O'Leary closer to becoming a town

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Community council to vote on motion to apply to province for town status

The signs going into O'Leary, in western Prince Edward Island, may soon need to change. The community is looking at changing to town status.

O’LEARY — Community council here will vote on a motion during its regular monthly meeting Thursday night to petition the Department of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs for a change to “town” status.

That follows an information meeting the council hosted Monday night. More than 20 people, including two who live just outside of O’Leary’s municipal boundaries, gave a unanimous show of support for the proposal.

Street maintenance and snow clearing had the potential to be a deal breaker but council chair Stanley MacDonald assured residents that Municipal Affairs has indicated those services will remain

the responsibility of the province at no cost to O’Leary.

MacDonald suggested O’Leary already has more services than some towns. He listed its recreation department, rink, curling rink, lighted ballfield and Canadian Potato Museum as some of the community’s assets.

He added O’Leary might be able to qualify for additional funds and grants as a town.

“No increases in taxes,” he declared. “Basically, if we don’t take on additional expenses, it will stay the same as it is now.”

Organizations: Department of Finance, Canadian Potato Museum

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