Please join the Kentville Historical Society at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm, upstairs in the Kentville Rec Centre. This month's meeting will feature a pictorial presentation by local historian Louis Comeau. Everyone is welcome.
The next meeting of Council Advisory Committee is February 12th 2018 at 6:00 pm at Town Hall.
The next meeting of Town Council is February 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
All meetings of Council are open to the public. Meeting minutes and agendas can be found on the Kentville website. Visit the minutes and agendas page here. Meetings are also live streamed on the Town of Kentville's Facebook page, and those videos are also available on the website.
January's Council Meeting re-cap....in cartoon format! WATCH IT
Be a POOPer Hero! Kentville's asks folks in the cutest way possible to please pick up dog waste on trails and other public spaces! WATCH IT
A Governance Minute: Council's Responsibility
Council is the governing body of the municipal corporation. As councillors, we exercise the powers of the municipality through decisions passed by bylaw or resolution at a public meeting and define the policies and direction that the municipal administration put into action.
The purposes of a municipality are:
a) to provide good government:
a.1) to foster the well-being of the environment;
b) to provide services, facilities or other things that, in the opinion of council, are necessary or desirable for all or a part of the municipality;
c) to develop and maintain safe and viable communities; and
d) to work collaboratively with neighbouring municipalities to plan, deliver and fund inter-municipal services.
A council is responsible for:
a) Developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality;
Council’s primary role is to ensure that services are provided to citizens and property owners. This involves establishing policies about what programs and services are to be delivered, the level at which they are delivered, and the budgetary requirements. Council evaluates the policies and programs through information obtained from the CAO and feedback from the citizens.
b) Carrying out the powers, duties and functions expressly given to council under the Act or any other legislation.
Council is responsible for ensuring that the municipality acts within its enabling legislation. A municipality can be taken to court by any person if it is perceived to be acting outside its legal authority. As well, council is responsible for ensuring that the municipality meets all requirements established in legislation, such as the requirement to hold public hearings on certain matters, develop a budget and levy taxes, appoint an auditor, etc. The legislation establishes minimum requirements; however, council can go beyond these minimums, provided that they act within their legislative authority.
The chief administrative officer is the head of the administrative branch of the government of the municipality and is responsible to the council for the proper administration of the affairs of the municipality in accordance with the by-laws of the municipality and the policies adopted by the council. As indicated above, council develops and evaluates its policies and programs; it is the CAO that implements them.
Obstructions During Snow Removal Operations
The Town of Kentville wishes to remind its residents that during the snow removal season, November 1st through March 31st, objects such as sports nets, green bins, garbage receptacles etc. must be stored outside of the road right of way at all times. The road right of way width behind your side of the curb is generally 10 feet. The overall road right of way width is 50 feet.
This precaution is necessary to avoid damage to both personal property and the snow removal fleet vehicles of the Town of Kentville. Any damage to fleet vehicles by objects left within the road right of way will be the responsibility of the property owner. Although our operators will exercise caution as much as possible, the Town of Kentville will not be responsible for any damage to personal property left within the road right of way during snow removal operations.
We would also like to remind residents that it is not permitted under the Municipal Government Act (Section 318 Obstruction of Street) to deposit snow onto streets or roadways. This includes sidewalks and the act of pushing snow across the street to the other side. Penalties of no less than $250 may be applied.
The Town of Kentville apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause, and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy Winter Season!