Three Rivers amalgamation talks to proceed without Montague

Steve Sharratt
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FILE PHOTO: Georgetown Mayor Lewis Lavandier says the time has come to consider whether seven eastern P.E.I. communities should form a single large municipality.

Province confirms continued support for process as six communites to meet privately next week

MONTAGUE – The remaining communities involved in establishing a Three Rivers regional municipality intend to proceed with the process even though the Town of Montague opted out of the game plan earlier this week.

“We are certainly disappointed the Montague mayor and council have decided to no longer participate in this regional initiative, but the rest of us have not wavered from our original commitment,’’ said Mayor Lewis Lavandier of Georgetown.

The group of six has released a joint statement of support for the Three Rivers initiative to proceed and will meet privately next week.

“The chair and councils of the six communities have communicated over the last couple of days and we plan to proceed,’’ said Lavandier.

The town of Montague announced earlier this week that it disagreed with the proposed boundaries for the Three Rivers region and preferred to work on an amalgamation effort using the current fire district boundaries. That would leave Georgetown, Cardigan and Lorne Valley out of the plan.

However, the six communities — Georgetown, Cardigan, Lorne Valley, Brudenell, Valleyfield and Lower Montague — have every intention to proceed without Montague.

“All of us remain committed to exploring ways of strengthening the Three Rivers region. We began in the spirit of regional co-operation for the betterment of all communities involved and for the larger Three Rivers region.”

The province has confirmed continued support for the process, and Lavandier expected each community council will issue formal statements of support as well.

Organizations: Three Rivers

Geographic location: Georgetown, Lorne Valley, Valleyfield

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Recent comments

  • dissolve all municipalities
    January 17, 2016 - 14:03

    Dissolve every single one of PEI's municipalities. Every city, town, and CIC. Incorporate 3 regional municipalities which use the county boundaries. DONE!

  • no thanks
    January 17, 2016 - 13:10

    who wants to be associated with Montague town council.past or present !!

  • Fed up
    January 17, 2016 - 10:52

    If the smaller communities have ANY say, stay away from amalgamation!! Ask anyone in any community that joined Charlottetown! Our costs skyrocketed and services went out the window! Amalgamation only helps the "Big Guy!"

    • jill
      January 17, 2016 - 17:42

      Amalgamation = erosion of services. Sherwood streets are wild, speeders, a free for all. Police, city council have been asked and do nothing. Don't do it!

  • Come On Pat
    January 17, 2016 - 10:51

    Come on Pat - I have lived in Montague for a number of years before leaving - spent a lot of my own money there & still was shafted . This town only wants to be the big dog & if they can't , they take their ball & go home . It's only the smaller helpless areas they are interested in bullying & ripping taxes off .

  • From A Distance
    January 17, 2016 - 08:15

    Is the longest running mayor worried about losing his position in this amalgamation?

  • Pat McGowan
    January 16, 2016 - 12:05

    I'm disappointed in Montague's decision to opt out without giving the residents a chance to give their options.In my opinion,it would have better served the Town to stay in,attend the meetings to the 11th hour,and then make a decision.If the remaining 6 communities move on without Montague,it will be a sorry day for the town,because we'll be left out of pertinent decision making ,etc.Montague the right thing and go back to the table.