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Stratford Coun. Emile Gallant checks his laptop during a town council meeting.
STRATFORD — A new emergency services building is at the top of Stratford’s wish list for federal infrastructure money.
Such a building would serve as the home for the town’s RCMP detachment, fire department and Island EMS.
The provincial and federal governments recently signed an agreement to get Build Canada Fund infrastructure money flowing.
Dunphy met with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Robert Vessey in July about what the town’s needs were.
“They asked us for a list of projects, potential projects for the new Build Canada Fund under the small communities portion of that fund,’’ Dunphy said following town council’s recent monthly public meeting. “So, we’re in the process of compiling a list of priorities.’’
There are other needs, such as water and sewer issues, that money could be used for but a building that can house police, fire and ambulance service would be ideal. The town has maintained for some time now that the RCMP detachment in Stratford is too small.
Council did allocate $75,000 a month ago to conduct an assessment of what a new RCMP detachment would cost.
Coun. Randy Cooper, chairman of the finance and technology committee, said an RCMP report offered five options ranging from a $20,000 retrofit to a $500,000 endeavour. Cooper said the town wants to enhance the services the police force has, perhaps not in terms of more officers patrolling the streets but to improve the things on the administration side.
Dunphy said they’re still playing with the numbers.
“Our goal is to get some numbers around for a three-in-one facility for police, fire and EMS,’’ the mayor said. “We have some costing on a potential new facility for our RCMP detachment and we’ve had some early discussions with our fire company. We’re trying to get those costs fleshed out, at least roughly, and then see if they may be applicable for new Build Canada funding.’’
Dunphy said while the RCMP is a national police force, the town is responsible for the costs of operating the Stratford detachment. He added that the fire company will be a part of the decision-making process.