Author: Rae Hathaway
The town of Gladstone and RM of Westbourne have been looking at the possibility of amalgamating, and are now looking for residents' opinions. 

A ballot's being prepared for the October municipal election asking if they're in favour of continuing the investigation. 

Mayor Catherine Smith notes there have been discussions among committees for some time. They've considered the possible savings it might bring, as well as the impact on the tax base.

Smith acknowledges it would be a big step, so they want to know how people feel before they go any further. 

She adds they've spoken with the Association of Manitoba Municipalities about the consequences of amalgamation.