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ACS hosting seniors roundtable next Wednesday morning



By Ron Giofu


Amherstburg Community Services (ACS) will be meeting with community service providers next Wednesday with seniors the focal point of discussion.

ACS is teaming with the town to host a roundtable discussion Dec. 6 in the Libro Centre’s community room from 10 a.m.-12 noon. The roundtable is geared towards seniors and the service providers and groups that service the senior population.

“We know that in the future that the number of seniors will grow,” said ACS executive director Kathy DiBartolomeo. “We have to start planning now.”

ACS and the town want to find out what services are available now so they can work to bring in what is needed. Service and church groups will also be invited to the roundtable to find out what they offer for the senior population.

Businesses, such as those offering in-home services and financial services among others, have been invited.

“We’re opening it up to everyone. We want to find out what is out there,” said DiBartolomeo. “We know seniors of all ages want to be active in the community.”

DiBartolomeo added they will compile the data and see what areas they are lacking. There is the possibility of meeting directly with seniors themselves to find out what they want at a future meeting, she added.

There is also the thought of collaborating, she said, as DiBartolomeo said other not-for-profit agencies may offer similar services and multiple groups could enhance what is out there.

Service providers and groups not able to attend Wednesday morning’s roundtable can stop by Amherstburg Community Services’ office at 179 Victoria St. S. and let them know what they offer and what they do for seniors.

For more information on Amherstburg Community Services, call 519-736-5471 or visit DiBartolomeo can be contacted directly at

Police chief looking for input for service’s new business plan


By Ron Giofu


The Amherstburg Police Service is compiling its new three-year business plan and Chief Tim Berthiaume wants the public’s input.

A meeting in late June at the Libro Centre had only two members of the public attend but Berthiaume was unfazed by the lack of people in attendance. While the meeting conflicted with the General Amherst graduation which was at the same location, Berthiaume said his experience is that advertised meetings generally don’t draw well so he is already taking his presentation on the road.

Amherstburg police has already made the presentation to various groups in the community such as service groups, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, seniors groups, and the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce among others, Berthiaume stated, with more planned. The chief said he has yet to make the presentation before town council and also plans on visiting schools in the fall.

Chief Tim Berthiaume, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Deputy Chief Ian Chappell listen to a public comment during a recent meeting on the police force's business plan.

Chief Tim Berthiaume, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and Deputy Chief Ian Chappell listen to a public comment during a recent meeting on the police force’s business plan.

“We’ve covered a lot of areas but we still have a lot more work to do,” said Berthiaume, adding he has been receiving a lot of positive feedback thus far.

Berthiaume acknowledged they struggled to get people out to the first advertised public meeting but said there will be more opportunities for people to give input as there will at least be one more public meeting later this year.

“We encourage people to come out and ask questions,” the chief stated. “We encourage the public to provide their feedback. I’m a firm believer that the service belongs to the community.”

The chief’s presentation highlighted the Amherstburg Police Service’s police personnel per capita and capital police costs, which Berthiaume touted as being some of the best values in Ontario for the size of force that it is. He also pointed out the “safest communities” designations the town has received as well as the award for having Canada’s “best dressed” police vehicles.

The Amherstburg Police Services Board has to compile a business plan every three years, he added. The plan has to be done even though there are explorations of possibly switching to OPP or regional policing.

“It’s about learning from our community what our priorities are. It’s about hearing from them what they like about their service and what they would like to see improved,” the chief said. “Can we improve service delivery? Can we improve our operations? We want to hear from the community.”

Berthiaume said there is also a survey available online through policing section of the town’s website with that survey also being available at the police station. He encourages groups that haven’t been contacted yet for a presentation to get a hold of him if they are interested.

“If there is a group that would like our presentation, we’d be more than happy to deliver it,” said Berthiaume.

One of the residents at last week’s public meeting, Paul Hertel, would like a financial plan for the next three years “then the public will know how the execution will fit the plan.” He also agreed that youth should have a greater stake in the plan’s development.

The chief said he would like a draft copy of the 2017-19 business plan ready by the end of November.