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Smiths Falls Police expansion feasibility study more expensive than budgeted

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 12:06 AM
posted by discsf

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

On June 6 Smiths Falls council approved the awarding of a police expansion feasibility study to Investigative Research Group to the tune of $22,180 plus HST.

“We had four proposals that were submitted, the budget was for $15,000 — but all the proposals came in over budget, the lowest was for $17,700 and the highest was for $46,530 and that’s not including HST,” said Kerry Costello, director of corporate services.

The Town’s review team included Costello, Malcolm Morris, CAO and Smiths Falls Police Chief Bob Dowdall.  The team scored the proposals on content, experience and cost.

“Investigative Research Group came in with the highest score, they had the best content as well as the experience and qualifications,” said Costello.

There was concern expressed by several council members over the increased cost of the feasibility study.  The study’s purpose is to clarify whether expanding the town’s police service could be cost effective in terms of revenue to the town if expanded to neighbouring municipalities.  This is just first step in the process.

“If it seems feasible, we will move to a deeper study in step two and at that stage we will go to our neighbouring municipalities to discuss cost sharing for the final study,” said Chris Cummings, councillor.

It is the second study that will lay out the details of potential agreements and the cost of an expanded service.

“The reason we are going through this first step is to find out if it’s feasible to expand our services to neighbouring municipalities – anything can be done, it’s a question of whether it’s feasible to do it,” said Dowdall.

Town budget expected to bring tax increase to residents

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 12:04 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

The regular Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on April 25 and the final draft budget was a topic on the table. Even though the budget recommends a tax increase there was general agreement among council that this year’s increase was necessary to get the town back on track with capital projects that have been long deferred.

The town’s total budget as presented in the draft, shows operational expenditures of $22,947,807, revenues of $24,673,576 and a transfer to reserve of $1,726,769.

Tax increases

A four percent tax hike has been approved by the committee of the whole. The jump reflects a 0.5 percent increase in town taxes (formerly known as the mill rate) plus the 3.5 percent phased in assessment increase. The town portion of that increase (0.5 percent) will cost the average household that is assessed at $163,000 in 2016 an additional $12.90 per year. While the 3.5 percent MPAC assessment increase will add another $77.46 annually.

The tax increase will allow the town to transfer 1.7 million into reserves towards capital projects. “This budget reflects a departure from the way we did things before,” said Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris. “We’re directing monies into reserves because it’s clear we have an infrastructure backlog, and the only way to deal with it is to put money away to apply to it.”

While council members were in agreement there was some discomfort around the horseshoe.

“I have some concerns about affordability of these increases,” said Jay Brennan, councillor. “Do we need to put 1.7 million into reserve all in one year?” asked Joe Gallipeau, councillor.

“So much work has been deferred this far that we’re going to have to catch up. What has to be done now is the most critical work,” said Shawn Pankow, mayor.

Water rate increase
Also starting June 2016 water users in town will see a 7.9 percent increase in their water/wastewater rates, which means an additional $14.46 per bi-monthly billing on average annual consumption of 200 cubic meters.

“If our goal was for cost recovery for the just the water and wastewater plants, we would be there now, but our goal is total cost recovery including delivery and collection, and we’re not there yet,” said Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris.

The town has also started to migrate stormwater costs out of water rates as recommended by the Asset Management Plan consultants.

Budget savings
As directed by council, staff managed to slash nearly $700,000 from the town’s operational budget, a drop of 1.7 percent from 2015 to 2016.

The police budget also came lower again this year, with a surplus of $193,000 from 2015. Overall policing now costs the town 30 percent of total budget down from nearly 40 percent in previous years.

“In this fiscal environment, we are doing our part in being sustainable,” said Bob Dowdall, chief of Smiths Falls Police.

The town’s budget report is available online at the town’s website under council minutes and agendas.
The budget will now come forward for first reading at the regular council meeting on May 2nd.

Photo: Presenting the final draft budget to council, CAO Malcolm Morris pointed out that staff had managed to cut nearly $700,000 from the operational budget, through a series of small reductions that added up.

UPDATE: OPP costing, SFPS expansion feasibility in Smiths Falls

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 @ 01:04 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

Again discussion around the issue of dropping the proposed OPP costing was robust at the Smiths Falls council meeting held on April 18.

In the end, the motion to drop the costing was passed with a recorded vote, in which Councillors Lorraine Allen, Jay Brennan, Chris Cummings, and Dawn Quinn voted to drop the costing and stick with Smiths Falls Police Services.

“My preference would be to maintain the community police force but at a lower cost,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow, who voted against the motion. “We pay more than Carleton Place and Perth combined for our police force.”

