County Discusses Courthouse Security Costs

Oxford County Council is considering ways to help Woodstock pay for security at the courthouse.

Oxford County is trying to determine a fair way to pay for the security costs at the local courthouse.

In 2008 the province decided that the cost of security at the justice building would fall on the municipality it's located in - in this case the city of Woodstock.

Warden David Mayberry says the Woodstock Police Service determines the cost of the bill.

"The police chief determines the level of security so how many people do we need given the number of floors, the number of courts that are operating, all that sort of stuff plus transportation of prisoners. They sit down and try to figure out what would be an appropriate plan and staffing level and then associated costs."

The problem is that courthouse serves everyone in the county, not just Woodstonians.

Mayberry says the province does have a plan to help alleviate the cost.

"The province said that starting in 2013 they would upload the cost of court security over a period of six or seven years and that each year they would pay a bigger portion. Theoretically the cost for Woodstock should get smaller."

The problem is that upload cost won't be achieved until 2018.

So in the meantime the leaders of all of the Oxford County municipalities will meet on September 30th to further discuss the issue.

More from Local News

  • Families Needed To Welcome New Students

    Fanshawe College's Regional Campus in Woodstock is looking for hosts for new students. The campus is on 50 acres of landscaped property that is located at the forks of Highways 401 and 403 and it offers small classes and modern facilities for all students.

  • United Way Oxford Accepting Donations For Supplies For Students

    The initiative helps raise money for youth to buy supplies ahead of the school year. The program is for students from junior kindergarten to Grade 6, as well as for students in Grades 7 to 12.

  • Excellence In Agriculture Award Applications Now Open

    The province's Excellence In Agriculture Program has a new category for young farmers this year. People can submit their applications until October 11th across five different categories.

  • Oxford OPP Briefs

    Briefs include a woman facing multiple charges in Ingersoll, including two counts of assaulting a police officer, a break, enter and theft in Ingersoll, assault charges in Ingersoll and theft in East Zorra-Tavistock.

  • Driver Of A Tractor-Trailer Suffers No Injuries Following Collision

    The driver of a tractor-trailer was uninjured following a two-vehicle collision between Molesworth and Listowel. The road remained closed while crews removed the transport from the ditch.

  • Operation Sharing Hosting A Taxable Item Drive At Ingersoll's Giant Tiger

    Operation Sharing is having a taxable item drive this morning at the Giant Tiger in Ingersoll. The event will coincide with the store's grand re-opening, who is also having a barbecue from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

  • Norfolk County OPP Investigate Stabbing In Simcoe

    Norfolk OPP say the incident happened after 6:00 last night on West Street when the victim was injured with an edged weapon by two suspects after their confrontation escalated. The investigation is ongoing.

  • Brant County Among The Municipalities At AMO

    Mayor David Bailey and several council members met with provincial leaders and attended various meetings to discuss issues specific to their community, including source water protection.

  • Quantity Of Drugs Seized From A Home in Tillsonburg

    The Oxford Branch Street Crime Unit arrested a Tillsonburg man after an investigation on Queen Street, where they found a quantity of fentanyl, methamphetamine and hydromorphone, along with stolen property. He is expected to appear in a Woodstock courtroom at a later date.

Comments

Add a comment

Log in to the club or enter your details below.

Weather