Thompson, Jones, McNaughton break ground on new Clinton OPP site - Dec. 6, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson and two additional provincial ministers were in Clinton on Friday to break ground on a new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) station across the street from the Clinton fire hall.
Sylvia Jones, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure, both joined Thompson for the announcement, which they all agreed was an exciting one for the residents of Huron County.
Central Huron Mayor and Huron County Warden Jim Ginn thanked the ministers for being in Clinton that day and for their investment in the community.
Ginn said that moving the new OPP station to Clinton was very smart. Not only is Clinton a central location within the county, but he also said his municipality was the heart of Huron County.
Clinton, he said, was quickly becoming a hub for emergency services in Huron County, not only with the new OPP station, at an estimated investment of $20 million, and the Clinton fire hall, but he also pointed to a recently-approved agreement to house the county’s emergency services administration offices in the upstairs of the fire hall.
Thompson welcomed both Jones and McNaughton to Huron County, saying that she hoped McNaughton, being the Minister of Infrastructure, would be back in Huron and Bruce Counties many more times in the years to come for further infrastructure announcements.
She said that moving the OPP to Clinton would make a great difference for many local residents.
She said that with the new OPP location, residents would see much better policing service and it was great news for the area.
Jones said it was a great pleasure to be in Huron County and she felt it was an area that took emergency services very seriously.
“The countdown for your new OPP station begins today,” Jones said.
Jones said the facility, which is scheduled to open in 2020, will be state of the art and it will truly be what Huron County residents deserve.
The announcement in Clinton is part of an investment of $182 million by the current provincial government to help replace nine aging OPP facilities.
It is part of a modernization project that is bringing provincial policing forward. The detachment will provide space and infrastructure that support changing technology, including evidence vaults, six holding cells and a number of advanced security features.
McNaughton said it was a pleasure to be back in Huron County and he was happy to be a part of the groundbreaking of a new project. He said the project was an important one for him personally because it was the very first infrastructure project that the new government signed off on, along with the eight other stations across the province.
McNaughton said that while so much of infrastructure is focused on bricks and mortar projects, the project in Clinton will help police officers to do their jobs better and keep the community safer.
Thompson said the announcement will also do much to stimulate the local economy in a number of ways.
The ministers then travelled from the Clinton fire hall out to the site of the new station and officially broke ground, inviting everyone in attendance to return in 2020 to help celebrate the official opening of the new building.