In addition, a motion to move ahead with a $15,000 police expansion feasibility study was generally welcomed. “We are voting on this study in order to figure out if its even possible to expand our current police force to neighbouring municipalities,” said Cummings.

The study would look into the feasibility of expanding Smiths Falls Police to serve the communities of Rideau Lakes, Drummond North Elmsley, Westport, Montague and Merrickville-Wolford.

Committee split on future of Smiths Falls Police Service

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

During the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on April 11 the issue of entering into a costing proposal from the OPP came up again and was again rejected, at least for now.  Instead the committee decided to spend $15,000 on a feasibility study to look into expanding Smiths Falls Police Services to surrounding municipalities.

“There is robust interest from neighbouring municipalities in exploring the expansion of our police service to their communities,” said Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris

As it stands, an OPP costing would require considerable resources and would start in July 2016 to be completed by March 2017.  Once the OPP costing is completed the town would have six months to decide to enter into a three year contract with the OPP for integrated service.

At the end of the three year period the OPP would come back to the town with the new costing, possibly based on a new billing model. Entering into the three-year contract would mean disbanding the current Smiths Falls Police Service.

“There seem to be a lot of unknowns here,” said Councillor Dawn Quinn.

The police budget currently represents 37.8 per cent of the town’s overall budget.

“Smiths Falls Police came in under budget this year and last year as well as the year before, so we are moving in the right direction.  Our police force is doing what we are asking of them,” pointed out Councillor Lorraine Allen.

By the end of the discussion, councillors Allen, Chris Cummings, Jay Brennan, and Dawn Quinn were against taking the risk with the OPP costing, while Councillors Joe Gallipeau, John Maloney and Mayor Shawn Pankow were interested in finding out what the OPP costing would be for the first three years.

Ontario Provincial Police celebrate 40th anniversary of women in policing

Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 11:01 AM
posted by admin

via OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of OPP women in policing.

It was on June 21, 1974, when the first 15 female OPP recruits graduated and were hired to perform uniform functions. Since that time, almost 2,000 female recruits have been sworn in as OPP officers and many other women have served as special constable and civilian members.

The Ontario Provincial Police has career opportunities in both uniform and civilian positions. If you are interested in employment with the Ontario Provincial Police, click here to visit the Careers Section of the website.

Source: OPP

 

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Smiths Falls Police expansion feasibility study more expensive than budgeted

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 @ 12:06 AM
posted by discsf

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

On June 6 Smiths Falls council approved the awarding of a police expansion feasibility study to Investigative Research Group to the tune of $22,180 plus HST.

“We had four proposals that were submitted, the budget was for $15,000 — but all the proposals came in over budget, the lowest was for $17,700 and the highest was for $46,530 and that’s not including HST,” said Kerry Costello, director of corporate services.

The Town’s review team included Costello, Malcolm Morris, CAO and Smiths Falls Police Chief Bob Dowdall.  The team scored the proposals on content, experience and cost.

“Investigative Research Group came in with the highest score, they had the best content as well as the experience and qualifications,” said Costello.

There was concern expressed by several council members over the increased cost of the feasibility study.  The study’s purpose is to clarify whether expanding the town’s police service could be cost effective in terms of revenue to the town if expanded to neighbouring municipalities.  This is just first step in the process.

“If it seems feasible, we will move to a deeper study in step two and at that stage we will go to our neighbouring municipalities to discuss cost sharing for the final study,” said Chris Cummings, councillor.

It is the second study that will lay out the details of potential agreements and the cost of an expanded service.

“The reason we are going through this first step is to find out if it’s feasible to expand our services to neighbouring municipalities – anything can be done, it’s a question of whether it’s feasible to do it,” said Dowdall.

Town budget expected to bring tax increase to residents

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 12:04 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

The regular Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on April 25 and the final draft budget was a topic on the table. Even though the budget recommends a tax increase there was general agreement among council that this year’s increase was necessary to get the town back on track with capital projects that have been long deferred.

The town’s total budget as presented in the draft, shows operational expenditures of $22,947,807, revenues of $24,673,576 and a transfer to reserve of $1,726,769.

Tax increases

A four percent tax hike has been approved by the committee of the whole. The jump reflects a 0.5 percent increase in town taxes (formerly known as the mill rate) plus the 3.5 percent phased in assessment increase. The town portion of that increase (0.5 percent) will cost the average household that is assessed at $163,000 in 2016 an additional $12.90 per year. While the 3.5 percent MPAC assessment increase will add another $77.46 annually.

The tax increase will allow the town to transfer 1.7 million into reserves towards capital projects. “This budget reflects a departure from the way we did things before,” said Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris. “We’re directing monies into reserves because it’s clear we have an infrastructure backlog, and the only way to deal with it is to put money away to apply to it.”

