By Greg Bennett
Shelburne Municipal Warden Roger Taylor says staff members are almost finished working on a report on the subject of amalgamation with the Town of Shelburne.
It has been months since an ad hoc amalgamation committee asked the two respective councils to commission an independent study into the possibility.
The Town of Shelburne has been in a holding pattern on the issue, waiting for the Municipality to complete a staff report before moving ahead on more discussion on the subject.
The warden says there is some opposition on his council to the idea. At last year’s amalgamation committee meeting, several municipal councillors did not attend.
Despite that, he believes a majority of his council could support moving ahead with the independent study on amalgamation.
“The challenge will be to be fair while protecting municipal taxpayers so they don’t get hit with increases in their bills,” he said.
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Warden Taylor expects a draft copy of the staff report to be complete by the end of the month, to be discussed at the municipality’s next APS meeting.
During last November’s ad hoc amalgamation presentation, committee members in favor of the move argued that the municipality and town were more like a single community than they were different communities.
At the time, members said an amalgamation would eliminate fragmentation and duplication of effort by the two municipal units.
Although Mayor Darian Huskilson attended last year’s presentation, the Town of Lockeport has expressed no interest in amalgamation.