The London Police Services Board is hoping to avoid a hearing with the civilian commission by hammering out a deal with the city on their own.
The board has tabled a new proposal and are going to the media to try to get the process to speed up.
“We’re using the rather extraordinary step of taking it through the media because we’re finding the current process involving the CAO’s office is not moving with any level of urgency” says member Paul Paolatto.
“We’ve been meeting in parallel with the commission and they’re quit adamant that we should try to resolve this amicably and internally.”
Paolotto tells AM980 the new offer is similar to one reached with the city’s treasurer earlier this year but that never made it to council for consideration.
“We were under the assumption for a considerable period of the time that a proposal made back in February was vetted by council and that as is their prerogative, they weren’t interested in what they saw. We’ve now since come to learn that a good portion of council if not all council of council never saw that deal. The terms are a little firmer this time because as I’ve said to a few of the media, there’s been an erosion of trust with some of the leadership in the city.”
Back in May, the board formally filed an application requesting the Ontario Civilian Police Commission order the city to pay for a cumulative $4 million increase to its budgets over the next four years. The $4 million number amounts to what the police had originally requested, and were denied for, during council’s multi-year budgeting process.
The current offer would see London Police cover the costs in the first year of the four-year budget, while the city would be responsible for the remaining three years.
In other words, the $4 million dollar bid to the city would be reduced to $3 million.
A hearing is scheduled for November 14th if the department and city can’t work out a deal.
Meantime, a statement from City Manager Art Zuidema said the hearing process has started and must be allowed to unfold.