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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.