Next step for Bridgetown and Annapolis County

Stephen Hawboldt, The Spectator
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Transition coordinator Allister Surette (shown center) is among those who will oversee the study of the governance and electoral district boundaries for the next step of the political integration of the Town or Bridgetown and the County of Annapolis.

Tenders will close next week on the contract for consultants to carry out the governance and electoral district boundaries study for the political integration of the Town or Bridgetown and the County of Annapolis.

According to the terms of reference, the purpose of the study is twofold. One segment will focus on a review of the current governance structures of the town and the county. The other portion, “will provide options identifying the number of elected officials and polling district boundaries for the Municipality as a result of the inclusion of the Bridgetown geographic area and its population.”

The electoral boundaries determination aspect of the study is required to provide three options for review. The consultant may undertake an electoral enumeration in the town and the municipality to determine the voting population. The analysis will involve all electoral districts in the county as well as the entire community of Bridgetown. The process will include public consultation sessions and meetings with elected officials in both municipalities.

The study will be supervised by the transition team chair, Allister Surette, and municipal administrators from Bridgetown, Annapolis County and the province. The study must be completed by Nov. 7. Once completed, the recommendations must be approved by the Nova Scotia Utilities Review Board.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Utilities Review Board

Geographic location: Bridgetown, Annapolis County

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