While council members were in agreement there was some discomfort around the horseshoe.

“I have some concerns about affordability of these increases,” said Jay Brennan, councillor. “Do we need to put 1.7 million into reserve all in one year?” asked Joe Gallipeau, councillor.

“So much work has been deferred this far that we’re going to have to catch up. What has to be done now is the most critical work,” said Shawn Pankow, mayor.

Water rate increase
Also starting June 2016 water users in town will see a 7.9 percent increase in their water/wastewater rates, which means an additional $14.46 per bi-monthly billing on average annual consumption of 200 cubic meters.

“If our goal was for cost recovery for the just the water and wastewater plants, we would be there now, but our goal is total cost recovery including delivery and collection, and we’re not there yet,” said Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris.

The town has also started to migrate stormwater costs out of water rates as recommended by the Asset Management Plan consultants.

Budget savings
As directed by council, staff managed to slash nearly $700,000 from the town’s operational budget, a drop of 1.7 percent from 2015 to 2016.

The police budget also came lower again this year, with a surplus of $193,000 from 2015. Overall policing now costs the town 30 percent of total budget down from nearly 40 percent in previous years.

“In this fiscal environment, we are doing our part in being sustainable,” said Bob Dowdall, chief of Smiths Falls Police.

The town’s budget report is available online at the town’s website under council minutes and agendas.
The budget will now come forward for first reading at the regular council meeting on May 2nd.

Photo: Presenting the final draft budget to council, CAO Malcolm Morris pointed out that staff had managed to cut nearly $700,000 from the operational budget, through a series of small reductions that added up.

UPDATE: OPP costing, SFPS expansion feasibility in Smiths Falls

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 @ 01:04 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

Again discussion around the issue of dropping the proposed OPP costing was robust at the Smiths Falls council meeting held on April 18.

In the end, the motion to drop the costing was passed with a recorded vote, in which Councillors Lorraine Allen, Jay Brennan, Chris Cummings, and Dawn Quinn voted to drop the costing and stick with Smiths Falls Police Services.

“My preference would be to maintain the community police force but at a lower cost,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow, who voted against the motion. “We pay more than Carleton Place and Perth combined for our police force.”

In addition, a motion to move ahead with a $15,000 police expansion feasibility study was generally welcomed. “We are voting on this study in order to figure out if its even possible to expand our current police force to neighbouring municipalities,” said Cummings.

The study would look into the feasibility of expanding Smiths Falls Police to serve the communities of Rideau Lakes, Drummond North Elmsley, Westport, Montague and Merrickville-Wolford.

Committee split on future of Smiths Falls Police Service

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 @ 10:04 AM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

By Howaida Sorour-Roberts – Smiths Falls

During the Smiths Falls Committee of the Whole meeting held on April 11 the issue of entering into a costing proposal from the OPP came up again and was again rejected, at least for now.  Instead the committee decided to spend $15,000 on a feasibility study to look into expanding Smiths Falls Police Services to surrounding municipalities.

“There is robust interest from neighbouring municipalities in exploring the expansion of our police service to their communities,” said Smiths Falls CAO Malcolm Morris

As it stands, an OPP costing would require considerable resources and would start in July 2016 to be completed by March 2017.  Once the OPP costing is completed the town would have six months to decide to enter into a three year contract with the OPP for integrated service.

At the end of the three year period the OPP would come back to the town with the new costing, possibly based on a new billing model. Entering into the three-year contract would mean disbanding the current Smiths Falls Police Service.

“There seem to be a lot of unknowns here,” said Councillor Dawn Quinn.

The police budget currently represents 37.8 per cent of the town’s overall budget.

“Smiths Falls Police came in under budget this year and last year as well as the year before, so we are moving in the right direction.  Our police force is doing what we are asking of them,” pointed out Councillor Lorraine Allen.

By the end of the discussion, councillors Allen, Chris Cummings, Jay Brennan, and Dawn Quinn were against taking the risk with the OPP costing, while Councillors Joe Gallipeau, John Maloney and Mayor Shawn Pankow were interested in finding out what the OPP costing would be for the first three years.

Ontario Provincial Police celebrate 40th anniversary of women in policing

Thursday, January 22, 2015 @ 11:01 AM
posted by admin

via OPP

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of OPP women in policing.

It was on June 21, 1974, when the first 15 female OPP recruits graduated and were hired to perform uniform functions. Since that time, almost 2,000 female recruits have been sworn in as OPP officers and many other women have served as special constable and civilian members.

The Ontario Provincial Police has career opportunities in both uniform and civilian positions. If you are interested in employment with the Ontario Provincial Police, click here to visit the Careers Section of the website.

Source: OPP

 

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