The Town of Pouch Cove may only have three people on its town council, but Newfoundland and Labrador's municipal affairs minister says they will have to do.

Four of the seven councillors in Pouch Cove resigned last week, citing a "toxic environment" that made it impossible for them to continue.

The resigning councillors reported numerous problems over recent months, including allegations of verbal abuse.

Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O'Brien has given the three remaining councillors the right to govern the town until municipal elections in September.

Even though quorum cannot be called for ordinary council meetings, the government has decided that the three can "conduct town business" until the Sept. 24 vote.

"It was felt that this was the best solution as there was such a short period of time between now and the election [and] not enough time to hold a byelection," the department said in a statement to CBC News.

The department said it has no plans to step in and take over the town's affairs.