The Township of South-West Oxford is not a fan of the new pricing proposal being bandied about when it comes to OPP policing costs. The provincial police force are looking at establishing a flat rate of $260 per household in a municipality. Any apartment counts as a separate household. On top of the flat rate the OPP would charge a fee, the amount depending on the nature of the call, for every time they are called out. The base costs would rise every time a new contract is negotiated because 73% of their costs are fixed in items like salaries. Currently South-West Oxford pays about $250 per household but that covers all of their policing costs.
The Township of South-West Oxford will write a letter of support to a variety store owner who is trying to get an LCBO agency store in Sweaburg, but will not lobby the Alcohol and Gaming Commission on his behalf. Council received the request along with a petition signed by 250 people asking for the store. In a response the store owner received, the Liquor Board says his store is within 10 kilometres of an LCBO outlet so he would not qualify. Currently there are agency stores in Thamesford, Embro and Innerkip, with full outlets in Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg.
South-West Oxford Township Council has approved a 15 year capital plan. The long range outlook will allow them to put money away for future projects and make decisions on how to fund larger undertakings. Mayor David Mayberry says money from upper levels of government will be tight over the next couple of years, so a long term plan is important when it comes to setting yearly budgets.
A chair that is being established by the South West Economic Alliance to help direct economic development in southwestern Ontario has received a quarter million dollar boost from a member of South-West Oxford Council. George Klosler and his family have donated the $250,000 to the chair which will be at the University of Guelph. Klosler wants part of the work done by the chair to be in agriculture because according to Klosler agriculture represents one of the greatest areas of economic growth in this part of Ontario.