Perth town council adopted a severance agreement with its civilian and uniformed police employees tonight at a special town council meeting convened to pass a deal struck on Nov. 30.
A Perth Police Service cruiser eases on to Sunset Blvd. leading the convoy of vehicles during the Perth and District Children's Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1, the last time Perth officers will hand such duties.
The vote came less than 24 hours before town staffers have to go before a provincial police civilian oversight board at the Best Western Plus Hotel at 4 p.m. with the final deal in hand.
Perth Mayor John Fenik said that the severance packages, which could total anywhere between about $300,000 and $900,000, would be paid out of whatever savings are to be had from the town disbanding its police force in favour of seeking an OPP contract.
The vote passed six to one, with only Coun. Jim Graff voting against, though he commended the mayor and the negotiating team for their hard work in trying to secure a good deal for the employees.