Espanola council agrees to donate land for the new OPP detachment

By Rosalind Russell – Earlier this year the Ontario Provincial Police came to Espanola Council to discuss some of the spacing challenges that they have and how the town can potentially support them in meeting those challenges. Town CAO Allan Hewitt told the council last night the idea of the town building a new station and leasing it back to the OPP had been discussed but now that is not a feasible option. 

He says the detachment on the highway is at the end of its life and does not meet updated requirements.

Hewitt says donating land could be an option with the town having some property in the Penage Lake Road area that could meet OPP requirements, which could potentially save the OPP a couple of years in the process of building a new station. 

He adds a more involved review needs to be completed, which would be carried out over the next few months with the report coming back to council by June of next year.

Council unanimously supported the motion, so the matter will now be presented to the OPP for their consideration. 

Photo: Espanola Council has given its unanimous approval to donate land in the industrial park on Penage Lake Road. A study will now have to be carried out by the OPP to see if the property will work for the location of a new detachment for the North Shore corridor. Conceptual design by OPP.

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