. 6 reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing agenda.

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