Aug. 17, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Residents qualified to vote in a portion of the local service district (LSD) of the Parish of Saint-Léonard will decide through a plebiscite on Monday, Aug. 31, if they want the area to be annexed to the rural community of Saint-André. Local Government Minister Bernard LeBlanc made the announcement today.
"All of the steps of the feasibility-determination study have been completed, and I am now ready to determine if there is sufficient local support for the annexation," said LeBlanc. "I invite all residents qualified to vote in the area being considered for annexation to be involved and exercise their right to vote."
In 2006, residents of Bourgoin Road and Route 114 in the Saint-Léonard LSD asked the Department of Local Government to carry out a study to determine the feasibility of annexing a portion of the LSD to the rural community of Saint-André. The feasibility-determination study, which included a public consultation held in April, revealed that the proposed annexation would be viable.
A copy of the summary of the feasibility report was recently mailed to all area residents qualified to vote to help them make an informed decision.
"The annexation will only go ahead if a majority of those who will participate in the plebiscite agree with the proposal," said LeBlanc. "Communities have a key role to play in our province. We need strong and viable communities to achieve our self-sufficiency goals."
The results will be made available by Sept.1. The feasibility report may be downloaded online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Barbour, communications, Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693.