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Police Board gets to work; Detachment Commander shares stats and progress

by Isabel Mosseler
Tribune


The West Nipissing Police Services Board is still looking for two provincial appointees in order to form a complete board. In the meantime, municipal councillors Chris Fisher and Denis Sénécal are serving as chair and vice-chair respectively, with Roch St-Louis of Cache Bay serving as the lone non-political director appointed by the town. The board now has a secretary, Mélanie Hébert, and Fisher indicates that things are now progressing fairly smoothly after several months of bumpy starts and stops.

At the board meeting of January 15th the budget for 2020 was approved as were the procedural bylaws. Additionally, Inspector Mike Maville, Detachment Commander for OPP Nipissing West, filed his regular report.

The board approved a 2020 budget of $17,120, down from $29,500 in 2019, reflecting the reduced obligations of the board as it transitions to a Section 10 board, with an advisory capacity rather than a management role. In 2018, the WNPSB went over budget by $129,858 as the board was in litigation with the town trying to prevent the transition to the OPP. Those legal costs were absorbed by the municipality, as well as their own legal costs. Removed from the current budget are line items such as Awards and Recognition ($1300), as these are no longer part of PSB operations. Board honorariums remain at $150 per meeting, and the legal budget remains at $10,000 in the event of any outstanding issues with the transition.

Also included is $4,000 for training. In addition, the board adopted procedural bylaws drawn from other Section 10 boards. Chair Fisher explained that the board examined bylaws from Midland and Timiskaming Shores. “We went through what made sense, eliminated what didn’t make sense, adjusted for the composition of the board… We go by Robert’s Rules… It’s all pretty standard with slight variations.”

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