Shelburne And Bridgewater Continue Talks On Alternate Policing Options For Shelburne

Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 11:51 AM

Representatives of the Towns of Shelburne and Bridgewater continue to discuss a proposal from Bridgewater to provide dedicated policing services to Shelburne.

Mayor Karen Mattatal says she and officials from Shelburne met yesterday with Bridgewater's mayor, police chief and police commission chair.

The proposed service would replace the existing RCMP service.

"This is nothing to do with the service or the people that are serving Shelburne that are members of the RCMP. This is relative to costing and we have to look at options."

Mattatal says RCMP services accounts for about a third of their annual operating budget.

Under the proposed agreement, that amount would decrease from around $740,000 to $640,000 per year.

She says no decision has been made.

But if the town decides to continue discussions with Bridgewater, then public sessions will be held to inform and receive input from the community.

Bridgewater Mayor David Mitchell says the burden on towns to provide services to their residents is steep.

"There's things that we're already partnering on and I think that you're going to see more of these where towns, not necessarily neighbouring towns, are able to partner on services that are mutually beneficial to the taxpayer."