An appeal against a Prince Edward County Council decision to cut the number of wards and councillors around the horseshoe has been denied.
Pierre Klein filed the appeal in March of 2016, after the January 2016 council decision, which will see the size of council drop from 16 to 14 and the number of wards from 10 down to nine.
Bloomfield and Hallowell Wards will merge into the new Ward 2, with Sophiasburgh keeping its original electoral boundary, but being renumbered as Ward 6.
The chairperson of the Ontario Municipal Board overseeing the appeal Mary Ann Sills, says despite Klein’s claims to the contrary, the ward reduction bylaw was appropriate and “the board is satisfied council had proper regard for the greater good” in making the decision.
PEC Mayor Robert Quaiff was satisfied with the ruling.
The new boundaries and reduction in councillors will take effect in the fall municipal election in 2018.