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The City of Summerside is currently without representation on a board that is setting out a 25-year vision for the development on the city’s waterfront.


The Summerside Port Corporation is involved in making some major decisions that will affect the direction the community will take over the next quarter century and the city needs to be a part of it.

The current Board of Directors consists of Arnold Croken, president, Earle Smith, vice president, John MacDonald, secretary/treasurer, Steve MacFarlane, director and Terry Murphy, director.

When the board was initially formed Murphy, then chief administrative officer for Summerside, was nominated to the sit as a member.

Murphy has since left the employ of the city and remains as a member of the board.

There are some major decisions that are going to be made, involving development, costs and impact of the growth of Summerside.

There are no dedicated positions on the board for any specific positions for anyone.

What was built into the constitution for the long-term interest of the community is that there would be someone on the board that would represent the interests of the chamber of commerce and the City of Summerside and the Summerside Regional Development Corporation (SRDC).

The chamber is represented by former general manager John MacDonald.

Croken came in under SRDC, and Terry (Murphy) under the city but there is nobody appointed to this board.

To its credit, the Summerside Port Corporation has requested the city to nominate current CAO Bob Ashley to sit as a director.

“In this case with Bob Ashley, with the efforts that we’ve undertaken on the waterfront development, we felt it was a good fit to have Bob at the table because there will be so much of the discussion over the next couple of years that will be dealing with this issue,” Croken said.

This makes good sense to have the city’s top gun involved in the important decisions that will have to be made for the growth of Summerside.

Ashley’s nomination still has to be accepted by the corporation’s board of directors and that will take place at their next meeting. It should be a slam dunk.




Organizations: Summerside Port, Summerside Regional Development

Geographic location: Summerside

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