July 14 marked the first time the Borden-Carleton council had sat around the table since March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
First up, Coun. Barb Wood read three months of policing and fire department reports.
The East Prince RCMP provides police services to the town of Borden-Carleton and sends a monthly report of their actions to council.
Due to the 24/7 police presence at the Confederation Bridge checkpoints, RCMP counted many more hours than usual in the town.
In April, RCMP spent 537 hours in Borden-Carleton and responded to 10 calls for service including two COVID-19-related complaints. No charges were laid in either case. RCMP also handled five traffic violations, one call about mischief and damage to property and one assault in April.
In May, RCMP spent 914 hours in Borden-Carleton and responded to six calls for service including two calls about fraud, one alarm, one well-being check, one Trespass Act violation and one call about someone operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
East Prince RCMP responded to a parking lot in Borden-Carleton after receiving a report of someone in a vehicle while impaired. Though there was open liquor in the vehicle, a roadside screening test showed the person had not consumed alcohol. RCMP issued a warning for incorrectly storing liquor in a motor vehicle.
In June, RCMP spent 908 hours in Borden-Carleton and responded to 13 calls for service.
There was one assault, one call about someone disturbing the peace, three calls about someone driving while disqualified and one failure to comply with an alcohol demand.
On June 5, RCMP responded to a possible impaired driver on Abeqweit Boulevard. The 74-year-old man refused to provide a breath sample to police. Officers continue to investigate.
In June, RCMP also attended two false alarms, one motor vehicle collision, one traffic violation, one theft under $5,000, one report of a suspicious person, vehicle or property and one call about a Trespass Act violation.
Included in the calls were two instances where charges were issued under the Highway Traffic Act for no valid inspection and for an occupant not wearing a seatbelt
The RCMP’s June report said officers are watching the Dickie Road for speeders after numerous complaints.
The Borden-Carleton Fire Department responded to three calls in March and seven in April, including two vehicle accidents and three brush fires. It attended a motor vehicle accident in May and another in June.
Alison Jenkins is a local journalism initiative reporter, a position funded by the federal government.