Bound­ary dis­pute

Three Rivers talks to pro­ceed with­out Mon­tague

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - NEWS -

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.

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