Annexation discussions on hold until after election
Leduc County and Town of Beaumont pause discussions
Sept. 25, 2013 – Leduc County and the Town of Beaumont have agreed to postpone mediated discussions regarding the Town of Beaumont’s annexation proposal until after the upcoming election.
“Annexation will have long-term effects on the residents of Beaumont and Leduc County,” says Town of Beaumont Mayor Camille Bérubé. “It makes sense to continue discussions when both communities have newly-elected councils in place, after the October election.”
Leduc County and the Town of Beaumont have been meeting to discuss annexation since January 2013. Mediators have been involved to facilitate the meetings and discussions.
“Due to the upcoming municipal election, Leduc County feels it is appropriate to postpone annexation discussions until the next council has been elected,” says Leduc County Mayor John Whaley. “We expect discussions to resume in November.”
The Town of Beaumont filed official notice with the Municipal Government Board – an impartial and independent board established by provincial legislation to make decisions about land planning matters – in April 2013, detailing its intention to annex 24 quarter sections of Leduc County land. The communities had been meeting prior to the April 2013 announcement and discussions continued after the announcement. The last meeting between both parties was held on Aug. 21, 2013.
Both the Town of Beaumont and Leduc County have held open houses during the past months to provide information to the public on the Town of Beaumont’s annexation proposal.