Gadsby residents vote to dissolve into county

The province’s smallest village has officially chosen to dissolve into a hamlet after a nearly unanimous vote to do so.

On Fri. Nov. 15, it was announced by the County of Stettler that 27 votes were in favour of the decision while one wanted to remain a village.

In January 2019, the Minister for Municipal Affairs undertook a viability review of the village, upon request from Village of Gadsby council.

This study was comprised of different avenues and their subsequent actions and also had a two-part study of the municipality’s finances and infrastructure.

The county has taken up administrative duties for Gadsby since the spring after the previous council stepped down from their positions.

With the public vote concluded, the next step in the viability review process will have the Minister of Municipal Affairs recommend the dissolution of the village to the Provincial Cabinet.

Cabinet will make the final decision on dissolution. 

If Cabinet dissolves the municipal corporation, Gadsby will become a hamlet in the County of Stettler, retaining the name and community spirit of Gadsby.

The County of Stettler will be the governing body for the purpose of municipal operations and services.

Gadsby was incorporated in 1909 and was once a booming community with a population of 250.

A steady decline over the years has left the population to roughly 40 people.

 

Terri Huxley
ECA Review

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