STELLARTON – Police commission chair George Megeney says the Town of Stellarton gave the Town of New Glasgow all the pertinent information they needed to make a policing proposal.
Megeney brought up the issue at a police commission meeting on Thursday night.
“The media report kind of looked like Stellarton was not co-operating with New Glasgow, when in fact, we were co-operating fully. I just wanted to set the record straight.”
New Glasgow town council, at its meeting Tuesday night, approved a recommendation to pass on submitting a proposal to Stellarton, in follow-up to Stellarton’s request for proposals on providing the town policing service.
In a release, New Glasgow said they didn’t receive all the information they needed for a thorough proposal.
Megeney says the information they withheld mostly dealt with dispatch and crosswalks, which wasn’t part of the proposal.
He pointed out that New Glasgow repeatedly said they wouldn’t submit a proposal if Stellarton was considering keeping their police service. Megeney says that possibility was always an option they were considering and that was clear from the first letter.
Megeney says he was somewhat surprised the Town of New Glasgow didn’t tell them they weren’t submitting a policing proposal before issuing a statement to media.
“I’d like to point out the Town of New Glasgow did not communicate this decision to the Town of Stellarton that they would not be submitting a proposal. Instead, they chose to issue a press release.”
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