Brockton mayor concerned about plan to amalgamate police services boards

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BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody expressed concern about one item on the council agenda for April 27 – the police services board report.

The Ministry of the Solicitor General plans to amalgamate police services boards, which would see Brockton, Huron-Kinloss and Kincardine under one board.

Peabody said Brockton pays substantially more than the other two for policing, due to the fact the municipality has the courthouse.

“We pay double what Huron-Kinloss does,” he said.

“We would pay the most but have a greatly diminished voice,” he added.

Peabody explained that Arran-Elderslie and South Bruce have different contracts with the OPP and aren’t included in the amalgamation.

He noted that while he understands “the need for efficiencies,” the amalgamation would see Brockton, a farming community, allied with two municipalities with coastal interests.

“We will lose out,” Peabody said.

What he’d like to see is Brockton continuing to have a separate police services board. Barring that, he’d like to see Arran-Elderslie and South Bruce, communities with which Brockton has shared interests, included.

“I would like to see more consideration given to this,” he said.

The costs associated with having the courthouse have long been a sore point in Brockton.

“Our costs are far too high,” said Peabody.

The other item on the council agenda that concerns Peabody is the tender for the water booster pumping station for the Walker West subdivision. The municipality is paying 40 per cent of the costs for the station.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times