Calls down in Stonewall, says RCMP staff sergeant

Staff Sgt. Kelly Glaspey of the Stonewall-Teulon-Headingley RCMP Detachment speaks to council for the Town of Stonewall at its regular meeting on Dec. 4, 2019 in Stonewall, Man. (Adam Peleshaty/The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times/Postmedia Network)

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Staff Sgt. Kelly Glaspey of the Stonewall-Teulon-Headingley RCMP Detachment presented its quarterly report to council for the Town of Stonewall at its meeting on Dec. 4.

At the meeting, Glaspey told council that according to the report, which compiled data up to and including Sept. 30, total calls for service year-over-year have decreased to 388 calls, compared to 471 over the same period the previous year.

Glaspey also updated council on the detachment’s priorities, including a greater presence in its detachment area after the Stonewall-Teulon RCMP and Headingley RCMP detachments merged on Nov. 1.

“Police visibility is again one of our top priorities. Members of our office, myself included, want the opportunity to be more visible, not just in Stonewall but the other communities we police,” he said, adding that the detachment would like to interact more with local residents. Glaspey also said that other than two arrests for intoxication, there were no other incidents reported at Stonewall Quarry Days last August.

The reduced speed zones implemented in Stonewall last September seemed to have no detrimental effects on motorists and pedestrians, Glaspey told council.

“I don’t think there have been significant issues with that,” he said. “Most mornings, I’m out patrolling (school areas) myself to keep people honest … The fastest speed I’ve encountered is 39 in a 30 (km/h zone).” Glaspey also said he has issued only six tickets in school zones over the past three months.

As for the recent string of Liquor Mart thefts in Winnipeg, Glaspey said there have been no incidents in Stonewall and area since July.

Council notes

• Council amended an animal control bylaw regarding permits for residents owning more than the maximum amount of dogs and cats. Residents who own more than two dogs or three cats over the age of six months can apply for an Excess Animal Permit (formerly Kennel Permit). The annual fee for an Excess Animal Permit has also been reduced.

• Council also passed first reading for the 2020 indemnities bylaw, outlining the salaries for mayor and council.

• Meeting schedule changes were passed by council, with regular meetings to take place on Jan. 8 and 22 and a committee of the whole on Jan. 15. The regular meeting originally scheduled for July 1 (Canada Day) has been rescheduled for July 8.

• The interim 2020 operating budget was adopted by council. Departments will receive the following amounts: General Government Services: $400,000; Protective Services: $375,000; Transportation Services: $260,000; Environmental Health Services: $150,000; Public Health and Social Services: $55,000; Environmental Development Services: $20,000; Economic Development Services: $11,500; Recreation and Cultural Services: $650,000; Fiscal Services: $430,000; Capital: $1,500,000; Utility Services: $500,000; and Utility Capital: $2,000,000.