Temagami looking to secure police grant funding

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TEMAGAMI – Temagami council has passed a motion to direct municipal staff to work with the Temagami Police Services Board to apply for funding under the Ontario CCTV Grant in the amount of $30,000.

The motion, which was passed at council’s regular meeting on March 25, further directs that the municipal share of the grant program, if successful, would be funded through a transfer from reserves.

At its March 4 meeting, the Temagami Police Services Board passed a resolution that stated the board wants Temagami to apply for the funding “and obtain municipal council support to increase their capital budget for the 2021 year so that they can contribute 50 per cent of the grant in the amount of $15,000.”

Temagami council could then agree to put the application forward and, if successful, fund its share of the project through the use of current reserves rather than increasing its tax levy.

Temagami Mayor Dan O’Mara, who sits on the police board, told council at its March 25 meeting that the board had previously applied for two other police grants and “we do have some of the (camera) system working there now.

“This would just be an enhancement of the system that is down at the landing now,” he said.

“So I think it would be good to provide some additional security because it always seems to be, if we’re having issues lately, that they seem to be in that particular area.”

The CCTV Grant program is an investment of $6 million over three years from the Ontario government. It’s a new program that is designed to further support police services in their efforts to enhance public safety and hold offenders accountable as part of Ontario's Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy.

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker