DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard
BROCK: After much discussion, the Township of Brock has decided to keep employing a private security company to enforce the proof of vaccination requirement at local arenas.
At a meeting on Monday, November 8th, councillors saw a report from Public Works Director Paul Lagrandeur, which recommended the township extend their contract with Taccom Security to provide services for the Foster Hewitt Memorial Community Centre and the Sunderland Arena.
However, Ward 2 Councillor Claire Doble made a motion to provide the company with 30 days’ notice to discontinue the contract and instead to have arena staff provide these services.
“My understanding when we got Taccom Security was we were worried about the potential public outcry or outrage around having to be vaccinated to enter the building, and so we were told it would be a temporary measure to ensure we had a smooth transition,” Councillor Doble explained. “I think Taccom has done an excellent job, and I’m very appreciative of the services they’ve provided for us. But I do believe our current staff should likely be able to check I.D. and vaccination status along with their current duties.”
There were some concerns brought up about the potential implications of Councillor Doble’s motion.
“Do we know [if it] would be feasible for [the] staff to conduct this work in addition to any [other] work required?” Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer asked.
Mr. Lagrandeur responded, stating the township would have to add more arena staff members to make it work.
Councillor Schummer also noted, “it can be a difficult situation at that door” for township staff, and having private security at the door makes it easier for staff.
Ward 4 Councillor Cria Pettingill asked what other municipalities are doing presently.
Mr. Lagrandeur stated Scugog Township is using a security company at their arena in Port Perry.
From what was discussed, Regional Councillor Ted Smith said he couldn’t “agree with Councillor Doble’s motion.”
Councillor Doble later withdrew her motion, and council voted instead to extend the security contract.