What could prove to be the first steps toward breaking up, and ultimately fixing, municipal government were taken last night.

Capital Ward Coun.Clive Doucet hosted a public forum on de-amalgamation, which he hopes will someday solve the “snarling and division” that has bogged down city council for most of the past decade.

“The council we have has been trying to do an impossible job,” he said.

Jim McKenzie, a director with the Carleton Landowners’ Association, said there are too many differences between urban and rural interests to effectively govern both.

And Pam FitzGerald, as Ottawa Carleton District School Board trustee, said amalgamation has created a huge imbalance for new schools between rural and urban areas.