By Cole Parkinson
Come this fall, the Municipal District of Taber will see a Taber Police Service member provide their bylaw enforcement. With shakeups to their Community Peace Officer program over the past several months, the M.D. has been exploring different options on how to proceed. After closed session during their July 19 meeting, council remerged and further discussed what’s coming for bylaw enforcement.
“I think it’s important, we as a council, and since this is recorded, reflect on the fact we haven’t had our CPO program in place due to staffing changes,” explained Deputy Reeve Tamara Miyanaga. “The municipal council tried to find alternate options to provide bylaw enforcement and regulation throughout our M.D. We’ve gone through an extensive process looking at a variety of different options — whether we run it in-house, we contract it out, or we find another police agency to help us. Through lengthy conversations, we came up with a few options.”
Council also further explained the agreement being discussed. Administration stated the fact the cost is going to be the biggest factor that needs to be released to the public, which is $160,000 for the first year.
“They are agreements between the impacted agencies. That being said, transparency side of it, we’ve tried to include in the proposed motion with respect to the fees as it relates to services being rendered as well as the services that are expected to be provided as a result of any partnership that’s formed with our neighbouring municipalities. The details of the agreements are definitely highlighted by the cost of services, I would say,” added CAO Arlos Crofts.
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