Policing costs hiked, no more deputy warden for county council

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Policing in SD and G is going up – big time.

United Counties of SD & G council.

Ontario Provincial Police detachment commander B. J. MacDonald presented an 8.55 per cent increase for the 2014 budget to United Counties council Monday.

The estimate equates to about $921,000 more for policing in 2014. The total budget is $13 million. Salary increases are the driving force behind the budget hike, though councillors suggested they will try to trim fat in other areas to mitigate any tax increases.

No more deputy warden

County council has removed the deputy warden position from their political structure; a title that previously came with an additional pay cheque for the selected councillor.

"We passed a bylaw at today's meeting that changes the way we elect our wardens and modernizes the way we hold our meetings," said Warden Eric Duncan.

The warden will remain on a one-year term and in place of a deputy warden, councillors will have the chance to serve as acting warden on a month-to-month basis. The bylaw also allows for routine items that require little debate to be grouped together and passed as a single motion.

New signage rules?

Council has proposed revision of signage on county roads. Council's existing bylaw was passed in 1997.

A few of the changes to the current system suggests permanent signage within 100 metres of a county road will require a permit.

Coun. Tammy Hart said the new rules should come with a warning.

"As long as it doesn't interfere with local businesses that are trying to advertise," she said.

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