By Chris Pickup
Haldimand council is considering ganging up with other municipalities to demand answers and action from the OPP on various policing issues.
Bernie Corbett raised the subject yet again at council in committee Tuesday after a series of public meetings had highlighted the frustrations of the public on such matters as speeding, running stop signs, school zone traffic issues and the fact there are no visible OPP boots on the ground to deal with it.
Other councillors have also fielded complaints from their constituents.
While OPP brass consider the county is getting value for its money, numbers-wise, Corbett emphasized “we’re not getting enforcement, which is what we need from the OPP.” As a member of the police board, Corbett noted the county has a $7.7 million contract “we have absolutely no control over”.
At the suggestion of mayor Ken Hewitt, county staff has been tasked with drafting a motion to bring back to council with the intent of contacting other municipalities with OPP contracts.