The bell will ring on Bell Tower
Back in September Mayor Al Strathdee asked for a study to ascertain if a better police service other than the OPP could be beneficial to the Town. One of the alternatives was to examine if an arrangement for a police force with the City of Stratford was feasible. On Tuesday, Council discussed the report in a closed door session. Town CAO Brent Kittmer said that the City of Stratford had requested that their preliminary proposal to the Town be considered confidential in the event that they do not secure a contract with the Town of St. Marys. In the event that an agreement is reached then all the details would be released publically. After discussing the report in closed session, Council passed the following motion in open session: Moved by Councillor Van Galen, Seconded by Councillor Winter “That the Town pursue further investigation into the Stratford Policing model”. The motion was carried. If an agreement is reached with the City of Stratford, the Town has to give the OPP one year’s notice to terminate the existing contract.
Meanwhile, the Bells of St. Marys will soon be ringing again. When the Bell Tower is completed at the Town Hall, it will sound once more, Council was told on Tuesday evening. Grant Brouwer, Director of Building and Development presentation a recommendation to Council that the bell would ring at 8:45 am, 9:00 am, 12 noon, 1:00 pm 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. from Monday to Friday with the bell ringing at 12 noon and 9 pm on weekends and holidays. However, Council thought that this was too much with Coun. Don Van Galen pointing out that the 9:00 pm ringing could disrupt whatever was going on at the Town Hall, including plays. Instead, a motion was passed to have the bell ring at 9:00 am, 12 noon and 6:00 pm. The Town will have a “ceremony” or “special occasion” such as the lighting of the lights at the Flats, when the bell will be initiated for ringing.