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Mayor Lewis Lavandier gestures as to the wealth of social, economic and tourism potential he sees on the horizon with the formation of a Three Rivers region in eastern P.E.I.
Group planning public meetings this spring, but not until more information available for estimated 8,000 residents
GEORGETOWN - The Three Rivers group of communities is glad to be a full circle again and is hoping to learn a big lesson from three local fire departments.
“We have really been inspired by the ability of the fire departments to work together,” said Mayor Lewis Lavandier. “And this is exactly the type of working relationship our group is working towards.”
Lavandier said the Three Rivers group, consisting of seven communities, is delighted the town of Montague has opted to return to the discussions towards a possible amalgamation.
“It’s very important to have Montague with us on this matter that is so important,’’ said the mayor. “And we’re not trying to hide anything….we apologize for it taking some time, but we are asking people to be patient and let us get the ball rolling.”
The Three Rivers group met with the three fire departments and requested input from each individual department as to concerns and possible scenarios that would best work in the possibility of a region.”
The three fire departments include Montague, Georgetown and Cardigan. Those three communities are discussing the formation of a new region with Brudenell, Lorne Valley, Valleyfield and Lower Montague.
We have really been inspired by the ability of the fire departments to work together. Lewis Lavandier, Mayor of Georgetown
The group is planning to hold public meetings this spring, but not until all information is available for the estimated 8,000 residents that could be affected.
“As responsible elected officials, we have agreed to take our time with this process and we want to do it right by delivering the best information possible to all residents and neighbours,” said Lavandier who has been asked to the group spokesperson. “We are trying to build the strongest information base possible to explain the options to everyone and once there, we will begin public meetings.”
Lavandier said the process of forming a region is focused on public engagement and presenting options that will lead to strong economic service and integration.
“Right now our group is focused on how to engage the unincorporated areas, we are determined to try to give the unincorporated areas a voice and at our next meeting we will be looking at the potential of shared services.”
Lavandier said no decisions have been made between community representatives and all are awaiting the public participation.