Three Rivers steering committee expanding

Elections being held tonight, Wednesday for group looking at potential amalgamation

Published on November 29, 2016

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

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GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. – Four new members will be elected this week to a steering committee looking at the proposed Three Rivers amalgamation.

The first of two special meeting is tonight at Montague Regional High School with the second being held Wednesday at Kaylee Hall in Pooles Corner. Both meetings start at 7 p.m.

The committee said residents of areas not presently represented wanted their voices heard.

“The committee has spent a great deal of time in coming up with a solution that is equitable for all involved,” said Georgetown Mayor Lewis Lavandier, who is also the committee’s chairman. “We wanted to ensure that all areas are represented fairly, based on population.”

The committee is looking for two residents from the Montague fire district and one each from the Cardigan and Georgetown fire districts.

Thirty-eight per cent of the Three Rivers’ population lives in unincorporated areas. Of those residents, 49 per cent are in the Montague fire district and 51 per cent are split between Cardigan and Georgetown.

There will be a call for nominations from the floor at each of the meetings. All residents of unincorporated areas will have a ballot to vote for their representative. 

Volunteer members are expected to attend bi-weekly committee meetings and are responsible for voicing the concerns of residents from their area and bringing information back to those residents. 

There are presently seven members, one from each municipality, sitting on the committee which is using the Phil Wood report, Stronger Together, to develop a regionalization proposal for the area. 

The report states a properly structured municipality would maximize economic development potential and be more efficient in providing services.

“This is a very important step in the Three Rivers regionalization process,” Lavandier said. “We believe this is the most equitable way to give the unincorporated areas the voice they deserve during this process.”