UARB Preliminary Order Favours Amalgamation
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board released a preliminary order today on the application by the Municipality of the County of Pictou and the Towns of New Glasgow, Stellarton and Pictou. The Board concluded that amalgamation is in the best interests of residents.
“The Utility and Review Board considered all of the evidence from our municipalities, the experts, and the people to come to this decision,” said Warden Ron Baillie, chair of the MOU Steering Committee. “We’re pleased the board agrees that amalgamation will make us stronger together.”
“The Board concludes that there are both financial and social benefits that may result from amalgamation. Having reviewed all of the evidence to date, and subject to the Board's review of the plebiscite results, the Board’s preliminary opinion is that amalgamation would be in the best interests of the inhabitants of the area.”
The next step in the process is the plebiscite being held by each of the four municipalities concluding on May 28th. The Board noted “[t]he members of the public will have had the benefit of reviewing the Board's independent assessment of the Application before exercising their vote.”
The four councils will consider the plebiscite results and decide by June 20th whether to proceed with the amalgamation process. The Utility and Review Board’s final decision will follow.
The Steering Committee is encouraging citizens to review the board’s April 29th decision - click here to download.