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The Independent Mar. 06, 2014 : Page 1

Brooke-Alvinston, Enniskillen and Dawn-Euphemia to talk policing with Chatham-Kent Heather Wright The Independent Brooke-Alvinston Mayor Don McGugan wants to explore every policing option to make sure his municipality isn’t spending too much money. McGugan is one of many rural Ontario mayors concerned about the changes coming to the way the OPP bills them for their services. The OPP plans to charge every municipality a flat rate and then a charge per call. It’s expected to save money for municipalities who pay more than $500 per household for policing. In Brooke-Alvinston, McGugan says the municipality pays about $600 per house, so there is a chance the new funding model will save money. But he says this year the rising cost for policing isn’t about changing the way people pay, it’s about increasing OPP salaries. This year alone Brooke-Alvinston’s policing costs are going up $48,000. So when McGugan recently saw the CAO of Chatham-Kent, he had a brief chat with him about whether Chatham-Kent Police would consider patrolling his community. The pair had a telephone conversation recently and what the CAO said was enough for McGugan to ask for a meeting with Chatham-Kent Police, Brooke-Alvinston, Dawn-Euphemia and Enniskillen Townships. “He thought their policing cost was about $29 million for the whole community. I figure ours, with the City of Sarnia’s, is about $32 million,” says McGugan. McGugan figures that could mean the cost per household would drop to about $500 – a possible $125,000 saving. “We don’t have anything signed and we don’t have any infrastructure but they’re only one kilometer from us; it’s an option we need to take a look at,” says McGugan. “We have to take a look at every option…There is no competition for the OPP so we have to take a look at it… I know $125,000 is a lot of money but is it enough to make the move? “I think we need to have all the options on the table…We need every penny we can get.” Enniskillen Mayor Kevin Marriott says he will attend the meeting, but he’s not sure anything will come of it, saying it may be a “long shot. “I’ll sit in and listen.” Vol. 1, Issue 27 Free of Charge ~ Read and Enjoy! Thursday, March 6, 2014 OVER A CENTURY OF SERVING ‘We lost an incredible girl’:Brown Heather Wright The Independent Danielle Huizinga still cannot believe it is true. The high school student came home to her semi-formal dance Thursday night to hear a woman she admired so much she wanted to be like her had died in a horrific crash in whiteout conditions on Highway 402. Huizinga had been part of Kimberly Anderson McGuire’s youth group at Wyoming Baptist Church. Just days before McGuire was killed on the highway heading to Sarnia, she was part of a group that headed up the 402 to Toronto for a youth conference with her husband, Ian, Huizinga and other members of the youth group. “It was all about keeping your friends close and being together with Christ, having a good time,” says the young woman recalling there were lots of laughs and pillow fights. Then, just days later, she learned McGuire died. “I couldn’t believe it; it wasn’t true,” says Huizinga. “I didn’t believe it and sometimes I still can’t believe it.” McGuire and Huizinga had not known each other a long time, but Huizinga says the 22-year-old youth leader was “beautiful; her heart was always reaching out to someone in need; she was always there for someone in need.” Petrolia Councilor Tim Brown agrees. “We’ve lost an incredible girl,” says Brown, who helped lead the TNT group at LCCVI where McGuire volunteered. “Kim always had time for anyone,” says Brown. “She always cared.” Brown says McGuire and her husband, Ian, always welcomed people into their home. “Her whole life was to give back.” Heather Wright Photo The Wyoming Firefighters Association recently honoured volunteers who have retired from the local department. Each firefighter was given a plaque with his years of service engraved on them. From left to right are Adrian Tamminga, Dave General, former chief Bill Davidson, Daryl Moore, Clark Bain and Sam VanderKloet. Combined, the men have 127 years of service. See story on page 7. Her commitment to others in the community was even evident when she was a young girl, writing in an essay in Grade 6 – which Brown read at Petrolia Council Monday – which talks about what community means to her. “Being part of a community means knowing you’re safe,” wrote the then 11-year-old. “It means you know there is a place for you to go when your parents are gone, when you’re hurt or lost. It means being able to have pride in where you live.” Huizinga says that love of community; openness to help others and her love of Christ is what made McGuire a wonderful person to be around and a role model. “This past year I noticed how she lived her life and I wanted to live like this… Her love of God showed through her actions; I really wanted to be like that.” 4219 Oil Heritage Road, Petrolia YOU COULD WIN Tel: 519-882-1090 • Toll Free: 1-855-864-4962 www.facebook.com/MacFarlane1922 www.macfarlanechev.com BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND The first 50 people to purchase a new or certified preowned vehicle will be entered in the elimination draw to win... $5000 $5000 SECOND PRIZE $500

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