Sackville Mayor Shawn Mesheau says the municipal reform transition committee will meet behind closed doors on Wednesday, May 11th to discuss whether to choose Tantramar Township or Beauséjour Township as the name for the new municipality now known as Entity 40.
He adds that, among other things, the committee will look at the many e-mails it has received about the names via the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It’s really good that there’s people who are engaged and that are providing the feedback,” Mesheau said in an interview on Friday after he and other municipal representatives met privately with Daniel Allain, the minister of local government reform.
The mayor described the meeting with Allain as “encouraging” because it focused on local services including the maintenance of highways, the Sackville hospital and schools.
He added that when they meet on Wednesday to discuss the new name, committee representatives from Sackville, Dorchester and the surrounding local service districts will also consider what they’ve heard from local residents.
Mesheau says people will not get to vote on the new name as they did in Grand Bay-Westfield where 2,165 residents cast ballots.
Voters there preferred the name Grand Bay-Westfield over four others: Nerepis Valley, Westfield, Hillandale and Three Rivers.
Mesheau says the voting was a local initiative.
“That was something that Grand Bay-Westfield did on their own,” he says. “Their community paid for it, so everything that was done there was all financed through their budget.”
He says the transition committee here could have gone for a vote, but decided instead to be “clear and concise” by choosing names that resonate with residents, providing historical information and then soliciting other suggestions as well as feedback on the names.
The deadline for submitting the new name to the province is Monday, May 16.