Council balks at parade policing costs

Staff

The OPP is putting a $1,200 price tag on assisting with this year’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship parade of boats—but it’s a fee town council is refusing to cover.
The issue was brought forward at last night’s council meeting by Community Services manager George Bell after he received a request from the FFCBC board of directors for the town to cover the estimated $1,200 in policing costs for the parade.
Councillors noted this fee hadn’t been charged in the past.
“I’m disappointed,” said Mayor Roy Avis, noting the bass tournament is an important community event.
He also wondered how often this was going to happen from now on when police assistance for community events like parades is needed.
Council didn’t approve the requested amount, but instead recommended the FFCBC board investigate further options for its parade.
Policing would not be required, for instance, if the parade route was changed so that it does not go through any traffic lights.
The current route has the parade starting at the old CN station, heading down Central Avenue onto Scott Street, and then ending at the Sports Memorial Centre.
Council also suggested the FFCBC board request assistance instead from Treaty #3 Police.
Coun. Sharon Tibbs noted they have jurisdiction since the current route goes along a provincial highway (i.e., Scott Street).