SCUGOG: Councillors balked at a proposal from the Durham Region Police Service (DRPS) to help fund a speed-tracking device for North Durham at a meeting on Monday, April 18.
In an e-mail to Council, the police service proposed that the municipalities of Scugog, Uxbridge and Brock would each contribute $350 to help the police purchase a device known as a ‘Speed Spy’ that would be used to secretly log motorists speeds. The device costs a total of $3,549, and would be used on a rotational basis in each North Durham municipality.
The proposal did not sit well with Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back, who questioned why the Township would have to chip in when the police service’s 2016 budget is $180.5 million.
“Surely they can give $1,000 in an $180 million budget. There has to be contingencies. They should throw us a bone,” she said.
Councillor Back added that she would support having the device in the Township if taxpayers were not on the hook to partially fund it.
Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido said that the Township would be better off if there was more enforcement by police of the speed limits.
“I think a lot of our residents concerns are the fact that they have had a reduction in police presence versus the increase in speeding.”
Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville also wondered how effective the device would be for the Township if it is just being used for statistics.
Township clerk Nicole Wellsbury told Council that she will relay the Township’s consensus to DRPS.