Chateau Heights votes to tap into Fredericton's water supply

People in the Chateau Heights area on the outskirts of Fredericton have voted to amalgamate with the city.

No provision for recount in Dundas plebiscite after tie so amalgamation will not take place there

Chateau Heights joins Fredericton after long history of water problems. 2:03

People in the Chateau Heights area on the outskirts of Fredericton have voted to amalgamate with the city.

By doing so, residents will be hooked up to the city's water supply and sewage system at a cost of about $10,000 per home.

Residents voted 138-86 in favour of amalgamation in a plebiscite on Monday.

The area has been plagued with an inadequate water supply for years.

Every week for 20 years, Wayne Flinn has gone to a fire station in Fredericton to fill a portable water tank and take it to his home in Chateau Heights to use for washing.

Several byelections were held in New Brunswick Monday. (CBC)
​Flinn has lived in the area for close to 40 years. He says as the province started granting more building permits in the area, wells started running dry.

"We had it redrilled," he said. "We still didn't gain enough supply, so for the past 20 years, I've been hauling my water."

The provincial government will contribute millions of dollars on the project to bring water to the Chateau Heights area.

Flinn says the government is correcting a mistake that it made.

"They didn't do the correct amount of research prior to approving the subdivison," said Flinn. "So I would say government is responsible for that. Can't let the developer off because they knew there were problems as well and they continued to develop."

Vote deadlocked

Resident Matt Myers was also in favour of amalgamation.

"I think there's a significant risk to our water source. As a result of that, I'm certainly in favour of the annexation."

Resident David Hood says amalgamation brings about a solution to the water troubles after years of trying.

Wayne Flinn has been hauling wash water to his home in Chateau Heights every week for 20 years. (CBC)
"The people there that don't have any water, have water problems, have been after the government, provincial government, for years to do something for them, so now they're doing something. You can't really complain."

There were different outcomes in two other amalgamation votes in the province on Monday.

People in two local services districts near Woodstock voted 383-268 against joining together to form the rural community of South Carleton.

And in the southeast, residents in portions of four LSDs were deadlocked in a vote on whether to become the rural community of Dundas. The vote resulted in a 420-420 tie.

Mike Quinn, the chief electoral officer, says there will not be a recount.

"In a plebiscite situation there is no provision for a recount," Quinn said. "If it were a candidate situation of course it would be an automatic recount."

Quinn says since there was no clear majority, the LSDs of Shediac, Shediac River-Shediac Bridge, Dundas and parts of Irishtown will remain as is.

Byelections to fill seats on municipal councils were also held Monday. Those results included:

  • Blair Lawrence won the Ward 2 seat on Moncton city council, filling the spot created when Merrill Henderson died in March.
  • Richard Barbeau won a seven-way race for a seat on Bathurst city council.
  • Aldeoda Losier was elected mayor of Tracadie-Sheila.
  • Jean Hebert was elected mayor of the new rural community of Cocagne.
  • ​Darryl Quigley won a council seat in Minto.
  • Mike Pope won a seat on New Maryland village council.

A complete list of election results is available on the Elections New Brunswick website.