I was glad to see that the Police Services Board voted unanimously to support borrowing $14 million to build a new Forensics Lab beside the existing Central Police Station downtown.
Hamilton Police Services have laid out a rock solid case to justify the need for the building.
It’s regrettable that the Feds and the Province have so far declined to help fund the project.
It is, after all, a building, an infrastructure project, and should be supported.
But, until those governments step up to their responsibilities , it’s up to the City to get it done.
The request is for the City to support borrowing $14 million to fund the project.
It’s not without precedent.
The City borrows money all the time to fund capital projects and they get a preferred finance rate.
The City used the same funding formula years ago to fund the building of the much needed Police Station on Rymal Road and the Police Services have never missed a payment; in fact, that loan will be paid off shortly.
I want our Police Services to have all the tools necessary to serve and protect our community, and I don’t want the bad guys to walk out of a courtroom because we have insufficient facilities to convict criminals.
The need is established, the financial foundation is solid; it’s time for City Council to step up.