Nelson Charlebois, Reeve of Cumberland Township, appeared separately to support the township’s submission to the Jones Commission. Top of mind was the disproportionately low share of road funds the township received from Prescott and Russell County.
County Road and Township
Vehicles per day
Underlined Twp. Contribution to County Roads
Underlined Twp. Road Program Apportionment
No. 1 CUMBERLAND
No. 15 ALFRED-S. PLANTAGENET
No. 5 CAMBRIDGE-RUSSELL BOUNDARY
Reproduced above, this table (rejected by the County) represents what Charlebois considered to be a fair deal.
Had nearly all the other voices in Cumberland Township not been enough to drive the point home that alignment with Carleton County, rather than remaining with Prescott and Russell, was what was wanted, then the voice of Cumberland Township’s Council might have been what was needed to seal the deal.
Just as it had been since the end of the Second World War (and arguably long before), one of the catalysts for advocating changes to local governance was rapid development and the ability of the local government to manage and accommodate it adequately.