Wingham Police owed nearly $200K in banked time - Dec. 20, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The true cost of switching from the Wingham Police Service to the Ontario Provincial Police is starting to take shape after Deputy-Reeve Trevor Seip announced at North Huron’s Monday night meeting that members of the service were owed a total of $190,000 in banked time.
Seip explained that in previous agreements, lieu time was carried forward, meaning, for years, some officers had been accruing time they could take off or, if they didn’t, they would then be paid for the days.
Had North Huron voted to stay with the Wingham Police Service, Seip said that practice was set to end in the new contract, with payouts every year to prevent such a build-up, however there was nothing that could be done about the existing banked time.
The $190,000 will be taken from the Wingham Police Service budget from funds that were earmarked for new officers when North Huron Council originally decided to stay with the service earlier this year.
Those funds, however, were already considered for paying one-time fees associated with shuttering the service in 2019 and adopting the OPP for the area. Seip said that those funds would need to be replaced, reminding council that all these costs are borne exclusively by Wingham ratepayers.