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Review of Size of Council

Prince Edward County Council has identified the need to address the Size of Council as one of it's goals for 2015. To see more about the timelines related to achieving this goal, click here.

Council invited members of the public to submit proposals with potential changes to the size of Council and/or electoral ward boundaries before June 4, 2015.

At a Special Committee of the Whole meeting held on June 25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Committee put forward a motion that shortlisted the 18 proposals submitted to 3 proposals submitted and the status quo option.

Proposals to be explored in further detail at the July 16, 2015 Special Committee of the Whole meeting are as follows:

Status Quo - 10 Wards, 15 Councillors and Mayor at Large

Plan 13 Proposal - John Thompson
May 6 Deputation

May 6 Updated Elector Numbers

Plan for 10 Wards - Angus Ross
Proposal submitted by Angus Ross

The N.E.W. Plan- Gary Mooney
9, 12 and 15 Councillor Proposals

June 1, 2015 version

Proposals received but not included in the short list for further exploration:

2 Ward Boundary Proposal - Mayor Quaiff
April 16 Report
Proposal Ward Map

Plans for a 7 Ward, 8 Ward and 9 Ward - Barry Turpin
Proposals submitted by Barry Turpin

Plan for 10 Wards and 1 Ward Election at Large - Dennis Fox
Proposals submitted by Dennis Fox

Plan for 10 Wards - Heather Drennon
Proposal submitted by Heather Drennon

Plan for 3 Wards - Robert Christie
Proposal submitted by Robert Christie

Plan for 5 Wards - Ian Inrig
Proposal sumitted by Ian Inrig

Plan for 5 Wards - Julia Swedak
Proposal submitted by Julia Swedak

Plan for 5 Wards - Anonymous
Proposal submitted by resident who wished to remain anonymous


2013 Size of Council Review/Citizens' Assembly:

In 2013, Prince Edward County underwent a Size of Council Review and a Citizens' Assembly in efforts to aswer the question - How many municipal councillors should represent the citizens of Prince Edward County? Detailed information about the citizens' assembly approach is available here.  

The Size of Council Review was led by Dr. Jonathan Rose, an associate professor in the department of Political Studies at Queen's University.  For more information on Dr. Rose and his team, please see Team Members' Biographies.

The final report of the Citizen's assembly can be read here, and the Executive Summary can be read here.

News Releases related to the Citizen's Assembly are listed below:

October 10, 2013 - PEC Council Rejects Proposed Changes to Size, Ward Boundaries

August 29, 2013 - Citizens' Assembly Reaches Decision - Calls for Ten Councillors Plus Mayor (August 28, 2013)

August 20, 2013 - Citizens' Assembly Nears Conclusion: Members Nearing Decisions on Size of Council

July 17, 2013 - Citizens' Assembly Chosen - Members to Recommend Best Size for County Council

April 26, 2013 - Citizens' Assembly to Review Size of Council

May 31, 2013 - 5,000 Voters Given Chance to Join Citizens' Assembly

Other Reports Related to the Citizen's Assembly are listed below:

Mayor Mertens' Report on Citizens' Assembly Findings (September 19, 2013)

Review of Size of Council - Background Information (November 19, 2012)

More Information About the Size of Council:

Current Ward Boundaries

Population by Ward (estimated 2015)

MPAC Elector Counts 2015

Size of Prince Edward County Council - History

2015 Size of Council Proposal Scoring Criteria/Comparison Chart


2015 Reports Regarding Size of Council:

April 16, 2015 Report
May 6, 2015 Report

Deputations and Comments Received in 2015:

April 16, 2015 - Monica Alyea
April 16, 2015 - Bill McMahon
April 16, 2015 - Kathy Vowinckle
May 6, 2015 - Monica Alyea
May 11, 2015 - Victoria Leskie
June 3, 2015 -Kathleen Vowinckel
June 2, 2015 - Doug M Parker
June 3, 2015 - Robert Rogers
June 4, 2015 - Bruce Dowdell
June 2015 - Jim McPherson
June 5, 2015 - Charles and Arline deBourbon












Additional Information:

For more background on the Citizens' Assembly Process that took place in Prince Edward County, visit the links below:

Initial Presentation to Council

Information Package Received by Participants

Citizens' Assembly Meetings:

Meeting #2: Saturday August 10

  1. Agenda
  2. Introduction
  3. What We Heard: Backyard Conversations
  4. Summary of Values - Week 1
  5. Definition of Values - Week 1
  6. Councillors' Bios

Meeting #3: Saturday August 24

  1. Agenda
  2. Introductory Presentation
  3. PEC Size of Council Compared
  4. PEC Future Projected Residents per Councillor
  5. Values and Implications from Day 2
  6. Exit Survey

























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