Miscouche rejects  amalgamation with Summerside

Colin MacLean
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Miscouche is rejecting the idea of amalgamation with Summerside. . The small community outside Summerside is trying to figure out its future as an independent municipality.

MISCOUCHE - Miscouche is pre-emptively rejecting a merger with the City of Summerside.

The council of the small municipality, population 870, which borders the city to the west, passed a unanimous motion at its January meeting declaring that it is not interested in amalgamating with its larger neighbour.

“We thought it was time to do something,” said Miscouche chairman Peter Mallett.

“It’s out there and people are talking about it.”

The community’s declaration is somewhat unusual in that no formal discussions on amalgamation have been taking place between the two communities.

Mallett and a couple of his councillors did meet with Summerside Mayor Bill Martin in December for an informal discussion on the idea of amalgamation. However, since TC Media reported on that meeting Mallett said he and the other councillors have heard very little support for continuing the discussions.

They concluded that, at this point, amalgamation with Summerside is not something residents want to consider.

That being said, they do understand the provincial government wants to reduce the current number of municipalities and bring all unincorporated areas under a municipality.

In a letter addressed to Premier Wade MacLauchlan, Miscouche council has suggested that an alternative to their community joining Summerside might be for it to amalgamate/annex its fire district, which includes St. Nicholas, Belmont, Southwest Lot 16 and Central Lot 16.

However, the province has stated it wants all P.E.I. municipalities to have populations of at least 4,000 and a tax base of about $200 million in assessed real estate property value in addition to providing fire service.

Organizations: Miscouche council

Geographic location: Summerside, Southwest Lot, P.E.I.

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Recent comments

  • k-towner
    February 21, 2016 - 22:44

    Just putting off the inevitable. All of PEI is going to be under some form of municipal government. I think it should be done at the county level - get rid of the 73 current municipalities and have 3 county municipalities in PEI, just like they do in Nova Scotia.

  • kyle
    February 20, 2016 - 10:47

    JOE could you please tell the people of St. Eleanors what they got out of amalgamation? Besides higher taxes

  • Fed up
    February 20, 2016 - 10:21

    Good for Miscouche! How we wish Sherwood had done the same thing. As stated, ever since the amalgamation Sherwood and surrounding areas have been left in the cold. Streets are a mess. Playgrounds....except for downtown...are a joke. Sherwood stayed in the black. Charlottetown is in debt! Good for you Miscouche!!

  • Summerside Resient
    February 20, 2016 - 09:36

    To Joe Spelling mistakes usually draw people to the point of their comment. This is what it takes to show the poeople of Summerside just how bad the City managed the taxpayers money. They would not know what the word prudent meant. Dont be so hung up on spelling. Have the guts to speak up and tell us you love them all. Have a nice day. Maybe we could hear your story.

  • James
    February 20, 2016 - 07:10

    Summerside was sold om amalgamation in 1995 or froced with great promises this was the ebd all.Than our last Mayor, Councils and CAO run the City over 100 million in debt.. Griffin laws uit for 13 years was the biggest farse Summerside ever saw. He faught a hard battle and taxpeyers paid over $3.3 million to a number of lawyers and espennes. The City would not admit fault, the Sgtat the time Porier laid false charges against this man and is still Chief today. This went to five Coouts all the way to the Suprene Cour of Canada. Griffin won each case and was exonerated at wach one. The City did not admit fault to this day. Than camse the Concert Fiasco which cost another 3 million in lawyers. This was all because of mismanagement of taxpayers money, Than the Hopping secret report promised to be released was not and noone was held accountable or exposed. Than came CHANGE which is proven to be nothing short of false promies by Mr Maayor and his Steve MavKnight team, More jobs,less soending, accountability, openess and transparency, All we see is no jobs, big raises for Mayor and Council, higher electric rates, water and sewer and promises of a tax increase.. This entire Council should hide in shame, turn this around, take a decrease like Kensington did. The air in this Community is not good because of rhere greedy efforts, Miscouch cogratulations to you find people for seeing throug all this mistruths and complete incompetence. Bill Martin may run a battery but he has absouletly no glue about runnina city. He had no idea what he was getting into. Summerside is on the verge of bankrupt and in just a mattter of time they will be exposed for all the underhanded things they are doing. I sureky hioe it earlierthan later. Good work Miscuo0che, you are working with what you c an affored, that is something Summerside has no idea what is, Small City Big Opportunities is laughable at leasst

  • don
    February 19, 2016 - 18:02

    i was born in summerside 60 years ago and i am glad that miscouche does not want to join. that is the best news i have heard so far this year..................

  • Summerside Resident
    February 19, 2016 - 14:03

    Good move to for the residents of Miscouche to stay away from Summerside. All you will get is what St Eleanors, Wilmot and part of Sherbrooke got, more taxes and less services. Miscouche is in a great position to amalgamate with other communities but keep Summerside at bay. Since amalbamation in 1995 so much tax dollars have been mismanaged in lawsuits, concerts, lawyers and now the Citys downtown is a ghost Town with more to come. Big MArtins dream of 1000 jobs and ficial restraint was nothing short of misleading using the word CHANGE, people fell for this and he will be the loser in the end.

    • This Person
      February 19, 2016 - 15:00

      I hate to sound paranoid but really it was the same way with Charlottetown once the surrounding communities joined with Charlottetown the money was all sucked into downtown. Road repair became patch once every ten years if you were lucky, snow was plowed less and when it was it was done wrong. Bylaws ignored they don't even tow cars who park overnight during storms. Police are rare sight. Street sweepers maybe once in the spring. You see city workers sitting in trucks the Red Shores parking lot goofing off. All the focus is on the downtown core as if nothing past Old Charlottetown exists except the taxes taken from the residents.

    • Ann
      February 19, 2016 - 18:11

      Very happy that amalgamation was nixed, I agree with the other posters,

    • Joe
      February 20, 2016 - 07:29

      Maybe that Summerside resident who thinks it is a good move for Miscouche residents to stay away from Summerside should move to Miscouche. Obviously this resident has a chip on his or her shoulder since the 95 amalgamation and a move may help get rid of that chip. Do they offer night classes in Miscouche that offers a spelling course?