The first Cornwall Police Services Board meeting of 2023 took place at City Hall on January 12, 2023.
During the meeting three new board members were sworn in by city clerk Manon Leveque: Mayor Justin Towndale and city councilor Maurice Dupelle as City Council appointees and Stephen Scott as Community Representative. Other CPS board members include provincial appointees Michel Payette and Amanda Brisson.
After the swearing in was complete, the board voted on the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair. Mike Payette was nominated by Amanda Brisson to resume his former position of Chair of the Board. Mayor Justin Towndale nominated councilor Maurice Dupelle to take the position of Vice-Chair. Both were accepted without challenge.
Other issues on the agenda for the initial board meeting of 2023 included an update to new board members on the end of the Cornwall Police’s affiliation with CALEA effective December 31, 2022, and addressing a request from City Council for report(s) on the current police strategy on traffic enforcement and the possibility of introducing more automated enforcement measures to reduce speeding in Cornwall.
Another update shared during the meeting was that as of November 30, 2022, the balance in the Cornwall Police Services board TD bank account was just over $26,000.
“We have auctions once a year where we sell any bicycles that have been seized through the course of our duties and the profits from that auction go into a separate bank account,” explained Police Chief, Shawna Spowart, “Often the board in the past has used these funds to provide donations to non-profit groups looking for funding.”
The CPS Board will meet again on January 19, 2022 for their annual budget presentation.