Stellarton declines policing proposal from New Glasgow

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NEW GLASGOW – The Town of New Glasgow received official word Wednesday that Stellarton is declining its regional policing proposal.

The chair of the Stellarton police commission indicated that the town would maintain the status quo with its own municipal police force for the time being, the Town of New Glasgow said in a news release.

New Glasgow deputy mayor Jack Lewis, who is also that town’s police commission chair, expressed disappointment in Stellarton’s decision.

“We provided a very thorough proposal to Stellarton that would have provided police services in a very fiscally responsible and prudent manner and we believe would have significantly enhanced policing services for the citizens of Stellarton,” Lewis said in the release.

At one point, New Glasgow had decided to pull out of the proposal process, citing a lack of information provided by Stellarton. The two later met for discussion and agreed to go ahead. The New Glasgow Regional Police Service proposal was submitted on Nov. 4.

In its quest for an alternative, less-costly approach to policing, Stellarton had been considering a number of options, including the proposal from New Glasgow, an arrangement with Westville, contracting with the RCMP or status quo.

Organizations: New Glasgow Regional Police Service, RCMP

Geographic location: Stellarton, New Glasgow

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Recent comments

  • Stellarton Resident
    July 07, 2014 - 10:10

    Another bad decision,when will this town come into the 21st century.It's either NGPS or the RCMP.......the old did not and will not much political control.

  • Don MacDoald
    June 05, 2014 - 13:10

    Right on! No "police state" for Stellarton.

  • Stellarton Resident
    June 05, 2014 - 07:03

    If memory serves me correctly the search for an alternative police force has gone on for over a year and now Stellarton decides to maintain the status quo. What a waste of time and money for all concerned. No change means no improvement. Congratulations to our mayor, council and our police commission.

    • Another Stellarton Resident
      June 05, 2014 - 10:29

      It doesn't look as if the News will print what I really want to say but I don't think there should be any problem with me saying that I support your comments 100%. It is unlikely that we will ever know what the cost of this exercise in futility truly was but then again, who guaranteed that the taxpayers of this town would be provided any information by this council. On the upside though, council has OKed a bunch of new street patching.

  • fart
    June 04, 2014 - 22:05

    Oh no! Who will stop someone from going slightly over the speed limit in stellarton now?!?

  • Another Stellarton Resident
    June 04, 2014 - 20:27

    Can anyone actually say there was a vote by ALL elected officials in the town of Stellarton? One of the last comments from Mayor Megeney in a previous meeting coming out of the Stellarton police commission a couple of months ago was that a Stellarton/Westville merger was a "done deal". Citizens learned very quickly that he only thought that was what had happened but he, Acting Mayor Gennoe & Clerk Eaton inadvertently forgot to take this up with the other 3 elected officials. With budget overruns apparently going to continue with the police department ( the reason put forward originally for the request for proposals), I would assume there is little likelihood that much money will be forthcoming for road improvements.