Windsor's mayor says a request by Tecumseh officials that Windsor reimburse the town for extra costs for garbage collection during last summer's civic strike is silly politics.

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara and Deputy Mayor Tom Burton suggested this week that Windsor pay about $30,000 to offset the extra cost to the town for collecting the garbage that Windsor residents brought into town. Windsor's strike lasted 15 weeks, during which city garbage was not collected.

"There's not much we can do about it, but I think a good neighbour would come and address that particular issue. So it's now an additional burden that our taxpayers have to ante up," Mayor McNamara said Tuesday. 

On Wednesday, Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis said he doesn't want to stoop to their level, but said their request is as ridiculous as Windsor asking Tecumseh residents to pay for the cost of asphalt for driving on city roads.

"I'm not going to get dragged into the mud or the weeds in a 'He said she said type of dispute,'" said Francis.

He said Tecumseh's mayor told him after a new contract was negotiated with the town's inside and outside workers earlier this year that the groundwork was laid by the city when it reached an earlier agreement with its employees.

"Their settlement with CUPE would save the town hundreds of thousands of dollars because the hard work was done by Windsor, so he can deduct whatever money we owe him from the savings we brought to the Town of Tecumseh," said Francis.